Coronavirus Workplace Guidelines
As the College continues to monitor the local, national and worldwide incidence of the coronavirus and the illness it causes, faculty and staff members are asked to review the following workplace guidelines. It is likely this information will change as the situation evolves and more becomes known. Questions may be directed to the Human Resources Department or Provost Office.
We urge you to check the coronavirus updates on the College website daily.
Manhattan College priorities in setting these workplace policies are to:
- Maintain a safe and healthy workplace, including minimizing the transmission of contagious disease;
- Sustain academic programs and operational continuity;
- Encourage fairness, open communications and concern for the wellbeing of our faculty and staff, and their families.
Most Important Actions to Take Now
All faculty and staff are urged to take basic preventive measures to avoid exposure to or infection by the virus causing COVID-19.
Those who can increase their preparedness to work remotely if it becomes necessary should do so now. PLEASE NOTE: The College remains open.
Planning for Possible Disruption to College Operations
We are asking all departments to commence planning for the possible scenario where local or state officials implement “community measures” to reduce the spread of the virus in our region. This could include the temporary closing of the College, including the administrative offices.
We request that all departments begin developing or updating plans should the College be forced to close for an extended period, and submit them to their designated Vice President by close of business, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Although we have no indication that such a disruption is imminent, we recommend that you be prepared to continue operations. We will be communicating regularly with you about Manhattan College’s efforts to prepare for and mitigate any operational risk associated with the coronavirus outbreak.
(as of 3/9/2020, subject to change)
Well Employees: Faculty and staff who are well are expected at work as usual, subject to the instructions provided in the Coronavirus Updates on the Manhattan College website. Well employees are expected at work unless they have been:
- caring for someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, in which case they are required to self-isolate;
- in a CDC Level 3 area of concern;
- instructed to refrain from attending work by public health officials.
Sick Employees: Faculty and staff who have symptoms of respiratory illness must stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicines
Paid Sick Time: Manhattan College provides paid sick time to all benefits-eligible faculty, administration and staff.
Reporting Sick Time: Staff members who are out sick are asked to report sick time to their Department Head.
Returning from College or Personal Travel to Affected Areas: Please refer to the Manhattan College website for up-to-date recommendations about return from travel to affected areas and other topics. There, you will find information on whether and how to self-report using the confidential health form and any isolation that may be required.Workers at Higher Risk: Employees who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health.
If an employee at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agree that increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent, the employee should contact the Human Resources Department to formally request a temporary change. Human Resources will confidentially evaluate the request, explore alternatives, and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining Manhattan College’s operations. A doctor’s note may be required.
Essential Employees: As a 24/7 residential college, Manhattan College rarely closes. Many employees must work on campus to provide services that are essential to residential life, campus health and safety.
Information for Work-Study and Graduate Assistants will be forthcoming.
Potential Additional Policy Guideline Changes
If public health conditions worsen, Manhattan College’s workplace guidelines may be further amended. This would be done to address the effects of more widespread illness or absences, more frequent needs for self-isolation or quarantine, disruption of care arrangements. Faculty and staff will be notified as necessary of such changes.