HR Policies

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Additional policies and procedures can be found on the University Policy Office website.



Supporting documentation that impacts Cornell as a workplace.


Planning for Religious Holidays, Observances, and Accommodations

To create and maintain an inclusive and respectful workplace for all employees regardless of religious belief or non-belief, we ask that faculty and staff keep these guidelines and best practices in mind​ when planning for religious holidays, observances, and accommodations​.




Workplace Rights


Official Statements


Other Resources

All Faculty & Staff


Disability Accommodations

Staff from Medical Leaves Administration are always willing to meet with faculty and staff regarding any medical leave or disability accommodation issues. In order to initiate a request for disability accommodation, you may fill out the Cover Page and Medical Verification Form and return those to Medical Leaves. However, if you would rather speak with someone from Medical Leaves before submitting a request, please contact us and we will be happy to further discuss your situation.


Religious Accommodations


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Expectations of Faculty and Staff


Other Related Policies/Operational Information


Support for Faculty and Staff


Faculty & Academic Staff



Information for non-academic, non-union staff.


Career Development


Employment Practices


Resolving Staff Concerns


Time Away from Work

Excludes academic and bargaining unit staff.

  • Time Away from Work Policy (Excluding Academic and Bargaining Unit Staff) (includes Vacation, Holiday Time, Health and Personal Leave, Catastrophic Leave Donation, Funeral Leave, Jury Duty/Court Appearance, Voting Time, Military Leaves of Absence and Military Leave Policy Amendments, Volunteer Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Responder Leave, Family Leaves for Staff, Medical Leaves for Staff, Lactation Time Away From Work, Blood Donation Leave)  Also see: Medical Leaves Benefits for procedures and forms

Wages and Salaries




A brief description of each bargaining unit is provided below with a link to the corresponding contract.


Building Trades Council (BTC)

The contract that Cornell has with the BTC covers employees who work in the building trades such as carpenters, electricians, painters, masons, plumbers, sheet metal workers and laborers. These employees work in Facilities and Campus Services.


Communication Workers of America (CWA)

The contract that Cornell has with the CWA covers administrative assistants and staff support employees in the NYS College of Industrial and Labor Relations New York City Conference Center, Extension Division.


Cornell Police Union (CPU)

The contract that Cornell has with the CPU covers employees in the Cornell Police Department who are patrol officers and telecommunicators.


International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

The contract that Cornell has with the IUOE covers employees in the department of Utilities who operate and maintain the Central Heating Plant, Chilled Water Plant and Water Filtration Plant.



The contract that Cornell has with the Teamsters covers all regular full-time and regular part-time Emergency Services Representatives and Fire Protection Testers employed by the University at its Ithaca, New York campus.


United Auto Workers (UAW)

The contract that Cornell has with the UAW covers employees in service and maintenance occupations such as custodial, food service, maintenance mechanics, bus drivers, material handlers, animal attendants, groundsworkers and field assistants. These employees work in a variety of departments across the University.


Security, Police and Fire Professional of America (SPFPA)

The contract Cornell has with the SPFPA covers Transportation Service Representatives in Transportation Services who enforce parking and traffic regulations and policies.


Cornell Adjunct Faculty Alliance (CAFA)

This contract covers on-line instructors for credit courses in the ILR School Worker Institute Labor Studies program.