Coronavirus Resources/Return to Campus

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Auburn University Human Resources (AUHR) has developed this page to share HR-related resources and information regarding COVID-19. Questions may also be addressed to covidresourcecenter@auburn.edu or univhr@auburn.edu.

Auburn University continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and, in consultation with state and federal officials, is making decisions with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as the top priority. Knowing the situation is a fluid one, the University and AUHR will continue to provide updates regarding university operations.

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Update (Effective Aug. 3, 2021)

Given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across our state and nation, Auburn University will require all individuals to wear face coverings inside all Auburn University buildings and on university transportation (including Tiger Transit), beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3.

The revised face coverings policy aligns with the latest guidance from the CDC as well as recommendations from university medical staff, local health officials and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Beyond this temporary measure, Auburn does not intend to adjust operational or instructional plans.

The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings do not have to be worn when alone in private offices, when eating inside campus dining facilities, in residence hall rooms with a roommate, in open-air athletics venues or when exercising in the Recreation and Wellness Center. The complete policy can be found here.

Face coverings, along with other safe practices, are an important means of preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, vaccinations are the best protection against the virus. We strongly encourage every member of our campus community to get vaccinated. The vaccine is free and readily available on campus and in our community.

Those choosing not to get vaccinated are at a much greater risk of contracting COVID-19. If you have reservations about getting vaccinated, we urge you to consult the Auburn University Medical Clinic, the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center or your health care provider.

All updates to the university’s fall protocols will be posted on the

COVID-19 Resource Center website. We look forward to the fall semester and ask for your continued support in the fight against COVID-19. We are hopeful the 2021-2022 academic year will be successful and uninterrupted.

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Safety Precautions

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Leave Guidelines (Effective Aug. 17, 2021)

Effective Aug. 17, Auburn will modify Emergency COVID-19 Administrative Leave (ECAL) and extend it through the end of the fall semester for eligible employees.

ECAL Time Limits

Please note that from Aug. 17 until the end of the semester:

  • An eligible employee can receive up to two weeks (80 hours) of ECAL. (The amount will be prorated for a part-time or student employee.)

  • An eligible employee’s available ECAL is contingent on how many hours they have used from Jan. 1 to Aug. 16, 2021. ECAL used from Jan. 1 to Aug. 16, 2021, will be deducted from the two weeks (80 hours).

ECAL Usage

If the eligible employee is unable to perform their work remotely and has ECAL available, it can be used for the following reasons:

  • The employee is required by the university to quarantine.

  • The employee is impacted by a school or daycare required quarantine due to the pandemic. (ECAL will not be applicable if childcare or on-site learning is available but the employee chooses not to participate.)

ECAL Documentation

Please note that additional documentation may be required:

  • Please use the COVID-19 Leave Request Form to complete the request, which must be approved by the supervisor.

  • Additional Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) documentation may also be required.

In Closing

  • The university reserves the right to terminate ECAL at any time.

  • Email univhr@auburn.edu with any questions regarding COVID-19 leave. 

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Exposures
  • Complete the COVID-19 Self-Report Form.
  • Isolate yourself and follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local health department.

  • As soon as possible, notify your supervisor or COVID-19 Liaison

  • Refer to the CDC website for tips on “what to do if you are sick”, and what must happen before you can discontinue home isolation.

  • Visit the COVID-19 Resource Center for additional information.

  • Contact your COVID-19 Liaison or visit the COVID-19 Resource Center for additional information.

  • The employee should maintain physical distancing and self-monitor for fever and symptoms.

  • All employees should continue to practice good hygiene by:

    • Washing their hands frequently.

    • Avoid touching their face.

    • Wiping down frequently touched surfaces regularly. 

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Self-Care

Employee Assistance Program

Through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is administered by American Behavioral, any full-time benefit-eligible employee — even those who don’t subscribe to our Auburn University health insurance plan — has access to six EAP calls (up to 30 minutes each) per employee and per covered family member free of charge. (While our EAP normally offers three calls per calendar year, this number has been increased during the COVID-19 crisis.)

AU health insurance plan subscribers also have up to 30 visits for mental health treatment available in a calendar year. Important: If the claim is filed with a COVID-19-related diagnosis, the copay, deductible and inpatient admission copay will be waived.

For more information on either of these services, call 800-925-5EAP (5327).

Marriage and Family Therapy Center

The Marriage and Family Therapy Center (AU MFT Center) is offering services to all employees and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Therapists offer individual, couple or family therapy for mental, behavioral and emotional diagnoses, along with therapy for coping and relationship support. For more information visit http://www.mftcenter.auburn.edu/

thrive!

thrive! is a series of communications on COVID-19 burnout and mental wellness that is being shared with Auburn University employees. Additional information

Wellness Wednesday

HR Development has created several 1 to 2-minute videos that focus on a variety of topics, including diet, mental health, sleep, ergonomics, community support, perspective and physical distancing.

Additional Links

Self-Care Webinar

"Managing COVID Fatigue: Saving Your Sanity During the Pandemic" (American Behavioral, Jan. 28, 2021)

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Supervisor Guidance

Guidance has been developed to give supervisors proper protocols to follow in a variety of COVID-19 workplace situations. This information is not intended to capture every possible situation that may occur, but is a reflection of the most common scenarios that may be presented. Additional information

IMPORTANT: In the event of a positive diagnosis, or disclosure of any medical information, the identity of the employee should only be disclosed internally to those who absolutely need to know and the employee’s medical information should be kept confidential and separate from their personnel file.

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Forms
  • COVID-19 Leave Request Form: The COVID-19 Leave Form is hosted in the Auburn University Facilities Request Portal. Please click the link and login with your AU e-mail and password. Then click COVID-19 "Leave Request."

  • COVID-19 Positive Self-Report Form: This form is for Auburn University students, faculty and staff to self-report when they have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Exposure Self-Report Form (for Students): This form is for Auburn University students to self-report when they are in quarantine due to an exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Third-Party Form: This form is for use by COVID-19 Liaisons and other Auburn University officials to report individuals on campus that have tested positive for COVID-19, but are not AU students, faculty or staff.


Contact AUHR

If you need specific HR assistance that is not included on the COVID-19 Resource Center website, email univhr@auburn.edu.

Last updated: 08/16/2021