Section 5: Staff and Faculty

Fall 2022 Employee Overview

  • The health and safety of the campus community will continue to shape all decision making.
  • Masks are recommended indoors.
  • Employees are still encouraged to limit the size of in-person meetings and participants are encouraged to utilize a conference call or video option when appropriate.
  • Consideration for employees who may need to work remotely as a reasonable accommodation for a disability are evaluated on a case-by-case basis through our normal accommodation process with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance for unit consideration.

Who should be working on campus:

  • On-site mandatory employees: those who must be on-site at a given time to work with students or to support critical research functions.
  • Non-faculty staff without an accommodation or other form of supervisory approval, who would normally be on campus.
  • The University continues to examine the efficacy of flexible work (during the pandemic often referred to as “remote operations”). Employees who are interested in flexible work arrangements should discuss the topic with their managers. The Flexible Work Arrangements, Including Remote Work policyalso provides guidance. 

Who should not come to campus:

  • Employees who are ill and/or exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 illness.
  • Employees who have had contact with others who have COVID-19 and are still within their quarantine.
  • Those with self-identified underlying health conditions that enhance risk from COVID-19; these employees should be referred to Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance for potential accommodation requests.
  • Those caring for, or living, with others with underlying health conditions that enhance risk from COVID-19; these employees may be referred to the Office of Human Resources
  • Those with symptoms who have recently completed COVID-19 testing with results pending or positive.
  • Non-essential visitors.

Dealing with Positive Cases of COVID-19 in the Workplace

Those who receive a positive test result should follow isolation guidelines and notify supervisors, and/or instructors as they would for other illness related absences. The university also encourages the notification of others who may be considered close contacts. This is key to helping keep our campus community safe as contract tracing efforts in Arkansas have ended.

The university is no longer taking self-reports of positive cases of COVID-19 from the campus community due in part to the Arkansas Department of Health ending reporting and contact tracing for colleges and universities. 

Research Continuity

The university’s Research Continuity plan has been updated to reflect a return to normal operational status (Level 4: Normal activity). 

The Research Continuity Plan covers approvals necessary, types of research and expectations for meeting all health and safety guidelines.