Info for All Employees

On-Campus Operations and Instruction

Before coming to campus, employees are responsible for reading and adhering to the COVID-19 Response Policy and its accompanying guidelines for all employees. These documents explain the expectations for on-campus operations and in-person instruction. Guidelines are subject to change as needed to be consistent with directives from the Governor, NSHE Chancellor, and President.

If you are unable to return to campus, you may qualify for family medical leave (FMLA) or an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation.

Face Covering Requirement

Students, employees, and members of the public, regardless of vaccine status, are required to wear a face covering while inside any building or structure on any UNLV campus or property. Face coverings must cover both the mouth and nose.

This includes wearing a face covering while in classrooms, labs, hallways, elevators, meeting rooms, office cubicles, restrooms, building lobbies, advising offices, libraries, the Student Union, the Student Recreation & Wellness Center, athletic facilities, and any other indoor public place where people may gather. This includes any university-hosted sporting and special events that take place indoors but are not on the UNLV campus, such as football games at Allegiant Stadium.

Vaccination Status

No one is permitted to ask another individual about their vaccination status. This includes supervisors and their employees.

COVID-19 Response

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.

Candidate Interviews

Virtual or in-person interviews are permissible. The appointing authority has discretion to determine how interviews will be conducted (in-person vs. virtual).

Please do not ask candidates, search committee members, and other university employees, or another stakeholder involved in the search to state their vaccination status.

In-Person Interviews

If hosting an in-person interview, ensure that the candidate and the attendees are aware of the university’s COVID-19 guidelines. The university recommends that unvaccinated individuals wear masks and everyone frequently washes their hands and / or uses hand sanitizer, forgoes handshakes for an elbow bump or a wave, and regularly cleans high-touch surfaces.

Approval for in-person interviews is still required. Please contact your primary recruiter for more information.

Virtual Interviews

Committees can offer virtual interviews for candidates

Departments may conduct interviews using the virtual meeting platform (Zoom, WebEx, etc) of their choice. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides user guides and technical support for WebEx.

Approval for virtual final-round interviews is still required. Contact your primary recruiter for more information.

Reference this Guide to Virtual Interviews for tips and best practices for conducting virtual interviews.

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.