For Summer 2020, all courses are being delivered utilizing remote access and will not meet in-person. UNL staff will continue their roles in support of the university mission.
Supervisors are expected to ensure that all employees who are able to work from home, are doing so until further notice. This includes student workers.
Types of Alternative Work Arrangements
- Remote/Alternative Work Site
- Flexible Work Schedule
- Job/Shift Sharing & Alternate Work Duties
- Reduced Schedule
Additional resources are available on the Human Resources website.
Technology and Support
NU Information Technology Services is available to help you create a functional and efficient work environment in your remote location. NU ITS has published a page, Remote Work FAQ, with information on computer equipment, VPN networking, phones and voicemail, digital tools, and IT support.
A note about VPN (virtual private networking): VPN resources are limited, so you should only use a VPN when accessing restricted internal resources. If you have not previously used a VPN to access University services, you probably don't need it to work remotely. A VPN is not required to access many common services such as email, Canvas, Firefly, Box, Zoom, and general campus web sites. A VPN is used to access restricted internal resources on the University network, such as research workstations, file shares, or web applications. When you are finished working with a restricted resource, disconnect from the VPN to make sure that others who need it can use the service.
Make sure to protect your Zoom sessions from "gatecrashing;" see the article "Keep Zoom meetings secure with these tips" on Nebraska Today.
Disability and Accommodation
If you have a current accommodation plan, consider adjustments that may be needed for you to continue your work. If you have questions or encounter a barrier, please contact Faculty/Staff Disability Services.
Health and Support Services
Extended Emergency Paid Leave Available to All Employees
The University of Nebraska is offering all employees access to extended emergency paid administrative leave for issues related to COVID-19.
Announced in a March 26 email from Ted Carter, president of the NU system, the policy offers up to 160 hours of administrative paid leave in the event of self-quarantine, quarantine or care of an immediate family member, childcare resulting from school closures, or related scenarios. Use of the leave is subject to supervisor approval. In addition, an April 10 email from Associate Vice President for Human Resources Bruce Currin highlights the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which offers university employees the opportunity to apply for an additional 80 hours of paid leave for qualifying reasons. Learn more on the University of Nebraska system website.
Flexible Leave Policies
The university already has existing sick, crisis and vacation policies as well as a flexible policy to allow employees to work at alternative sites, including at home, with supervisor approval. This policy is open to all university employees.
For those who are seeking additional support, resources are available through the Employee Assistance Program.
Use of State Equipment / Property
As employees work remotely, questions may arise about the use of state equipment and property (PCs, monitors, etc.) for continuity of work. As equipment is temporarily loaned to enable employees to work from home or another alternate location, employees are asked to update the Objects on Loan form (also available on the Human Resources website). Provide any Objects on Loan updates to your department’s administrative staff.
Parking & Building Access
UNL Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is conducting only essential campus functions. PTS is not enforcing parking permit regulations. If your job requires you to report to campus or if you need at access your worksite to retrieve items from your office, you may park in a regular unmarked parking space close to your building. As always, please do not park in a signed space, reserved space, drive aisles, on sidewalks, fire lanes, or any other prohibited areas.
Only designated employees whose physical presence is required on campus currently have card access to buildings. Vice Chancellors and their designees have approved and compiled lists of designated employees to UNLPD Building Access to authorize individuals as essential on-site personnel and allow card access once the campus restricts access.
Starting June 1, access to campus buildings will no longer be limited to only those individuals whose physical presence has been designated as necessary. Individuals will no longer be required to possess a letter authorizing a campus presence. Unit leaders are expected to adhere the following guidelines for the period of June 1 - June 30:
- Every employee able to effectively work remotely should continue to do so.
- Local public health guidance in Lincoln continues to limit any gathering to groups of 10 or less, with social distancing of at least six feet. University sites around Nebraska must follow local health guidelines.
- If some employees within a unit do return to work in the office, unit leaders need to ensure that no more than one-third of workplace personnel are present at any time. This is being done to help reduce the density of our worksites.
- Consistent with local public health guidance, employees are expected to wear face coverings when interacting in-person with other individuals.
- In-person meetings should be avoided whenever possible. Employees are encouraged to continue to utilize Zoom for meetings.
Mail and Central Receiving, Financial Processing
With many employees now shifting to remote work, a change in mail delivery and central receiving is required. UNL's mail operation remains active – just the delivery needs to be customized. Here are specifics:
Mail and Distribution
- Receipt of mail to the University Operations Building from USPS will remain uninterrupted.
- Mail is received, sorted and stored for pickup or delivery when requested.
- Mail is prepared for pickup between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Mail and packages will need to be dropped off between 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Questions or requests can be directed to the Facilities Service Desk at 402-472-1550.
We are diverting the delivery of packages from third-party vendors (UPS, FedEx, etc.) to the Facilities Management Services receiving dock at 942 North 22nd Street. Here are further specifics:
- Housing and Athletics will continue to receive packages at their own locations.
- Packages delivered by third-party vendors are secured at 942 North 22nd Street. If there are critical items individuals are waiting to receive they can call the Facilities Service Desk at 402-472-1550 and we will arrange for pickup or delivery by University Operations Staff. The Facilities Service Desk is staffed from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for all service needs.
- Our University Operations team is working with the Office of Research and Economic Development to ensure all necessary research equipment and supplies get delivered directly to the needed locations. This is addressed on a case-by-case basis under the coordination of ORED and B&F.
Financial operations in Business and Finance are being supported remotely. Detailed instructions regarding payroll, disbursement and deposit processing were distributed to all business staff on March 19. If you have any questions, please work with your area business office or manager.
Emails to Employees
This is a list of all messages sent specifically to employees. Please see the homepage of this site for university-wide messages.
- Message from Chancellor Ronnie Green:
Important Updates to COVID-19 Measures (5/21)
- Office of the President:
Extended Emergency Leave Policy for COVID-19 Related Absences (3/26)
- Vice Chancellor Business and Finance Update:
Operational Continuity Items (3/19)