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Employee FAQs

Below is a list of some frequently asked questions. As a reminder, all guidance is subject to change and each unit on campus may have different requirements.

Please check with your immediate supervisor regarding the latest policies for your department, or contact Human Resource Services for additional assistance.

Commonly Asked Questions

Symptoms

What should I do if I have COVID-like symptoms?

  1. If you’re already at work, notify your supervisor and go home. Student employees who live on campus should return to their assigned on-campus residence. Do not otherwise resume your normal campus activities. You may leave home to seek testing or medical care.
  2. Get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible at the Boise State Public Health Testing Center or provider of your choice.
  3. Contact Boise State Public Health to report your symptoms at publichealth@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2968. Boise State Public Health will initiate appropriate email notifications to you and your supervisor indicating that you will be unable to conduct in-person, on-campus activities until further notice.
  4. Once received, share your COVID-19 test result with Boise State Public Health.
  5. Wait to receive a clearance notification email from Boise State Public Health. You’ll also be copied on an additional email to your supervisor that you’ve been cleared to return to in-person, on-campus activities.
  6. If you have immediate concerns about missing work contact Human Resources at hrfmla@boisestate.edu.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. An updated list can be found on this CDC web page.

Positive tests

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Contact Boise State Public Health at publichealth@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2968.

Boise State Public Health will work with you to determine next steps, and will initiate email notifications to you and your supervisor indicating that you will be unable to conduct in-person, on-campus activities until further notice.

After your isolation period has passed and you can safely return to in-person, on-campus activities, Boise State Public Health will send you a clearance notification email. You will also be copied on an additional clearance notification email to your supervisor.

What happens if someone I work with tests positive for COVID-19?

Boise State Public Health will promptly notify employees who have been identified as having close contact with an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 and work with them to determine their next steps.

If you are privy to any personal, protected medical information about the employee, do not share it with anyone other than Boise State Public Health.

Exposure

What do I do if I am exposed to someone suspected or confirmed to be positive with COVID-19?

How do I know if I have been exposed?

You may have been exposed if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact is defined as being within 6 ft of a person for more than 15 minutes over a cumulative 24-hour period.

What do I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and am exposed to someone suspected or confirmed to be positive with COVID-19?

Begin wearing a mask and reach out to Boise State Public Health at publichealth@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2968 for testing guidance.

Isolation

If I test positive for COVID-19, how long do I need to isolate?

The university follows CDC guidance on isolation and exposure. Boise State Public Health will assist you with navigating this guidance based on your specific situation. Details can be found on our Isolation and Exposure page. 

How will I know that I have been cleared by Boise State Public Health from isolation?

You’ll receive an email from Boise State Public Health requesting important information necessary to determine whether or not you are clear to resume in-person, on-campus activities. It’s important that you respond to this email with the information requested as soon as possible in order to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of your clearance status.

Additionally, you can check your official clearance status any time in the following locations:

  • MyBoiseState: If you are NOT CLEAR to conduct in-person, on-campus activities, a RED DOT will display in your “Welcome” banner on your myBoiseState home page. If you’ve been cleared to resume in-person, on campus activities by Boise State Public Health, no dot will display in this location.
  • Boise State Mobile App: If you are NOT CLEAR to conduct in-person, on-campus activities, a RED “X” will appear on your Bronco ID page in the app. If you’ve been cleared by Boise State Public Health to resume in-person, on-campus activities, no “X” will display in this location.

If you are taking courses at Boise State, your assigned faculty will also be able to view your clearance status in their electronic course rosters.

Where can I find wellbeing resources?

Please visit our Wellbeing Resources page.

Office protocols

Who do I contact if my professor, employee or supervisor doesn’t properly wear a facial covering in a required space on campus?

Facial coverings are welcome in all university owned or controlled spaces. Facial coverings are currently required in the following spaces: 

  • Boise State Public Health Testing Center.
  • Anyone who has been exposed or tests positive for COVID-19 must continue to wear a facial covering when recommended by CDC guidelines.

Individuals with concerns should reach out to

  • Supervisors with facial covering concerns regarding other employees
  • Human Resources at hrfmla@boisestate.edu with facial covering concerns regarding supervisors
  • Boise State Public Health at publichealth@boisestate.edu with facial covering concerns regarding faculty

If my supervisor or coworkers voice strong opinions about vaccinations that make me uncomfortable, how do I stop it?

Individuals with such concerns should reach out to

What do I do if a Boise State colleague shares personal COVID-19 information directly with me?

If you receive information about a positive test, symptoms, or an exposure from one of your colleagues, complete the following steps:

  1. Direct your co-worker to the Boise State Public Health office at publichealth@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-2968.
  2. Close the loop! After providing this guidance to your co-worker, contact Boise State Public Health with the individual’s name and Boise State ID number (if known).
  3. Personal COVID-19 information should NOT be shared with anyone except Boise State Public Health. Treat it as privileged medical information.

What types of facial coverings are allowed in required spaces on campus?

As indicated in the university’s policy on communicable diseases, compliant facial coverings used in required spaces must be clean, reusable or single-use disposable coverings that cover the nose and mouth, are closed at the bottom and do not allow respiratory droplets to escape through vents or other means. Please follow CDC guidance for care and use of facial coverings.

The university now has a large supply of KN95 masks available for pick-up outside of the Boise State Vaccination Clinic in Campus School, in Human Resources, and at the Information Desk in the Student Union Building.

Flexible work

How do I request a flexible work arrangement?

Communication between the supervisor and employee is critical when determining whether flexible work arrangements are possible and under what terms. Documenting the details of the arrangement is critical, as the success of the arrangement depends upon both parties having the same understanding of what is expected of the employee and how performance will be assessed under the flexible work arrangement. Telecommute Forms or Alternative Work Schedules should be submitted where applicable. For guidance documenting other arrangements while forms are under development, please contact Human Resources.

How do I report my time when working under a flexible work arrangement?

Employees who report hours should still log actual hours worked on their timesheet as they have always done.

For employees who do not report hours worked, they would only enter time away from work for leaves (vacation, sick, etc.).

Does an employee with a hybrid work schedule have to pay for a parking permit?

At this time, the university does not offer a hybrid parking permit, but is exploring options for creating one for future permit cycles. Employees are encouraged to check with Transportation and Parking to assess which available options best meet their needs and budget.

What if an employee has a family member with a serious health condition that makes it difficult for the employee to work from campus due to the risk of contracting COVID?

Supervisors may, but are not required to, make short term, non-ADA COVID-related accommodations for employees if they deem appropriate. These accommodations should only be extended if the employee can fully meet the needs of the department.

Vaccinations

May I ask employees or students if they’ve been vaccinated?

Generally, no, unless there is a specific business or programmatic need to know, including, for example, the need to know a person’s vaccination status for purposes of international travel or to place a student in an internship or rotation in a healthcare facility.

If you believe you have a business need to know a person’s vaccination status, please contact Human Resources or Boise State Public Health for assistance before making an inquiry.

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