COVID-19 Response

The university monitors local, national, and worldwide information 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Employee Mandate

The NSHE Board of Regents voted on June 30, 2022 to rescind a mandate requiring all NSHE employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. *UNLV faculty, staff, and students who work in clinical or hospital settings still must follow federal COVID-19 vaccine requirements for healthcare organizations, which includes being fully vaccinated and wearing masks. Employees in these units with questions should consult their supervisor.

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Presenting Proof of Vaccination

Prior to their start date, healthcare workers should upload proof through the COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for New Hires form.

Proof of vaccination includes one of the following:

  • Photograph of a vaccination card in your name marking two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or other vaccine approved by the World Health Organization, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.
  • Written confirmation, such as an email, from the agency, physician, or healthcare provider, confirming that vaccination was completed.

If you are unable to locate your vaccination card, please contact your vaccination provider or the local government office in the state you received the vaccine. You may log into Nevada’s Statewide Immunization Information System at WebIZ.

Requesting Medical & Religious Waivers

Prior to your start date, healthcare workers may request a medical or religious waiver from the COVID-19 vaccination by completing the Medical Condition Waiver Request or the Religious Belief Waiver Request. The completed NSHE waiver request and any supporting documentation must be submitted to Human Resources via Request for Waiver for review. Approval of the waiver request must be on your record prior to your start date.

Vaccination Status

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

Guidelines

Self-Monitoring

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.

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.

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 2021, the Nevada legislature passed two senate bills that impact our employment procedures. Please read information about the new requirements we must follow according to Senate Bill 293 and Senate Bill 327. 

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.