Expanded Social Distancing: Working Remotely

March 15, 2020
Curtis N. Powell, Vice President for Human Resources

This past week, due to the growing public health crisis, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic; the President of the United States declared a national emergency; and the Governor of the State of New York declared a state of emergency.  

Rensselaer does not have a known COVID-19 case on campus, and there are no known cases in Rensselaer County. However, in our continued efforts to decrease the number of people on campus and to minimize contact among those who are here, we are expanding our social distancing protocols through telework. 

Effective Wednesday, March 18 through Tuesday, March 31, only faculty and staff whose work is deemed “essential” to current operations will be expected to report to work on campus. Faculty and staff who have not been designated as “essential” are not required to report to campus. These individuals will work remotely, with the expectation of fulfilling all assigned duties and responsibilities, on their assigned work schedule. Portfolio leaders will inform faculty and staff members if they must report to campus, and will provide further information regarding work assignments.

All faculty and staff will continue to receive their salary and benefits, with the expectation that they will continue to be productive in performing their assigned duties and responsibilities. Non-exempt staff are ineligible for overtime pay during this period.

Faculty and staff working on campus should practice social distancing by not gathering in groups and maintaining six feet of distance from others whenever possible.

We will continue to assess the situation each day, and keep everyone updated. The Rensselaer COVID-19 website remains our central source for news and guidance. Please regularly consult this website for updates.


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