March 17: Message to CSB/SJU Community

Dear CSB/SJU Faculty, Administrators and Staff,

New information and guidance about the COVID-19 pandemic has been emerging hourly. Based on recent guidance we are requiring that CSB and SJU Employees work from home as possible, beginning tomorrow and continuing through March 27. CSB and SJU leadership will continue to work through details and provide communication about work expectations after March 27.

Staff who work in offices should take home today the resources you will need to accomplish your work through March 27, including computers and other resources. Please work with your manager or supervisor to arrange items to take home and to map out how your work will be performed from home. Also, decide how you will communicate with your manager, supervisor and/or team during this time. Guidance from IT Services regarding technology resources to support working from home is available here.

There are employees in various areas who will need to report to work to sustain operations and serve the nearly 300 students who remain on our campuses. Thank you for your critical work. Consult with your supervisor as soon as possible if you are uncertain whether or when you should report to campus for work.

We understand that not everyone will be able to effectively take their work home and not all service employees will need to report for work. Again, please consult with your supervisor. Know that all staff will get paid through the end of the pay period for the hours they would have been scheduled.

This has been a stressful time for us all. As a reminder, all employees and family members have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through VITAL WorkLife to help manage anxiety or uncertainty. The EAP service is available 24 hours a day by calling 320-253-1909 or 800-383-1908.

The work of the institutions will continue through this challenging time, ensuring we meet our mission. Thank you for your contributions to that mission and to our community, even as many of us depart campus for a short time.

Mary Dana Hinton, CSB President

Gene McAllister, SJU Interim President