The university continues to monitor local, national, and worldwide news related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We encourage employees to reference the following information and resources regularly. This content is updated periodically to align with the most recent guidance issued by Governor Sisolak and the NSHE Chancellor.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 by performing a self-screen using one of the tools available through the CDC.
If you respond yes to one or more of the screening questions or exhibit other symptoms noted by the CDC, notify your supervisor and please do not come to work. If you test positive, complete the voluntary online reporting form or provide consent to someone to submit it for you. 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, speak with your supervisor and refer to the CDC guidance regarding what to do if someone in your house is sick. Employees will be required to use sick time to care for their household members.
Quarantine or Isolate?
The CDC recommends quarantining if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.
What to Do If I Am Sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you may have COVID-19, stay home and follow advice from your health care provider and the CDC's guidelines.
- Notify your supervisor and complete the online reporting form. This supports the university’s effort to notify individuals of necessary quarantine and stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. It also helps to deploy support and resources to the individual from the FAST Center, Human Resources and the Provost’s Office. Provide as much detail as possible when you hear from contact tracers to assist them in notifying others who may be sick.
- Do not send notices to your class without first contacting Clery Compliance Coordinator Ashleigh Angell, or 702-895-3833. Communicating information about COVID-19 cases may share protected personal information and violate the federal Clery Act, resulting in fines up to $59,017 per violation. Any resulting fines will be paid by the staff member’s department.
- Provide as much detail as possible when you hear from contact tracers to assist them in notifying others who may be sick.
Will I Be Able to Use Administrative Leave With Pay?
Effective June 1, 2021, faculty and staff may only use administrative leave with pay for the following reasons:
- Obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine, limit: four (4) hours
- Experiencing side effects from the COVID-19 vaccination, limit: 4 hours
- You have received a positive COVID-19 test and one of the following two scenarios apply:
- If unvaccinated due to medical conditions
- A doctor’s affirmation must be provided to Absence Management, limit: 80 hours
- If in the process of receiving the vaccination or have completed the vaccination process and can furnish evidence to Absence Management, limit: 80 hours
Employees who have not been vaccinated and will not seek vaccination are not eligible for paid administrative leave (except as outlined above) and will be required to use sick leave. Visit the Sick Time Off webpage for information on our sick leave policy.
Meetings and Gatherings
Consider hosting virtual meetings to accommodate those who are on a flexible schedule or have an accommodation. During in-person meetings, attendees should follow the CDC’s face covering guidance.
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.