COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

For general information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), refer to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at cdc.gov.

What is the University’s current operational status?

Effective August 1, 2021, all departments will return to pre-pandemic campus operations. Employees are expected to report to their work locations on campus.

With a return to full campus operations, what workplace flexibility will be available for employees?

Positions that are designated to work on campus will remain that way. However, a department may decide to participate in the Alternate Work Location Arrangement (AWLA) Pilot Program. Department heads are responsible for determining which positions are eligible for partial telework through the AWLA program.  To learn more, including information about eligibility, visit the AWLA website.

I have been told to report back to campus, but I have childcare issues. What are my options?

Similar to pre-pandemic procedures, employees should contact their supervisor if they are unable to report to work due to general childcare concerns (i.e., babysitter is unavailable). Minor children are not permitted in the workplace. Supervisors may grant annual or compensatory leave in these instances.

My child has to quarantine for contact tracing. What are my options?

Employees with a child that needs to quarantine/isolate can request to work remotely. This flexibility will continue until further notice. The employee must provide documentation and obtain supervisor approval.

In situations where employees are unable to perform their duties remotely, they may request leave.

Full-time, salaried employees who are unable to work remotely and have exhausted their leave can request leave from the COVID-19 Leave Pool by completing the COVID-19 Leave Pool/Childcare Certification Form and submitting it to HR-COVID19@fsu.edu.

I have been told to report back to campus, but I am high risk. What are my options?

Effective August 1, any request for workplace modifications related to COVID-19 will be evaluated through the University’s Americans with Disabilities Reasonable Accommodation process. This process is available to help mitigate or eliminate the impact of a disability in the workplace. 

To initiate this process or if you have questions, please email Amber Wagner, ADA Coordinator, at AMWagner@admin.fsu.edu.

ADA Policy

Do I have to wear a face covering on campus if I have been vaccinated?

Medical-grade face masks, such as N95 or KN95 masks, are expected on campus regardless of vaccination status. Cloth masks are less effective against the highly transmissible variants such as Delta and Omicron. Departments can order medical-grade masks in the FSU Warehouse catalog in Spearmart.

May employees ask one another to wear masks? May instructors ask their students to do so?

All individuals are asked to be considerate and respectful of others’ personal space – particularly during this time of transition.  Mask-wearing is expected; however, employees should not ask others to do so.

Are supervisors allowed to ask employees if they have been vaccinated? Are instructors allowed to ask students if they have been vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccinations are expected but not required. It is not appropriate for individuals to ask faculty, staff, or students about their vaccination status.

Is personal protective equipment (PPE) available on campus?

Procurement and Building Services have PPE, cleaning products, and other COVID-related supplies available for distribution. A limited number of supplies are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional supplies will need to be sourced. For more information, departments can visit the Procurement COVID-19 PPE website.

Do I need to self-quarantine if I came in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

In all cases, report your close contact to SAFER via the Daily Wellness App or the Daily Wellness Check on my.fsu.edu and to HR via HR-COVID19@fsu.edu. If you have been fully vaccinated, you are not required to quarantine. Information regarding general guidance on close contact can be found on the Workplace Guidance information page. If you are experiencing symptoms, refer to the COVID-19 Testing Information page or contact HR-COVID19@fsu.edu for guidance. 

What should I do if I start experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19?

Employees who are ill for any reason should inform their supervisor and isolate themselves at home. Employees who first experience symptoms in the workplace should notify their supervisor and leave the worksite immediately. Employees who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by the CDC  should consult with their health care provider on any recommended testing.  Before returning to the workplace, employees should adhere to the following guidance:

Positive Cases – Return to Work Guidance
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days from the positive test result. The date the positive test is taken counts as day zero. If no symptoms have occurred (asymptomatic) by day five, or if their symptoms are resolving including being fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medicine, the individual may return to work with a mask on day six. Individuals must wear a mask around others for five additional days if reporting to work on campus or continue to quarantine/isolate at home until day ten.

If fever is not resolved or no improvement in symptoms on day five, individuals should continue to self-isolate until symptoms are improving and fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medicine.

Close Contact Exposures Guidance
No Quarantine Required

Individuals are not required to quarantine if they meet the following conditions and have no symptoms:

  • Completed the primary vaccine series for Pfizer or Moderna within the previous six months
  • Completed the J&J vaccine within the past two months
  • Individuals who have completed full series and have received a booster

Individuals who are up to date with vaccinations are not required to quarantine after close contact exposure unless they have symptoms. However, they should wear a mask indoors and while around others for 10 days. It is also recommended to take a COVID test on day five. 

Quarantine Required
Individuals must quarantine if they meet the following conditions:

  • Vaccinated with both doses of Pfizer or Moderna more than six months ago and have not received booster shot
  • Vaccinated with J&J over two months ago and not received booster shot
  • Have never received a COVID-19 vaccine

If individuals are considered unvaccinated according to the criteria above, they are required to isolate for five days from exposure. They should continue to wear a mask for an additional five days. It is also recommended to take a COVID test on day five.

Symptomatic
If symptoms develop, get a test immediately and isolate at home. Follow the above guidance based on your vaccination status.

Employees that are ill for reasons not related to COVID-19, such as the common cold or influenza, should stay home and isolate until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medicines, or after symptoms have improved (at least 4-5 days after flu symptoms started) in accordance with CDC guidance.

If the employee is tested and diagnosed with COVID-19, the procedures for Positive Cases will apply.

Are individuals that are required to isolate or quarantine required to use sick leave?

Individuals who have been placed in isolation or quarantine but are feeling well may work remotely if they are able to complete their duties and their supervisor approves remote work. Those unable to work remotely or who are not feeling well may use annual and/or sick leave. However, if salaried employees are required to quarantine/isolate by the Florida Department of Health or SAFER but have exhausted all available leave and are unable to remote work, they can contact HR-COVID@fsu.edu to request paid COVID-19 Pool Leave. Documentation may be required. Paid leave will be limited to up 80 hours regardless of a subsequent requirement to quarantine/isolate. HR will determine if the request is approved and notify the employee’s department with timekeeping instructions.

Where should I go if I want to be tested or receive the vaccine?

COVID-19 testing is available for all FSU students, faculty, and staff at the upper concourse of the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. The testing site is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Friday, July 30. Beginning Monday, August 2, the testing site is open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Schedule an appointment at https://uhs.fsu.edu/coronavirus/testing.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to all FSU students, faculty, and staff at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at no cost. No appointments are necessary for vaccination. Visit vaccine.fsu.edu for walk-in clinic dates and hours.

Are employees restricted from traveling?

Personal Domestic Travel

Personal domestic travel is not prohibited.

  • If employees choose to travel, they should review the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website for guidance on domestic travel recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.  
  • FSU does not require a self-quarantine after domestic travel unless the employee presents COVID-19 related symptoms upon return from travel.

Personal International Travel

Personal international travel is not prohibited. However, international travel via cruise ships, including river cruises, is strongly discouraged.

Employees who travel internationally should follow the protocols below:

International Travel for Fully Vaccinated

  • After returning to the United States:
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

International Travel for Unvaccinated

  • After returning to the United States:
    • Get tested with a viral test 3 to 5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 5 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 10 days, whether you get tested or not.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

COVID-19 data by state and county can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. This data is referenced for informational purposes and is not intended to substitute for medical advice or your personal responsibility to evaluate and limit your exposure risk.

Is the University still in a hiring freeze?

The University is no longer in a hiring freeze. However, certain divisions may still require vice presidential approval prior to advertisement. For more information, see the recent HR communication regarding the end of the hiring freeze.

I am currently working my normal scheduled hours (FTE) and need to request a day off for personal reasons. What should I do?

Consistent with University policy, upon approval, employees can use compensatory/vacation or their personal holiday for a personal day off. Please follow your department’s protocol to submit these requests and ensure they are approved in advance.

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