Catastrophic Sick Leave

The Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank (CSLB) is a pool of sick leave and annual leave voluntarily donated by individuals who are employed full time on an annual salary basis for potential use as sick leave by eligible full-time employees who are also donors to the bank.

  • Employees with fewer than five years of full-time continuous CUNY service may donate only annual leave.
  • There is no minimum length of service required to donate annual leave and no cap on the amount that may be donated.
  • Employees with five or more years of full-time continuous CUNY service may donate annual leave (without limitation) and/or sick leave up to 10 sick leave days per program year.
  • In order to donate sick leave, an employee must maintain a sick leave balance of at least 24 days.
  • Deductions are taken out every November.
  • All leave donated to the bank is irrevocable.

For more information on CSLB, review the Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank Program Information under Forms below.



  • Full-time employee on an annual salary with at least two years of continuous full-time service with the university (with some exceptions to skill trade titles).
  • Employees must have donated at least one day of sick leave or annual leave for the program year in which leave is needed.
  • An employee’s illness or injury not job-related and at least 30 continuous working days.
  • All leave balances and sick leave advancements must be exhausted.


  • The employee must be in a full-time title, employed on an annual salary basis.
  • A minimum donation of one day of annual leave or sick leave per program year.


After the initial enrollment period, deductions of the type and amount of leave will automatically continue on an annual basis, unless the employee requests a change.


Open enrollment for leave donations will be held in October of each program year (September 1 through August 31).


Submit forms and any medical documentation to:

Bettina Smith
1219 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5377

Brooklyn. All in.