Health Guidance

Personal Hygiene, Prevention, and Well-being Measures

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has created an online resource of COVID-19 signage options that departments and units can use as part of the return to on campus instruction for the fall semester.

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  1. All University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) faculty, staff, students, and visitors will consistently practice personal hygiene and prevention measures including:
    • Self-monitoring for symptoms and staying home when ill or after having been exposed to someone known or suspected of having COVID-19.
    • Washing hands thoroughly and often.
    • Refraining from touching the face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Practicing physical distancing, by maintaining 6 feet of distance from others.
    • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
  2. All UNL faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, and others) will wear facial coverings when indoors on the UNL campus, with a few exceptions, and in keeping with established campus policy. Facial coverings will also be worn during UNL activities performed outdoors if safe physical distancing and gathering practices are not possible.
  3. Covid screening app logo All are encouraged to self-monitor for and report symptoms of COVID-19 by using the 1-Check COVID-19 Screening app for iOS and Android developed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 1-Check COVID-19 enables individuals to privately answer a series of questions and assess their risk of having COVID-19. Then the app issues a “low risk,” “urgent risk” or “emergent risk” assessment and guides users toward possible next steps specific to their needs.
  4. All UNL faculty, staff, and students will complete training to provide them information on required safety practices and tips for navigating the new normal on campus. All students will complete a Cornhuskers Commitment that reflects their commitment to the safety and wellbeing of the community.
  5. All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to receive a flu vaccination in the fall. The University Health Center has ordered over 6,000 doses and will be holding flu clinics conveniently located across the campus for students.
  6. All will participate in testing and contact tracing as necessary and directed under prescribed protocols.

If You’ve Been Exposed to the Novel Coronavirus

If you believe you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, contact the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. A hotline has been established for self-reporting, guidance and next steps.

Call 402-441-8006 or visit the Health Department website.

Additional information and guidance regarding exposure, prevention and treatment is available through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control.

If You Feel Sick

Contact your health provider or the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Coronavirus Hotline: 402-441-8006. Some providers may be able to offer telemedicine; UNL faculty and staff may have access to Teladoc, for example. The University Health Center is now available to faculty and staff members as an acute care option.

The State of Nebraska has initiated TestNebraska, a coronavirus testing program, for which you can register. You can also learn about COVID-19 and its symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control.

During this period, members of the UNL community should be more cautious than usual. You should stay home if you have symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) or if you are otherwise feeling ill.

If You've Traveled to Areas of Widespread Transmission, Self-Quarantine

Based on guidance from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, we ask any student, faculty or staff who may be returning from travel in areas with widespread transmission of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Public Hygiene

  1. University Operations has designed and built free-standing large capacity hand-sanitizer dispenser stations that will be strategically located in high-traffic areas throughout campus. Each station holds three gallons of hand sanitizer that is being produced at Nebraska Innovation Campus. University departments can request free hand sanitizer in smaller volume containers through a newly established Marketplace website.
  2. University Communication has developed a variety of educational posters for all campus units’ use on public hygiene topics such as signs and symptoms of COVID-19, reminders to stay home when ill, elevator etiquette, and more.
  3. High-touch points in high-traffic student and public use areas will be cleaned and disinfected twice a day. Custodial and building systems employees have received training specifically related to COVID-19 and are following strict policies while conducting work in occupied spaces.
  4. All are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting in areas that are not public, particularly those with limited service by custodial staff (e.g. laboratories, offices, residence hall bedrooms, etc.).

Testing and Contact Tracing

  1. All persons on campus will participate in COVID-19 symptoms monitoring programs and will be encouraged to use the 1-Check COVID-19 screening app.
  2. During the fall 2020 semester, viral testing will be available in significant quantity to test any member of the UNL community who presents symptoms. In addition, UNL plans to implement targeted testing of populations, for example, in residential housing or when hot spots or surges of infection occur.
  3. UNL will work with state and county health organizations to ensure that contact tracing is available to manage cases for the UNL community. UNL will make use of institutional data and analytics to streamline the contact-tracing process as appropriate.
  4. UNL will provide quarantine and isolation for students living on campus. In addition, UNL case managers will manage quarantine and isolation for members of the community.
  5. Moving into spring 2021, large scale availability of viral testing kits will continue and UNL will consider capacity for antibody testing when the data can be used for controlling viral spread.

Financial Support and Extension

Financial Hardship? Apply for Assistance

Students can apply for several sources of emergency assistance funding, including funding from the federal CARES Act. For more information, see COVID-19 Resources on the website of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund helps currently enrolled students and university employees (faculty and staff) who face financial hardship resulting from emergency or crisis situations such as natural disasters, home displacement and food insecurity. These circumstances include the COVID-19 crisis that has affected people across the state.

Aid from the fund is awarded by the University of Nebraska president based on need, and applicants may receive up to $1,000 per calendar year. If you have any questions, contact the university at or call 402-472-2111.

Help Support Students

Student Affairs maintains several funds through the NU Foundation to help support students' non-academic needs. Please consider supporting the UNL Student Hardship Fund, the UNL Food Pantry Fund, and the UNL Student Care and Well-Being Fund. Find out more on Student Affairs’ Help Support Students page.

Information on all UNL and university system funds related to the Coronavirus pandemic can be found on the NU Foundation website.

Extension Supports Nebraskans

Nebraska Extension is providing resources and information aligned with the university’s statewide outreach mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. See Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources on Extension's Disaster Education website.