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This message was shared with employees of the 10-campus University of Hawaiʻi system on May 20, 2020.


Mahalo again to our entire UH employee ʻohana for rising to the challenge of this unprecedented semester!

Many of you have asked how the recent statements by Gov. Ige and the county mayors impact you. The most common question is from 11-month employees asking: “Do I need to return to work on campus June 1?”

Unless you have been advised otherwise by your supervisor, you should continue your current work arrangements during the month of June. Decisions on working arrangements are being made at the unit level. Employees who may want to return to work or are asked to return will only be allowed to do so when safe practices are in place. Please continue to use the online leave system to indicate if you are working from home by selecting the “COVID-19 Work From Home” option.

The overlapping guidance of state and county governments continues to evolve as they work to reopen and restart the economy while managing risks in a highly dynamic environment with many unknowns. As you heard last week in my joint message with our union leaders, UH and all of our campuses are actively working over the summer to develop plans, utilizing the best guidance available, to create safer working environments for all employees and students during a fall semester that will include both on-campus instruction and heavy usage of online technologies.

Thank you again for your patience as we navigate this complex situation. And thank you for your continued commitment to our students and to the entire state we serve.

E mālama pono,
David Lassner