Mount Saint Mary College is implementing the following precautions and protocols to ensure the health and safety of our faculty and staff. This ensures compliance with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Governor’s Office regarding the prevention of COVID-19. The college also continues to adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title IX guidelines.
Shift to remote work
All non-essential employees are required to shift to remote work from Oct. 9-25. Each department supervisor should work with their staff to communicate more specific details. Essential employees will continue to work on campus.
Precautions for Health and Safety
The Mount is taking the following precautions to keep our employees healthy and safe:
- The college is adhering to established social distancing practices. Wherever possible, employees are required to remain at least six feet apart, and meetings should continue to be held virtually if possible.
- Faculty and staff are required to wear a cloth facial covering (mask) when in the presence of others.
- The Mount is implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection techniques for offices and other high-traffic common areas. Employees are responsible for cleaning high-touch areas like keyboards throughout the day. Disinfecting wipes are provided wherever possible.
Cloth Facial Coverings (Masks)
Face masks, or face coverings, are defined as cloths that cover the face and nose at the same time. This does not include plastic or other kinds of face shields.
The Mount has provided two cloth facial coverings for every staff member and every full-time faculty member.
Employees returning to work must conduct an online health-screening questionnaire each day before coming to campus. (Paper forms will be supplied to employees who do not have computer access.) In order to report to work, employees must be free of any of the following symptoms related to COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, runny nose, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and loss of taste or smell. Sick employees must NOT report to work. The questionnaire can be found here.
Staff and faculty NO LONGER need to fill out the intent to return to office form. (This appears on the Portal as the “Staff on Campus” form.) They must still fill out the Daily Health Screening form.
In order to maintain appropriate social distancing, phased staffing of office personnel will be required. Supervisors must stagger shifts, alternate days, or institute schedules that reduce the number of people in each office. Mount Saint Mary College will communicate information as the state eases restrictions on the size of gatherings and social distancing.
Accommodations for Individuals at High Risk
Individuals such as people who are 65 years of age or older and people with certain medical conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Employees with such conditions, or those who live with anyone in high-risk categories, should speak with their direct supervisor about accommodations to mitigate risk. Supervisors must submit all requests for accommodations to the HR Office.
In order to facilitate contact tracing, all offices must institute a sign-in procedure for all visitors, employees and non-employees alike, including students. This sheet is posted on the MSMC portal and can be found by clicking here.
Maintaining a Positive Work Environment
All handbook policies continue to apply to all staff working on campus or remotely. The college expects that all relationships among persons at the college will be business-like and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment. Avoid spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that perpetuates or promotes racism or xenophobia. Inappropriate language or behaviors surrounding COVID-19 will be considered a violation of the college’s Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation policy.
Enforcement and Accountability
All supervisors are responsible for being knowledgeable about these policies and procedures and ensuring compliance in their departments. Repeated violations by employees and disregard of policies, procedures, and supervisor directives will be treated under the provisions of the progressive discipline policies and procedures.