Faculty and Staff FAQ
This FAQ from the Office of Human Resources contains information for Catholic University faculty and staff. Please visit the University's COVID-19 Updates page for the latest information and status of the University's operations. The Provost's Faculty FAQ has the latest information for faculty.
Is the campus open?
Yes, the University is open and operating with normal business hours.
Are campus dining services open?
Yes, University dining services are open. Please visit the Dining Services page for more information.
If you have any questions in regards to the Pryzbyla Center hours of operation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-319-5291.
Will our standing meetings continue?
Yes, the University is open with fully in-person operations. Faculty and staff should continue to engage in gatherings related to academic and professional pursuits.
Health and Safety
Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?
In accordance with revised guidance from the CDC and the District's Department of Health, Catholic University is lifting the mask requirement for most of the campus effective immediately.
The mandate continues to be in effect in all public spaces of residential dorms and in health facilities. On our campus those health facilities include the Student Health Center, the training room in DuFour where athletes receive medical attention, the COVID-19 testing center, and the counseling center.
Masking continues to be an option for those who have determined they need the extra protection of masking to keep themselves or others safe.
The best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination. We continue to encourage all members of our community to take this step. Other effective ways to protect yourself and others include wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining an appropriate social distance.
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is a practice designed to reduce the risks of spreading the Coronavirus while interacting with others. Social distancing is maintaining a six foot distance between yourself and others.
The best protection against COVID-19 is vaccination. We continue to encourage all members of our community to take this step.
Other effective ways to protect yourself and others include wearing a mask and washing your hands.
I am experiencing stress and anxiety. Does the University provide any resources?The Carebridge Employee Assistance program is available for employees and their families. Please call 1-800-437-0911 or visit www.myliferesource.com. The access code for Catholic University is HSBH4.
I've been in contact with someone who has tested positive. What should I do?Please review CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
I am not feeling well, whom should I tell?Please inform your supervisor if you are feeling unwell. If you need to leave campus, be sure to let your supervisor know as soon as possible.
How do I get a test?
Faculty, staff and students who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html), or are concerned they may have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, should first contact their primary care provider for guidance about testing. Your primary care provider will triage your personal circumstances and be best situated to direct you to the most appropriate COVID-19 testing service, they will also provide care in response to any testing results. If you are unable to work with your primary care provider, the following agencies provide alternative testing services.
In the District of Columbia
Visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/testing for information on testing in the District of Columbia.
Visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/symptoms-testing for information on testing in Maryland, or, by county:
- Baltimore County - https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/COVID19/testing.html
- Howard County - https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls/Coronavirus-Testing
- Montgomery County - https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html
- Prince Georges County - https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3472/COVID-19-Testing
Visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing for information on testing in Virgina, or, by county:
- Arlington County - https://www.arlingtonva.us/
- Fairfax County - https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/vaccine
What should I do if I have tested positive for coronavirus or been told by a medical professional I am "presumed positive"?
In order to ensure the health and safety of the entire University community, employees should notify their supervisor if they test positive to COVID-19, or are presumed positive and are waiting on the results of their testing.
The employee or their supervisor should send an email with the individual in question's name to CUA-CoronaResponse@CUA.EDU. The email address is monitored by the Senior Director for Environmental Health, Safety, & Risk Management, the Director of Student Health Services, and Chief Human Resources Officer. Soon after sending that email, a member of the Employee Relations team will be in be in touch to review the situation and develop the most appropriate response.
Please see CDC guidance at for additional steps you should take.
I have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Does the University have a special sick leave program?
Yes, starting July 2020, the University offers paid leave for those who are diagnosed with COVID-19:
- For regular staff who are diagnosed with COVID-19, the University will provide an immediate, one-time allotment of fifteen (15) continuous days of sick leave with pay.
- Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by the Employee Relations team to certify their diagnosis and make arrangements to receive their leave. (This program replaces the previous Advance of Sick Leave program created at the beginning of the pandemic.)
- Faculty who are diagnosed with COVID-19, informed by their Instructional Continuity planning, should continue to work with their department chairs and school Deans to make arrangements for their paid leave while recovering.
If I am coming to campus for work, can I bring my children or elderly family members to campus?No. For the safety of the entire community, employees may not bring children or elders to work with them, even if they are well.
I am in a higher-risk category because of my health or age. May I work from home even though the university is operating normally?If you believe you have a documented medical reason to prevent your working on campus, please contact the HR employee relations team at HR-EmployeeRelations@cua.edu to initiate a dialog around possible accommodations. In line with the ADA process, confirmed medical conditions will have to materially inhibit one's ability to complete their position’s primary activities to be considered for an accommodation.
Paychecks and Timesheets
I am required to self-isolate because of a COVID-19 exposure. How should I record leave?In the event an employee feels unwell and is unable to work, they should record sick leave. If an employee is in self-isolation, they may use their sick, vacation, or unpaid leave for their regularly scheduled time.
How do I submit my timesheet to my supervisor if I am working from home?Please email the completed timesheet to your supervisor as an attachment for his or her signature—feel free to send a photo of your timesheet if you don't have a scanner at home. In the event you were not able to work some hours or days due to the coronavirus emergency, please ensure to properly charge those hours to the appropriate leave type (e.g. accrued vacation, sick leave or unpaid leave).
I can't come to work because I am a vulnerable individual or need to self-isolate. How can I get my paycheck?Please send an email to email@example.com requesting your paycheck to be mailed to your home.
I am not signed up for direct deposit. How will I receive my paycheck?Your check will be printed and available for pickup at the payroll office in Leahy Hall. If you are unable to come on campus, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting your paycheck to be mailed to your home. You may also sign up for Direct Deposit by printing, signing and sending a scanned copy or photo of the Direct Deposit Form from your Cardinal email account to email@example.com.
I'm a supervisor. Is there any guidance for my role?Yes, please read Coronavirus Guidance for Supervisors.