Re-entry & Resiliency Plan (updated 10/14/21)
This page was last updated 10/12/21
Question: Are faculty and staff working on
Answer: Carlow University has adopted a hybrid approach of both on campus and virtual work for our Faculty and Staff based on department and supervisor review of business needs. Employees who have been identified as essential workers, including essential contractors, continue to work on campus.
Question: Are employees required to secure a COVID-19
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: How does the University keep track of vaccination information?
Answer:To further assist us in keeping our faculty, staff and students safe, Carlow has asked the community to upload their COVID-19 vaccination information to a centralized site.
Question: What type of COVID-19 testing is available for employees?
Answer:In accordance with the federal testing mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees, Carlow University is conducting weekly mandatory testing for all employees who have not been vaccinated or whose vaccination status is not known. This testing is required for all employees regardless of work location. Employees who have not submitted their vaccination status may do so by clicking here.
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
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
Answer: Carlow University is now requiring all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear properly fitting masks indoors at all times. However, individuals are not required to wear a mask while outdoors on campus or inside campus buildings where they are alone in a self-contained space, such aas an office or study room. This policy extends to all indoor spaces, including dining areas when eating or drinking, owned or operated by the University. This preventative measure will remain in place until further notice.
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.