Faculty and staff play an important role in the health and safety of our community.

We prioritize the health of our community, so in compliance with local and federal safety guidelines, vaccines are required for all faculty/staff who do not have a religious or medical exemption. All faculty/staff on campus should complete the daily check-in on the Bison Safe app as well. A minimum of three-foot distancing is recommended whenever possible. 


Get the Bison Safe App

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Bison Safe is the official safety app of Howard University. Through the app, you can schedule COVID testing and complete your daily self-assessment, receive safety alerts, and get instant access to campus safety resources. Students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a daily self-assessment using this app before visiting any campus buildings

New Registration Instructions

Daily Self-Assessment Instructions

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University Telework Policy

Need Help? Contact the ETS Help Desk

Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) has partnered with Blackboard to enhance our IT Help Desk. As a result of this partnership, they have expanded their services: 

  • Help Desk staff members are now available 24/7/365 at (202)806-2020. This means you can contact them any time or day for support.   

  • Chat services are now available 24/7/365. You can access chat by clicking here and selecting chat. 

  • Self-help FAQs are also available for you to find helpful information 24/7/365. You can access them by clicking here.  

  • ETS's peak calling hours are 10 a.m – 2 p.m. EST. We recommend using the chat service if the phone line is busy. 

  • You can also check the ETS website for information about services here

  • Requests for support from ETS are here. Note: You may need to log in to Microsoft to complete the form. 

Please visit the ETS site for more information.


How and when should I get tested for COVID-19?

Please get tested if you are experiencing symptoms. You will need to schedule your testing appointment with the Bison Safe app. Please see the Testing, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing Protocol page for more information.

If a faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, what processes will the University follow? And how will this positive test result impact in-person class meetings?

If employees test positive, their supervisors will be notified that they are off duty. Please see the Testing, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing page for more information.

Will faculty in “high risk groups” (age 65+, qualifying health conditions, etc) be able to collaborate with their department chairs and deans to determine the feasibility of teaching remotely?

Faculty who may be immunocompromised, or those who have qualifying health conditions, may request reasonable accommodations through the Office of Human Resources. The University does not delineate faculty based on protected categories, of which, age is one.  

Communication concerning accommodations can be directed to Ms. Michelle Chapman, Director of Employee Relations and EEO at eeo@howard.edu. Further instructions can be found on the HR website: https://hr.howard.edu/eeo  


Learn More About COVID-19 Protocol for Faculty & Staff

Read the Full Employee Protocol