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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 should receive 2 cloth face coverings for their use. If you need cloth face coverings or other COVID related supplies for your department, please submit the Bengal Depot COVID Supplies and Signs Form
  • 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).
  • Even the most carefully developed plans for fall semester have to be flexible. 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. The University will continue to monitor the situation, and adjust accordingly based on operational levels.