A variety of measures are being put in place to help ensure your health and safety when returning to campus. Among these are providing and requiring cloth face coverings for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, enacting rigorous cleaning procedures, and reducing the number of people on campus at one time. Signage will inform about public health guidance and any restrictions in place. Additionally, all IU students, faculty and staff will have access to a virtual symptom checker, virtual screening, and COVID-19 testing if needed.
Due to the nature of COVID-19, our individual actions affect not only our own well-being but also those of every other person we interact with or every person who uses the same spaces we use. A pandemic of a highly infectious disease like COVID-19 demands a community response. The CRA ensures employees are informed of—and commit to—best individual safety practices. In addition, understanding that some employees have underlying conditions that make them at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, the CRA gives employees another way to request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The CRA does not replace individual conversations with your department for understanding how to plan for work in the fall. In addition to the CRA, please talk to your supervisor, department chair, or associate dean to work through care responsibilities for children, family members in your household who are medically fragile, or other life situations that might play a role in your work this fall.
Yes. To help keep everyone in the IU South Bend community safe and healthy, all employees are required to complete the CRA and follow the guidance in the acknowledgement.
From July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, if employees need to be away from work due to qualifying COVID-19 reasons and cannot work remotely, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) makes several options available to all employees.
For absences not related to COVID-19, or for staff who do not qualify for FFCRA, with supervisor approval, staff may use accrued vacation/PTO without it counting toward annual limits or be absent without pay. Staff may also use income protection/ PTO Sick leave consistent with the applicable policy.
Please discuss plans with your supervisor and see the Guide to Time Off and Leaves for more details.
Talk to your supervisor about making alternative work arrangements. You may also qualify for the different leaves available through the FFCRA for COVID-related child care needs.
It is not a requirement that employees be tested prior to returning to work on campus. Employees are to self-monitor for illness each day. Any employee with symptoms of COVID-19 or related concerns about their health should contact their primary care physician or use IU’s COVID-19 Health Services to be screened or tested for COVID-19 when necessary.
In the interest of protecting the IU community, pre-arrival testing within 10 days of arrival on campus is required for students living in residential halls. All other IU students are encouraged but not required to be tested at this time.
In situations such as these, recognize that feelings such as loneliness, boredom, fear of contracting disease, anxiety, stress, and panic are normal reactions. The resources listed below are available to help you and your family cope with the emotional impact of this situation:
- Call SupportLinc, IU’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-888-881-LINC (5462). This program offers 24/7 access to professionally licensed mental health clinicians who provide confidential, short-term assistance and referrals to help you cope with these types of events. This service is available at no cost to benefit-eligible employees and their spouse and dependent children living in the same household.
- Follow these tips from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to support your own well-being and overall health so that you are in a strong and stable position to help others do the same.
- Employees enrolled on an IU-sponsored Anthem medical plan can schedule time to speak with a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist from the privacy of their home through LiveHealth Online, the plan’s telemedicine option.
A list of counseling resources, including national, statewide and IU campus-specific resources, is available at the Healthy IU website.