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General Guidelines

Officers can request the following absence types. 

Vacation          Used for vacation (taken in whole or half days only)

Personal          Used for personal time off (taken in whole or half days only)

Sick                  Used for illness (taken in whole or half days only)

NYC Sick          Used for employee’s medical appointments and the care of an ill family member (taken in hours only)

Jury Duty         Used when you must report for jury duty (taken in whole days only)

Bereavement   Used for the death of an eligible family member (taken in whole days only)


Absence Types that Accrue and Their Usage


Full-time officers accrue vacation on a fiscal year basis; that is from July 1 through June 30. Vacation earned in one fiscal year must be scheduled, approved and used by the end of the following fiscal year. Vacation is earned at the rate of 2 days per completed calendar month of employment up to a maximum of 23 days per fiscal year. The 23rd day is earned at the end of the fiscal year; that is, June 30th. After 20 or more years, full-time officers earn vacation at the rate of 2 1/3rd days per completed calendar month up to a maximum of 28 days per fiscal year.


  1. Officers do not accrue vacation or personal days during an extended leave of absence (30 days or longer), paid or unpaid. For vacation, if the leave covers one or more whole calendar months, the accrual is not earned during those months. If a leave overlaps two calendar months and is at least 30 days in length, the vacation accrual is not earned in the second month (e.g., if an officer is on leave from mid-January to mid-February, they don't accrue their February vacation days). For Personal Days, a reduction of the accrual occurs only if the officer is on leave for the equivalent of four consecutive whole months (or six consecutive whole months at the Medical Center), resulting in the loss of the one personal day normally accrued during that period.
  2. Changes in an employee’s accrual rate take effect the fiscal year following the employee’s anniversary date.  For instance, if the employee’s anniversary date is February 1, 2011, the new accrual rate goes into effect in the new fiscal year starting July 1, 2011. 

    For example: for Officers who have reached their 20th anniversary with the University, the higher vacation accrual rate takes effect at the beginning of  the fiscal year (July 1) following that anniversary date.  If the anniversary date falls on July 1, the higher accrual rate is effective on that date.
  3. The salary continuation period for an officer on a documented disability leave of absence includes any paid holiday that may occur during the period of disability. An officer is not paid for holidays that occur during an unpaid leave of absence.
  4. An officer forfeits any vacation days not used by the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which they were accrued. This means that an officer cannot carry more than 23 vacation days (28 vacation days after 20 years) over into a new fiscal year.

Personal Days

Officers earn personal days (or "floating holidays") at intervals throughout the year and must use them within 12 months of earning them. MorningsideLamont-Doherty, and Nevis officers earn three personal days a year, one for every four months they work from their date of employment. Medical Center (CUMC) officers earn two personal days a year, one for every six months they work from their date of employment.

Note:  Personal days cannot accrue more than 3 days (2 days for CUMC Officers).  An officer forfeits any personal day not used by the end of the quarter which results in a balance of 4 days, or 3 days for CUMC officers, respectively, in the following month due to the next accrual.  This means that an officer cannot carry more than 3 personal days (2 days CUMC) at any time.  For example, if on March 31st, there is a 3 day personal balance (Morningside) and the officer will accrue another personal day in April, the balance remains at 3 and thus forfeiting the 4th day (if it was not used in March).


Absence Types that Do Not Accrue and Their Usage

Medical Leave of Absence (Sick Leave)

Full-time officers are entitled to salary continuation of up to a combined maximum of six (6) months pay during any 12 month period when extended absence is caused by medically documented illness or injury. Upon exhaustion of six (6) months salary continuation, an officer must be back at work for at least 12 months before becoming eligible for additional salary continuation. 

Jury Duty and Bereavement

For policy information on the entitlement and usage of these and other absence types, refer to the Time Away From Work policy section in the Administrative Policy Library.

For departments using PAC Time and Absence, visit the PAC Time and Absence page in the Workplace Management > Time and Attendance section of the HR Manager Toolkit.