Message from the President | UOG Campus Reopens; Employees Report to Work on June 1, 2020

Message from the President | UOG Campus Reopens; Employees Report to Work on June 1, 2020

Message from the President | UOG Campus Reopens; Employees Report to Work on June 1, 2020



To: University of Guam Community

From: Thomas W. Krise, Ph.D., President

Subject: UOG Campus Reopens; Employees Report to Work on June 1, 2020

The University of Guam will reopen its campus and will welcome back employees beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.

Governor Leon Guerrero issued Executive Order 2020-16 on May 28, 2020, which reopens GovGuam agencies and returns government employees back to the workplace on June 1. It also extends the public health emergency until June 29, 2020. The Executive Order in its entirety has been attached to this memo.

All UOG offices and departments will be open to the public and unless otherwise instructed by their supervisors, all UOG employees shall return to their physical worksites. Deans, Directors, and supervisors may continue to utilize flexible working schedules and remote work for their employees to the extent possible and where appropriate.

All employees and any member of the public conducting business on campus or visiting the campus must observe the University’s guidelines outlined below.


  1. Masks - ALL employees must wear masks when in the same room as others, or when away from their desks or offices, or when in close proximity to other people outdoors. Each employee will be issued a mask upon their return to work on campus. Remember that our masks are worn to protect others as much as ourselves, and they are a sign of mutual respect and concern for our collective welfare.
  2. Social distancing
    1. Employees should maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from others.
    2. Rooms will be limited to 50% of normal capacity.
    3. All groups will be limited to 25 or less depending on space available for social distancing.
    4. Supervisors should implement a staggered schedule for offices with multiple staff members in close proximity. Prolonged exposure in an enclosed space is as risky as shorter periods of time in crowded spaces.
  3. Public accommodations - UOG’s places of business or public accommodation may resume operations provided they do so at no greater than 50% capacity or up to 10 people and are strictly prohibited to operate at a capacity that is greater than their regular occupancy limit.
  4. Frequent handwashing – Employees must wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  5. Temperature Checks – UOG officials will be using non-contact infrared thermometers to check temperatures daily, particularly in areas where our employees deal with the public on a daily basis such as in the Business Office, Admissions, Financial Aid Office, and other such areas.
  6. Sanitization - Employees should sanitize their desks and workstations regularly throughout the day. UOG custodial staff will clean and sanitize certain common areas daily.
  7. Signage – Employees and visitors must observe all signage regarding masks, social distancing, and other precautions.
  8. STAY HOME - If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have any symptoms typical of Covid19 (loss of sense of smell, dry cough, swollen toes, etc.), or are otherwise sick or have any cold or flu-like symptoms, you should remain at home.

The goal of these rules is to prevent new outbreaks of COVID-19 and save us all from another extended period of lockdown. No one wants to be locked down again, so we all need to take these steps to save us from another quarantine.

End of Pay Differential Category 3

Executive Order 2020-16 also ends Category 3 of Hazardous Pay Differential. Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, in accordance with paragraph 3.a, Executive Order 2020-16, Section 2.200.C, Category 3, the 10% Hazardous Pay Differential, of UOG’s COVID 19 Response Differential Pay Policy & Procedures to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 shall expire and UOG employees not otherwise eligible for Section 2.200.A or B Hazardous Pay Differentials of the aforementioned policy shall be compensated at their regular rate regardless of whether work occurs at their physical workplace or via telework.

Finakpo’ Sessions and Fanuchånan 2020

This summer, Finakpo’ sessions A, B, and C will continue to be held entirely online. No classes in these sessions will be held on campus. More information about Fanuchånan 2020 classes will be provided at a later date.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony

UOG will continue its plans to host a virtual Commencement Ceremony which will be broadcast online at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020. More information is available at

As we begin to relax some of our pandemic control requirements and make our way back to a semblance of normalcy, I want to thank every Triton—student, faculty member, staff member and administrator—for working so hard and creatively to cope with an extraordinary and volatile situation this past semester. Your commitment to our University, your innovation, and your resiliency have turned this unprecedented time into a memorable period of accomplishment.

I am looking forward to seeing each of you — at least your eyes over your masks! — on campus in the coming weeks. Biba UOG!