The University of Memphis

Bereavement Leave


Issued: May 16, 2017
Responsible Official: Vice President for Business & Finance
Responsible Office: Human Resources

Policy Statement

Policy Statement

To provide time off without loss of pay for regular full-time and part-time university employees due to the death of an immediate family member as defined below.



The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for using bereavement leave.


Immediate Family

Shall be deemed to include

  • Spouse,
  • Children and stepchildren,  
  • Siblings,
  • Parents, stepparents, foster parents, parents-in-law
  • Foster brothers and foster sisters
  • Grandparents
  • Grandchildren,
  • Other members of the family who reside within the home.


Bereavement Leave

An employee who is absent during his/her regularly scheduled work week due to the death of an immediate family member shall receive payment for reasonable and customary days absent not to exceed three (3) regularly scheduled work days. The University’s Sick Leave policy (UM1544) references the use of sick leave in the event of death of other family members not covered under the definition of immediate family above. 

In addition to the three (3) regularly scheduled work days, sick leave not to exceed two (2) days may be granted if out-of-state travel is necessary in the instance of death of an immediate family member. The days off provided under this policy do not have to be consecutive.

In instances of death of one of the following relatives, sick leave may be granted for a maximum of 22.5 hours (3 days):

  • Sons-in-law and daughters-in law
  • Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Regular part-time employees, regardless of probationary status, shall be eligible to receive bereavement leave on a prorated basis equal to the percentage of their employment to full-time employment.


How do I find out more information?

 Contact the University’s Benefits Administration Office at




Sick Leave Policy

  Link will be updated with New Sick Leave Policy



Revision Dates

 UM1812 - May 16, 2017

Subject Areas:

AcademicFinanceGeneralHuman ResourcesInformation TechnologyResearchStudent Affairs
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