Administrative leave

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Administrative leave is a temporary leave from a job assignment, with pay and benefits intact.[1] Generally, the term is reserved for employees of non-business institutions such as schools, police, and hospitals.

The definition of Administrative leave may vary by institution.

Individuals may also be eligible for administrative leave for various reasons including: bereavement, jury/court appearances, military leave, internal reviews and investigations. [2]

In academic settings, administrative leaves are provided for the same purpose as research/study leaves, i.e., to allow individuals to improve themselves academically and to engage in research to foster their effectiveness as teachers and scholars. [3]

An employee may be placed on administrative leave when an allegation of misconduct is made against an employee, either by a coworker, student or parent, an alleged victim or police officer. During the leave, employers may investigate the situation before determining an appropriate course of action. Administrative leave does not in itself imply that an employee will be disciplined or even that an allegation is credible, which is why pay and benefits are not discontinued. It simply allows the employer to investigate the situation, maintaining the employee's present status while at the same time removing them from the environment, eventually leading to either their return or termination.[citation needed]

Other reasons that an employee may be placed on administrative leave may include protecting sensitive information or resources or to remove an employee who may be behaving disruptively pending assessment of a situation.[4]

Police officers are routinely placed on administrative leave after a shooting incident while an investigation is conducted, without implying fault on the part of the officer.[citation needed]

Whistleblowers may also be placed on administrative leave as a way to protect their integrity from potential harassment of supervisors. For example if they report a case of research misconduct from the Principal Investigation of an academic project.


  1. ^ Association of Texas Professional Educators. "Administrative leave". Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
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  4. ^ University of Washington. "Administrative Leave". Archived from the original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-26.