HU extends work-from-home protocol

With COVID-19 cases continuing to be diagnosed, in addition to the unknown impact of Dauphin and its surrounding counties moving to a green status, Harrisburg University continues to actively monitor pandemic developments.

Ultimately, our decisions regarding University operations are motivated by the desire to keep staff and students safe and healthy. Consequently, while we assess developments of the Commonwealth’s reopening, Harrisburg University is still requiring all employees to work from home.

As we have operated for months, Harrisburg University will not staff student-facing functions including but not limited to the Registrar’s Office, the Library, the Office of Admissions, the Business Office, the Office of International Students, and the Financial Aid Office from University facilities. Rather, these functions should remain staffed during normal business hours by employees working from home. All other functions should also continue to be staffed from home offices.

The “work-from-home protocol” will continue from today, June 18, 2020 until 8:00 am Wednesday July 8, 2020 unless otherwise notified. Employees who work their regular hours remotely, will continue to receive their regular pay based on their normal work schedule. Standard protocols for PTO apply if you are unable to work due to illness or if you need to take personal time.

Only staff directly involved in facility cleaning and maintenance (e.g., maintenance of aquaponics facilities) may continue entering University facilities on a regular basis. Faculty will continue to work remotely. Faculty are asked to remain in regular contact with their program lead, and to continue to offer regular office hours electronically. Faculty needing help or ideas for online course delivery are encouraged to continue working remotely with the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.

Any employee needing 1) financial resource information, 2) legal resource information or 3) help coping with anxiety and stress should contact the confidential Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-316-2796.

Requirement to Maintain Confidentiality of Business Information

Employees must take all precautions necessary to secure sensitive and confidential information, including student, staff, alumni, donor records and information, etc., and prevent unauthorized access to University equipment and proprietary information.

The performance of job duties remotely may require the handling of confidential information, and continued compliance with all applicable policies is an essential requirement in this arrangement. Employees must protect information from improper disclosure to, or access by, other persons, including other members of the employee’s household. Employees must take appropriate steps to ensure the security of all work-related materials, data, and equipment.

About Harrisburg University 

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private non-profit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields to a diverse student body. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5146 or email, Connect@HarrisburgU.edu.