Work From Home
What technology can I use to work off campus?
DU Information Technology offers tools for videoconferencing, chat, collaboration, online storage, and more. Find out what tools you can use in this helpful technology resources guide for working and teaching from off-campus.
If I work from home, will DU pay for my internet at home and other related expenses like a printer and paper?
These are not allowable under the DU Business Expense Policy.
Will staff able to effectively do their job duties from home be allowed to continue to work from home?
If your supervisor approves, then this is an option during phase III. Please see the HR page for the process to log your informal arrangement with your supervisor or to request HR support.
Will DU have back-up childcare options?
We recognize the stresses that come with making child- or elder-care arrangements when plans are unexpectedly disrupted. To help you manage these challenges, we now offer Bright Horizons Back-up Care™. This program provides access up to three days of back-up care annually at subsidized rates. Child care in a center is $20 per child/day or $35 per family/day. In-home care is $8 per hour (4-hour min.) for well children, adults, and elders. For additional information please use this link.
Will the back-up child care provider be able to handle an immunocompromised child?
Each situation is unique. We encourage you to call Bright Horizons directly. This link provides clear expectations of what the provider is doing during COVID-19 and may answer numerous questions.
Is there a specific date all employees must return to campus in phase III?
No. Phase III is voluntary for staff who can work remotely.
Continuity of Pay
What is the vacation leave bank?
On May 1, DU began a new voluntary vacation leave bank donation program, which was initiated by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). This program, modeled after similar programs around the country, allows staff members who wish to donate all or some of their remaining 2019–20 vacation time (available through June 30, 2020) to a shared bank for those who have exhausted their leave balances.
For more information, click here.
- Will DU have to furlough employees? Can you offer any assurances to faculty and staff?
Will we receive worker's compensation?
For worker's compensation to cover Covid-19, the employee must show direct transmission from an individual in a classroom or workplace, i.e., proven transmission through contact tracing. Our carrier, Pinnacle Assurance, will make determinations if COVID-19 is covered, not DU.
Access & Accommodations
Is there a deadline to request a work accommodation?
No. However, the demand on HR is significant. Please put in your accommodation requests soon, so that we can adapt and prepare before the term begins.
- Where is the workplace accommodation form?
Do we still contact access managers for one-time access, or do we request phase III access?
For one-time access, please contact your COVID access manager.
What if a family member or someone employees have been in close contact with has been diagnosed or is presently quarantined because of COVID-19?
Employees who have been exposed to a family member or a close contact who is presently quarantined or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days following their last exposure to the ill family member or close contact.
They should closely monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms appear two to 14 days after exposure and may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Of course, staff should contact their health care provider directly, and inform their supervisor immediately. We are asking that employees contact email@example.com if they have a diagnosis or if a family member has a diagnosis and they need to quarantine.
Should supervisors ask employees about their plans if they request vacation time off?
No, but refer employees to current University policy on travel.
Can we book travel?
The University of Denver restricts all non-essential domestic and international travel for employees and students through Sept 1, 2020.
For those who receive approval for essential travel:
- Employees are required to book travel through Pioneer Travel and Expense (log in through Pioneer Web)
- Any employees who travel internationally must submit a Request in Pioneer Travel and Expense (log in through Pioneer Web)
- Students are required to register international travel in DU Passport as an experiential learner
The University also strongly discourages personal out-of-state travel to designated high and escalating incidences of COVID-19 cases and all international travel.
All approved travelers and any individuals who travel out-of-state or internationally for business or personal travel are required to self-quarantine for 10-days before returning to campus if they are arriving from any other country or if they are arriving from a state designated as having high and escalating incidences of COVID-19 cases. View our list of restricted travel states here; this list is updated weekly. DU Community members returning from travel from a state that does not have widespread outbreaks of the virus may return to campus after travel while monitoring symptoms.
The University asks that travelers wait until 21 days prior to the date of their travel to determine what the University’s current guidelines are for essential travel.
In light of the fast-changing travel environment, the University requires that all future University travel for employees be booked through the online travel booking tool (Pioneer Travel and Expense) or by contacting Christopherson Business Travel directly at (800)-285-3603 or DUTravel@cbtravel.com. This eliminates the personal financial risk of a trip being canceled. If you have questions regarding travel booking or canceling an existing flight, please contact Shared Services at 303-871-7420 or Shared Services. For personal travel, travelers may want to consider purchasing travel insurance from a reputable vendor.
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