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COVID-19 Compliance for Staff

July 29, 2021

As we approach August 2 when more of our colleagues and students will be on campus, I write to remind you that it is important for everyone to comply with the university's health and safety requirements. All staff should periodically review the resources posted on the University Human Resources website and COVID-19 Information website for the most up-to-date expectations and requirements. It is our collective responsibility to keep the campus community safe. You can play your part by doing these things:
  • Get vaccinated (unless you have been granted a medical or religious exemption)
  • Wear a mask and get a COVID-19 test twice a week if you are not vaccinated
  • Follow all other university health and safety requirements

Responsibilities and Consequences for Non-compliance

University Human Resources has updated the guidance on our Return to Campus webpage to assist staff and managers in understanding responsibilities and the consequences for non-compliance. General information can be found by accessing the links on the right side of the Return to Campus webpage. Specific guidance for managers can also be found on the Return to Campus webpage.
COVID-19 health and safety compliance is essential, and the University will implement progressive discipline for staff who do not comply with the health and safety requirements (masking, testing or any other health and safety requirements).

Staff and Manager Compliance Resources

University Human Resources is available to assist staff and managers to work through any compliance issues that may arise. Please consult with your department HR representative and the Staff Relations consultant assigned to your unit to address staff conduct that does not comply with the health and safety requirements.
Any questions or concerns regarding this guidance for staff should be directed to Jackie Richmond (, Interim Director, University Human Resources. Please contact John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs (, for questions or concerns regarding faculty.
Rythee Lambert-Jones
Interim Assistant Vice President, University Human Resources
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