Return to the Workplace

Fairleigh Dickinson University has modified operations to protect the health and well-being of our campus communities. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and will operate in accordance with guidance from federal, state and local health officials, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate the risk of transmission and limit the spread of COVID-19. The University is committed to taking reasonable and diligent actions as we reopen our campuses.

As our campuses gradually reopen, we are relying on each employee to exercise common sense and good judgment, be considerate of others, and comply with the University’s COVID-19 safety precautions and protocols. These guidelines will be updated, as appropriate. Employees should continue to communicate with their department supervisors and monitor the University’s website with regard to COVID-19 for current information. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is a responsibility all members of the University community share; by protecting each other, we also protect ourselves. Failure to comply will result in a violation of the University’s Conduct policy as outlined in the Employee Handbook and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

All employees can apply for a COVID-19 workplace accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act by completing the required application https://www.fdu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/covid-accommodations.pdf.  Although the application is a generic form that is not written specifically for COVID-19, medical conditions that put an individual at high risk for complications from COVID-19, as well as other applicable medical conditions leading to the accommodation request, should be addressed under this process. Certain portions of the application process might not be required if you have previously applied for or received a medical accommodation; please contact HR to confer if you believe the application does not apply to you. Upon receipt, a representative from the Office of Human Resources will be in touch to discuss next steps. 

If you seek an accommodation or work adjustment for reasons that are distinct from a medical condition/disability, please confer with your supervisor. For privacy reasons, employees are not requested to provide medical information or documentation to their supervisors, but only to HR under the process for medical accommodations. Fairleigh Dickinson understands that some employees feel uncertain or anxious about returning to work on campus; we will approach requests for adjustments with care and compassion, while also ensuring that the University can fulfill its mission and meet the expectations of students.  

Before returning to campus this fall, and each day throughout the semester, employees will be required to answer a questionnaire addressing risk factors related to COVID-19. In accordance with recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Health, FDU requires that employees who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 must immediately notify the Vice President of Human Resources, notify their health provider for appropriate next steps, and remain quarantined at home and not return to work until 10 days have passed since their symptoms began. In addition, employees must be free of fever for three days (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and all other symptoms must have improved. Please report these circumstances to the Office of Human Resources by contacting Rose D’Ambrosio at (201) 692-2706 or via email at dambrosi@fdu.edu. If you have been off campus for more than 14 days prior to diagnosis or exposure, there is no requirement to alert the University.

FDU also requires employees to immediately notify the Office of Human Resources if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, but are not themselves symptomatic. These employees should quarantine at home for 14 days.

In addition, employees who have travelled internationally or to regions with a high incidence of COVID-19 within the prior 14 days should quarantine at home for the balance of the 14-day period and notify the Office of Human Resources. Please refer to the travel advisory list on the following website at NJ Travel Restrictions.

For more specific details regarding COVID-19 safety measures that the University has implemented, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on Coronavirus Information from HR

For IT resources and support with remote teaching or business operations go to: https://it.fdu.edu/remote-learning/