Staff guidelines

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Dear University Colleagues,

In a follow-up to President Machtley’s March 10 and 12 communications regarding the University’s plans to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this communication provides staff with additional guidance on work arrangements should you fall ill this season or need an alternative work arrangement.

Since the University will remain open, Division heads have been asked to review critical operations within their functional areas, and staffing levels required to maintain campus operations and community service expectations. The University will need the assistance of all healthy faculty and staff to maintain operations.  On a case-by-case basis, decisions will be made regarding which positions will continue to work on campus to provide required support, or if there are extenuating circumstances where alternative work arrangements may be warranted for certain positions.  We understand that some flexibility in the University’s support for alternative work arrangements and the administration of leave policies will be necessary as the University considers the most prudent means to respond to an evolving health situation.

  • What should employees do if they become ill or have questions about alternative work arrangements?

If you become ill with a sore throat, fever, or cold symptoms, or have received medical advice to be isolated for a specified period of time, please immediately discuss the matter (preferably via phone or email if you are symptomatic) with your manager to identify the best work arrangement for your safety, the safety of your colleagues, and the operational needs of the University. You are encouraged to explore alternative work arrangements — whether to care for yourself or for a family member who must be isolated for a specified period of time — by coordinating with your manager and Human Resources.

If your position is needed on campus to support the University’s operations, or an alternative work arrangement cannot be established, and you have been directed by a medical practitioner, the Department of Health, or the University to remain isolated for a specified period of time, please discuss the situation with your manager and Human Resources.

In addition, the University provides a variety of leaves of absence, and you and your manager can discuss which leave of absence is most applicable to your situation with Human Resources.

  • What should employees do if they receive approval for an alternative work arrangement?

If you receive approval from your manager and Human Resources to work remotely, you should confirm the assignments and projects you will be working on, and the expectations for regular check-ins with your manager and colleagues. You should also insure technology utilization conforms with the University’s Information Security Guidelines (https://is.bryant.edu/information-security/information-security-guidelines).  Employees should understand that alternative work arrangements will only be approved for short periods of time, and may be reassessed periodically as University business/operational needs change.

For questions related to alternative work arrangements or leaves of absence, please contact Human Resources via at HR_Private@bryant.edu or contact your HR Business Partner directly:

Division HR Partner Contact Information
Academic Affairs Cathy Currie Erika Paquette ccurrie@bryant.edu epaquett@bryant.edu
Athletics Erika Paquette epaquett@bryant.edu
Business Affairs Erika Paquette epaquett@bryant.edu
Enrollment Management Meaghan Trayner mtrayner@bryant.edu
Information Services Melanie Cluley mcluley@bryant.edu
International Affairs/ Bryant Zhuhai Cathy Currie ccurrie@bryant.edu
President’s Division (non-Athletics) Cathy Currie ccurrie@bryant.edu
Student Affairs Meaghan Trayner mtrayner@bryant.edu
University Advancement Kathy Langton klangton@bryant.edu

IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION

Employees are encouraged to continue to take the following steps to control the spread of viruses, including the coronavirus:

  • Contact your health care provider if you experience symptoms:  If you experience shortness of breath, sore throat, cough, or fever, please inform your manager and contact your health care provider. Please do not report back to work until you either receive documentation from a healthcare provider with a return to work date, or you have been symptom free (no coughing, fever, trouble breathing or sore throat) without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Employees should contact Human Resources prior to returning to work. 
  • Sign up for Doctors Online:  As a reminder, employees and their covered family members who are enrolled in the University’s health insurance plans have access to telemedicine services through Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Doctor’s Online program. This program provides you with on-line access to a certified health care provider through a phone or virtual consultation.  For additional information, please go to: https://my.bryant.edu/resources/human-resources/Doctors%20Online%20FAQ.pdf .
  • Take steps to prevent spreading the virus:  Even if you don’t have symptoms of the virus, but have been exposed to the following situations, please promptly notify your manager and Human Resources to discuss an appropriate course of action:
    • If you have been in direct contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus.
    • If you have been in contact with someone who has traveled to a restricted country or region in the US. (Check on the CDC website, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for up-to-date information on travel notices.)
    • If you have traveled internationally, traveled on a cruise ship, or to a restricted region in the US. (Check on the CDC website, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel , for up-to-date information on travel notices.)
  • Practice healthy habits.

COVID-19 has presented colleges and universities across the country with unprecedented and rapidly evolving circumstances. To protect the safety and well-being of the Bryant community, Bryant University’s policies and procedures are subject to change as the situation progresses. Please check this site regularly for the most updated information.

Sincerely,

Tim Paige

Vice President for Human Resources