Illness, Safety, & Prevention

Until further notice, masks are required indoors in public spaces for all IU students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all campuses. This requirement will be continually reassessed and may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Individuals may choose not to wear a mask while outdoors or alone in private spaces.

IU requires a COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff and for them to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus. See IU’s COVID-19 vaccination webpage for detailed information on the vaccine requirement and information on exemptions.

See below for frequently asked questions about the vaccine requirement, what to do if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, the role of supervisors, and information about mitigation testing, contact tracing, and other preventive measures. We recognize that there may be times when employees require additional support. If you confront a particularly difficult circumstance, contact your supervisor to discuss options or contact or 812-856-1234 for guidance and clarification.

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Face Masks and Personal Protection

Do I have to wear a face mask and when?

Until further notice, masks are required indoors in public spaces for all IU students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all campuses. This requirement will be continually reassessed and may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Individuals may choose not to wear a mask while outdoors or alone in private spaces.

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will need to continue to wear a mask:

  • on campus buses (per guidelines from the TSA)
  • indoors at IU COVID-19 symptomatic testing locations
  • indoors at IU childcare facilities.

This requirement applies to all members of the university community, including employees, students, contractors, suppliers, vendors, and visitors.

More information about masks at IU is available at the IU COVID-19 website.

Last updated August 4, 2021

What type of face mask will be provided to me to use when I am on campus?

IU mailed two face masks to all faculty, full-time staff, and students in the fall of 2020. Disposable masks should also be available at IU buildings and offices. View more about ordering masks at Purchasing’s COVID-19 Resource Center.

Last updated August 12, 2021

How are face masks supposed to be worn?

Face masks should cover both the mouth and nose snugly. Learn more about masks at IU, including how to properly put on and remove your mask.

Last updated June 30, 2020

Are campus visitors required to wear face masks?

Visitors, contractors, suppliers, and vendors should follow the same guidelines as employees. More guidance about visitors is available at the IU COVID-19 website.

Last updated July 8, 2021

How do departments order PPE or sanitizing supplies?

To ensure the needs of the entire university are met, purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies should be made through Purchasing. View details and related FAQ at Purchasing’s COVID-19 Resource Center.

Last updated July 7, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Learn more about IU’s required COVID-19 vaccination at the IU COVID-19 website. For questions about this requirement, please call 812-855-4848 or 317-274-5555, or email .

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If You Have Symptoms or Are Diagnosed With COVID-19

What do I do if I have COVID-19 Symptoms?

Regardless of your vaccination status, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms:

  1. Isolate and do not come to work on-campus.
  2. Inform your supervisor.
  3. Get tested: Contact a health care provider or use the COVID-19 symptom checker to report your symptoms and receive instructions on how to schedule a test.

View full instructions at the IU COVID-19 website.

Last updated August 12, 2021

What must I do if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?

As soon as you receive a positive test result, isolate yourself for at least 10 days from the time of your positive test. This applies to everyone, both those fully vaccinated and those with an approved exemption or not yet fully vaccinated. 

Follow the directions of your healthcare provider, or if your test was done by a provider outside of IU, submit your positive test result via the COVID-19 Self Report Form and continue isolating until you are contacted with further instructions.

For more detailed information on isolation and quarantine, see IU’s COVID-19 website.

Last updated August 12, 2021

If I was diagnosed with COVID-19, when can I return to work?

Please follow the directions of your health care provider.

In general, symptomatic individuals who tested positive may return to work when the following have occurred:

  • A minimum of 24 hours has passed with no fever (without the use of medication that reduces fevers); and
  • Other symptoms have improved; and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and/or
  • Have been cleared by IU Health’s return from self-isolation protocol.

Asymptomatic individuals who have had a positive test result can generally return to work after 10 days of self-isolation and symptom checking from the date of the positive test.

Please also see the IU COVID-19 website for more information on isolation and quarantine.

Last updated August 12, 2021

Can I work from home if I have COVID-19?

Yes, as long as you are capable of doing so and your work can be completed while working from home.

Last updated September 30, 2020

The Role of Supervisors

What should supervisors do if an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19?

Supervisors should do the following:

  • Do not allow the employee to come to campus and encourage them to self-isolate and follow their health care provider’s instructions.
  • Report the information to the unit HR representative to manage the leave process.
  • Remind employees to complete the COVID-19 Self Report form if they receive a positive COVID-19 test outside of the IU Health COVID Health Services Tool for IU.

Last updated September 30, 2020

Can/should supervisors share news of infection?

Supervisors should only share information with the unit HR representative or contact tracer if they are contacted. They should not contact or share the information with any other employee. Contact tracers will reach out to any other employee who may have been a close contact.

Last updated September 30, 2020

Do I contact PSIA?

No. The results of any positive test will be communicated to the individual, the Indiana State Department of Health, the local health department, and an IU public health official within IU Environmental Health and Safety (IUEHS). If warranted, IUEHS may contact the individual for additional follow-up.

IUEHS staff will advise facilities staff if temporary location closures or advanced cleaning is necessary on campus.

Last updated September 30, 2020

COVID Check Testing (Formerly Mitigation Testing)

For information about COVID Check testing not related to HR, such as notifications, exemptions, and more, see IU’s COVID-19 website.

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What if I’m away from work when asked to take a COVID Check test?

Submit an exemption request form. You will receive a link to the exemption request form in the email sent to those selected for COVID Check testing.

Last updated September 30, 2020

If I am only on campus a limited number of days per week, can I schedule my test on the days I’m working on campus?

Yes. It would be preferable that you schedule your test on a day you are working on campus if it is in the same week you need to complete your test. The time spent testing is considered work time.

Last updated September 30, 2020

What if I don’t respond to the COVID Check test email?

COVID Check testing helps to prevent the spread of disease. If you are requested to participate, you are expected to be tested unless you qualify for an exemption. If you fail to be tested or respond to the email, you shall be subject to corrective action under the Sanctions for Noncompliance with COVID-19 Health and Safety Directives policy.

Last updated September 30, 2020

Is time spent taking the COVID Check test paid time?

Yes. Time spent testing is considered regular work time (there is no special payroll code).

Last updated September 30, 2020

Is time spent traveling to the on-campus COVID Check test site paid time?

Non-exempt employees working on-campus or remotely and scheduled to test in the middle of their work schedule will be paid for the time spent traveling to and from the testing site.

Non-exempt employees scheduled to test before or after their shift or on their day off will not be paid for the time spent traveling to and from the testing site.

Exempt employees are not paid for travel time.

Last updated September 30, 2020

How do I code for time spent taking the COVID Check test?

No special payroll code is required to record COVID Check test time. Use your typical payroll coding.

Last updated September 30, 2020

Contact Tracing

For information about contact tracing not related to HR, such as notifications, quarantining, and more, see IU’s COVID-19 website.

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Do I have to participate in contact tracing?

Yes. Contact tracing can help stop the transmission of disease and protect the IU community. All IU employees are required to participate in contact tracing efforts as detailed in IU policy UA-21.

Learn more about contact tracing at IU, including details about the process and information you may be asked to provide.

Last updated September 30, 2020

Will I be told if someone I work with tested positive for COVID-19?

Faculty or Staff Member

Unless you are a close contact, you will not be informed that a person in your building or department has tested positive. The precautions you are required to take (masks, distancing, etc.), as well as extra cleaning of relevant spaces, result in a very low risk of transmission from such persons.

Supervisor

Employees are required to inform supervisor of absence, and the supervisor may ask whether it is COVID-related. Otherwise, unless you are a close contact, you will not be informed that an employee has tested positive.

Last updated September 30, 2020

Additional Questions

I am caring for someone who has an increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Can I be away from campus to care for them?

If you feel you cannot complete your assigned work on campus, you should discuss the reasons why, and what options may be available, with your supervisor and unit HR representative.

Last updated July 24, 2020

Are employees required to quarantine after they return from travel?

All international travelers are advised to follow CDC guidance for returning from travel. For the latest on international travel policy, see IU Global’s COVID-19 and Global Mobility page.

Domestic travel does not require quarantine, although you are encouraged to review CDC advice for travelers to learn more about reducing your risk and avoiding the spread of infection.

See the travel guidance provided by Travel Management Services for up-to-date information.

Last updated September 30, 2020