What is the process for returning to in-person work on University property?

Estimated reading time: 3 min

CSU must comply with Center for Disease Control, state and local public health orders, and Colorado Department of Higher Education guidance.

Individuals are required to follow public health guidance while working on university grounds.

There is a phased, measured, and strategic process for employees to return to work in person on a campus.

This process ensures that appropriate cleaning and disinfecting practices, space for required physical distancing, and other public health measures are followed, and that air and water quality has been tested and addressed before  employees return to buildings.

As part of the process 

  • Units should continue working remotely, if possible. 
  • Units who are applying for permission to return to in-person work are not required to apply for all the unit employees. Those who can work remotely should continue working remotely. 
  • No one should return to work at a university campus without authorization.
  • No laboratory, department, unit, division or college should increase their level of faculty and staff on university grounds without completing the application process.
  • The Pandemic Planning Team does not have a date when all units may return; instead, the process continues to be phased and measured regardless of whether public health orders are lifted.
  • Some units will be required or choose to continue working remotely. 

Kuali system confirms receipt of application with automated message. This automated message does not authorize a to return to in-person work.

Unit applies for permission

Work groups, offices, units, laboratories, and divisions should apply to the Pandemic Planning Team for approval to return to work. 

Employees should not submit individual requests to return to work on university grounds; offices, units, teams, divisions, etc., should submit a collective request.

Kuali system confirms receipt of application with automated message. This automated message does not authorize a to return to in-person work.

The Pandemic Planning Team may also take additional steps before units are authorized to return to working in person. Not all applications will be immediately approved.

Pandemic Planning Team reviews application

The Pandemic Planning Team works closely with the public health office to evaluate applications and coordinate phased returns to work to help reduce potential risks to the health of our university community and ensure that support services are in place.

Support services include custodial staff to clean and disinfect surfaces using appropriate practices, air and water quality testing, and space made available for physical distancing, and other public health measures can be followed at reduced building capacity.

The Pandemic Planning Team may also take additional steps before units are authorized to return to working in person. Not all applications will be immediately approved.

Research project requests may require additional authorizations such as building access, travel, and regulatory compliance.

Response sent to supervisor

The Pandemic Planning Team sends a response to the unit supervisor (authorization or denial), which may include additional steps before the unit is authorized to return. 

This direct communication will indicate that the unit has or has not completed necessary requirements to resume in-person work.

Research project requests may require additional authorizations such as building access, travel, and regulatory compliance.

Units that are authorized for in-person work on University grounds must adhere to reduced building capacity levels. This may mean that faculty, researchers and staff must alternate days on site or work in shifts to ensure physical distancing.

If authorization to work in person is granted

Units that return to in-person work will be required to follow public health orders, requirements, and protocols. This includes wearing a mask when you are near others or sharing a closed space.

Units that are authorized for in-person work on University grounds must adhere to reduced building capacity levels. This may mean that faculty, researchers and staff must alternate days on site or work in shifts to ensure physical distancing.

Follow public health requirements

  • Complete the COVID Reporter.
  • Always wear a mask in all buildings except when you’re in your own home. This is mandatory. Wear a mask outside if you cannot be more than six feet from others.
  • Physically distance from other individuals at least six feet at all times.
  • Limit all social gatherings to 10 people – on campuses or off. In all gatherings, everyone must wear masks and observe physical distancing requirements.
  • Avoid gatherings – on and off campuses – where there are more than 10 people. In all gatherings, everyone must wear masks and observe physical distancing requirements.
  • Wipe down your individual desktop, work station, meeting tables, seats and other surfaces upon entering the space with disinfectants, which will be provided. Supervisors are expected to allow a few minutes of time throughout the day for frequent disinfecting
  • Follow directional signs when entering and exiting buildings, classrooms and other public spaces if signs are present
  • Stay home if you are sick, believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you test positive for COVID-19.