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Approved by Executive Council on April 25, 2006
|Policy Number||Policy Owner|
|4034.1||Human Resource Services|
Release Time is defined as time off from normal work hours, not required to be charged to leave credits, for attendance at a college event/function for which such time has been authorized by the college President or designee.
An employee's use of Release Time is not automatic. Permission must be sought from the supervisor to attend the event/function if that attendance is during work hours. Permission to attend may be denied by the supervisor if such attendance would significantly disrupt operations.
While permission to grant Release Time may not be automatic, neither should it be routinely denied. Every effort should be made by the supervisor to make adjustments within a department or office to accommodate attendance at an authorized event/function.
Release Time will be considered for educational purposes when those events are sponsored by the college, offered under negotiated programs or considered job-related or career-related. Employees utilizing their SUNY tuition waiver, CSEA LEAP voucher, or other waivers are not automatically eligible for Release Time. However, the employee and supervisor may reach a Flex Time* agreement, Voluntary Reduction in Work Schedule (VRWS)* agreement, or the employee may elect to charge leave accruals to attend a course during normal work hours.
Course work must meet one of the following criteria to be approved as job-related:
Course work must meet one of the following criteria to be approved as career-related:
Based on current Federal guidelines, even if course work meets these conditions, it does not sufficiently meet the test of job-relatedness if:
Employees requesting release time for educational purposes must complete the Request for Release Time for Educational Purposes form, available upon request from Human Resource Services.
*See Flex Time Work Scheduling and Voluntary Reduction in Work Schedule (VRWS) agreements for further details.
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For questions about the Campus Handbook, please contact:
Management Services Office
Office: Kehoe 710-11
Phone: (518) 564-2538
Fax: (518) 564-2540