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.
What to Do If You Are Sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you may have COVID-19, stay home and follow advice from your healthcare 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 $62,689 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.
Using Administrative Leave With Pay
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 vaccine, limit: four (4) hours
- You have received a positive COVID-19 test from a healthcare provider, limit up to five (5) days (40 hours):
Meetings and Gatherings
Consider hosting virtual meetings to accommodate those who are on a flexible schedule or have an accommodation.
Event Safety Guidelines
Please follow these best practices:
- Event organizers are required to consider the nature of their event and determine if the event needs to be in-person. Consideration should be given for holding smaller or shorter events, or convening outside as additional preventative measures.
- When planning events, consider the amount of space required to hold your event and try to incorporate additional space that allows for participants to distance themselves.
- If food is to be offered during the event, consider having prepackaged items or box lunch-style meals. Any food offerings should be established to prevent participants from handling food other than their own.
- Consider consuming food items outdoors when weather permits.
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.