Policy Statement

Adelphi University’s policies for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be rooted in safety for our staff, safety for our faculty and students and for the public we interact with.

Reason for Policy

The goal is to protect our staff, faculty and students while responding to the COVID 19 pandemic by asking sick employees to stay home and continue Adelphi University’s mission of education.

Who Is Governed by this Policy

Non-Union full time and part time employees of the University

Employees of the American Association of University of Professors (AAUP)

Employees of the Benevolent Association of Security Officers

Employees of the Local 1102

Employees of the Local 153

Employees of Adelphi Physical Plant Workers’ Labor Union (APPWLU)

Student Employees


You may not come to campus for any reason or for any amount of time—even if you are designated as “essential personnel”—if any of the following conditions exist:

  1. You do not feel well; you have symptoms of fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, a new loss of smell or taste or other potential signs of COVID-19.
  2. In the last 10 days, you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
  3. In the last 10 days, a person with whom you live in the same residence has tested positive for COVID-19, is awaiting COVID-19 test results or has COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, an inability to smell or other potential signs of the virus.
    • Fully vaccinated workers no longer need to be restricted from work following an exposure as long as they are asymptomatic.
    • Fully vaccinated residents of non-healthcare congregate settings no longer need to quarantine following a known exposure.

The health of our students and employees is of the utmost importance to us.

Furthermore, if you have tested positive and have been on campus for any length of time during the past 10 calendar days, please contact the Director of Health Services at (nmgaudino@adelphi.edu), and Karen Loiacono and Joanna Ocampo in the Office of Human Resources, so we can sanitize the area (if needed) and provide you with information about sick time and disability, if applicable.

Failure to follow these directives will result in immediate disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. 


If you anticipate an upcoming need for a COVID-19 related leave, notify your supervisor, the Office of Health Services and the Office of Human Resources.

Related Information

What if an employee needs to remain out longer than 10 days?

For employees who are deemed unable to return to work after 10 days by physician, the employee will need to file a Short Term Disability claim.  Once approved for disability, you will utilize any remaining sick/personal time and any accrued vacation time.

Need to file a Short Term Disability claim? 

Employees report a leave or disability online: www.Cigna.com/customer-forms or www.mycigna.com. This is the most effective means to report an event as call volume increases. Employees may also report an event by phone at 888.842.4462 or 866.562.8421 (español), 7:00 am–7:00 pm CDT.

What if an employee needs to care for a family member who tests positive for COVID-19? 

Employees can contact Human Resources for NY PFL paperwork to request leave to care for a family member who has contracted COVID-19, which qualifies as a serious health condition.

Document History

This section must contain the following dates or placeholders for future dates:

  • Last Reviewed Date: January 14, 2021
  • Last Revised Date: January 14, 2021
  • Policy Origination Date: May 27, 2020

Who Approved This Policy

Lucinda J. Donnelly – Chief Human Resources Officer

Secondary Contacts

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