This page was last updated 08/10/2020

Question: Will faculty and staff be on campus after students return for the fall semester?

Answer: Faculty who are designated to teach on-campus classes will be returning. However, all non-essential employees will continue to work in a remote capacity. In accordance with the guidelines of the CDC, the Allegheny County Health Department and the Common Good noted within the “Re-Entry and Resiliency Plan”, staggered work schedules for some designated non-essential employees will be in place.

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 are required to wear masks at all times while on campus – unless the employee or student is alone in an office or dormitory room. Visit the “Health and Safety Guidelines” section for additional information.

Question: What if a faculty or staff member is on campus and starts presenting with a low-grade fever or other COVID-19 related symptom?

Answer: The impacted employee should alert his/her supervisor and go home if sick. They are requested to contact their physician and Human Resources on their status. Faculty members will be provided with collegial coverage of their classes as necessary in consultation with their Dean/ Chair.

Question: Is there special paid sick time and protected leave for faculty or staff who contract COVID-19?

Answer: Yes. Carlow University will allow up to 80 hours of additional paid time off if faculty or staff contracts COVID-19. 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 travel restrictions for faculty and staff?

Answer: Business-related travel has been suspended until further notice. Individuals who personally travel or plan to travel to high risk COVID-19 areas should notify the Human Resources Department.

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