Covid19 Return to Working on Campus Policy

Policy Owner
Human Resources
Document Type
Policy
Document Approval Date
Version
1.3

We are living in unprecedented times with the Covid-19 Pandemic placing extraordinary demands on all members of Irish society. The advice and guidance from the Government and HSE are being followed at all times by the University, in order to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is prioritised. The Government has highlighted the need to keep all levels of the Education sector open as a priority, including Third Level, in order to minimise the impact on the delivery of teaching and learning.

A return to our on-campus community is also vitally important in our efforts to maintain the vibrant, cohesive staff community and culture as outlined in the Our DCU Framework.

As a result, Our DCU community is working together to deliver a hybrid model of campus- based and online teaching and learning for our students. This model of delivery requires staff across all areas to return to work on each of the University campuses. This approach will enable us to provide the best possible University experience for our students, whilst at the same time ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our staff.

The safety and wellbeing of our Employees and Students remain the University’s highest priority, as we continue to adapt and make changes to enable us to return to campus-based working. The University’s Phased Return to Campus Safety Protocol provides further details regarding the University’s approach. As part of the University’s plan, all employees are required to return to campus from 1st July 2021.

The Human Resources Department will provide advice and guidance to employees and managers on the application of the provisions of this policy. This policy, and the measures therein, will be reviewed regularly and will stay in place until we have received new or updated information in line with HSE Guidelines and Government policy.

The purpose of this policy is to complement the University’s Phased Return to Campus Safety Protocol, by providing clear guidance to all employees and managers regarding their roles and responsibilities. It also provides clarification in relation to University Oversight, engagement with staff and the role of HR and other key Departments, as they relate to the implementation of this policy.

As part of the University’s plan, all employees are required to return to campus from 1st July 2021. The delivery of services will also follow a hybrid model with employees attending campus each week and working from home on alternative days in some instances.

The Return to Working on Campus Policy applies to all employees of the University. Prior to the return to campus, all employees will be required receive permission from their Line Manager to return to work on-campus. Each employee will receive an update regarding the arrangements for their area from their Line Manager.

This policy should be read in conjunction with:

No.

Document

Link

1

DCU Phased Return to Campus Safety Protocol

Click Here

2

Roadmap for reopening Society & Business

Click Here

3

Latest Covid Updates for Staff and Students

Click Here

4

HSA COVID-19 Advisory Information

Click Here

5

NSAI COVID-19 Workplace Protection & Improvement Guide

Click Here

This policy, and the measures therein, will be reviewed regularly and will stay in place until we have received new or updated information in line with public health direction in line with Government policy.

Document Name

COVID-19 Return to Working on Campus Policy

Unit Owner

Human Resources

Version Reference

Version 1.3

Approved by

DCU Executive

Date

June 2021