Frequently Asked Questions For Staff 

Updated on June 26, 2020 8:00 AM

Now that the City of Fresno has lifted its shelter in place ordinance, will staff be returning to campus for the fall 2020 semester?

Current operations will continue through the summer even though the shelter in place was lifted by the City.

  • Starting on July 1, a multiphase repopulation plan will begin with the return of a limited number of staff needed to prepare for the fall 2020 semester as well as those who have exhausted their Temporary Paid Administrative Leave (CPAL).
  • Employees who can continue to work remotely will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
  • Student assistant positions will be limited to only those functional areas required to support in-person courses.
  • On Aug. 15, staff who need to support in-person instruction will return to work on campus.
  • Please check with your supervisor for information about your area.

Will personal protective equipment be provided if I return to campus?

To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 and to help prevent the spread of the virus, face masks or cloth face coverings are required to be worn in public spaces on campus and during in-person classes, consistent with the Governor’s order and updated state public health guidelines. You will need to bring and wear your own mask each time you come to campus.

We've been told that in-person events or meetings cannot be scheduled until after Aug. 1. When will we know when we can begin scheduling in-person events and meetings again?

Campus leadership will decide in mid-July whether in-person events and meetings may resume, depending on the current conditions of the virus in our region. We will communicate the guidelines for in-person events to the campus community soon thereafter.

Are there reasonable accommodations being made for employees with disabilities (including medical conditions) who wish to support course(s) for in-person instruction but are not able to come to campus?

Fresno State is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for faculty and staff with disabilities and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Any employee requests for disability-related accommodations in the workplace, including requests made to not be on campus during COVID-19 times, are to be communicated to the ADA administrator, and/or the immediate supervisor, department chair and/or manager of the employee (who then contacts the ADA administrator).

If I am an employee 65 years of age or older, can I return to campus to support an in-person essential course?

Employees 65 and older who would normally support in-person essential courses (e.g. nursing faculty) will not be required to return to campus unless they elect to do so. The University will require a medical clearance from their personal physician; otherwise, they will be allowed to continue to work remotely.

Where can I get help if I'm feeling anxious or scared about COVID-19?

We understand that community members are concerned about the rapidly evolving progression of COVID-19.Support is available for faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program at 800.367.7474.