Welcome to the Office of Human Resources website.

Human Resources supports the campus community by providing information and services related to employment, compensation, benefits, health & safety, and training.  We are committed to providing professional guidance, consultation, and quality customer service.  As you click through Human Resources website you will find information and the tools to help you be productive and successful at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

The Office of Human Resources
Gulick Hall, 1st Floor
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm


Inclement Weather Policy

As a residential institution, the offices and services at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will remain open and available to students, visitors, faculty and staff during inclement weather. Inclement weather is defined as ice, snow, freezing rain or other events associated with adverse weather conditions.

The Colleges will remain open and adhere to full operation including normal class schedules whenever possible. Commuting students, faculty and staff should exercise their best judgment with regard to road conditions and other safety concerns.

Further, the Colleges do not expect faculty and staff to take unnecessary risks to report to campus or to remain on campus during severe weather. If a staff member decides to leave work early or not report to work because of adverse weather conditions, the staff member will be expected to use an earned vacation day, a personal day, or make arrangements with their supervisor to work from home if their job responsibilities allow. Read More >>

Open Enrollment

October 30 - November 13

This year's open enrollment will take place October 30th through November 13th via the HWS benefit portal.

Benefits eligible faculty and staff are able to enroll in or make changes to their benefit elections for the upcoming 2018 calendar year during the Open Enrollment period. To review your benefit elections from last year and to update benefit elections for calendar year 2018 log in to the HWS benefit portal. Paper forms will not be accepted.

Open enrollment closes on November 13th at 11:59 p.m. and you will not be able to make a benefit change until the next Open Enrollment period, unless you have a qualifying event. If you do not elect any changes, your current benefit elections will remain in effect with the exception of flex spending which will terminate effective December 31, 2017.

As a reminder, if you have a remaining balance in your 2017 flex spending accounts you have until June 15, 2018 to submit for reimbursements.

For more information on open enrollment and the benefits available to you, stop by the Benefit Fair on November 2nd 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Vandervort room or visit the Human Resources Open Enrollment webpage.

AY17-18 Student Employment Authorization (SEA) Online Form is now available

In anticipation of your student employment needs for the new academic year, Human Resources has updated the hiring process and related forms for ease of use and efficiency. The Student Employment Authorization Form is now online and can be found on the Student Employment webpage. Supervisors are now able to complete and submit the SEA forms electronically and will receive confirmation and approval to hire through email notifications. Supervisors should also review the Supervisor section of the Student Employment webpage as there are important informational updates.

Human Resources is here to assist with any student employment needs or questions and can be reached at or by calling x-3312.


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