Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., will host a Return-To-Work Virtual Town Hall at 3 p.m. Monday, April 5, to discuss plans for the fall semester.
Faculty and staff have been splitting time between remote and campus work for the past year. A full return to in-person classes is planned for fall 2021.
“Our campus life and student success remain at the heart of our mission and vision for our institution. We expect to return to full occupancy of residence halls and dining facilities, student activities, as well as much anticipated athletic events in fall 2021,” Robinson said in a statement announcing the Return-To-Work guidelines. “Increasing employee campus density ensures that we continue to provide an active and vibrant campus environment for our students, while maintaining our focus on the health, safety and wellness of all University constituents.”
As the 2021-2022 academic year approaches, the University is moving forward with plans to expand the on-campus density of employees when the current telecommuting agreements end on April 23, Robinson said.
Starting on April 26, supervisors are expected to begin increasing on-campus staffing to ensure departments and offices are fully staffed to support continuity of work and uninterrupted delivery of all services in accordance with social distancing guidelines and other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols.
Supervisors are required to develop a full reintegration plan for an August 2 return using provided guidelines. These plans will be reviewed by the appropriate vice presidents and with final review and approval by Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer Rica Calhoun, chair of the Continuity of Operations Task Force.
Robinson encouraged vice presidents, deans, directors and department heads to hold meetings with their teams to share information regarding return to campus plans.
In an effort to balance the University’s academic and operational needs with the needs of employees, alternate work schedules and the use of telecommuting agreements will remain available along with the temporary expansion of accommodations.
Supervisors are encouraged to use these tools as they develop their plans for their full return to campus. Faculty will continue the current modes of instruction during the summer. Their campus presence will be determined by the Division of Academic Affairs.
Please submit Virtual Town Hall questions to Townhall@famu.edu