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Essential Employee Policy


Title: Essential Employee Policy Number:
Eff: 12/5/2007
Rev: 03/12/2020

To identify essential employees within the Information Services department who are required to report to work during CWU campus-wide emergency closures.

Suspended Operations (Emergency Closure) is determined by the president.
Essential Personnel are employees designated as "essential" and performing an "essential" service.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The following are essential personnel roles within the Information Services department:

  • AVP of Information Services and Security
  • Director of Networks and Operations
  • Director of Enterprise Applications
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Manager of Enterprise Operations
  • Manager of Network Infrastructure Services
  • Help Desk Manager
  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Manager of Computer Support Services

If you are designated essential personnel, you must either report to work or notify your immediate supervisor that you are unable to report. All essential personnel are required to make a best effort to physically arrive at work so that critical IS operations continue.  If you are unable to contact your immediate supervisor, call the main IS department number (963-2333) and leave a message if no one answers.

There may be circumstances when employees who have not been identified as essential in this core group may become essential. In such circumstances, supervisors will be notified by division heads or their designees and will notify their employees in advance, if possible, that their jobs are considered essential during a specific workday condition.

Employees who are able to execute their responsibilities remotely are allowed to do so, with supervisor approval.

Supporting Documents

CWUP 2-10-160 Suspending Operations (Emergency Closure)

[IS Policy Team nn/nn/2019, Responsibility: Information Services; Authority: IS Operations Division; Reviewed/Endorsed by: IS Leadership Team; Review/Effective Date: 03/12/2020; Approved by: Virginia Tomlinson AVP Information Systems and Security]

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