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Phase 4 guidance for remote work

As of June 26, the Finger Lakes Region is in Phase 4 of New York State’s regional reopening plan. This is the final phase of the state’s reopening process, however many operating and activity restrictions are still in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our region.

The University continues to require that those employees working from home continue to do so unless approved to return by leadership.  Remote work helps to keep our campuses de-densified and lowers the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission. Essential staff in areas including public safety, facilities, dining services, residential life, and in some research facilities who are approved to restart or who are responsible for continuing operations at the University may be working on campus.

Only if business needs require it, and with approval of a Cabinet-level leader and a school operations director, employees may return to work in their offices, but work spaces cannot exceed 50 percent occupancy, per New York State guidance. Employees may not simply report to their offices without first working with their leadership and operations teams to develop a plan; this ensures that their building is accessible and appropriate physical distancing rules are in place and can be maintained, including the wearing of face masks. Additionally, if there are impediments to employees continuing their remote working arrangement, they should contact their supervisor and/or HR Business Partner.


  • If returning, employees need to screen themselves using Dr. Chat Bot prior to coming to campus.
  • All employees on University (non-Medical Center​) campuses need to complete the COVID-19 Safety Training available in MyPath. This mandatory training should be completed even prior to having plans to return to campus.

Campus Remains Closed

With the exception of University medical and clinical care facilities, the University continues to be closed to outside guests or visitors until further notice. Those who must visit campus—vendors and service personnel who are essential to campus operations, for example—must wear masks when in public spaces and maintain social distancing of at least six feet.

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