Working on Campus
The University has put in place a comprehensive plan focused on the safety of faculty, staff, and students, with the goal of decreasing the incidence of the virus in our campus community.
Workplace Adjustment Requests
Although we strive to provide a campus environment focused on the safety of faculty, students, and staff, we recognize that some faculty and staff may still be reluctant to return to campus. This may include individuals who are or might be considered at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or who live with someone who is or might be considered at increased risk of severe illness from the virus.
A confidential process to request a workplace adjustment was made available for those faculty and staff with a recognized CDC high-risk condition, or who have a household member with such a condition. Adjustment recommendations were based on the receipt of appropriate medical documentation. Deans and senior administrators have communicated the outcome of each request for workplace adjustment to individual faculty and staff members for the spring semester.
The University has announced the summer 2021 Workplace Adjustment process for faculty members and PhD students in teaching or research roles. In order to give schools and colleges adequate time to finalize the course schedule for summer courses, summer 2021 Workplace Adjustment Requests from faculty and PhD students are due by March 16, 2021. The summer request process for staff will be announced later this semester.
The summer 2021 Workplace Adjustment Request process will utilize the same criteria as was used for spring 2021 workplace adjustments. Workplace adjustments are available only to individuals who have, or live with someone who has, a COVID-19 high-risk medical condition as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or are part of a group the CDC has identified as needing extra precautions. Workplace adjustments based on age alone will be considered for those who will be 65 or older on August 13, 2021, or who live with someone of that age. The workplace adjustment request team will verify whether or not an applicant has a CDC risk factor; decisions about what adjustment, if any, is available will be made by your dean or dean’s designee. Additional information and the Workplace Adjustment Request Form can be found on the Workplace Adjustment website.
For staff members, please visit Workplace Adjustment Program—Staff to learn about the options available to you for a Workplace Adjustment if you experience a change in circumstances, such as a change in testing category and/or job duties, or a new classification within a CDC Risk Category for either yourself or a household member.
Meetings are limited to members of the BU community and specifically exclude the general public, campus visitors, or guests. Consult the New Policy on University-Sponsored Campus Meetings, Events, and Gatherings for the Spring 2021 Semester. Continue to use remote-meeting technology tools whenever possible, and for in-person meetings, limit the number of attendees so that physical distancing can be practiced as posted for that space, with a maximum of 10 people for an indoor event, and 25 for an outdoor event, and be sure that all participants wear face coverings.
Meals in the Workplace
Bringing meals from home is the safest course. Communal food sharing can spread illness. Faculty and staff should wash their hands before eating, and clean and sanitize food preparation surfaces and high-touch areas. Face coverings are required when using dining areas and shared kitchens, except when eating or drinking. We recommend using the hand-sanitizer stations provided throughout campus or carrying hand sanitizer with you for personal use.
Disinfecting Your Workspace
Faculty and staff should wipe down work surfaces and commonly touched areas in their own personal workspaces. When at home or away from campus, continue practices such as thorough cleaning, hand-washing, and physical distancing that will limit the chance of exposure.