Managers considered several variables when determining how best to begin returning
employees to their campus work locations. These included: what, if any, core duties
had been paused due to the remote work arrangements; what, if any, duties were most
efficiently and effectively performed on campus; and, the number of employees who
could be onsite at any one time while ensuring appropriate social distancing.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have used a five phase approach to reopen the
campus, allowing for a gradual increase in the number of individuals on campus at
any one time. To summarize, those employees whose work duties and responsibilities
can be performed effectively regardless of location will be among the last to return
to campus. Upon returning to the workplace, all individuals are required to wear the
appropriate PPE and practice appropriate social distancing (at least six feet apart).
As situations change and COVID cases either increase or decrease, we have moved into
different phases of our
Return to Work Plan, staying flexible and nimble to help ensure the continued health and safety of the
majority of our campus community. Phase 5 begins March 1, 2021, subject to change
based on guidance from SUNY and/or the NYS Department of Health.
The phased-in approach is in compliance with NYS guidelines to: ensure the University
is complying with the recommended social distancing and limited gathering guidance;
give departments and employees the opportunity to transition from remote work arrangements;
and, assess if there is any increased number of Coronavirus infections on the campus
and in the area.
Requests to work remotely beyond the return to work date, which include medical documentation
of any underlying high-risk health issues, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
Health Information Line (HIL), which you can reach at
(631) 632-5000. (The link provides more information, including which option to select once you call,
depending on your particular situation.)
Please see the FSA website for retail dining options on West Campus. In addition, Marketplace Cafe, Starbucks
and Panera Bread are open to members of the Stony Brook community at the Hospital.
Your manager and HR will work collaboratively with you to seek possible solutions.
These may include schedule changes where operationally feasible, reduced work schedules
or extended remote work. These situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis
to best meet the needs of both the University and the employee.
Each department is required to complete a Return-to-Workplace Plan identifying: the
proposed number of employees onsite and any telework or remote work plans; the plans
and controls addressing social distancing requirements; plans addressing basic infection
prevention measures, such as cleaning and disinfectant procedures; plans addressing
face coverings; and the manner in which these protocols will be communicated to employees.
Employees of the West Campus, HSC and RSOM (excluding clinical faculty) should call
the Health Information Line (HIL) at (631) 632-200 (2-5000 from on campus) and be
prepared to provide medical documentation to support the request. RSOM clinical faculty
should contact Employee Health and Wellness at
The University will follow all local and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)