Section 5: Staff and Faculty
Fall 2021 Employee Overview
- 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.
- The health and safety of the campus community will continue to shape all decision making.
- 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.
- While not mandatory, wearing masks is recommended.
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.
- Those who cannot do their work remotely.
- Non-faculty staff without an accommodation or other form of supervisory approval, who would normally be on campus.
- Some units may evaluate the efficacy and benefits to the university of continuing remote operations. The remote work policy explains more.
Who should not come to campus:
- Employees who are ill and/or exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 illness.
- Those unvaccinated 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 should 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
The COVID-19 Positive Case Flowchart outlines the on-campus reporting, notification and testing procedures that have been established if you become aware of a positive COVID-19 case in your area.
- If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they must fill out the self-reporting COVID-19 form and begin isolating.
- The form will be sent to University Emergency Management and will notify the Arkansas Department of Health to begin contact tracing.
- Positive results from tests conducted on-campus do not need to be self-reported because the case information will be relayed automatically by the university.
Supervisors Must Notify Workplace Occupants
Once University Emergency Management is notified, the appropriate supervisor will be notified via email that an employee in their area tested positive for COVID-19.
- The supervisor must begin notifying other workspace occupants that someone in their department tested positive for COVID-19 and should use the approved notification letter in order to provide accurate information.
- This letter is to inform your staff of the steps being taken to ensure the safety of the workplace and not an indication that they have been exposed to COVID-19.
Appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of the necessary workspace will take place.
Guidance for Instructors in the Classroom
The Key Communications section of the provost’s website includes news and updates for instructors including:
- Steps instructors should take when notified about a positive case of COVID-19.
- Expectations for instructors for the Fall 2021 semester.
The university’s Research Continuity plan has been updated to reflect a return to normal operational status (Level 4: Normal activity). Researchers are allowed to return to campus in a manner detailed in the plan, developed based on recommendations from the COVID-19 Response Team and Research subcommittee.
The Research Continuity Plan covers approvals necessary, types of research and expectations for meeting all health and safety guidelines.