Employee Protocols

Updated as of January 9, 2023

We are all invested in the well-being of our community. To that end, all members of the campus community must adhere to Hofstra University’s health and safety requirements. All University employees are required to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption. As with all COVID-related health and safety protocols, quarantine and isolation protocols, which are based on local, state, and federal guidance as applicable, may be updated based on the evolving standards, and additional requirements may be added. Contact the Office of Human Resources at benefits@hofstra.edu or call 516-463-6526 for the most updated information.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Employees should be aware that at this time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough (not related to chronic condition)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (not related to chronic condition)
  • Muscle or body aches (not related to chronic condition)
  • Headache (not related to chronic condition)
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies or relieved by antihistamines)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea (not related to chronic condition)

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to work. Additionally, if you become ill at work, you should leave campus and seek medical attention by calling a medical professional.


What to do if you are diagnosed with COVID

Employees diagnosed with COVID should not report to campus and should contact the Office of Human Resources at benefits@hofstra.edu or call 516-463-6526. As of September 14, 2022, New York State and CDC guidelines currently provide that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate for a minimum of five (5) days, depending on the severity of their symptoms:

  • If the individual had no symptoms day zero (0) is the day the individual took the positive test (not the day they received the positive test result).
  • If the individual had symptoms, day zero (0) is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when they tested positive.

After day 5, asymptomatic individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others until at least day eleven (11). Individuals who are symptomatic should continue to isolate until their symptoms begin to improve and they are fever free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever suppressing medication. They should then continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others until at least day eleven (11). Prior to returning to work on campus, employees will be required to submit to the Office of Human Resources an Affirmation of Isolation from the New York State Department of Health confirming when you may return to work.

What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC recommends to quarantine and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider, regardless of vaccination status. You are strongly urged to obtain testing. If the test is positive, follow recommendations for isolation and provide a completed Affirmation of Isolation confirming when you may return to work to the Office of Human Resources.


What to do if you come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines close contact as coming within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

As of September 14, 2022, New York State and CDC guidelines currently provide that asymptomatic individuals exposed to COVID-19 need not quarantine, regardless of vaccination status. Those exposed to COVID-19 should wear a high quality mask for 10 days after the last date of exposure and be tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure. Those who test positive should isolate per the rules above.

Individuals who are exposed and experience symptoms should get tested immediately, isolate until test results arrive, and contact their local public health authority or healthcare provider. If the test is positive, a completed Affirmation of Isolation confirming when you may return to work will be required to be submitted to the Office of Human Resources.

Hofstra’s Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Plan

Hofstra University has adopted an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan designed to protect employees against exposure and disease.  This plan does not go into effect unless and until directed by the NYS Commissioner of Health during a designated airborne infectious disease outbreak. The University will notify campus if the plan is activated. You can view this plan anytime from the Portal, under Policies – Safety Plans. For an overview of the Plan, please view Employee Training – COVID-19 Exposure Prevention.


Face masks

For the latest guideline regarding face masks please visit Hofstra's Together Again home page.


Hofstra's Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan

Hofstra University has adopted an Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan designed to protect employees against exposure and disease during an airborne infectious disease outbreak. You can view this plan anytime from the Portal, under Policies – Safety Plans. For an overview of the Plan, please view Employee Training – COVID-19 Exposure Prevention.

This Plan includes explanations of exposure controls that will be maintained on Hofstra’s campus, which may include:

  • Face Masks
  • Daily Health Self-Screening
  • Physical Distancing where possible
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Respiratory Etiquette

More information about these exposure controls is contained in the Plan.


Cleaning and Sanitizing Procedures

While custodial crews will continue to clean office and workspaces based on CDC guidelines, additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces. Before starting work and before you leave any room in which you have been working, wipe down all work areas with EPA-registered 60% alcohol solution. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.).

Limit the sharing of objects, such as tools, laptops, notebooks, telephones, touchscreens, and writing utensils, as well as the touching of shared surfaces. If not possible, perform proper hand hygiene before and after contact, and sanitize shared equipment before and after use.


Leave of Absence Inquiry

If you are sick, where applicable, you may take sick leave, short term disability and FMLA leave, if eligible. If a family member is sick, you may be eligible for FMLA and/or NY PFL. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at benefits@hofstra.edu to determine FMLA/PFL/Paid Sick Leave/Short Term Disability eligibility. Additional information about NY State paid sick leave is available at https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/new-york-paid-family-leave-covid-19-faqs.


Resources

Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Employee Assistance Program: The University Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all full-time employees and is a valuable resource during these challenging times.

Human Resources:

Contact Human Resources at Benefits@Hofstra.edu with any questions regarding the above.