Staff member wearing PPE assisting with COVID testing

COVID and Employment FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Our COVID-19 vaccine requirement means that all employees (faculty and staff) must receive the vaccine & booster, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. Those seeking such exemptions should contact Jana Grimes in Human Resources.

Please refer to the Campus Activity Level for current guidance on dining. 

The College has reinstituted a one-time grant of up to 80 hours of sick time available to all staff who need to be away from work to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, quarantine or isolate due to a COVID-19 exposure or diagnosis. This time is available to ensure staff follow recommendations to quarantine and self-isolate as necessary. If more than 80 hours is needed, staff should contact Human Resources. The code to use is ‘SIOF’.

A faculty member who must be absent because of illness, shall report the absence to the Dean of the College immediately and shall make arrangements with other members of the department, and if necessary, with the Dean of the College, in order for the faculty member’s duties to be carried on without interruption. The salary of the faculty member will not be affected if illnesses are infrequent and of short duration.

Mask Non-Compliance – A.I.R  

Protocols for Mask Non-Compliance 

Here is a tip for engaging with someone who is not wearing a mask or not wearing it properly, remember the acronym A.I.R: 

A - First, ASK. “Could you please pull your mask up/put your mask on?” 

I - Second, INFORM. “The College requires masks to be worn properly indoors, regardless of vaccination status.” 

R - Finally, REFER. “If you don’t have a mask with you, you may pick one up from the Campus Safety office”; or if non-compliance continues, “Please wear your mask properly or I will need to inform the (Dean of Students, the Office of the Dean, Director of Human Resources, or Campus Safety.)” 

You can also utilize EthicsPoint to submit an anonymous report. Please be aware that HR will not be able to contact you with any follow-up questions through this tool, so provide as much information as possible in your report.

Please report your necessary absence to your dean or your supervisor. We encourage you to self-report if you test positive for COVID-19 so the College can better monitor cases on campus. 

The following groups are working together to help lower COVID-related risk on campus. The groups and their general purpose are listed below. Questions related to COVID can be shared with Heather Cox.

Pandemic Planning Decision Making Groups

College Travel [Monday]: Discussion regarding travel policy, travel safety, and international travel registration process for faculty, staff, and students. Changes in policy and questions elevated to EOT.

Proposal/Event Review [Tuesday]: Establish event thresholds consistent with current COVID policy and trends, review campus events as it relates to COVID safety, provide suggestions to event organizers to decrease COVID risk. Approvals and questions elevated to EOT.

Activity Level Review [Tuesday]: Review current COVID trends (campus, local, state, national as needed) to determine need for changes in pandemic precautions on campus, including campus Activity Level. Recommendations for change, questions, and concerns elevated to EOT.

Executive EOT (Emergency Operations Team) [Wednesday]: Review recommendations, questions, and concerns elevated by Travel, Proposal, and Activity groups. Discuss campus needs in light of COVID-19 conditions. Decide policy and necessary communications.

Operations [Friday]: Implement changes and policy put forth by Executive EOT. Review operational issues as needed in light of COVID-19 conditions. Recommendations, questions, and concerns reported to Executive EOT as needed (or relevant leadership).

If you have lost your vaccination card or do not have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.

If you cannot contact your vaccination provider directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). You can find state IIS information on the CDC website. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems. Iowa’s Immunization Registry Information is accessible here.

If you enrolled in v-safe or VaxText after your first vaccine dose, you can access your vaccination information using those tools.

If you have made every effort to locate your vaccination information, are unable to get a copy or replacement of your vaccination card, and still need a second shot, talk to a vaccination provider.

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