Information on this page is specific for CIM staff. It will be updated frequently as more details become available. Consult the Safety Measures page for specifics about steps in our physical spaces.

Can I continue to work from home?

We expect all employees to report to work on July 13 unless there is a legitimate reason for continued telework, such as an employee with a compromised immune system or caregiving responsibilities that prevent the employee from returning to the workplace temporarily. You should discuss your specific circumstances with your manager or Human Resources.

Is it safe to return to work?

We are taking every precaution to ensure our campus is safe. We are following federal health and safety guidelines as well as guidance from our state and local governments. We are implementing practices such as health screening affidavits and physical distancing practices to keep our campus healthy.

What if I can’t get to work?

It is likely that some employees will have to change their normal commuting practice. Using mass transit may not be an option or may be considered too risky for some. You should take steps now to identify all potential options for a safe commute, such as using a personal vehicle or ride-share services. If you have difficulty with transportation to work, please discuss this with your manager.

How will staggered workdays impact me?

For those who have shared workspaces, we may stagger workdays to reduce the contact in the shared space. For example, you may be asked to alternate days or weeks in the office and telework. If you are in a shared space, please talk with your manager regarding your work schedule.

Do I have to answer medical questions when reporting to work?

All employees, students, trustees and visitors will be required to answer questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms before entering our building. Individuals who refuse to answer health screening questions will not be permitted entry into the building.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Employees who feel ill should notify their manager per company policy and not report to work. If you are already at work and begin feeling sick, you should notify your manager and go home immediately. Employees can utilize paid time off and/or other paid leave that may be available. Contact Human Resources for more information on available paid time off. 

Do I have to wear a mask at work?

All constituents are required to wear a mask while in the building (with specific exceptions for faculty and students who play wind instruments). If you are in your workspace alone, you may remove your mask or face covering.

Will we continue to have in-person meetings?

In order to promote physical distancing, some meetings will need to be restricted. You may be asked to attend an in-person meeting with limited attendees in a space that is large enough to allow for distancing between participants. Most meetings will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams. 

What steps do I take if I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis?

Employees must alert CIM if they have tested positive for COVID-19 by filling out the Institute's notification form. Your information will be sent to the senior director of Human Resources. All employees with a positive or suspected diagnosis should quarantine. You can return to the office only after you’ve fully recovered, with a doctor’s note confirming your recovery.

How will positive cases of COVID-19 be handled on campus?

Despite all precautionary measures, there is always a risk of exposure to communicable diseases. Should an employee contract COVID-19 and expose others on campus, we will immediately inform all employees of the possible exposure. Employees who have been potentially exposed will be sent home and asked to telework for 14 days. A thorough cleaning of the workspace and any other areas known to have been occupied by the COVID-19-positive individual will be conducted after the area has been closed off for at least 24 hours; this activity may require the short-term closure of part or all of the building.