Employee expectations

If you get sick with or exposed to the virus

Should you or a family member be exposed to someone with COVID-19, suspected to have it, or if you become ill yourself with either COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, you must:

  • report off work by notifying your supervisor,
  • remain home for 14 calendar days, and
  • notify Michelle Smith in Human Resources at msmith5@uakron.edu.

See information about sick leave due to COVID-19.

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving *

* Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation

See also:

Daily health monitoring

You should take your temperature before reporting to work each day. If your temperature exceeds 100.4°F, you should notify your supervisor that you are ill and remain home.

If you have a fever, you must stay home until you meet the three bullet points above.

Flexible work arrangements

With supervisor approval, employees may continue to work from home under the Flexible Work Arrangement Policy.

Domestic travel

Self-quarantine is now required if you enter Ohio from a state with a high positive test rate for COVID-19.

Face coverings

You are required to wear face coverings in accordance with University guidelines.

See more about face coverings.

Physical distancing

Meetings: You are encouraged to use of virtual meeting platforms and limiting, whenever practical, the frequency of in-person meetings.

Elevators: The capacity for passenger and freight elevators has been reduced. The new temporary maximum capacity is posted on each elevator. Please be considerate and give priority to those with disabilities who cannot take the stairs or those making deliveries.

Be mindful of 6-foot physical distancing guidelines while:

  • using restrooms,
  • using elevators and
  • walking in hallways.

Cleaning and disinfecting

You are encouraged to conduct daily disinfection of common areas and high-touch surfaces including your desk, keyboard and phone.

Each work day, departments should assign staff to disinfect high-touch office areas, including:

  • common area tables;
  • common area chair arms;
  • stair railings;
  • filing cabinet handles,
  • copy machines,
  • door handles,
  • time clocks and
  • portable radios.

Drinking fountains will be disabled, but the no-touch water bottle fill stations are functional.

In break areas:

  • Use disposable utensils.
  • Sanitize touch areas on refrigerators, microwave ovens, water coolers and coffee pots.
  • Reduce occupancy by about 75%. Consider closing the space for eating.
  • Discard shared containers for candy and collections.

Employees who operate University vehicles should limit the number of occupants.

Personal protective equipment

The University will provide disinfectant spray, face coverings (two per employee), Plexiglas barriers and gloves when appropriate.

Hand sanitizer will be provided in common-use areas.

Send requests for additional personal protective equipment to Mark Beers, campus emergency management coordinator, at beers1@uakron.edu.

Where to return Virex bottles