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Employees Returned to Work In-Person

As part of our phased approach to safely resuming a vibrant campus atmosphere and full university operations, most staff and university administrators who were previously working from home have returned to our campuses and to work schedules they had before the pandemic.

Although the temporary process we put into place for employees to request a COVID-19-related modification to their work is ending, employees with disabilities will continue to have the option to request an accommodation via the ADA Coordinator.

Also, Texas State’s General Workplace Policy (UPPS 04.04.01) for flexible schedules and temporary remote work agreements remains in place. The guiding principle in determining whether these arrangements make sense is if they enhance services to our students, faculty, or staff. Supervisors should use this guiding principle when considering requests and options. 

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  • Overview: Temporary changes to where a person works (remote work) require department head approval. An example of when this will be used is if an employee must be quarantined for 14 days because they were a close contact, but they are still able to work and their job duties are conducive to remote work. Long-term changes to where a person works (telecommuting) require vice presidential approval. 

    For Remote Work – which is the occasional or short-term (no more than 30 total workdays in a rolling 12 month period) performance of normal work duties at a location away from the employee’s regular work location, most often the employee’s home – a formal agreement with department head approval is required. (UPPS No. 04.04.01 Section 02.05)  

    For Telecommuting – which is long-term performance of some or all of the duties assigned to an employee conducted at an approved non-university worksite – a formal agreement with vice presidential approval is required. (UPPS No. 04.04.01 Section 02.07)

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) | Effective April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) reinstates leave categories originally provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which ended December 31, 2020. Detailed ARPA Policy Information.

    For more information about Time and Leave, as well as Remove Work, Travel, and Insurance, visit FAQs for Faculty and Staff

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  • University-Sponsored Travel

    Texas State University is resuming normal processing of travel scheduled on or after August 9, 2021.  

    Return to Pre-COVID-19 Processes

    1. Lifts travel restrictions implemented in March 2020.
    2. Removes requirement for explanation of why the travel is essential and Vice President approval.
    3. Effective immediately, allows purchases for non-refundable pre-travel expenses such as airfare and hotel.* 

    *Please review the hotel’s cancellation policy in case your trip dates change. 

    Travel Request Training & Process

    Whether you are a frequent traveler or new to the process, please take a moment to review the Travel Office Procedures and TRAVELTracks before beginning your travel request.

    Pre-August 9, 2021 travel

    The travel process and restrictions are as follows:

    • Domestic and international travel may be allowed with divisional vice president or Director of Athletics approval. Travelers are reminded to adhere to current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.
    • Travel between the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses or the TSUS Office in Austin is still permitted and does not require pre-approval.  
    • Until further notice, travelers should only schedule 100% refundable future travel purchases. If you make travel purchases and do not have an approved Travel Request, the purchase will have to be paid personally.  If the travel is not a fully refundable purchase and it is later not approved, the purchase would not be reimbursable. 

    Personal Travel:

    • Domestic and international travel may be allowed with divisional vice president or Director of Athletics approval. Travelers are reminded to adhere to current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.
    • Travel increases your chances of contracting and spreading COVID-19. If you travel, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, such as wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds, physical distancing and washing your hands often. 
    • If you travel for personal reasons, please follow the CDC guidelines for travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • We recommend you get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.
    • While COVID-19 testing is no longer recommended for fully vaccinated persons travelling domestically, all faculty, staff, and students who are not vaccinated should get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before the trip and 3-5 days after the trip.  Unvaccinated persons should also quarantine for 7 days after the trip even with a negative COVID-19 test.  Appointments can be made for free testing on the San Marcos campus and testing sites near the Round Rock Campus. For testing locations in Texas, visit TX COVID-19 Test Collection Sites and Curative, Inc. Testing Sites

    International Travel Guidance:

    • The CDC has issued a public health order requiring all international travelers flying to the United States beginning January 26, 2021 to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 3 days of the flight departure date. The COVID-19 test may be a PCR or antigen test. 
    • Fully vaccinated persons should get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after the trip and monitor for symptoms for fourteen days.  No quarantine is needed.
    • Unvaccinated persons should:
      • Get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before the trip and 3-5 days after the trip.
      • Quarantine for 7 days after the trip even with a negative COVID-19 test.
      • Social distance from others, wear face masks when around others, and avoid all non-essential activities while in quarantine. 
      • Leave quarantine only to carry out essential activities (i.e., completing check-in and employment paperwork and getting a COVID-19 test). 
      • Continue self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and avoid being around others who are at increased risk for severe illness for fourteen days. 
      •  Contact professors for instructions on managing course work while in quarantine. 

*Information provided in the Roadmap may change or be updated as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.


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