3-13-20 Message to Community

Dear Miami Community,

This has been a long and difficult week for many in our University community. The welfare of our faculty and staff remains our highest priority as we work to meet our responsibilities. This unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak presents new challenges for our employees and their families and we are committed to supporting you.

Parents of K-12-aged children in our University community are facing special challenges as they work to arrange child-care. We understand that many daycare centers are also starting to close.

As part of our COVID-19 support efforts, on Monday, the University will credit each employee with an additional five days of emergency leave. Emergency leave days may be used in the unfortunate event you or a family member become ill or you need to provide short-term child care because of the unexpected school closures.

Unclassified staff and faculty may use emergency leave days in half-day or whole day increments and should be reported as sick leave on your monthly leave report with a comment of "COVID19." Hourly paid staff may use emergency leave days in four- or eight-hour increments and should be reported as sick leave and must include the Kronos comment code "COVID19." Please follow your normal absence reporting procedures.

Employees without sufficient paid leave balances may use up to ten unearned sick leave days in case they or a family member become ill. These ten days will be repaid as sick leave days are earned.

Please remember, if you are ill -stay home. If you believe you have been exposed to the virus, follow your normal absence reporting procedures. You will be directed to the appropriate health care or board of health facility to determine whether you should be quarantined or are able to return to work.

We are deeply grateful for the efforts of our employees and your commitment to serving our students and community. We thank you for supporting those employees, families, colleagues, and friends who may be impacted by the virus.

For the most current information, refer to this website. If you have questions, please contact the Benefits Office at 513-529-3926.

Love and Honor,

Dr. Jason Osborne, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. David Creamer, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services