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This Week:

  • Transition to virtual University services: Starting Monday, March 23, all departments will begin transitioning to virtual hours of service, to the extent possible, while still maintaining University operations. This provides an opportunity for all staff to test technology and to begin working from home.  
  • University closed to public: The University will be closed to the public until further notice; only employees of the University should be on site. 
  • Office hours reduced: Offices will be open for internal operations March 23-26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no outside members of the public). Only the minimum number of employees necessary will cover these open office hours next week. Most offices will be dividing work hours between telecommuting and staggered hours. Please check with your supervisor about your work plans for next week.  
  • Access to offices:  All employees will be able to come to their offices for now as needed, but you must adhere to CDC guidelines on social distancing which include allowing six feet of distance between you and other people. 
  • Meetings: Meetings with more than 10 people should be handled virtually. 
  • University daycare: The University Daycare will be open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm March 23-26. It will be closed beginning Friday, March 27.   
  • Library Hours: The library will be open to serve faculty and students who are on campus. CDC social distancing is required. New hours until further notice will be:
    • Monday-Friday                10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday     12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Next Week:

  • Virtual University service begins Friday March 27th Almost all services and functions will be delivered uninterrupted using virtual platforms beginning Friday, March 27th. Other than essential personnel (see list below), employees will be working remotely. Most operational departments will be able to function with most employees working remotely most of the time; but this will vary by function. Supervisors will present a plan to the appropriate VP, Dean, or the President regarding essential personnel to be on site as needed. 
  • Virtual meetings: Committees and working meetings of the University must go on as needed using the virtual platform Microsoft Teams. The frequency of virtual, working meetings will be expanded to ensure that work continues. 

Expanded access starting Friday March 27

  • Based on demand and CDC guidelines, the Student Affairs Division and the Student Success Center will determine operations needed for the SAC, computer labs and Success Center spaces. An announcement will be made later this week. 
  • All student services, including registration, enrollment management, tutoring, financial aid, counseling, technology support will have expanded virtual hours to support students during this transition. Employees may be required to be on site as needed.
  • Faculty support, especially for technology, will be expanded and available virtually as needed to support the transition to online learning. 

Essential Functions/Essential Personnel--- On Site as needed/expanded virtual as needed: 

Most employees will spend much of their time working remotely until further notice, but if technology fails or if events warrant it, employees may be asked to come into the office. Staff in all departments will be on call as needed. The University will minimize the need to ask employees to come to campus and will adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines for those who receive a call from their supervisor.  

However, there are several functions/offices that will continue to have at least some physical presence on campus to maintain normal university operations and safety for students and staff:   

  • The President, Vice Presidents, and Deans; and staff deemed essential by them
  • Facilities and maintenance 
  • Housing/Dining 
  • Library support/Success Center/computer lab services 
  • Police and EMS 
  • FalconOnline 
  • IRD—technology support