Umass Agreement Fall 2020

If students are concerned about meeting the expectations set out in the agreement, they are asked to report them to the Staff of the Residence Education, the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office, the Dean of Students or their respective Academic Dean. Students are also encouraged to seek the help, resources and support of the university and community staff “in these difficult times.” With effect as of August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts will be required to follow new state travel instructions. In addition, travelers must complete the Massachusetts travel form. Some staff may be required to report earlier than expected and a limited number of workers may be required to work on vacation if possible. Where possible, the university will consider personal needs within the company`s boundaries. For these adjustments to working time, workers are compensated in accordance with the collective agreement. (Added July 22, 2020) Because many flu symptoms overlap with those associated with COVID-19, we ask all students to accept a flu shot if they become available this fall. By preventing the development of flu-related symptoms, you can avoid quarantine. All seats for the fall are charged with the standard room rate. Students paying for breaks residences (north B only) are charged an additional break stay fee. Students should not opt for break accommodation unless they have no other choice to take breaks. Employees who are responsible for on-site work and whose application has been denied may use accrued leave, personal work time or other accumulated leave as entitled to the collective agreement to remain in salary status for a period of absence after August 17, 2020. Workers in a high-risk category have the opportunity to take advantage of their sick leave.

Staff members who are not covered by the high-risk categories described by the CDC, including those aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with underlying illnesses, may seek an alternative or adaptation to their on-site assignment by completing an online application with the Flexible Working Arrangement application form for staff living with a family member in a high-risk category described by the CDC and designated as an on-site member. Can I request another work assignment or an adaptation to my on-site assignment? Employees may follow the First Coronavirus Family Responsibility Act or a subsequent federal or government statutory leave associated with it. The First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires some employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons. These provisions apply from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Read more about Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The agreement is divided into three main parts: “Protect Myself,” “Protect Others” and “Protect the University and Local Communities.” Students, teachers and staff can testing@umass.edu e-mail questions related to asymptomatic tests at the Mullins Centre. Please note that this email is not intended for private health information, but for logistical or technical assistance during the testing process. UMass Amherst will provide most of its distance courses this fall, but students who want to live on campus will have the opportunity to do so as part of a re-opening plan presented Monday by the state`s flagship campus. The additional cost of the new security measures, the uncertain dynamics of the state budget and the large share of an institution`s revenue from room and household expenses mean that schools must take into account the financial and health consequences in the development of their fall plans.

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