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FAQ for Employees

Coronavirus Information / FAQ for Employees
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

FAQ for Employees:

Is Rider still open? What are our hours currently?

Rider remains open and operational

That said, until further notice, except for designated essential employees, all employees are required to refrain from coming to either campus unless it is necessary to do so. Exceptions to this directive require advance permission from your division head or dean. To put it very simply: we want people to stay home as per Gov. Murphy’s recent executive orders.  

We also ask that everyone come together and work collaboratively to continue providing the same high level of service that our students and community have come to know and expect.

View the OIT Connect remote access guide for help with video conferencing, file sharing and more.

Can I come into the office or on campus?

Until further notice, with the exception of designated essential employees, all employees are required to refrain from coming to either campus unless it is necessary to do so. Exceptions to this directive require advance permission from your division head or dean. To put it very simply: we want people to stay home as per Gov. Murphy’s recent executive orders.  

Rider has further relaxed its work from home guidelines. All full-time and part-time employees who are able to work remotely should do so. Employees who may not be fully or at all productive working remotely are encouraged to use this opportunity to focus on professional development opportunities. Further information regarding resources available to employees through our LinkedIn Learning account has recently been sent to all employees.

What if I have nothing to do at home during the outbreak?

Employees who may not be fully or at all productive working remotely are encouraged to use this opportunity to focus on professional development opportunities. Further information regarding resources available to employees through our LinkedIn Learning account has recently been sent to all employees.

Will I get paid if I don’t have anything to do at home?

We recognize the current pandemic has caused increased anxiety among many of us, especially as it relates to our jobs and income. Therefore, the following reassurances for our employees are in place through the remainder of this fiscal year, June 30, 2020.  

The following guidelines for full-time employees have been adopted effective immediately:

  • Full-time employees who can work remotely will continue to be paid as normal.
  • Full-time employees whose job does not lend itself to working remotely will continue to be paid through the end of the fiscal year, consistent with their normal work schedule. For example, employees who typically work 10 months or through the end of the academic year will be paid through that period. 

Should conditions change prior to June 30 such that we can return to normal operations, we will do so. If not, we will reassess this commitment beyond June 30.

​The following guidelines for part-time employees (other than student workers and graduate assistants) have been adopted effective immediately:

  • Part-time employees who work remotely will continue to be paid as normal.
  • Part-time employees who have a schedule of regular (fixed) hours and cannot work remotely will be paid for those hours through the end of the fiscal year or academic year, depending upon their schedule. 
  • Part-time employees who do not have a schedule of regular (fixed) hours will only be paid for hours worked.
  • Westminster Conservatory teachers are encouraged to continue remote instruction, and will be compensated accordingly. 
  • This commitment will be reassessed prior to June 30, 2020.

The following guidelines for student workers and graduate assistants have been adopted effective immediately:

  • Student workers and graduate assistants who are in a position to work remotely, as approved by their supervisor, will be paid for the time that they do so. Tuition remission will remain intact for the spring 2020 semester for all graduate assistants, including those whose assistantship does not lend itself to working remotely.
  • This commitment will be reassessed prior to June 30, 2020.

Should you need further interpretation of these guidelines and how they pertain to you or your staff, please speak with your supervisor, division head or dean.

How do I complete a timesheet while I am at home?

Disbursements sent emails on March 25 with instructions for completing timesheets for all monthly, semi-monthly and biweekly payroll employees.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of the payroll team at [email protected].

Are any resources available to me while I am at home?

Penn Medicine Princeton Health's EAP (Employee Assistance Program) recognizes that these are uniquely challenging times. Your EAP stands ready to help support employees and your adult family members. Video and tele-counseling is available to all employees from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday and Wednesday evenings 5-7 p.m. Services are offered on a HIPAA-compliant and secure platform. If you are interested in accessing tele-counseling services, please call 800-527-0035.

Please also see emails from Human Resources, dated March 25 and 27, with additional information.  You can contact Human Resources at 609-480-9648. They will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have or to talk with you about your particular circumstances.

What on campus services are available during this time?

Effective March 18, meals in containers will be available for students in the Mercer Room (in Daly Dining Hall) on the Lawrenceville campus and in the student center on the Princeton campus. Meals are for takeout only.

The Student Recreation Center and Richard A. Coppola Pool are closed until further notice. The Libraries and bookstores are also closed.  

Please also see the following webpages for more information on dining services; library services; mail services; bookstores and campus shuttle services.

What cleaning is being done to reduce the spread of the virus?

We are continuing our enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols overnight and throughout the day. We are utilizing disinfectants recommended by the CDC for killing viruses like coronavirus.

Additional cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in the residence halls during the extended spring break. This includes individual residence rooms, common areas and bathrooms.

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT SUPPORT INFORMATION

What is happening with spring classes?

As announced on March 17, all classes scheduled to begin or resume after the extended spring break move to remote and alternative instruction (instruction other than in-person classes) beginning March 30 and continuing through the end of the spring semester including the exam period. Late-start classes are being delivered remotely as well, beginning March 30. 

What do we mean by remote or alternative instruction?

Remote or alternative instruction means something other than in-person classes. Remote and alternative instruction begins on March 30 and runs through the end of the spring semester including the exam period.

Remote or alternative instruction will vary by class and faculty. Some faculty will utilize Canvas, others another form of on-line instruction. Still other faculty may utilize email to provide assignments, reading, and other content and through which students will send completed work or assignments. Essentially, instruction for the remainder of the semester will be managed in a way that makes the most sense for the instructor, students and subject matter.

Faculty may visit the TLC’s Academic Continuity During Disruption page for resources and guidance on remote and alternate instruction resources.   

What is happening with resident students?

On March 17, the University communicated the need to close our residence halls, effective March 29. Public Health officials recommended that all residential students who  can return home do so as soon as reasonably possible.

We know that, for a variety of reasons, some students cannot return home. Students who have extenuating circumstances and may not be able to leave immediately, if at all, will be allowed to remain on campus. 

Please contact Residence Life at [email protected] or 609-896-5057 with questions. 

Has any decision been made about Commencement for both campuses?

On March 17, Rider announced the decision to postpone both Commencement ceremonies. We know this is heartbreaking. We assure you that this decision was made with the health and safety of our campus community as our top priority. We are considering alternative plans and will announce them when we have a better idea of the status of the outbreak in the weeks ahead.

What about Rider’s athletic teams and sports this spring?

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and its Council of Presidents, in consultation with the league's Athletic Directors and Senior Women's Administrators, canceled the remainder of the men's and women's basketball tournament that was being held in Atlantic City, N.J. The MAAC also announced that it canceled all spring sports effective immediately for the remainder of the spring semester.

Are any events happening on campus the rest of this semester?

All on campus University events are canceled or postponed for the rest of the semester.  

The Division of Student Affairs has created a list of Virtual Student Engagement Events and Programs to help our students stay connected. Up-to-date event and program information, including Zoom links, is posted on  broncnation.rider.edu and communicated regularly to students via This Week at Rider newsletter and regular email updates.

Are there any restrictions on travel?

Until further notice, Rider has suspended all non-essential domestic and international university-sponsored air travel. For those of you with planned trips in the next few weeks, please contact the individual in charge of your trip or the Center for International Education. We also strongly encourage you to reconsider any personal domestic air travel you may be considering in the weeks ahead.

Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to heed official travel warnings and guidelines of reputable international and federal agencies, including the CDC, the U.S. State Department and the World Health Organization, and follow official recommendations for the prevention and treatment of illness. You can find CDC’s travel information and warnings related to coronavirus at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

DEALING WITH CORONAVIRUS

How will I know if I have coronavirus?

Current symptoms reported for patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. You will not know if you have coronavirus until you are tested. Please check the CDC website for more information at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

What should I do if I start experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness like the flu or coronavirus?

As per the CDC, call ahead first to your personal healthcare provider.

What if I am confirmed to have coronavirus or have been in direct contact with someone who is confirmed to have the virus?

If you are confirmed to have coronavirus, stay home, take care of yourself and, as per the CDC, restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care as needed. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. For more specific information, see www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html.

Employees who come in direct contact with someone confirmed to have coronavirus, whether or not they personally have symptoms, should self-isolate for 14 days.  

In either case, employees should notify their supervisor or dean, who in turn, should contact Human Resources at 609-896-5140, or by cell 609-480-9648. 

What can I do to reduce the risk of coming down with coronavirus?

We encourage all members of our University community to continue the preventive practices recommended by public health officials, such as those listed below, to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu.

As per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website:

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

What if I still have some questions?
You are encouraged to check out the following websites:

Please contact Human Resources at 609-896-5140 or  by cell, 609-480-9648. They will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have or to talk with you about your particular circumstances.