Faculty Handbook

Bridging Breaks in Service

Last updated: 11/4/2011


The following policy was issued by the Office of the Provost on August 16, 1982 and revised on November 4, 2011.

To provide a consistent definition of continuing employment for University employees, the policy for bridging breaks in service provides that service breaks for faculty/academic staff of twelve months or less result in the reinstatement of the previous employment date for purposes of retirement service credit and for benefit eligibility. To bridge breaks in service, the following conditions must be met:

  1. The employee must have a minimum of one year of service prior to the break in employment; and,
  2. The maximum accumulation of bridged time is two years, i.e., the sum total of individual breaks in service cannot exceed two years.
Approved leaves of absence or sabbatical leaves do not constitute a break in service.

This policy will be implemented automatically by the Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs at the time individuals are subsequently reappointed. For individuals seeking to clarify their continuing employment status, it will be necessary to submit a written request to Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, 1407 S. Harrison Rd, Suite 110. The following information should be included in the written request: (1) Name (indicate if previously employed under a different name); (2) Social Security Number, (3) Present Department; (4) Previous Employment Date; (5) Separation Date; and (6) Re-employment Date.

Questions regarding the bridging policy should be directed to Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, 517-355-1526; contact Human Resources, 517-353-4434, regarding eligibility for benefit coverages.

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