Information for Employees

Required Re-Entry Testing

As we came back to campus for the Fall semester, at the directive of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, we conducted one round of required campus re-entry saliva-based testing between August 15 and 22 for ALL students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

After the first round of campus re-entry testing, those who have uploaded their vaccination information to the Vaccination Registry are exempt from weekly saliva-based testing. Similar to this spring, those who can document a recent case of COVID-19 or have a medical exception to saliva testing can also file an exemption from all testing.

Students, faculty and staff who will be on our Lincoln campuses and who have not uploaded their vaccination information to the Registry will be required to participate in several rounds of weekly tests in order to have access to academic buildings and many other campus spaces. The results from these initial rounds of testing will help us determine our testing posture for the remainder of the semester, in close consultation with LLCHD.

Testing and Reporting

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers free COVID-19 testing services. Any member of the university community who receives a positive test report should report their case to the Public Health Advocacy Team. For the health of the university community, please cooperate with any contact-tracing information requests you may receive.

For more information, please refer to our comprehensive resources on Testing, Reporting & Contact Tracing.

Voluntary Vaccine Registry and Fall 2021 Testing

To help us understand the breadth of vaccination rates in our community and more accurately prepare for Fall, we have created a voluntary COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. You must have completed your final dose in order to register.

To help us continue to monitor and prevent any spread of COVID-19 on campus in the Fall, we will again require weekly saliva-based testing for all students, faculty and staff who will be on our Lincoln campuses. Tests will be offered Sunday through Thursday each week and will remain required weekly for those without exemptions, until public health guidance advises that we may be able to pivot to random testing. Those who have provided documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination in the registry will be exempt from weekly testing.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not ask about others' vaccination status. Such information is considered private.

Workplace Guidance

Any employee who is at risk for COVID-19, caring for someone at risk for COVID-19 or feels unsafe returning to campus can request an alternative work arrangement.

  • All safety protocols must be adhered to on campus and in university worksites.
  • Screening, tracing, and communication resources have been created for instructors, employees and supervisors. The documents include guidance for COVID-19 screening, conversations regarding the pandemic and answers to questions supervisors might be asked.
  • 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. 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.
  • University employees with minor children who are required to engage in remote learning due to the COVID-19 policies of the school district in which they are enrolled may request to work remotely in accordance with the university’s alternative worksite policy. Unit leaders should approve those requests to the fullest extent that operational needs will permit.
  • 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.
  • Unit leaders must continue to abide by local health guidance. Updates can be found on the Lincoln/Lancaster County Department of Health website. UNL sites in other counties should consult their local health department websites.

Principles and Guidelines for Alternative Work Arrangements Due to COVID-19

The document linked above sets forth detailed guidelines for employees who need to request alternative work arrangements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Types of Alternative Work Arrangements

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 websites. 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

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.

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Use of State Equipment / Property

If you have made an Alternative Work Site arrangement, you are responsible for maintaining accurate records about any university equipment and property (PCs, monitors, etc.) used at the 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.

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Parking & Building Access

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UNL Parking and Transit Services (PTS) has resumed most parking functions with expanded permit access. Temporary daily, 1, 2, and 3 week and 1 monthly parking permits, to be displayed on your dashboard, are available for online purchase. These are available for Area A faculty and staff parking lots, Area C student parking lots, and Area P perimeter parking lots. PTS is also issuing Occasional Parking Permit packets that include ten one-day parking permits with customizable date selection, for those whose requirement to visit campus is only occasional. Hourly parking is available at the Stadium Drive, 14th & Avery and 17th & R Parking Garages. You may contact PTS by phone, 402-472-1800, or by email at unlpts@unl.edu; however, at this time, there is no in-person customer service.

  • Faculty and staff reserved Areas F01 – F18 are for designated/authorized permits only. Additional parking is available in Area C and R#.
  • Faculty and staff Area A permits are also valid in Areas C and R#.
  • Garage permits are for designated/authorized permits only. Additional parking is available in Areas C and R#.
  • Student Area C and R# permits are interchangeable.
  • Perimeter permits are valid in R01 as there is no bus service.
  • Hourly parking Passport/Meters are in normal operation.

As always, please do not park in a signed space, reserved space, drive aisles, on sidewalks, fire lanes, or any other prohibited areas as parking rules are enforced.

Building Access

Access to campus buildings is currently governed by the following guidelines:

  • Please follow local public health guidance. University sites around Nebraska must follow local health guidelines in their area.
  • 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.
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Travel

  • UNL's Travel Policy now allows pre-approved domestic and international travel for essential university business for faculty, staff and students. For international travel, submit travel requests well in advance of the purposed travel date to ensure the approval process does not delay travel preparations.
  • For policies regarding use of university vehicles, see the Fleet Management COVID-19 information and FAQ page).
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Mail and Central Receiving, Financial Processing

UNL's mail operation remains active during the pandemic, with some operational changes. 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.

Central Receiving

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.

Emails to Employees

This is a list of all messages sent specifically to employees. Please see the Latest Updates page of this site for university-wide messages.

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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.

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