Employee Guidelines

Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines for all UNLV Employees

In responding to the re-entry consequent to the COVID-19 interruption, UNLV is committed to protecting public health, including the health of our students, faculty, staff, vendors, contractors, and visitors. The COVID-19 Response Policy requires that appropriate guidelines be followed as we gradually increase on-campus operations and activities to help ensure the well-being of our university community. These guidelines are subject to change as needed to be consistent with directives from the Governor, NSHE Chancellor, and President.

Resources and Required Training

UNLV has created two videos to help employees understand and navigate new requirements.

All employees and volunteers are required to complete the Returning Safely to Campus training and score 100% on a five-question quiz. Log into WebCampus to take the training.

COVID-19 Self-Monitoring

Faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to coming to work. Before coming to campus, employees must take their temperature and self-screen through answering a series of questions as recommended by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD).

You may utilize the RebelSAFE Mobile App COVID-19 Assessment Tool to assist with self-monitoring. If you do not currently have the RebelSAFE mobile app, click on the instructions to download. If you already have the app, you will need to refresh the settings in order to access the tool.

If you respond yes to one or more of the screening questions or exhibit other symptoms noted by the CDC, inform your supervisor that you need to work remotely or record COVID-19-related administrative leave. Do not return to work until either a healthcare professional has approved your return to work or you have followed the proper CDC protocols under How to discontinue home isolation.  For additional guidance, see the What to Do If I Am Sick section of these guidelines.

If someone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, inform your supervisor that you may need to work remotely or record COVID-19-related administrative leave, and refer to the CDC guidance regarding what to do if someone in your house is sick.

What to Do If I Am Sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you may have COVID-19, please follow the CDC's guidelines.

You may return to work only after you have met the CDC’s guidelines on How to Discontinue Home Isolation.

Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social distancing plays an important role in flattening the curve and reducing the spread of COVID-19, even if you and others have no symptoms. UNLV will implement social distancing protocols until otherwise notified by the Governor, NSHE Chancellor, or UNLV President. 

During the steps of resuming on-campus operations, multiple measures must be implemented to maintain necessary social distancing. These include:

  • Wear a face covering at all times when anywhere on campus, indoors or out.
    • Very limited exceptions may apply and include individuals working alone in an office or enclosed personal workspace.
    • Individuals may request a health-related accommodation by contacting the Disability Resources Center (students) or Equal Employment and Title IX (employees).
    • Individuals may contact Gregg Maye, the campus COVID-19 Ombudsman, to discuss concerns or potential exceptions.
  • Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others
  • Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing. Social distancing is not a substitute for wearing a face covering. Both are essential.
  • Avoid large gatherings (as defined by state and local health authorities)
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Reduce the number of people in restrooms at any given time
  • Use appointments to minimize the number of visitors in an office at any given time
  • Maintain social distancing in elevators and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hands, if possible. After departing the elevator, wash hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if hand washing is not possible

Social distancing measures that may be implemented with approval from the manager include the following:

  • Flexible On-Campus Attendance: Depending upon the number of individuals in a department, managers may limit the number of employees in the office at any given time by allowing staff to alternate working on campus and working remotely.
  • Staggered Shifts/Flexible working hours: Managers may implement alternative or flexible times for coming to and from work to regulate density during typical work hours.
  • Continued Remote Work: Employees who are able to fulfill their work responsibilities remotely may request to continue remote work. Requests for continued remote work must be discussed with and approved by the supervisor.
  • Higher Risk Individuals: Faculty and staff who 1) are at an increased risk as designated by the CDC guidelines, 2) live with someone who is at an increased risk according to the CDC guidelines, or 3) do not have child or elderly care options due to COVID-19 should discuss work arrangements with their supervisor or may contact Benefits & Leave in UNLV Human Resources.

Meetings and Gatherings

To support social distancing, continue to hold meetings virtually when feasible until further notice. Information about virtual meeting tools is available from the Office of Information Technology.  Small groups of up to ten people may meet in-person only if all in-person attendees wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Hygiene and COVID-19

All employees are expected to follow hygiene practices recommended by the CDC. These include the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is unavailable, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Discard tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Learn more about coughing and sneezing etiquette on the CDC website.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
  • Do not share supplies and avoid using other employees’ items, such as phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If sharing is necessary, clean and disinfect items before and after use.
  • Smoking, vaping, and tobacco use are prohibited on campus as they may increase the potential for spreading COVID-19.

Face Coverings and COVID-19

UNLV requires employees to wear face coverings as recommended by the CDC at all times when anywhere on campus, indoors or out.

Very limited exceptions may apply and include individuals working alone in an office or enclosed personal workspace.

Individuals may request a health-related accommodation by contacting the Disability Resources Center (students) or Equal Employment and Title IX (employees). Individuals may contact Gregg Maye, the campus COVID-19 Ombudsman, to discuss concerns or potential exceptions.

The CDC also provides guidance on how to properly wear a cloth face covering

Employees are required to wear face coverings even if they do not have symptoms to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals may have been exposed to and could transmit COVID-19 to others even if they do not feel sick. UNLV will provide two (2) cloth face coverings, one personal-size hand sanitizer for all employees, and disposable face coverings to employees. 

The cloth face coverings recommended by the CDC are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Note that a wearing face covering is not a substitute for social distancing, and social distancing is not a substitute for wearing a face covering. Both are essential and required.

Travel During COVID-19

The university strongly encourages employees to follow the guidance as set forth by the state of Nevada for personal travel directives.

Domestic Travel

UNLV employees are permitted to travel domestically for both personal reasons and to conduct university business. Employees traveling to conduct university business are required to follow the university’s guidelines and approval processes. 

As travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19, employees are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 upon their return. This includes taking their temperature and answering the questions in the COVID-19 Assessment Tool in the RebelSafe app or CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker before coming to work each day.  Employees returning from domestic travel are not required to self-quarantine.

International Travel

International travel for university business is not permitted during UNLV Step Two. 

In accordance with CDC recommendations, UNLV employees who travel internationally for personal reasons are required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days after they return to the U.S. They should not physically come to campus during this time. While at home, individuals are expected to:

  • Take their temperature twice daily
  • Monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Practice social distancing. 

Once the 14 days have passed without illness, the employee can return to campus. After their return, they, along with all UNLV employees, are required to take their temperature and complete the self-assessment via the RebelSafe app or the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker before coming to work each day.