COVID-19 Fall 2021 Semester Questions/Answers

August 27, 2021 - 11:00 a.m.

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Health & Safety

Are face coverings required?

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.

Will COVID testing be available on campus?

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.

Will Vaccines be offered on campus?
The University will be offering vaccines on the Boca, Davie, Harbor Branch, and Jupiter campuses. For more information visit https://www.fau.edu/coronavirus/vaccine/
Do I have to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

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.

Will the voluntary randomized testing program continue?

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.

If I am vaccinated, should I participate in the random testing program or am I exempt?

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.

Is FAU tracking and contact tracing cases of COVID-19?

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/

I feel ill should I stay home?

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.

I am vaccinated and was in close contact with someone who tested positive. Do I have to quarantine?

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. 

What is the protocol if an employee is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19?

The employee should contact Student Health Services at 561-297-3512 immediately upon noticing symptoms or having a positive test result.

I have symptoms but took an at home rapid test and it is negative. Do I still need to contact Student Health Services? Do I need isolate?

Yes, you are still required to contact Student Health Services. Upon contacting Student Health Services, they will provide you guidance on isolation requirements.

How long must I quarantine for?

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.

How long must I isolate for?

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.

Do I need to isolate if I test positive, even if I don’t have any symptoms?

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.

Do I need to quarantine even if I don’t have symptoms?

Yes, if directed to do so by Student Health Services.

How will I know if I am cleared to go back to work?

You will receive information from Student Health Services with details on how to return to work.

How will I know if my employee is cleared to go back to work?

A supervisor will receive a notification from HR with details on when the employee is cleared back to work.

What do I do if an employee or I have a condition that makes me vulnerable?

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.

Is the University providing hand sanitizer and wipes?

Units may request COVID-19 supplies, such as hand sanitizer and wipes, through the work order system. For more information Click Here.

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Remote Work, Leave & Attendance, Human Resources, and other Policies

Is remote work permitted?

All remote work assignments are retired for faculty and staff on the effective return dates, August 16, and July 12, respectively.

I have a disability or a medical condition, do I need to fill out a new Remote Work Agreement (RWA)?

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.

If Student Health Services (SHS) indicates that I must isolate or quarantine, do I have to use my sick time?

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.

May employees ask one another to wear masks? May instructors ask their students to do so?

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.

Are there any exceptions to the current face covering policy?

Yes. Student Health Services and other medical and clinical facilities will still require face coverings inside the areas.

I feel anxious about Coronavirus. What can I do?

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.

Are there any capacity restrictions on events or gatherings?

As of August 10, 2021, there will be no capacity restrictions on events or gatherings.

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Classroom

What if a student in my class seems to have “covid like symptoms” (cough, etc.) can I ask the student to leave?

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 (deanofstudents@fau.edu) with the name and z number of the student to ensure contact with Student Health Services is made.

I’ve become aware of a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is symptomatic. What should I do?

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 (deanofstudents@fau.edu). 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.

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Travel

Are FAU employees allowed to travel?

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.

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