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Work-Life Resources for Faculty

father and son coloring"The University of Rochester is committed to being an inclusive community, making it possible for everyone to thrive both personally and professionally.  We strive to support a healthy work-life balance.  Family-friendly policies help promote the recruitment and retention of the best and the brightest, allow faculty to succeed as scholars and teachers despite the stresses of family life, and greatly contribute to the continued excellence of the university. We also realize there are multiple kinds of family scenarios other than the traditional so-called nuclear family, and we seek to be sensitive to all needs."     – Ralph Kuncl, Provost

On March 9, 2007, the University Board of Trustees approved these family-friendly policies for the Faculty Handbook

  • Postponement of promotion or tenure review for new parents, see Process for Promotion in the Faculty Handbook
  • Family Care Leave: Options for new birthmothers, see Maternity Benefits and Family Care Leave in the Faculty Handbook
  • Family Care Leave: Options for other new parents, see Maternity Benefits and Family Care Leave in the Faculty Handbook

Spouses and Partners

A spouse or partner looking for employment in the Rochester area may take advantage of our Dual Career Services. Ask your Dean or Department Chair to contact the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity.

The University also belongs to the new Higher Education Recruitment Consortium of Upstate New York. The HERC-UNY Web site lists academic and staff jobs at academic institutions throughout New York State. Please see www.upstatenyherc.org

Child Care

The Children’s School at URMC, the on-site date care center is operated by CCLC (Children’s Creative Learning Centers). As a national leader in managing employer-sponsored childcare centers, CCLC emphasizes quality and curriculum as the cornerstones of its success in preschool education and childcare service.

CCLC’s curriculum is based on a philosophy of Whole Child Development, centered on the beliefs that children learn through play and that every child is unique and develops in four distinct areas: social, physical, intellectual and emotional.  You may visit our center’s web site at  http://www.cclc.com/center/ny/childrens-school-urmc.  The University also has a child care referral service for employees.  We maintain lists of day care centers, registered homes and UR students and provide these to employees at their request, based on type of provider and location of care needed. For more information on this child care referral service please visit http://www.rochester.edu/working/hr/familycare/.     

Tuition Benefit:

In addition to the tuition benefit provided to faculty and staff, a tuition benefit is also made available to their children.  The level of benefit to the dependent is determined by the years of service of the parent/guardian at the time of enrollment.  For fulltime faculty and staff who have worked at the University for at least ten years, full-time first-time matriculating freshman dependents receive free University of Rochester tuition. Tuition benefits also are available for spouses/domestic partners for full-time faculty and staff with two years of service. For more information on tuition benefits please visit www.rochester.edu/benefits/tuition.

Other Benefits:

Many other benefits are available to help you and your family including:

  • Health Care, Dental, Long-Term Care Insurance and Life Insurance
  • The ability to enroll your same-sex partner in some benefit plans, including health, dental, life insurance and tuition benefits.


For more information on these and other benefit programs, please go to our website at www.rochester.edu/benefits.

  • Family medical leave, which allows up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or to provide care for a spouse, parent, or child who is ill
  • Personal leave, which allows up to one year of unpaid leave to attend to urgent personal or family matters
  • Bereavement leave, which  provides time away from work for the loss of a parent, child, sibling, spouse, grandparent, grandchild, or any other relative residing with the faculty member.


For more information on leave benefits please visit www.rochester.edu/working/hr/leave/
Benchmarking from the 2006 Task Force on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Report