Ravens Return

Return To Work Guidelines

Return to Work Guidelines

Faculty, staff, and students who are considered within a high-risk category are encouraged to limit their time on campus and exposure to other people as much as is possible. High-risk categories include:

  • Employees with pre-existing conditions that make them more susceptible to contracting disease
  • Employees with weakened immune systems
  • Individuals that are not able to wear a mask
  • Employees who are 60 years of age or above

Employees who believe they fall into one or more of these categories and are concerned about potential exposure should contact Human Resources for assistance in coordinating remote work with their supervisor.

Employees should continue remote working, when practical. When remote working is not practical, consider flexible work arrangements such as:

  • Staggered work shifts
  • Rotating weeks in the office and remote working to reduce the number of employees working on campus at any one time

Masks/Face Coverings

  • If more than one person is in a room, masks/face coverings should be worn at all times.
  • Masks/face coverings should be worn by any staff in a reception/receiving areas.
  • Masks/face coverings should be used when inside any area where others are present, including walking in narrow hallways where others travel and in break rooms, conference rooms and other meeting locations.


  • Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, light switches, and doorknobs.
  • Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. Clean and disinfect them before and after use.

Physical Distancing

  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance from co-workers at all times. If you work in an office, no more than one person should be in the same room unless the required 6 feet of distancing can be consistently maintained.
  • Departments should assess open work environments and meeting rooms, and use signage to encourage physical distancing and one-way traffic flow where needed.
  • Change seating arrangements. If possible, have at least one workspace between staff. Otherwise, position desks as far apart as possible.


  • When possible, meetings should continue to be held virtually using available collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, telephone, etc.)
  • When virtual meetings are not possible, in-person meetings should not exceed 50 percent of a room’s legal capacity (or 10 people), assuming individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for social distancing requirements.
  • All attendees must wear masks/face coverings for all in-person meetings.
  • Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support social distancing practices between attendees.
  • Prohibit handshaking.

Visitors and Walk-In Traffic

  • Create drop-off and pick-up points for visitors to avoid walk-in traffic.
  • When a drop-off/pick-up point is not practical, accept visitors by appointment only.
  • When practical, designate one door for entry and a different door for exiting to avoid personal interactions in foyers/entryways.