Washington University in St. Louis has adopted the following general policy regarding leaves of absence:
The university has no standard sabbatical leave program.
An application for a leave is considered on its own merits. A combination of factors, among them length of service, scholarly promise, particular contemplated research, nearness to completion of a major book, delays in production caused by heavy teaching, administrative or committee loads, etc., are considered in the granting of a leave.
A leave is granted only on an annual basis and may be for all or a portion of the academic year. In unusual cases, consideration will be given to extending the leave for a second year or a portion of the year.
Also see Sections II.A, IV.B.2 and VI.B.2.a of the Tenure Policy.