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.
Now that we’ve seen that employees can effectively work from home, might more of that be allowed even after the crisis passes?
Another good question to explore in the future. But because the needs of our students come first—and we are here to deliver a high-quality academic and co-curricular experience—we are inclined to believe that most of our employees need to be on campus to ensure that we come through on our promises.
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?
COVID-19 & Wellness
What if I am sick?
If an employee is feeling unwell (but able to work) with symptoms of cold, flu or fever they should work from home and call their health care provider if their condition worsens. Employees who are returning from a high impact area will need to self-quarantine for at least 14 days. Please check with your direct supervisor.
When sick, employees should follow normal call out procedures in their divisions. Employees should also record their time away from work when sick in Pioneer Time per normal practices.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Call your healthcare provider before showing up so that their office can take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
If you have any questions, please contact your HR partner in HRIC.
What if one of my employees reports they have been diagnosed with COVID-19?
If an employee discloses that they have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, managers should contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. When we are notified of a positive diagnosis, we will ask employees who have who worked closely with this individual to stay home for 14 days (if applicable).
We will not identify the individual. Our goal is to protect health and safety while respecting the privacy.
Please refer to the COVID-19 Positive Test protocol.
If we learn or suspect that one of our employees has COVID-19, do we have a responsibility to report this information to the CDC?
Healthcare providers that receive a confirmation of a positive test result will handle any mandatory reporting requirements.
What support services are available to employees?
SupportLinc is DU’s Employee Assistance Program for you and your immediate family members. All requests for information or assistance through the SupportLinc program are free of charge and completely confidential. You can contact SupportLinc anytime, around-the-clock. To get started, call 1-888-881-LINC , or log in to the SupportLinc website or eConnect® mobile app (iOS/Android) with the username universityofdenver.
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.