Update – January 7, 2022:
To begin the spring semester, and do what we can to keep our campus community as healthy as possible and maintain operations, the Task Force voted to implement the following protocols:
Temporary Mask Mandate
Masks will be required in the following indoor spaces:
- Classrooms, including labs
- Shared offices
- When in transit within buildings (excludes athletic facilities during events)
**We TRULY are aiming for this to be temporary. We fully expected to be mask optional this spring, but public health conditions have deteriorated considerably.
Faculty are asked to make available at least one of the following options and include information in each course syllabus:
- Synchronous Zoom on demand
- Any student, anytime, faculty offers Zoom upon request
- Synchronous Zoom due to special circumstances
- Zoom when requested by a student who is absent due to isolation/quarantine.
- Zoom when requested by a student enrolled in face-to-face classes but who, due to special health conditions, request to attend virtually for a brief period during the semester.
- Record lectures
- Record lectures during class and make available in Blackboard to all students.
Face-to-Face Course Delivery Pivot
- Any class with a 20% positivity rate among students will pivot to synchronous Zoom for a period of one week.
- Faculty who are quarantined or isolated and who are physically capable may choose to pivot to synchronous Zoom until released to return to the classroom.
Requests to Work Remotely
- Remote work requests remain a function of HR and should be submitted through the existing procedure.
Updated January 7, 2022
May be updated based on changes to public health guidelines at any time.
The purpose of this policy is to outline provisions covering leave for faculty and staff who have COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The goal of the policy is to keep faculty and staff safe and healthy while ensuring that all essential University services remain operational.
This policy addresses an evolving response to COVID-19 leave issues and does not create a past practice or expectation of continuation of this policy outside of a response to COVID-19. This policy may be updated at any time.
This policy only applies to faculty and staff who contracted COVID-19, are identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID19. All other faculty and staff are required to maintain their normal work routine.
COVID Policy Director’s Authorized Leave (CPDAL)
Faculty and staff members for whom remote work is not possible during quarantine or isolation may receive up to eighty (80) hours total CPDAL. Once the eighty (80) hours of CPDAL is exhausted, faculty and staff must use accrued leave to continue receiving paid time off.
Isolation and Quarantine Policies for SAU Employees
SAU Employees – Quarantine NOT required
- Employees whose vaccination status is up-to-date* will not be required to quarantine.
- Employees who can provide proof of a confirmed case of Covid-19 within 90 days of new exposure will not be required to quarantine.
Employees identified as a close contact who are not required to quarantine should:
- Wear a (K)N95 mask around others at all times for 10 days following exposure.
- Be tested two (2) days after contact with a positive case.
- Self-quarantine at the first sign of symptoms and contact UHS to be tested.
SAU Employees – Quarantine Required
Employees identified as close contacts and whose vaccination status is not up-to-date* will be required to quarantine.
SAU employee quarantine protocol
- Employees will work remotely for days 1-5 following exposure to a positive Covid-19 case.
- Employees should obtain a Covid-19 test on day five (5) of quarantine, sooner if symptomatic.
- Employees who test negative on day five may return to work on campus for days 6-10.
- Employees should wear (K)N95 masks on days 6-10 around others.
- Employees who become symptomatic during days 6-10 should return home to self-quarantine and contact UHS or the nearest health care provider to be retested.
SAU quarantine protocol-essential workers
To maintain SAU operations, it will be necessary for essential workers to continue to work on campus for the full 10-day quarantine period. Employees should notify supervisors immediately upon notification of quarantine requirement. Supervisors should monitor staffing conditions and consult with the appropriate vice president when making decisions regarding off-campus quarantine of essential workers.
Essential workers reporting to campus during quarantine should:
- Perform a self-health evaluation daily prior to coming to campus.
- Wear a (K)N95 around others at all times during quarantine.
- Obtain a Covid-19 test on day (2) following exposure.
- Self-quarantine at home at the first sign of symptoms and contact UHS or the nearest health care provider to be tested.
*Up-to-date vaccination status means:
Primary (dose one and dose two) Moderna or Pfizer shots have been received, additional primary shots as recommended for some immunocompromised populations have been received, and the recommended booster has been received.
Johnson and Johnson single dose has been received, two months have passed since receipt of the single dose, and a booster has been received.
SAU Employee Isolation Required
Employees who test positive for Covid-19 will be required to isolate.
SAU employee isolation protocol
- Employees who test positive must stay home for at least 5 days.
- Asymptomatic employees may return to campus on day 6, but must wear a (K)N95 mask around others at all times for days 6-10.
- Asymptomatic employees should retest on day 10 prior to ceasing use of the (K)N95 mask.
- Employees who have fever at day 5 or beyond must continue to stay home until 24 hours after fever has resolved.
SAU isolation protocol-essential workers
To maintain SAU operations, it may be necessary for asymptomatic Covid-19 positive essential workers to continue to work on campus for the full isolation period.
Employees should notify supervisors immediately upon notification of a positive test. Supervisors should monitor staffing conditions and consult with the appropriate vice president when making decisions regarding isolation of Covid positive essential workers. Essential workers who test positive and who are working on campus during isolation should self-isolate immediately upon the first sign of symptoms, notify their supervisor, and contact UHS.
SAU will provide (K)N95 masks for employees working on campus during quarantine or isolation.