Last Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2020
A key principle of Otis College’s navigation through the current global COVID-19 pandemic is the protection of the health, safety, and wellness of our community members. With these in mind, Otis must respond quickly and responsibly to rapidly changing factors. A number of notable events have taken place since the community emails announcing the transition of all classes online on March 12, and the closing of our campus on March 16.
On March 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom enacted a Stay at Home order: “Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance.”
With the closure of campus, most staff jobs are now working remotely, with exceptions for essential staff (who have been in contact with their managers already). Those who are working remotely do not need to submit telecommuting forms to Human Resources. The parameters for remote working can be found on the COVID-19 Staff Resources page and mirror our current practice. Please connect with your manager regarding how this will work in your department or division.
We are fortunate to have many resources and procedures already in place for remotely processing of payroll, benefits, and absences from work. Until such time as we return to business as usual, we’d like to share new information regarding these topics in the updated FAQs below.
The following FAQ is designed to help Otis College exempt and nonexempt staff members navigate the changes happening on campus. We continue to take as many proactive steps as practical to safeguard the Community while simultaneously supporting continuity of business as we decide on alternative methods for operations. We know that situations such as this can create a number of concerns, and our best way to address that is through communication, education, and preparation. Please read through these questions and answers, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your manager or the Human Resources department with any additional questions.
View the telecommuting agreement here.
View Operations Departments (Campus Safety and Security, Facilities, Purchasing, and IT) Hours of Operation and Contacts here.