Effective January 1, 2018
The College of Arts and Sciences encourages a culture of community and knowledge transfer. In such a lean environment it is critical to ensure that employees are available to share in addressing the myriad of issues that may come up in a day. Furthermore, some of the best insights, decisions, and opportunities for relationships come from impromptu conversations and partnerships. The College of Arts and Sciences endeavors to foster such an environment and sees in-person collaboration as paramount to creating this culture.
Accordingly, the College of Arts and Sciences has a "Work Location policy," for both Classified and University Staff. This policy acknowledges that employees may have pressing work to complete at the same time an unexpected life event happens, which may necessitate an offsite work day. In order to maintain business continuity in these rare situations, the College of Arts and Sciences supports department leadership (Deans, Chairs, Directors) approving infrequent work from home requests, as long as an employee's responsibilities are suitable for working from home and can be satisfactorily accomplished from home.
Per campus policy, "Some positions, responsibilities and projects are more suitable for working from home than others and may be appropriate to maintain business continuity in the event of an emergency or as part of a flexible work arrangement. Also, responsibilities that do not require face-to-face interaction, require minimal supervision, involve the extensive use of computers and/or telephones, and have clearly defined and easily measurable tasks are more appropriate for a work at home arrangement."
Note: Department leadership, "must examine the distinct activities, functions and tasks [of their employees] to determine whether a work at home arrangement is appropriate," in order to develop guidelines and to define what "responsibilities are suitable for working from home," for their department and in what event requests may be granted. Given the infrequent nature of these requests/approvals the campus work from home agreement (found at link above) is not necessary. However, documented approval from department leadership is expected to be maintained and comprehensively reported to the College of Arts and Sciences Director of Personnel at the end of each fiscal year.
Lastly, on very rare occasions, the College of Arts and Sciences will support standardized "Working From Home" requests when documented as an official Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) work accommodation. Please contact College of Arts and Sciences Director of Personnel for required protocol.