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Vacation (Excluding Academic and Bargaining-Unit Staff)

Cornell University provides paid vacation to eligible staff members for rest, relaxation, and renewal. Cornell expects employees and supervisors to coordinate approved vacation time with the business needs of the department, and to properly record vacation time taken.

Policy details


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Revision History:

October 13, 2021: Changed the date when leave balances that exceed the maximum accumulation are automatically adjusted to the appropriate maximum from October 15 to December 31.

June 20, 2019: Added language for clarity in the Retirement and Termination sections, regarding staff members on term appointments that are supported by any amount of sponsored or federally appropriated funding.

April 18, 2019: Removed obsolete responsibility for staff member.

November 29, 2018: Removed language in the Effective Date section regarding the prohibition of using accrued vacation before completing 6 months of continuous service and the requirement that staff members must repay accrued vacation time that is used during the first 12 months of continuous service if the employee leaves the position before that 12 months has passed. Also removed related Vacation Consent Form reference in Related Resources.

October 12, 2018: Inserted a sentence in the first paragraph on page 11 under Transfers.

January 12, 2018: Updated language on page 10 under "Non-Accrual."