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Heath and Human Development Return to Work Plan

The following College of Health and Human Development Return to Work process is effective July 1, 2020.  All University and college procedures related to return to work are subject to change. 

Introduction

We must recognize that COVID-19 is a potentially serious and very infectious disease. It is incumbent on all of us to protect the health and safety of all individuals and to preserve the capacity of our healthcare systems. We must work together to balance on-campus work activities while protecting the health and safety of the workforce and the broader community.

With this in mind, our first principal in campus return remains: all work that can be effectively conducted remotely should continue to be conducted remotely.

However, department heads, center directors, and unit heads may request approval to return to on campus work for some faculty and staff who perform tasks that cannot continue to be done remotely. An individual faculty or staff member may also request to return to on campus work for specific aspects of their jobs that they cannot continue to successfully perform remotely. All requests must be submitted for approval through the Return to Work process. Those permitted to return to University facilities are still expected to limit on campus activity to the extent possible.

Increasing personnel and activities in our on-campus facilities, as with any other activity that increases contact with others during these times, involves the assumption of some additional risk.  However, policies and guidelines being implemented by the University around campus return will reduce this risk.  Critically important for anyone returning to campus is to follow the established personal safety practices.

All employees coming on site will be required to follow established personal safety practices.

Note: Throughout this guidance, “on-campus” includes any university facility or field site, including home/school visits.

Procedures for Returning to Work on Campus

In the event that work cannot continue to be done remotely, department heads, center directors, and unit heads may request approval to return to on campus work for some faculty and staff who perform tasks  

An individual faculty or staff member may also request to return to on campus work for specific aspects of their jobs that they cannot continue to successfully perform remotely. Prior to submitting a request, please contact your department head or center director to verify a request was not already submitted.

Review procedures for requesting return to work on campus 

Exclusions

Select personnel do not need to follow the return to work on-campus process. These could include:

  • faculty, staff, or students already approved to be working on campus as an essential employee or through the Return to Research process
  • employees who need to come on campus occasionally to get materials which will allow them to continue to work remotely, or
  • employees who need to come on campus on an occasional basis to do a non-routine task which will not require on campus activity on an ongoing basis.

Review details of exclusions to the Return to Work Process

Adjustments to Work Arrangements

Any individual who is asked to return to work on campus who is not comfortable performing work on site may request adjustments to work arrangements. 

Review the HHD process for making adjustments to work arrangements 

Return to Research Activity

As with returning to work settings, research activity, too, follows the same first principle in returning to campus for research activities: all research that can be effectively conducted remotely should continue to be conducted remotely. In the event research cannot be conducted remotely, the college has established a Return to Research process.

Review the Health and Human Development Return to Research Process 

Campus, Building, and Safety Protocols

University Resources

Remote Working Resources

Contacts

Kathryn Drager
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
kdd5@psu.edu

Dennis Shea
Associate Dean for Outreach and Undergraduate Education   dgs4@psu.edu

Kevin Kelliher
Operations Manager, Facilities Coordinator, Safety Officer
kxk84@psu.edu

Kari Allatt
Human Resources Strategic Partner
kea14@psu.edu

Craig Newschaffer
Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz
newschaffer@psu.edu