COVID-19 Faculty and Staff Resources
Every member of our faculty and staff play an important role in the University community. We value your wellbeing. Access employee-specific information here.
The Office of Human Resources offers tips for telework, information on workplace accommodation and wellness resources offered as part of the University benefits package.
Independence Blue Cross has created several COVID-19 specific resources to help members during this time. It includes information related to their commitment and instructions on accessing telemedicine.
As a reminder, if you are exposed to, develop symptoms of or become diagnosed with COVID-19, you are required to complete the Employee Absence From Campus form and follow the self-isolation guidelines for faculty and staff.
Staying active during this time can have a tremendous impact on not just your physical well being but your mental and emotional wellness too. We've gathered a list of free online fitness resources that you can access to get and stay moving.
Through Campus Recreation, members of the Saint Joseph's community can access live classes Monday through Friday at beginning at 12:15 p.m.
Core Power Yoga gives you free access to a collection of online yoga classes.
With the Peleton App, you get a 90-day free trial where you can immerse yourself in a variety of live studio classes including cycling, running, bootcamp and more.
The popular workout studio Orangetheory fitness is offering free, daily 30-minute at-home workouts through their YouTube channel.
Darabee is a nonprofit website that provides daily workouts that can be easily done at home with little to no equipment. They also have PDF's of different exercises that you can download.
Did you know you can also access virtual nutritional counseling while working from home? Through our partnership with Corporate Wellness Nutrition, faculty and staff can have confidential, 30-60 minute sessions with a Registered Dietitian to maintain or develop healthier eating habits. They can also provide tips on how to best support your immune system during this time.
We understand that many of our faculty and staff may be struggling during this time. We want to highlight some of the benefits and services you have access to through our providers.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) connects you with the resources, support and guidance you might need if you're struggling with grief, loss, emotional well being and more. A full list of services provided under the University's EAP can be found here.
If you're looking for ongoing support, you can also access tele-behavioral health services through our insurance provider, Independence Blue Cross.
With the Stop, Breathe & Think app, you can explore breathing and meditation exercises to help keep you grounded.
Spiritual wellness allows us to remain grounded and connected to God. Campus Ministry is offering virtual mass on Sundays as well other opportunities to connect throughout the week.
Wednesday Worship is held every week at 8:30 p.m. on the Campus Ministry Instagram page.
Sunday Virtual Mass: Join Fr. Dan Joyce every Sunday at 11 a.m. for a live mass through Zoom.
Boundaries between home and work can become blurred when working remotely. Here are some tips to help you balance work and home while telecommuting:
- Set boundaries for yourself at home.
- Maintain access to natural light when possible.
- Take the time to video chat with friends and family.
- Avoid staying in bed, and yes change out of those pajamas.
- Stay active.
- Take advantage of meditation and mindfulness apps offering free trials.
- Eat regularly and remember to break for lunch!
- Sign off when the workday is over. Office hours apply at home too.
- ADA Reasonable Accommodation: The Office of Human Resources will engage in an interactive process to determine whether an employee is a qualified individual with a disability for the purposes of providing a reasonable accommodation.
- Family Medical Leave (FMLA): Employees may be eligible for an unpaid leave of absence of up to 12 weeks under the Family and Medical Leave Act, for reasons including but not limited to care for themselves, care for a spouse, son, daughter or parent with a serious health condition or a chronic condition. In addition, an employee may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of FMLA to care for a covered service member.
- Personal non-FMLA Leave: Requests for a leave of absence without pay (for reasons other than those covered by the FMLA policy, or unrelated to a medical condition) can be submitted to the department head, and approved by the provost, dean, and/or area vice president. If granted, please contact the Office of Human Resources regarding your benefits.
- Telecommuting: Telecommuting is an arrangement that allows employees to work from home or an alternate work site using telecommunications and computer technology. Not all positions are amenable to telecommuting. Permanent and temporary telecommuting arrangements are subject to the approval of the department head, dean and the provost/vice president.
The University is asking that faculty and staff keep in close contact regarding coronavirus. Some forms may only be accessible with Saint Joseph’s single sign-on credentials.
Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Related Absence
Return to Work Schedule
The University is providing general guidance to departments and offices regarding the return to work, including necessary signage and physical environment modifications. However, each area vice president or dean will customize this general guidance for their individual unit areas.
Here is information, resources, recommendations and guidelines associated with changes to teaching, learning and working at Saint Joseph's University.