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- MLK Jr. Service Day
- Operation EIU Votes
EIU is committed to community engagement and encourages employees to participate in volunteer activities by providing flexibility in work schedules and paid leave opportunities.
Qualifying Service: The Office of Leadership & Engagement maintains an online list of approved local agencies. Qualifying service includes "hands on" participation in an off-campus community service project led by a local government agency or a non-profit agency. For example, delivering meals to the elderly is an eligible activity, but attending a social event for the organization providing those meals would not qualify. Chaperoning a child's school trip, working a school or civic organization's fundraiser, and volunteering at a non-profit organization, school, nursing home or hospital are just a few of the service for which leave can be granted.
Approval: Employees are required to obtain prior supervisor approval and must complete the service leave request form with the Office of Leadership & Engagement prior to the scheduled leave date.
Reporting time: With appropriate supervisor approval, employees will report community service leave on their timesheet/leave report in the same manner you would vacation/sick leave. The Office of Leadership & Engagement will share with the Payroll Office a monthly list of approved community service leave requests.
Eligibility: Civil Service, Administrative and Professional full-time employees with at least 1 year of service at the University may receive up to one paid day of service leave (7.5 hours) per fiscal year (July 1- June 30). This leave must be used during normal University business hours (Monday through Friday) and cannot be deployed over multiple days. Employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement should refer to their agreements for eligibility.
No carryover: The leave expires on June 30th each year and cannot be carried forward to the next fiscal year.
No Payout at Separation: This leave is non-compensable upon separation from the University.