Information for Employees

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 Random Testing

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

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

Workplace Guidance

To maintain a healthy workplace, please see the COVID-19 resources below.

  • 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 — Read the UNL Face Covering Policy.
  • 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 COVID-19 Response website. UNL sites in other counties should consult their local health department websites.

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 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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Travel

  • The university has returned to pre-COVID-19 operations for processing international travel requests for faculty, staff, and students on university-sponsored business. For faculty and staff travel, two levels of authorization are no longer required.
  • The university continues to strongly encourage all travelers to comply with travel guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and/or state or local public health departments, whether travel is personal or for university-sponsored business. 
  • Additional information can be found at globalnebraska.unl.edu/international-travel-policy.
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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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