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Remote working in New York State’s Phase 3

On May 15 and just prior to the Phase 1 re-opening of the Finger Lakes Region as part of New York State’s regional reopening plans, the University announced that all River Campus and non-Medical Center non-essential staff who have been working remotely since March should continue to do so.

With the Finger Lakes Region now embarking on Phase 3, the Coronavirus University Restart Team (CURT) is continuing to recommend remote work status throughout Phase 3. However, if business needs require it, and with approval of their supervisor and HR Business Partner, employees may return to work in their offices, as long as their building is accessible and appropriate physical distancing rules are in place and can be maintained, including the wearing of face masks. Additionally, if there are impediments to employees continuing their remote working arrangement, they should contact their supervisor for instructions about returning to the office. If returning, employees should screen themselves using Dr. Chat Bot prior to coming to campus, and should clean their work area before starting work and before they leave.

The CURT and senior leadership closely monitor government guidance that informs this decision-making and are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of University community members.

Essential staff in areas including public safety, facilities, dining services, residential life, and in some research facilities who are responsible for continuing operations at the University may be working on campus.

The status of remote working will be re-evaluated and communicated when the Finger Lakes Region advances to a new phase.

Campus remains closed in Phase 3

With the exception of University medical and clinical care facilities, the University continues to be closed to outside guests or visitors until further notice. While we pride ourselves on having an open campus, the benefits of social distancing are best realized when outside in-person contact is limited. There are those who must visit campus, for example vendors and service personnel, who are essential to campus operations, but these individuals must wear masks when in public spaces and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

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