ASU President Michael Crow and senior leadership fielded employee questions provided in advance during an hour-long live-streamed employee webinar on June 29, 2020. The panel commented on our continued strategy to ready our campuses for the fall 2020 semester.
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ASU seeks to balance public health concerns with the operational needs of returning employees to our campuses. These guidelines are designed to give deans and vice presidents maximum flexibility to create their return-to-work plan with appropriate oversight from the executive committee.
ASU is a vast and complex enterprise spread out over 1,000 buildings in several large locations in multiple states. We support a diversified array of teaching, learning, student services, research and community engagement activities. We are home to more than 120,000 students, faculty, staff and other affiliates. For these reasons, one approach does not fit all situations. It is up to deans, vice presidents and other operating heads, working with their leadership teams, to consider how to return staff and faculty to ASU locations in a way that:
- Promotes the health and safety of students, staff and faculty – ASU has and will continue to follow the latest public health guidelines from federal and local public health agencies.
- Promotes the support of student success – Our students have seen disruption to their academic careers. They are also the reason we are here. Any re-entry plan must place student success at the forefront.
- Promotes the ramp-up of campus services – We are, at our core, an educational organization for students and those who support them. For this reason, consider bringing the departments that provide services to students up sooner rather than later, in any case, no later than the week of July 27, 2020.
- Promotes physical distancing, campus cleanliness and appropriate distribution and use of hygiene and health supplies such as face coverings and hand sanitizer – Much thought and effort have gone into preparing our physical locations for a return to campus, so we want to be careful to “pressure test” those plans as campus operations ramp-up.
- Attempts to accommodate those who may have health concerns or family care challenges.
All employees will be required to complete training before returning to campus.