A faculty member must serve at Stanford for a period of time at least equal to the length of his or her most recent sabbatical prior to taking another sabbatical leave. Sabbatical leave may not be taken during a one-year terminal extension of a regular term appointment or during the academic year immediately preceding retirement or resignation. Upon recommendation from the Dean of the faculty member’s school, the Provost may approve an exception to this policy under special circumstances. The purpose of the sabbatical leave program is to enable faculty to pursue their scholarly interests full-time and then return to their posts. Accordingly, accrued sabbatical time expires upon termination of employment with the university; there is no compensation given at that time for unused sabbatical.