University of Illinois System

Organ or Blood Marrow Donor Leave

Eligible employees may be granted paid leave time for the purpose of donating an organ or bone marrow. Organ or bone marrow donor leave is provided for under State of Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 327 - Organ Donor Leave Act


Permanent full- or part-time faculty, civil service, or academic professional employees who are employed for six months or more may be eligible to request this leave.


Medical documentation of the proposed organ or bone marrow donation is required for approval. Documentation should be submitted by the employee to his/her supervisor with as much advanced notification as possible.

Length of Leave

Up to 30 days paid leave may be granted once in a 12-month period for the donation of an organ or blood marrow. Employees are NOT required to use accumulated sick or vacation leave time before requesting Organ Donor Leave. Leave time is for 30 days; holidays do not extend the allowable leave maximum.

Benefits Continuation

While on organ or bone marrow donor leave, employees continue to receive the same State and University benefits as when actively working. All State-paid contributions continue.