Summer 2021 Guidance
Table of Contents
- Classes for Summer 2021
- COVID-19 Symptoms, Infections, and Close Contacts
- Events and Gatherings
- Food at Events and Gatherings
- Masks, Social Distancing, and Other Public Health Measures
- Maverick Wellness Welcome Stations and Testing Center
- Study Abroad
- Travel for Summer 2021
- Vaccination Information
- Wellness Center Updates
- Workplace Considerations
Summer 2021 COVID-19 Health Reminders
Over the past few months, the COVID-19 situation on our campus and across Douglas County has continued to improve. Currently, the 7-day rolling average of positive cases is approximately 2.0 cases per 100,000 population per day, placing Douglas County at low risk for COVID. Additionally, the UNO COVID Dashboard continues to demonstrate that cases on the UNO campus remain low.
Also, as of today, all of our students, staff, and faculty have had the opportunity to obtain immunization against COVID-19 both on campus and off. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines are now available to most individuals, 12 years of age and older, who desire it.
Those who have not yet been vaccinated can even make use of COVID vaccination mobile clinics this week and in the future. With this continued good news and positive data regarding COVID infections and spread among the campus and larger Douglas County communities, the UNO Office of Health Security have announced several updates and reminders regarding health and safety policies and resources for the UNO campus.
Please be sure to look for recent updates to the following topics:
- Masking Policy Updates
- Updated Travel Guidance
- Events and Gathering Policy Updates
- Maverick Wellness Welcome Station and Testing Center Updates
- UNO Wellness Center Updates
In the coming weeks and months the Office of Health Security will continue to provide updates to existing policies and guidelines as new information becomes available. And, as a reminder, the UNO campus is planning for a return to traditional operations this Fall. Please make sure to monitor your email inboxes, as well as our campus newsletters, social media accounts, and the Maverick COVID Response website to ensure you have the most up-to-date information and health and safety guidance.
Requests from faculty and staff for accommodations related to COVID-19 will be handled through the University's existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations process. Please contact Kristina Hoffmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have a COVID-19 workplace accommodation question or request. More information about this process can be found on our Americans with Disabilities Act webpage.
Additional information is available for enrolled students with disabilities that qualify for accommodation under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).
Registration for UNO summer 2021 sessions have already started. In order to provide flexibility and options for all of our students, courses during the summer 2021 sessions will be offered in various course modalities, which will range from fully in-person and on-campus to asynchronous online course offerings.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or come into close contact with someone who has tested positive, we strongly encourage you to fill out and submit a BRT form. Doing so allows the Office of Health Security to begin their contact tracing process, which promotes your wellness and the wellness of our campus community.
Once the Health Security team receives your form, they will take the following steps:
- One of our contact tracers will call you to discuss when you began showing symptoms, when you were tested, where you have been, and who you have been around.
- Provide guidance on next steps for your individual situation.
If you have tested positive, you will need to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms. If you come into close contact with someone who has tested positive – meaning within six feet for 15 minutes or more – you will be asked to self-quarantine.
All gatherings/events, both UNO-sponsored and externally-sponsored, should adhere to the UNO campus policies and procedures. Event guidance applies to both on- and off-campus gathering/events. Campus guidance supersedes current local guidance.
Guidelines for events for summer 2021 include:
All gatherings (e.g. events, meetings, productions, etc.) on or off campus with 50 or more people will require senior administration approval (previous limit had been 11 or more).
An online process will continue to be used to request approval. Please use the following forms to request approval based on the relevant unit: Academic Affairs; Athletics/Baxter Arena; Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center; Business and Finance; Student Success.
A detailed safety plan is required for all in-person events with 50 or more participants.
Every space on campus will have a distancing protocol that should be followed based on set-up and usage.
3-foot distancing can be applied to classroom/ stationary events and gatherings.
6-foot distancing should be followed for social gatherings or those that include food.
All events in-person involving youth will require approval. Event coordinators should reach out to the Office of Youth Safety prior to submitting an event for consideration to complete a safety review. These events must be approved through the associated Senior Vice Chancellor or Vice Chancellor, and the Office of Health Security.
Sponsoring units are fully responsible for ensuring their gathering is safely conducted and complies with guest guidelines and expectations.
Sponsoring units must acknowledge that all guests associated with their event will:
Wear a face covering during the event and in any common spaces if not fully vaccinated.
Maintain appropriate safe distances (physical distancing) when interacting with others.
Be encouraged to practice good hygiene by washing hands with soap and water often for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
Be instructed to stay home if the day of the event they or a member of their household is sick.
Be encouraged to complete the self-assessment through the 1-Check COVID app or a similar mechanism the day of the event.
If someone who attended the event is diagnosed with COVID-19 within two weeks of the event being offered, the sponsoring unit will notify Office of Health Security at email@example.com.
Overview of New Approval Process for Summer 2021
The steps below apply to gatherings of 50 or more. Please use the following guide: Approval Checklist for Successful Gatherings to assist in your event planning.
- Complete the gatherings/event registration form. Forms will be made available for UNO Sponsored events, Registered Student Organizations, and external groups.
- Submission is reviewed by approving body (this all occurs electronically)
- Once approval is received, space can be reserved
- Optional meeting with event consultant*
* This step is required for registered student organizations
- Request Form
- Request is submitted to a department chair/unit coordinator
- Approval advanced to dean/ AVC
- Dean/AVC approval advanced to SVC Academic Affairs
- SVC Academic Affairs (S. Kopp) final approval
Includes the following:
- Center for Faculty Excellence
- Digital Learning
- Faculty Senate
- Gen Ed/Dual Enrollment
- International Programs
- Radio & TV
- Research & Creative Activity
- Service Learning Academy
- Thompson Learning Community
- Requests reviewed and approved by VC Athletics (T. Alberts) for final approval
- Request Form
Business and Finance
- Request Form
- Request is submitted to department director
- Approval advanced to AVC Business and Finance (J. Kamm)
- AVC Business and Finance (J. Kamm) final approval
- Request form
- Request is submitted to AVC
- Approval advanced to VC Student Success
- VC Student Success (D. Shipp) final approval
- Request is submitted to advisor
- Approval advanced to assistant vice chancellor, Student Success (K. Cammarano)
- Approval advanced to VC Student Success
- VC Student Success (D. Shipp) final approval
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center
College and Department Specific Request Forms
- College of Arts & Sciences
- College of Business Administration
- College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media
- College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences
- College of Information Science & Technology
- College of Public Affairs & Community Service
- Criss Library
- Thompson Alumni Center
- Graduate Studies
- College of Engineering (PKI)
Food service can resume for events starting effective immediately (previous food options had been restricted).
In alignment with the UNO Food policy, all food served on campus must be furnished by UNO Food Services and Catering due to health and safety concerns.
Food should be individually packaged or served by catering staff.
No potlucks or buffets are allowed.
In light of recent positive developments, updates in guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the expiration of the Omaha mask mandate, campus masking requirements for University of Nebraska at Omaha students, faculty, staff, and guests will be further modified effective June 22, 2021, such that:
In outdoor and indoor settings on the UNO campus (including classroom spaces, conference rooms, study rooms, break rooms, hallways, and other common areas) fully vaccinated individuals may interact without masks and are no longer required to maintain 6-foot physical distancing in these areas. Note, however, that the 6-foot distancing and/or the masking requirement may remain in place in certain classes and spaces.
People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19: Two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna)
Two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
Two weeks after the terminal dose of other COVID vaccines administered as part of an approved clinical trial or WHO emergency use authorized vaccines.
The UNO campus mask policy and physical distancing guidelines remain in effect for individuals who are NOT fully vaccinated.
Vaccinated individuals who desire to minimize their risk may also continue to wear a mask if they choose to do so.
Symptomatic individuals, regardless of immunization status, should stay home and contact their health care provider.
Masks must be worn in designated areas if required by federal, state or city laws, rules, and regulations.
Masks are required on campus shuttles and buses for all passengers, regardless of vaccination status.
These guidelines do not apply to the UNO Child Care Center, which has specific policies regarding masks in accordance with CDC guidelines.
While UNO relies on an 'honor system' to ensure that only vaccinated individuals are unmasked on our campus, unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to accept vaccination. More information about vaccine appointments is available from the Douglas County Health Department.
Individuals who are immunocompromised should continue to wear a mask even if they are vaccinated.
Adjustments have also been made to masking as it relates to conducting research, including:
To protect our essential Animal Care and Use Program (ACUP) staff, as well as the animals within the facility, masks will still be required at all times when using these facilities.
To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 while conducting human-subjects research, all IRB-approved protocols must continue to follow the IRB-approved Human Subjects Research Safety plans.
The current plans for the 2021 Fall semester include 3-foot social distancing in classrooms; 6-foot social distancing will remain in classrooms over the summer. Social distancing measures will be continually reviewed and modified throughout the summer.
For the Fall 2021 semester, classroom laboratories will return to full capacity. Masking in classroom laboratories will be required regardless of vaccination status.
For the Fall 2021 semester, classroom music rehearsals will return to full capacity. Masks and bell covers will be required for instrumental wind players in music courses regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be required for all vocalists in music courses regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be required for any other students in music courses that include instrumental wind players and vocalists. When playing and singing outdoors, masks are required if spaced closer than 6 feet.
In meeting spaces such as conference rooms, fully vaccinated individuals may interact without masks. If social distancing is required because not everyone in the meeting is fully vaccinated, room capacity based on 6-foot physical distancing guidelines will be posted in meeting spaces.
In light of the low risk for COVID-19 in Douglas County and low risk for COVID-19 on the UNO campus, Wellness Welcome Stations and COVID testing at the Scott Conference Center will be closed for the summer, effective immediately.
In October 2020, UNO launched new Wellness Welcome Stations to provide a resource for the assisting with daily COVID-19 screenings and personal protective equipment.
Additional COVID-19 testing resources are available at the Universal Swab Center and Test Nebraska.
The Office of Health Security will continue to monitor the need for these services and implement them when and if needed.
The International Programs Office and University leadership are continually assessing the feasibility of international travel for our students. Health and safety risks continue to fluctuate with the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain hopeful that in the not-too-distant future, following a stabilization in travel logistics and a reduction in risks, you and your fellow Mavericks will be able to study abroad again.
Summer 2021: In November 2020, the University canceled all spring UNO Study Abroad Programs, due to COVID-19's ongoing impact on program planning. In mid-March 2021, the University extended the restriction on student international travel, including education abroad, through June 30, 2021. A new committee will be established to begin reviewing requests for semester/exchange programs for safety and feasibility, with a goal of making decisions about July-August travel by early May. If you are considering a semester/exchange program in July-August:
- Please refrain from purchasing flights, paying non-refundable program deposits, or making other purchases or financial commitments (visa fees, vaccinations, housing payments, etc.) until a decision is made by the University.
Fall 2021 and Academic Year 2021-2022: A new committee will be established to review options for with a goal of semester/exchange programs making decisions Academic Year 2021-2022 travel, possibly enabling Fall ’21 or J-term options, with approval at least 2 months prior to departure.
What is New
Pre-approved essential domestic travel can proceed with approval by an immediate supervisor rather than an individual’s associated Vice Chancellor or Senior Vice Chancellor.
Pre-approved essential international travel will be allowed beginning July 1. Pre-trip approval is required to be submitted through the appropriate review process for all international travel and is limited to essential university-related business.
Essential University-related domestic travel continues to follow the previous guidance with one key update. Requests for essential university-related domestic travel by university employees must now be approved in advance by the responsible supervisor rather than an individual’s associated Vice Chancellor or Senior Vice Chancellor.
The CDC recommends delaying domestic travel until you are fully vaccinated. Because all university travel is contingent upon the traveler agreeing to comply with all guidance, supervisors are not responsible for knowing the traveler’s vaccination status for the approval process and should not ask travelers about such status.
UNO students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow the CDC recommendations for domestic travel.
Current guidance includes the following:
- Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.
Have You Been Fully Vaccinated? People are considered fully vaccinated if, 1) It’s been two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2) Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
If you have a condition or are taking medication that weakens your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.
During Travel, remember that wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like a ferry or top deck of a bus). Also be sure to follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
After Travel, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms. Also, be sure to follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.
Beginning July 1, 2021, pre-approved essential international travel for students, faculty and staff will be allowed. Pre-trip approval is required for all international travel and is limited to essential university-related business.
Students will need to submit a request for essential international travel on behalf of the university, including study abroad. Forms and instructions on how to submit a request will be updated prior to July 1. The student will be required to complete a travel application that provides a detailed summary of local health and travel guidance for the travel locations. International Programs will appoint an international travel risk committee that will consider the essential nature of the travel, CDC Travel Health Notices, US Department of State Travel Advisories and the ability of the traveler to mitigate risk. All university-related international travel must comply with Executive Memorandum 25.
UNO Employees will need to submit a request for essential international travel on behalf of the university. Forms and instructions on how to submit a request will be updated prior to July 1. The employee must obtain pre-trip approval for essential travel through their appropriate chair, dean, or supervisor and begin the travel request through Concur. After a UNO employee receives supervisor and/or college-level approval, an international travel request must be submitted 90 days in advance of travel to International Programs. The traveler will be required to complete a travel application that provides a detailed summary of local health and travel guidance for the travel locations. International Programs will appoint an international travel risk committee that will consider the essential nature of the travel, CDC Travel Health Notices, US Department of State Travel Advisories and the ability of the traveler to mitigate risk. The international travel request must be approved by the committee before final Concur approvals will be granted, or travel may be booked. All university-related international travel must comply with Executive Memorandum 25.
For destinations that are below the US Department of State Travel Advisory levels 3 and 4, or CDC Travel Heath Notices levels 3 or 4, travelers do not need to complete the full travel application with committee review. Travelers will need to complete a travel health plan and submit the plan to International Programs at least two weeks prior to travel. All travelers, regardless of CDC Travel Health Notice level, will need to comply with the CDC recommendations for international travel listed below.
The CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated. Because all university travel is contingent upon the traveler agreeing to comply with all guidance, supervisors are not responsible for knowing the traveler’s vaccination status for the approval process and should not ask travelers about such status.
UNO students, faculty and staff are expected to follow the CDC recommendations for international travel.
Current guidance includes the following:
Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated.
Assess the COVID-19 situation at your destination prior to departure to ensure travel to the location can be safely managed. This is particularly important if you are considering international travel as the restrictions are very fluid. This includes reviewing the CDC recommendations for your international travel location (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html) and, remembering that before arriving in the United States, all air passengers coming to the United States, including US citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.
Continue to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before, during, and after travel.
If you are fully vaccinated, before you arrive back in the US, you must have a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 3 days before your flight. Also, upon your return, you must get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms using the 1-Check app.
If you are not fully vaccinated, before you travel you must get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip back to the U.S.; before you arrive in the U.S., you must have a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 3 days before your flight; and after you travel you must get tested with a viral test within 3-5 days AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel (or 10 days without a test) and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms using the 1-Check app.
The UNO campus community is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. We continue to share information about vaccine availability with all students, faculty, and staff through ongoing collaboration with the Douglas County Health Department.
In addition to existing recreational opportunities available through the UNO Wellness Center, the following are permitted:
Gymnasium pickup games of 5-on-5 basketball, 5 x 5 futsal, and 6 x 6 volleyball, as well as other activities at the discretion Wellness Center staff. Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks to participate or spectate. Participants, as well as spectators, who are not yet fully vaccinated should continue to mask or should decline to participate.
Equipment may be checked and returned for disinfection before the next usage.
Fully immunized member guests are permitted to utilize campus recreational facilities.
Recreational opportunities continue to be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis. The Campus Recreation team will endeavor to increase these opportunities while continuing to follow CDC guidance.
For up-to-date information on recreational opportunities, please visit the UNO Wellness Center website.
While vaccines have provided a new sense of hope for returning to normalcy, employees should discuss potential return-to-work plans with their supervisor/manager. Unit leaders will be conducting workplace assessments to determine the work required in this ever-evolving environment and will be evaluating physical infrastructure, tools/technology, safety protocol, and employee resources for the feasibility of returning to campus. This assessment includes employee input, so share any questions or concerns with them. Unit leaders will communicate plans, recognizing flexible work schedules, alternate worksites, or hybrid workplace schedules may be considered as a possible component of the return-to-campus plan. Any decisions to return to campus should remain flexible and must follow CDC, State, City, and Campus guidelines, which could change at any time.
For those returning to campus, remember to maintain the privacy of others and do not share or question anyone’s personal health status. Encourage respect for one another and avoid asking or making assumptions about who has or hasn’t received the vaccine. Be considerate that a full year of working apart from one another may require some additional teambuilding effort. Consider ways to involve and connect with team members who may be working remotely so they continue to feel a part of the group as more people return to campus. Continue to provide options for attendance at meetings such as Zoom or larger rooms for distancing. Be sensitive to student and co-worker’s needs, recognizing the need to pivot as the work environment continues to evolve.
Prioritize your wellness and mental health. Use the Faculty and Staff Employee Assistance Program. Visit BestCareEAP.org for more information.
If you have any questions or concerns with safety protocols or protective measures, let your manager or supervisor know. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, reach out to the Office Health Security or visit the website, Health Reporting. Use resources such as How to Keep Working and Stay Safe.
Resiliency displayed by students, staff, and faculty during the pandemic is a demonstration of Maverick Spirit at its highest level, for which students, staff, and faculty should be proud.