Release Time

Release time is administratively authorized time spent away from the employee’s normal job responsibilities to participate in University sponsored or sanctioned programs without loss of pay and without charge to paid time off (PTO) leave. Release time is considered work time; therefore, such time is counted when computing overtime.

Common examples are:

  • To participate in training and staff development activities;
  • To attend meetings of the University Senate;
  • To donate blood at University sponsored blood drives on campus;
  • To receive flu shots given on campus; and
  • To participate in special on-campus activities such as the Benefits Fair, Staff Appreciation Luncheon and Reception, Convocation, Graduation, and Department and Office special activities. (Note: Allowing employees to leave work early at the conclusion of a special activity constitutes the granting of administrative leave-see Administrative Leave)

For additional information see: Administrative Leave and Release Time