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March 16, 2020: Message to Campus Regarding Work From Home Policies

Message from ESU Executive Policy Group

March 16, 2020

Dear ESU Faculty & Staff,

As we work through the unprecedented situation we find the ESU campus facing from the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to work through the details of balancing our institutional goal of educating students with the public health need to practice social distancing, specifically reducing the number of people who need to be on campus to keep us operating.

We know some departments already have moved to working from home. No later than Wednesday, March 18, many faculty and staff will begin working from home until further notice. If you can work from home sooner, communicate with your supervisor and do so.

We know that not every job on campus can be done remotely. We also know that some employees will have technology issues when working from off campus. Information Technology is hard at work to solve the technology issues. Department supervisors will reach out to employees to discuss the work needs of the department and how the work will be done, including options that may be available for employees. Supervisors should be making these decisions now and communicating their expectations to employees.

We know that Emporia State faculty and staff have hearts for others. We have seen this time after time as you support co-workers handling hardships. We are asking all of us to come together for the common good as we work together to make these decisions.

Attached is an FAQ specifically about working from home and how it might relate to you. As always, the FAQ as well as this communication are posted on the ESU COVID-19 website.

Sincerely,
ESU Executive Policy Group