We are working together to prioritize protective health practices, self-care, and care of others.
All faculty and staff will be provided with a face covering (mask and/or face shield), hand sanitizer, and cleaning products, such as sanitizing wipes or cleaning spray, to use on commonly touched surfaces.
Before returning to campus, all employees must view a Returning to On-Campus Work presentation and complete a Returning to On-Campus Work Acknowledgement Form. Links to both will be available here later this month.
Some faculty and staff may have reasonable concerns about returning to on-campus work due to the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 virus. Faculty should contact the Provost’s office about your plans. Staff supervisors are encouraged to offer flexibility in the number of days, times of day, etc., as staff return to campus. Where possible, staff may continue to work remotely in consultation with their supervisor and Human Resources.
All faculty and staff must follow these practices when on campus:
- Wear a mask/face shield/face-covering in all indoor public spaces, in classrooms, or any space being used as a classroom, when requested to do so, and at any time 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained indoors or outdoors.
- Self-evaluate your health status and symptoms on a daily basis. Begin this practice at least 14 days before you plan to return to the campus on an extended basis. Stay home when ill or experiencing any symptoms for which there is not a known explanation.
- Cover your cough
- Avoid touching your face
- Wash hands frequently. When hand-washing facilities are not available, use hand sanitizer which will be available throughout campus.
- Obtain COVID-19 testing when experiencing symptoms
- Cooperate with quarantine/isolation requests.
Department and office operations
Administrative offices are developing detailed plans for the fall and many will offer both in-person and virtual services. As these plans become available, you will find important summary information on this site with links to the details on specific office websites.
Faculty are working with their academic departments and attending workshops facilitated by the Teaching and Learning Initiative and Career Channels to develop new teaching plans for both fall Mods. With the goal of combining flexibility with academic rigor and active participation, their redesigned courses will provide students with changed, but still innovative and engaging learning experiences.
Through July, most faculty and staff are working remotely. Some staff whose work requires them to be on campus will continue to do so. Housekeepers and facilities staff have been working through the spring and into the summer to clean and disinfect surfaces in all buildings, as well as create new traffic patterns and install protective barriers where needed. Security staff continue to be the point of contact if you need to visit campus before returning for the Fall term. Notify them before visiting your office or any other campus building.
For the fall term, some faculty and staff will return to in-person teaching and working on campus. Others may continue to teach and work remotely. Offices may use staggered scheduling to ensure distancing requirements. Information about whether a class or service is virtual and how offices are operating will be made available as those decisions are made.
Looking forward, staff and faculty should plan for in-person activities, events, and meetings to occur outside whenever possible. Thoughtfully evaluate the need for having people in-person rather than in a virtual gathering. In-person activities should be chosen only when the goals of the gathering cannot be achieved in a virtual setting.
Whether inside or outside, the location of all in-person activities, events, and meetings must enable all attendees to comply with physical distancing guidelines at all times. Attendance at campus activities and events is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff unless satisfying the goal of the event, such as a residency, requires a visitor to be on campus.
Travel to areas designated by the CDC as Level 3 is prohibited. Other restrictions may occur through actions by local, state, and national governments.
Essential institutional travel by air or car must be approved by the senior staff member to whom your unit reports and the following criteria are considered:
- The business cannot be conducted by any other means.
- Approval has been received from the individuals or groups to be visited.
- Students are not involved.
- The employee has voluntarily agreed to travel.
- Personal protective practices including physical distancing and wearing masks must be used.