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Faculty/Staff information for Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Faculty/Staff

Q:

Are online care benefits available for employees who do not want to go to a Medical Clinic for care?

A:

Online Care clinics provide access to a health care provider via the internet, regardless of your location or access to a certain care system.

  • The benefit is designed to function like the in-network Convenience Care Benefit without the confines of office walls.
  • The Online Care Benefit is provided without referrals, is not subject to the annual deductible, and is provided at a $0.00 copay, regardless of your cost level.
  • If you are a member of BlueCross or HealthPartners you have access to Doctor on Demand and/or virtuwell.
  • If you are a member of PreferredOne you have access to virtuwell and/or MDLive.

Advantage BlueCross BlueShield of MN (800-262-0819) https://www.bluecrossmn.com/segip  Advantage HealthPartners (888-343-4404) https://www.healthpartners.com/segip/index.html   Advantage PreferredOne (800-997-1750) https://www.healthpartners.com/segip/index.html

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Q:

Can employees telework?

A:

By the end of the day Friday, March 20, 2020, all employees whose positions lend themselves to teleworking, are required to begin teleworking from offsite locations. Only those employees whose positions are not capable of being completed through teleworking will continue to report to campus. . Flexibility will be giving to changing schedules or hours of work, working some from home and some from campus (if needed to be here), etc. Please work with your supervisors

Faculty should work with their Deans to work out a plan. The Dean will then need to work with HR.

ASF and classified staff should work with their supervisors on an alternative work plan. The supervisor should then work with HR.

A detailed email will be sent to supervisor March 18, 2020.

Because of the rapid developments of responses to COVID-19, every department should be making plans on how to provide the needed services to students through virtual delivery.

For positions that do not lend themselves to telework, discussions should take place with your supervisor about options for your work hours and schedules.

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Q:

Will the campus be open during the extended week, March 16-20, and beyond?

A:

The campus will be open. While there are no classes the extended week of spring break, March 16-20, all administrators, faculty, and staff shall report for work. At this time, all campus services will continue to be open while classes are moved to alternative delivery modes, such as online. Faculty are to use the week of March 16-20, to prepare their classes for alternative methods of delivery. Please see the Instructor – Continuity of Instruction section.

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Q:

If I traveled, should I self-quarantine?

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International Travel Information

A:

Given the risks associated with COVID-19, Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra has made a decision to suspend all Minnesota State-related international travel effective immediately. This includes study abroad programs, and any other SMSU-sanctioned activities involving faculty, staff, and students.

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Q:

Should I cancel my professional/university funded travel plans for summer/fall?

A:

At this time, it is recommended that you do not make new plans until we receive more clarification on longer term plans from the Minnesota State System Office.

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Q:

What if I have already purchased a ticket or made arrangements for professional/university funded travel?

A:

If you are able to cancel, we recommend you do so. If the travel is not until summer or fall, it is recommended that you wait for more clarification.

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Q:

Is there a suspension on domestic travel?

A:

Out-of-State travel is suspended as of March 16, 2020.

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Last Modified: 3/19/20 10:02 AM