There are two options that can be used. First, department chairs, deans and institute directors have the option to set a proxy to sign off on proposals in the event of their absence. If an emergency arises and the proxy is not set, please contact OSP
to resolve the situation. The other option is for the individual on sabbatical to continue to review and approve proposals. As long as internet access is readily available, and there are not likely to be significant delays in signing, this is an appropriate option.