Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff are required to self-screen daily prior to coming to work by answering a brief symptoms questionnaire and taking their temperature
- Faculty and staff screening reports that indicate the presence of symptoms will result in an immediate response to the faculty or staff member, who will be prohibited from returning to campus class until a note from a medical provider is received
- If faculty or staff have symptoms or a fever of 100.4° or higher, they will be required to stay home; Alfred University’s HR department will develop clear policy guidelines for each employee and department supervisor to follow
- If faculty or staff have family or roommates at home exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they are required to stay home, inform their supervisors, and contact their healthcare provider for further diagnosis and testing
- Faculty and staff must wear face coverings/masks whenever they are in class or within six feet of others; face coverings/masks will be provided for faculty and staff by Alfred University
- All faculty and staff will be required to follow all applicable social distance protocols while at work
- Faculty and staff will be encouraged whenever possible to employ telework outside of any in-class teaching responsibilities to reduce the need to meet in person and promote social distancing
- International travel will not be allowed until further notice. University-sponsored domestic travel will be restricted to only essential activities during the Fall semester. Alfred University also highly recommends personal travel to “hot spots” or other high-risk areas be delayed until the COVID-19 risk diminishes; if students, faculty or staff do travel to high risk areas, a 14-day quarantine will be required on their return
- All staff and faculty will be encouraged to be vaccinated for influenza
We will be offering free COVID-19 surveillance testing for faculty and staff as well as students this semester. Testing will be held throughout the Spring semester on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (except February 10) from 10 AM - 12 Noon and 1 PM - 3 PM.
Any faculty or staff (including employees of AVI and Barnes and Noble) may sign-up online.
- Contact tracing for faculty and staff will be performed by the health department in the county in which they reside
- Alfred University’s Wellness Center will collaborate with the county health departments to ensure a seamless tracing process and timely reporting
The Community Friends Program was developed to respond to the challenges and social isolation faced by Alfred University students during the COVID pandemic. The program grew out of a desire by AU faculty and staff to provide additional student support during this challenging time.
In addition to the normal stresses of student life, students may find themselves in quarantine or isolation, they may be new to Alfred and struggling with making friends, they may wish to connect with a local adult for guidance or support, or they may need assistance with more basic needs such as picking up items at a local store.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the interest form.
There are two aspects to the program. You can volunteer for just one, or for both.
- The first aspect of the program is a volunteer clearinghouse for students in quarantine or isolation. Volunteer activities may include gathering and organizing items that students need (toiletries, snacks, activities to pass the time) or assisting with the delivery of meals to students in quarantine (socially distanced). This work will be coordinated through the Student Affairs office.
- The second aspect of the program is to provide students with opportunities for friendship in the Alfred community. Volunteers will be paired with students for a semester. The amount of interaction between the student and the volunteer is up to the student and the volunteer. (If students ask a volunteer to pick up something for them at a store, the student is expected to pay for the items.)
An informational session will be provided for volunteers who want to be paired with a student friend. The program doesn't take the place of other specialized services for students, such as academic advising, tutoring, or mental health counseling. Volunteers will be provided with information about how to refer students to these services as needed.
While the Community Friends program is designed to meet the needs of students during the pandemic, we hope that in a post-pandemic phase the program will continue to provide opportunities to make closer connections to faculty and staff. Support could be expanded to include things like inviting a student for a meal at home, providing an opportunity to visit with a family pet, or participating in outings to local attractions.