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COVID-19 Vaccine

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Faculty and Staff FAQS
Do I have to be vaccinated in order to return to work?

No. While the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus, and is highly recommended, Pennsylvania has no enabling legislation that specifically states the University can mandate faculty, staff or students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to work.

How will I know if employees or students are vaccinated? Can I ask?

Your own vaccination status is much more important to your health than to others. No supervisor or faculty member is permitted to ask an employee or student to disclose if they have been vaccinated.

What if I have a medical condition that is considered high risk for COVID-19? Will there be any accommodations made for those choosing not to get vaccinated?

There are NO accommodations made for employees based solely on lack of vaccination or fear of contracting COVID-19. Employees who have a medical condition that is considered high risk for COVID-19 can request an accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act. Visit the Human Resources webpage to learn more.

Leave and Employment
Can we return to work in phases or does everyone return en mass five days per week?

Employees, with their supervisor’s approval, can return to work in phases prior to July 6. On that date, all employees must return to working on campus fulltime, Monday through Friday.

If an employee is ill due to non-COVID-related issues or is displaying symptoms of allergies, will they be permitted to work remotely?

No, if you are too sick to report to work, appropriate leave is required.

Can employees request permanent or partial remote work fulltime? Can special occasion requests be granted for remote work?

Not at this time.

If I'm experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, what should I do?

Stay at home and inform your supervisor if you are sick. If you have tested positive, or have been notified that you have been exposed to COVID-19, the Office of Emergency Management should be notified immediately by calling 724.738.2611.

A return-to-work date will be provided to you that correlate to your specific situation. In order to return to work, you must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, and your symptoms must have improved.

If an employee does not have sufficient paid leave time and needs to be off for an extended period for sickness, what should they do?

If you are sick, you should stay at home. Email Human Resources at for more information.

If my child or household member is diagnosed with COVID-19 and I need to quarantine can I work from home or do I have to take leave time?

If a family member is sick and you need to stay home to care for this person, appropriate leave is required. If you are required to quarantine due to being exposed to COVID-19, Emergency Paid Sick Leave may be available. Contact Human Resources for leave eligibility.

What happens if an employee is not permitted to work from home or telecommute and not able to come to work based on a self-quarantine, self-isolation or care for a family member?

Employees must use leave for these situations. If you do not have sufficient paid leave time to use, the University is allowing a more liberal use of leave during this period. That means you may request use of other paid time or use anticipated time – leave to be earned during the calendar year – or request leave without pay. In some cases, you may be eligible for leave through the PASSHE’s COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Please consult Human Resources for more information. Please note that quarantine and isolation do not require the same response; if someone in your house in in isolation, that means they are sick and the response is above. If someone in your household is in quarantine, it does not require you to also quarantine.

If I use sick leave because I am sick or injured for any reason, including sickness due to COVID-19, do I still need a note from my doctor?

No, not at this time. The rules associated with sick leave use, including the rule requiring employees to provide a doctor’s note for any sick absence of three or more consecutive workdays, have been temporarily suspended. This temporary suspension is only in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What if I have a family member who is considered at higher risk for COVID-19?

Requests for accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act are only applicable to an employee’s personal medical condition, not to family or household members.

Is the University considering allowing offices to work at reduced capacity (for instance 50% of staff on rotating days) to help continue to mitigate the risk of spread as employees cannot always be positioned 6 feet or more from one another?

No, not at this time.

Is University travel still suspended?

University travel is limited during the pandemic. All travel must be approved by the president via your cabinet member. Please be mindful that decisions regarding future business travel will be influenced by the then-current pandemic circumstances. Accordingly, please do not book any future travel without approval of your respective cabinet member.

Campus Events
How are athletic events being affected?

Intercollegiate athletic competitions will occur this fall with mitigation protocols in line with NCAA guidance. Spectators will be permitted for athletic competitions following University and NCAA guidance.

What is the status of campus events?

The University continues to follow the in-person event guidelines established this year. However, we expect that there will be adjustments made to those guidelines based on guidance from the CDC and PA DOH. The updates will be communicated electronically to those who have participated in the required COVID-19 training. SRU off-campus events must also follow SRU Guidelines for In-Person Events and Gatherings During COVID-19.

Are external guests permitted to attend campus events?

Yes, as long as the host abides by the SRU Guidelines for In-Person Events and Gatherings During COVID-19 and submits their event reservation according to the Campus Event Scheduling Policy to the Office of Student Center and Conference Services.

What is considered a campus event?

Campus events include, but are not limited to, on-campus or off-campus meetings, performances, celebrations, carnivals, rallies, demonstrations, social gatherings, lectures, forums, speaker presentations and conferences.

Is going to lunch with other staff members considered an in-person event and require event training?

The definition for an in-person event is “a temporary grouping of individuals for defined purposes, that takes place over a limited timeframe, such as hours or days; where any portion of the event or gathering will be held on property owned or controlled by SRU, or hosted off campus by a SRU, program, or recognized student organization.” Examples of a defined purpose would be a scheduled work lunch or meeting where lunch is served and there are more than 11 people in attendance. A casual lunch between coworkers is not a defined purpose.

What do camps and conferences look like for the summer and fall semesters?

External camps and conferences are currently allowed on campus according to the Guidelines for Camps and Conferences during COVID. All departments hosting either internal and external events must inform the Student Center and Conference Service Office at or 724.738.2491. This office is required to maintain a log of all events for COVID-19 response.

Face Masks and Facial Coverings
What is the status of wearing face masks on campus?

SRU will continue to follow the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC, as of June 1:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals: : Face coverings and physical distancing will not be required indoors or outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals. Exceptions to this guidance include health care settings (i.e., Student Health Services, Student Counseling Center), Mass Testing Center and public transportation (i.e., Happy Bus). An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 14 days after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Non-fully vaccinated individuals: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering when unable to maintain the 6-foot physical distancing requirement both indoors and outdoors. Consistent with the commonwealth's approach, vaccine compliance is a personal responsibility.

On June 28 the governor’s face mask order will be lifted. At that time, SRU will also lift its masking policy except in designated spaces, for example the Student Health Center, Mass Testing Center and Student Counseling Center. What this means is that all persons – whether fully vaccinated or not – will no longer be required to wear a face mask either inside or outside of any University buildings.

As face masks have been proven to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many people may wish to continue to wear them even if they are fully vaccinated. SRU encourages anyone who wishes to continue to wear a face mask to do so.

Are face masks required on the Happy Bus?


On-Campus Operations
Who should report on-campus to work?

All noninstructional employees are to return fully to in-person work on or before July 6. Extended work from home or telecommuting due to COVID-19 will cease.

While on campus, can virtual meetings still be used or are face-to-face meetings permitted?

Meetings can be held virtually or in person.

What does mail/printing services look like for the fall semester?

Normal campus operating hours will be maintained in these areas for the fall semester. Mail pick-up/delivery will be performed once per day. Additionally, the use of the mailbox-style drop box outside the University Union is still encouraged.

What will dining services look like for the summer and fall semesters?

Aramark will be SRU’s new contracted food service provider effective June 1. Starbucks is open for the summer as of June 1 with hours to be determined. Aramark will also provide support for the SGA Preschool and Child Care Center and any catered events. Boxed lunch service is available for summer day camps.

To make arrangements for summer events, please contact Dining Services at 724.738.2038 or

For the fall, all dining venues are scheduled to reopen, including Quaker Steak & Lube and Rocky’s. Dine-in seating will be available in the fall, although occupancy will be determined based on CDC guidance and campus conditions.

Will SRU's Child Care Center remain open?

The SRU/SGA Preschool and Child Care Center will continue regular hours of operation in compliance with CDC, DHS and DOH guidance.

Will the modified occupancies number change for the summer or fall?

Occupancy numbers return to normal beginning June 1.

Is there a limit to the number of people who can be present in department offices or other internal spaces?

There is no designated limit, however it is recommended that individuals continue to social distance when possible.

Are temperature screenings needed to return to campus for employees or students?


What will contact tracing look like in the fall?

All individuals with potential COVID-19 infection must assist in case investigation and faithfully report all people who might have been exposed to the virus to the Office of Emergency Management. An initial COVID-19 case investigation will begin to determine campus exposure. SRU will assist the PA DOH with contact tracing by identifying any employee who was in close contact of the person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 from a period of 48 hours before symptoms onset to the time at which the person(s) was isolated.

What should we do if we were issued plexiglass and no longer need it?

If you feel an area or designated space no longer needs the plexiglass that was issued or installed, please contact to collect it.

Student Employment and Student Hiring
When are student employees returning to their on-campus positions?

Students may return to their on-campus positions as services are needed.

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