Eric, by September we will back on campus in large measure. Most, but not all, staff will be returning to campus; some will be able to work remotely moving forward. I believe there will be no restrictions except in our clinic system, where masking is likely to remain in place. I am not aware of how we are working out the remote v. on-site issues, but inasmuch as we have been sort of doing that for a bit of time now, I do not see it as a real problem.However, our campus has faced other issues, such as large swathes of destruction due to the tornado that hit Dallas in October of 2019, for which we are still rebuilding. Because of this- we lost half of our buildings- in the rebuild, allowing some to work from home allows us to re-vision how our campus will look. While I live just 7 miles from campus, I will split time working from home and on-site; I oversee our CTL and much of our training is now completely online anyway.Good questions!
------------------------------Dana LawrenceAssociate Provost for Research and EducationParker UniversityTX214-902-3465------------------------------
Hi Eric! Ball State is going back to in-person classes in the Fall. As such all faculty and staff are required to also be back on campus by August 5 at the latest. Some offices have already come back to full-time on campus. HR has allowed for prior approval allowability for staff that want to try a hybrid approach with a regular schedule, but our office (SPA) will be back together likely 100%. When we transitioned quickly to working remotely last year, we did not have any change in productivity and it worked pretty well for us.
Vaccines are encouraged with some institutional incentives. Currently according to University policy, if someone is vaccinated they can be outside without a mask. Inside they are still required unless you are in your office (for now). We have added air filter units to collaborative spaces and larger offices where people might meet together. I believe the plexiglass guards we put up for some of the shared office spaces will remain in place, as will enhanced cleaning procedures we've implemented over the last year as precautions.
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