COVID-19 update

March 22, 2020

To:             All DOF appointees

From:        Sanjeev R. Kulkarni

Date:         March 22, 2020

Subject:    COVID-19 update

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, yesterday Governor Murphy issued an executive order (EO) requiring all NJ residents who are able to stay at home. The EO did make exceptions for jobs and functions that cannot be performed remotely, and the University is working to identify those positions across campus.  There is information on the University’s homepage, and you can read about the EO here:

We will resume classes tomorrow as planned using remote teaching capabilities, and the University will continue to operate and support students both on campus and off.  A memo was shared earlier today with all University employees outlining general impacts of the EO on University operations.

In compliance with the Governor’s executive order, we are requiring that all DOF appointees adhere to the following:

  1. All individuals and academic departments must conduct their work from home if at all possible.  Administrative staff in academic departments also must work from home.  The staff should be available to assist you with teaching and research needs, but they will provide that assistance remotely.  If there is a need to return to campus to gather any items that you will require to work from home, please do so as soon as possible. 
  2. As per guidance from the Office of the Dean for Research, all non-essential on-campus research activities must be halted.  The only exceptions to this are those specifically granted by the Office of the Dean for Research.  If you need to be on campus to wind down these operations, please try to complete those efforts by close of business on Monday, March 23.
  3. Reinforce with staff who must come to campus to complete their work that they should continue to strictly follow all public health guidance, including practicing social distancing and regular, thorough hand washing.
  4. Reiterating instructions from the Office of the Dean for Research, under no circumstances may you require or compel a student or postdoctoral researcher to perform on-campus activities.

Our staff in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty have been working remotely for the past week, and will continue to do so until the University announces a return to normal operations.  Although we are working from home, we stand ready to assist you however we can.  As always, if you are not feeling well, please make sure you are getting the care you need, and we hope that you are staying well during this challenging time.

 

Sincerely,

Sanjeev Kulkarni, Dean of the Faculty

William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Electrical Engineering