Summer and Fall 2021 Guide to Campus Operations

Returning to campus: Return to work requirements and building access

Posted 07/30/20 at 5:10 p.m.

Return to work requirements

App State will phase in a gradual return of staff and faculty to campus while ensuring appropriate physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing of workplace surfaces, and availability of personal protective equipment for on-campus employees. Department chairs and supervisors will decide which employees will return to work on campus and how to implement these requirements for their units and local situations. They will communicate those decisions to their employees. Read more about returning to work safely.

  • Supervisor approval: Staff and faculty must coordinate their return to campus with their supervisor or department chair. This is to ensure that each unit is coordinating schedules and communicating as fluidly as possible.

  • Online training course: Prior to returning to campus, staff and faculty must complete an online training course, Pandemics: Slowing the Spread. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.  The course is available online now.

    • To access the course:

      • Log-in to your AppalNet account and select the “Employee” tab. 

      • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Online Health and Safety Training Courses.”

      • Select “go to Vivid.”

      • Choose “Pandemics: Slowing the Spread.”

    • After completing the course, staff and faculty should download the Certificate of Completion PDF and email it to their supervisor. Supervisors should confirm successful completion before permitting an employee to return to campus.

    • Students will complete a similar training course. Student employers should request the completion report before student employees return to work. 

  • Flexible schedules: Throughout this semester, teleworking or other flexible schedules are encouraged with supervisor approval.

  • Face coverings: Face coverings are required for students, faculty and staff in all campus buildings. You are not required to wear a face covering when you are working alone in a room or office, or when you are alone in an uncrowded outdoor location. You are required to wear face coverings in hallways and restrooms. Read more about the face covering policy.

Building hours and access

  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, academic buildings will be unlocked M-F, 7 am - 8 pm. Please remember faculty and staff must complete return to work requirements before coming back to campus.

  • Faculty and staff access after 8 pm and on weekends will require a key or card swipe. Contact your department chair or administrator with questions. 

  • Some campus buildings have been operating with limited access and others, such as the Plemmons Student Union, Campus Dining facilities, and the Belk Library and Information Commons, will reopen with unique hours of operation and access restrictions. Please visit area websites for more information. 

  • On Friday, July 31, academic buildings will undergo testing of major building systems, including water and HVAC. Adjustments to these systems will continue throughout the next two weeks.