Consistent with the vision of its Jesuit founders, Regis University encourages its employees to learn about and live out the University’s mission of leadership in the service of others, and to reflect on questions of value and meaning. The purpose of the mission leave policy is to allow employees to participate voluntarily, with pay, in University-sponsored or other approved experiences that occur during regularly scheduled work hours. Taken from the University’s leave policies, which can be found on the Department of Human Resources’ InSite page, the following information offers some background and guidance on the use of mission leave.
Who is eligible?
All employees who work in a position, whether full-time or part-time, that is designated by the Department of Human Resources as being at least .50 FTE (1,040 hours per fiscal year) are eligible for three working days (maximum of 24 hours) of mission leave on an annual basis. If part-time, the employee is eligible for leave on a pro-rated basis and in accordance with the employee’s FTE status. If, in the opinion of the President, it is in the best interests of the University to do so, the President may designate specific events as eligible for extended mission leave. Temporary, contract and student employees are not eligible.
What types of activities qualify for Mission Leave?
There are two types of voluntary activities that are eligible for consideration under this leave policy:
Retreat/Reflection — This includes any retreat or reflection activity sponsored, endorsed or conducted by the Vice President for Mission, the Office of University Ministry or the Society of Jesus.
Mission-related service activity — This includes either community service projects or programs that are sponsored by a University department or group, or an individual employee’s voluntary service in connection with a legally sanctioned nonprofit organization that engages in activities that are consistent with the University’s mission.
Qualified mission-related service activities must involve acts of service that help others in an immediately personal way and that make a tangible difference in the daily struggle for justice, dignity, or human rights, or involve acts of service that provide humanitarian aid or relief in situations of community crisis or human tragedy, or are directly related to service to the economically poor, the disabled, the disadvantaged, or the socially oppressed members of society; or involve work with formulation of social policy to transform conditions of social oppression.
Who determines whether an activity qualifies?
The Vice President for Mission is responsible for determining whether a University-sponsored service project or program qualifies under this policy. The employee’s supervisor is responsible for determining whether individual voluntary service qualifies under this policy.
University mission leave also requires written supervisor approval. Mission leave is to be scheduled in a manner that minimizes interruptions to the departmental operations.
To qualify an activity for mission leave use, or for questions on mission leave use, please contact Fredricka Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I find out about upcoming Mission Leave opportunities?
Upcoming opportunities are posted regularly on the Mission homepage at regis.edu/mission. These are also shared via the Regist (weekly email of news and events to all faculty and staff) and can be found on the University Events Calendar.