March 29, 2020
Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extended the directive ordering all non-essential New York State employees not to report to work for another two weeks, until Wednesday, April 15, or further notice. This is one of the many measures that New York State is taking to try to slow the coronavirus pandemic.
Non-essential employees should continue to work from home, to the extent practicable. Regular time and attendance procedures are required for illness, vacation and family or sick leave. Anyone designated non-essential should call their supervisor no later than one hour prior to their regular start time, to ensure any change in status can be communicated.
With the exception of teaching faculty, employees who are working remotely should apply for the new telecommuting pilot program. Under the program, supervisors will work directly with each employee to develop an approved remote work plan.
Please remember that even if you have been deemed essential, you are not required to be on campus if you can do your job remotely (unless you are called upon for an emergency situation). Academic faculty are considered essential employees to provide the continuity of instruction via distance learning and we encourage them to also work remotely when possible.
Access to campus remains highly restricted at this time. We are working hard to limit the number of populated buildings to reduce density, assist in our ongoing deep cleaning and sanitation efforts, and to ensure safety and security.
For more information, please consult our list of frequently asked questions for employees. This is constantly updated.
Thank you for your continued cooperation with these important public health measures.
Melissa E. Proulx
Director of Human Resources