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Faculty and Staff

Updated COVID-19 Exposure and Return to Work Procedures

To ensure the safety of our employees and students, the University requires all employees to report a potential exposure to COVID-19 and/or COVID-19 symptoms to the Office of Human Resources.

  • If an employee has been or potentially has been exposed to COVID-19, they will be asked to leave campus and not return to campus until advised to do so by the Director of Human Resources or Dean of Students.
  • The Director of Human Resources or the Dean of Students will contact the employee to understand the potential exposure to other employees or students on campus.
  • If there has been exposure, in accordance with CDC guidelines, potentially exposed employees will be notified by Human Resources and asked to leave campus.

Once notified of a potential exposure, the Office of Human Resources will:

  • Work directly with employees and managers to determine the appropriate date to return to work.
  • Notify any other employee who could potentially have been exposed as defined by the CDC. This will not replace any contact tracing completed by the local health department.
  • Evaluate the employee’s work space and prepare it for re-entry in accordance with CDC guidelines.

All medical information disclosed to the Dean of Students and Director of Human Resources will be treated as such and kept confidential to the extent possible, while ensuring the safety of other employees and students. 

In order to ensure consistency and proper treatment of personal health information, the Office of Human Resources will be responsible for communicating any potential exposures to other employees and arranging for workspace evaluation, as needed.

A potential exposure means having a household contact or close contact with an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Potential exposure is further defined as coming in contact with someone:

  • Who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • With COVID-19 who has symptoms (in the period from two days before symptom onset until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation; can be laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness)
  • Who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed) but has not had any symptoms (in the two days before the date of specimen collection until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation).

Employees who have shown symptoms of COVID-19:

Employees who have shown symptoms of COVID-19 may return to work if one of the criteria below is met:

  • A negative COVID-19 test result is received and symptom-free (without medication) for 72 hours
  • An alternative diagnosis is received from a medical provider and fever-free (without medication) for 72 hours
  • Ten (10) days have passed since the onset of symptoms and fever-free (without medication) for 72 hours

Employees with COVID-19 symptoms may work remotely if that option is available. If unable to work remotely:

  • Employees will receive Emergency Trine Pay (ETP) time for the first five days, and must use sick or vacation time for the balance of their days away from work.
  • If all vacation and sick time is used, an employee could potentially move into an unpaid status.

Employees with secondary exposure to a known positive case of COVID-19:

Secondary contact is defined as having close contact with someone who was identified as having close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Common examples of a Trine employee as a secondary exposure are:

  • A Trine employee’s child being exposed to a teacher who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A Trine employee’s spouse being exposed to a co-worker who tested positive for COVID-19.

Employees who have had a secondary contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and (the individual identified as the first close contact; i.e., child or spouse from the above example) do not have symptoms will need to self-monitor for 10 days following the last known close contact, but will be able to continue working on campus.

Under the revised guidance:

  • Quarantine can end after 10 days if the person has not developed any symptoms. A test is not required.
  • Quarantine can end after seven days if the person tests negative for COVID-19 on day five, six or seven of the quarantine and has not developed any symptoms.

Employees who have had a secondary contact with someone (the individual identified as the first close contact; i.e., child or spouse from the above example) and test positive for COVID-19 and/or have symptoms will need to self-isolate and monitor symptoms for 14 days. 

Employees may work remotely if that option is available. If unable to work remotely:

  • Employees will receive Emergency Trine Pay (ETP) time for the first five days, and must use sick or vacation time for the balance of their days away from work.
  • If all vacation and sick time is used, an employee could potentially move into an unpaid status.
  • Employees whose contact with a known positive case occurred on campus are eligible to withdraw days from the Sick Leave Bank.

Exposure to a known positive case of COVID-19:

Employees who have had contact with a known positive case of COVID-19 may return to work 14 days from the last date of known contact. Employees may work remotely if that option is available.  The new CDC guidelines allows people who do not have symptoms to reduce their quarantine to seven or 10 days, depending on whether they get tested. If unable to work remotely:

  • Employees will receive Emergency Trine Pay (ETP) time for the first five days, and must use sick or vacation time for the balance of their days away from work.
  • If all vacation and sick time is used, an employee could potentially move into an unpaid status.
  • Employees whose contact with a known positive case occurred on campus are eligible to withdraw days from the Sick Leave Bank.

Use of Sick Leave Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Trine University will allow use of the Sick Leave Bank for full-time employees who meet the following criteria:

  • The employee must remain off campus due to a known exposure that occurred on Trine University property and during the employee’s normal work duties. This determination must be approved by the Office of Human Resources and the Dean or Assistant Dean of Students
  • The employee is unable to work remotely, due to severity of illness or job duties
  • The employee has exhausted five days of Emergency Trine Pay and must continue to remain off campus
  • The employee elects to use Sick Leave Bank hours

If an employee elects to use Sick Leave Bank to continue in a paid status:

  • If the employee has already contributed to the Sick Leave Bank, no additional contributions will be required for using hours as a result of COVID-19
  • If the employee has not previously contributed to the Sick Leave Bank, they must contribute 16 sick hours to the bank

The University’s Health Center will support rapid testing for employees if there are adequate testing kits available.  

Employees who are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or above), must stay home and not risk infecting others. If an employee starts to feel unwell or displays symptoms such as a fever while at work, they will be asked to leave and not return until symptom-free in accordance with CDC guidelines. To ensure the well-being of our employees and students, employees should be tested for COVID-19 if they display symptoms of respiratory illness, in accordance with current public health guidance. 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.

Here is some important information as we work together to Keep Trine Strong.

For the complete Trine University “Reporting potential exposure of COVID-19” procedures, which includes information on returning to work:


Wear Your Mask


Wash Your Hands


Hold Virtual Meetings


Stay Home When Sick


Stay 6 Feet Apart

 

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Faculty and Staff

We fully intend to provide the best residential college experience possible while doing everything in our power to protect the health and safety of our entire campus community.  As you know, our plans for a safe opening have been guided by direction provided by the Indiana State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA), and in counsel with trusted partners like Parkview Health and Cameron Memorial Community Hospital.  

Armed with this guidance, we have spent countless hours developing plans and processes that conform with accepted best practices.  We know that some form of social distancing and the need for other precautions will continue as the nation works toward a COVID-19 vaccine.  However, the work we have done demonstrates our commitment to meeting these challenges head-on, and that we will not allow this virus to interrupt what we know will be a great Trine experience.  

Public health controls to be implemented to prevent or impede the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
  • Requiring face coverings in public spaces
  • Providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Maintaining proper physical distancing
  • Testing and contact tracing, if necessary

Controls will be implemented and monitored to prevent or mitigate outbreaks. 

The Trine University Health Center has relocated to Quest Hall in order to minimize the opportunity for illness to spread in the University Center. Its space has been modified to provide both a regular clinic and COVID-19 clinic, staffed by Cameron Memorial Community Hospital personnel.

You will need an appointment to visit the Health Center.

Health Center Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Phone:  (260) 665-4585

Face coverings (or masks) are required whenever you are in the presence of others and when social distancing is not possible.  Also, masks may be required in certain situations and locations on campus so please be aware of signs and other indicators. 

  • Face coverings are not considered necessary when working alone in private offices, or when you are walking outside on campus safely away from others; however, they are required for use by all employees in public spaces on campus and whenever social distancing of a minimum 6-feet is not possible. Trine will be providing masks for employees to use; however, supplies will be limited. 
  • In face-to-face classes, masks are required. People will also be expected to maintain six feet of distance at all times.  Students are expected to bring a mask to class every day. The university has a limited supply of disposable masks; if a student forgets to bring a mask, one may be available. However, if supplies have been exhausted, students will be required to obtain a mask on their own before participating in class activities. Failure to do so may result in an unexcused absence.

Students and employees will be tested for COVID-19 if they display symptoms of respiratory illness, in accordance with current public health guidance:

  • Testing will be overseen by Cameron Memorial Community Hospital; if positive, infected students and staff will be required to self-isolate
  • Students and employees will be reminded of the ongoing need for symptom-screening and self-monitoring
  • Public health experts currently see no role for broad temperature screening or antibody testing in a campus context and recommend against antigen testing for screening

We will continuously communicate to students and staff, on all available platforms, the CDC’s “simple steps to stop the spread,” everyday preventive actions to stop spread of respiratory illness and COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Wash hands; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water unavailable

Classrooms and other on-campus spaces have been modified to ensure social distancing; physical barriers have been erected where necessary.

 

 Thank you again for your tremendous work in these incredibly difficult times.  Because of you, our students will prevail and be that much stronger for the experience.