Earlier this week, Brock University enacted new measures to reduce the number of staff and faculty who would be required to be on-site, on-campus to perform their work duties, facilitating more staff working off-site from home.
These actions reflect the direction expressed through public health and other government guidelines regarding social distancing, and have resulted in a significant reduction in the numbers of people on-site, on-campus, which is a priority requirement by health officials as they combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, March 20, the University updated this guidance with a goal of reducing even further the numbers of staff and faculty on-site, while also reducing the duration of their on-site, on-campus work shifts and activities. They will allow more Brock staff members to work off-site from home.
Beginning Monday, March 23, staff and faculty working in on-site service areas will be operating on a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. reduced schedule.
In these areas, a minimal staffing presence will be in effect during those hours and staff will be following social distancing protocols. The community is encouraged to use email to reach out to departments.
These new hours of operation effect all areas of the University previous designated as providing on-site services, with the following exceptions:
- Campus Security
- Facilities Management
- Dining (although there will be significantly modified hours of operation and a decrease in dining options on campus)
- Animal Care facilities
In the areas above, staffing schedules on-site will be reduced where possible. Managers are encouraged to schedule workers in rotating on-site shifts, recognizing that the hours of the day may change or rotate.
All other areas previously designated as providing on-site services will begin operating 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with minimal staffing. Please note that, even where services have been designated as off-site, there may be times supervisors will request employees to come to campus for specific duties. The aim will be to keep those exceptions to a minimum.
The University expects staff and faculty who have been working off-site as of Tuesday, March 17 to continue to work from home or remote locations and maintain regular hours of work, while respecting public health guidelines on social distancing as appropriate.