SUNY Plattsburgh Human Resource Services Policy on Medical Certification Request

In addition to any specific departmental requirements regarding the use and approval of sick leave, the following rules apply:

Employees are required to provide medical documentation when using three or more days of absence due to personal illness or injury, except in cases where the absence is caused by the H1N1 flu.  Under certain circumstances, medical documentation may be required for shorter periods of disability.  Failure to provide acceptable medical certification in a  timely manner may result in loss of pay and/or reduced benefits and the use of sick leave credits may be denied.  Employees are responsible for keeping medical documentation current and notifying their supervisors of their work status.

Acceptable medical certificates provided to Human Resource Services must be on physician's official letterhead and include the following:

  • Patient's name
  • Inclusive dates of disability
  • Statement that employee is unable to perform job duties
  • Anticipated or actual return to work date
  • Physician's original signature 

Medical certification may be faxed by the medical practitioner to Human Resource Services at (518) 564-5060.

A release to return to work is also required and should state that the employee can return to full duty.  Modified duty assignments are not guaranteed and must be pre-approved by the employee's supervisor and Human Resource Services.  Consideration for modified duty will be based on the completion of the Physical Capabilities form, the employee's job duties, and negotiated agreement.   Human Resources may require an employee to be examined by Employee Health Services prior to return to work dependent upon the nature of the illness/injury, the length of disability, and the nature of the position.

For additional information, refer to the Guide to Administering Leave Benefits, Department of Civil Service Attendance and Leave Manual, and/or appropriate negotiated agreement.

Contact Information

Human Resource Services

Address: 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681
Campus Location: Kehoe 912
Phone: (518) 564-5062
Fax: (518) 564-5060

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm