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​Campus Operations Update

Jan. 7, 2022

Per President Loren Blanchard's Jan. 7 message, UHD will initiate a soft opening during the first few weeks of the semester to minimize the challenges posed by the Omicron variant. Weekly updates will be provided during this period, but you should reach out to your supervisor with any immediate questions.

  • Campus operations: The campus remains open with all student-facing offices maintaining both in-person and virtual office hours Monday through Friday. It is highly recommended that the practice of effective distancing and wearing masks or coverings when in public areas be continued.​
  • Work schedules:
    • ​Non-essential personnel may be allowed to work hybrid schedules at their managers’ discretion from Monday, Jan. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 6, with remote work not to exceed two days per week. Requests to work a hybrid schedule require a COVID-19 Temporary Remote Work Request Form and endorsement by the supervisor, appropriate Vice President or designee.
    • Essential personnel includes the President’s Cabinet, UHD police and security officers, Emergency Management staff, Facilities Management staff, and select Information Technology personnel. In addition, staff in student-facing units are considered essential personnel during UHD’s registration periods in order to attend to the needs of students and other members of the University Community. Staff in student-facing units may be allowed to work a hybrid schedule during this period provided ample on-campus, in-person coverage is maintained. Supervisors must seek vice presidential approval before implementing such arrangements.​
  • Accommodations: Employees who need health-related accommodations may contact the UHD Benefits Team in Employment Services & Operations by emailing benefits@uhd.edu.
  • Events: Events scheduled during the first few weeks of the semester may be affected by this soft opening. Check UHD’s Events Calendar for updates. The Campus Reservations & Events Office is available should you have questions regarding modifying or canceling any events due to safety concerns. Decisions about whether or not to go forward with events should be made in consultation with college or division leadership.

  • Spring courses: The University will conduct a soft opening for classes from Tuesday, Jan. 18, until Sunday, Feb. 6, to reduce campus density. We intend to return to our regular spring schedule at UHD on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.  More specific details on implementing UHD's soft opening can be found online. If there is a need for clarification or additional information, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at uhdprovost@uhd.edu.



Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Is the University back to normal operations?
  2. What are the guidelines and resources for working remotely?
  3. Can UHD employees perform work during their self-quarantine period?
  4. What do UHD employees do if they are not approved to work remotely during the self-quarantine period?
  5. If I choose not to be vaccinated, can I continue to work remotely?​​​​
  6. Does the University require proof of vaccination for any reason or can a supervisor request proof of vaccination for any reason?
  7. As a supervisor, may I ask who has had the COVID-19 vaccine?
  8. What if an employee tells me they have received it, can I share that information?
  9. What if an employee tells me they will not get the vaccine, can I share that information?
  10. Will I know if co-workers or students are vaccinated? Can I or should I ask?
  11. Can I require (or invite) only vaccinated employees to attend in-person meetings?
  12. Can I get time off work to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
  13. Will others in the department be told the identity of an employee under my supervision or co-worker who is diagnosed with COVID-19?
  14. How can I be sure to get the most recent COVID-related updates?

​1. ​Is the University back to normal operations?
The campus is open and operating, with some special provisions in place from Jan. 18 through Feb. 6. See the Campus Update above and the full message from President Blanchard​, and contact your supervisor with questions. 
2. What are the guidelines and resources for working remotely?

​​The University developed Guidelines for COVID‐19-Related Temporary Remote Work. You may access those guidelines below, along with ESO resources and IT help for those working remotely. If you have questions about remote work, contact your supervisor or ESO.

3. Can UHD employees perform work during their self-quarantine period?
​Yes, UHD employees may be able to work remotely, with supervisor approval. Refer to the Temporary Remote Work Guidelines
4. What do UHD employees do if they are not approved to work remotely during the self-quarantine period?
UHD employees will need to use vacation leave or sick leave, if applicable, if they want the self-quarantine period to be paid leave. Refer to the Temporary Remote Work Guidelines.

5. If I choose not to be vaccinated, can I continue to work remotely?​
No, the decision not to be vaccinated has no bearing on working remotely. For more information on temporary remote work, review the ​Temporary Remote Work Guidelines.

6. Does the University require proof of vaccination for any reason or can a supervisor request proof of vaccination for any reason?
​No, the vaccine is not and will not be required by the University under any circumstance and will not be expected as part of the process of returning to work, nor will it be a condition of employment. Supervisors may not request proof of vaccination for any reason.
​7. As a supervisor, may I ask who has had the COVID-19 vaccine?
​No, you should not ask whether any employee has had the vaccine.

8. What if an employee tells me they have received it, can I share that information?
No, you should not share that information.
9. What if an employee tells me they will not get the vaccine, can I share that information?
No, you should not share that information.

10. Will I​ know if co-workers or students are vaccinated? Can I or should I ask?
You will only know if they tell you directly. You should not ask for personal health information from co-workers or students.

11. Can I require (or invite) ​only vaccinated employees to attend in-person meetings?
No, you cannot limit in-person meetings to those who are vaccinated.
12. Can I get time off work to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, employees should use sick leave for time off from work to get the vaccine.

13. Will others in the department be told the identity of an employee under my supervision or co-worker who is diagnosed with COVID-19?
No. Confirmed numbers of cases of COVID-19 will be posted on the coronavirus website. Individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will not be identified.​

14. How can I be sure to get the most recent COVID-related updates?​
To keep apprised of the most current COVID-related information, ensure your emergency contact information is up-to-date using the instructions provided by Emergency Management.





Last updated 1/10/2022 10:45 AM