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Medical 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.

This policy includes coverage for leaves that may apply for an employee’s own serious health condition

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:

October 11, 2022: Updated details regarding disabilities.

April 20, 2021: Updated to maintain compliance with the New York Medical Leave law.

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

December 31, 2017: Updated to align with federal regulations, in line with changes to University Policy 6.9, Family Leaves for Nonacademic Staff.

April 10, 2017: Moved "Concurrent Employment While on a Medical Leave" from "Personal Medical Leave" to "Uniform Provisions" in Principles and added a note to page 12. Updated all hyperlinks.