Return to Work

This Employee Return to Work Strategy is designed to identify the expectations for all employees to ensure lower risk and successful transition of our employees back to campus and deliver the highest level of service to our students.

Minnesota State University, Mankato is committed to student success. The threat from COVID- 19 has forced our University to adapt our services and delivery models to ensure the highest level of safety for our students and staff. As these threats change over time, the University needs to adapt our approach to initiate the potential return of employees to campus.

This Employee Return to Work Strategy is designed to identify the expectations for all employees to ensure lower risk and successful transition of our employees back to campus and deliver the highest level of service to our students.

These expectations are designed to assist University employees to determine if their position qualifies to return to campus, the steps to seek permission to return, and what requirements are expected if employees are working on campus.

Employee Return to Work Strategy (PDF Download)


The Changing Workplace

In March 2020, Chancellor Malhotra directed that all employees who can work from a remote location would be required to do so. Since then, close to 80% of our employees have telecommuted.

Circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on workplaces is changing frequently. As the University considers scenarios that include the delivery of face-to-face instruction and direct service to our students, we must adapt our workplace to meet these possible scenarios. This includes the prospect of returning employees back to campus in a measured, lower risk and effective manner.


Returning to campus - Flexsync classrooms

The Universirty is boldly transforming our campus and the learning experience through our new FlexSync technology.

FlexSync Classrooms


Who Qualifies to Return to Campus?

The University will phase our transition of staff back to campus with full adherence to CDC guidelines and recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Who Qualifies to Return to campus?


Face Coverings

Beginning July 20, 2020, all Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear a face covering over both the nose and mouth at all times when indoors on campus or in other university facilities.

Face Coverings


Expectations for Supervisors

Supervisors must maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of employee health information. 

Expectations for supervisors


Expectations for All Employees

This Return to Work Strategy and all University actions relating to work during the COVID-19 health crisis are based on guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the University’s own experts.

Expectations for all employees


Safety in the Workplace

The University is implementing a number of enhancements to reduce opportunities for transmission in the workplace that we can control. In addition, all employees returning to work on campus are expected to comply with the following standards and conduct self-screening daily:

  • Modifications to individual offices or workstations are not permitted unless an assessment has been done by Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management.
  • Individual preference is not a sufficient justification for approval to modify a workstation.
  • Approved modifications will be completed by Facilities Management or vendors under contract with the University.

Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at the Minnesota State Mankato campus and additional locations.

Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette


Social Distancing

Social distancing is being implemented throughout campus.

Social Distancing


Custodial Services and Cleaning Response

Custodial services are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the campus environment, including classrooms, labs, restrooms, common areas, break rooms, lunch rooms, meeting rooms, and drop-off and pick-up locations.

Custodial Services and Cleaning Response


Communications

The most up-to-date version of this Return to Work Strategy will be posted on the Return to Learn website on the University’s webpage. Additional communication relating to this Strategy will be ongoing as circumstances surrounding this health crisis require.

Supervisors must monitor how effective the strategy is being implemented by reporting observations and concerns to their Vice President who oversees their department.


Student Employees Compensation

While during a pandemic, we can expect some student employees may be exposed to or contract the virus, triggering a required quarantine or isolation of at least 14 days.

Student Employees Compensation


Return to Learn Preparedness Training

As part of the Return to Learn COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and in alignment with the Office of Higher Education, we have now launched the online Return to Learn Preparedness Training. This short, online training is provided for all employees, including student workers. 

Return to Learn Preparedness Training