COVID-19 Telework Policy

Effective Date: March 12, revised May 15, 2020


This temporary Policy has been approved by Interim President Bruce Jarrell, effective 3/12/2020, as amended on 5/15/2020.


The University's Telework Policy (VII-6.11(A)) outlines ordinary rules and expectations surrounding telework. The COVID-19 Telework Policy offers temporary guidance and flexibilities related to telework in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This period, referred to as COVID-19 Telework, may fluctuate in scope and duration as conditions change.

UMB will remain open during any period of COVID-19 Telework.

The UMB President may declare mandatory telework as a response to COVID-19. The regular restrictions on teleworking are waived during this period.

During this period of COVID-19 Telework, the goal is to dramatically reduce the number of people on campus. As the University develops COVID-19 recovery plans, on-campus operations and ongoing telework will be conducted in compliance with guidelines established by UMB. Until such time as those guidelines are established and approved, the following Specific Direction will apply.

Specific Direction

During the period of COVID-19 Telework under this Policy, each employee who is able to work remotely is immediately reassigned and required to telework. An employee who is able to work remotely, but needs time away from work is required to use accrued leave in accordance with standard university policies.

Employees who are not able to work remotely, as determined by their supervisor, will be placed on Administrative Leave unless they have been deemed “Essential for Pandemic Circumstances – On Campus.” Employees who are deemed "Essential for Pandemic Circumstances - On Campus" may be required to report to work for their regularly scheduled shifts or work hours, and should stay in contact with their supervisors to determine whether their designation, shifts, or work hours change.

During a period of COVID-19 Telework, no employees should be at their worksite unless they have been deemed "Essential for Pandemic Circumstances - On Campus" or unless they have been instructed or allowed to be present by a Dean or Vice President (with notification to the Provost) based on a compelling reason.

Employees who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscular pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell) should not come to campus and should contact their supervisor.

An individual coming to the worksite who has been directed to stay away could face disciplinary action.

Duration of Policy

The evaluation of the need to implement telework will be continuous.