Faculty and Staff

This information is primarily focused on the spring and summer 2020 terms. For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information.

HR Policy-Related Questions

Working Remotely

  • Can I work remotely?

    While the health, safety, and contributions of all staff members are equally valued, the reality is that not all work can be performed remotely.  Certain jobs or aspects of a job must be performed on campus.  Other jobs or aspects of jobs can be performed remotely. Individual supervisors and departments will work with employees to determine who will perform their jobs remotely and who will be required to be on campus.  See the University’s Interim Policies for more information.

     

  • Does the University have resources for working remotely?

    Yes. Information Services has provided a Work Remotely Checklist with an overview of recommended steps for a successful remote work experience. Please review it to make sure you have all the necessary hardware, software, and internet access.

    Human Resources’ Talent and Organizational Effectiveness team will provide weekly resources for employees and managers on how to effectively work remotely and successfully navigate change. You can sign-up for our weekly email, and all of the resources will be catalogued on the URHR website as well as in UR Talent Web for you to access at any time.

  • Do I need to use VPN to do my work?

    Most online resources provided by the University of Richmond can be accessed without the need for a VPN (Virtual Private Network). For example, you can access your @richmond email, Box, Blackboard, BannerWeb, library resources, and many other UR applications without a VPN.

    Use of the VPN is only required for the following University applications: BannerForms, OnBase, ROADS, and Cascade.

    Information Services has developed knowledge base articles to help navigate which systems do and do not require VPN for remote access:

  • Where do I go for technology questions or issues?

Health & Safety

  • What is the University doing and what can I do to keep safe?

    Visit the Interim Policies page to learn more about the University’s modified operating status and other steps.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information, and specifically our information about health and safety as we prepare for students to return to campus.

  • What kind of cleaning measures are being taken?

    University Facilities is making the cleaning of high touch areas the priority and has established defined cycles for disinfecting. Facilities continues to closely monitor the situation and follow recommendations from the CDC for higher education settings.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information, and specifically our information about health and safety as we prepare for students to return to campus.

  • Is it possible to get hand sanitizer for my area?

    Departments are responsible for supplying their own hand sanitizer should they wish to do so. The CDC is recommending hand sanitizer be an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol should soap and water not be available. Hand sanitizer stands are located in dining locations and high traffic areas.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information, and specifically our information about health and safety as we prepare for students to return to campus.

  • Can hand sanitizer stands be added to my building?

    At this time, we are not able to add additional hand sanitizer stands due to supply chain limitations. Hand sanitizer stands are currently located in dining locations and high traffic area locations across campus. Hand sanitizer is recommended when soap and water are not available. We would encourage everyone to focus on taking the time to wash their hands. Hand washing instructional signage is in the process of being placed in all public restrooms.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information, and specifically our information about health and safety as we prepare for students to return to campus.

  • Can my area receive disinfecting wipes for surfaces?

    Individual departments are able to supply disinfecting surface wipes should they wish to do so. A list can be found here of household cleaning products pre-approved by the EPA for fighting COVID-19. University Facilities is currently working on placing disinfecting surface wipe stands in high traffic academic buildings for users to wipe down shared keyboards, shared desks, etc. in public areas.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information, and specifically our information about health and safety as we prepare for students to return to campus.

Events

  • What are the plans for Busch Gardens Employee Appreciation Day?

    The annual employee appreciation trip to Busch Gardens scheduled for July 31 has been cancelled. To express the University’s appreciation for everyone’s efforts during this challenging time, Friday, July 31 will be a paid holiday. Employees needed to work that day to perform critical systems maintenance will be able to take the paid holiday at another time.  

  • Will the University be hosting summer camps?

    It is necessary to cancel all camps and conferences scheduled to be held on campus during summer 2020, including overnight and day camps sponsored by Athletics and Little Scholars camps for children of faculty and staff.

    We recognize the importance of these camps to faculty and staff families, but like many other organizations and institutions, we have come to the conclusion that it is not feasible to offer these opportunities safely in the current and anticipated public health circumstances.

  • What about fall events?

    Looking ahead to fall, as discussed at Spiders in the Know and other meetings, we are focused on preparing for the safe return of faculty, staff, and students to campus and putting in place the policies and capacity necessary to allow a full academic year of instruction on campus. The Resilience of Operations Working Group is charged with developing robust plans to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 as we resume campus operations and residential instruction. As you know, these plans will include detailed physical distancing guidelines, based on public health guidance, that will apply to all aspects of campus life and operations, including classrooms, co-curricular programs, housing, dining, student activities, and offices.

    To enable us to meet the expected physical distancing requirements for classrooms, academic needs will be the first priority for much space on campus this fall. Accordingly, interim policies have been developed for University meetings and events on campus for this summer and fall. Please review these policies at the earliest opportunity to learn how they apply to your program. As you will see, with few exceptions, the University will not host any third-party events on campus through fall 2020.

    For the latest information about the fall semester, please see our Fall 2020 Planning information.