Seattle University’s faculty and staff are on the front lines of the educational and co-curricular experience we deliver to our students. It is imperative that the university provides a teaching environment and workplace that is safe and supportive.
Faculty and staff will be returning to the campus workplace in phases. With the planned arrival of students this fall, we anticipate employees in student-facing roles will be among the first groups to return to campus, with some returning as early as July. Division leaders and deans will share any additional workplace guidance specific to their area as needed. As a courtesy, leaders will notify faculty and staff 30 days in advance of their return date, where possible. As the School of Law is on the semester system, students will be returning mid-August, thus faculty and staff several weeks prior.
Employees returning to campus will be expected to complete safety training and adhere to all campus safety practices.
To minimize health risks and to relieve pressure on commuting, the use of public transportation, family and household demands, supervisors are encouraged to work with staff to build flexible on-campus work schedules for the fall term. We are encouraging plans that include staggered start-end times each workday and/or partial work from home schedules during the workweek to maximize physical distancing.
Staff in roles that allow them to work from home will be asked to continue to do so until further notice. This is to reduce risks for both our workforce and student populations. Over the summer, supervisors will be providing further guidance to those employees who continue to work from home.
In accordance with state of Washington requirements, high-risk individuals who are asked to return to the campus workplace may seek workplace accommodations. Once you have received a confirmed campus return date from your supervisor, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin this process.
We recently learned from the completed return to work survey both faculty and staff expressed concerns in regard to commuting to campus.
Aside from encouraging flexible work schedules and the continuation of at-home work where possible, the university will provide those employees who are Orca riders 10 parking days per month through the fall term. This will allow those who typically use public transportation to park on campus if desired.
Monthly parking permit requirements will resume August 1, using the same systems as before the shelter-in-place orders, including rates, enforcement, permit types and policies. It will be important to re-activate your pass as confirmation of your return to the program.
In addition, for those who normally work full-time on campus and will have a hybrid schedule you can purchase a daily pass for the days you are parking on campus. If you plan to purchase a daily pass, please do so via the online ordering system. More information on commuting, transit, ridesharing and parking will be available on the Public Safety and HR site(s) in July.
A comprehensive guide will be available for faculty and staff in July with information on symptom monitoring, expectations for returning to campus, staffing considerations, health and safety guidelines and more.