Compassionate clause to continue fall quarter

August 22, 2022
Elizabeth Watkins and Gerry Bomotti
August 22, 2022

Dear Colleagues: 

As we look forward to the start of the fall quarter, we would like to confirm that the compassionate clause will remain in effect. 

The compassionate clause, which was in place last academic year, allowed for exceptions to normal course delivery modes through an approval process starting in the home department that is offering the course. These course modality changes (from in-person to remote) applies to instructors who either: 

a.    Live with children under the age of 5 who do not attend in-person school or daycare. 

b.    Are immunocompromised themselves or live with one or more immunocompromised individuals.

Similar consideration will be provided to any staff member in an equivalent situation and for whom remote work is feasible for fall quarter.

To promote consistency, supervisors should review employee requests and make recommendations to their organizational unit head (typically a vice chancellor, associate vice chancellor, vice provost, or dean) before finalizing.

Approvals are not guaranteed, may not extend past December 31, and should be regularly revisited by supervisors to ensure they meet the workload needs of the unit and remain consistent with current health and safety conditions.