Protocols for Managers and Employees

Daily Self-Monitoring Requirement

All employees are expected to closely monitor their own health, including any potential symptoms of coronavirus infection, and complete a daily online attestation on their potential exposure or infection with COVID-19.

Masks and Face Coverings

All employees, students, and visitors on the North Carolina A&T campus are required to wear masks or face coverings in all indoor spaces where more than one person is present. KN95 masks are preferred. This includes campus shuttles.

Human subjects' protocols allowing participants to come to campus should follow appropriate mitigation practices (masks, handwashing). In combination with social distancing and daily, consistent attention to cleanliness and sanitization, masks continue to be especially helpful in stopping coronavirus in its tracks. 

Masks are not required outdoors, except at sporting events. Maximum capacity of outdoor meeting and gathering spaces is allowed.

Protecting ourselves and each other is a shared responsibility. We're counting on you to take your part seriously.

Personal Hygiene Practices

All employees are urged to consistently follow strong personal hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick; do not travel.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as countertops, phones, keyboards, laptops, doorknobs, and bathroom fixtures.
  • Facilities will provide materials to clean laboratories. Lab managers, researchers and/or their designees, will be responsible for cleaning their individual laboratories that utilize biological/biohazardous materials.
  • Immunize yourself against the flu if you have not already.

Meetings and Classroom Instruction

Whenever possible, managers and employees are strongly encouraged to continue to hold group meetings virtually. Employees taking part in one-on-one or group meetings face-to-face are strongly encouraged to wear masks/facial coverings, and in-person meetings are still considered optional.

While capacity limits are no longer in effect for indoor or outdoor meetings and large group gatherings, employees are strongly encouraged to continue to observe the 3 Ws (wash your hands regularly, wait in line socially distanced and wear a mask in areas where you are not sure others are vaccinated). Indoor meetings also should not exceed 70 percent of the room's capacity.

Masks are required in classrooms, alternative testing locations and laboratory settings. Faculty and students are encouraged to wipe their workstations and classroom spaces to help ensure safety. Faculty tutoring, recitations and office hours will be held virtually until further notice.

Students with extenuating circumstances may be allowed to attend an on-campus course remotely, with approval of the instructor, the department chair and the dean. The vice provost of Undergraduate Education or the dean of the Graduate College must be informed.

For further guidance on meeting and gathering restrictions eased in late spring by Gov. Roy Cooper's Executive Order 215, including an FAQ on the order, visit the State of North Carolina website.

Flexible Work Arrangements

The overriding expectation is that all employees will return to in-person, on-campus work, in accordance with the phased schedule shown above. Our commitment to providing in-person instruction and service to our students and other key constituents is paramount.

Flexible work arrangements are allowed with supervisor approval, e.g., remote work, alternate work schedules, and compressed work weeks. Managers should be mindful of operational needs, student engagement, equity, health and safety issues, compliance and wellness. Managers should be mindful of training and resources available to them through the Division of Human Resources. Wherever possible, employees will be required to work on campus or at their usual workplace in person.

Employees who have legitimate needs to work remotely or on a staggered schedule are encouraged to address those in dialogue with their supervisors, just as they would have prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supervisors are tasked with balancing operational needs, office service and safety and employees’ individual needs and will have the knowledge necessary to make appropriate decisions on employee requests. Employees seeking accommodations should complete the request form available via Human Resources for their supervisor's review and consideration.

Please submit request form to supervisor for review and approval.