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Speak up Be heard: Health and safety

COOR Hall - sewer gas exposure

Submitted: May 6, 2022
Last updated: May 6, 2022
Status: In process

Comment or issue submitted:

We have notified facilities several times about the smell in COOR hall 4th floor. There has been no resolution. All we were told is that they don't know what it is. It's disgusting having to work in an office where you are exposed to sewer gas. This is a health concern.

Resolution:

TBD



Health Check symptoms

Submitted: January 26, 2022
Last updated: May 6, 2022
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

I'm wondering ASU will update the Health Check questions and symptoms to better reflect those typical of omicron, especially among the vaccinated. If the goal is to keep infectious people from coming to campus, the questions need to be updated to reflect changes in symptoms. Hope that is coming soon!

Resolution:

The Health Check is voluntary, however we will provide this feedback to the team responsible for the application



Masks

Submitted: January 25, 2022
Last updated: May 6, 2022
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Am I allowed to ask my team (who works in an open floor plan) to wear masks? I am extremely uncomfortable that we are all within a few feet of each other & people choose not to wear masks.

Resolution:

While of course you can continue to wear your face covering, you may ask if your coworkers would voluntarily wear a face cover, but we cannot require them to.



SP2022 COVID Protocols

Submitted: January 25, 2022
Last updated: January 25, 2022
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

I was honestly hurt when I watched President Crow's video re: spring 2022 COVID measures (or non-measures). The only updates we are making to deal with omicron are bringing back health checks? I do not understand how there is not AT LEAST a full indoor mask mandate. Social distance of 6' is pretty meaningless when dealing with an airborne disease that's much more contagious than previous iterations. Further, how is the university not providing all employees and students with high-quality masks?
Health professionals have been clear that cloth masks are not good enough for omicron. When the only science the President mentioned is the CDC's new guidance to get our butts back in chairs faster after we're sick, it doesn't make me feel appreciated or cared for. Once again, I'm left feeling incredibly disappointed by ASU's lack of empathy and care for the people who work here.

Resolution:

ASU has an aggressive Community of Care program since the onset of the pandemic , which includes onsite and on-demand testing options, vaccination clinics, and masking protocols which have resulted in high compliance. Additionally, as of January 13, 2022 ASU is providing a limited quantity of N95 respirators to employees for voluntary use for the spring 2022 semester. Respirators are provided at no charge by ASU Employee Health. Our faculty and staff vaccination rate exceeds 90%. We are confident that we have executed a strategy that makes our campus as safe as possible.



Feeling at risk of COVID

Submitted: August 20, 2021
Last updated: November 16, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

The hallway I work in is extremely high traffic because of its proximity to a large lecture hall. I feel incredibly uneasy even walking around my own building due to all the students who wait in our halls with no social distancing or masks. I haven’t been to the MU at all this past week because I have heard how packed it gets. I feel like my tiny office is the only space where I feel comfortable. It was much harder to focus on my work with concerns of COVID spreading in my building at the forefront of my thoughts.

Resolution:

Please contact your internal HR prepresentative or your OHR Partner who can be found here: https://cfo.asu.edu/ohr-partners.



Concerned about health and safety

Submitted: August 17, 2021
Last updated: November 16, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

I am concerned about health and wellness now that my team has had to return to the office 5 days a week. I was relieved to see that masks would be strongly recommended again, but many people (including leadership) in my office are not wearing them. We were told to "stay home if we are sick, just like always," when it's pretty well-known that most people feel obligated (not just in my office, but across campus) to go to work if you "just have a cold." One woman in my office today was sniffling and finally said, "Oh, I guess I should put my mask on. I'm all stuffed up." We were forced to sit in a very small meeting room together and now I am wondering if I need to go get a COVID test in a few days since she was maskless and sniffling two feet from me during the meeting. I've been vaccinated, but the breakthrough cases are concerning. Why are some offices allowed to continue to work from home at least part-time when others are not? My previous unit is a student-facing advising team going into the office 3 days a week. I love my team, but I don't understand the dissonance (masks required, but they aren't wearing them. Work from home is not allowed by president Crow, yet I see other units doing it, etc.) and don't feel safe (physically) or supported to be able to speak up to leadership there due to the confusing messaging.

Resolution:

The health of our community is a top priority. Please find the university's policies and announcements regarding Hybrid work environment here: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/spp/spp306.html



Current mask policy

Submitted: July 9, 2021
Last updated: November 16, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Mask "recommended" indicates not mandatory. Am I interpreting that mandatory correctly? Masks are not mandatory for unvaccinated staff and students?

Resolution:

Masks are not mandatory, but highly recommended regardless of vaccination status.



Employee Assistance Program policy for out-of-state employees

Submitted: April 27, 2021
Last updated: November 16, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

I recently tried to use the ASU Employee Assistance Program to get some mental health help. However, I'm an out-of-state employee and was told that because of this I do not qualify for these services based on my geography. I am in grave need of mental health help at the moment and am truly upset that these University services are not equitably distributed to employees serving ASU outside of Arizona.

Resolution:

The Employee Assistance office provides a variety of services including workplace consults, assessments, referrals, short term counseling, crisis support and education/workshops. Short term counseling is the only service offered that cannot be provided across state lines due to regulatory laws. The EAO team can work with individuals across the globe to determine their unique needs and resources and locate a provider or support service in your area.



More money in support for student mental health

Submitted: May 2, 2019
Last updated: August 17, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Please invest more money in support for student mental health. ASU is known as a top class university, an innovator. Can ASU be the university that creates a very open forum about mental health? Let's create the best mental health support for our students, with an open and honest dialogue and say to the country/world, "Yes mental health is an issue on our campus and here is what we are doing to support our students.

Resolution:

We are pleased to be expanding access to ASU Counseling Services to a 24/7/365 Phone/Chat/Video/In person for all students, for free, from anywhere in the world. More information is available at: https://eoss.asu.edu/counseling/services/open-call-and-open-chat Chat is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and French. Telecounseling is available in over 60 languages.



Need for flexible hybrid policy

Submitted: June 3, 2021
Last updated: June 25, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

The last year has shown that staff can still be productive from home and that remote work has helped improve quality of work/life balance for many. Returning to campus will be great for in-person collaboration again, but there is still a significant benefit to staff if we can continue to work remotely at least one day a week. Many staff would benefit from a flexible hybrid policy (especially for those of us with a long commute or family needs at home) but are too afraid to ask if it is not a common university policy. There seems to be discussion about flexibility for students and faculty, but minimal information about what this flexibility will look like for staff. Is leadership considering a policy that would allow staff to opt-in to a permanent hybrid schedule?

Resolution:


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