Wofford staff,

Wofford College continues to monitor local and national information and best practices regarding responses to COVID-19. For the most current updates on Wofford’s COVID-19 response, visit Wofford.edu/coronavirus.

Following is information to assist you in navigating the current coronavirus situation in relation to your employment on the Wofford campus.

Working on campus

Until further notice, Wofford College will operate as normal and all administrative offices are to continue business as usual. Contingent operational procedures and guidelines for students, student programs, faculty and administrative offices are being made and will be communicated and implemented as appropriate.

If you have questions regarding how you or your department can or should maintain or continue operations, please first check with your supervisor. Supervisors should be in communication with members of the Emergency Preparedness Committee and/or have access to the Pandemic Response Plan. These resources provide the most current operating expectations and guidelines (contingent upon the current assessed level as defined in the college’s Pandemic Response Plan).

Appropriate and/or temporary accommodation

Wofford’s presidential cabinet has provided guidance that supervisors are to be more flexible with employees in regard to absences and/or the need to provide appropriate and/or temporary work accommodations, given the current coronavirus situation. Employees who may have additional risk, whether self-assessed and without medical certification or by physician recommendation, as well as employees who have had exposure to coronavirus, are encouraged to work directly with their supervisors to review options for appropriate and/or temporary work accommodations.

Additional risk and/or exposure can include any of the following:
  • The employee has a current and/or ongoing medical health condition/issue.
  • The employee may be in direct contact with someone with a current and/or ongoing medical health condition/issue.
  • The employee is in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The employee has been in contact with someone they know to have returned from a high-risk location.
  • The employee has been or may be in contact with someone who has recently been to or returned from a high-risk location.
  • Caring for family members may make it difficult to come to campus.

Appropriate and/or temporary work accommodations may be provided, contingent upon the employee’s essential job duties, and, therefore, must be evaluated on an individual basis. Following are examples of accommodations; however, not every accommodation is appropriate for every employee’s job/role. If employees or supervisors have questions, please contact the Director of Human Resources (leecj@wofford.edu).

  • Temporary/different work schedule.
  • Temporary role/project reassignment with another employee.
  • Temporary off-site relocation.
  • Temporary working from home.

Pay and benefits

Employee absences and/or temporary accommodations provided, given the coronavirus situation, will not affect an employee’s employment. As such, regular pay and enrolled benefits will continue as normal. Questions may be sent to HumanResources@wofford.edu.

Public assistance

For those treated for, diagnosed with or who may financially be impacted by coronavirus, if federal and/or state assistance are made or known, Wofford’s Office of Human Resources will provide information on those options or resources.

Preventative and safe measures

Wofford continues to strongly encourage all employees to stay home and minimize direct physical contact with others when sick. The following measures should continue to be taken:
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Refrain from attending social events if sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Minimize direct contact by keeping the recommended “social distance” of minimally 3 to 6 feet from others. Do not shake hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Eat well and get plenty of rest.