HR News

2023-24 Winter Break/Orange Appreciation Days Operating Schedule

In continuation of Syracuse University’s commitment to providing comprehensive benefits and in appreciation of the contributions of faculty and staff, the University will be operating under its holiday schedule and Orange Appreciation Days format for the winter break period from 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, through Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Faculty and Staff Open Enrollment Runs Through Nov. 10

Don’t miss the opportunity to review your benefits!

Open Enrollment is the one time of year when eligible employees can reflect on their benefit options, connect with the variety of available resources to help make the best decisions to meet their needs and enroll for the coming year.

Visit the Open Enrollment website to learn more about your benefits and the resources available to help you make decisions for next year.

Questions about Open Enrollment, benefits or the enrollment process? Contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042.

Important Information About Benefits for 2024

Next Monday, Oct. 30, we will begin the annual Open Enrollment process for employee benefit selections for 2024. Ahead of that, I am writing today to provide an update on how the University plans to address rising health care costs, and what you can expect with regard to employee contributions (the amount deducted from your paycheck for health coverage) for 2024. In addition, there will be no significant plan design changes for 2024 benefit plans.

Public Health Update: COVID-19 Test Availability | Flu/COVID Vaccines

With cold and flu season officially here, I want to remind the University community of the availability of COVID-19 tests and opportunities on and off campus to get vaccinated against both influenza and COVID-19. As always, good hygiene practices are essential to minimizing the spread of infectious diseases, and we recommend all community members follow these prevention tips from the Barnes Center at The Arch.

New COVID Boosters Approved, Reminders About Reporting and Isolation

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

A short time ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved a new round of COVID vaccinations. As Syracuse University has in the past, we will be once again offering COVID vaccine clinics, as well as flu shot clinics, on campus. The University does not yet have a supply of the new COVID vaccine doses; however, once we know when they will arrive, we will share a schedule of clinics with our campus community.

Changes to Future Job Postings

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

As the fall semester gets underway, I am writing to make you aware of some changes in the way open positions at the University are posted publicly. Beginning Sept. 17, salary ranges and/or specific hourly rates of pay will accompany the description of any position being offered, whether posted internally or externally on, the Syracuse University Job Board, or through third-party search firms, social media, electronic or print sources.

This change is intended to create greater transparency and attract the most qualified candidates to fill open positions, including those for faculty, part-time instructors, staff, temporary and student employees. This change is also in compliance with New York State’s Pay Transparency Law, a new law designed to provide job candidates with additional information in all forms of employment across industries.

Salary ranges will be determined based on input from schools, colleges and administrative units as well as internal and external market data for similar positions.

We hope these changes will help simplify the job search process for talented individuals who are seeking positions with the University. Syracuse University employees are encouraged to promote opportunities at the University among their networks and always include a link to the posting on when doing so to ensure compliance with the new regulations.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact your unit’s senior HR business partner or HR Shared Services at or 315.443.4042.

Thank you, in advance, for your assistance implementing this important change.

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

Convenient On-Campus Flu Clinics Available This Month for Faculty and Staff

The Wellness Initiative is pleased to offer three opportunities for faculty and staff to receive their flu vaccine from Wegmans Pharmacy at campus locations this month.

Pharmacists will immunize with the quadrivalent flu vaccine to protect against four strains of influenza viruses, and there will be limited doses of the senior vaccine for adults age 65 and older.

Appointments are required and must be made online in advance. Clinics will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 13
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Raynor Avenue Lot (tented, outdoors)

Tuesday, Sept. 19
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kimmel Dining Hall
311 Waverly Ave.
North Campus

Friday, Sept. 29
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
151 Farm Acre Road
South Campus

Step-by-step instructions to make an appointment are available on the Wellness Initiative’s Flu Vaccine Clinics webpage.

Faculty and staff should bring a valid Syracuse University I.D. to their appointment; temporary employees may show an alternate picture ID. Short-term parking is available at the Irving Avenue Garage or Comstock Avenue Garage for the Sept. 19 clinic by letting the attendant know that you are getting your flu vaccine. For the Sept. 29 clinic, parking is available at or near Skybarn.

Please note, on-campus flu vaccine clinics for students, offered through the Barnes Center at The Arch, will be announced at a later date. Additional on-campus faculty and staff clinics are planned for October.

2 ‘Crucial’ Training Programs Offered to Faculty and Staff Leaders This Fall

The University’s Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce two upcoming professional development opportunities to faculty and staff leaders. The popular Crucial Conversations program—a deep dive on how to communicate effectively, especially in high-stakes situations—returns to campus Sept. 8-Oct. 27.

Later in the fall, Crucial Influence, a new program from the creators of Crucial Conversations, will be offered on campus for the first time. To participate in Crucial Influence, you must attend the upcoming Crucial Conversations session (or have attended the series previously). Further details are as follows.