Work Policies & Accommodations

Bucknell faculty and staff, like all members of the Bucknell family, share a responsibility to keep the community safe. The policies outlined below are designed to keep everyone safe and healthy throughout this challenging but ultimately rewarding academic year.

At the same time, Bucknell understands that some staff members may have underlying health conditions that place them at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus, or that they may be a primary caregiver to another person with such conditions. The Office of Human Resources will work with individuals in these situations to identify reasonable accommodations, if possible, to address their individual health issues or personal situations.

Requesting Accommodations

Who May Request Accommodation

University staff who meet any one of the following criteria may request a reasonable accommodation by submitting appropriate documentation to Human Resources:

  • You're at higher risk for severe infection from the coronavirus, based on the criteria or medical conditions set forth in guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • You regularly reside in a housing unit with another individual or a family member who is at a higher risk for severe infection from the coronavirus based on the criteria or medical conditions set forth in guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • You're relied upon as the primary care provider for another individual or family member who is at a higher risk for severe infection from the coronavirus based on the criteria or medical conditions set forth in guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How to Request Accommodation

Requests for reasonable accommodation must be submitted to Human Resources and must be accompanied by one of the following:

  • Verified medical documentation of the employee's underlying medical condition
  • Verification of an underlying condition of a member of the employee's household or individual under the employee's regular direct care

Upon verifying eligibility for reasonable accommodation, the University will provide options for alternative work assignments, such as:

  • Remote instruction
  • Telework
  • Alternative work locations
  • Reassignment
  • Appropriate social distancing measures to mitigate risk

Notice of an approved reasonable accommodation will be provided to the employee's direct supervisor or academic dean.

Staff can contact Danielle Kraus (dkraus@bucknell.edu) with further questions regarding the University's accommodations policy.

Employee Policies & Procedures You Need to Know

Remote Work

Employees in some positions will continue to work remotely, while others, especially those employees who provide service and support to on-campus students, will return to campus.

Your supervisor, working with the Operations & Management Group and with support from Human Resources, has identified those positions where ongoing remote work will not be possible. Staff whose work cannot continue remotely have been contacted by supervisors to identify the specific date for their return to work on campus.

Personal Safety

Wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, keep your workplace clean and sanitary, report illness or possible COVID-19 exposure immediately, and work remotely whenever possible.

By taking these critical steps, faculty and staff will ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

Bucknell's role in protecting employees includes providing personal protective equipment, or PPE, and cleaning supplies.

Learn how to order PPE and about safety measures on campus

Recruitment & Interviewing

Recruitment for all open positions continues to be suspended until further notice.

Exceptions to this provision may be granted by the president, provost or appropriate vice president. Bucknell will re-evaluate the need to post or continue recruitment efforts at that time.

For those positions that have been approved as exceptions, interviews should be conducted via Zoom where possible or must follow all protective measures, including the use of face coverings and practicing physical distancing. Please work with your recruitment consultant for any exceptions.

Travel

University-sponsored Travel

All University-sponsored travel is suspended, including but not limited to:

  • Conference attendance
  • Training and development
  • Grant-supported travel

Faculty and staff who normally engage in job-related travel should explore video conferencing as an alternative to travel. Exceptions to this provision may be granted by the president, provost or appropriate vice president.

Personal Travel

Personal travel may pose significant risk to the individual traveler including health risks, travel disruption, becoming stranded and a high likelihood for quarantine upon return. If you are planning personal travel to an area that is determined as having high numbers of COVID-19 cases, please be aware that quarantine or other instructions may be advised upon your return.

Child Care Considerations

With elementary, middle and high schools in the area implementing a variety of in-person, hybrid and remote education models, Bucknell understands that the need for child care may become a barrier for some staff members. We will continue to monitor this situation and announce solutions as needed.

Unemployment Compensation

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employees should refer to the PA Office or Unemployment Compensation to help determine whether or not they are eligible for benefits. Bucknell University is not responsible for determining eligibility for or awarding unemployment compensation. These decisions are made by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.