The latest email from HR is here. It gives the faculty a 6 day extension on the demand for requests for remote teaching. I clicked on the Remote Work Request Form link in the email. I was surprised to learn that there’s a university policy requiring all employees to demonstrate honesty in communication & conduct. I guess there’s an exemption for JH administrators.
In any case I’ve got a fifth of Laphroaig for whoever submits the best reason in the comments for wanting to work remotely. In keeping with UO policy, all entries must start with “Honestly, ”
5/5/2020: HR gives faculty til Friday to get BMI up to 40 & request opt-out from in-person teaching
The CDC’s risk criteria include:
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
Which gives the younger faculty and GE’s a scant few days to get that BMI up. Handy calculator here. Not clear what happens if you don’t hit the 40 BMI target til classes start, but it can’t hurt to try.
Dear Faculty and Graduate Employees,
President Schill and Provost Phillips announced last week that discussions are underway to proactively develop plans for a number of possible scenarios that would allow the university to open for in-person, on-campus instruction this fall and to start opening the campus for research functions this summer. Paramount to this planning is the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. Gathering information from our faculty and graduate employees is key to our planning efforts so that we can understand who will be on campus as we complete classroom scheduling for fall term and who may need to work remotely as researchers start returning to the labs and other facilities this summer. Please note that the university will have social distancing measures and other safety protocols in place before it re-opens. For more information about those efforts, please review the provost’s message to campus.
Faculty and GEs at Higher Risk:
Our first priority is giving faculty and graduate employees (GEs) who are at higher risk according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an opportunity to request to continue working from home through the fall term. If you meet the CDC risk criteria and would like to request to continue working 100% remotely through fall term, please submit your request using the online Faculty Remote Work Request Form by Friday, May 8.
We will work to grant these requests when possible or to find other mitigation accommodations that allow the faculty member or GE to work on-campus. Submissions will be received and managed by the Office of Human Resources and will be treated privately, maintained securely, and only accessible to those with a need to know to perform their work. If we do not receive your request by May 8, we will assume that you would like to work on-campus through fall term to the extent it is open.
Faculty and GEs Outside of Higher Risk Categories:
Faculty and GEs who are not in higher risk categories, as defined by the CDC, may also request to continue working remotely. We will assess these requests on a case-by-case basis based on the needs of the faculty member or GE and their school or college. Since we are planning for research functions over the summer and fall term classes now, it is critical that faculty and GEs who want to continue to work 100% remotely through fall term submit their request for consideration and authorization using the online Faculty Remote Work Request Form by Friday, May 8. If we do not receive your request by this date, we will assume that you would like to work on-campus through fall term to the extent it is open.
All Faculty and GEs:
The above linked survey is for faculty and GEs who are requesting to work remotely 100% of the time through fall term. You do not need to fill out this survey if you can work from campus but would like to discuss an alternative work schedule or other safety mitigation measures in addition to the ones listed in Provost Phillips message to campus. Please reach out to your department head, area coordinator, or program director in the coming weeks, and no later than May 31, to discuss those types of requests.
Please fill out the remote survey under the assumption that K-12 schools and other care facilities are open fall term. If that is not the case and if the university is open fall term, we will send out another message and survey that acknowledges and accounts for the needs associated with those closures.
We want to reiterate that we will treat requests to work from home privately and will only share these requests on a need to know basis. Faculty and GEs requesting remote work will be protected from retaliation based on their work from home request.
In addition to reviewing faculty and GE requests to continue to work remotely, the university may ask campus community members to work remotely based on the needs of the institution and state and federal re-opening guidance.
Finally, it is important to understand that the degree of flexibility that the university is able to offer through fall term to work remotely is directly connected to its response to COVID-19. While the university generally supports flexible work arrangements, it is very unlikely that it will be able to maintain this level of flexibility outside of its COVID-19 response efforts.
Other Accessibility Considerations:
Faculty members and GEs with disabilities who want to work on campus during the fall term should first approach their unit level administrator (department head, area coordinator or program director) if they want to request an alternative schedule or the implementation of other safety mitigation measures that may be medically necessary to effectively perform the essential functions of their position on-campus. While a faculty member or GE may choose to disclose the medical reason for their specific request, such disclosure is confidential and the department may not request medical documentation to confirm it is needed. If a request cannot be resolved at the department level, then the faculty member or GE is encouraged to work with the ADA Coordinator on the matter.
Thank you for reviewing this important information related to our planning efforts. If you have any questions about requesting to work remotely through the fall, please contact Employee and Labor Relations in Human Resources at email@example.com.
Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President