Information for Employees | Webster University

Information for Employees

Guidance for Faculty and Staff 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises proactive action to avoid exposure to viruses. Employees are encouraged to take the following actions to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact (i.e. within 6 feet for prolonged periods) with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, followed by handwashing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What To Do If You Are Sick

Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.  

Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day will be asked to self-quarantine from other employees and must be sent home immediately. In this event, the supervisor should contact Human Resources to report the incident for further review of workplace considerations. If employees believe they have been exposed on the job, alert Human Resources immediately.

Employees should seek medical evaluation if symptomatic. Employees who are using Webster’s medical plan through Cigna (U.S.) should contact their primary physician’s office or speak with a clinical nurse 24/7 at 1800-244-6224. Additional information, as well as the ability to connect with a physician online using your phone, tablet or computer, is available through your account on mycigna.com or through the Cigna mobile app.

Remote Work and Working from Home

When the University is under Modified Operations status, to further reduce person-to-person contact during the pandemic, employees who are not already working remotely may do so in consultation with their supervisors. On March 18, the Task Force and President Schuster announced the transition to Modified Operations status. On March 20-21, local governments in St. Louis and Illinois issued public "stay home" orders. Please consult these messages carefully, review the following information and discuss with your supervisor:

Faculty and Instructor Support

All faculty teaching in Spring or Spring 2, 2020 have been communicated to via their @webster.edu email addresses regarding expectations and support for moving on-ground courses to online formats. Please visit the Online Learning Center's website at http://www.webster.edu/olc/faculty/ for up-to-date information.

Medical Benefits (U.S. Employees enrolled in Benefits Coverage)

Webster offers benefit time to faculty and staff in the event of their own illness or those of their own family members. If any questions on these benefits, contact Human Resources.

In the Event of Closure

Should a work location be compromised due to an outbreak of the virus, employees will be notified and given instructions on any recommended actions. Should a decision be made to close a work location as a result of potential exposure to respiratory viruses, Webster will issue an alert. Any closure will be subject to the University’s closure policy.

Travel

Before traveling on non-Webster business, Webster advises employees to check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Webster requests that employees disclose voluntarily whether they have traveled to locations impacted by the spread COVID-19 — especially including locations subject to a CDC travel warning alert.  Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources and students should contact Student Employment. 

Further, see Webster's Travel Restrictions and Measures hereWhile we have not historically asked any member of our community to register personal travel, we strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to register their personal domestic and international travel. Please provide this information prior to your departure by completing a Travel Registration Form.

Human Resources is available at 314-246-7580 or humanresources@webster.edu. Student Employment is available at 314-968-6992 or studentemployment@webster.edu. 

Webster Human Resources

 

COVID-19 Posters

If you'd like to print a poster to display in your department or at your office, we've incorporated the CDC's recommendations in the two versions below. Here are some printing recommendations:

  • Print from Abobe Acrobat
  • Paper Size: Tabloid (11 x 17 inches)
  • Orientation: Vertical
  • Scale: 100% (Actual Size)