Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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STARS v1.1

Columbia University
OP-T2-31: Telecommuting

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Rebecca Balkin
Administrative Coordinator
Office of Work/Life
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Does the institution offer a telecommute program for employees?:

A brief description of the program:

As part of its flexible work arrangements (FWAs), Columbia University allows telecommuting subject to meeting the needs and operational goals of the department with the approval of the department manager. This policy applies to all officers of administration, libraries, and non-union support staff of Columbia University. Telecommuting entails regularly working outside of the office (for example, a work-at-home arrangement or a remote-access arrangement) for at least part of the work week. In order to facilitate arrangements under which staff may telecommute as part of their work schedule, departments are expected to decide each request for telecommuting on an individual basis. Certain positions may require telecommuting, and the department will notify staff at the time of hire.

The University offers FWAs as a way to meet the needs of its staff, and strengthens the University's position as an employer of choice. Telecommuting also has a positive environmental benefit by allowing reduced trips to and from campus. All formal FWAs must be approved by the department in advance and must allow the department to meet the business needs and operational goals. Short-term and/or non-recurring FWAs are permitted by this policy as well. Such arrangements do not require that the formal process be followed, but need to be approved in advance by the department manager. Short-term arrangements may include adjusting a work schedule for a determined period of time (i.e. a day, a week, etc.).

The website URL where information about the program is available:

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