Employee and Student Training

Training for all employees and students on COVID-19 and the Healthy TUC plan will be provided. Program directors and supervisors are responsible for ensuring all employees and students have taken the required training before returning to campus.

Community Responsibility Acknowledgement

Prior to returning to campus, faculty, staff, and students must complete the Acknowledgement and Attestation form attached to this guide that includes the following points:

- The serious nature of COVID-19
- The importance of each individual’s knowledge of the risks presented by the COVID-19 virus
- The importance of monitoring their own health
- The need to follow all applicable policies and procedures as they are updated
- Their responsibility to notify appropriate personnel if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or have received a positive COVID-19 test results
- Students will notify Student Health at 707-638-5220 or Judith.Corte@tu.edu, as well as their program director or dean.
- Employees will notify the Office of Human Resources at (707) 638-5807 or Kathy.Lowe@tu.edu as well as their direct supervisor.

Concerns About Returning to Campus

Where possible, TUC will provide flexibility for employees requesting to continue remote work. Employees who can continue to work remotely will be encouraged to do so, especially those at high risk of complications from COVID-19 or who may live with someone at high risk.

- Employees who have been instructed to return to work on-site and have concerns about doing so due to a medical condition that places them in a higher risk group, those who are pregnant, or those who wish to request ADA Reasonable Accommodations related to returning to the campus should first consult with TUC’s Office of Human Resources at (707) 638-5807 or Kathy.Lowe@tu.edu.

- Employees who have been instructed to return to work on-site and have concerns about doing so for reasons unrelated to their own personal health should first discuss their concerns with the supervisor. If the employee and the supervisor cannot reach an agreement, the employee and the manager should work with Human Resources.

- Students required to be on campus who have concerns about doing so due to a medical condition that places them in a higher risk group, those who are pregnant, or those who wish to request ADA Reasonable Accommodations should consult the Director of Academic Success Paisley Rosengren at (707) 638-5961 or Paisley.Rosengren@tu.edu.

- Students required to be on campus who have concerns about doing so for reasons unrelated to their own personal health should first discuss their concerns with their Program Director. If the student and the Director cannot reach an agreement, the student and the Director should work with the appropriate College Dean and the Dean of Student Affairs.

Social Distancing

- All individuals to stay at least 6 feet apart (exception for specific lab activities).
- Allow only infrequent and intermittent passing within 6 feet.
- Eliminate contact with others (handshaking, hugging, etc.) outside of specific lab activities.
- Minimize the number of people in common areas at the same time.
- Any place that a line forms, physical distancing should be maintained.
- Students, faculty, and staff should avoid congregating in close proximity during entry and exiting of the building, and should maintain adequate social distancing.
- For emergency evacuations that occur, face coverings are expected to be worn during the evacuations. Anyone working in personal spaces should keep face coverings readily accessible in preparation for these scenarios. Physical distancing shall be maintained when possible during these scenarios.
- Everyone is encouraged to take additional measures to protect themselves by frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces. Faculty, staff, and students are asked to avoid gathering unnecessarily in classrooms, lounges, common areas, and other university spaces.
- Employees should avoid using other workers’ phones or sharing desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
- Students should avoid using shared equipment and materials.

Staying at Home

Faculty, staff and students are required to stay home if they are sick or if any person living in the same residence is sick with COVID-19 symptoms.

Faculty and staff will have access as needed to TUC’s Employee Assistance Program for support and resources to address concerns or challenges that may affect employee well-being and performance. The program provides employees with a 24-hour emergency hotline at 866.799.2728 or visit: www.HealthAdvocate.com/touro. Download the “Health Advocate” app today for access to all resources in real time.

Students have access as needed to TUC’s counseling services aimed at minimizing the interruption to learning caused by mental health concerns. Personal counseling is available to you free of charge through the TUC Counseling Services. Please call counseling services at 707-638-5292. By calling this number you can schedule an appointment, leave a voicemail and receive a call back, or you may speak by phone with an off-site counselor 24-7 by choosing option 3.