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In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many of us face uncertainty — now more than ever, we need to support one another. For Knights who do not have the option to work from home or have been directly impacted by the virus, and have exhausted their time off, we’re here to help.

Reach out and ask for assistance by completing a Request Leave Form. Stay safe, Knights, and, as always, Charge On.

Requesting Leave

If you’re experiencing hardship, reach out and ask for assistance. We’re here to help.

Submit a leave request application

All leave recipients must be in in a leave-accruing appointment in order to receive leave and must have exhausted all leave personally accrued to the recipient (e.g., annual, sick, emergency paid sick leave or emergency family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, compensatory leave, etc.).

The following groups are not eligible to receive leave under this disaster leave sharing plan:

  • OPS employees
  • Post-doctoral employees
  • Medical residents

Each leave recipient who receives donated leave from the leave bank will be paid at his or her normal rate of compensation. Each leave recipient must only use the leave received under this Plan for reasons related to the COVID-19 major disaster, as described above. Hours will be proportionally awarded based on FTE, in increments of up to 80 hours, based on a 1.0 FTE. Upon exhaustion of all accruals, a leave-accruing employee may request up to 80 hours (based on 1.0 FTE), which if awarded, can be used over multiple payroll periods to provide prolonged income or to cover payroll-deducted benefit premiums. Employees may make multiple requests up to the established limit (up to a total of 280 hours based on a 1.0 FTE); however, subsequent requests may be fulfilled in the order in which requests are received and requests from employees who have not already received donated leave will take precedence. A leave recipient may not convert leave received under the Plan into cash in lieu of using the leave.

We are stronger together. Let’s help take care of our UCF family and rise above this. Because that’s what Knights do.

Frequently Asked Questions

We compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers that you may have about the Knights Care Leave Share program. We will provide additional FAQs over the coming weeks, so check back soon.

To qualify for the Knights Care Leave Share program, you must be in a position where you’re still accruing leave time, but have exhausted all of your personally accrued time (e.g., annual, sick, emergency paid sick leave or emergency family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, compensatory leave, etc.). You will be paid at your normal rate of compensation.

If you have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have exhausted all of your personally accrued leave, you may qualify for the Knights Care Leave Share program. Examples of hardship include:

  • Personal medical emergencies
  • Quarantine and/or self-isolation mandates
  • Inability to work or telework due to the government stay-at-home order

Please note: Post-doctoral employees, medical residents and OPS employees are not eligible to receive leave under this disaster leaving sharing plan.

Complete a Leave Recipient Form

Yes. All paid leave granted to leave recipients under the Plan is considered wages and is subject to Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA), Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), and other federal, state, local or municipal tax withholding requirements.

As a leave recipient, you will be paid at your normal rate of compensation. You must only use the leave received under this Plan for reasons related to the COVID-19 major disaster as described above. Hours will be proportionally awarded based on FTE, in increments of up to 80 hours, based on a 1.0 FTE. Upon exhaustion of all accruals, you may request up to 80 hours (based on 1.0 FTE), which if awarded, can be used over multiple payroll periods to provide prolonged income or to cover payroll-deducted benefit premiums. You may also make multiple requests up to the established limit (up to a total of 280 hours based on a 1.0 FTE); however, subsequent requests may be fulfilled in the order in which requests are received and requests from employees who have not already received donated leave will take precedence. Please note that leave received under the Plan cannot be converted into cash in lieu of using the leave.

Any unused donated leave remaining in the bank when the COVID-19 pandemic no longer qualifies as a major disaster will be returned to the leave donors within a reasonable time. Donors will receive any returned leave hours in proportion to their contribution to total hours donated.


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Additional Resources

Contact Information

For questions about the Knights Care Leave Share Program, email KCLS@ucf.edu or call (407) 823-2771.

Health and Wellness

UCF Employee EAP:
877-240-6863
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Orange County Coronavirus Call Center:
407-723-5004