Bank Load Leave

ARTICLE THIRTEEN - LOAD BANKING

Faculty members may bank load in lieu of overload pay. Faculty members are guaranteed the right to withdraw banked load either through cash payout, partial load reduction, or an approved banked-load leave of absence.

A. Load Deposits
1. Faculty electing to bank load must notify the appropriate administrator in writing of the election to bank load, and provide a non-binding load banking and withdrawal plan. The notification and plan shall be provided by the end of the first week of instruction of the overload class.
2. Banked load is accumulated at the assigned load base at which it was earned.
3. Starting January 1, 2005, the maximum amount of banked load a faculty member is allowed to accumulate shall be the equivalent of a 1.5 semester load. Faculty with more than 1.5 semester banked load on January 1, 2005, may retain the load they have banked prior to that date, but may not accumulate additional banked load until their banked load balance is below 1.5.

B. Load Withdrawals
1. Cash Payout--The cash payout rate for banked load shall be at the hourly overload rate at the time of withdrawal. The process for cash payout shall be initiated upon request. Payment will be made following established payroll processes.
2. Load Reduction--By mutual agreement between the faculty member and the appropriate educational administrator, faculty may elect to use banked load to reduce load in any subsequent semester. Faculty shall receive regular pay as if they were assigned a full contract load.
a. Partial Load Reduction- Faculty may elect to use banked load to partially reduce load in any subsequent semester. Load reductions in excess of forty percent (40%) must be approved by the College President or designee.
b. Banked Load Leave of Absence
1) Tenured faculty members shall be granted a one (1) semester leave of absence with pay when ALL of the following conditions have been met:
a) The faculty member, faculty chair, and the appropriate educational administrator have discussed the non-binding load banking withdrawal plan.

b) The faculty member has submitted a Banked-Load Leave of Absence required form (Appendix A) to the educational administrator before September 1 or February 1 of the semester prior to the anticipated leave in order to arrange for an approved substitute(s), as needed. At the request of the faculty member, this deadline may be waived by the College President or designee based upon extenuating circumstances.
c) The banked load has been verified by the educational administrator.
d) The leave of absence has been approved by the College President, Chancellor, and Board of Trustees.
2) Faculty who submit a banked-load leave request in the semester prior to the anticipated leave will be notified of the leave decision by October 15 or March 15 of the semester before the anticipated leave. Faculty who submit a banked-load leave request at least two semesters prior to the term in which it will be taken will be notified of the leave decision as soon as possible.
3. This leave may be granted one (1) term in a five-year (5-year) period.
4. Upon approval of the College President, this leave may be taken consecutively with a one-semester sabbatical leave within the same academic year.
5. If a leave is denied, the faculty member shall be guaranteed the leave within four (4) semesters following the semester of initial request.
6. Leaves of absence shall be prioritized at each campus following College procedures. These procedures shall be developed in conjunction with Association site representatives.
7. A leave of absence may be rescinded by the employee no later than sixty (60) calendar days prior to the leave, but not after a temporary replacement has been hired. At the request of the faculty member, this deadline may be waived by the College President or designee based upon extenuating circumstances.