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March 3, 2009, Volume 55, No. 24

Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave Policy

Dealing with matters relating to domestic and sexual violence can be devastating and even result in extended absence from work. In order to account for this, the University introduced a new leave policy for issues involving domestic and sexual violence. The Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave Policy (Policy No. 634), effective January 5, 2009, grants time off to any faculty or staff member employed within a 50-mile radius of Penn’s main campus who is either a victim of or assisting a relative who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence. The new policy reflects Penn’s commitment to supporting faculty and staff in matters that affect their health and wellbeing. It also complies with the City of Philadelphia’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Ordinance established last month. Learn more about Penn’s Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave Policy by contacting the Division of Human Resources at (215) 898-6093 or www.hr.upenn.edu/policy.

In addition, Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides one-on-one counseling support for these and other personal and professional life challenges. Available for full and part-time faculty and staff, the EAP can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, contact Penn Behavioral Health at (888) 321-4433 or www.pennbehavioralhealth.org.

—Division of Human Resources



Almanac - March 3, 2009, Volume 55, No. 24