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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Non-essential employees urged to stay home until Monday

University of Iowa faculty and staff are urged not to return to campus unless absolutely essential until Monday, June 23. This is necessary in order to continue the important work of protecting the campus, its faculty, staff and students, and to assist the protection and recovery assets. The University has lost to flooding 3,000 parking spaces and access to campus is very limited. The utility system is extremely stressed and lacks redundancy to the point where non-essential energy loads could jeopardize essential functions. During this period, it remains critical to minimize congestion on the campus, as well as the draw on campus utilities. The current exceptions to this policy are UIHC, College of Dentistry patient care clinics, and Oakdale employees who have been directed to return to work on campus.

Faculty and staff should be prepared to return to campus on Monday, June 23. Faculty and/or staff who normally work in buildings that have been compromised should contact their supervisors regarding whether they can work from another campus location, work at home, or perform some other activities of value to the University. If no work is available, employees will need to begin to use vacation, but the University is encouraging all units to find every opportunity to keep staff in pay status by finding activities of value they can perform. This is consistent with the University’s policy on disrupted workplaces:

Staggered start times or other flexible work arrangements should be considered for those who must work from campus.