UGA: Protect staff, faculty, and students

UGA: Protect staff, faculty, and students

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We, the undersigned, appreciate the effort that went into UGA's proposal’s for reopening campus, however, the plan does not do enough to protect staff, faculty, and students:

We firmly believe that all staff, faculty, and students who can work from home should continue to do so.

All people who must come to campus, including students, should be required to wear a mask unless they are alone behind closed doors or partitions. Exceptions may have to be made for those giving lectures, as long as they are distant from their audiences. 

The list of people who can apply for accommodations from face-to-face teaching or work should include “people who need to take extra precautions” such as pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women and employees with vulnerable family members at home such as people with heart conditions, immune system disorders, and cancer.

The disproportionate risk faced by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color in our community must be acknowledged and addressed. 

Accommodations need to be made for staff and faculty with young or special needs children and/or elderly relatives at home. If child/elder care centers remain closed or reclose during the semester or if local K-5 schools remain online or switch to a hybrid curriculum, teaching and working on campus may be impossible for many staff and faculty.

Tenure standards and deadlines should be adjusted in recognition of faculty members’ and graduate students’ inability to access archives, labs, interviewees, as well as the rigors of 24/7 parenting.

Performance reviews should not negatively reflect on staff who could or can not work normally during the pandemic.

All decision making related to campus COVID-19 policy should include substantive representation and participation from faculty, staff, and students.


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