Remote Work at BU

The University will be guided by the following Core Principles in administering remote work:

Core Principles

Institutional Mission: Boston University is a vibrant, residential research university, and intense collaboration and in-person interactions between students, staff, and faculty are crucial to our work. Remote work arrangements must support this mission.

Quality of Student Services: Remote work arrangements must not impinge on the student-centered nature of our residential research university.

Quality of Research Environment: Remote work arrangements must not impinge on the research activities that are physically based in our laboratories and offices.

Business Operations and Goals: Remote work arrangements must support business operations efficiency to ensure the success of each school, college, or department and the University as a whole in meeting and exceeding overall goals.

Employee Retention and Recruitment: Remote work arrangements must support talent recruitment and retention and contribute to the University community and employee morale.

Background for Remote Work

Boston University brings together almost 32,000 students, more than 3,700 faculty, and 6,100 staff into a community that fulfills our mission as a residential research university. The mission is intensely collaborative, carried out in our classrooms, laboratories, studios, and in countless formal and informal meetings in conference rooms, offices, and around dining tables across our campuses.

Traditionally, face-to-face contact between our faculty, students, and involved staff has been at the core of these activities. However, the successful pivot by many to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that some University staff work can be performed effectively from off campus.

Human Resources and Organizational Development & Learning have partnered to bring you comprehensive resources to help you succeed with remote work. As you navigate remote work, we will continue to add new tips and tools to this website. Information on these pages will grow and evolve as we learn about what you need to succeed.

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