This page was last updated 7/26/21


Question: Will faculty and staff be working on campus for the fall semester?
Answer: Some employees will be designated fully remote and others will work within a hybrid – occasionally on campus – schedule. Employees who have been identified as essential workers, including essential contractors, will continue to work on campus.


Question: Will employees be required to secure a COVID-19 vaccination prior to a return to on-campus work?
Answer: At this time, the University is not requiring the vaccine for employees who may return to on-campus work, and we are staying abreast of the state’s phased rollout of vaccinations: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Vaccine.aspx


Question: Are remote employees permitted to take work assets home, such as monitors?
Answer: Yes. Just as individuals are responsible for the care of their equipment while on campus, individuals are responsible for the care of their equipment at home. Accidental damage cannot be warrantied, and in the event of damage, replacements will need to be purchased by the user’s respective department.


Question: Can employees utilize their home printers for University work?
Answer: Yes. However, IT cannot install home printer software given the security risks and administrative privileges.


Question: What type of safety precautions do I need to take, and what type of personal protection equipment (PPE) do I need to use if I am working on campus?
Answer: All employees (faculty and staff), students and visitors who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear masks while indoors on campus.
The Campus Laboratory School and the Early Learning Center continue to require masks in these facilities and playgrounds (ELC, Trinity Hall and Tiernan Hall). This holds true for all adults and children regardless of vaccination status. This policy reflects guidance recommendations from Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).


Question: What if a faculty or staff member is on campus and starts presenting symptoms of COVID-19 or any illness?
Answer: The impacted employee should alert his/her supervisor and go home if sick and remain home until they are free of symptoms. Faculty members will be provided with collegial coverage of their classes as necessary in consultation with their Dean/Chair. If an employee contracts COVID-19, it is requested that they report the information to Human Resources.


Question: Is there special paid sick time and protected leave for faculty or staff who contract COVID-19?
Answer: Yes. Carlow University will provide a maximum of 80 hours of additional paid sick time if applicable, for COVID-19 situations. This includes COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test; required quarantine due to exposure or travel; and reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine. The Request for Paid COVID-19 Leave Form must be completed and submitted to the Human Resources Office.

Additionally, diagnosed faculty and staff should request Short Term Disability paperwork immediately after diagnosis. As required under the Family and Medical Leave Act, eligible employees will be provided with unpaid job-protected and benefit-protected leave, as applicable.


Question: Has the University lifted business travel restrictions for faculty and staff?
Answer: Business-related travel remains suspended until further notice.

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