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Faculty and Staff Return to Campus 

We have always been a community that cares deeply for one another, and this unique quality is more important now than ever before. As Queens prepares for the return of faculty and staff to on-campus work, it is important for all employees to understand and comply with requirements and expectations established by the Queens COVID-19 Response Team. It is imperative that every member of our faculty and staff adhere to these precautions and procedures to keep our campus safe.  

Our goal is to safely and thoughtfully return to on-campus work by relying on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and directives from North Carolina and Mecklenburg County, and in some cases, take an even more aggressive stance to keep our campus safe.

Queens’ Gradual Return to Campus  

We have taken numerous factors into consideration for the return to on-campus work, including the essential nature of the department’s or employee’s work, monitoring the total number of employees in any area, office or building, the risk factors of individuals, and the ability of individual employees’ work to be accomplished remotely. This cautious and informed approach enables the university to monitor adherence to public health protocols and to adjust processes and procedures as needed in advance of, and during, the academic year. 

Each office has developed a plan and schedule for returning faculty and staff to campus. When feasible, offices may continue to leverage the university's flexible work policy to reduce office density.

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. At this time, all faculty regardless of vaccination status, will wear masks when attending such meetings in person. Should the university’s masking policy for vaccinated employees change, the Academic Affairs Office will provide updates to all faculty. Unvaccinated faculty members will need to comply with university guidance related to wearing masks at all times, except when alone in private offices, and ensuring social distancing throughout the semester. Unvaccinated faculty members are encouraged to discuss options for conducting their office hours remotely with their dean’s office.

StaffWorkplace Expectations 

  • A COVID-19 vaccine is required for all faculty and staff who will be on campus this coming academic yearand who do not have a medial 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 tocampus inat full strength andto ensure for our studentsfor the full academic and residential Queens experience. Accepted vaccines are: Johnson and Johnson (Janssen), Moderna, or Pfizerand should be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester and before coming to campus. Employees 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  before July 30, 2021
  • Faculty or staff may request a COVID-19 vaccine exemption for a bonafide religious reason by submitting this form to VaccineDocsFacultyStaff@queens.edu before July 30, 2021.
  • 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 during 2021-2022 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.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to adhere to COVID-19 safe practices: When on campus, unvaccinated faculty and staff are required to follow all expectations outlined in the community covenant.  This includes:
    • properly wear a face mask in classrooms, hallways, library, dining hall, reception/receiving areas, break rooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, and walking around campus 
    • practice physical distancing (remain at least 6’ apart and not gather in groups.)
  • Meet via RingCentral: Unvaccinated employees are to conduct meetings electronically through RingCentral, even when working on campus. In the rare case where a meeting cannot be conducted virtually, participation must be kept to fewer than 10 participants, physical distancing must be observed, and masks always worn (even when in private offices).
  • 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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