Update on work expectations for U of R employees

July 14, 2020

To: Faculty, staff, and administrators
From: Michelle Rogers, Vice President for Administration, and Kevin Dyerly, Vice President for Finance
Subject: Update on work expectations for U of R employees

Thank you for your continued contributions to the University of Redlands during this unprecedented time. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in different ways.

In the face of the pandemic, the University guaranteed pay for all employees through the end of June and extended that guarantee for current employees until July 15. As of July 16, we will maintain the status quo with respect to compensation of all U of R employees as we await further guidance from state and county officials regarding our plans for return to campus this fall.  

If you believe you cannot perform your regular duties given the nature of your job and/or your particular circumstances, we encourage you to discuss the situation with your supervisor. In several cases, we have been able to adjust the nature of individual duties so employees can continue to contribute to the University and be paid. 

In light of yesterday’s guidance from California’s governor, supervisors should continue to use discretion, erring on the side of caution, in determining if an employee needs to report to work on-site to sustain essential University functions.

As a reminder, anyone on campus is required to contribute to the safety of the community as a whole.

  • Individuals on campus must remain a minimum of six (6) feet away and/or separated by a solid barrier from all other individuals unless closer interaction is absolutely required to perform their job duties, and then face coverings are required. Employees must minimize face-to-face contact with others to the greatest extent possible.
  • All employees must wear face coverings any time they are in the presence of others or when leaving their own workspace. Coverings may consist of a bandana, surgical mask, scarf, etc. and must fully shield the mouth and nose.
  • All employees must wash their hands frequently.
  • Employees with positions that include touching items often used by others (credit cards, computers, copiers, printers, trashcans, books, etc.) must wear disposable gloves and change them regularly throughout the day.
  • Employees should take their temperatures before work, and those who are sick with flu-like symptoms, respiratory symptoms, or unexplained fever should stay home (or leave work immediately), notifying their supervisor; before returning to work, employees should call their health care provider for instructions regarding return to work if they have been ill.

For more information, see the Coronavirus FAQ webpage and the Interim COVID-19 Policies for All Employees.