Policies and compliance

Learn how the University of Nevada. Reno ensures a safe, welcoming environment for all employees. Find information on protection of students' privacy, evaluation of employees, and various policies and procedures that apply to your role.

All employees (and abilities) welcome

Training, policy compliance, and reasonable accommodations in support of a vibrant and diverse campus community.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The University of Nevada, Reno is pleased to provide reasonable accommodations to employees all with disabilities and does not discriminate in the hiring and advancement of employees on the basis of disability.

Please contact the Title IX Office for employee accommodation requests, and the Disability Resource Center for student accommodation requests.

Online accessibility

Online accessibility

The University of Nevada, Reno takes online accessibility seriously. We recognize one in five people have a disability, and that many choose not disclose their disabilities or request that online content or communications be made accessible.

"Accessible" means that individuals with disabilities are able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services within the same timeframe as individuals without disabilities, with substantially equivalent ease of use.

All employees who provide content intended for digital distribution, whether that is on the unr.edu website, the WebCampus learning management system, or email mailing lists, are required to complete basic web accessibility training. Additional training is provided on topics such as how to make Microsoft Office documents and Adobe PDF documents accessible. The unr.edu website strictly adheres to WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines at the AA level.  You can learn more about our policy and strategies for compliance on our accessibility page.

Accessibility Policy

Religious accommodation

Religious accommodation policy

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person's age, disability, gender (including pregnancy-related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion. Consistent with this commitment, the University will make a good faith effort to provide a reasonable accommodation of your sincerely held religious, ethical or moral belief that conflicts with a work requirement. Any accommodation that would create an undue hardship for the University and/or require the University to violate its policies or local, state or federal law is not considered reasonable.

Religious accommodation policy

Addressing bias

Implicit bias workshop for search committees

Per chapter 2,520 of the University Administrative Manual, all persons serving as members of search committees, and all persons who participate in one or more of the functions of a search committee, must complete the Integrated Implicit Bias Search Committee Training:

  • Generation of evaluation criteria for the position and the position announcement
  • Posting of approved position announcement
  • Initiation of direct recruitment/outreach efforts via letter, email or other forms of personal communication
  • Review of application materials
  • Selection of applicants for the long-short list
  • Participation in phone and/or Skype interviews of applicants on the long-short list
  • Selection of candidates from the short list for on-campus interviews
  • Participation in on-campus interviews of candidates
  • Discussions of and final identification of the candidate(s) considered for receipt of an offer of hire

Although this is required for search committee participants, all employees are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Register for Implicit Bias Search Committee Training

Employee and employer expectations

Become familiar with campus policies and procedures.


Employee and employer expectations

  • Protection of students' privacy

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records and establishes rights for students relative to the disclosure of these records. The University provides a statement of privacy rights for students, policy guidance for faculty, and mandatory FERPA training to ensure compliance. Completion of FERPA training on WebCampus is required before you may access MyNEVADA, but we encourage faculty to regularly refresh themselves with FERPA best practices to ensure students' rights to privacy are protected.

    FERPA Training

  • Clear employee expectations and evaluations

    Employee expectations and evaluations

    Employee rules and expectations vary by employee type:

    Academic Faculty

    Find information about the evaluation of academic faculty, including Digital Measures (the online system used to gather information relevant to research, teaching and service activities) and general guidelines for promotion and tenure on the Academic Faculty Performance page. Additional information can be found in the Evaluations for Academic Faculty | Guidelines article in the Knowledge Base (NetID login required).

    Administrative Faculty

    Evaluation information for administrative faculty can be found in the Evaluations for Administrative Faculty | Process article in the Knowledge Base (NetID login required).

    Classified Staff

    Find information about classified staff work performance standards, employee evaluation, workplace conduct, disciplinary actions, grievances, appeals, use of alcohol and drugs, and our policy on the protection of whistle-blowers on the Classified Performance page on BCN HR Shared Services.

  • Mandatory training for supervisors of classified staff

    NVeLearn Mandatory Supervisor Training

    The State of Nevada requires all supervisors of classified employees to undergo supervisory training in core areas every three years. Learn more about what topics are required and how to register.

    Mandatory Supervisor Training

  • Policies that govern personnel


    Governance varies by employee type:

    Academic and administrative faculty

    All faculty are governed by NSHE Policies and Procedures, as well as the University Administrative Manual, and the NSHE Board of Regents Handbook.

    Classified staff

    Classified staff are governed by the State of Nevada Division of Human Resource Management Department of Administration's Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) Rules for State Personnel, NSHE Prohibitions and Penalties, the University Administrative Manual and the NSHE Board of Regents Handbook.

  • Mandatory annual completion of Conflicts of Interest form

    The University encourages and supports interactions of its faculty, staff and students with federal, state, and local governments, and with business and industry as important opportunities for research, education, and public service.

    The University also recognizes that outside activities or interests can lead to real or perceived conflicts of interests (COI). Conflicts of interests arise when financial or other personal considerations have the potential to adversely affect, or have the appearance of adversely affecting, an employee’s professional judgment or to fulfill his or her obligations to the University. Unmanaged conflicts of interest can call into question the professional objectivity and ethics of the individual, and reflect negatively on the University. Policy documentation can be found in UAM 2,050: Conflicts of Interest Policy.

    Conflicts of interest information

  • Layoff rights for classified employees

    Understanding your employee status

    Classified employees

    In the event it becomes necessary to reduce the workforce due to a shortage of work or money, the abolition of a position or some other material change in duties or organization, nonpermanent employees must be separated from service before permanent employees. If it becomes necessary to lay off permanent employees, the order of layoff will be based on seniority.

    If you are a permanent employee affected by a layoff, you will have reemployment rights. You may also be eligible for unemployment compensation for the period during which you are unemployed. The State of Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Employment Security Division determines eligibility and benefits for unemployment compensation. Contact the Division of Human Resource Management regarding reemployment.

    NAC 284.612-284.632 | State of Nevada Employee Handbook

  • Domestic and international travel procedures

    Travel compliance procedures

    University of Nevada, Reno faculty, staff, volunteers, and students travel both domestically and internationally for a wide variety of reasons: research, conferences, learning, field experiences, education, and collaboration to name a few.

    Per Chapter 1,404 of the University Administrative Manual, all travelers are required to complete international travel forms prior to traveling on university business. Please become familiar with applicable international travel procedure and submit your requests at least 30 days in advance.

    Domestic travel

    For domestic travel and information about policies and reimbursement, including domestic per diem rates, see the University's Travel Office page. Requests to travel within U.S. states and territories must be submitted with the appropriate approvals prior to travel.

    International travel

    International travel requests must be made at least 30 days in advance in order to review travel advisories, assess risk, and ensure employee and student safety. For information about policies and reimbursement, see the University's Travel Office page.

    Get your passport on campus!

    Employees, their families and the public will soon be able to get passports on campus through ASUN in the Joe Crowley Student Union. The cost of getting your passport on campus will be the same as it would be at the Post Office, but every penny of the execution fees will go back to student-run organizations. In the meantime, find a local passport office via the U.S. Postal Service.

  • University marketing, communications and brand compliance

    University marketing, communications and brand compliance

    The mission of University Marketing and Communications (MarCom) is to advance the University's reputation, brand position and strategies through an effective and engaging multimedia, multichannel communications program. To support this effort, MarCom is charged with ensuring brand compliance across all public-facing marketing communications.

    You are welcome to create your own public-facing marketing materials and submit them for brand compliance review and approval by filling out our print release request form. The University enforces a policy that requires prior approval (i.e., a “print release”) for all printing or production projects using external (off-campus) vendors and costing $50 or more.

    If you need more robust marketing support, we invite you to submit a marketing request, which will be evaluated by MarCom for approval based on strategic priority and production capacity.

    Marketing & Communications