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Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

As part of our continued efforts to support the health and safety of our university community, and as an important tool in fully repopulating our campuses in the coming months, the telecommuting policy relaxation has been extended through December 31, 2021. This extension will allow for a Return to Rutgers planning process that provides unit heads sufficient flexibility to meet the business needs of their departments while supporting the safety of our campus community.

Please note that the President will be communicating with you within the next week regarding the process of returning fully to campus. That message will contain additional information about how telecommuting might fit into return to campus plans.

Additional information regarding telecommuting:

  • The extension of the relaxation of the telecommuting policy does not represent an entitlement, but instead provides flexibility necessary to balance the operational and service needs of the university with employee well-being as we plan for a safe return to campus.
  • As part of the Return to Rutgers planning process, we will request updates to work schedules and, if applicable, telecommuting plans.
  • Telecommuting is a work arrangement in which some or all work is performed from home or other off-site location. In general, regular office hours are worked: however, a department head may approve a work schedule outside of regular business hours.
  • When telecommuting, employees are still obligated to comply with all university rules, policies, and procedures (as they may be modified by the university) to the extent they are deemed necessary and/or appropriate.

As always, please Wear a face covering, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands!


Vivian Fernández
Senior Vice President for Human Resources