Expectations for Employees

COVID Health and Safety Practices

Employees are expected to adhere to the following established COVID-19 health and safety practices:

  • Faculty and staff are required to wear masks while indoors on all University-owned and operated property. Our COVID-19 policy contains additional information and exemptions.
  • Faculty and staff in individual offices should consider working with office doors shut.
  • Faculty and staff should engage in frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizer, and sanitizing of surfaces regularly:
    • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as feasible.
    • Use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects, if soap and water are not readily available.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not hands.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, etc.) regularly. Physical Facilities will provide disinfecting wipes, or sprays for computer labs, classrooms, and public spaces for individuals to clean surfaces regularly.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Faculty and staff should avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.

Note: All visitors to campus, including contractors, vendors, guest speakers, etc., will be expected to follow these guidelines.

Daily Symptom Assessment 

Faculty and staff who are working on campus are expected to conduct a daily self-administered symptom assessment and monitor the results every day before reporting to work.

Whether or not you meet all or any of the below symptoms, you may not come to campus to work if your temperature exceeds 100 degrees. 

Employees who are sick must stay home until they are free of fever or symptoms (without the use of medication) for at least 24 hours AND symptoms have improved. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to isolate for at least 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours have passed without a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and to abide by all public health directives.

Currently, these symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

Employees who come to work and display symptoms like those associated with COVID-19 described above will be sent home. Supervisors may ask employees who report feeling ill at work, or who call in sick, questions about their symptoms to determine if they have or may have COVID-19.

Supervisors May Ask the Following Questions:

Do you have any of the following?

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or do you have at least two of the following symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Employee Testing

Certain positions that have higher contact with students and the public may be included in surveillance testing. Your supervisor will provide details and instructions.

Expectations of Employees with COVID-19 Symptoms or with a Sick Family Member at Home with COVID-19

  • Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor, contact their healthcare provider, and utilize sick leave to stay home.
  • Employees with confirmed COVID-19 (either by test or diagnosis as a presumptive positive) who are working on-campus must submit a report through the electronic absence reporting form.
  • Employees with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should follow CDC guidelines, may be eligible for COVID21 leave, and should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
  • Employees who have a family member living in the same residence as the employee with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are expected to self-quarantine if the employee is not vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines. Employees who are directed by their local health department to self-quarantine must submit a report through the electronic absence reporting form.
  • If an employee has been exposed to someone who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the employee should not come to work if they feel ill, and they should notify their supervisor, contact their healthcare provider, and utilize sick leave to stay home. An employee should also report their status using the electronic absence reporting form.
  • If an employee has been exposed to someone who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and does not show symptoms, they should report this information through the electronic absence reporting form so their situation can be assessed.