Updated Oct. 20, 2020

Note: there are selections of highlighted FAQs at the top, but all FAQs on the page have been updated where possible to reflect the spring decision and any other adjustments to policies or procedures.

 

Spring Semester Decision (New)

With the spring decision, how will the College determine who continues to work from home?

Divisional vice presidents (or equivalent) will continue to make determinations on which staff members can fulfill professional obligations from home. Faculty and staff who need to be on campus and also need teaching/working accommodations due to health vulnerabilities or other factors should submit this brief form to HR. In addition, faculty and staff who may need flexibility in their work day to support caregiving needs should speak directly with their immediate supervisor or department head.

Where can I find updated information about working on campus?

How do I get access to PPE as an employee who has worked remotely this fall semester?

If you do not have your own mask, contact your supervisor as two masks were allotted for all community members in the beginning of the fall semester.

Will COVID-19 testing be mandatory for faculty and staff working on campus?

Yes, they must get tested in the week prior to the start of the semester. Faculty teaching in the classroom and staff designated as “high student facing” will be tested more regularly throughout the semester. Depending on the specific activities involved, testing could be as frequent as once per week. More information on those designated as high student facing will be available before the start of the spring semester.

What should an employee do if they believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

We have an arrangement with Lehigh Valley Health Network to help with individual situations and questions. Learn more about the process.

 

Previously Posted

How will the symptom-tracking process work? What happens with the submitted data?

Each morning all approved on-campus students and all faculty and staff (working on campus or remotely) are expected to complete a daily symptom and history questionnaire. The personalized link with screening questions can be completed in less than a minute.

Faculty and staff: The first question of the symptom tracker is “Are you coming to campus today?” If the answer is “no” then no further questions will be asked, and the daily symptom tracker is completed for that day.

Symptom tracking data: Data for faculty and staff is anonymous. Data for students is collected. The protocols are different for students because their proximity to others in their residences puts them at greater risk.

Why do employees need to respond to the symptom checker emails every day?

The system the College uses is set to operate seven days a week because we do have employees who work on any day of the week. We do not have the option of tailoring it to individual schedules. We appreciate your continued cooperation.

What is the process for reporting someone who does not appear to be following the regulations outlined by the College?

The concept of collective responsibility requires that members of the community hold each other accountable for adhering to the behaviors that will help keep us all safe. Faculty and staff will need to be willing to be a part of enforcement and engagement around encouraging physical distancing and mask wearing among all members of our community. We hope that our ongoing educational program will help reinforce the importance of these behaviors. However, if any member of the community has concerns, those can be addressed best by filling out this form.

How is Lafayette leadership making decisions in concert with local school districts, given that so many faculty and staff have children in schools?

We have not coordinated our decisions with school districts, but we do understand the hardship that will be created for our faculty and staff if schools are not open. Those faculty and staff who may need a level of flexibility in their work day to support caregiving needs should speak directly with their immediate supervisor or department head to develop a plan intended to achieve work goals and meet your needs.

What is Lafayette’s current policy towards business travel?

Lafayette is prohibiting College-sponsored international travel until otherwise noted. No domestic travel on College business is permitted without approval of your division head.

 

Working on Campus

I am an essential employee who must come to campus to work. What is being done to keep me safe?

The College has continued enhanced cleaning around our campus. Those working on campus are required to practice stringent social distancing. This means you should work at least six feet away from any other person to the greatest extent possible. You should also practice self-protection guidelines: Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, keep your hands away from your face. Greet others with a nod or a wave. Two masks are provided upon the request of an employee during their return to work on campus. In addition, the College has an arrangement with Lehigh Valley Health Network to help with individual COVID situations and questions. Find more information about this process or read the full guide for returning to the workplace.

I am an employee who must work on campus, but my department is on rotations. Will I be paid for the time I spend on campus and the time I scheduled to work remotely?

Yes. 

I am fine, but my spouse/child/roommate is a high risk, and their doctor has asked everyone in our household to self-isolate. I am supposed to work on campus; what should I do?

These situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please notify your supervisor and Human Resources. You will be asked to have the physician provide us with written documentation of what you need.

How do I get access to PPE as an employee who has worked remotely this fall semester?

If you do not have your own mask, contact your supervisor as two masks were allotted for all community members in the beginning of the fall semester.

Will COVID-19 testing be mandatory for faculty and staff working on campus?

Yes, they must get tested in the week prior to the start of the semester. Faculty teaching in the classroom and staff designated as “high student facing” will be tested more regularly throughout the spring semester. Depending on the specific activities involved testing could be as frequent as once per week. More information on those designated as high student facing will be available before the start of the spring semester.

 

Working Remotely

What technical support is available to enable remote work?

Please review the guide for working remotely. You also can contact the Help Desk at (610) 330-5501 or help@lafayette.edu.

What if an employee can't do their own duties remotely but can be redeployed to other work?

Supervisors can assign related duties. You should discuss this with your division head and can reach out to Human Resources at (610) 330-5060 for guidance.

Where can I find more information regarding HR and benefit issues?

 

Sick Time & Child Care

Employees working on campus

What if I am an essential employee who has been designated to work on campus, but I’m experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

Most importantly, you need to take care of yourself, self-isolate, and seek medical attention.  The College has an arrangement with Lehigh Valley Health Network to help with individual COVID situations and questions. You can find more information about this process. Discuss your situation with your supervisor, who will consult with HR. If you are an employee with an annual sick time allotment, you will not be charged sick time and will be paid.

What if I am an essential employee who has been designated to work on campus, but I have caregiving challenges that infringe on my ability to work?

If you have been unable to make caregiving arrangements, discuss this with your supervisor with the goal of identifying a work schedule that allows you to work while also fulfilling your caregiving needs. If you can’t work at all, discuss the use of vacation or other available leave time with your supervisor. Learn more about caregiving and well-being.

Employees working remotely

What if I am working remotely, but I don’t feel well or have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Most importantly, you need to take care of yourself, self-isolate, and seek medical attention. The College has an arrangement with Lehigh Valley Health Network to help with individual COVID situations and questions. Find more information about this process. Please inform your supervisor that you are unable to perform your work remotely because you are sick. If you are an employee with an annual sick time allotment, you will not be charged sick time and will be paid.

What if I am working remotely but have childcare challenges that infringe on my ability to work at home?

If you have been unable to make childcare arrangements, discuss this with your supervisor with the goal of identifying a schedule that allows you to work while also meeting your caregiving needs. If you can’t work at all, discuss the use of vacation or other available leave time with your supervisor. Learn more about caregiving and well-being.

 

Well-Being

Will testing for COVID-19 be covered for employees enrolled in our Capital Blue medical plan?

Will testing for COVID-19 be covered for employees enrolled in our Capital Blue medical plan?
With expanded testing in the spring we expect there to be insurance coverage, but if not, the College will cover the cost. Capital BlueCross has advised that it will cover testing with no member copay when the test is ordered by a healthcare provider, including Dr. Goldstein, under circumstances such as diagnostic testing for symptoms consistent with COVID, confirmed exposure to an individual diagnosed with COVID, or concern about exposure to individuals or groups suspected of having COVID. 

For more information on testing coverage and resources, visit the Capital BlueCross Coronavirus Resources website. For more information on the spring testing protocol for employees visit our testing strategy page.

How can I get help with managing daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic and coping with stress and anxiety?

The Employee Assistance Program addresses these concerns and others in areas such as emotional well-being, healthy lifestyles, relationships, and legal and financial matters. Help is available through videos and articles, self-assessments, online counseling, and a confidential hotline staffed 24 hours a day by experienced professionals. In addition, the HR website has additional resources for employees.