Fall 2020 Experience for Employees

Forward to Fall

Fall 2020 Experience for Employees

We’re looking forward to an active and vibrant campus this fall, with an enhanced focus on health and safety so that all students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus can get the most out of their Nebraska experience.

Fall 2020 Experience For:  Students Instructors / Researchers

Policies

  • Facial Coverings — When on campus, all members of the university community — students, faculty, staff and visitors — are expected to wear facial coverings when indoors and when social distancing cannot be observed outside. Two masks will be provided to every student and university employee (See mask delivery plans). You can remove the mask temporarily if you are alone in an office with a ceiling and closed door. You can also remove the mask to eat indoors if you observe social distancing guidelines. Read the entire UNL Face Covering Policy, which includes accommodations for individuals who need an alternative face covering.
  • Remote/Alternative Work Site — The university is offering alternative work arrangements to all employees. It includes options if you are at high risk, live with someone who is, or have additional concerns about contracting COVID-19. Learn more about this policy.
  • Administrative Leave — If needed, you can access an expanded administrative leave option due to COVID-19. The policy offers up to 160 hours to all university employees. Learn more about administrative leave and how to access it.

Working on Campus

  • Academic Calendar — In an effort to limit virus spread, the fall 2020 academic calendar has been adjusted to run from Aug. 17 to Nov. 25. Review the entire calendar, including dates for final exams.
  • Labor Day — Due to the calendar adjustment, the university will be open on Labor Day, Sept. 7. Normally a holiday, it will count as a working day on campus. It will be added to employees’ floating holiday bank, allowing the university’s annual winter break (from late December to early January) to be extended by one day.
  • Facial coverings — To protect yourself, students, other employees and the greater Lincoln community, you are expected to wear a facial covering when working indoors on campus and when social distancing cannot be observed outside. Read the UNL Face Covering Policy.
  • Testing availability — Testing for COVID-19 is available through the University Health Center and other local health care facilities. Additional testing options will be announced if necessary.
  • Exposure protocols — The university is working with local health officials to finalize details on what to do if you are exposed to or become ill with COVID-19. These protocols — which will include information on testing, quarantine, isolation, contact tracing and notification within the campus community — will be announced.
  • Compliance — If you fail to abide by the university’s safety guidelines, you may be asked or directed to leave the campus. Individuals who fail to comply with the guidelines may also be taken off duty and/or subject to disciplinary action.
  • Looking Ahead — At this time, there is no identified tipping point that would cause the university to shut down buildings and return to remote instruction. That decision — which would be announced to campus — will be based on regular reviews of virus data and in consultation with local and state health officials.
  • Online Training — You can access COVID-19 training regarding campus procedures, self-care, university operations and customer service procedures through the Environmental Health and Safety website. The online training sessions are 30-minutes long and include supplemental materials.
  • Transition struggles — If you are struggling with the transition back to campus or know someone who is in distress, the university offers a number of support services. For employees, these include the Employee Assistance Program. Student support services include Big Red Resilience and Well-Being and Counseling and Psychological Services. Faculty and staff who work with students can also review assistance options outlined in the Big Red Folder.

In the Office

  • Health protections — From providing masks and hand sanitizer to following social distancing guidelines, the university is following health and safety protocols as recommended by federal, state and local experts. Learn more about health protections on campus this fall.
  • Disinfection — Campus custodians are following enhanced cleaning and disinfection across campus. Within campus offices, custodial staff are not responsible for cleaning desks, horizontal surfaces or computer components. Staff and faculty should follow CDC guidelines for cleaning those surfaces. Employees are also responsible for supplying tissues and hand sanitizer for personal use.
  • Social Distancing — You should observe social distancing (six-feet between individuals) at all times. The university is creating seating maps for instruction spaces. In these areas, chairs, desks and tables, or any other seating barrier, should not be repositioned as the layout is designed to provide the greatest instruction capacities. The maps will be posted.
  • Hand Sanitizer — The university is providing hand sanitizer stations at the front door to the majority of campus buildings. All members of the university community are asked to observe the CDC’s hand washing guidelines. If unavailable, hand sanitizer can be substituted.
  • Research Guidelines — If you work in an research area, you should follow all guidelines provided by the Office of Research and Economic Development. Learn more here.

Testing, Quarantine, Isolation and Contact Tracing

  • Testing availability — Testing for COVID-19 is available through the University Health Center and other local health care facilities. Additional testing options will be announced if necessary.
  • Exposure protocols — Exposure to COVID-19 is defined as having been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes while being less than 6 feet from the individual. The university is working with local health officials to finalize details on what to do if you are exposed to or become ill with COVID-19. These protocols — which will include information on testing, quarantine, isolation, contact tracing and notification within the campus community — will be announced.
  • Quarantine/Isolation — The university is working with local health officials to finalize details on quarantine/isolation procedures. These protocols will be announced. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of individuals who are exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Isolation separates sick individuals with a contagious disease from others who are not sick.
  • Length of Quarantine — If you are exposed to COVID-19, per federal health guidance, you should self-quarantine for 14 days. If symptoms present, seek medical consultation and self-isolate until advised by a medical professional that you can return to campus (generally at least 10 days following onset of symptoms and at least 72 hours since fever has ended, with no fever-reducing medications, and other symptoms are improving). You do not need a negative COVID-19 test to return to campus once quarantine has ended.
  • A Positive Test — If you are confirmed to have COVID-19, contact tracing protocols will identify and inform any students, colleagues, staff or others who may have been exposed. Per HIPAA privacy rules, your name will not be released.

More Information for Employees

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Since the beginning of this public health crisis, we’ve been answering your questions about how UNL is responding and planning. We’ve compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions on the FAQ / Contact Us page.

covid19@unl.edu