Return to Campus

Employee return to campus

We are excited about a fall semester that will see the return of in-person classes, the reinstatement of many beloved traditions and a campus full of students eager to take advantage of all Wayne State has to offer. To prepare for their return and offer the support they need, Wayne State will begin to bring faculty and staff back to campus throughout the summer. 

We know there are questions our faculty and staff may have about what this return looks like, what is expected of them and how the timing will work. Unit leaders have been provided a Return to Campus Guide that will assist them as they prepare to bring teams back to campus, but here are some frequently asked questions.

When will I return to campus?

Departments are permitted to begin phasing in employees now and throughout the remainder of the summer on an incremental basis. Although flexible work arrangements and hybrid schedules may be used, the goal is that beginning August 2nd, all offices and buildings will be open Monday - Friday and be fully operational.  Staffing plans should be developed to achieve that goal.  Some areas may require staff to work onsite sooner than others depending on their needs, but all plans should be completed and implemented no later than Sept. 7. Speak with your supervisor about your department's specific plans and expectations. 

Will I be notified of when to return?

Absolutely!  Each department is expected to be open now and resuming onsite operations.  Your supervisor should be contacting you to discuss their needs, plans, and expectations.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are temporarily required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required outdoors, when eating or drinking, or when working individually in an office.

Do I need to be vaccinated?

If you plan to be on campus this fall, you will need to be vaccinated and submit your proof of vaccination online or apply online for a waiver of the requirement (sharing a legitimate reason & validated by Campus Health Center).

Can I continue to work remotely?

We appreciate the dedication of our faculty and staff during the pandemic.  Where possible and appropriate, we encourage department leaders to be flexible. Please speak with your supervisor about department expectations and your options, including flexible work arrangements and hybrid schedules.  However, some university activities are best conducted on campus to support students, faculty, staff, and other customers. All employees — regardless of position — are expected to be on campus for at least part of their work week to continue facilitating a culture of collaboration, engagement, and community.

What do I need to do before coming to campus?

Before returning to campus for your first time, please complete the Warrior Safe training to familiarize yourself with safety guidelines and protocols. Complete the Campus Daily Screener every day you plan to be on campus. Guests and visitors must complete the Guest Campus Screener. If you feel ill or experience any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.

Is campus safe?

Throughout the pandemic, the work of Wayne State's Public Health Subcommittee and the Campus Health Center — along with the cooperation of all students, faculty and staff who remained on campus — helped ensure that we maintained a low number of COVID-19 cases on campus. Completing the Campus Daily Screener and adhering to health and safety guidelines will help us continue to keep campus safe. Information regarding air ventilation and building cleanliness is available on the Facilities Planning and Management website. If you have any health concerns, your supervisor can provide more insight into the safety protocols and procedures outlined in the Return to Campus Guide.

Will parking payroll deductions be adjusted to accommodate flexible work arrangements?

The university is currently analyzing options for how parking payments are impacted by flexible work arrangements and will announce that information prior to the start of the semester.