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374 East Grand Avenue - MC 6740
Carbondale, Illinois 62901
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information
Individuals and organizations around the world are taking aggressive steps to contain COVID-19. To contain the spread of COVID-19 and comply with the governor’s "stay-at-home" order, SIU Carbondale is offering courses online or in other alternative formats that do not require face-to-face teaching.
Offices are open and operating virtually, but most facilities are closed. Offices are available by phone and email.
The following FAQs address SIU Carbondale’s response to COVID. Information is subject to change due to the rapidly changing situation. Please revisit this site regularly. Please submit additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. (updated 3-20-20)
- About the CORONAVIRUS
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- RISK AND PREVENTION
- For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
- People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Avoid others who are sick if possible.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer multiple times a day.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Call the SIU Student Health Center (or the medical clinic you are going to present to) prior to coming to the clinic.
- Please check-in at the welcome desk and tell them that you might be at risk.
- You will be given a mask to wear and clinic staff will be notified so that they can take you to a separate room to be evaluated.
- If it is determined that you qualify as a Patient Under Investigation (PUI), then the Jackson County Health Department will be notified.
- Further testing and evaluation will be determined through guidance from the Jackson County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Follow the CDC’s guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
- If you are a resident in a community where person-to-person spread of COVID-19 has been detected and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider about your symptoms.
- If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider about your symptoms and your exposure.
- People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
- SIU CARBONDALE RESPONSE
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid personal contact, such as handshakes, with all individuals.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Washing your hands often with soap and water at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. (updated 3-20-20)
- ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
- Teaching Assistants will be working remotely under the stay at home directive with direction from their faculty supervisors, and in support of online / alternate instruction.
- Research Assistants will work remotely under the stay at home directive to the extent possible. For Research Assistants who are supported by Grants, Principal Investigators are encouraged to assess granting agency requirements or limitations that might pertain to remote work.
- Administrative Assistants will work remotely under the stay at home directive and should consult with their supervisors regarding work assignments. (updated 3-20-20)
- HOUSING AND STUDENT LIFE
- We are scanning parts of books for faculty and students on demand. Current Fair Use best practices allow us to scan entire books if necessary.
- Reference services will be delivered virtually through Ask a Librarian at or by phone at 618-453-1455. Special Collections is closed to the public but available at 618-453-2516 or email@example.com.
- We have a means to check out books to people on request. Our major ebook service is offering unlimited access. Please consult our Morris Library Covid-19 FAQ for more information. (updated 3-20-20)
- FACULTY AND STAFF
What is the coronavirus?
The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus that was first identified after an outbreak of respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus has now spread internationally and has been reported in the United States.
How does it spread?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are within close contact (about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
What are the symptoms?
How can I stay up-to-date on the spread of the virus?
We recommend that you follow reliable sources of information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization, both of which are constantly updating their websites as the situation evolves.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is a way to reduce the risk of controlling the spread of contagious diseases. It includes avoiding large gatherings, keeping at least 3 feet away from other individuals during meetings and events, not shaking hands and other strategies to avoid close contact with others. (added 3-13-20)
Am I at risk?
According to the CDC, “the complete clinical picture of COVID-19 is unknown.” Most people who get the virus have mild cases and fully recover. However, some people are at risk for more severe illness, and some have died. According to the CDC, risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older patients and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness.
Following is the CDC’s current risk assessment:
What can I do to prevent myself from getting sick from any respiratory virus?
Please see the CDC recommendations.
Have any students, faculty or staff been diagnosed with the coronavirus to date?
We are not aware of any impact to current students, faculty or staff.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
Students should call the SIU Health Center at 618-453-3311 before going to the center. Faculty and staff, as well as students who are not locally based, should contact their community medical providers before going to the office. See additional information below.
What are you advising students and others who leave campus for spring break?
Pay attention to the CDC’s recommended precautions to avoid exposure to the virus. If you believe you have been exposed to or may have the coronavirus, please consult with your local health care provider before returning to campus. If you are a student on campus, please follow the steps outlined on this page. Faculty and staff should work with their local health care providers. (added 3-3-20)
What is the university doing to minimize the risk of the coronavirus on campus?
The university extended spring break for students through March 22 and is complying with the governor’s order to stay at home effective March 21. No face-to-face classes are taking place; classes are online. The university has restricted business international travel and is requiring approval for domestic travel. Study abroad programs have been canceled through the summer. The university is closely monitoring the situation, including recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the State of Illinois and local health agencies. (updated 3-20-20)
Does SIU Carbondale have a case of COVID-19 on campus?
Yes. SIU received information on March 26 and March 28 from the Jackson County Health Department two residents of the same residence hall on campus tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). One individual is thought to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus through recent travel to the Chicago area, and one is believed to have been exposed through contact with another individual with COVID-19. All 21 residents of the hall have been placed in quarantine by the health department and are fully supported with food and other necessities.
In fact, we are fortunate that these and other students on campus have access to the full resources of the university -- including student health and housing services -- as well as the expertise of the Jackson County Health department and other health agencies during this unprecedented time. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. (updated 3-28-20)
I live on West campus. How do I know if I have been exposed to this individual?
The people believed to have been in close proximity to the individual have been contacted by health care officials and given instructions. If you are not contacted, you are not impacted. We are complying with all protocols of the Illinois Department of Public Health in identifying those who may have had contact with these individuals. (updated 3-28-20)
What can I do to minimize my exposure?
The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to the governor’s stay-at-home order, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and maintaining space from others when in public.
COVID-19 shares many symptoms with more common respiratory diseases. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for further guidance. Students should contact the SIU Student Health Center at 618-453-3311. In addition, Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) has established a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-988-7800. Clinicians there will answer questions, assess each caller and advise on next steps for evaluation or potential testing. (Added 3-27-20)
Is SIU canceling events?
All face-to-face events are canceled. We encourage units to explore alternative forms of delivery when possible. For example, some meetings can be held via Zoom or other technology. Contact University Events and Protocol if you would like to explore ideas. Major canceled events are posted here and will be updated regularly. If you have questions about the status of a specific event, please contact the hosting department or event organizer. (updated 3-20-20)
What about athletics events?
All spring competitive events have been canceled. Practices and training have been suspended. (updated 3-20-20)
What is the university doing to prepare for a potential outbreak of the coronavirus on campus or in the region?
The chancellor has activated the university’s "all-hazards" team, established to plan for and address threats to the health and safety of the campus. This cross-functional team has planned for multiple scenarios. The team includes representatives from student health, counseling, housing, academic affairs, student affairs, university communications, procurement, DPS, plant and service operations, environmental health and safety and other areas. (updated 3-20-20)
What is the role of the Student Health Center?
The Student Health Center will continue to monitor the situation with this virus and is in contact with the Jackson County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for regular updates.
The health center has protocols in place, in concordance with CDC guidelines, for the evaluation of patients who may be at risk for contracting COVID-19. The goal of the ongoing U.S. public health response is to detect new cases quickly and prevent community spread of COVID-19. The coming days and weeks are likely to bring more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and globally, but strong public health measures now may blunt the impact of the virus. (added 3-13-20)
Has the university changed its cleaning protocols?
Yes. Protocols have been updated. These include more frequent cleaning, moving from routine cleaning procedures to disinfecting activities with a focus on high-touch surfaces, increased distribution of hand sanitizer stations, providing cleaning staff with disposable gloves and more.
In the dining halls, dining staff will plate everything rather than having students self-serve. Utensils will be distributed by dining staff.
Faculty, staff and students should be part of these efforts regardless of where they live and work:
How can parents stay up-to-date on SIU’s response?
Parents can visit this website regularly. To be added to an email list for updates and other information, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. (added 3-13-20)
Is SIU’s admissions office still open?
Admissions staff are available to speak with students by phone or in a virtual format. Please contact 618-536-4405 or email@example.com to arrange a virtual meeting. Events scheduled through April 24 have been canceled, and individual campus visits have been suspended until further notice.
We are working on an alternative delivery format for the Open House program that was scheduled for April 10. More details will be available soon. Interviews for the Provost and Transfer Scholarships scheduled for March 23 will take place via Skype. (added 3-18-20)
Will all courses be online?
Consistent with guidance from the governor’s office, online instruction will continue as planned so that students may complete the semester. There will be no face-to-face instruction, including lab sections. The date for withdrawing from classes will be extended by one week to Sunday, April 5, and we ask faculty to honor all requests for incomplete grades. The date for summer and fall registration is extended to Monday, April 6. The very few faculty members who were planning face-to-face instruction in small groups will reach out to their students to update them on how these plans will impact their ability to complete their courses. (updated 3-20-20)
Are there plans to return to face-to-face instruction later during the semester?
No. Given the uncertainty around the timeline for COVID-19, we have decided to continue using alternative formats for the remaining seven weeks of the semester. (added 3-16-20)
Will students be required to return for finals?
No. Instructors will determine how to get course work completed via an online or alternative format. (added 3-17-20)
May I still withdraw from a class?
Yes. The date for withdrawing from classes has been extended by one week to Sunday, April 5, and we ask faculty to honor all requests for incomplete grades. (added 3-20-20)
May I still register for summer and fall classes?
Yes. The date for summer and fall registration has been extended to Monday, April 6. (added 3-20-20)
What are the plans for commencement? Will it be held?
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it is has become clear that it is not possible to hold a traditional, in-person commencement ceremony. We make this decision with regret because we know that commencement is the highlight of the college experience for students and families. This decision does not affect the conferring of degrees and a student’s ability to graduate. Students who are qualified to graduate will still do so, and degrees will be mailed as usual.
This is not necessarily a cancellation. We are exploring alternatives to celebrate graduation virtually or possibly to be held in the future. We have a lot of ideas and welcome your input. Please stay tuned for more information.
Refund information for students who have already rented caps and gowns will be posted at commencement.siu.edu shortly. (updated 3-19-20)
If the place I am completing my internship, practicum or student teaching closes due to COVID-19, what is the impact on my degree?
Please contact the program director for your major. (added 3-13-20)
What are the expectations of graduate assistants?
Graduate assistants play an important role helping the university fulfill its mission, and their assistantships support the cost of their education. Graduate assistants will remain under the terms of their current notices of appointment and resume responsibilities March 16. All Graduate assistants will be paid in keeping with their current appointments. Following is additional information based on the type of assistantship:
I am a graduate student and have a task in my research laboratory that is considered to be a necessary function (e.g. care of research animals, maintenance of scientific equipment to prevent damage, sustenance of perishable scientific materials, etc.). Am I allowed to come on to campus?
Yes, you are allowed to come on to campus to support the necessary functions required in the research laboratory. Continue to follow social distancing practices. Carry the phone number of your research supervisor with you so you can provide contact information if someone questions your need to be on campus. (updated 3-21-20)
Will graduate assistantships be available in the fall?
Yes. For future appointments, we will follow established collective bargaining agreement procedures for notifying GAs by May 1 regarding likelihood of re-appointment in the 2020-2021 academic year. (updated 3-18-20)
How does the extended spring break impact the semester schedule?
Despite the extra week of spring break, the Spring 2020 semester will end as scheduled. Instructors will adjust the syllabus material accordingly. (added 3-13-20)
How does the change in schedule affect the graduation of students scheduled to graduate in May?
Students planning to graduate will be able to do so, as scheduled. (added 3-13-20)
Will Spring finals continue to be May 4 through 8?
Yes. Despite the extra week of Spring Break, the dates for Spring 2020 will remain the same. (added 3-13-20)
Will Summer Intersession still start May 11?
Yes. If the current COVID-19 situation persists, instruction will be online or other alternate mode. (added 3-13-20)
Will Summer Session still start June 8? Will Fall Semester still start August 17?
Yes. We will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation. (added 3-13-20)
How has the coronavirus affected SIU study abroad and international programs?
The Office of Study Abroad is suspending 2020 travel study programs through the summer. Any study abroad students returning from countries under CDC travel advisories of level 2 or 3 who choose to return to campus will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The SIU Student Health Center and the Jackson County Health Department will be working with those students to ensure compliance with the 14-day self-quarantine protocol. The university will continue to monitor recommendations from health agencies and adapt plans as necessary. Please see the updated travel restrictions, some of which apply to students, in the faculty/staff section of this site. (updated 3-13-20)
Will academic advising continue?
Academic advisement will continue online as well as phone and email. (updated 3-20-20)
As an instructor, where can I find assistance in converting my course to an online/alternate format?
The Center for Teaching Excellence is providing several resources. Please click on this link: cte.siu.edu. (added 3/17/20)
Will I be able to stay on campus in residence halls during the governor’s "stay-at-home" order?
Students who are living on campus must stay on campus, and students who are not on campus may not return to campus. Questions or requests for special consideration about this directive can be answered by calling the Office of the Dean of Students, 1-877-725-0006. (updated 3-20-20)
What resources will be available to students in residence halls?
Students who are on campus will continue to have access to food, Student Health Services, WiFi and other tools and support. We will continue to expect students to follow social distancing practices, and we will continue to follow all of the additional dining and cleaning protocols we have in place to prevent risk of COVID-19. (updated 3-20-20)
When will I be able to get into the residence halls if I do not plan to stay on campus or collect materials and personal items if I choose not to stay on campus?
Students who are not on campus and want to come to campus to retrieve books or other possessions must wait until the order is lifted. Call University Housing at 618-453-2301 with questions. (updated 3-20-20)
Is it possible to return to stay in my residence hall?
No. For the safety of all our students, and per the Chancellor’s directive of March 20, 2020, residence hall students and residents of Wall & Grand apartments who are currently not on the Carbondale campus may not return to campus until further notice. Door fob access and meal plan access have been turned off and will not be reinstated until these restrictions are lifted. You will not have access to your hall or apartment.
Students do not need to move belongings out of their rooms at this time. Opportunities for move out will occur at a later date when it was safe to do so. Details on the refund of room and board fees will be announced as soon as possible.
Questions may be directed University Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your cooperation in these unprecedented times. (added 3-27-20)
Is it possible to get a refund for room, board or student fees since I will be finishing the semester from home?
Yes. We are exploring options for reimbursement now. It’s complicated and may take some time, so we appreciate your patience. Our goal is to be as fair and responsible as possible, recognizing that we must coordinate with other agencies. Please know that we are looking at all of our options and will let the community know what we decide as soon as possible. (updated 3-24-20)
Are dining services available?
Yes, but only to students with meal plans. Only carry-out will be available as of March 28. Students may not eat in the dining halls and must take meals to their rooms. (updated 3-27-20)
I am a student with mental health concerns, or I am feeling stressed, concerned and afraid about the coronavirus. What should I do?
You might consider calling Counseling and Psychological Services, where counselors are available to help students with mental health concerns or coach students with who are dealing with anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. CAPS staff will be available by phone at 618-453-5371 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Treatment and coaching options have been expanded to accommodate students remotely and now include telehealth appointments, skills coaching or referrals to other providers in your area. All students are advised to call CAPS at 618-453-5371 to determine the treatment options that would best meet their needs.
The following websites offer strategies for people who feel anxiety related to the coronavirus and suggestions on how to take care of your mental health: Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak and Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks. (updated 3-27-20)
Will the Saluki Express still operate?
Saluki Express will not continue to run the break route. (updated 3-20-20)
Is Morris Library open?
Most of the library is closed. Some services are accessible by email and phone as noted below. The first-floor computer lab, room 139, is open and has been reconfigured to accommodate social distancing. The first-floor study around Delyte’s will remain open with access to WiFi for those with laptops who do not have WiFi at home. (Students who do not have laptops should contact Saluki Cares for assistance.) Hours for the lab and first-floor study area are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The library will continue to deliver the following services:
Will buildings be open during the stay-at-home period?
Buildings will be closed with the exception of the Student Health Center, part of Morris Library, residence halls housing and select research labs. Staff will be able to access their own buildings but are expected to stay home unless they have a required responsibility. (updated 3-20-20)
I have a student job on campus. Will I be able to work? Will I be required to work? What if I am not needed to work? Will I get paid?
We know our students depend on their campus jobs and we believe that it is important that we continue to support them during this unprecedented time. All students will be paid through the end of the spring semester regardless of whether their jobs are no longer needed or they are not returning to campus. In a few cases, student jobs will be considered required for the continuing operations of campus and available students may be asked by supervisors to work on campus observing social distancing practices. We are working through details and we will be providing information to supervisors with guidance on how to move forward paying students in the next few days. (updated 3-20-20)
Will trips planned by Registered Student Organizations continue?
No, trips should not continue at this time. (updated 3-20-20)
How will the student health insurance plan address COVID-19 testing and treatment for students?
United Healthcare is taking action to ensure health plan members and patients affected by COVID-19 have the support and resources they need. United Healthcare has an informative FAQ sheet, and students can ask specific follow-up questions at 1-866-948-8472. It is important to note that laboratory testing for COVID-19 will be covered, and cost sharing will be waived, including copays, coinsurance and deductibles, at approved locations in accordance with CDC guidelines. Please call the number above if you have concerns regarding approved locations. If you are an SIU Carbondale student in the Carbondale area, please remember that Student Health Services is open and capable of testing for COVID-19. If you have symptoms and/or a possible exposure to COVID-19, please call the Student Health Center to schedule an appointment at 618-453-4458. If you are at home, please visit www.uhcsr.com/MyAccount to find a network provider near you. (added 3-13-20)
Who can I call to ask questions or seek assistance during the pandemic?
Students and family members can call the Office of the Dean of Students 618-453-4846 or 1-877-725-0006 between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. Questions can also be sent to the email@example.com email address at any time, including evenings and weekends. (added 3-17-20)
Will the Student Recreation Center and Student Center be open?
No. The Student Recreation Center closed effective March 17 and the Student Center will be closed throughout the stay-at-home period. (updated 3-19-20)
I am returning from another country or a state that has had an outbreak. Do I need to self-quarantine?
Please continue to visit this site as travel information changes daily. Based upon the expert advice of our School of Medicine, every student, faculty and staff member returning from international business or personal travel, as well as domestic travel to California, Massachusetts, New York or Washington, is expected to self-quarantine for 14 days after the date of return. (added 3-16-20)
How does the governor’s "stay-at-home" order affect how SIU will operate?
We will maintain as many university services and operations as possible, although most buildings will be closed and we will do as much as possible from our homes. Online courses will continue, but there will be no face-to-face courses or lab sections. The provost’s office will provide additional direction to faculty. (added 3-20-20)
Should I come to campus?
Only employees who perform required functions for on-campus operations will be physically working on campus. These include but are not limited to people who support students in dining and residence halls, employees in health care and public safety, employees required to maintain the research labs and farms and others. Your supervisor will notify you if your work is required to be done on campus. All employees who are required to work on campus will follow social distancing and other guidelines to prevent spread of the coronavirus. We encourage supervisors to adjust shifts to minimize as much contact as possible. (added 3-20-20
Should I work from home?
If you are not required to be on campus due to your position and your work can be done from your home, you are expected to work from home if you have the tools to do so. We expect most offices to remain operational by phone, email and through virtual tools.
Will university-wide business offices be operating remotely? Will I be paid?
Human resources, accounting and accounts payable, procurement and other business offices are operating remotely during the governor’s “stay at home” order. Employees will be paid as scheduled, a number of other deadlines have been extended and some purchasing limits have been increased to assist departments with emergency needs. Details and contact information are available on the campus business procedures website. (added 3-22-20)
I am a faculty member who does not have adequate internet capabilities to teach online from my home. What should I do?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will follow up with you directly. (added 3-21-20)
What if my job can’t be done from home and I am not required on campus? What if I am not set up to work from home?
In these cases, you are expected to be available and on-call should your services be needed. (added 3-20-20)
Will my pay or benefits be affected?
All employees who work and are available to work/on call will be paid at the usual rate. There will be no change in benefits, and you will not be required to take leave. (added 3-20-20)
What if I am not available to work or don’t want to work?
People who are not available or decline to work as needed must take leave; the exception is employees affected by school closings, quarantine or COVID-19 illness, some of whom may be asked to work from home if they are able to do so. (added 3-20-20)
How can I get access to my electronic files from home?
How long will the university change how it operates?
We will be operating under the governor’s "stay-at-home" order until it ends. After that, we may continue to work in an alternative operation mode until further notice due to the uncertainty of the pandemic. We will notify employees when we decide to resume normal operations. (updated 3/20/20)
What is expected of offices that are operating virtually?
It will depend upon the responsibilities of the office, but generally phone calls and email should be answered, services should be provided, meetings should be held by conference call or other tools. Supervisors will be expected to ensure that offices continue to fulfill as many of their responsibilities as possible. (updated 3/20/20/20)
I am an employee with health factors that put me at higher risk for serious disease if I become infected and I am required to be on campus. What should I do?
Please consult with your supervisor and contact your healthcare professional for additional assistance. We support your efforts to stay healthy. (added 3-20-20)
I am an employee who is sick or must self-quarantine and cannot work. Will I still be paid?
Starting March 17, employees who need to be away from work for COVID-19-related reasons such as illness, quarantine, or childcare will continue to be paid without having to use their personal benefit time. Such employees may be asked to work from home, if able. (updated 3-20-20)
May my supervisor send me home if I exhibit COVID-19 symptoms at work?
Yes, employees exhibiting symptoms will be sent home. The employee's continued presence must pose no risk to the health of the employee, other employees and students in order to remain at work. (added 3-20-20)
What if a sick employee refuses to go home?
Infected employees pose a threat to other employees and students and could spread the virus. If a supervisor believes an employee has COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever, the supervisor will consult with his/her director. Based on that and any other necessary consultation, an employee who is suspected to have COVID-19 will be ordered to go home to protect the campus community. If the employee refuses the directive to go home, that employee may be disciplined for insubordination in accordance with applicable policies, rules, and/or collective bargaining agreements. (added 3-20-20)
Can my supervisor schedule me to work hours or shifts that I do not normally work?
You may be asked to work more hours or different hours, especially if your position is considered a required service position or the university is short-staffed as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak. In some departments, employees may be assigned to work in other areas within the department. (added 3-20-20)
If an employee believes he or she has caught the virus from another employee or a student at work, will this be a covered Worker's Compensation claim?
Temporary illnesses, such as the flu, are not typically considered a work-related injury under the Illinois Worker's Compensation Act. However, the university encourages employees to consult with Human Resources in order to verify whether the employee's particular situation may be covered. (added 3-13-20)
Is COVID-19 a condition that will qualify me for the use of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave?
FMLA may be available with regard to the employee's own serious health condition or for the care of a family member with a serious health condition. Please contact Human Resources for more information regarding FMLA. (added 3-13-20)
What if my children's school or daycare has been closed and I need to stay home?
Starting March 17, employees who need to be away from work for COVID-19-related reasons such as illness, quarantine, or childcare will continue to be paid for up to two workweeks without having to use their personal benefit time. Such employees may be asked to work from home, if able. (updated 3-20-20)
Am I allowed to travel for conferences, meetings and other official business?
All business travel is suspended.
Based upon the expert advice of our School of Medicine, every faculty or staff member or student returning from international business or personal travel, as well as domestic travel to California, Massachusetts, New York or Washington, is expected to self-quarantine for 14 days after the date of return. Self-quarantine is no longer mandated if members of the household have traveled domestically or internationally as long as household members have no symptoms.
Faculty and staff who have traveled or self-quarantined should communicate with their immediate supervisors, and students should contact Saluki Cares. Recreational travel, both international and domestic, is currently not recommended. (updated 3-20-20)
Will the university cover the costs of canceled flights for a professional conference that I paid for personally? Will it cover the costs of canceled flights that were to be charged to a grant?
Please work with the airlines as you would with any other canceled flight. (added 3-13-20)