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Family Leaves for Nonacademic Staff

Cornell University provides several kinds of leave to assist nonacademic staff members to balance the demands of the workplace, their individual needs, and the needs of their families, in ways that accommodate the legitimate interests of campus units. To assist staff to meet these needs, this section of University Policy 6.9, Time Away From Work establishes leave benefits relating to bonding, family health, and military family needs (“family leaves”).

This policy provides coverage for staff members who need medical leaves to care for covered family members.

Note: Academic staff members are covered under University Policy 6.2.1, Leaves for Professors and Academic Staff. Leaves for student employees are covered in Student Employment Policies and Procedures of the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment.

Policy details


Your local college or unit administrative office or the Office of Human Resources.

Revision History:

January 17, 2023: Added the word sibling.

April 20, 2021: Updated to maintain compliance with the New York Family Leave Law.

June 20, 2019: Clarification added regarding coverage for employees working in other states with state-provided paid family and/or medical leave benefits.

September 20, 2018: In compliance with New York State regulations, adjustments made to pages 12-16 regarding the relationship between holidays and New York Paid Family Leave.

December 31, 2017: Updated to implement at Cornell the New York Paid Family Leave (NYPFL), which is a mandatory program for covered employers and covered nonacademic staff members.