[ skip to content ]


Emergency/Disaster Leave may be granted by the University to classified employees and administrative faculty who are victims of major disasters that meet certain criteria.

Leave may be available under this policy to an employee who has sustained severe or catastrophic damage to or loss of his/her primary personal residence, or has been ordered to evacuate that residence, as a result of a natural (Hurricane Isabel) or man-made emergency or disaster.

Department directors and deans have the discretion to authorize up to 80 hours (10 days) of leave annually under this policy for classified employees and administrative faculty who meet all of the following criteria:

· The event resulted in a formal declaration of a State of Emergency or of federal disaster status.
· The employee's home was located in the officially declared disaster area.
· Formal documentation from recognized disaster relief organizations or insurance companies verifies severe, extreme, or catastrophic damage to or loss of personal property as a result of the declared emergency in which the damage or required evacuation rendered the employee's home temporarily or permanently uninhabitable.

Department directors and deans are responsible for ensuring that they have the required documentation before awarding paid leave. For leave for victims of disaster, this includes:

· confirmation of the declaration of a State of Emergency or federal disaster status; (Governor Warner has issued a State of Emergency for Virginia due to Hurricane Isabel.)
· documentation that the employee's primary residence is in the official disaster area;
· verification as cited above of catastrophic damage to or loss of the residence, or requirement to evacuate the residence.

Employees are responsible for requesting disaster leave and for providing the required documentation or verification as listed above. This type of leave should be documented by memorandum instead of a leave form and submitted to the Director of Human Resources along with the required supporting documentation.

Please contact the Director of Human Resources for any assistance in providing this leave to affected employees.

This article was posted on: September 17, 2003

Old Dominion University
Office of University Relations

Room 100 Koch Hall Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0018
Telephone: 757-683-3114

Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.