Human Resources Announcements
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As you likely are aware, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full approval of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer for individuals 16 and older. In its announcement, the FDA said “…this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product.” After communication with the leadership of our campus constituencies (University Council, Faculty Senate, Akron-AAUP, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Communications Workers of America (both the trades group and the Staff Bargaining Unit), Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Government, and the Student Bar Association) and in order to continue our efforts to keep the campus community as healthy and safe as possible, the following policies will be put into effect.
- Our goal is to have as many people as possible vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible. This includes students, faculty, contract professionals and staff. To that end, we require that all members of our community be fully vaccinated by December 13, 2021, and to provide proof of that vaccination history. There will be an opportunity to request an exemption of the vaccine requirement for medical reasons or for sincerely held religious beliefs or reasons of conscience. Students who are not vaccinated and do not have an exemption granted by the University will not be permitted to enroll for the spring semester. Faculty, contract professionals and staff who are not vaccinated or do not have an exemption granted by the University will be subject to progressive discipline in keeping with University policy and collective bargaining agreements.
NOTE: This requirement excludes College Credit Plus, Early College High Schools and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM High School students.
- While the stated timeline is for December 13, 2021, there may be areas on campus that will be required to comply more quickly based on additional safety concerns.
- Vaccines are free and widely accessible. The University will continue to work with local partners to bring vaccination opportunities to campus.
- Those individuals who are not vaccinated or have not reported their vaccination status will be subject to up-to-weekly testing and be required to wear a face mask at all times while indoors, even if University protocols change based on decreased risk of community spread.
- The University currently requires everyone to wear a mask/face covering while in indoor public areas (not private offices and residences) across all campuses. Masks/facial coverings continue to be required outdoors for unvaccinated individuals when they cannot maintain social distancing. The University will continue to monitor conditions and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Ohio and Summit County Public Health and adjust masking protocols as needed. As the semester progresses, if conditions return to low or moderate levels of community spread and the University relaxes masking protocols, faculty and instructors can continue to require the wearing of masks or facial coverings in their individual classrooms.
The Vaccination Policy can be found here.
New Employee Onboarding Information and Online New Faculty Orientation Available
The Department of Human Resources has recently created a New Employee Onboarding page to include a comprehensive and easy to navigate list of resources for new employees. If you have been recently hired, this page will be an excellent source of information to guide you through your first weeks as a Zip at The University of Akron!
Additionally, we have collaborated with the Office of Academic Affairs to develop an online New Faculty Orientation for both full and part-time faculty in Brightspace. The orientation materials contain essential information to assist new faculty and provide details important to teaching success; including access to many resources on campus. Please visit the New Employee Onboarding page to access this orientation.
Updated Separation Clearance Process
Human Resources has amended the Separation Clearance process to be 100% online. This process ensures all employees separating from employment return University property, are notified of their responsibilities and are provided payroll clearance.
Upon receipt of a separation personnel action form, Human Resources will initiate an electronic process to ensure the exiting employee clears all outstanding obligations to the University before separation.
The supervisor of the separating employee will receive an email notification that includes a prompt to complete their portion of the electronic clearance form, which authorizes departmental payroll clearance.
For more details on this process, please see our Separation page in the Hiring, Separation and Personnel Actions tab. Direct any questions regarding this process to Lissia Gerber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New EAP Resource: AllOne Health Work/Life Resources
Courtesy of IMPACT, AllOne Health offers numerous resources including on-demand webinars, live webinars, handouts and more. To access these resources and create your own account, click here.
AllOne Health Annual Live Webinar Schedule: Click here for more information and to register for webinars.
The EEO Office, in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion & Equity and the Department of Student Life, offers regular ongoing trainings aimed at fostering an inclusive workplace. These virtual trainings consist of interactive presentations coupled with group discussions to allow participants a deeper dive into the topic presented. Trainings are open to all employees. Click here for a schedule of training topics. Please contact Tami Hannon at 330-972-8201 or email@example.com with questions about the training, to suggest topics for future sessions or to register for a training.
Human Resources COVID-19 information has been relocated to a dedicated page.