There are two circumstances, defined by the KBOR, in which tenure track faculty may request an extension to the initial seven year probationary period.
The Fine Print: The Kansas Board of Regents provides for an automatic one year extension of the tenure clock for faculty who become new parents or adopt a child under five years of age. "If an untenured faculty member becomes a parent through birth, adoptive placement, or adoption of a child under the age of 5 prior to the fifth year of the probationary period, that faculty member, upon notification to the institution's chief academic officer, shall be granted a one-year delay of the tenure review. Notification must occur within 90 days of the birth, adoptive placement, or adoption. Faculty members retain the right to opt out of this interruption policy."
The Fine Print: The Handbook specifies that "under unexpected, special, and extenuating circumstances prior to the beginning of the sixth year of service" an extension of the probationary period may be granted for up to one year. This extension is intended to accommodate unpredictable events that disrupt the documented progression of a faculty member towards achievement of tenure. It is required that faculty members document serious and unanticipated events that have intervened in the completion of the normal probationary period. These requests are taken very seriously by the University, with even leaves taken under the Family Medical Leave Act not automatically resulting in interruption of the probationary period. Faculty members who have reason to believe they will request interruption of the probationary period must have full approval of the Department Chair, FAD Office and Executive Dean.