HR Update: Guidance for campus staffing related to COVID-19

March 20, 2020
COVID-19 Up

Dear Faculty and Staff:

During these unprecedented times, Baylor University's top priorities are the health and safety of our campus community, the ongoing continuity of our academic mission and the continuity of business operations. We have taken numerous steps to carefully heed the recommendations of federal, state and local officials as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout our community, state and nation.

Baylor University will remain open and operational during normal business hours as we practice vigorous social distancing to help curb the spread of COVID-19 to keep everyone safe and healthy. However, on-campus operations and in-person services will be limited for the foreseeable future with reduced physical staffing in offices on campus, beginning Monday, March 23. We ask that you pay close attention to the following:

  • Per President Livingstone's email to campus on Wednesday, we are preparing for limited campus operations and services with both employees who work on campus and those who will transition to full telework. As the operations and services at Baylor vary greatly, each division, college and school will be working with their leaders on specific plans and details.
  • In preparation for limited campus operations and services, we will be expanding our teleworking workforce. We have provided a host of resources about telework for both employees and managers that are available at www.baylor.edu/keepworking. For faculty, additional resources are available at www.baylor.edu/keepteaching.
  • Employees should speak with their supervisors about expectations regarding teleworking, working on campus or as part of an office rotation. Leadership within each area will dictate what this looks like and communicate expectations to employees. Again, we expect to remain open – and employees available, regardless of work location – between normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If managers have questions about telework arrangements for employees, they should contact their HR Consultant. Please consult the FAQs on the University's COVID-19 website that can help answer specific questions.
  • Although some employees will be teleworking and some will remain on campus or be in an office rotation, please continue to take preventive health actions to keep yourself healthy, including aggressive social distancing measures. If you are sick, please stay home and follow CDC guidance for what to do next.
  • Since office staffing during regular business hours will be limited on campus, the University also has heightened its awareness of safety, with Baylor DPS providing increased patrols of both uniformed and non-uniformed personnel on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please accept our sincere appreciation for your understanding during these unprecedented times, as well as for your dedication to our Baylor mission and our community.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Gochis
Vice President for Human Resources
Chief Human Resources Officer

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