I am a staff member. What should I do if I have a concern about returning to the workplace?

The University developed plans to support the health and safety of all employees during the transition back to in-person work functions. These plans include enhanced disinfecting protocols, required mask-wearing, and alterations to classroom and office environments to allow for proper social distancing. Even with these measures, Penn State recognizes that employees who are part of a vulnerable population, such as those who are immunocompromised, or those who live with individuals who are part of a vulnerable group, may have concerns about returning to the workplace.

Staff members, including technical service employees, who are in this situation and have concerns about returning to on-site work should make specific requests to their manager to continue to work remotely, if feasible for unit operations, or to alter the nature of their work or their work schedule. Unless otherwise informed by their supervisor, employees who are currently working from home should continue to do so until further notice.

Employees who believe that they have a disability that necessitates a reasonable accommodation or leave should contact the Affirmative Action Office or Absence Management, as appropriate.

For more information, visit the Return to Work website, which includes specific information for staff and technical service employees.