Employee Vaccination Policy
In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, all new and current faculty and staff (union and non-union) will be required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 3, 2021, unless exempted from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.
By Aug. 13, employees must:
- Provide proof of full vaccination; OR
- Provide proof of first shot and appointment for second shot; OR
- Apply for a medical or religious exemption to Human Resources; OR
- For staff: Apply for an unpaid leave of absence until vaccinated, and in any event no later than Jan. 3, 2022. For faculty: Apply for an unpaid leave of absence in accordance with Faculty Handbook provisions (Part I, IX, C)
Evidence of full vaccination, unless granted an exemption or leave of absence, must be submitted by Sept. 3, 2021.
This policy applies to all faculty and staff (union and non-union), independent contractors and temporary employees at the College.
Employees in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, should contact Human Resources. When requested, the College will provide an exemption/reasonable accommodation for any known medical condition or disability, or sincerely held religious belief or practice, of a qualified individual which prevents an employee from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, provided the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship for the College or pose a direct threat to the health and/or safety of others in the workplace, educational environment and/or to the requesting employee.
Failure to meet the requirement
For staff members who have not received all doses by Sept. 3, 2021, and do not request an accommodation or leave of absence, the following will be implemented:
- Staff may voluntarily resign.
- In accordance with the College’s Unpaid Leave policy, staff may apply for an unpaid leave of absence until vaccinated, or until Jan. 3, 2022, whichever is sooner. Failure to return to work by the end of an approved leave of absence will be considered job abandonment and the College will terminate the employee.
- Otherwise, the College will issue an involuntary termination notice.
Those who choose not to comply with the College’s vaccination requirement will be subject to further action in accordance with the contract and other agreements reached with the applicable union.
- Faculty may apply for an unpaid leave of absence in accordance with Faculty Handbook provisions (Part I, IX, C); OR
- The College will initiate disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or dismissal, in accordance with Faculty Handbook procedures (Part I, XI). Violation of College policy is considered professional misconduct.
As we prepare for a full return to work and on-campus learning in the coming weeks, it is our hope that this decision will help everyone in our community feel safer and more at ease.