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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Information from Human Resources

August 28, 2020

Good Afternoon,

Please find below a variety of updates from Human Resources.

September and October Holidays
Labor Day, observed Monday, September 7, 2020, has been designated a holiday by the State of New York. The College has determined that only those services deemed essential will be maintained on state designated holidays.

Indigenous People’s Day, observed Monday, October 12, 2020, has been designated a holiday by the State of New York. The College has determined that only those services deemed essential will be maintained on state designated holidays.

The following definition can be helpful in further understanding essential services:

Essential Services are services that relate directly to the health, safety and welfare of our campus. Some services may be deemed more essential when the College is in session than when it is not. When the College is not in session, essential services personnel typically include, but are not limited to, the Heating Plant staff, University Police, snow removal personnel, and possibly a small number of Physical Plant staff for operational emergencies. When the College is not in session, but students are residing in the dorms, certain Student Life areas may also be deemed essential such as Residence Life and Student Health. The Library may be considered essential at this time. When the College is in session, essential services personnel typically include the same people listed above as well as Physical Plant staff to lock and unlock buildings. Given the complexities of the College’s integrated and computerized administrative systems and their relationship to the State of New York’s administrative systems, administrative offices are typically not considered to be essential services on State holidays.

COVID-19 Training
As a reminder, all employees must complete a training on the return to the workplace by September 1, 2020.  An email notification was sent with the required information to complete this mandatory training through Bizlibrary.

COVID-19 Testing     
As a reminder, employees are not required to be tested for COVID-19 to return to work. However, if for any reason an employee is tested for COVID-19, they should stay at home and immediately call me. I can be reached at (315) 267-2086.

Office Hours
As a reminder, the campus has returned to regular office hours being open until at least 4:30 p.m. It is imperative that by Monday, August 31, all offices have safety protocols in place as outlined in the Guideline to Returning to the Workplace.  This includes proper signage. Consistent office signage is available online. 

Travel Advisory
Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a travel advisory for residents and visitors of the state.  To view the details of the travel advisory please click here.  Any employee who chooses to travel to one of the restricted states must notify their supervisor.  SUNY Potsdam will ensure employees adhere to the quarantine requirements.

New Face Covering Policy
SUNY Potsdam has developed a Face Covering Requirements Policy effective immediately.  Please review the policy here.

Search Process Change
For fiscal year 2020-21 Human Resources will no longer be funding campus searches. For full details please read the addendum located in the Hiring Procedures for Unclassified Service.

New Title IX Policy
In order to comply with recent Title IX changes, effective August 14, 2020 SUNY Potsdam has implemented the Title IX Policy.  The Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention Policy has been updated to link to the new Title IX policy.

Thank you for your commitment to the safety of the SUNY Potsdam community.

Melissa Proulx
Director of Human Resources
(315) 267-2086