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Idaho State University

Faculty and Staff

All members of the University community have a shared responsibility in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our students, colleagues, families, and vulnerable populations. Please show kindness and respect for each other. We are all in this together, and each employee will have different opinions and comfort levels related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Differences are valid and appreciated. University guidelines have been developed based on current CDC, State of Idaho, health department, and American College Health Association (ACHA) recommendations, and will be updated as recommendations change. 


What you need to know now:

  • As we adjust to our “new normal” operations, faculty and staff can expect many differences from the non-pandemic workplace. All employees should review the Stage Four Employee Operations Guidelines and discuss with their supervisor as necessary.
  • Remote work for most employees continues unless instructed otherwise by their supervisors and many departments will now operate with rotating staffing and/or modified services.
  • Faculty, staff, and students are required to properly wear cloth or disposable face coverings while on campus unless you are alone in a private office. Face coverings must be worn in all shared or public spaces such as common work areas, hallways, meeting rooms, classrooms, research labs, when meeting with someone in a private office, etc. Face coverings should also be used outdoors when in the presence of other individuals. While you are working alone in a private office, vehicle, or outdoors where physical distancing is possible, you may remove your face covering.
  • All employees will receive two face coverings from the University prior to the start of the fall semester and should be wearing personal face coverings in the meantime. Any employee who does not have a face covering can request one through their supervisor.
  • Physical distancing of six feet is expected for the entire campus community. Wearing a cloth face covering does not replace the need for physical distancing. 
  • Employees in COVID-19 vulnerable populations are encouraged to self-identify and engage with managers in assessing ongoing telework opportunities and other reasonable accomodations in order to provide a safer work environment. This process may be initiated and supported by the use of  the telecommuting application to further safe working environment discussions. 
  • Employees seeking mental health support during this time should utilize the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • All University non-essential travel can resume following specific guidance and is subject to change with short notice as COVID outbreaks occur.
  • Even the most carefully developed plans for fall semester have to be flexible. We do not know everything about the COVID-19 virus, and we all must be ready to adapt and make changes as the situation evolves. This could include an interruption that requires a period of distance-based instruction with little advance notice.