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Employment Information

Return to Campus Challenges
  • Physical Health
    • Faculty and staff members with concerns about returning to campus due to a medical concern should contact Human Resources to address the issue.
  • Mental Health
    • Faculty and staff experiencing difficulties adjusting to the university community’s return to campus may ask their supervisor to approve special flexible work arrangements during a transition period to end prior to the start of 2021-2022 academic year. Also, the following mental health services are available to those seeking support:
      • Blue Cross is providing updated information to its health care plan members regarding a wide array of COVID-19 related information and services online.
      • Priority Health is offering its health care plan members a wide array of COVID-19 related information and services online.
      • Benefits-eligible OU employees, their spouses or domestic partners, their dependent children and their parents or parents-in-law can take advantage of the Unum Employee Assistance Program, which provides access to licensed professional counselors and work/life specialists, web access to a broad array of informative and support resources, and 24/7 phone support services. Employees interested in learning more should visit unum.com/lifebalance or call (800) 854-1446.
      • The OU Counseling Center also provides support services to campus community members.
    • Students experiencing difficulties adjusting to the university community’s return to campus can learn more about support services on the Student Engagement and Support web section. 
    • Campus community members are not required to disclose the fact that they are seeking mental health services.
  • Child/Elder Care
    • Faculty and staff experiencing difficulties making arrangements for child and/or elder care may ask their supervisor to approve special flexible work arrangements during a transition period to end prior to the start of 2021-2022 academic year.
    • Faculty and staff can take advantage of any unused EPSL and EFML time. After September 30, 2021 and in situations where EPSL and EFML time are not available, personal and vacation time can be used. Those with questions regarding leave time should contact Human Resources.
  • Return to campus guidelines compliance
    • Students are expected to comply with all of the university’s COVID-19 guidelines, as well all university policies and expectations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. As always, student disciplinary issues will be referred to the Dean of Students Office.
    • Classroom instructors are advised to manage all student discipline issues in the same ways they were addressed prior to the pandemic.
    • Faculty and staff are advised that the university has pledged to provide clean, healthy and safe work environments, and invested considerable time, effort and resources toward this end. While some employees may be uncomfortable returning to campus, all are expected to do so in order to perform their job duties. Refusal to do so may subject employees to discipline. Individuals with concerns about returning due to a medical concern should contact Human Resources to address the issue.
University Employment
Faculty and Staff

COVID-19 Work Guidelines

Can supervisors ask employees the reason for their absences?

Yes, supervisors may ask employees the reason for their absence. A supervisor may ask an employee if they are experiencing fever and respiratory symptoms, but the supervisor must maintain all information about employee illnesses as a confidential medical record.

What should department heads do if they become aware someone on campus is diagnosed with COVID-19?

Have the employee notify the Graham Health Center immediately at (248) 370-2341. Graham Health Center will direct the employee regarding testing and quarantine requirements.

What do I do if I suspect that I have contracted COVID 19?

Graham Health Center’s website has all the information you need for this situation. Check the website for up-to-date information. Please call Graham Health Center at (248) 370-2341 to report your information and they will direct you regarding testing and quarantine requirements.

What if I am unable to report to work due to illness or quarantine requirements?

The employee should work with his/her supervisor regarding the work schedule and sick time, personal or vacation time must then be used if the employee is unable to work.

Students

Student Employment

In response to the University working remotely due to COVID-19 conditions, an exception process to allow student employees to also work remotely was created.  With the return to campus in the Fall of 2021, this exception process was discontinued. 

In general, student employees are expected to complete their job duties in person and on campus.  Those hired in positions where the job responsibilities have been routinely remote, will not be required to obtain separate remote work approval.

VPN Access Request
As a supervisor, if you need your student employee to have VPN access to complete their job requirements, you must make that request separately. Please use the appropriate request form as follows:

STUDENT EMPLOYEES:

* Fall 2021 - Student Employment VPN Access Request Form

* Due to the return to campus expectations for Fall 2021, VPN access approvals will be extremely limited.  Student employees are expected to work in-person on campus, negating the need for VPN access.

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Graduate Student VPN Access Request

CASUAL/TEMP STUDENT EMPLOYEES:

UTS VPN Access Request

Please only make student VPN requests for critical business functions that can only be performed on OU's VPN access. Examples of this would include access to Banner, Argos, Percussion, and shared drives. Oakland email, virtual meetings and Moodle do not need VPN

As a student employee, am I eligible for sick pay related to COVID-19?

You may be eligible. Refer to H.R.6201. If you have any questions, please email uhr@oakland.edu.

Will student employees who are out of work until this COVID-19 is controlled be able to apply for unemployment?

Yes, you need to apply with the local unemployment office, which determines who is eligible for unemployment benefits.

How many hours can student employees work during this time?

Student employees may work 25 hours per week through the end of the semester. International students however can only work up to 20 hours per week.

Temporary and Casual

Am I eligible for sick pay related to COVID-19?

You may be eligible. Refer to H.R.6201. If you have any questions, please email uhr@oakland.edu.

If I am out of work due to COVID-19, will I be able to apply for unemployment?

Yes, you need to apply with the local unemployment office, which determines who is eligible for unemployment benefits.

Remote Work
  • As a general rule, Administrative Professionals may work 1-2 days a week remotely if a Flexible Work Arrangement request has been submitted and approved by their supervisor. In certain cases, supervisors may approve more flexible work arrangements for a transition period that will end prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Clerical Technicals are not currently allowed to work remotely. Casuals and Temp employees cannot work remotely.
  • Please visit University Technology Services for more information on remote work resources.
General Work Environment

Rotating work schedules – Supervisors will have authority to establish rotating work schedules for their reports as part of efforts to address any infection prevention measure needs within the workspaces they manage.

Workspace modifications – Workspace managers will have authority to modify arrangements in order to address any necessary infection prevention measures. Workspaces will remain the same as they were prior to the pandemic unless modifications are necessary.

Meeting guidelines/resources – Meetings can be held in-person, virtually or in a hybrid format. Meeting plans should incorporate options for unvaccinated individuals to practice established infection prevention protocols.

Door closing allowances/restrictions – Workspace managers have authority to set guidelines . There is no university-wide restriction in place.