|Returning to Campus||Leave and Work Provisions||Responsibilities of Employees|
RETURNING TO CAMPUS
UNC Charlotte is in a position to plan for a return to full operations in fall 2021. To do that, we need to begin returning to campus.
Expected return dates
- Student-facing and other customer-facing offices and services: Offices that typically see foot traffic from students, employees or other customers should now be staffed and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday or their otherwise stated standard business hours. Supervisors should work to schedule a rotation of staff onto campus, but offices providing services to students should always have in-person staffing during their regular hours.
- All other staff: All other staff should plan to return to pre-pandemic hours and regular operations on campus no later than Tuesday, July 6, in anticipation of a return to full on-campus operations on Monday, Aug. 16.
- Faculty: For the fall semester, faculty should be back on campus by the first day of the new academic year, Monday, Aug. 16.
Preparing for return
Department and unit representatives have been contacted by the Office of Emergency Management to identify their key tasks and resources needed to return to campus for full operations and their estimated date of return. If you have questions about your particular unit or department, please contact your supervisor.
Supervisors may consider teleworking arrangements for employees who can complete their duties remotely, as long as the needs of the department and University are fully met and the policy is fairly applied across the unit. Policy 101.22 outlines additional important information about the requirements for teleworking agreements. Arrangements will require additional approval within each division and then final approval from Human Resources.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there have been updates to work and leave provisions, health benefits, and other Human Resources items. Please consult the COVID-19 HR Information webpage for the most up-to-date information.
- Coordinate with your manager about return to on-campus work, employees cannot return to on-campus work until granted approval from your manager.
- Maximize social distancing (six feet of separation).
- Everyone should wear a face covering when around others (less than six feet away).
- Limit face-to-face meetings and gatherings and not have more than 50 people present for those that must occur, outdoor gatherings should not exceed 100 people.
- Complete the daily Niner Health Check.
- Make all guiding decisions for the University’s return to normal operations.
- Review and approve departmental and unit plans for employees’ return.
- Through Vice Chancellors, communicate expectations about their respective division’s priorities during return to normal operations to respective leadership teams.
- Communicate expectations about respective division’s priorities during return to normal operations to respective leadership teams.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Security
- Coordinate efforts through all phases of the reopen plan
- Serve as the connection point between the Incident Management Team and the Policy Group
- Monitor ad-hoc teams/committees/groups efforts to support operating in a COVID-19 environment
Associate Vice Chancellors, Deans and Associate Provosts
- Communicate expectations about respective areas or college’s priorities during return to normal operations to leadership teams.
- No area may reopen without associate provost/dean/associate vice chancellor approval and final approval by Policy Group.
Directors and Leaders of Departments and Units
- Lead respective areas in developing a plan to return to normal operations.
- Obtain approval on plan from appropriate associate vice chancellor, dean or associate provost.
- Submit approved plan to Policy Group for review
- Oversee execution of plan in respective areas
Incident Management Team
- Synchronize department and unit efforts through the emergency operations center (EOC)
- Present operational updates and policy decisions to the Policy Group, as required
Ad-Hoc Committees/Working Groups
- Through coordination with the emergency operations center (and Incident Management Team) there are a number of ad-hoc committees and working groups working on institutional level issues related to the reopening
- Individual committees/groups are addressing issues related to communications and outreach, testing protocols, classroom space realignment, and other personnel issues, among others
Please review the coronavirus travel restrictions for the latest information.
UNC Charlotte offers employees experiencing economic difficulties access to emergency loans up to $250. Donations to the emergency loan fund can be made via the UNC Charlotte giving website. The North Carolina State Health Plan has also made some changes to further assist employees during this time, including the elimination of any co-pay requirement for COVID-19 testing. Employees are also encouraged to utilize the Employee Assistance Program, which provides confidential counseling and information and resources on financial, legal, and work-life matters.
This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, and we will share more details and information as it becomes available. The University will stay in touch with you through:
- Niner Insider: We will share information as it becomes available.
- NinerNotices: We will send notices as more information becomes available.
- Website: We will continue to keep the Emergency Management website and FAQs updated with the latest information.
- Social Media: We will communicate with you on social media via the NinerAlerts Twitter and Facebook accounts and the University’s main Twitter and Facebook accounts.