COVID-19 employee guidance

Latest messages from the University

Each employee is responsible for monitoring their health for any of the following symptoms and should not report to work if any are present: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Face masks, testing and contact tracing

Face masks

Based upon legal guidance provided by NSHE, our University is lifting our campus mask mandate effective immediately. Pursuant to Nevada law, NSHE employees, students and members of the public are no longer required to wear face coverings while inside NSHE buildings irrespective of vaccination status.

N95 respirators available

The University is distributing N95 respirators to faculty, staff and students through individual schools, colleges and units. OSHA requires anyone receiving an N95 respirator to read the following information on voluntary N95 use during COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing

Free walk-in COVID-19 testing is available for students, faculty and staff at the Student Health Center. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Four free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service.

Employees covered by PEBP health insurance are eligible for reimbursement of up to eight free at-home tests per month. See details on our benefits page.

Contact tracing

Due to the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, contact tracing is limited to notifying the individual employee who has tested positive. An employee who tests positive should notify their supervisor and are encouraged to complete our COVID-19 self-reporting form. Supervisors are responsible for notifying other employees working in the immediate area of a person diagnosed that a positive case has been reported. Below is some suggested language for the notice to other employees:

I received notification today that an employee in the department tested positive. The employee was last in the department on mm/dd. Please review and follow all mitigation efforts. See FAQ on HR's COVID-19 guidance for employees page."


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


COVID-19 vaccination verification for new hires

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved an emergency amendment to the NSHE Code that sets forth policies and procedures enacting a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all NSHE employees, effective Dec. 1. Current employees were required to upload their proof of vaccination or be approved for a waiver by January 1, 2022.


Get vaccinated or get a booster

Free COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are available through the Student Health Center. Call (775) 784-6598 to schedule your appointment. Other providers include the following:


Submit proof of vaccination

New employees who have accepted an offer letter must email proof of vaccination to employeevax@unr.eduStudent applicants who have met Admissions and Records' vaccination or waiver requirements will be recognized as eligible for employment.


Request medical or religious waiver

New hires may apply for a medical waiver or religious waiver. Approval must be granted prior to the first day of employment. New hires may appeal up to one time if denied. Employees who are granted waivers will be subject to indoor and outdoor face-covering requirements, weekly COVID-19 testing, and exclusion from the workplace upon the recommendation of health care professionals due to an outbreak or cluster of the COVID-19 virus.

Submit completed, signed request to Digital signatures accepted.


Information for instructors

Masks in the classroom

A video, accessible to instructional faculty, showing how to deal with students who inadvertently or intentionally fail to wear face coverings in class is available to watch in WebCampus.


COVID-19 FAQ for instructors

Vaccine information and COVID-19 tracking on campus