SUNY Telecommuting Policy

Republished September 14, 2021

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On August 2, 2021, the new SUNY Telecommuting Policy was distributed to the University at Buffalo for implementation at the campus level.  

About the Policy

This new policy is a positive step forward and will assist our institution’s efforts to assist with work productivity and increase employee engagement overall. SUNY’s policy will support telecommuting and flexible work, where it is reasonable to do so, based on the university’s mission, operational and program needs. 

Directly from the policy:

“This program’s purpose is to support implementation of telecommuting programs, where desired, establish guidelines designed to clearly articulate employee and campus expectations, and provide an additional vehicle for employee development while offering campus management the flexibility to operate a successful telecommuting program and plan for future workforce needs.”

Flexible Work Program Application

Faculty and staff may use the form, beginning September 15, to request flexible work such as a compressed work week, flexible start and end times and telecommuting. Applications may be submitted on September 15 or any time after; there is no specified application period.

  • Complete the online form
  • A PDF will be emailed to you
  • Review the PDF and sign the form (electronic signatures are acceptable)
  • Submit your form to your supervisor
  • Supervisor should submit the form to the VP/Dean for final approval

Submitting Approved Applications

Once the application has been approved or denied by the VP/Dean, the form should be submitted to Human Resources.  There are multiple ways to submit the form to our office.

Human Resources - Work/Life Services
205 Hayes Road
Townsend Hall
South Campus 

Virtual Town Hall Meetings

In preparation, Human Resources conducted a series of virtual town hall meetings for employees and supervisors. These meetings provided important information including:

  • Key elements of the policy for consideration
  • Specifics of both employee and supervisor responsibilities
  • Suggestions for having effective conversations between employees and supervisors as workplace flexibility options are explored
  • Use and completion of forms for tracking and record keeping
  • Examples of completed requests
  • Answers to any additional questions about the policy and its implementation at UB

Town Hall meetings were recorded for those who were unable to attend a live session. You can view the employee session or view the supervisor session which includes the same information as the employee session, as well as information for supervisors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact For Questions

  • Amy Myszka.

    Amy Myszka

    Director

    Benefits and Work Life Balance

    Phone: 716-645-5357

    Email: amyszka@buffalo.edu

  • Michele Poitras.

    Michele Poitras

    Wellness and Work Life Balance

    Phone: 716-645-4457

    Email: poitras@buffalo.edu

  • Peter Logiudice.

    Peter Logiudice

    Wellness and Work Life Balance

    Phone: 716-645-1528

    Email: pjl2@buffalo.edu