Information for Faculty
- UNO is requiring everyone to wear a mask if they are on campus. Don't have a mask? All faculty should have received two (2) complementary Maverick face masks in their mailboxes this summer. Faculty can order additional masks and other protective materials through eShop.
- Due to the de-densified nature of campus operations for Fall 2020, there are several semester-specific policies and guidelines that have been announced by the Office of Academic Affairs.
- The 1-Check UNO app is a tool to help keep you - and others - safe. Make sure you download the mobile version and bookmark the web platform to screen for COVID symptoms before coming to campus.
We are committed to providing the exceptional educational experience our students have come to know, whether they are returning to campus or studying remotely.
Here are some quick highlights for you to know:
Two principles guided UNO leadership's thinking in offering the curriculum on a “de-densified” campus this Fall:
(1) We want to encourage social distancing in our classes, with students not packed in close quarters wherever possible.
(2) We want to reduce the number of individuals a student, faculty, or staff member will interact within a single week.
For purposes of coordinating schedules, the following definitions were used to schedule and inform students of course types:
- In-Person instruction (“001 sections”) will refer to instructors and students attending synchronous classes on either the Scott or Dodge campuses, or, in the case of practica, field work, internships, service learning, or flight training, at community locations, subject to public health conditions.
- Remote instruction (“820 sections”) will refer to instructors and students meeting synchronously using video/digital technology at the scheduled times.
- Hybrid (“860 sections”) will refer to a mix of in-person instruction and either remote or online instruction, with guidance from HLC that in-person instruction will not exceed 11.25 contact hours per semester (25% of HLC contact hrs)
- Online instruction (“850 sections”) will refer to asynchronous instructor-student interactions using digital technology to make academic content available to students, with students able to interact with each other and the instructor at flexible hours.
Courses with prior-year enrollments >25 students/section were asked to develop alternatives (820, 850, or 860 sections) to in-person instruction.
Faculty are asked to be acquainted with the academic calendar and ensure students have adequate feedback early enough in the semester to assess their progress in your course. Students without feedback and opportunities to consult with faculty may drop courses and jeopardize timely progress toward their degree.
For the fall semester, these dates are:
Aug. 24: Classes begin
Aug. 30: Last date to drop course without any letter grade (W) on transcript & 100% refund
Sept. 6, 13, 20: Last dates to drop course, with a “W”, and 75%, 50%, 25% refund
Sept. 7: Labor Day Holiday
Oct. 19-20: Fall Break, no classes
Nov. 6: Last day to drop a course and receive a “W” letter grade Nov. 6: Last day to request CR/NC grading.
Nov. 25-27: No Classes (UNO offices open Nov 25)
Dec 7-12: Prep week, no major exams or projects.
Dec 14-17: Final Exams
As a reminder, it is an official campus policy that you wear a face covering (mask or shield) while on campus.
Two “Maverick Strong” reusable face masks have been provided to all UNO faculty. Reusable masks should be put on, taken off, and cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines. Watch a demonstration of how to properly handle a reusable mask, and more sanitization guidance with our "Protect Yourself, Protect Others" video module.
Check your mailbox or with your office manager to collect your masks. Most face masks for faculty were delivered to department mailboxes across campus in late June.
New faculty members will receive their masks along with their MavCARD, while supplies last.
If you are a faculty member who needs a mask and has not received your masks, are missing masks, or have any other questions related to the UNO-branded mask, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be sure to include the following information in your email:
- Room Number
- Name of Individual(s)
- Role of Individual(s) (ex: employee, student worker, adjunct faculty, student, etc.)
UNO has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures for workspaces, labs and common areas.
While UNO Environmental Services have worked hard to accomplish such enhanced disinfection, students, staff and faculty are expected to assist in the cleaning of their personal spaces.
If appropriate means of cleaning are not available, we ask that you contact Environmental Services. As policies are revised, training continues to be conducted and additional measures will be established to ensure proper cleaning and disinfection is taking place across the UNO campus.
Hand sanitizer stations are located across campus. These freestanding sanitizer stations are commonly located near building entrances and exits. Disinfecting wipes will be provided for classrooms and labs this fall.
UNO Custodial Services will refill these freestanding sanitizer stations and replace disinfecting wipes in classrooms as needed. Departments and units are responsible for ordering supplies through eSHOP for their areas.
If you purchase your own hand sanitizer, the CDC recommends checking the product label to make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
Ordering Additional Supplies
To order now, please visit eSHOP and use the form titled "COVID-19 Supplies Order Form." The goal is to fulfill orders as soon as possible. Due to high demand, there may be a delay in order fulfillment.
To plan for the semester, please use the "COVID-19 Fall Planning Form" in eSHOP to estimate future campus departmental needs. This will help maintain inventory.
Print signage materials are available for the campus to print and display as needed.
These materials include reminders on:
- Social distancing best practices
- Cleaning and disinfecting areas such as lab spaces
Signage provided will be updated as public health guidance and campus needs evolve.
Print signage can be printed on standard 8.5x11” paper (preferably in color for legibility).
Additional signage needs that can’t be printed in-house, such as floor and window decals, can be ordered through UNMC Printing Services.
It is recommended that orders be placed at least two weeks in advance, though turnaround times can vary based on materials.
This semester, we anticipate some students may have reservations about their presence on campus due to personal vulnerability or vulnerability of those in their places of residence. Faculty are asked to work with students to address COVID- related flexibility requested by students.
If either the student or faculty feels the requested COVID-related flexibility is inappropriate or does not meet expectations, the BRT Form is available for additional support and remediation.
Similarly, faculty who must quarantine should work with their department chair/school director to develop contingency plans for their courses, which may include substitute instructors coordinated by their department or alternate teaching modalities that allow for remote/online work during the quarantine period. These adjustments should be coordinated by the department/school, in consultation with and approved by the dean.
All members of the UNO community are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of our students while treating them with honesty and respect. Our Division of Student Affairs works closely with campus and community partners to provide a number of resources to assist students and their families.
The BRT serves as the coordinating hub of a network of existing resources and focuses on prevention and early intervention in campus situations involving students experiencing distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors.
The BRT will develop intervention and support strategies, offer case coordination, and will regularly review situations and recommend actions in accordance with existing university policies.
Members of the BRT will address every report that is submitted to the team. Intervention by the BRT members typically involves handling confidential information, so those filing the report will not necessarily know the resolution of the BRT situation.
All concerns are taken seriously and will be investigated promptly.
Step 1: Advise the Student to Report COVID-Related Issues
- Have the student complete the BRT Form (applies to both isolation & quarantine)
- Office of Health Security will begin contact tracing and instruct the student appropriately
- Office of Health Security encourages students to work with instructors to stay engaged
Step 2: Watch for the Return to Class Email From Students
When Step 1 is complete, the Office of Health Security informs and tracks the quarantine/isolation period for the student.
The student is instructed to email the Office of Health Security to receive a return to class note; students are instructed to share the return to class email with instructors.