Information for Faculty & Staff
Below are answers to many of the frequently asked questions pertaining to faculty and staff. Have a specific question pertaining to Questrom’s plans that you don’t see below complete the form at the bottom of the page.
As a faculty member, what do I need to do to prepare to teach online in the event that students cannot physically attend lectures?
We are working closely with the Office of the Provost to provide guidance and support for faculty to offer courses remotely if necessary. BU IS&T has provided some useful advice for teaching or working remotely. In addition, visit the Technology Resources page for information from Questrom ITS regarding remote teaching and work.
Will the disruption associated with COVID-19 affect hiring at Boston University?
The disruption will have no impact on faculty hiring. Faculty searches and hiring will continue uninterrupted. Nor will it affect hiring to fill research staff positions funded from external grants and contracts; that process will also continue. However, on March 5, the University implemented a hiring freeze on other staff vacancies. The University decided to implement this pause because of the uncertainty created by COVID-19. The virus, with its attendant travel restrictions and economic impact, may affect next academic year’s admissions and revenue, and BU’s overall budget. While the University hopes to have a clearer understanding of the nature of the impact over the next few months, it felt the wise and conservative fiscal course of action, in the meantime, is to leave staff vacancies unfilled. No employee will lose their job as a result of this decision. The University is simply putting a hold on filling staff positions that are vacant as of March 5.
I’m a BU employee and am exhibiting flu-like symptoms but don’t know what to do about coming in to work?
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, do not come in to work. Call the Occupational Health Center at 617-353-6630 (you do not need to go to the center in person; calling is preferable). The Occupational Health Center may direct you to your primary healthcare provider. Please then inform your manager to keep them up-to-date on your status.
For more information on how to stay healthy in the workplace, please see the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
Who is tracking ill employees?
The Occupational Health Center will be responsible for maintaining records of BU employee reports of COVID-19, should any occur.
If my symptoms are minor, can I work from home instead of using sick time?
If your primary healthcare provider determines you to be ill, please follow the doctor’s orders and focus on your recovery. In the case of illness, please use your sick time. If your absence extends for more than three consecutive business days, please reach out to the Human Resources Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-2380.
However, if your symptoms are minor and your primary healthcare provider suggests you stay out of work for precautionary reasons and your job is one where remote work is possible and you feel you could be productive, please consult with your manager to determine if working from home is feasible. In this situation and with your manager’s approval, you can work from home instead of using sick time.
If I have to miss work, when can I come back?
Call the Occupational Health Center at 617-353-6630 before returning to work. You and the team at the Occupational Health Center will discuss your readiness to return to work. Once cleared, you should then contact your manager to arrange for your return to work.
My doctor told me to stay home from work. What do I do?
Stay home and follow your doctor’s order to take care of yourself. Call your manager to keep them up-to-date, and contact the Occupational Health Center by phone at 617-353-6630.
What happens if someone in the office is sick? Am I quarantined as a result of possible exposure?
Unless they are a confirmed COVID-19 case, you should continue to come to work as usual. Your manager will instruct you of alternate plans if the situation changes.
Is my absence covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? What if I am not eligible for FMLA or have no more FMLA time?
If you are out of the office for more than three consecutive business days, for your own personal health condition or due to being a primary caregiver, please contact the HR Service Center at 617-353-2380 or at email@example.com and review your rights and responsibilities under the FMLA. Staff may use this form to request leave. Faculty should contact their department, which will communicate expectations.
If you are not eligible for FMLA or have used your FMLA allotment, the HR team will work with you and your manager on next steps.
I have a sick family member. Should I come to work? And, can I use sick time if I am home with a family member?
If you are their primary caregiver, you may request to use sick time. If your absence extends for more than three consecutive business days, you should apply for FMLA time.
Someone in my department is home sick. Can they come back to work?
If they’ve been out for more than three consecutive business days, or if they’re a confirmed COVID-19 case, the employee must call the Occupational Health Center to discuss a return to work. If the Occupational Health Center needs additional documentation in order for a return to work, the employee will be asked to submit information from their doctor before being cleared to return to work.
I’ve been determined to be a patient-under-investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 or have been exposed to a PUI. What should I do?
Do not come to work. You must inform the Occupational Health Center and your manager. Contact the Occupational Health Center by phone at 617-353-6630. The team at Occupational Health will work with you and your manager on next steps.
I have an employee who is exhibiting flu-like symptoms. What should I do?
Send them home and have them contact the Occupational Health Center by phone at 617-353-6630.
What if I’m scheduled to work and my work site is closed?
Managers will communicate expectations to all employees if there is an impact to the work-site.
If you are an employee who is paid hourly and your work site is closed, please enter “departmental closure – 2033” on your timesheet.
What if my department has chosen to remain open but remote only?
Your manager will communicate expectations. Managers will determine which roles have an option for remote work and work directly with employees. Managers needing assistance in developing a plan should contact their HR business partner. IS&T has provided some useful advice for teaching or working remotely.
I’m feeling really stressed about all this COVID-19 information. What should I do?
We know the news about COVID-19 can be stressful; please reach out to the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office by phone at 617-353-5381 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, for support.
I’d like to work from home. What should I do?
Reach out to your manager. Your manager, with support from Human Resources, will work with you to determine if working from home is appropriate. IS&T has provided some useful advice for teaching or working remotely.
How will BU and Questrom determine who can work remotely and for how long?
We will continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 very closely. Your manager and Human Resources will work together on a plan and communicate expectations.
Can I work from home voluntarily if I do not want to be in public? What if my supervisor says no?
Reach out to your supervisor, and they will work with you on your individual situation. If your supervisor has denied your request, you may request to use vacation or personal time (where applicable).
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