What do I need to do before returning to work on campus?
The University has outlined its Return to Work on Campus plan for faculty and staff. All employees are expected to read the Employee Responsibilities before returning to campus and follow the guidelines listed.
When will faculty and staff return to work on campus?
Our faculty and staff began returning to campus in phases starting June 15. Leaders of individual units across campus were charged with developing and implementing plans about the specifics of their unit’s return based on the new parameters and protocols and inform their employees what is expected of them. Unit leaders will determine how their units will return, who will continue to telecommute and who will return to campus and when. More information about the process of returning to work can be found on the Return to Work on Campus Overview page.
If I don’t feel comfortable working on campus this fall, will I be required to report to work on campus?
Our university must maintain certain critical services and operations regardless of circumstances. There are certain positions that are required to be on-site to support those critical services and operations. The University expects staff to attend work as scheduled and be fully prepared to begin work and remain at work through the entire work period. Any time away from work should be discussed and approved in advance with your supervisor. Some faculty and staff may be able to telecommute. Telecommuting allows employees to work at home or in a satellite location for all or part of their workweek.
See Coronavirus Workplace Considerations by Human Resources.
Will faculty and staff be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering while on campus?
A cloth face covering will be required in the presence of others in all indoor spaces. In addition, cloth face coverings will be required outside when adequate social distance cannot be maintained and you are within six feet of another person. All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to comply with this.
Central purchasing of cloth face coverings for UM employees
The university will provide cloth face coverings for employees upon their return to work on campus.
Facilities Management will manage the purchasing and distribution of cloth face coverings that meet the following recommendations from the CDC: 3-layered with pleats, washable, fits snugly and is secured with ear loops. The university will also provide departments with disposable masks for visitors and other temporary needs that may arise. These can also be obtained from Facilities Management.
While the university will provide cloth face coverings for all employees, we also recognize that employees may want to wear their own cloth face coverings and are encouraged to do so.
Departments can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or put in an SAP notification (preferred) to place an order. Please specify quantities of cloth masks and disposable masks needed for your department. We encourage you to think about summer activities as well as the fall semester.
Departments with requests to procure university-branded cloth face coverings should submit those to email@example.com for review and approval by University Licensing, Marketing & Communications and Procurement, which will evaluate safety standards, use of university marks, approved vendors as well as fiscal considerations.
We encourage all managers and supervisors to share with their employees the following guidance from the CDC on how to wear and care for face coverings properly: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
How will the face covering requirement be enforced?
Adherence to the protocols will be essential and fundamental to our ability to offer in-person activities on campus. More details about the consequences of non-adherence will be posted later in the summer.
Are there any exceptions to this requirement?
Any exceptions to these requirements will be outlined in the protocols when they are released later this summer.
Is my university-related trip canceled?
All university-affiliated international and domestic travel is prohibited until further notice. Faculty who believe their travel is essential must apply for a waiver with the Office of the Provost. Staff who believe their travel is essential must apply for a waiver through their respective Vice Chancellor. All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
Are research projects being paused or postponed?
Unless otherwise noted, research activities will continue at this time. Anyone involved in research will receive subsequent guidance. Visit the Keep Discovering site for information about maintaining the continuity of the mission-critical research function of the university during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For information about the university’s academic continuity plan, see the Keep Teaching site.
Are people who have traveled restricted from working?
We follow CDC guidelines which do not currently require a quarantine period for individuals returning from international travel.