University of Lynchburg has moved all classes online through the end of the academic year, and Commencement has been postponed until early fall. These decisions affect all of us, and we realize that the impact on staff may be significant. We are doing everything we can to mitigate the economic effects of COVID-19, while keeping everyone safe.
We’ve summarized key information from the May 18 all-staff meeting below. Please check the FAQs for more details.
- All exempt, salaried staff will continue to be paid, regardless of hours worked.
- Essential, nonexempt (including part-time) employees, working from home will be paid for hours worked on essential duties.
- Hourly, nonexempt staff, except those deemed essential, will be paid for two weeks beyond this current pay period (March 23-April 3).
Please speak with your supervisor to determine your role as a nonexempt essential vs. nonessential employee, and if your tasks are necessary. Essential staff members who can work from home may take home laptops and even desktop computers and monitors.
- Health insurance will continue for all employees beyond the two weeks.
- Unpaid, nonexempt employees will not have to pay the employee portion of the health insurance premiums.
- Exempt employees will continue their health insurance payroll deduction.
- The University will continue to pay health insurance benefits even if a staff member receives unemployment benefits, conditional upon an employee’s intention to return to the University.
- Tuition remission will not be affected.
- You may be able to adjust retirement contributions during this time. Please contact HR.
- In general, student employees (even those able to work remotely) will not be working during this time. A few exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
- This includes graduate assistants (GAs) who receive a stipend, but it does not affect their course credits.
Questions or Concerns
- Staff Advisory Committee (SAC): Please use this anonymous form.
- Contact Courtney Kelsey, SAC Chair, via email at email@example.com.
The FAQs below were last updated the morning of March 19, 2020.