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High-Risk Faculty and Staff 

Faculty and staff who are in a CDC High Risk Categories, have a high-risk member of their household, or who have other special circumstances may seek a workplace adjustment through the reasonable accommodation process by discussing their situation with their supervisor and then emailing Teri Orsini for additional instructions.

Note: When requesting an accommodation, it is important that HIPAA Privacy Rules are observed: do not provide personal health information or details regarding your personal situation relating to COVID-19 risk.   

Faculty – meetings and office hours 

Meetings of the university faculty as a whole, college/school level faculty meetings, and governance committee meetings (e.g., Academic Policy Committee, Graduate Council, etc.) will typically be held in person. Faculty members must comply with university guidance related to wearing masks.

StaffWorkplace Expectations

  • A COVID-19 vaccine(s) and booster(s) are required for all faculty and staff who will be on campus this coming academic year and who do not have an approved medical or religious exemption. This is a critical step in ensuring the health and safety of the entire Queens community, and to our shared goal of returning to campus at full strength and to ensure for our students for the full academic and residential Queens experience. Accepted vaccines are Johnson and Johnson (Janssen), Moderna, or Pfizer. Employees who have not previously done so should email a scan of their vaccination record to VaccineDocsFacultyStaff@queens.edu before coming to campus 
  • Faculty or staff may request a COVID-19 vaccine exemption for a medical reason by submitting this form to VaccineDocsFacultyStaff@queens.edu
  • Faculty or staff may request a COVID-19 vaccine exemption for a bonafide religious reason by submitting this form to VaccineDocsFacultyStaff@queens.edu.
  • Refer to the Vaccine Information section of the Royal Return for more information.
  • Flu vaccination: Queens Re-Opening Task Force strongly advises every employee to get a current flu shot annually. According to the CDC: “It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever.” In addition, flu vaccines reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death and a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Visitors: If you have a contractor, consultant, or other campus visitor for an essential university function, please inform them that they are expected to properly wear a face mask, practice physical distancing, frequently wash hands and follow other CDC guidelines.
  • Meet via RingCentral: employees have the option to conduct meetings electronically through RingCentral, even when working on campus.
  • International Travel: Queens-sponsored international travel requires vice president approval in advance. Employees are expected to discuss their travel with their supervisors including the resources needed and the safety elements of the specific trip.   

If you have questions or concerns about these expectations, please talk with your dean or supervisor, or reach out to Rich Majerus or Teri Orsini.

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