FACULTY & STAFF INFORMATION
THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
CURRENT CAMPUS PHASE: ORANGE
RETURNING TO WORK
Enhanced return-to-work protocols will be in place for all faculty, staff and students. Every university employee will be required to complete an online public health and safety course. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be given to high-risk employees who qualify for protection under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). If the high-risk employee doesn’t qualify for an ADA accommodation, they may be provided temporary work adjustments, at the discretion of the Dean/Director. Requests for exceptions to working on campus in the fall will be reviewed by Human Resources, deans and department chairs using fair, objective and consistent criteria. A process to request temporary work modifications will be forthcoming shortly.
As the University moves to the YELLOW alert level, it is essential that all personnel comply with additional safety measures meant to minimize the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Please follow the general guidelines below to maintain the health and safety of the campus community:
these guidelines are for for fall of 2020
ON-CAMPUS OFFICE WORK IS ALLOWED, BUT SHOULD BE MINIMIZED
- Remote work should continue to be encouraged.
- Accommodations should be made so that high risk personnel can work from home.
- Take steps to minimize the number of individuals in the office at any given time, such as rotating shifts and staggering schedules.
Only Come to Campus if You Are Healthy
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), AND
- You do not have any other flu-like symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath), AND
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, AND
- You have not had contact with anyone who is COVID positive (including the 5 days before they were positive) for 14 days.
Physical Distancing (6 ft) Must Be Maintained
- Maintain at least 6 ft of separation as often as possible. If this is not possible, face coverings must be worn.
- Minimize face-to-face contacts and avoid large gatherings.
- In person interactions should be limited to less than 50 people, while maintaining 6 ft separation at all times.
Use of Face Coverings on Campus Is required
- Face coverings (mask, scarf, gaiter, bandana) are required inside university buildings and in outdoor public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings must cover both the nose and the mouth. Plastic face shields do not meet this requirement.
- All personnel should complete the training course on returning to campus safely training course on Bridge (login with your UNID):
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Key times to clean hands include:
- Before and after work shifts or breaks
- After blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom
- Before eating or preparing food
- After putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of the elbow
- Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces in your work space, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs
- Disconnect from power or remove batteries from all powered items, such as computers, monitors, mice, etc.
- Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection
- To disinfect, use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against the COVID-19 virus and are appropriate for the surface
- Items such as keyboards and mice can be sanitized with 70% alcohol wipes to avoid damaging electronics
- Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. Clean and disinfect them before and after use.
Report Potential COVID-19 Exposure, Pending Test Results, or Diagnosis Immediately
- If you suspect you might have COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have been diagnosed, you must complete the reporting form on the University COVID-19 Central page.
- Keep track of places that you visit on campus and people with whom you interact. Reporting is paramount to campus safety, enabling contact tracing and proper disinfection of the workplace by campus Facilities personnel
- Follow the official University Guidance document for COVID-19 protocol for suspected or confirmed cases in University buildings
- If you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or who you suspect may have COVID-19 please follow the following instructions:
Report Any Health and Safety Concerns to Environmental Health and Safety
- Workplace health and safety concerns can be reported through the EHS hazard form. All reports will be treated as confidential and investigated as soon as possible.
Health and safety guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Therefore, individuals on campus must take personal responsibility to be informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support the mission of the university.