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Special Emergency Leave Plan


Special Emergency Leave Plan


West Virginia University is directing all supervisors to maximize the number of employees who are working from home. Faculty and staff should work with their supervisors to make alternative work arrangements (e.g., flexing work schedules, teleworking, completing alternative tasks, etc.) whenever possible.


However, staff also can work with their supervisor to request up to 80 hours of special emergency leave with pay – prorated by full-time equivalency (FTE) – in instances where an alternative work arrangement is not possible and in the following instances:


  • The employee or a member of their immediate family has been exposed to COVID-19, has symptoms of the disease or is in self-quarantine.


  • The employee or a member of their immediate family has a confirmed case of COVID-19 and is recuperating.


  • The employee is considered vulnerable (i.e., older adults and individuals who have serious chronic medical condition) of becoming very sick if they contract COVID-19.


  • The employee is pregnant or has a spouse or member of their household who is pregnant.


The special emergency leave will be available to all full-time and part-time faculty and staff across the WVU System. WVU Research Corporation and WVU Innovation Corporation employees also are included as part of the plan.



Emergency Leave with Pay Plan




Special Emergency Leave with Pay Form


Alternative Work Arrangements and Teleworking Guidelines

DOL Employee Rights

Information regarding the Coronavirus and WVU, WVURC & WVUIC's response

WVU Innovation Corp. is concerned about the safety and health of our employees and their families at this critical time. Basic information can be found on our employee page.

For more detailed information, please visit