WHEREAS sabbaticals offer faculty and professional staff a valuable opportunity to work on significant scholarly or creative projects, and

WHEREAS sabbaticals are a privilege the administration accords to qualified individuals when the University budget permits, and

WHEREAS the Faculty Handbook specifies a timeline for individuals to submit applications ("third Monday in January" [V:7]) for the next academic year, and for the department head, dean, and Provost to forward the application to the President, and

WHEREAS the handbook does not specify a date by which the requests for approval for sabbaticals are sent to the University of Louisiana System, nor by which the applicants will be notified of whether or not they will receive sabbatical leaves and, if so, for the full year or a semester, and

WHEREAS some applicants' plans for a sabbatical might necessitate arrangements with another institution (e.g., laboratory, library, museum), a process which would be facilitated by or even depend upon a timely announcement of whether or not the sabbatical will be granted, and

WHEREAS the allocation of funds for sabbaticals requires approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the Faculty Senate recommend that, prior to the end of the spring semester or at the earliest date possible, the administration inform applicants for sabbaticals about whether their proposals will be funded during the next academic year and for what semester(s), pending approval by the Board.