From the Senior Vice President
and Senior Vice Chancellor

May 15, 2020 Update

Our first week of Phase I has come to an end and it appears everything has worked relatively smoothly. Faculty are developing health and safety plans for each laboratory, the College of Veterinary Medicine is adapting curriculum for in person and online delivery, and most employees are continuing to work remotely, as planned. Our "new normal," if returning to the workplace, includes wearing masks, thorough hand washing, and conducting a daily health assessment.

For those employees who are returning to our workplaces both on campus and across the state under Phase I, please remember that you are to confirm to your supervisor each day that you have not been in close contact with anyone with COVID-19 and you do not have COVID-19 symptoms. The self-assessment form may be easily completed online prior to leaving home. Your supervisor does not receive your answers to these questions, but rather only receives the final determination of your fitness to enter the workplace.

Travel restrictions remain in place for out-of-state and international travel, and you can review them in the UTIA COVID-19 Guidelines at our Coronavirus website. As summer approaches and family vacations are planned, remember that UTIA employees should self-quarantine if they return from out-of-state travel, with details worked out with direct supervisors who will consider remote work and/or leave in response to employees returning from travel. Or consider other approaches to cover the absence from the office, particularly if the travel included stays at destinations with high concentrations of positive coronavirus cases.

Lastly, we all need to continue to model safe behaviors at all times by wearing masks, washing our hands often, and staying home if we feel ill. Phase II planning is on the horizon, but we are not there yet. Please keep up the good work and stay in touch with your supervisor should you have questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend,

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