Employee roles, support during university’s online model

3/17/20

Dear staff,

As you saw in President Fenves’ latest message to campus, the university is moving to an online model for our students for the remainder of the semester. Our jobs continue to be to support the institution’s academic and research mission during the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health concern.

Staff working this week to support the university’s core priorities should continue to do so and -- with guidance from your supervisor -- work remotely whenever possible. If you’ve been asked to work on campus, you should follow social distancing as well as other preventive measures. The cancellation of on-campus, in-person programs with more than 10 people applies to office meetings and other gatherings; information about virtual meetings, conference calls and other available tools to help you take important work conversations online is on this dedicated Information Technology Services web page.

Supervisors are continually assessing staffing needs as we prepare for the rest of the semester. Please ask your supervisor if you have questions about your responsibilities and work location. Visit the dedicated Human Resources web page and reach out to your department Human Resources contact if you have questions about your time entry. Your central Human Resources representative is also available to support you.

We continue assessing options to ensure pay continuity and will share that information as soon as it is available.

I know this is a taxing time. Please continue to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Our HealthPoint Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is open and providing services remotely through video and phone counseling. You may also find some of these EAP resources helpful for managing stress:

Thank you for everything you do.

Regards,

Darrell Bazzell | Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer | The University of Texas at Austin