COVID-19 employee guidance

Latest messages from the University

A student wears a mask and holds a cup of coffee while standing in front of the Richard Bryan statue on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

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

Regardless of vaccination status, all students, employees, and members of the public must wear masks indoors.

Employees (including student workers and graduate assistants) who have been granted a medical or religious exemption are required to wear masks indoors AND outdoors.

COVID-19 testing

Free walk-in COVID-19 testing is available for students, faculty and staff at the Student Health Center via a partnership with Northshore Clinical Labs. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

No appointment necessary.

Contact tracing

Contact tracing for positive COVID-19 cases will continue, and individuals who have been diagnosed are encouraged to complete our COVID-19 self-reporting form. Daily sign-in sheets for the purpose of contact tracing are no longer required.


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