Sick Leave Bank Program

Regularly Appointed Employees

The university has established a Sick Leave Bank program in which regularly appointed faculty, supportive professional, and civil service employees are eligible to participate. Regularly appointed employees may elect to join the sick leave bank during the annual "Benefits Choice" period.

Participation in the Sick Leave Bank program requires an employee to donate at least one day of accrued sick leave prior to the end of the annual “Benefits Choice” period.

Consistent with the Illinois Sick Leave Bank Act, the Sick Leave Bank program is designed to assist NIU employees who face major health crises and who have exhausted all other available benefits.

Members of the Temporary Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit

The university has also established a sick leave bank to serve as a depository into which participating Temporary Faculty who are members or will become members of the collective bargaining unit during the academic year are eligible to participate. Participation will require the donation of sick leave which will be banked for potential allocation to participating employees. The purpose of this bank is to alleviate the hardship caused if an employee’s qualifying illness or injury forces the employee to exhaust all paid leave time (sick and vacation) available to that employee and thereby lose compensation. The policy is, therefore, reserved for situations involving the potential loss of compensation.

Eligibility will be limited to those years that the employee annually donates at least one day of sick leave at the beginning of the academic year prior to October 31st.

If you have additional questions regarding the Sick Leave Bank program call the HRS Service Center at 753-6000.