COVID-19 Fall 2021 Semester Questions/Answers
August 27, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.
Table of Contents
- Health & Safety
- Remote Work, Leave & Attendance, Human Resources, and other Policies
Health & Safety
It is expected everyone wear face coverings when inside buildings, including in classrooms. It is also expected that face coverings be worn when outside in large groups.
Yes, COVID testing will be available on multiple days at the Boca, Davie, Harbor Branch, and Jupiter campuses. Please view the COVID-19 Testing page for more information about available testing days and times.
While there is no federal or state mandate to get a COVID-19 vaccine, all eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. This effort is vital to help stop the spread of this virus. Please Click here for information about the vaccines and Click here for information on how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes. The voluntary randomized testing will continue through the Fall 2021 Semester. Each week individuals will be selected to participate in the randomized testing program.
All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to participate in the random testing program. COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people.
Yes. Student Health Services will direct the contact tracing efforts and direct quarantines and isolations. The University is conducting contract tracing for positive cases. Furthermore, the University will continue sharing on-campus impact COVID-19 data at https://www.fau.edu/coronavirus/
If you feel ill stay home. If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny nose, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, FAU students and employees must contact Student Health Services. Avoid contact with other people and avoid social gatherings as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
If you are vaccinated and do not have any symptoms you are not required to quarantine. You will be asked to receive a COVID-19 test at 3-5 days and wearing a face covering will be recommended indoors until a negative test result or up to 14 days.
The employee should contact Student Health Services at 561-297-3512 immediately upon noticing symptoms or having a positive test result.
Yes, you are still required to contact Student Health Services. Upon contacting Student Health Services, they will provide you guidance on isolation requirements.
If you are unvaccinated and exposed to someone positive for COVID-19, you will need to quarantine for up to 10 days. You may be able to end your quarantine early. If you submit for a COVID-19 test on Day 6 a negative test result will allow you to be released from quarantine on Day 8. Otherwise, you need to complete a full 10 days of quarantine and are cleared to return to work on Day 11.
If you are positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for 10 days and if your symptoms have improved and you are without fever for 24-hours, you can return to work on Day 11.
Yes. Current Public Health Policy at FAU requires personnel with symptoms or positive test results for COVID to follow the direction of Student Health Services including providing information for contact tracing, submitting for testing when requested, and following isolation and quarantine directives until cleared to return to work. Further information can be found in the COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan as well as on Student Health Services COVID-19 FAQs.
Yes, if directed to do so by Student Health Services.
You will receive information from Student Health Services with details on how to return to work.
A supervisor will receive a notification from HR with details on when the employee is cleared back to work.
If employees have concerns regarding whether their medical condition makes them vulnerable, they should speak to a physician. FAU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualifying health condition to protect the health and safety of the University Community as long as those accommodations can be provided without imposing an undue hardship to the University or creating a fundamental alteration in the University's services. FAU reserves the right to request appropriate documentation to substantiate the need for the accommodation. Please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at 561-297-3004 to request an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID.
Units may request COVID-19 supplies, such as hand sanitizer and wipes, through the work order system. For more information Click Here.
Remote Work, Leave & Attendance, Human Resources, and other Policies
All remote work assignments are retired for faculty and staff on the effective return dates, August 16, and July 12, respectively.
No. If you an employee with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are requesting accommodation, you may begin the request process online or contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion if you need assistance.
Employees in isolation or quarantine are required to use leave time. Remote work options are not available. If you have exhausted all leave, you may request leave from the COVID-19 Leave Donation Plan, if applicable. Otherwise, you will need to enter unpaid time off in Workday. Communication with your supervisor is critical.
All FAU community members should be considerate and respectful of the personal space of others. Employees may ask students and colleagues if they would be willing to wear a face covering, but face coverings may not be mandated or required, and an individual’s decision to decline a request to wear a face covering must be respected. Departments and units should keep a supply of disposable face coverings on hand and offer them to individuals visiting university offices.
Yes. Student Health Services and other medical and clinical facilities will still require face coverings inside the areas.
This can be a stressful, difficult time for everyone. The university offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides support and assistance for a variety of concerns.
As of August 10, 2021, there will be no capacity restrictions on events or gatherings.
Students exhibiting symptoms should be directed to leave the classroom and contact Student Health Services at 561-297-3512 immediately. Additionally, an e-mail should be sent to the Dean of Students (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the name and z number of the student to ensure contact with Student Health Services is made.
Should a student disclose such information, advise the student to contact Student Health Services. Faculty/Staff are also asked to email the Dean of Students (email@example.com). Emails should contain the student’s full name and Z number if known. The Dean of Students will assist to make sure cases are documented with Student Health Services.
FAU is returning to pre-pandemic procedures for employees and students engaging in university-sponsored domestic and international travel. We will continue to monitor and follow travel guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. Department of State also offers advisories and resources for travelers. All travel abroad is required to comply with the new Global Travel Safety and Security policy. The policy applies to those traveling abroad for university activities or engaged in personal travel while in possession of university assets. For additional information on FAU’s travel policies and procedures, employees are encouraged to visit the various pages within the Controller’s Office website.