COVID-19 Employee Resources
Important human resources information for University of Hartford employees will be added to this page throughout the duration of the coronavirus health crisis.
As the state of Connecticut continues to reopen in phases, the University also continues to assess the feasibility of returning to campus. Throughout July and into the beginning of August, to the extent possible, employees who can effectively perform their job responsibilities remotely should continue to do so.
Access to Campus
As of April 7, all University employees (faculty, staff, Aramark) and residents who have been authorized to enter campus shall proceed directly to the Operations Building warehouse, located on the east side of the Public Safety building (alongside Mark Twain Drive). Limited parking will be available next to the warehouse and additional parking is available in G-Lot.
The screening process includes general health questions and checking for the presence of fever. All persons will be asked: Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- Fever (100° or higher)
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue and muscle aches
- Feeling generally unwell
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Everyone’s temperature will be taken.
If a person answers “no” to every question, and doesn’t have a fever, that person will be authorized to remain on the University of Hartford campus.
Access for Remote Workers
If you will be working remotely and need to come to campus to collect your materials or belongings you will be required to submit the Employee Building Access form in order to gain approval for access to campus buildings. Upon submission, please allow Public Safety 24 hours to review and provide a response.
Note: These visits will require our staff to assist with access and cleaning, taking away from already reduced resources in our Public Safety and Facilities operations. Please be considerate of this in making your requests.
Changes to Work Practices
While the University does not have a formal work-from-home policy, we have put together resources to help set you up for success while working remotely.See Guidelines
New payment procedure information is available for full-time and part-time exempt and non-exempt staff. This information was also sent to all employees via email on March 19.More Information
If you need to request an accommodation for the fall, please with the Office of Human Resources Development (HRD) to discuss your specific situation, documentation requirements, and options.More Information
Technology Resources for Employees
The University of Hartford continues to add technology resources, user guidelines, and best practices to assist faculty and staff as they transition to working remotely.
Health Insurance Resources
Aetna announced the following resources and enhancements for employees who have Aetna insurance through the University:
- Member out-of-pockets costs or cost sharing have been waived for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and zero co-pay telemedicine visits will be in effect for the next 90 days, helping to remove barriers to care.
- Charges have been waived for home delivery of all prescription medications from CVS Pharmacy. We’re also actively encouraging 90-day refills of eligible prescriptions and waiving early refill limits on 30-day prescriptions for maintenance medications to prevent the interruption of medication availability.
- Aetna introduced Healing Better care packages for members diagnosed with COVID-19, supporting our members and helping to keep others in the home protected from potential exposure.
- Additional resources are being offered to help address any associated anxiety and stress related to COVID-19, including opening crisis response lines and expanding access around the clock to the Aetna Nurse Medical Line, among others.
Employee Assistance Program
Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, we have temporarily extended the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) coverage with The Lexington Group from 6 to 8 counseling sessions. We are especially mindful that as we come together to confront the challenges placed upon us by COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees is paramount. The Lexington Group is available 24/7 for help with any personal problem.
You can contact The Lexington Group for counseling relating to depression, and/or stress surrounding the current pandemic.
Contact The Lexington Group
Health and Wellness Resources
Carmen Erian, who teaches a weekly Pilates class for our employees, has offered for anyone at the University to join her on her Facebook live group!
Carmen teaches many classes through the Mandell Jewish Community Center, and her Pilates classes are live-streamed each Monday and Saturday. Pilates is a great way to de-stress and unwind while increasing your strength and flexibility.
The Mandell JCC Fitness Friends group on Facebook offers a full roster of live-streamed classes each week.
Make Your Home Desk Ergonomicly Correct and Comfortable
As you settle in to remote working, make sure your work space is set up to not cause you pain. Watch a helpful video.