Human Resources


Preventing Illness

The best way to avoid getting sick is by taking simple actions to protect yourself and those around you:

  • Stay up to date with your influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Avoid others when you are ill.
  • Clean your hands often, with alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or by washing with soap and water.
  • Cover your cough! Discard any tissues immediately and cleanse your hands after.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and face.
  • Don’t share food, drinks, or utensils.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces as appropriate.
  • Get plenty of rest! Try a sleep schedule and follow these tips for better sleep.

What to do if you are diagnosed with COVID-19

Employees should continue to notify their supervisor if they are unable to work due to illness, however, employees are no longer required to contact the Office of Human Resources to report positive COVID-19 cases. The University continues to strongly recommend that employees stay home if they feel unwell, and if they test positive for COVID-19, that they follow the guidance of their medical provider and isolate according to CDC guidelines. Employees that test positive for COVID-19 and are unable to work due to illness or isolation, should contact the Office of Human Resources at or 516-463-6526.

Time Away From Work

If you are sick, where applicable, you may take sick leave, short term disability and FMLA leave, if eligible. If a family member is sick, you may be eligible for FMLA and/or NY PFL. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at to determine FMLA/PFL/Paid Sick Leave/Short Term Disability eligibility. Additional information about NY State paid sick leave is available at

Contact Human Resources at with any questions regarding the above.