Important Reminders for State Employees


Stony Brook University Hospital, Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine outpatient facilities, as well as the Long Island State Veterans Home, will maintain normal operations during the holiday period. Departments on West Campus, Schools of Health Sciences and Stony Brook Southampton may choose to close on Friday, November 24, 2017, which is a holiday for UUP represented employees only, all others employees must charge the appropriate accrual. Employees should check with their supervisors for their department's holiday schedule.

Year End Holidays

The official holiday closings for Christmas and New Years are Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1, 2018. Many offices may choose to operate with reduced staffing from Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 29. Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Medicine Ambulatory Practices, as well as the Long Island State Veterans Home, will maintain normal operations.

Holiday Reassignments

For the Thanksgiving holiday many departments on the West Campus and in the Health Sciences Schools will choose to remain closed on Friday, November 24. For employees for whom this day is not a holiday and who wish to work, and not charge accruals, supervisors should contact Human Resource Services by e-mail at in order to arrange an alternative work assignment. All request must be submitted by email no later than Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

To facilitate a reassignment, supervisors should e-mail the following information to

  • Employee Name
  • Employee Phone Number
  • Reassignment Dates
  • Position Title
  • Supervisor Name
  • Supervisor Phone Number
  • Department

Charging Accruals during Holiday Weeks

Please note that employees taking time off must secure approval from their supervisor and charge all absences except the official holidays, November 23, November 24 (for UUP represented employees only), December 25, 2017 and January 1, 2018 to the appropriate accruals

Snow Emergencies

In the case of snow or other weather emergencies, the best way to find out about University cancellations and other critical information is to access the University Emergency Management at You can also call (631) 632-SNOW or (631) 444-SNOW for up to date information

Information will also be furnished to the following media outlets: WUSB 90.1 FM, WALK 97.5 FM, WBLI 106.1 FM, WBAB 102.3 FM, WKJY 98.3 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM, WINS 1010 AM, WHLI 1110 AM, and News 12 Long Island.

Because of delays in broadcasting weather emergency information, and the inability of media to provide comprehensive information specific to our employees, individual departments are urged to develop their own procedures for handling weather emergencies. These should include creating phone chains or having employees contact their supervisors for information.

In addition stay informed by registering for SB Alert. SB Alert is a comprehensive emergency notification system used to alert members of the campus community about major emergencies, immediate threats or impending situations that can pose harm to individuals, disrupt classes, or impact facilities, activities or other operations. When activated, the system can send a voice, an alphanumeric page, email and/or a text message to ALL of the devices that you enter in the SB Alert - Contact Information tab in SOLAR.

Finally, only the Governor can order State offices and facilities to be closed. When classes are cancelled, University offices are still open and employees are expected to report to work. If individual employees choose not to report to work because of weather conditions, they must call in and charge their absence to appropriate accruals with supervisory approval.

In the case of rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, which can occur during the work day, an employee who wishes to leave early must secure supervisory approval, and charge this time to appropriate accruals.

Human Resource Services (HRS) Holiday Observance and Closing Information

Please note that HRS will be closed on the following dates as we celebrate the holidays:

  • From 3:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through Friday, November 24, 2017
  • From 3:30 P.M., Friday, December 22, 2017 through Monday, December 25, 2017
  • From 3:30 P.M., Friday, December 29, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018

For additional information contact Time and Attendance at (631) 632-6181 or email