• UUP Salary Equity Study

    During negotiations for the 2016-2022 State/UUP Agreement, the parties agreed to develop guidelines and a methodology for a salary equity study to be conducted at each campus. The purpose of such study is to identify compression and inversion for UUP-represented employees. Salary inversion may exist when new employees are hired at salaries higher than experienced employees; compression may exist when salaries of experienced employees fail to maintain distance above salaries of new employees.

    A State/SUNY/UUP executive-level committee developed guidelines and a methodology to analyze and identify the extent of salary compression and inversion, and the adopted guidelines and methodology have been utilized at SUNY Purchase.

    The agreement between the State and UUP also includes using all of the DSI to address identified compression and inversion. The results of the analysis have been reviewed and considered in making decisions regarding distributing discretionary salary increases. In following the negotiated guidelines, and in an effort to be transparent, a summary of specific considerations made in the distribution of the entire pool dedicated to addressing identified compression and inversion can be accessed by reviewing the Campus Compression/Inversion Report Form on the Human Resources website.

    Employees who will receive salary increases will be notified via their campus email address on March 11, 2021. Increases for both the discretionary, merit-based awards and those based on the compression analysis will appear in paychecks dated March 17, 2021. The increases will be retroactive to July 1, 2020 for professional employees and employees with 12-month obligations, and September 1, 2020 for employees with academic year obligations.

    If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at human.resources@purchase.edu.

    Date Posted: 3/11/2021

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  • Make your Voice Heard – Sexual Violence Prevention Survey

    Make your Voice Heard – Sexual Violence Prevention Survey

    The first step in our journey towards a safe and open culture is understanding our starting point. Make your voice heard and be part of the solution by taking the SUNY survey designed to help us understand your experiences as well as your awareness of campus resources. Look for an email from a survey@suny.edu on Monday, February 15th for students and Thursday, February 18th for employees. The Sexual Violence Prevention Survey will run through Monday, March 22nd for students and Thursday, March 25 for employees. Please take 15 minutes to provide SUNY and Purchase College with valuable information we can use to improve our services. We will be raffling off four (4) $50 VISA gift cards for participation in the student survey only.

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  • Social Distancing and Face Covering Policy

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics, Purchase College has adopted a Social Distancing and Face Covering policy. This policy highlights the protections that are required and implemented to ensure the health and safety of our campus community including students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors.

    Persons Required to Follow the Policy

    All people entering campus for any reason must follow the Policy for Social Distancing and Face Covering.This includes but is not limited to faculty, staff, students, volunteers, vendors, contractors, permitees, employees of related entities including but not limited to Purchase College Association, Research Foundation and all other visitors to the campus.

    Policy Statement and Specifics

    In the event of an outbreak of a highly infectious and/or deadly disease, including a pandemic, Purchase College may implement measures aimed at limiting the transmission of highly infectious disease through social distancing. Decisions regarding social distancing and other mitigation measures for an outbreak of influenza or other highly contagious diseases will be guided by such factors as the epidemiology of the disease, its response (if any) to anti-viral or other medications, the availability of effective medications and vaccines, specific at-risk groups, proximity of confirmed infection to a particular locale, and other factors.

    The College President, in consultation with the Campus Emergency Response Team along with other related campus offices will determine the appropriate level of social distancing measures or other corrective measures to employ. Federal, state, and local governing authorities may provide guidance in making the determination, and those authorities are likely to follow guidelines and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Department of Health (DOH). In addition to social distancing, additional measures such as donning of personal protective equipment (PPE) may be implemented.

    COVID-19 Pandemic Specific Policy


    A. As recommended by the CDC and the New York State Guidelines, all people entering campus for any reason are required to:

    • Adhere to social distancing restrictions
    • Have a face covering available at all times and be considerate of the health concerns of community members.
    • Wear face coverings when in direct contact with members of the public. Cover the nose and mouth with a face covering when inside campus buildings with the exception of when in your assigned residence or alone in your office.
    • While dining in public, persons are required to maintain a distance of six feet.
    • Face coverings are always required when outdoors within the plaza and all residential areas.
    • In other outdoor areas beyond the plaza and residential areas, masks are also required if you are unable to maintain a social distance of more than six feet.

    B. Both cloth and disposable face coverings are acceptable however, face coverings with exhalation valves are not permitted.

    Cloth face coverings should:
    • fit snugly but comfortably against the face covering both nose and mouth
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
    • stored properly when not in use to prevent damage or contamination

    C. Those who are unable to wear face coverings due to a medical or other health condition should consult with the appropriate campus offices (Human Resources for state employees, the Office of Disability Resources for students and designated campus contacts for contractors, volunteers, permitees, and campus visitors) to discuss reasonable accommodations.Campus contacts for permitees and visitors shall consult with the Continuation of Programs and Services Public Health Committee for guidance.

    D. Failure to Comply & Campus Enforcement

    • Interactions with those failing to comply should be viewed as a public health educational opportunity, we are asking all members of our community to do their part.Persons not wearing a face covering or maintaining social distancing should be asked to comply.
    Failure to comply may result in the following actions:
    • For students, it may result in a report being filed with the Office of Community Standards.Upon review, the student may receive notice of disciplinary action, which could result in their removal from campus (suspension or expulsion).Additionally, residential students may be removed from on-campus housing through the Office of Community Engagement Residence License Agreement.
    • For employees, it may result in referral to Human Resources for review and resolution in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement, including disciplinary action or up to and including termination. Employees are required to adhere to the above policy requirements in all instances except where doing so would inhibit or otherwise impair the employee’s health. Employees who are unable to wear face coverings due to a medical or other health condition should must consult with the Access and Reasonable Accommodation Officer (Ricardo Espinales, Associate Director of Human Resources, (914) 251-6086 to discuss reasonable accommodations.
    • For visitors, permitees, revocable permit holders and contractors, it may result in removal of authorization to be on campus property and/or termination of the applicable lease/permit/contract.
    • In the event of an emergency situation UPD can be contacted via telephone at (914) 251-6911.

    E. Reporting and Enforcement

    • Criteria for violations of this procedure are subject to a continued New York State Disaster Declaration and Executive Orders of the Governor of the State of New York. Violations may be reported as indicated above.
    • On campus general complaints can be emailed to: stayhealthy@purchase.edu, employee related: HRM.Director@purchase.edu, student related: SAF.conduct@purchase.edu
    • New York State maintains a hotline for non-essential gathering complaints: (833) 789-0470.
    • In the event of an emergency or crime in progress, call University Police: (914) 251-6911

    F. Definitions

    Social Distancing: “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people by staying at least 6 feet from other people, not gathering in groups, staying out of crowded places and avoiding mass gatherings of any size.

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses, respirators, or face coverings.It is important to note that PPE does not eliminate exposure to the virus, it can help prevent exposures by acting as a barrier between the wearer and the hazard, in this case the virus.

    Public Place (for purposes of this policy): shall mean buildings, grounds, and while in the process of transporting someone from one place to another or being transported such as a campus shuttle.Drivers are responsible for disinfecting the vehicle after each use.

    G. Responsibilities

    All campus community members (students, faculty, staff, visitors, etc.): have a personal responsibility to adhere to this procedure to ensure the safety of all community members. Being personally responsible means you take ownership of what you do and how it may impact others.

    H. Related Procedures

    Public Space Implementation

    Facilities, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Environmental Health and Safety, and Events Management are responsible for the implementation of this procedure.

    The following areas and spaces will adopt the following practices while social distancing:

    • General Building Occupancy: Occupancy will be adjusted to limit the number of people allowed on an academic building floor at one time and so no more than an appropriate number of classes are scheduled on the same floor at one time
    • Classrooms, Lecture Halls, Science Labs, and Other Meeting Spaces: The maximum occupancy will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing. Occupancy changes will be coordinated with the Registrar to appropriately adjust maximum course attendance.
    • Class start times will be slightly staggered to reduce hallway occupancy.
    • Dining Areas: Maximum occupancy will be adjusted accordingly and carry out services will be provided only until restrictions have been modified.
    • Residence Halls: Common areas and lounges in the residence halls are currently closed. Additional housing conditions have been imposed as part of the housing agreement, including but not limited to restrictions regarding visitors/guests to campus residences. Resident students should carefully read their Residence License Agreement and any addendums. Violations to COVID restrictions such as the visitor policy, may result in separation from the college for up to an academic or calendar year.
    • Residential Buildings will be closed to visitors.
    • Elevators: Use of elevators will be at a limited capacity, and persons should wear a face covering at all times.
    • Stairwells: Campus building stairwells in some cases may have one-way traffic. Community members must comply with posted signage.
    • Entrances/Exits: Campus building entry and egress routes may be separated in some cases.Community members must comply with posted signage.
    • Reception Areas: Where physical barriers are not already in place, such as glass partitions, visual aids may be present to mark a 6 foot distance.
    • General Spaces: Maximum occupancy will be adjusted accordingly, and furniture will be limited to single seating only.
    • Restrooms: Occupancy may be modified to promote social distancing.Use of restrooms with multiple stalls should be limited based on room size to ensure at least six (6) feet of distance between individuals.Community members should wash hands for at least twenty (20) seconds after using restrooms facilities to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.Face mask will also be worn in restrooms.Hand sanitizer will be placed outside of the restrooms.
    • Recreational and Athletic Venues: Spaces will be evaluated to determine how students can safely exercise while maintaining social distancing. Athletic competitions (both recreational and NCAA Division III) will be determined in concert with NCAA, SUNYAC, and health officials.
    Department and Unit Implementation

    Supervisors are responsible for implementation of the following modifications to protect the health of their employees.

    • Offices (double occupancy or more): Space should be accessed to ensure that at least six feet of distance exists between the occupants while seated at their workstations. In instances where the space cannot be reconfigured to accommodate social distancing Facilities Management may be consulted.
    • Any modifications or physical barrier needs will be reviewed and approved provided by Facilities. A barrier cannot impend airflow, heating, cooling, fire safety systems or accessibility.
    • In instances where physical distancing is not possible, further corrective action such as schedule changes, remote work, telecommuting, should be considered.
    • Restrooms (single occupancy): No modifications are required for the single occupancy restrooms. However, the waiting area outside of a single occupancy restroom will be evaluated to determine if signage is required to promote social distancing.
    • Meeting Spaces: Conduct meetings remotely using existing campus technologies such as Collaborate, Zoom, in-house conference lines (can accommodate six participants), Intercall, the telephone, etc.
    • Break Rooms and Common Areas: Social distancing and cleaning is the responsibility of those utilizing the space.
    Personal Protective Equipment

    Face Coverings will be made available to faculty, staff and students on scheduled days at the mailroom. Face covering needs when the mailroom is unavailable can be accommodated by emailing: stayhealthy@purchase.edu.

    This procedure will remain in effect until further notice. For questions regarding this policy, please email stayhealthy@purchase.edu. For questions regarding state regulations, please visit New York Forward.

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  • Telecommuting Program Update

    We received notification from the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations that the Pilot Telecommuting Programs (for CSEA, UUP & MC employees) have been extended.

    In order to continue decreased campus density, telecommuting will be allowed to continue as deemed appropriate by the supervisor in consultation with the area Vice President through May 31st. Together they will work to establish a plan to ensure health and safety of employees while meeting the colleges’ and departments work goals and operational needs. Employee concerns can be addressed with the supervisor, sector VP, or Human Resources as appropriate and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

    If your telecommuting application needs to be amended due to a change in work duties you will need to submit a new one. The application is located on the HR Employment Forms website

    Thank you for your continued hard work during these difficult times. Please continue to be safe and adhere to COVID protocols.

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  • Changes to Upstate COVID-19 Test Site and Future Test Changes

    While the update to the SUNY Upstate Medical University COVID Test website in February was challenging we are pleased to announce that it has allowed us greater reporting capabilities, and the much-requested ability to provide individual clinical test results.

    Starting Monday, March 29 individuals will receive an email alert that their results are ready for viewing. Emails will only be sent when results are finalized, so you can expect to receive an automated email when your results are presumed negative, reflex negative, or reflex positive.

    What does Presumed Negative, Reflex Negative and Reflex Positive Mean?

    • Presumed Negative: Your sample was pooled with others from campus and tested. No Covid-19 signal was detected in these samples.
    • Reflex Negative: Your sample was run individually, likely after being a part of a pool that tested positive, and your individual sample was negative for the presence of the Covid-19 virus. You may immediately end your precautionary isolation. You will also be contacted by Human Resources or your supervisor to let you know you no longer need to isolate.
    • Reflex Positive: Your sample was run individually and determined to be positive for the presence of the Covid-19 virus. Human Resources will be in touch to confirm the process, how long you need to quarantine, when you can return to work, etc.

    If your sample is part of a positive pool, you will be notified directly by Human Resources or your Supervisor and you will be told to isolate. Simultaneously, the lab will begin running all the samples from the positive pool individually. Once the individual results are finalized you will receive an email alert that your results are available for viewing.

    Results will not be detailed via email and can only be accessed by logging into the SUNY Upstate Medical University COVID Test website. Any samples listed as pending means the results have not yet been finalized. To view your results, log into the website, scroll down under your profile, and click the View Results button under the test date. A pop up will appear with your results, as well as a link to download a PDF of your results. This PDF is an individual clinical result and can be used to show proof of a negative COVID test.

    IMPORTANT: Incorrectly submitted specimens or barcodes will significantly delay the processing of results. Check your profile before exiting the campus testing site and make sure your barcode and testing date are correctly listed under your profile. If there is an issue registering your barcode you need to speak to someone before leaving the testing site.

    Future test change: Upstate Medical has informed us that we will need to switch from the current swab test to a sputum test. We do not have a date that this switch will occur but will keep you updated when we know more.

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  • NYS & CSEA Partnership - Tuition Benefits Program and Catalog

    The NYS and CSEA partnership for Education and Training is pleased to announce the Partnership’s 2021 Tuition Benefits Program for eligible CSEA-represented New York State Executive Branch employees.

    Copies of the catalog and application form are available for download from their website (www.nyscseapartnership.org). 

    Some of the program highlights include:

    • Eligible CSEA-represented New York State Executive Branch employees may apply for two tuition vouchers or tuition reimbursements. All applications must be received by December 31, 2021.
    • Any course taken must be in session sometime between April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 (please note the change in program year).
    • Applications will be accepted by mail (NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training, Corporate Plaza East - Suite 502, 240 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203), by fax at (518) 486-1989, or by email to tuitionapplications@nyscseapartnership.org.
    • Educational Advisement Services are available to CSEA-represented New York State employees by calling (518) 486-7814 (Press Option 1) or (800) 253-4332 (Press Option 1), or by email at advisors@nyscseapartnership.org.

    For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 or for areas outside the Capital Region call (800) 253-4332.

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  • NYS & CSEA Partnership - Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training (Partnership) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

    Eligible employees can receive up to two targeted tuition benefits (vouchers or reimbursements). Each targeted benefit can cover one non-credit course up to $1,220 or one credit-bearing course, up to a maximum of four credits at the resident tuition per credit rate, not to exceed $305 per credit. Applications must be received by December 31, 2021 and courses must be in session sometime between April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

    For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 (Press Option 1) or (800) 253-4332 (Press Option 1), or email advisors@nyscseapartnership.org.

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  • NYS & CSEA Partnership - Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Welding 2021

    The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training (Partnership) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Welding. This program provides tuition assistance to CSEA-represented NYS employees who wish to take welding courses.

    Eligible employees can receive up to two targeted tuition benefits (vouchers or reimbursements). Each targeted benefit can cover one non-credit welding course up to $1,220 or one credit-bearing welding course, up to a maximum of four credits at the resident tuition per credit rate, not to exceed $305 per credit. Applications must be received by December 31, 2021 and courses must be in session sometime between April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

    For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 (Press Option 1) or (800) 253-4332 (Press Option 1), or email advisors@nyscseapartnership.org.

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  • Non-chargeable time-off to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

    On March 12, 2021 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.2588-A/A.3354-B) granting public and private employees’ time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Under this new law, employees will be granted up to four (4) hours of excused leave per injection that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued. This legislation was effective immediately. This legislation is not retroactive and does not apply to vaccination appointments prior to March 12th.

    Once your appointment is scheduled, please request the time-off in accordance with normal departmental procedures.

    If you need a letter to verify your employment at the college, you can contact Deborah Bradshaw, Sr. Personnel Associate, in Human Resources after you have scheduled an appointment. Deborah can be reached via email at deborah.bradshaw@purchase.edu

    A COVID Vaccination Leave Form is available on our website for you to take to your appointment. Return the completed form to Susan Ciliberti in the Department of Human Resources. If you have attended an appointment during your scheduled workday since Friday March 12, please contact Susan Ciliberti about what other documentation you can provide as proof of your appointment.

    The SUNY Time and Attendance System has been updated to allow for a COVID Vaccine drop down option in the option in the non-chargeable category. The system will allow for two (2) non-chargeable times of up to four (4) hours each.

    CSEA employees who complete a paper Time and Attendance record should place a checkmark in the “LW FP” column and then write “COVID Vaccination” in the “Remarks” box

    If you have any questions, please contact Susan Ciliberti, Time and Attendance Coordinator, via email at susan.ciliberti@purchase.edu.

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  • CSEA - Skills for Success -Spring 2021Catalog

    The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training is pleased to announce the spring 2021 Skills for Success online courses and webinars. Live, instructor-led courses and webinars provide CSEA-represented employees with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to meet their personal and professional development goals.

    In-person training will not be available this semester due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent restrictions on public gatherings.

    The Skills for Success catalog contains course and webinar descriptions, dates, and start and end times. There are 34 courses and webinars scheduled from February through May 2021.

    The Skills for Success Catalog can be viewed on the NYS CSEA Partnership Website.

    CSEA-represented employees may enroll through the Statewide Learning Management System or by completing the Partnership’s application form located on page 29 of the catalog.

    For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 or for areas outside the Capital Region call (800) 253-4332, or email learning@nyscseapartnership.org.

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