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As promised I will update often with new and important information. We will also regularly update the FAQs and other important COVID-19 information on our website. We will continue to update these sites and encourage you to check them often here.

A quick summary of important and new details:

Online classes that are already underway (which includes dual credit classes) continue as scheduled. The spring break extension is for face-to-face classes only.

Monday 3/16 and Tuesday 3/17 the University will be open for most operations and only those employees who receive a communication are expected to come in. All others will come to work on Wednesday.

STUDENTS:

  • Student workers--You will be able to continue in your position if you wish to work. More details to follow. Like all other employees, your supervisor will contact you if you are needed on
    Monday and Tuesday.
  • Student housing remains open. Although we encourage students to stay home and not return to campus, we understand this is not an option for every student. Student housing remains open to retrieve personal items and you can come at any time to collect your things.
  • Dining services remain open. The only exception is the “On-the-go” and Starbucks options inside the SAC.
  • More Details---You can expect additional communication from Dr. Spurlock about other student-related issues and she is always available to answer your questions at
    spurlock_r@utpb.edu.
  • Commencement: We will make a decision soon about all end-of-year activities including commencement. We may postpone the ceremony so do not make travel plans or purchase
    regalia until further notice.

STAFF:

  • You will receive a call, text, or email from your supervisor by 7:00 p.m. Sunday night (3/15) if
    you are expected to work during these two days.
  • Employees are reminded that, in general, children should not accompany their parents to work. Given the disruption of activities for health-related reasons, this is particularly unwise at this time.
  • We understand that the closing of public schools announced yesterday will create some hardships for parents. If you have childcare challenges caused by school closures, or any other challenge, please discuss options with your supervisor.
  • Feel free to dress casually next week.
  • All Falcon employees will have access to their offices and other University facilities.
  • Begin to test your ability to telecommute; Try and access the online resources you use on a daily basis from your house including: email, personal files, departmental shared files, and PeopleSoft.
  • If you have issues, please open a ticket with IRD Monday morning.

FACULTY:

  • You will have access to your offices and other University facilities.
  • Your online instructional plans are due on or before Friday, March 23rd.
  • Training will be available through FalconOnline next week. Dr. Jones-Munroe has sent an initial
    communication about this which includes workshop days and times. Please contact her at jones_kat@utpb.edu with questions.

COVID-19 Work-hours and Leave Flexibility

The University will implement options that allow you to manage your health and caregiving responsibilities during this extraordinary time. University operations must continue uninterrupted but we can add flexibility to ease your stress and help you manage changing circumstances.

Following is a summary of some of the ways we will assist in the days to come:

  • 14 days of paid COVID-19 leave when self-isolation is needed
  • Additional COVID-19 leave will be available when necessary
  • Flexible work hours will be expanded
  • Expanded telecommuting opportunities will be available

It will take a few weeks to finalize the processes and policies related to flex hours and COVID-19 leave, but if you need help with these issues before our policies are finished, please let your supervisor know so we can assist in problem-solving your particular circumstance.

University Travel and CDC guidance:

  • University-sponsored international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice.
  • Anyone who has traveled over the spring break to any Level 3 country must self-isolate for 14 days per CDC guidelines. Please contact your supervisor. We will provide paid COVID-19 leave. (**This updates earlier guidance).
  • If you travelled to a Level 2 country or California, Washington, or New York, please consider (not required) self-isolating for 14 days before coming back to work. We will provide paid COVID-19 Leave. Please contact your supervisor.
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