Important Update About Resuming On-Campus Work

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing today to provide an important update about our efforts to return faculty and staff, who have been working remotely, to working on campus.

While the pandemic is not over, we are seeing positive signs that a return to normal operations is in the not-so-distant future. This includes widespread access to vaccines, including on our campus, as well as significantly improved public health conditions. As of Thursday, 71% of our faculty and staff have already reported that they are fully vaccinated. Though circumstances can change quickly, in continuing our preparation for a fully in-person fall semester, we are asking our staff to transition back to on-campus working over the next eight weeks. If your work requires, you can and should return to regular on-campus work during this time and no later than Tuesday, July 6. We have asked senior vice presidents, deans and other unit leaders to develop and implement plans to help our faculty and staff transition back to in-person, on-campus working.

Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs)

We recognize that there may be some circumstances that require a limited number of faculty and staff to continue to work remotely for a short transition period. Please work with your supervisor and senior HR business partner to submit a request for a flexible work arrangement, which must be submitted and approved by your dean or senior vice president no later than June 1.

Visit the Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) webpage on the HR website for additional information about FWAs. Professional development sessions on FWAs may also be found on the Professional Development webpage. Individuals with specific questions should contact their supervisor, HR business partner or HR Shared Services.

Get Vaccinated          

Vaccines are now widely available across the country and here in Onondaga County. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, please do so at your earliest convenience. As a reminder, any individuals accessing campus during the summer months must be vaccinated by June 1.

  • Schedule an Appointment at an Off-Campus Vaccine Clinic: Effective Thursday, April 29, New York State-run sites, including the New York State Fairgrounds will accept walk-ins without appointments. To schedule an appointment at an off-campus vaccine clinic with the county or for more information on locations without appointments, please visit the New York State COVID-19 vaccine website or the Onondaga County COVID-19 vaccine website.

Confirm Your Vaccination Status

  • Faculty/Staff: All faculty and staff must complete our brief COVID-19 Vaccine Status Attestation Questionnaire to confirm their vaccination status. Faculty and staff can also use the form to claim exemption from this requirement for medical or sincerely held religious reasons.
  • Student Workers: Student workers who have already received or will receive the COVID-19 vaccine at an off-campus site are asked to submit their documentation through the Student Patient Portal.

The past year been especially difficult. Through their tireless efforts, our faculty and staff have continuously confronted and overcome the many challenges we have faced as a community. I thank you for your continued flexibility, innovation and understanding.


Andrew R. Gordon
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer