Employees

Our planning is under way for Summer and Fall Semesters 2021. We anticipate a traditional Fall Semester. We expect students to fully participate in classes, the residential experience and student activities. The expectation is that every office will be open and fully staffed.

Please see the Faculty/Staff section of the Return to Campus Guide for more information, though below are a few important highlights from the Guide.

Employees may voluntarily provide information to university peers or supervisors regarding their own vaccination status. Due to privacy concerns, members of the university community, including supervisors or peers, may not request that information of others. That information should not be requested of any member of the university community except by an authorized representative of the university.  

Remember that those employees who have not been fully vaccinated are required to maintain social distancing and are also required to wear a facial covering when indoors (except when eating/drinking or alone in a private room or office). Individuals who are not wearing a facial covering are attesting to compliance with this requirement.

We are on the same honor system we have used since March 2020, e.g., the use of the UC COVID Check App relies on our own integrity wherein each one of us takes care of all of us.

If you have a concern regarding a student volunteering the information that they are unvaccinated and are not wearing a facial covering or social distancing when inside a campus facility (except when eating/drinking or alone in a private space or if the student has a facial covering accommodation), that student may be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for possible discipline related to non-compliance or you may seek advice and guidance from Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Chris Lewis, MD, at lewisct@uc.edu

Similarly, if an employee volunteers the information that they are unvaccinated and are not wearing a facial covering or social distancing when inside a campus facility (except when eating/drinking or alone in a private space or if the employee has a facial covering accommodation), you may contact HR for assistance.

Students may voluntarily provide information to university peers, instructors or supervisors regarding their own vaccination status. Due to privacy considerations, members of the university community, including instructors, supervisors or peers may not request that information of students or colleagues. That information should not be requested of any member of the university community except by an authorized representative of the university.

IF a student volunteers that they are unvaccinated, then they are required to wear a facial covering, unless they have received an exemption. (Individuals who are not wearing a facial covering are attesting to compliance with this requirement.)

Remember, instructors are NOT permitted to ask about vaccination status of students, peers or any other members of the university community. As with many of our public health efforts put in place since March 2020 – the university will continue to make use of the honor system.

The university has a supply of standard surgical facial coverings that will be available, as needed, in classrooms as long as supplies last.

Yes, faculty or staff, including graduate assistants or teaching assistants, overseeing a class or lab may deny entry to a student if the student does not provide a UC COVID Check Green Pass, isn’t using the App or has an App “Red Pass.”