Faculty & Staff Procedures

If you feel sick:

If you have started feeling symptoms for any illness (COVID, Flu, etc.), including congestion, runny nose, headache, even the most minor allergy symptoms:

  1. Stay home. If you have to leave your home for any reason, wear a mask.
  2. Call your health provider to be evaluated for your illness.  This could include COVID testing.
  3. Follow normal University "sick day" policies or work remotely if approved by your supervisor.
  4. You can return to work once you are cleared by your doctor or once symptoms have significantly improved.  It is advised, for those with respiratory symptoms of nasal congestion, cough and sneezing, to wear a face mask once you have returned to work until these symptoms have fully resolved.
  5. If your illness causes you to miss more than three (3) days of work, a doctor’s certificate/note permitting a return to work must be submitted to the supervisor/manager who will forward the note to the Office of People and Culture.

If you test positive for COVID:

Employees testing positive for COVID should contact their supervisor of a need to stay home due to an illness.  Employees are not required to disclose the nature of their illness to their supervisor.  Employees are not required to report their status to the University.

Employees should follow normal University “sick day” policies or work remotely if approved by their supervisor.  Employees can return to work once they are no longer contagious and have seen a significant improvement of symptoms using the symptom threshold outlined below.  Employees will determine when they meet this threshold.  If an employee is absent for three (3) days or more, a doctor’s certificate/note permitting a return to work must be submitted to the supervisor/manager who will forward the note to the Office of People and Culture.

Significant Improvement of Symptoms means the following:

  • No temperature of 100.4 or higher for at least 24 hours without taking a fever reducing agent
  • Body aches have resolved
  • Upper respiratory symptoms of nasal congestion, cough and sneezing are improving
  • Resolution of initial headache

Once employees have met the threshold above, they should wear a face mask around others until any upper respiratory symptoms they are experiencing have fully resolved.

The University will no longer conduct contact tracing, but it is recommended COVID-positive individuals inform those that have met a “close and prolonged” threshold of exposure to them while infectious.  This is being less than 6’ from someone for more than 15 min. The exposed individuals won’t need to quarantine, but they should monitor themselves for symptom development and stay home/go for testing if they do begin to feel sick.

If you have been exposed to COVID:

If you have been exposed to a COVID positive individual, regardless of your vaccination or booster status, you will not need to quarantine away from work.  Instead, individuals should monitor themselves for symptom development and wear a face mask at work for a minimum of five (5) days. 

If symptoms do develop, employees should stay home and go for COVID testing.