Employee Resources regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Read the latest updates and messages on coronavirus being shared with the AppState Community.

COVID-19 Shared Leave Bank

Appalachian State University has established a COVID-19 Shared Leave Bank to help staff who cannot work for certain COVID-19-related reasons, who are receiving less than full paid administrative or FFCRA leave, and who have exhausted their own personal leave balances.  All leave-earning employees may voluntarily elect to donate leave to the shared leave bank and eligible employees can request donated leave from the bank to help supplement their partial paid leaves. 

Additional details about the shared leave bank program are provided in our July 6, 2020 campus communication and links to forms for donating leave to the bank and requesting leave from the bank are provided below.

High Risk Identification Form

As we continue a phased return to on-campus work, published safety guidance encourages us to provide special consideration to employees with underlying health conditions that place them at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  To ensure the protection of confidential personal health information, to comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to ensure equitable and consistent consideration for all employees, Appalachian State University has implemented a centralized process for review of high-risk factors and other individual circumstances that may impact employees' safe return to on-campus work. 

Please use this form to report any high risk health factors or other circumstances that may affect your ability to return to work on campus or to comply with workplace safety requirements. 

Time and Leave Reporting During COVID-19 Reduced Operations

*Please note that Friday, April 10, 2020 is an observed state holiday.  All employees are reminded to record it as a holiday on their April timesheets and leave reports.   Holiday premium pay and equal time will apply to eligible employees who work the holiday, just as they would under normal operations, instead of COVID-19 compensatory time.


Search Committee Guidance

March 26, 2020: UNC System President Roper's updated memo to Chancellors suspending all non-essential human resources actions. All requests to process employment actions need to be submitted to the Vice-Chancellor level and then presented to the Chancellor for evaluation and approval. Depending on the level the search reached when the freeze was instituted below are the options:

1. Add your request for approval to pursue hiring for this position - perhaps with a delayed start date
2. Suspend the search which requires the Search Committee to communicate specifically with interviewees to explain the current status. This will require periodic communication with interviewees. We also recommend communication with other applicants using the bulk email feature in PeopleAdmin (HR can help). The posting "sits" in limbo until ready to be reinstated.
3. Cancel the search to start over at a later date.

HR can help you navigate these employment developments by communicating with your applicants and transition your searches in the PeopleAdmin system for you. 

Effective March 30, remains in effect until further notice:  All on-campus interviews for search candidates suspended.  During this time, all job searches will be conducted virtually via telephone and video interviews. Our Employment Office has assembled guidance for how to conduct successful virtual searches.

HR is here to support you!

Nancy Crowell - crowellnd@appstate.edu
Associate Director for Employment
Shelley Leder - leders@appstate.edu
Lead Talent Acquisition Specialist
Divisions: Chancellor, Advancement, &
Smaller Colleges in Academic Affairs
Candace Silver - silverch@appstate.edu
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Division: Academic Affairs
Matthew Grieve - grievem@appstate.edu
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Divisions: Business Affairs and Student Affairs
Cindy Day - daycl@appstate.edu
HR Specialist
Temporary Employment

HR Cancellations and/or Adjustments to Procedures

  • Until further notice, we are suspending all in-person professional development programs offered through the Office of Human Resources.  During this time, we will continue to ensure that professional development opportunities are available for staff online.  Information about online programs can be found at: https://hr.appstate.edu/online-professional-development.
  • This year's Annual Performance Review period for SHRA and EHRA Non-Faculty employees has been extended from March 31 to June 30, 2020.  Under this extension, 2019-2020 reviews will be conducted in July and August. We will communicate new dates for self appraisals and 2020-2021 work plans at a later time.
  • Until further notice, our regular New Employee Orientation (NEO) program will be suspended and replaced with an alternate program in which critical information for new hires will be provided virtually.  During this time, in the absence of scheduled NEO, you may schedule any new hires to begin employment at the start of any workweek.  Please note that all new hires will have to report to the Office of Human Resources within three days of their start date to complete the I-9 employment verification process and to enroll in benefits.  Please watch for additional updates as we finalize the online programming.


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