Parental Leave

Life is an adventure - Paid Parental Leave


The intention of parental leave is to provide care and bonding time with a child during the first 12 months of the qualifying event (birth, adoption, foster care placement). To view the UCCS Campus specific policy, please visit the Current UCCS Policies page and click on Human Resources. You will be wanting to view Policy 300-023. For frequently asked questions and required documentation please view the resources below. 


University Staff, Classified Staff and 12-month Faculty who have worked for 12 consecutive months in a 50 percent or greater appointment prior to the child’s arrival to qualify for paid leave.

Other parental leave polices apply to 9-month Faculty. See the Parental Leave for Faculty and University Staff policy for full details.

The UCCS’s Paid Parental Leave program grants 160 hours (4 weeks) paid parental leave, prorated for percent of time if appointment is less than 100%, to eligible employees.  

Please contact Human Resources at 719-255-3372 or email 

No, parents may take it in a 4-week block or in one-week increments during the first year of birth, adoption or foster care placement.

Leave must be taken within one year after the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

All parental leave runs concurrently with Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Thus, leave taken under the Parental Leave Policy counts as part of, not in addition to, the 12 weeks of leave guaranteed by the FMLA.

To get the process of FMLA started please create a Cherwell Ticket - Employee Relations Tab - "FMLA"

Documents needed for:

Birth - FMLA Medical Certification completed by your physician

Adoption - Signed copy of Order of Possession 

Foster Care - Verification letter or papers from the court in which the case was processed


Documents will be turned into

Yes, it does.  HR must administer the program and verify the required documents.  This benefit can only be used once during a rolling 12-month period.

Yes, paid parental leave can be used following subsequent births or adoptions. However, this benefit can only be used once during a rolling 12-month period.

You will continue to accrue sick and vacation time while on paid parental leave. However, if you go into leave without pay status you do not accrue sick or vacation time. 

Paid parental leave will be included in your regular paycheck. Short-term disability benefits will be paid on a separate paycheck. 

Based on your case, you will have a set amount of time to be eligible for short-term disability. For example, for a normal vaginal delivery, you would be approved for 6 weeks of short-term disability. If you have decided to take your four weeks of paid parental leave prior to short-term disability, you would have two weeks left that you could be eligible for short-term disability.