Office of the Chancellor

May 19, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff: 

UNCW successfully navigated the past year thanks, in large part, to your flexibility in the face of significant changes. Whether you carried out your responsibilities on campus, teleworked since last March, or took a hybrid approach, I appreciate your dedication and service to our students, our community and to each other.  

As I shared in a campus message on May 5UNCW looks forward to welcoming most employees currently teleworking back to campus over the summerWe are preparing for an exciting start to the academic year in Augustand the university’s operational expectations and needs – especially our deeply held, powerful commitment to student-centered programs and services – are going to continue to take priority.  

UNCW will move forward with our phased return to on-site work, with most staff returning to campus between June 14 and July 6. Some employees may not return to campus until early August (no later than the start of the academic year on Aug. 9). We also recognize there may be worksite and scheduling exceptions that supervisors want to consider, and we have expanded our teleworking options accordingly. Please see the Teleworking and Flexible Work Schedule Guidelines (PDF) for more information. 

Earlier today (May 19), supervisors received additional guidanceincluding a Return to Campus Tracking spreadsheet and dates and times for informational sessions about the implementation of the Teleworking and Flexible Work Schedule Guidelines, from their divisional business officers. Employees, please give your supervisors time to review the materials and implement the proper procedures. More specific information, including the links to the teleworking forms and checklists referenced in the guidelines, will be available and communicated to all employees on Monday, June 7, 2021.  

The university’s updated teleworking and flexible scheduling guidelines may prompt questions as we set new processes in motion. Please submit inquiries to the Campus Operations Workgroup, chaired by Human Resources, via this link: Survey - Questions About Campus Operations. The workgroup will review submissions for key themes and address those in FAQs posted on the Human Resources website.

While the special circumstances that prompted widespread remote work during the pandemic have diminished as state and federal public health agencies continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions and vaccines are readily available on campus and in our community, we still encourage supervisors to use discretion and provide flexibility for employees when possible. Collaboration and collegiality will remain key elements of our ongoing success, and I want to thank all of you now for your commitment to the journey we are on together as a campus community.  

Sincerely yours, 

Jose V. Sartarelli