Human Resources

Bereavement leave


All regular (non temporary) staff who work at least half time (.5 FTE) are eligible.

Using bereavement leave

You may take up to three days of paid bereavement leave in the event of the death of an immediate family member or any other person living in your household. If you need more than five days of bereavement leave, you may request up to two weeks off by completing the leave of absence request form and submitting it to your supervisor and then to human resources.

You are required to use vacation or sick leave when you take bereavement leave beyond three days. If you have no vacation or sick time, your leave will be unpaid.

In all cases, you may be required to furnish evidence to support your request to take off time for bereavement.

Who qualifies as my family member?

For the purposes of leaves of absence, Reed College considers the following as immediate family members:

  • spouse
  • parent (biological, adoptive, step, foster, or in loco parentis)
  • child (biological, adoptive, step, foster, or in loco parentis)
  • parent-in-law
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • domestic partner (of any gender)
  • parent or child of domestic partner

In loco parentis is defined as those with day-to-day responsibilities to care for and financially support the child.