Employee Resource Center – Return to Campus FAQs
Why are we returning to the workplace in-person in July?
With public health improving, thanks to widespread vaccination, Seton Hall is ready to take another meaningful step in preparing for the 2021-22 academic year. So that our students can live, learn, worship and re-engage in a vibrant Seton Hall community, it is our responsibility to contribute to and further that welcoming and inclusive environment by being here and interacting with them.
What steps has the University taken to protect my health and safety in the office?
- The University requires all community members to become vaccinated subject to exemptions for medical or religious reasons, or personal reasons while COVID-19 vaccines are authorized on an emergency-use basis. During the late spring and early summer, the University and Clara Maas Hospital sponsored a pop-up vaccine clinic for all employees and their families to facilitate full vaccination.
- Anyone not fully vaccinated is required to wear a mask indoors at each campus and at all indoor, off-campus University-sponsored events.
- The University continues to closely monitor public health guidance and government directives. Notably, on May 24, Governor Murphy lifted most restrictions, removing the indoor mask and social distancing mandate and eliminating indoor and outdoor capacity limits. Murphy cited the decision "has been guided by science, data, and facts to put New Jersey on the road to recovery with the public health and safety of all New Jerseyans as our highest priority." The University will continue to keep the community advised of updates to our health and safety policies and protocols through the HICT emails and on the Covid-19 Response and Updates webpage. If you have concerns about your specific workspace, please confer with your supervisor.
I have a medical condition for which I need an accommodation. How do I request an accommodation?
The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals unless an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the University in accordance with the University's Policy on Reasonable Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodations, as more fully described in the policy, should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees will be required to supply necessary information and provide supporting certifications from their healthcare providers. Each request will be reviewed on a confidential and individual basis, taking into account the specific circumstances presented in the request.
During the past academic year, as a reasonable accommodation, I was permitted to work remotely based on my age or an underlying condition that placed me at higher risk for Covid-19. Do I need to apply again for a reasonable accommodation?
- Anyone seeking a reasonable accommodation in connection with our return to the workplace on July 12 should submit their request as soon as possible.
- Age, by itself, will not be a basis for the grant of a reasonable accommodation, absent a change in public health guidance.
- Eligibility for limited remote work unrelated to an underlying medical condition will be determined based on the duties of the specific position and the needs of the department. Requests to work remotely one (1) day per week should be directed to your supervisor.
I am not vaccinated for COVID-19 and do not plan to be vaccinated. Can I continue to work remotely?
Not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine does not automatically qualify an employee to work remotely. Eligibility for limited remote work unrelated to an underlying medical condition will be determined based on the duties of the specific position and the needs of the department. Requests to work remotely one (1) day per week should be directed to your supervisor.
More information about vaccines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/keythingstoknow.html and https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/vaccine_approval_process_astho.pdf.
I do not have a serious medical condition, but I am nervous about returning to campus.
The University recognizes that there may be a period of adjustment for many people. Subject to a medical, religious or personal reason supporting a reasonable accommodation under the policy, the University requires every member of the Seton Hall community to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester to best protect the health and well-being of the entire community. Anyone not fully vaccinated is required to wear a mask indoors at all times on each campus and at all indoor, off-campus University-sponsored events.
All employees have access to the Cigna Employee Assistance Program. This program offers counseling services as well as many other resources. More information about the Employee Assistance Program can be found on the University website.
Am I allowed to ask my colleagues if they have been vaccinated?
While it is not unlawful to ask a person's vaccination status, the reasons a person may or may not be vaccinated could be subject to privacy laws, such as an underlying medical condition. Accordingly, the University would suggest employees refrain from asking the vaccination status of other members of the University community.
Is the University requiring guests, visitors and vendors, such as Gourmet Dining, to wear masks?
Yes, all guests, visitors and vendors and are required to wear a mask if not vaccinated.