Announcing the approval and effective date of updated remote work regulations

October 1, 2021

In the spring, Interim President Pitney charged a team with researching long-term remote work arrangements, investigating how we can best apply the remote workplace to the University of Alaska, and making recommendations to revise the university policy and regulation accordingly. I am pleased to announce that the team has concluded its work, and Interim President Pitney has approved the updated remote work regulations, effective November 1.

UA Human Resources has created a new Remote Work website. The website provides information about the updated regulations, administrative guidelines for remote work and also tools and resources for employees and supervisors. Starting October 7, remote work training sessions will be available for HR coordinators, employees, and supervisors. While the session may focus on a particular group, all are welcome to attend any session. The training schedule will be available on the Labor and Employee Engagement training calendar and also announced in newsletters and university communications.

Employee engagement, feedback and input through surveys and communication with the remote work teams has been vital to the project’s success. We received feedback on the draft regulations and incorporated governance and employee recommendations into this final version. Thank you for your input. 

This project has been a major undertaking, and I believe it was the best way forward in a modern and changing higher education landscape while being inclusive of our UA community. 

Thank you to everyone for being involved and engaged in this process and for your continued service to the University of Alaska.

David Bishko
Acting Chief Human Resources Officer