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Temporary Limited Campus Operations FAQ

News from March 13, 2020

Please note: this information may change as the situation develops. Refer to the Division of Human Resources COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety web page for updates.

Is Penn closed for business?

Monday, March 16 to March 31, the University will transition to temporary limited campus operations. Penn strongly encourages supervisors allow all employees who are not essential to campus operations to work remotely. For those who are not essential, but are in positions where they do not topically work from home, we ask that you consider alternate work for them to do remotely. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary flexibility at the largest employer in Philadelphia. To protect our community, Penn must severely limit the number of people on campus and in our physical workplaces.

How will I know if I can work remotely?

Talk to your supervisor immediately about your job functions and what work you can do remotely. Review resources on HR’s COVID-19 website for faculty and staff.

What if my work can’t be done off-site?

Some staff and faculty may use this time to undertake special projects, continuous learning, or online training. Some work that must be done on-site will be suspended during this time. More information will be forthcoming as this situation evolves. Additional tools and guidelines can be found at ISC’s remote work tools website or The Center for Teaching and Learning Resources and Strategies for Teaching Remotely.

Will I still be paid?

At this time, all University paid employees will continue to be paid, whether they are working on campus or remotely. For those whose managers state they cannot work remotely, they will also remain in paid status. This guidance is true for full-time, part-time, and temporary staff and faculty.

If I must work on site, what will that look like? How can we take precautions?

The following faculty and staff restrictions are in place until March 31:

  • No in-person meetings of 25 or more people
  • No University events
  • No University travel, domestic or international
  • No in-person recruiting or interviews
  • No campus visitors

I have never worked remotely before. Are there any suggestions on what I should do?

Speak to your manager about what they would like you to do while working remotely. Additional tools can be found by going to LinkedIn Learning for additional resources.