Online Instruction Extended

Online instruction at Lander University will be extended through the conclusion of the spring semester, with all classes, instruction, labs and final exams administered virtually. Face-to-face instruction will not resume for Spring 2020. ​

 

Campus and Offices Are Closed

In accordance with S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s Executive Order 2020-11, until further notice, only essential personnel are permitted to physically report to campus. All other personnel are prohibited from reporting to campus for work, and instead should utilize telecommuting or work-from-home options. Supervisors will be in contact with their employees regarding possible telecommuting and essential personnel assignments. ​

All employees are expected to check their email regularly.

 

Governor Issues Statement on Extension of Public School Closure

Earlier today, Governor Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman issued a joint statement announcing that South Carolina’s public K-12 schools, colleges and universities will remain closed through the month of April. This is an extension of the Governor’s previous executive order, which closed public school campuses to students and non-essential personnel through March 31. The new executive order, expected in the coming days, will instruct colleges and universities to maintain their existing plans to provide online instruction for students. To read the full statement, please click here.

Lander has already announced it will continue online instruction through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. At this time, all non-essential personnel will continue to telecommute for the duration of the closure order, or until the Governor’s Office issues new guidance for university employees.

The University administration will continue to review guidance from the Governor’s Office, and will provide more information to the campus community as those details are announced.

 

ITS Resources for Employees While Telecommuting

Lander University’s ITS Department is introducing Staff Remote Access Resources (COVID-19 Work-from-Home Transition) as a one-stop reference guide for University staff.

To access, please log into MyLander and click on the Blackboard Link in the upper right corner. Once logged into Blackboard, look for the “My Organizations” box in your home screen. Here, you’ll find Staff Remote Access Resources, with helpful information about working from home, including instructions, links to needed forms, and advice about working remotely.

If you have any questions, please contact Lander’s ITS Help Desk at help@lander.edu or 864-388-8234.

 

Faculty/Staff Business Travel Restrictions

Effective immediately, all university-related faculty and staff travel is suspended until further notice.

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Information for Employees

Lander University has created a webpage with helpful information for employees regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Both paid leave provisions take effect April 1, 2020, and both will expire December 31, 2020. These paid leave types apply to Lander University employees.

To learn more, please click here. The page will be updated as more information for employees becomes available. If you have a specific question regarding leave benefits, please email the Office of Human Resources at HR@lander.edu.

Leave Reporting and Timesheets

For those of you who complete leave reports, you will not be required to complete a leave report for the period of March 16-March 31.

For those of you who complete timesheets, you are not required to take annual leave during this period. Complete your timesheet as though you are working. If we receive instructions in the future from the Governor’s Office about the use of special paid leave, we will inform you at that time.

All faculty and staff will be paid without interruption. Deposits will take place on schedule.

 

Faculty/Staff FAQs

Does the Family Medical Leave Act apply to Covid-19?

Yes. If you or a qualifying family member contracts COVID-19, it constitutes a “serious health condition” under the FMLA, and a resulting leave of absence may be FMLA qualifying if you meet the other requirements to be covered by the FMLA. However, the FMLA generally does not cover staying home to avoid becoming sick.

If I am quarantined, can I use my sick leave?

Yes. If a health professional recommends quarantine for a state employee who accrues leave, you can use accrued sick leave pursuant to HR Regulation 19-710.04(B)(2) which permits an employee to use sick leave due to “exposure to a contagious disease such that presence on duty could endanger the health of fellow employees.” However, until March 31, the University has been closed by the Governor.

Where can I go for a virtual screening?

If an individual is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they may choose to do a free virtual visit with MUSC telehealth or Prisma telehealth. Both are available for our service area.

To conduct a MUSC telehealth visit, click this link and use the promo code “COVID19.” 

To conduct a Prisma telehealth visit, click this link.

Is it possible for me to telecommute?

Telecommuting will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Associates should discuss this option with their Supervisor where practical. However, until March 31, the University has been closed by the Governor.

If I get sick, will I be required to submit a doctor’s note to Lander upon my return?

Given the overwhelming demand on healthcare professionals at this time, the need for a doctor’s note will be waived. Furthermore, in accordance with CDC guidelines, we encourage you to opt for remote doctor visits for common illnesses and minor injuries. Doing so will limit your potential exposure to seriously ill patients, as well as provide for more focused care of the seriously ill. You can choose to do a free virtual visit with MUSC telehealth or Prisma telehealth; both are available for our service area.

  • To conduct a MUSC telehealth visit, click this link and use the promo code “COVID19.”
  • To conduct a Prisma telehealth visit, click this link.