Flexible Work Policy

Policy Statement

Syracuse University recognizes and supports flexible work arrangements as a means to facilitate a highly desirable and productive work environment that is responsive to the changing professional and personal needs of today’s work force and/or to sustainability principles.

The University supports the efforts of a benefits eligible staff employee or supervisor to initiate the process of discussing and proposing a flexible work arrangement. The Office of Human Resources is designated by the Chancellor to provide support mechanisms including protocols, education and training, tools, and forms to coach and guide supervisors and eligible staff through the process.

The University expects and requires, no reduction in service, quality of work, or productivity due to the implementation of flexible work arrangements. The University reserves the right to approve or deny any flexible work arrangement, and to modify or revoke such arrangements once approved. Any employee who is represented for collective bargaining purposes by a labor union shall only be eligible for a flexible work arrangement to the extent permitted by the collective bargaining agreement between the applicable union and the University.

As a condition of being allowed to work from home as part of a flexible work arrangement, eligible staff must abide by all University policies, including but not limited to the University’s Guidelines for Ergonomic Workspaces; Hazardous Materials Considerations and Prohibitions; Computing and Electronic Communications, and Secure Remote Access policies; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Policy; Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and all policies that relate to confidential information; and take all other steps requested by the University in order to protect its interests and facilitate eligible staff working from home. Violations of this policy may result in revocation of the arrangement and/or disciplinary action by the University, up to and including discharge.

Policy Administration

Links to Procedures and Related Information

Date: April 2005
Amended: August 2008