Online Teaching Resources
OSUIT’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning has helpful information for faculty teaching online courses.
The Teleworking Toolkit offers information and tools when working remotely.
Are you up-to-date on the latest announcements from the campus? Visit our announcement archive.
OSU Institute of Technology has compiled a list of most frequently asked questions about COVID-19. Please review for answers to your questions as well as other important information. If you still have difficulties finding answers to your questions please contact Paula North at 918-293-5238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty & Staff FAQs
Any employee that is returning form a cruise ship, air travel, or location that is a level 2 or higher, where a known case has been reported (e.g. stayed in a hotel where cases of COVID-19 were reported), should follow these procedures:
- Report to your supervisor that you may have been exposed and the supervisor will notify the appropriate Dean or Vice President who will notify HR.
- Monitor your health and limit interactions with others for 14 days.
- If you are experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your primary care physician.
OSU continues to ban all university-sponsored travel to any country deemed by the CDC as a Level 3 restricted area including China, Europe, South Korea, Iran and Venezuela. A summary of additional restrictions is shown below. To read a more comprehensive message, stop by https://hr.okstate.edu/travel-update-march-2020
- Effective March 13, all university-sponsored international travel is prohibited until further notice.
- International travel for personal reasons is strongly discouraged.
- Effective immediately, all non-essential university-sponsored domestic air travel is suspended until further notice.
- Effective immediately, all out-of-state travel for university-related business or academic purposes is suspended until further notice, unless such travel is essential to our mission.
- There are no current restrictions on in-state university-related travel.
All non-classroom activities will continue following our stated travel guidelines. Faculty and staff should report to work as usual. Employees able to temporarily work from home may coordinate with their supervisors to identify possible teleworking opportunities.
Congress recently enacted The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which
allows for paid leave for employees who are unable to work or telework due to various
circumstances surrounding COVID-19.
Beginning April 2, 2020, all employees (faculty, staff, student employees, temporary employees, and work-study employees) regardless of length of employment with the university, are eligible for up to two weeks of paid leave at up to 100 percent of their regular pay rate (80 hours for full-time, pro-rated based on assignment for part-time employees) for reasons outlined in the Department of Labor’s FFCRA program guidance.
- Care of themselves due to illness or at the direction of a health official due to possible exposure or high risk.
- Care of dependents due to illness or at the direction of a health official due to possible exposure or high risk.
- Care for dependents or elders due to disruption of services such as daycare, public school or elder care service.
- Beginning April 2, accrued sick leave would not be used unless and until appropriate federally required benefits have been exhausted as provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
My position has been identified as essential/mission-critical and I will be required to work when others may be on leave. Will I receive administrative leave plus the hours that I work similar to when we have an inclement weather day?
Student Employee Pay
Advice for Hiring Officials
OSU provides significant paid sick leave accruals for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Faculty and staff with dependent children, partners, or elders who are ill are urged to use their accrued sick leave to provide care. Eligible dependents are defined within policy 3-0716, Sick Leave For Staff, as spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, or corresponding in-law relationships.
Faculty and staff members who are out sick are asked to enter absences (leave taken) online at Self-Service Banner, or ask it be done for them by their unit administrator. Public health authorities may ask employers like OSU to monitor and report trends in employee absenteeism.
Employees who are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions are urged to consult their physician about steps they can take to protect their health. These may include requesting a temporary change in job location, hours, assignment or duties, or implementation of additional protective measures to reduce their exposure to others or chances of being infected.
If an employee at risk for complications from COVID-19 and their physician agree increased social distancing in the workplace is prudent, the employee should contact HR to formally request a temporary change. HR will confidentially evaluate the request, explore alternatives and attempt to appropriately address the employee’s health concerns while maintaining OSU’s operations. A doctor’s note may be required.
Except for employees who formally request a change in job circumstances due to underlying health conditions, employees will generally not be reassigned to new duties, locations or roles or be provided with paid leave time solely to address concerns about the potential for COVID-19 infection.
Employees who can work effectively from home by telecommuting should prepare for the possibility of telecommuting more days per week than they do presently, or entirely, and possibly for an extended period. This may entail getting encryption and Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to OSU services for university-owned laptops, or simpler measures such as confirming remote access to OSU voicemail and email. See the Telework Toolkit for more information.
If public health conditions worsen, and/or OSU institutes stronger social distancing measures (for example, reducing the number of faculty and staff in a work space), some employees may be asked, given the option, or required to telecommute.
For those of you returning to campus, our custodial staff has implemented enhanced protocols for cleaning and disinfecting our facilities, including increased frequency and using bleach solution in high-touchpoint locations. Please be sure to follow social distancing guidelines, and for many employees, this may include shifting to teleworking where possible. All supervisors have been asked to evaluate their areas to decide when and if telework is appropriate. We have provided a telework toolkit with helpful information.
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