HR News

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.

Academic Year Office Hours Resume Aug. 28

Syracuse University academic year office hours will resume Monday, Aug. 28. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Offices have been operating on summer hours since May 15.

If you have any questions, please contact HR Shared Services at 315.443.4042 or

Faculty/Staff Sessions on Remitted Tuition, Dependent Tuition Benefits to Be Held in September

Information sessions for faculty and staff on the University’s remitted tuition and dependent tuition benefits will be held in September.

The Remitted Tuition Benefit Information Session will be held Monday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. via videoconference. Interested individuals should complete the registration form and a link will be sent in advance of the session.

6 ‘On My Own Time’ Faculty/Staff Artists Selected to Display Work at the Everson Museum of Art This Fall

This year marks the 50th anniversary of “On My Own Time,” a program spearheaded by CNY Arts to celebrate the often-unsung artists employed by local businesses in the Central New York community and who create art … well, on their own time. Syracuse University has participated in “On My Own Time” ever year it has been offered since 1982. Over the years, it’s estimated that more than 1,800 faculty and staff have exhibited.

Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Syracuse University is committed to supporting the needs of nursing mothers and complies with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Laws regarding the rights of employees who need to express breast milk during the workday.

Consistent with the law, the University will provide reasonable time away from work for lactating employees for the purpose of expressing milk and will provide a private space in proximity to the employee’s work area for such purpose, for up to three years following childbirth.

Lactating employees may make a written request for time away from work and a private space for lactation by contacting their Senior Human Resources Business Partner or their supervisor. Upon receipt of the employee’s request, within a reasonable time frame, not to exceed five days, the Senior HR Business Partner and/or the supervisor will make reasonable efforts to provide a private space for lactation to the employee.

The University’s policy on Nursing Mothers in the Workplace is currently under review. In the interim please reference the New York State Policy on the Rights of Employees to Express Breast Milk in the Workplace [PDF] to understand employment-related rights and obligations and what support is available to University employees.

Discrimination against or termination of an employee for exercising this right is prohibited.

For additional information and resources, please visit the Human Resources website.

COVID-19 Update: Vaccination Requirement Ending | Continuing Resources

On Thursday, May 11, 2023, the federal government’s COVID-19 public health emergency expired. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates that the health emergency declaration will not be renewed, citing a dramatic decline in new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations since January of 2022.

Given the end of the federal health emergency, and in consultation with Barnes Center medical staff and local health officials, effective today, May 15, 2023, Syracuse University students, faculty and staff are no longer required to be vaccinated for the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes new students, faculty and staff, who will not be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination as a condition of attendance or employment.