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Policies, procedures and recovery plans

Policies and procedures for Phase 2

In alignment with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s direction regarding the Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada, the University is adopting the following policies and procedures to adhere with State of Nevada Phase 2 regulations, beginning on May 29 and continuing until further notice.

Phase 2 plan for recovery

The University has updated the Phase 2 Plan for Recovery to reflect current University operations and instruction for the classes in the second term of summer.

Update on Fall 2020 class instruction modes

As we prepare for the Fall 2020 semester, the University of Nevada, Reno will be adjusting some course delivery methods to full or partial online delivery. This is for the health of our Wolf Pack community in alignment with federal, state, and local social distancing requirements and recommendations.

The process of entering these changes has begun in MyNevada/PeopleSoft and students and instructors will see these changes under class schedules and enrollments. Due to the scope of the project, it will take several days to complete, so please be patient.

Once this process is complete, the Request for Remote Instruction form will be available for students wishing to take all of their classes remotely due to extenuating circumstances. Although efforts will be made to limit additional changes, these instruction modes are still subject to change as situations develop.

For questions, please email the University Registrar at hturk@unr.edu.

New instruction modes and what they mean

AR - Alternative Remote

Course originally scheduled to be delivered in-person, but moved to entirely online due to social distancing and capacity limitations. These courses will not include the $34 per credit online fee.

AH - Alternative HyFlex

Course originally scheduled to be delivered in-person, but will have attendance adjustments so students will alternate in-person and remote participation. Students will receive communication directly from their instructors with specifics. Fully remotely participation by students can be accommodated for those with extenuating circumstances.

AP - Alternative In-Person

Course conducted with in-person instruction required, but with alternating attendance. Some portion of instruction delivered online. Fully remote participation by students cannot be accommodated.

Online course delivery

Teaching & Learning Technologies is committed to providing support to faculty as they work to deliver their courses online. For those of you that already leverage WebCampus, this may not mean too much additional work. For those who might be new to WebCampus, know that resources are available to assist you.

Instructional resources

There are several options for how you could quickly transition the face-to-face aspects of your course. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Be ready to modify the ways you convey content, but also how you facilitate communication and engagement with your students.

Online instruction FAQ

These are some of the frequently asked questions we have received so far related to online/remote delivery mode for all face-to-face courses.

Zoom

Zoom is a web conferencing tool that can be used for live class sessions, presentations by guest lecturers, instructor office hours, or interactions between students and peers.

Research continuity

Guided by Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery and the University’s Planning for the Return of the Pack, research and laboratories defined as essential, critical or time-sensitive began resumption of operations as of May 18, 2020. Research, scholarly and creative activities that can be conducted remotely continue to do so.

Human Resources information

Alternative operations

Get the latest information from Human Resources regarding the University's alternative operations, remote workforce support and information regarding procedures for the safe return of employees, faculty and researchers to campus.

Internal procedures information (Knowledge Base)

If you have a NetID, please visit the Knowledge Base, the University’s source of record, for information about internal procedures, including announcements, articles, forms, and more. NetID login required.

Required COVID-19 training

All employees

All employees are required to complete the General COVID-19 Training for University Personnel, with subject-specific modules appropriate for their group. 

Supervisors

Supervisors are required to complete the online Supervisor's Training for COVID-19.

Research/creative activities

Individuals working in shared spaces for research and creative activities must also complete COVID-19 Training for Research Labs and Creative Activities.

Health certification forms

Prior to returning to campus, all employees must complete appropriate reentry forms. These forms only need to be completed one time and supervisors can verify the completion of the form in Workday.

Campus Certification form

All employees are required to complete the Reentry to Campus Certification Form (COVID).

Medical practitioners form

Medical practitioners seeing patients must complete the COVID-19 Certification Form for Student Health, School of Medicine, clinical practitioners and University health staff.

Top 5 most frequently asked questions

  • Is the University rushing to return to normal operations?

    The University is following direction from Gov. Steve Sisolak’s phases for a safe return to normal operations for the State of Nevada as outlined in the State’s “Roadmap to Recovery,” as well as guidance from the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents and Chancellor Thom Reilly. Gov. Sisolak’s phases to a return include significant input from the state’s medical, public health and public safety professionals. Maintaining the health, safety and well-being of the students, faculty is a priority for all decisions made regarding resumption of campus activities.

  • Are the unit and department plans for Phase 2 going to be shared or made public for everyone to see?

    At the end of our spring semester vice presidents, deans and leaders of our major units were asked to provide comprehensive plans for re-entry to University operations. The plans have been formulated with each division, unit, college or school’s unique contributions to our overall institutional mission in mind. Working with the Issues Management Team and the Recovery Working Group, these plans were synthesized into an overall Return to University Operations plan that serves as the basis of our “Phase 2” actions. The plan is in alignment with directives from Gov. Steve Sisolak in the State of Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery, as well as with guidance from the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents and Chancellor Thom Reilly. The Plan for Recovery in Phase 2 has been approved by Chancellor Thom Reilly and the Internal NSHE COVID-19 Task Force. President Johnson made the plan available via a message sent to the University community on June 15. If you have questions regarding your division our unit’s Phase 2 recovery plans, please be sure to ask you supervisor or manager for further clarity.

    Phase 2 plans

  • Do employees have to complete a daily health assessment to return working on campus?

    All employees are required to complete online training, General COVID-19 Training for University Personnel, with subject-specific modules appropriate for their group. Supervisors are required to complete the online Supervisor’s Training for COVID-19.

    The original Daily Health Assessment form is now discontinued. It has been replaced by the Reentry to Campus Certification Form (COVID). This form replaces the Daily Health Assessment and only needs to be completed one time, not daily. The Reentry to Campus Certification form (COVID) will be used by most employees.

    The COVID-19 Certification Form for Student Health, School of Medicine clinical practitioners and University Health staff is for medical practitioners seeing patients. Employees who have been working on campus and have been completing the Daily Health Assessment must complete the Reentry Campus Certification Form (COVID) one time. Once the form is completed, a supervisor can verify the completion of the form in Workday. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring this form is completed.

  • If some employees are unwilling to return to working on campus, will they be allowed to continue working remotely?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVD-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. NSHE has implemented the provisions of this act as detailed in Families First Coronavirus Response Act – NSHE Policy.

    If you believe that you are eligible, please complete the  COVID-19 Alternative Work or Leave Request Form  via WolfSign (DocuSign) and submit it to Human Resources’ Absence Management team.

  • Will additional janitorial employees be hired and if not, how much of the responsibility for cleaning and disinfecting will faculty and staff be expected to take on?

    The University’s custodial cleaning program uses disinfectants which comply with the EPA’s protocol for coronavirus.

    Currently in Phase 2, high traffic buildings, designated as open, are cleaned and disinfected two to three times per week with offices cleaned once per week. Facilities Services in-house custodial services staff and a third-party contracted firm implemented extra measures for increased cleaning and disinfecting of “touch points” in high traffic, public areas that includes, but are not limited to, surfaces such as door handles, ADA door opening buttons and ramp railings, counters, conference room tables, eye wash stations and buttons, elevator buttons, panic bars on doors, podiums, phones, desk tops and edges, chairs and chair backs, light switches, drinking fountains, classrooms armchairs, and more. More buildings will be added and custodial services staffing increased as more employees return to working in the office, per Phase 3 directives and beyond.

    Faculty and staff are expected to clean and disinfect their individual work spaces. The BCN Purchasing and Mail & Receiving Departments are coordinating the distribution of COVID-19 supplies to departments in preparation for a return to campus. The supplies to be provided include face masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, and disinfecting solution and will be distributed in quantities based upon a department’s number of personnel. An order form was sent to the designated department representative(s) on May 21, 2020. Supply packages were available for pick-up or delivery to designated department representatives on May 26, 2020. Supplies will not be available for distribution to individuals. Replenishment of COVID-19 supplies will be the responsibility of each department. Procurement of these supplies will be possible with use of a University purchasing card or by initiating a requisition in Workday. Questions can be directed to BCN Purchasing.