Will employees have a choice to work remotely?
Employees who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 or who are concerned about returning to work, should consult with their supervisor and Human Resources about the possibility of working remotely or pursuing other options.
What should I do if I have challenges that prevent me from working on campus?
Employees who have a situation that prevents them from easily returning to work should consult with their supervisor and Human Resources to discuss alternative options.
Is there a screening protocol in place for employees?
Yes. Employees will be expected to complete the emocha Health app daily screening each day prior to arrival on campus
Will employees need to be tested before returning to work?
All students and employees will be screened and tested for the Sars-Cov-2 virus upon arrival and as they return to work. Faculty and staff already working on campus will also be tested at this time and at regular intervals (either weekly or monthly) throughout the term.
What do I do if I’m exposed to a person who is confirmed or presumptive positive for COVID-19?
If you have been in close contact with someone who has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home from work, contact your healthcare provider and notify your supervisor. If your healthcare provider requests you to quarantine and/or be tested, the College must receive clearance from your healthcare provider in order for you to return to work.
When should I use Zoom instead of an in-person meeting?
Meetings should be conducted remotely via Zoom or a similar platform. If an in-person meeting is required, it must be limited to no more than the maximum number of people allowed by guidance provided by New York State. The meeting space must be large enough to allow a distance of six feet for all people in the meeting and masks must be worn.
I am traveling out of state. What am I required to do prior to returning to work on campus?
Staying home is the best way to prevent yourself and others from getting sick. If you are considering travel for personal reasons in the U.S., you will need to adhere to CDC, state and local health department guidelines for traveling and isolation requirements after travel. Please see Union's Travel Guidelines for specific information.
Are there departments that are not student-focused or do not provide direct service to any on-campus efforts that will remain remote in order to minimize density?
Vice presidents will be working with their divisions to identify who is able to return to campus and the timelines for doing so. Employees who are able to complete their work remotely will continue to do so. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the density based on state guidance and the needs of our community.
Will I be able to travel to conferences, symposia, etc. on behalf of the College?
See Travel Guidelines for the most updated information regarding business travel.
Will faculty use face coverings when teaching?
Students and instructors will be required to wear an acceptable face covering, even if social distancing exceeds six feet. If able, the instructor may wear a face shield to allow for better communication. If the instructor is unable to wear a face shield, other types of barriers or social distancing options will be assessed and implemented.