ear Fellow Bobcats,
We’re living through an unprecedented health crisis that is stressful and upsetting to all of us. There’s no doubt that our lives have been upended for a while. Our focus at the university is on safeguarding the health of our community so we minimize the impact on the Quinnipiac family and do not add further burden to an already stressed health care system. We also are making sure that our students continue their academic progress without interruption. That’s why we quickly moved, last week, to prepare for online delivery of all academic programs starting March 18.
As we follow the recommendations and urging of government officials to try and slow the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are asking all Quinnipiac employees who have the capability to perform their job duties remotely to shift to a work-from-home arrangement. This is effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. Below are several important resources to assist our employees in the transition to work from home, as well as health and benefits-related services to support our faculty, staff and their families.
We will shift largely to virtual university operations, which will enable us to continue supporting students’ academic needs, while significantly minimizing the density of our on-campus workforce. We ask that employees contact their supervisor to confirm their work-at-home status, and that they have the necessary technology to work remotely. All employees working from home are expected to continue fulfilling normal job duties and hours, and to make arrangements at home that support regular work performance and hours.
Individuals may return to their office to gather any necessary materials to support working from home. If some employees prefer to continue working on campus, they are permitted to do so but are expected to practice responsible social-distancing measures. Some employees may need to continue coming to campus based on their job responsibilities, but our goal is to have as many employees as possible working remotely. Under no circumstance should you leave the house if you are feeling unwell.
We also are asking supervisors to assess whether certain employees have extra capacity or time given the reduction in on-campus activity, and whether those employees can be shifted to perform other duties in support of business continuity.
- Technology resources – please visit the Information Services page on MyQ for tools and resources that will support your transition to working from home.
- Tips for working from home – please review our Quinnipiac University Remote Work Expectations & Guidelines, outlined below (download as a PDF)
- University updates – all employees should regularly check our COVID-19 website for the latest information about QU’s efforts.
Health and Wellness Resources
Supporting our employees’ physical and mental well-being is a vital priority, and we encourage individuals and their families to take advantage of the many support services available to them.
HealthAdvocate is an employee assistance program that provides a variety of physical and mental well-being services.
- Visit HealthAdvocate website
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 24/7 telephonic assistance: 1-866-799-2728
- Resource center: Coronavirus – the psychological effects
Virtual Doctor Visits
Anthem recommends members use telehealth when possible, as it can help prevent them from spreading a virus further within a physical clinical setting. Anthem’s telehealth provider, LiveHealth Online is a safe and effective way for members to see a doctor to receive health guidance related to COVID-19 from their homes via smart phone, tablet or computer-enabled webcam.
Anthem also offers a telephonic NurseLine, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak with a registered nurse about any of your health concerns. Spanish-speaking nurses and translators are available. TTY/TTD services are available, too.
- Anthem 24/7 NurseLine: 1-800-337-4770
If you have any additional questions about either Quinnipiac’s work-from-home policies or benefits-related health and well-being resources, please contact Human Resources at 203-582-6486, or email email@example.com
I want to thank the many members of our Bobcat family who are working tirelessly to make sure that we stay healthy and continue the work of the university. You are all on the team, doing your share, and more, to assure that Quinnipiac shines in this moment of challenge. Quinnipiac University will weather this challenge, and we will be even stronger as a community, together.
This is when the power of “we” is so important. We have crucial work to do – each of us – to take care of our students, of each other, and to care about a much bigger “we” because of the impact we each have on the lives of many others. Thank you for being so committed, caring and strong.
Take special care,
President, Quinnipiac University