Expectations for Employees

Social Distancing and Hygiene Practices per CDC guidelines

Employees are expected to adhere to the following established social distancing and hygiene practices:

  • Faculty and staff should limit close personal contact and maintain a minimum 6-foot distance apart.
  • 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 are expected to wear face coverings in public spaces and must wear them anytime they cannot maintain a 6 foot physical distance from others.
  • 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.
  • Faculty and staff should limit the number of people at gatherings, in accordance with guidance from the CDC. Examples include:
    • Limit the number of in-person meetings- when in-person meetings are necessary, attendance will be no more than the number of people permitted by the State of Ohio definition of limits. Physical distancing should be in place.
    • Limit the number of in person meetings-video conferencing and conference calls should be used when possible instead of in-person meetings .
    • No events, meetings, or gatherings will be approved that include more than what CDC guidance recommends and the State of Ohio permits.
    • Please note that the multi-person limit on gatherings includes other personnel that may be present in that space.
  • Faculty and staff should remain mindful of physical distancing in small spaces including elevators, hallways, stairwells, and restrooms.
    • Only one person may ride in an elevator at a time.
  • Faculty and staff should eat in a location that allows for appropriate physical distancing (e.g. outdoors, in an enclosed or private space, in an office with the door closed, etc.).

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

Daily Symptom Assessment 

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.

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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 72 hours (three full days) AND symptoms have improved for at least 72 hours AND at least seven days have passed since symptoms first began.

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 will be required to comply with daily on-campus temperature checks and 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-recommended steps, may be eligible for COVID21 leaves, 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, follow CDC recommended precautions, stay at home, and may be eligible for COVID21 leave. Employees who are directed by their local health department to self-quarantine must submit a report through the electronic absence reporting form.