As we plan to return to campus, Manhattan College will embrace a phased approach to resuming operations. Our phased reentry plan will be one that is underscored by a commitment to the health and safety of our entire campus community, while continuing to pursue our core mission of providing a contemporary, person-centered educational experience.
Phased Return and Reopening Guidelines
Manhattan College’s approach to a phased reopening is designed to address the unprecedented challenges of living, working and studying in this type of close-contact environment while maintaining social distancing. While we are closely monitoring local, state and federal agency guidelines that have allowed for certain levels of reentry, the College views these as minimum thresholds and plans to continue to limit workforce presence on campus.
Because the College is an operating residential college, some employees must work on campus to provide services that are essential to education, residential life, campus health and safety, and research. Also, as we move into a phased re-entry, some departments and units may increase their on-campus presence before others.
The phase one starting date for employees is Monday, August 10. Each department director will identify those employees who will return on August 10. Employees are only permitted to return to work after their supervisor has submitted the department’s staffing plan (provided to department heads by Human Resources). All other employees will be expected to continue to work remotely. If an employee is unsure if they are to report to work on site, they should contact their supervisor.
Only up to 25% of each department’s employees should work on campus at any one time to help with reduced density in office areas and social distancing. Certain departments will be permitted up to 40% of employees on campus at any one time.
Phase two will begin on August 24. Percentages of employees allowed on campus will be periodically reevaluated.
All employees returning to work need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within a two-week window before returning to campus. You may also submit a positive antibody test result from any time prior to returning to campus. Please submit those results here.
Please read the Manhattan College Reopening Guidelines for more information on returning to work on campus, as well as continuing to manage remote work arrangements. The guidelines outline the safety measures and policies to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19. These guidelines are subject to change as state and federal guidelines, and One Manhattan recommendations, evolve.
You are required to sign a form acknowledging that you have read and understand these guidelines, which can be found here.
All members of the community must complete the daily symptom tracker each day prior to coming to campus. The tracker can be found here, by visiting inside.manhattan.edu or using the Glance MC mobile app on your smartphone.
All employees must wear a face covering or mask on campus, unless you are alone in your own office.
Mandatory COVID-19 Testing
As part of an ongoing effort to identify individuals who have COVID-19 or were recently exposed, and reduce the risk of disease transmission, the New York City Department of Health has advised that all employees and other members of the Manhattan College community will need to complete a COVID-19 test within two weeks before your return date.
The College will require testing of all symptomatic individuals and all students, faculty or staff who are close contacts of positive test cases. Asymptomatic contacts will be quarantined and may be tested if requested. Manhattan College also will deploy routine, randomized and asymptomatic testing of our essential employees and other members of our community to proactively monitor for signs of community spread on campus.
Recommended healthcare providers to obtain testing include the New York City Department of Health, CityMD, or your personal physician. Additionally, while not mandatory, it is recommended that employees consider having the serology test for COVID-19 antibodies. Further instructions regarding this testing will be sent as part of the Workplace Safety Policy and Procedures Related to COVID-19.
As part of its ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, Manhattan College has launched a web-based Daily Symptom Tracker to ensure that members of our community are symptom free. In alignment with New York State requirements, all employees who have been approved to resume on-campus work or research are required to complete the symptom tracker each day before arriving on campus or accessing campus facilities.
Only those employees that are essential and approved by their supervisor to be on campus must complete the online symptom tracker daily. This tracker also can be accessed in the Quick Links section of the Inside Manhattan website. The College reserves the right to restrict access to campus to any employee who does not comply with this Symptom Tracker Policy or based on the responses to the online self-assessment. More detailed information about the symptom tracker will follow.
All employees are required to wear face masks while working on campus. Employees are expected to wear a face covering from the time they enter the campus, arrive at their office space, and whenever leaving their work space to move around common areas (e.g. hallways, stairwells, restrooms, etc.). Employees are required to wear facial coverings while walking on campus, regardless if they are walking alone or outdoors. If an employee is working alone in an office or other work area, the employee is not required to wear their facemask. Faculty members may remove their face coverings while teaching, provided they are able to socially distance by six feet or greater and/or have an acceptable barrier between them and the class. For more information, please read the Workplace Safety Policy and Procedures Related to COVID-19, which will be sent in the next few days.
Related Policies, Forms & Documents
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
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