Faculty, Staff and Student Employee Resources
Consistent with governmental action designed to slow the spread of the virus, the UCO physical campus will close to all but essential employees at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 26 through at least April 15.
This site will provide University of Central Oklahoma faculty, staff and student employees with resources for business continuity.
Alternative Work Options
Telework is an alternative work arrangement that provides a flexible work schedule for all or part of the workweek on scheduled days or hours of the day; it is mutually beneficial for both the employee and the organization.
In response to the emergency situation related to COVID-19, UCO is implementing emergency telework procedures. Please use our one-page guide, Continuing Business During the COVID-19 Emergency, to better understand this option.
Flextime is an alternative work schedule that allows departmental directors the flexibility to vary the arrival and departure times of employees. All flextime decisions are subject to departmental approval, control and supervision. All exceptions will be handled by the department director on a case-by-case basis. Flextime should be of mutual benefit to both the employee and the departmental director. Any abuse of the flextime arrangement will result in loss of this arrangement and possible disciplinary action.
- Child Care Resources provide recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding school closures and a checklist for teachers and parents.
- Coronavirus Resources provide information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and prevention, as well as advice on how to talk to children about it.
- Quarantine Resources include information that may be useful for individuals looking to self-isolate, self-quarantine or minimize public contact.
- Internet Resources for Oklahoma Residents During Public Health Emergency.
All UCO employees enrolled in a medical plan have $0 out of pocket costs for COVID-19 testing. Coverage is provided at any provider, regardless of network affiliation.
Primary Health Partners
All UCO employees can call, text or video chat with a physician from Primary Health Partners, free of charge, even if you're not enrolled in the direct primary care plan. PHP physicians can answer questions and offer guidance regarding COVID-19.
MD Live Telemedicine
Telemedicine is an instant phone or video chat with a doctor or mental health counselor. Telemedicine can diagnose illness and send prescriptions to your pharmacy. It’s also cheaper than an office visit.
All UCO employees and dependents enrolled in a medical plan have 24/7 access to physicians through the BCBS partnership with MD Live. Video chat and telephonic services are available. Physicians can diagnose and prescribe medication without requiring an in-person visit. The $1250 PPO and HDHP without HSA plans offer a $15 co-pay for telemedicine, while all other plans offer coverage subject to deductible and coinsurance.
Employee Assistance Program
All faculty and staff have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Deer Oaks. This benefit is available from day one of employment, through six months after separation, whether it is through voluntary or involuntary termination. The EAP provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention and education services for you, dependents living at home or elsewhere and anyone who lives in your household. All services are confidential.
Beyond mental health and well-being assistance, the program offers several resources to help maintain a healthy work-life balance. Anytime someone reaches out to the EAP, they connect with a specialist who can assist with a multitude of requests. Examples include finding child care, elder care, repair services and other local services. The EAP can also provide legal consultation, vacation planning and financial planning assistance. The perks to the EAP are quite robust, and we’re proud to offer our employees services that help them live life to the fullest.
Deer Oaks serves as our primary EAP provider, with The Hartford offering a secondary EAP.