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Campus Events
How are athletic events being affected?

There will be no athletic or student activities on campus, or sponsored off-campus by the University, until further notice.

What is the status of campus events?

Campus events may occur in both virtual and in-person formats, and must follow the appropriate SRU event guidelines. To plan an in-person event, hosts must follow the SRU Guidelines for In-Person Events during COVID-19. Virtual events should follow the SRU Virtual Events Scheduling Guidelines. More information for all events, both virtual and in-person, can be found on CORE.

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.


Classes, Grading, Academic Records
Are there new instructions for Academic Records and Registration forms?

All Academic Records and Registration forms and instructions are available on this page.

Can I have clarification on which students follow each general studies program?

The following students will follow Rock Studies:

  • All first-year University students, freshmen, who matriculate to University in the 2019 summer and fall terms and after will enter under Rock Studies. This includes students who may be entering the University for the first time with a few college-level credits.
  • All students who are undergraduate readmissions will enter under Rock Studies beginning fall 2019. According to readmission procedure, "Readmitted students are responsible for meeting all academic requirements in effect at the time they are readmitted, not at the time they were originally admitted to the University."

The following students will remain in Liberal Studies:

  • Students who entered the University before fall 2018 will use the Liberal Studies Guide.
  • Students who entered in the fall 2018 or spring 2019 will use the most recent Liberal Studies Guide.
  • All transfer students will enter under the most recent version of the Liberal Studies Program. They will use the curriculum guides that describe their majors with the latest version of Liberal Studies. We anticipate that transfer students will begin to enter under Rock Studies during the summer and fall 2021.

Cleaning and Disinfection
What measures has SRU put in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus?

SRU has developed and implemented a fall reopening plan in accordance with measures establish by the commonwealth based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reduced occupancies will be established in classrooms, the library and residence and dining halls. Additional mitigation strategies include installation of physical barriers, posting of signage and placement of floor markings to assist the campus community in achieving appropriate social distance of at least 6 feet.

All students, employees and visitors to campus are required to wear masks or other appropriate face coverings. The University is providing all students and employees with one cloth SRU-branded, reusable face mask. Additional masks will also be available.

Enhanced sanitation is being provided and extensive efforts towards upgrading and making technology available to faculty and students continue on an on-going basis, including:

  • Cleaning and disinfection measures throughout campus have been increased to meet appropriate CDC guidelines.
  • Classrooms are being upgraded with technology (audio and video) to allow for concurrent in-person and remote learning wherever possible.
  • Physical barriers are installed where possible.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are installed in classrooms and in other common areas; and cleaning and disinfecting products are available for use by individuals.
  • Signage is posted throughout campus reminding everyone of social distancing and face masks requirements.

The University will continue to provide in-person service through its offices and departments. During this time however, some offices and departments will operate with staggered or reduced staff capacities in order to promote proper social distancing for all employees.

Faculty office hours and student advising will be conducted remotely via Zoom or similar technologies. Noninstructional meetings between faculty, staff and students will be conducted remotely as well.

As conditions and subsequent guidance in response to those conditions change, we will continue to provide updates to the campus community and will post changes to the University’s COVID-19 resource pages.

What has/is the University doing to sanitize the campus?

Custodial Services has increased all cleaning and sanitation efforts throughout campus in accordance with CDC guidelines.

What is the protocol for cleaning office spaces?

Custodial Services will provide sanitizer and disinfecting spray in all office suite common areas to aid employees in maintaining properly cleaned work spaces. Additional supplies may be obtained by calling 724.738.6666 or 724.738.2538

What priorities will the custodial staff have for cleaning and disinfecting common spaces?

Custodial staff will prioritize cleaning and disinfection as follows:

  • Addressing issues of safety hazards within University buildings.
  • High-touch surfaces (door handles, light switches, countertops, etc.).
  • Restrooms.
  • Entrances and elevators.
  • Hallways and stairwells.
  • Laboratories and conference areas.

COVID-19
How has the University been receiving its COVID-19 information?

Administration has been closely monitoring the continued spread of COVID-19 (aka the novel coronavirus) around the world. University health and student affairs officials have been in constant contact with Butler County health and emergency management officials as well as monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other state and federal agencies.

What should I do if I have to self-quarantine or self-isolate?

Faculty and staff are asked to notify their supervisor of their absence if they are unable to work.

Employees should also notify Human Resources at sru-humanresources@sru.edu if the absence is related to employees and/or family members of employees who have acute respiratory illness symptoms.

Will employees in my department be notified if a colleague is self-quarantined or self-isolated due to COVID-19?

Due to privacy issues, this information will not be shared other than in situations where it is believed other employees may also need to self-quarantine.

A member of my household travels regularly and I am concerned about exposure

Monitor your health and that of your household members for symptoms and make sensible decisions with regard to self-quarantine. Depending on the situation, leave may be requested or you may be permitted to temporarily work remotely, provided your job responsibilities or work assignments can be performed remotely for business continuity purposes.


Leave and Employment
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 and Human Resources immediately. Human Resources can provide information about leave that is available to you in your circumstance. In order to return to work, 10 days must have passed since the onset of symptoms, 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. 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 situations, request for leave donations may be available. Email Human Resources at sru-humanresources@sru.edufor more information.

If a child's daycare or school is closed, may an employee work from home?

Yes, if your job responsibilities are compatible with working remotely and with the approval of your supervisor. For non-instructional staff, you must complete the PASSHE Emergency Remote Work and Telecommuting forms which can be found on the Human Resources webpage. However, you may not be able to effectively work while at home due to caregiving responsibilities. In this case, you may request annual or leave without pay.

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?

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 Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

What is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

For employees who are currently working or working remotely, FFCRA provides up to 10 days of paid sick leave and up to 10 work weeks of paid and two work weeks of unpaid expanded family and medical leave for eligible employees based on the type of qualifying event. This additional leave may be at a reduced rate of pay. These provisions will apply from April 1 through Dec. 31. More information about FFCRA is available on Pennsylvania’s State System for Higher Education website. Employee FAQs with respect to FFCRA are also available on the PASSHE website.

If you have questions, or wish to request paid leave under FFCRA, please submit your request to COVID19LeaveRequest@passhe.edu.

Will annual and personal leave carryover balances have a change in expiration date due to COVID-19?

The State System will be removing the requirement to use excess carryover leave during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees will not lose excess leave or have it converted to sick leave. While you may still see an end date on these leave quotas, they will continue to be extended. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the State System will reinstate the policy with at least a 60-day notice.

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. 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.

Can my supervisor deny the use of sick leave, compensatory leave, accrued or anticipated annual leave or personal leave related to lack of work during COVID-19?

No.

Can I use approved leave without pay instead of using all my paid leave during the COVID-19 emergency?

Yes. Approved LWOP may be used with supervisory approval. However, LWOP must be used in increments equal to at least one full pay period. You may begin LWOP in the middle of a pay period provided the LWOP extends through the end of the next pay period.

Can I use a combination of LWOP and paid leave during this time?

Yes. However, LWOP must be used in increments equal to at least one full pay period.

Am I still responsible to pay the employee health care contribution if I use LWOP?

Yes. If you are on LWOP for more than one full pay period, you will receive a bill from the Pennsylvania Employee Benefits Trust Fund or the State System for the required employee contribution/payment.

Will I earn leave or seniority while on unpaid leave?

No, you do not earn leave or seniority credit while on unpaid leave.

If necessary, how do I apply for unemployment benefits?

Persons who believe they may be eligible for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania can find information and/or learn how to file by visiting the Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation website.

What if I have traveled or plan to travel to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases?

If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to any of the states with higher rates of COVID-19 that are listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health website, it is recommended that you quarantine for 14 days upon return.

If a spouse or family member has returned from one of the states listed on the website, must a non-traveling household member quarantine?

The recommendation applies to those who have traveled to one of the listed states per the Pennsylvania Department of Health website. However, if the individual who is under quarantine develops any signs or symptoms or has a positive test result, their close contacts, including household members, should also quarantine.

What if I live in a listed state and commute to work in Pennsylvania?

Employees who live in another state should continue their work status as appropriate. It is safest to limit all non-life sustaining travel as much as possible both within and outside of the state. Individuals who must commute to and from work should limit additional stops or interactions in states with high numbers of COVID-19 cases. Individuals should consider the level of risk involved in their travel. For example, traveling to one’s office where social distancing, mask wearing and hand hygiene are practiced regularly is a less risky behavior than going to a restaurant or gathering that does not enforce mask wearing or social distancing.

Will professional development workshops be offered in the fall?

Yes. The Leadership Development Center will continue to offer a variety of virtual learning workshops on technology, leadership and interpersonal development, student success, prevention, wellness and virtual leadership coaching sessions. Workshops will be posted on the University website or you can contact Erin Strain, director of leadership development at erin.strain@sru.edu.


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

Only employees who must report for key basic services will report. Until further notice all employees must have explicit permission to report to campus for work. If you are expected to report and you show any signs of illness or have been exposed to COVID-19, then inform your manager and stay home.

Can I have face-to-face meetings, including with job applicants and vendors?

You should avoid all face-to-face meetings.

How does the reduction of University operations effect mail service and central receiving?

While there will be no on-campus delivery, Mail Services will be open for mail and package pick-up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the University Union. Campus departments and students can pick-up mail and packages during those times.

Central Receiving will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Central Receiving will contact departments upon receipt of packages to arrange pick up times or delivery to an office on either Tuesdays or Thursdays. The Finance Department is releasing new guidelines that will allow faculty and staff to have Amazon packages shipped to their homes for the foreseeable future in order to reduce the number of packages processed through Central Receiving. For more information, call 724.738.4342.

Will my students have library access?

Bailey Library will physically be closed to students; however, librarians will be available to students by chat and email.


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

As faculty and staff resume activity on campus, student employees are welcome to return to their on-campus positions. SRU adheres to the reopening phased orders issued by the governor’s office, PASSHE guidelines and local health authority expertise. When Butler County is in the green phase, as it currently is, students may return to their on-campus positions as services are needed by immediate supervisors. University telework assignments are highly recommended when available.

Will there be remote student employment opportunities available in the fall?

Departments will hire based on their needs. Students are encouraged to seek employment opportunities through Handshake. If students have questions regarding the context in which the work can be performed, they should reach out to the contact person on the job posting or contact studentemployment@sru.edu for assistance.

I have a work assignment for a student, how do I go about finding a student who is interested in this opportunity?

Student employment opportunities need to be posted in Handshake. If you have never used Handshake to post a student position, instructions can be found on the Office of Payroll and Student Employment webpage. If additional assistance is needed, email studentemployment@sru.edu.

Travel
How does COVID-19 affect University travel?

The University has made the decision to suspend all business travel for all employees until further notice. The travel suspension involves both international and domestic travel. All travelers should request refunds from airlines, hotels and/or conferences that have already been paid. We understand that travel requests and reimbursements are in several different statuses. The Travel Office will be working with individual travelers to provide appropriate guidance. Please be aware that a set of specific travel FAQs for these circumstances is available here. Please be mindful that decisions regarding future business travel beyond the spring semester will be influenced by the then-current pandemic circumstances. Accordingly, please do not book any future travel without approval of your respective Cabinet leader.

What if an employee has a personal trip planned?

Employees are encouraged to reconsider any personal travel. While these are individual decisions, everyone should be aware of the possibility that exposure at any point during travel could result in having to self-quarantine and that travel warning designations could change at any time.


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