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 through October 1, 2021. 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?

Face coverings are expected but not required regardless of vaccination status. Wearing face coverings is recommended indoors, especially in situations where there are large gatherings that make social distancing difficult.

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. For employees who are ill (more than a mild symptom that resolves itself in 24 hours), a CDC time-based strategy should be utilized before the employee returns to their worksite:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

If the employee is tested and diagnosed with COVID-19, the procedures for Employees Not Clear to Return to Campus 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 the employee is required to quarantine/isolate by the Florida Department of Health or SAFER but has exhausted all available leave and is 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?

Vice presidential approval is no longer required for travel within the State of Florida. Any travel outside the State of Florida will continue to require preapproval from a vice president. Forward the permission document from the appropriate vice president, along with the traveler’s name and EMPLID, to travel@fsu.edu.  

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to refrain from personal, international, or domestic travel unless the reason for such travel is designated as essential. However, personal travel is not prohibited. If employees choose to travel, they should review COVID-19 data at their anticipated destination to make an informed decision about their exposure risk. Personal domestic travel will no longer require a 14-day self-quarantine unless the employee presents COVID-19 related symptoms upon return from travel.   

Individuals who travel internationally and/or on any cruise to any location should not return to campus until they have been COVID-19 symptom-free at their normal place of residence for 14 days. Notify your supervisor if you have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, traveled internationally, or recently been on a cruise. Supervisors can consult with HR regarding the 14-day quarantine period if needed.

Please refer to the COVID-19 Workplace Guidance page for additional information.

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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