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Current requirements for working on campus

Approved units will begin a scaled return to campus-based work the week of July 7, 2020. Keeping our staff and faculty safe is a high priority. Departments that provide student or employee facing-services may plan for staff to begin returning — in reduced numbers to accommodate physical distancing — after July 7.

On or before June 5, the Reintegration Committee will distribute reintegration guidelines and a planning template for departments to complete and submit for review prior to reintegration. When possible, these reintegration plans should continue to prioritize providing services remotely through the fall semester. Public-serving units (for example, ticket sales, conference services, etc.) should align their employees’ return to campus-based work with the resumption of services they support.

Based on guidance from university medical staff and public health professionals, employees may be required to do one or more of the following: re-entry and/or periodic COVID-19 testing; pre-shift temperature checks; complete COVID-19 screening questionnaires, or other infection mitigation efforts. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Employees with health conditions that may impact their ability to return to campus-based work should contact Human Resources as soon as possible to determine if accommodations are appropriate.

As always, employee health information will be protected as required by law.

What is essential under the stay at home order and how it applies to Boise State

On March 25, 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little issued a Stay-Home or Self-Isolate Order for all individuals in Idaho in the interest of fighting community spread and protecting the healthcare system from being overrun with coronavirus cases.

The order provides, in summary:

  • That Idaho residents stay and work from home as much as possible
  • That essential services/businesses may remain open and individuals may travel outside of their homes to work in or obtain services from an essential business/service
  • That all non-essential business or government operations at physical locations cease
  • The supply chain remains intact (no hoarding necessary)
  • Outdoor activity is allowed granted a safe distance of six (6) feet be maintained between individuals not from the same household
  • All non-essential travel should cease

In those limited circumstances when individuals are interacting outside of their homes, the following requirements apply, in summary:

  • Maintain at least six feet from other individuals; wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible, cover coughs/sneezes, no hand shaking
  • People with serious medical conditions that put them at a higher risk should avoid leaving their homes to the extent possible
  • Take all steps necessary for non-essential service workers to work from home

Per the order, Boise State University is considered an essential business

The Order exempts “Educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities – for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions.” As it relates to Boise State, those essential functions are listed below.

As an essential service, Boise State is committed to continuing to conduct our business and serve our students. However, safety is of utmost importance. Remote work is required unless an exception has been approved. Any and all groups or individuals who plan to be on campus to provide essential services or to perform essential functions must have an approved Safety Plan on file.

  • Distance Learning: Faculty and support staff engaged in this activity may visit campus only if absolutely necessary, otherwise this work should be done remotely.
  • Healthcare Operations: University Health Services is open during this time and seeing patients either in person or remotely. Visit their website for more information.
  • Essential Infrastructure: Boise State has a number of public works projects underway on campus and these will continue, including major construction projects like the Micron Center for Materials Research as well as renovations and infrastructure upgrades. This category also includes services to maintain the essential operations of residences and campus – including plumbers, electricians, landscapers and all others necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and operations. Public transportation is also considered essential; however, with classes being conducted remotely, the Bronco Shuttle has suspended its services.
  • Essential Government Functions (health, safety, welfare): Boise State employs dispatchers, campus security, emergency operations and environmental health & safety personnel who provide for the health, safety and welfare of the campus community. These activities will continue on campus and remotely.
  • Media Services: Boise State Public Radio operates from our campus and their work continues in the Ron & Linda Yanke Family Research Park.
  • Mail and Shipping Services: Boise State Central Receiving continues to receive packages and Mail Services continue to be provided through the State Department of Administration.
  • Residential Facilities and Food service: Boise State continues to serve several hundred students in our residence halls and continues to provide food service to them until such time as other arrangements may be made.
  • Childcare Facilities: These are considered essential especially related to providing services for essential workers; however, Boise State’s Children’s Center is closed until further notice.
  • Minimum Basic Operations: Basic operations are allowed, provided social distancing is observed. At Boise State, this means that employees who manage certain financial, human resource and information technology functions are allowed to come to campus with VP approval.
  • Essential research may also continue as follows and per this guidance:
  • Critical research may be conducted which is defined as work that if halted, delayed or interrupted, could result in:
    • Endangerment to human subjects or pose unreasonable risk to human subjects
    • Endangerment to animal subjects or pose unreasonable risk to animal subjects
    • Loss of experiments or data and or data currently under collection that will be impossible to replicate; and/or reproduce
    • Loss of instrumentation, infrastructure, and/or an unsafe/unsecured laboratory environment or other catastrophic loss


Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to come to campus to pick something up?

Please obtain permission from your supervisor first. If the visit is approved, limit your visit to a single site as much as possible and plan to wipe surfaces that have been touched as you depart. If you plan to make regular visits to campus to perform essential services, please complete a Safety Plan.

What if I don’t have access to my building?

Please obtain permission from your supervisor first. If you need one-time access, you may contact Security for access with supervisor approval. If you need to access on a more regular basis, please contact for instructions on how to change your building access status.

What if I can’t perform my work remotely?

Many essential services are not able to be performed remotely. If your work requires you to be on campus, please ensure your department has a Safety Plan in place and that you familiarize yourself with the provisions. Your work is essential, but your safety and health is most important.

What if my job requires me to be on campus, but I have elevated health risks?

Please contact Human Resources to discuss options.

What if it is easier to work from my campus office than at home?

Please work with your supervisor to find a way to work remotely. In person, non-mandatory campus activity is not allowed until we resume normal operations.

Do I need to take my temperature before coming to campus?

Yes, each approved Safety Plan requires employees to acknowledge that they are self-monitoring and ensuring they do not have an elevated temperature before coming to campus. Departments may take this a step further and require on-site temperature checks before entry to campus spaces.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Yes. While the safety plan and other precautions were developed to ensure social distancing will be observed, and it remains critically important to maintain six-foot distancing to slow the spread of the virus, there may be unanticipated moments where proper distancing is difficult to maintain. For this reason, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the university is asking anyone who comes to campus to wear a cloth face mask in public hallways and entryways.