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Updated Guidance for Employees

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March 17, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As the current public health situation changes over time, the university is adjusting the information shared with our employees to reflect the latest guidance from federal, state and local authorities. The safety and wellness of our community is paramount.

As we return from spring break tomorrow, I offer the following guidance:

  • Unless you are required to come to campus, we want you to stay away from campus. We want you to stay home, telework, and practice social distancing. Thank you for every effort that you make to prevent the spread of illness.
  • There remains a need for a limited number of staff to maintain and operate campus facilities, technology and administrative infrastructures. There will be a need to maintain health and counseling services, some residence halls and limited dining services to support students who have no other option but to remain on campus. We understand that critical research activities may require access to campus facilities; laboratories and a technology infrastructure will need to be supported and maintained.
  • Supervisors will notify their employees if they are needed on campus.
  • No staff member who is immuno-compromised or otherwise considered by CDC guidance to be high-risk regarding COVID-19 will be required to work on campus. Faculty and staff over the age of 60, or those with CDC-recognized underlying conditions, who are unable to telework, can contact their human resources office on a confidential basis to use accrued sick or other leave, or receive an excused absence.
  • If telework is not an option based on your job description and you are informed by your supervisor that you are not needed on campus, we will provide administrative leave or other approved leave until at least March 30, 2020.
  • For individuals who still must report on site to work - where telework is not an option to perform duties and these duties still must be fulfilled - we are making sure that health and safety comes first. In addition, many of the employees still reporting to work will be eligible to earn additional compensation or compensatory time.
  • We will be following all state and federal health protocols regarding the safety of persons on campus, including cleaning and sanitizing of campus facilities as well as practicing safe community mitigation practices such as limited gatherings and social distancing.
  • Buildings on campus will be secured as they are on weekends and holidays. If you do not have access, please call the UMPD non-emergency number (301-405-3555).

This is an ever-evolving situation, and I want to express my appreciation for our faculty and staff for remaining flexible and patient. Our goal remains to be transparent and timely with our guidance as we navigate the pandemic.

Please continue to consult for the latest updates and information.

Most sincerely,

Jewel M. Washington
Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

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