The University's plan to Protect the Pack: Policies and procedures for on-campus work

Phase 2: Policies and procedures for on campus work

 

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. This document will be updated to coincide with new directives from the state.

The information below states policies and procedures as the University resumes some in-person campus operations. Every employee, student employee, contractor and affiliate on campus must adhere to these policies and procedures as well as any specific requirements for the department, class or activity operating on campus.


Operations overview

Employees returning to work must adhere to Phase 2 Policies and Procedures for On Campus Work for All Employees. On campus work refers to any work performed at any University office, property, field work or sponsored event.

Working remotely: Most employees will continue working remotely with a gradual return to campus University divisions and colleges will provide direction to employees for their return to working on-campus.

Alternative campus operations: Alternative campus operations continue with an increasing number of employees working on campus.

Building access: University buildings will gradually return to customary hours.

Classes and instruction: Classes will be delivered online.

Required online COVID-19 training: 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.

Daily health assessment: All employees working on campus must complete a daily health self-assessment (DocuSign).

Do not report to work when feeling ill, particularly if symptoms include cough (excluding chronic cough due to known medical condition), shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

Safety on campus

 

Employees returning to work must adhere to Phase 2 Policies and Procedures for On Campus Work for All Employees. On campus work refers to any work performed at any University office, property, field work or sponsored event.

Social distancing: Social distancing of at least six feet is required at all times, unless a task requires workers to be in closer proximity for only the duration of the task.

Face coverings: Face coverings are required for all employees, unless not advisable by a healthcare professional, against documented industry best practices, or not permitted by federal or state laws/ regulations, in all areas except when

  1. an employee is alone in an private office space

Gatherings of up to fifty (50) people: Gatherings of up to fifty people are allowed if social distancing is maintained. Face coverings must be worn.

Break rooms: Employee break areas may be used if six feet is maintained between occupants. Face coverings may be removed for eating and drinking in the break areas, provided six feet of distancing is maintained. Communal refrigerators, coffee makers, microwaves, dishes, etc. may not be used. Supervisors must post procedures for use of water coolers/dispensers and other equipment.

Restroom use: Employees should be especially aware of social distancing in restrooms. When entering a restroom assess the occupancy and if social distancing (6 feet) cannot be achieved wait outside the restroom until other people exit.

Vehicle sharing: No more than two people allowed in a vehicle. Face coverings must be worn.

Interviews: Online interviewing of applicants will continue with no campus visits.

Travel: Domestic travel and international travel will follow CDC and State Department Guidelines.

Visitors to campus: An increase in visitors and public access can be expected. Departments and programs sponsoring visitors must ensure social distancing protocol is followed.

Contractors: Contractors on campus are required to follow OSHA and the Governor’s directives.

Supervisor responsibilities

 

Supervisors or designee must maintain a log of people in the work area on a daily basis.

Supervisors must ensure that employees:

  1. have completed the required General COVID-19 Training for University Personnel before beginning to work on campus*
  2. complete the daily health self-assessment (DocuSign)
  3. follow the Phase 2 Policies and Procedures for On Campus Work
  4. are informed of special safety protocols specific to the work environment
  5. are provided guidance on break rooms and common equipment

*On campus work refers to any work performed at any University office, property, field work or sponsored event.

 

COVID-19 symptoms, exposure or a positive test

The following must be followed in the event of COVID-19 symptoms, exposure or a positive test:

  1. Employees must stay home or leave work immediately if COVID-19-like symptoms develop. Employees are encouraged to call their health care provider for an assessment and possible COVID-19 testing.
  2. Employees are encouraged to report positive COVID-19 tests to Dr. Cheryl Hug-English MD at the Student Health Center to assist with contact tracing.
  3. Employees who have had close contact** with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days.
  4. Employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must stay home from work and self-quarantine as outlined in CDC guidelines.***

**Close contact is defined as a household member, an intimate partner, an individual providing care in a household without using recommended infection control precautions, or an individual who has had close contact (<6 feet for more than ten minutes or more)

***CDC Guidelines for employees with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

 

Symptomatic employees

Symptom-based strategy

  • Self-quarantine until at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Test-based strategy

  • Self-quarantine until there is resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • Negative results of a COVID-19 test from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).
 

Asymptomatic employees with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19:

Time-based strategy: Exclude from work until:

  • Ten days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based strategy should be used.

Test-based strategy. Exclude from work until:

  • Negative results of a COVID-19 test from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).