Information for Staff
UTEP staff are vital to the university’s function and elevate its research and educational mission. Essential campus operations have continued while most of us worked remotely. In addition, over the last few weeks, we have taken steps to open a few areas and will continue this gradual testing and learning in the coming weeks to help us refine our plans and operations.
Things You Need to Know
Updated: September 03, 2020
- Addressing COVID-related compliance requirements involving face coverings and social distancing: This helpful guide is intended to assist the UTEP community in achieving compliance and supporting a safe and healthy environment.
- To help us ensure that our campus is safe for those who cannot work or study remotely, we are also establishing a Temporary Health and Safety Policy. This temporary policy is effective immediately and will end when the University determines the threat of COVID-19 has subsided. One important part of the temporary health policy is a new health screening tool that is now available to all students, faculty, staff and visitors at screening.utep.edu.
- The university is taking actions— such as enhanced cleaning and classroom protocols, changes to foot-traffic flow through buildings and on campus pathways, and much more—to ensure all campus spaces and buildings support the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
- Staff should report positive cases or issues related to COVID-19 to screening.utep.edu. Staff stands ready to assist you with support and resources needed.
The fall plan is continually evolving, and some of our planning may change as new information becomes available. We recommend that you return to this website often, in the event that pertinent updates have been communicated.
Protect Others, Report Illness
Use screening.utep.edu to comply with reporting and screening requirements before coming to campus.
People at Increased Risk for Severe Illness
Once we transition to limited campus operations and departments begin returning to campus, there may be employees who feel they fall into one of the CDC’s high-risk categories, or whose physician has recommended limited contact with others due to a serious health condition or injury. These individuals will need to go through the interactive Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) process with the University’s Equal Opportunity Office to request an ADA accommodation by contacting email@example.com.
Remote Work Policy
We encourage all supervisors to review the responsibilities of their work unit and, when feasible, allow their employees to work remotely when the mission of the unit can be accomplished without being physically present in the workplace. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that their departments perform critical work to care for the UTEP community and maintain operations to the appropriate extent communicated by the University. Supervisors who allow remote work should regularly communicate with their staff regarding the fluidity of such situations as well as changing business needs (such as the need to report to campus). For questions, or to submit a remote work agreement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training - Coming Soon!
To foster a COVID-free environment, increase safety awareness and maintain Miner health in the time of COVID-19, the University will be providing PETE Protocol training. All Work/Safety Plans must address training required for employees. Every employee working on campus must receive training on the PETE Protocol, which covers the following: symptoms of COVID-19, how the virus spreads, how to protect yourself and others, and cleaning and disinfection. Stay tuned for more information about the PETE Protocol.
UTEP CARE Packages
All departments will be receiving a UTEP CARE Package . General distribution to departments is expected to take place in August. Pickup of refill supplies will be coordinated through the departments and the Facilities Services Warehouse.