CLAS Fall 2020 Resources: Human Resources

Required Action: COVID-19 Safety Training

CLAS employees are expected to complete a COVID-19 Safety Training module, whether they are returning to campus or continuing to work remotely.  The training includes such topics as basic COVID-19 information, expectations of employees (recommended behaviors), protective equipment expectations and guidelines, social distancing and large groups, and cleaning and disinfecting. To access the training, log into UI Employee Self Service.

To our staff: It has never been clearer that you are the essential backbone of this college and institution. Nothing we learn, teach, discover, and share with the world could happen without your expertise, ingenuity, adaptability, and institutional memory.

Throughout this pandemic and resultant budget crisis, you have ensured that our critical operations continue as smoothly as possible, often while facing stressful personal and professional challenges of your own. I have been amazed by the way you’ve rallied to solve problems and discover new ways of working during this difficult period. Thank you!  —Interim Dean Sara Sanders

Required Action: Employee Health and Safety Acknowledgment

When you log into your UI Employee Self Service portal, you will see a banner message that will direct you to the Employee Health and Safety Acknowledgment. The acknowledgment includes workplace health and safety practices and illness and exposure protocols based on the latest guidance from UI experts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health, and other governmental agencies. Please read the statement carefully and acknowledge your commitment to follow all of the outlined expectations. If you have any questions regarding the expectations or if you have concerns regarding your specific circumstances, please contact your local human resources representative.

Returning to Work

This page contains the university's updated and comprehensive resources for returning to work during the Fall 2020 semester.

Child care: Here is guidance from UI and CLAS Human Resources on employee leave for caring for school-age children during COVID-19-related school closings.

This page contains information from UI Human Resources on policies, procedures, and practices related to Working During COVID-19.

This page contains return-to-campus guidelines for CLAS faculty and staff. At this time, there is no set date for when employees working remotely should return to campus. Employees working remotely should continue to do so until further notice and should not return to campus until CLAS leadership instructs DEOs and supervisors otherwise.

Documenting remote work arrangements using the Flexible Work Agreement Form is encouraged. This form is available to complete for staff who are working remotely at 75% or more. A verbal conversation with your supervisor is recommended as best practice to initiate and discuss the details of the arrangement. The employee will initiate the form via workflow for the supervisor to approve. The supervisor and employee should hold regular check-in conversations, starting at 3 months, to evaluate the success of the flexible agreement and make changes as needed.  Contact CLAS Human Resources with questions.

Here are the UI's coronavirus FAQs for faculty and staff.


Tested positive? Showing symptoms? Think you may have been exposed?

If you have tested positive for, are showing symptoms of, or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

  1. Visit this page on the UI Coronavirus website.

  2. Stay home and isolate yourself from family and friends as much as possible. If you develop symptoms while on campus, go home. 

  3. Contact your health care provider or UI Hospitals and Clinics (319-384-9010) and inform them of your symptoms, or schedule a video visit through MyChart. The health care provider you work with will determine whether you qualify for COVID-19 testing.

  4. Complete this form ASAP:

  • Self-reporting form for individuals who have tested positive for or are showing symptoms of COVID-19. This reporting is voluntary, but crucial to containing the spread of COVID-19


Need help coping with the all the changes?

If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, or just need to talk with someone, please consider contacting the UI’s Employee Assistance Program, which is a free, confidential resource available to you.