Office of the President
Sun 3/15/2020 9:12 PM
Subject: COVID-19 BSU Telecommuting Guidelines - A Message from President Clark
Dear BSU employees,
Following additional COVID-19 guidance specifically for public higher education provided by Governor Charlie Baker this evening, Bridgewater State University is immediately implementing short-term telecommuting as an appropriate option for employees during the current public health crisis.
Under these guidelines, only essential employees should report to campus for work beginning tomorrow. Essential employee designations were designed to manage short-term disruptions. Your supervisor will be in contact with you over the next two days as the university further evaluates essential employee designations and to whom this applies within these unique circumstances. For our faculty colleagues, you will be contacted shortly by the Division of Academic Affairs with specific instructions appropriate to your duties.
Furthermore, your supervisors will contact all employees within the next two days to answer any questions, to clarify work responsibilities, to discuss what equipment and support you will need to perform your duties remotely, and to begin implementation of telecommuting work plans. If an employee requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of their position, your department director or supervisor will help direct you to the Office of Equal Opportunity.
I have attached COVID-19 Interim Telecommuting Guidelines that provides additional information.
As we all know, this is an unprecedented situation challenging our nation, state and communities. Accordingly, I ask everyone for your patience and understanding. We will answer every one of your questions and address every individual concern; however, due to the Governor’s new directive, we will need to implement this complex strategy over the next two days to be successful.
Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq.