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Important COVID-19 Update From the Office of President Meyer

From: Dr. John Meyer, President

To: All employees
From: Dr. John Meyer, President
Re: COVID-19 update

As you know, The Executive Council has been holding interim meetings Friday afternoons since the COVID-19 issue arose. As you also know, we have been on optional work from home, work on campus, or some combination – at the employee’s option – since June 15th and had been scheduled to have all employees back on campus and ready to go starting on July 6th.

During today’s meeting, the Executive Council decided that, for most employees, it would extend the optional work from home/work on-campus dates through the end of July. It rendered this decision, in part, on the increasing uncertainty over the reported spike in infections and on the recent restrictions the state government has re-imposed on some businesses in Florida. Therefore, the Council decided to adopt a more cautious approach to having most employees being required to return to campus.

PTA faculty teaching in the labs; nursing faculty teaching in the labs; and facilities, IT, and First Impressions staff necessary to support those lab classes and the opening of Building U are expected to adhere to the previous guidance so that those students can meet on campus.

If you are on campus, we will continue the practice of asking everyone to get screened each day at Building U and not to simply enter Building H without having been screened first. We also require that you wear a mask in common areas and where it is impractical to maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing.

We also expect that any employee electing to remain working remotely through July will have come to campus at some point to set up his or her work area in order to be ready to hit the ground running for the start of the August session on Monday, August 3rd.

As we have stated from the beginning, and most recently at Wednesday’s MAM meeting, we will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary. We will, as always, continue to keep you informed of future changes.

Please let your supervisor know if you have any questions or concerns.

The University remains fully staffed and operational, and all Student Services personnel remain available via phone and email. We will continue to keep you updated via email, Canvas, and the website.

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