How should I address employees who do not want to return to the office?

As we plan for a full return of on-campus activities in fall semester 2021, leadership recognizes the need to balance the functional needs of the University and its students with personal and health-related employee concerns related to return to onsite work. Leadership also recognizes that many employees have successfully worked or taught remotely during the pandemic and that some employees may prefer to continue working from home, even when restrictions to on-site work are lifted. There are processes in place to assist those employees in making a request for continued remote work due to health-related circumstances.

For faculty who have a health-related exception to in-person instruction, there is a Fall 2021 Process for Faculty Work Adjustments.

The following are mechanisms via which staff may work remotely:

- SPRING SEMESTER AND SUMMER: Staff who have been working remotely and who do not perform work that must be conducted on-site may continue to work remotely with supervisor approval.

- FALL SEMESTER: Staff may request to work remotely if their work meets certain criteria as defined in “Fall 2021 Process for Return to On-Site Work for Staff.

- Employees with documented disabilities still may request reasonable accommodations under the ADA by contacting the University’s ADA Coordinator.