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


Reasonable Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities

It is the policy of the Colleges to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability who are employees or applicants for employment. The Colleges are committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the New York State Human Rights Law (NYHRL), and all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities. The Colleges will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship to the Colleges. The interactive process of identifying a reasonable accommodation begins when an employee or applicant discloses a disability, provides documentation, and requests an accommodation. Volunteering information about a disability will not subject an employee or applicant to any adverse treatment or penalty. All information concerning disabilities will be considered confidential and will be released only in accordance with the ADA and the NYHRL.

To request an accommodation please complete the accommodation request form and return it to Human Resources.

Sonya Williams, Vice President for Human Resources also serves as the Colleges ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator and can be reached at or (315) 781-3313.

Open Enrollment

October 15 - November 5

This year's open enrollment will take place October 15th through November 5th 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 2019 calendar year during the Open Enrollment period. To review your benefit elections from last year and to update benefit elections for calendar year 2019 log in to the HWS benefit portal. Paper forms will not be accepted.

Open enrollment closes on November 5th 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, 2018.

As a reminder, if you have a remaining balance in your 2018 flex spending accounts you have until June 15, 2019 to submit for reimbursements.

For more information on open enrollment and the benefits available to you, stop by the Benefit Fair on October 23rd 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Vandervort room or visit the Human Resources Open Enrollment webpage.

Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy

The Colleges will not condone any verbal or physical harassment of or discrimination against any employee by another employee, non-employee (e.g. contractors and vendors), student, or guest on any basis including, but not limited to, age, race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, military or veteran status, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other status protected by law. The purpose of this policy is to assure that, in the workplace, no employee harasses another or discriminates against another on the basis of any protected status. Discrimination and verbal or physical harassment will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Read More >>

Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF)

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 >>


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