For most employees, the return to campus begins this summer subject to the New York State executive orders and guidelines by city, state and federal agencies. To ensure a smooth, safe return, the College has outlined policies for employees, students and the community as a whole.
All Manhattan College employees will begin a phased-in return beginning on August 3. It is important to keep in mind that only 25-40% of employees will be returning each week of the phased-in return to campus. Employee-specific information, such as guidelines, training prior to returning, accommodation protocols, and symptom checker tracking, will be shared by Human Resources in the coming weeks.
Currently, the College is only allowing essential employees to be on campus, which will continue as employees who are working remotely start returning to their offices. The one exception is research labs, which opened this week. All visitors must check in with Public Safety and provide their destination.
- Before returning, employees will sign an agreement on College policies for on-campus safety
- Policies include testing parameters, safety training, mask/PPE use and sick time, etc.
- These are in addition to compliance with existing city, state and federal guidelines
- Policies and protocols may include meeting requirements, protective measures, employee options for virtual meetings and reasonable parameters to reduce in-person meetings
- Guidelines also may outline dress code adjustments vis-a-vis safety
- Updated policies will aim to accommodate employees who are in bereavement, care givers, or members of vulnerable populations
- Sick-leave protocols will address the needs of employees reporting an illness (e.g., related to COVID-19), engaged in self-quarantine, submitting notes from physicians and returning to campus when well
- Additional policies against discrimination and harassment will protect employees who may face bias due to testing positive for, having symptoms of or are subject to ethnic or racial stereotypes related to COVID-19
Though all employees are expected to follow the general policies already indicated, there may be some protocols specific to the needs and responsibilities of faculty, such as:
- Implementing additional teaching strategies and protocols for students who become unwell, exhibit symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19 or are otherwise unable to attend class in person but want to attend remotely
- Acquiring familiarity with and apprising students of updated academic integrity protocols for teaching, learning and testing in an online and hybrid environment
- Adhering to updated policies for monitoring and reporting suspected academic misconduct
- Observing limits on and guidelines for research-related and non-essential travel—foreign and domestic—in addition to PPE and other safety measures
- Following sick-leave policies that are similar to those for administrators and staff but subject to guidelines in the Faculty Handbook
- Development by academic chairs of departmental plans for staffing or replacement in the event of instructor illness
Employees may require additional training in the use of relevant technologies (hybrid and remote, administrative and academic) as well as best practices for health and safety. Instruction may be mandatory or offered as needed, as advised by departmental supervisors and staff.
- Mandatory health and safety training is recommended
- Prior to their return, employees will acknowledge having received training and agree in writing to follow guidelines.
- Working with department supervisors, the office of Information Technology Services will outline basic technology skills needed in the new workplace
- Managers will receive training in the supervision of staff in a remote and hybrid work environment
- The office of Human Resources will track and evaluate training
Upon their return, employees will encounter a considerably different office environment. Details may include the following:
- Alternating work weeks, days and staggered schedules with different shifts for on-campus staff
- A certain percentage of employees working in a remote or hybrid capacity to curtail the on-campus population
- Guidelines for remote workers, including availability during office hours, parameters for virtual meetings, check-in protocols and expectations for deliverables
- Regular review and renewal of remote work status
- Faculty who conduct class in person, but hold virtual office hours
- Employees’ self-monitoring their physical and mental health according to CDC guidelines
- Virtual and scheduled appointments to recreate the College’s friendly in-person environment
Policies and Procedures
New and/or updated temporary employee policies and procedures will be put in place by Human Resources and other campus offices to maintain the health and safety of the Manhattan College community. This section will be updated as the official policies, procedures, and guidelines are released and shared with the College community.
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