Return to campus for employees

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While most employees are still working from home, the grounds, custodial and maintenance staff (PFOC), among others, returned to campus several weeks ago. PFOC is diligently preparing campus for the physical return of remaining employees during the summer and students for the fall 2020 semester.

The next phases for returning employees to campus are based on a campus building approach. This will allow for a more efficient plan for cleaning and sanitizing workspaces, flushing water lines and other steps needed to prepare the buildings for employees to return. The building order was based on a number of factors, including having food service available relatively early in the phasing process as the number of employees on campus ramps up, having core services like IT available to assist departments and offices in their return and having employees in student-facing service areas return to facilitate student needs.

Please review the Buildings and Timelines Plan lower on this page to see when your return to work is scheduled.

Safety protocols

An important consideration for returning employees to campus is both employee and University protocols that will contribute to a safe working environment. Please review our University and employee protocols to familiarize yourself with expectations for the return to campus.

In summary, the protocols require both the University and each employee to exercise a level of diligence.

The protocols incorporate the collective input of multiple people across the University and are intended to abide by the Ohio Health Director’s May 29 Revised Order for Business Guidance and Social Distancing. Any updates to the protocols will be shared with the campus community.

Employees who have operational or human resources questions about returning to work may direct inquiries to:

  • Nathan Mortimer, vice president of operations, at or ext. 6501, or
  • Michelle Smith, assistant vice president human resources, at or ext. 5146.

Buildings and Timeline Plan

Phase I: Week of July 6

  • Administrative Services Building (ASB)
  • Computer Center (COMP)
  • Parking and Transportation Services
  • Physical Facilities Operation Center (PFOC)
  • Robertson Dining Hall (RD)
  • Simmons Hall (SI)

Phase II: Week of July 13

  • Akron Polymer Training Center (APTC)
  • Auburn Science Engineering Center (ASEC)
  • Engineering Research Center (ERC)
  • Gas Turbine Testing Facility (GTTF)
  • Goodyear Polymer (GDYR)
  • Polymer Engineering Academic Center (PEAC)
  • Knight Chemical (KNCL)
  • National Polymer Innovation Center (NPIC)
  • Olson Research (OLRC)
  • Wayne Campus
  • Whitby Hall (WHIT)

Phase III: Week of July 20

  • Bierce Library (LIB)
  • Buchtel Hall (BH)
  • Cummings Center for the History for Psychology
  • InfoCision Stadium (ICS)
  • James A. Rhodes Arena (JAR)
  • Ocasek Natatorium (ONAT)
  • Stiles Athletic Field House (AFLD)
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC)

Phase IV: Week of Aug. 3

  • Ayer Hall (AYER)
  • Chima Building (CFC)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
  • College of Business Administration (CBA)
  • Crouse Hall (CRH)
  • Folk Hall (FOLK)
  • Guzzetta Hall (GH)
  • Jean Hower Taber Student Union (STUN)
  • Leigh Hall (LH), Kolbe Hall (KO)
  • Mary Gladwin Hall (MGH)
  • Olin Hall (OLIN)
  • Lincoln Building (LINC)
  • McDowell Law Building (LAW)
  • Medina Campus
  • Polsky Building (POL)
  • Residence Halls
  • Schrank Hall North (SHN)
  • Schrank Hall South (SHS)
  • Zook Hall (ZOOK)  

Phase V: Week of Aug. 10 

  • E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall (PAH)
  • Hower House (HOW)
  • The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF)

The University understands that it may be necessary for individual personnel, or an entire department, to return to campus earlier than their slated week of return to assist other departments or offices on campus.  Employees should consult with their supervisor if such a request is made.