What buildings are currently open?
Are food services currently available on-campus?
Yes. Several food options are currently available within the Milo Bail Student Center and Criss Library. Please visit the Food Services website for more information.
Students facing food insecurity can receive assistance through the Maverick Food Pantry.
The availability of campus facilities and services are subject to change as circumstances dictate.
Will the UNO Child Care Center be available?
The UNO Child Care Center has reopened and is offering child care services Monday through Friday, 6:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Will Campus Recreation facilities be available?
Yes. A limited number UNO Campus Recreation facilities are currently available for access. Those wishing to use these facilities must follow designated health and safety guidelines.
Will campus facilities be open to the public?
Yes. While restrictions and safety guidelines will be in place, UNO will continue to be closely integrated with the community and the city that we call home.
Up-to-date information about each building can be found on our Building Access page.
Events are currently restricted to no more than 10 people if they are held in-person on-campus. However, we continue to host, sponsor, and provide support to these events, as well as virtual events in a way that keeps individuals safely distanced and protected.
Throughout the semester, we will carefully monitor regional public health conditions and make attendance and venue specific decisions accordingly.
See also Visitor Information
How will UNO communicate information about a change in campus operations?
In the event of any change in campus operations, the administration may use various means to communicate—much like other potential campus emergencies. Information on how UNO communicates emergency information can be found on UNO’s Emergency Information site.
Who is making decisions at UNO about Fall 2020?
Since the end of the Spring 2020 semester, five working groups comprised of 98 members of the UNO community—students, faculty, and staff —have worked diligently to create safe and thoughtful recommendations.
These guidelines were shared with campus on Aug. 3 and layout how our campus will operate this fall.
UNO has also established a new Office for Health Security which is currently being led by Jane Meza, Ph.D., a public health expert who has also served a UNO's associate vice chancellor for global engagement since 2017. The Office of Health Security will help ensure the campuses are compliant with the laws, policies, recommendations and/or guidelines for public health.
Any and all decisions made regarding Fall 2020 will be done in accordance with local and federal health and safety guidelines.
We have faculty who can provide expertise on a topic related to COVID-19. Can we create content on this and publish it?
In order to keep campus messaging around UNO’s response to coronavirus consistent, we ask that any coronavirus-specific content you share on your web and social platforms come from official messaging created or shared by University Communications, and refrain from creating your own content.
There may be opportunities for faculty experts to share their expertise with media. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any media pitch ideas.
Learn more at Staff: Keep Working
Are non-essential personnel still required to work from home?
No. Based upon ongoing careful review of daily data and consultation with faculty, staff, students, and public health experts, UNO is not limiting campus access to only on-site essential personnel.
While employees are encouraged to continue working from home; those on campus will no longer be required to carry signed essential personnel letters.
Certain campus buildings, however, may continue to have access restrictions requiring appropriate MavCARD or prox card access until we get closer to the start of the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 24. Please view UNO’s Building Access page for more information.
What policies are in place to support employees who need to self-quarantine or are caring for a family member who needs to self-quarantine as a result of COVID-19?
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), most U.S. workers are eligible for up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave for reasons related to the coronavirus, plus an additional 10 weeks of paid Family and Medical Leave for childcare because of school closures tied to COVID-19. Read more about the NU Emergency Administrative Leave & FFCRA.
Additionally, University of Nebraska employees may take up to 160 hours of additional emergency paid administrative leave for absences related to COVID-19. This leave is available to employees who are directed to stay home and cannot perform their jobs at home.
Please note that requests for any additional paid administrative leave beyond the 80 hours covered by the federal policy will need to be made prior to Dec. 31, 2020.
If an absence is not related to COVID-19, continue to follow sick and vacation leave policies.
I heard that UNO is under a hiring freeze; is that accurate?
Yes, effective March 27, until further notice, UNO is pausing hiring on all state-aided positions.
Exceptions can be made if units have a position that is deemed mission-critical. To request such an exemption, submit requests to UNO’s Office of Human Resources.
This does not apply to open positions in which searches are currently being conducted or positions funded through federal grants or agreements.
What can I do about scheduling an on-campus event?
No gathering or meeting of more than 10 individuals is currently permitted on campus and physical distancing measures must be enforced during any on-campus event or meeting.
All on-campus events must also be approved by the Office of Health Security or an appropriate designee before they can be held or advertised.
Please, instead, consider hosting your meeting or event virtually through the ZOOM platform, which is available to all students, faculty, and staff.
Are we planning athletic events this fall?
All athletic competition, home and away, is suspended for Omaha teams until further notice. Currently, the Summit League is suspending all fall sports until at least Sept. 23. A decision about the remainder of the fall season, and winter sports, including the NCHC and hockey, will be made by that date.
We are still considering whether or not campus intramural and sports club events will be offered. More information will be released when a decision is made.
If my family has been economically impacted by COVID-19, and I may no longer be able to afford college, is there anything that can I do?
Yes, UNO has announced a new array of financial assistance for undergraduate and graduate students.
We recognize that economic uncertainty is very real for many families in Nebraska and the Omaha metropolitan area. We are here to help. Current students should contact our Office of Financial Support & Scholarships and prospective students should contact our Office of Admissions for more information.
At UNO, we want you to know we are here to help.
I have concerns about my financial planning or retirement; will I still be able to meet with an advisor?
Yes, while regularly scheduled, on-campus meetings with advisors from Fidelity or TIAA are canceled for the foreseeable future, employees are encouraged to set up remote consultations with their respective retirement fund representatives.
Employees can call the same numbers as before to set up their virtual appointments.
Faculty and staff can call the same numbers as before to schedule phone/virtual appointments:
Fidelity: 1.800.642.7131 | NOTE: To avoid long wait times, schedule your phone consultation by visiting getguidance.fidelity.com.
How is the NU benefits plan supporting employees who may need to cover medical costs related to COVID-19 or disruptions caused by COVID-19?
The University and our health insurers have taken actions to assist our employees and their families during this time.
To ensure members have access to testing, there will be no member cost-sharing for COVID-19 tests. Claims for COVID-19 testing will be processed without the typical deductibles and/or co-insurance rates.
100% of the testing cost will be paid by the health plan.
Additional changes and support tools are listed on the UNO Benefits 101 page.
Do I need to wear a mask if I am on campus?
Yes. Beginning August 3, 2020, all UNO faculty, staff, students, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, and others) will be required to use a facial covering at all times when indoors (including elevators) on the UNO campus, with the following exceptions:
- When eating; however, social distancing practices must be observed.
- When alone in a room.
- When in a motor vehicle alone or only with members of your household
- When an alternative is necessary as indicated by a medical professional during patient care.*
- When in one’s assigned apartment or residence hall room.
- When the task requires the use of a NIOSH-approved respirator.
- When pertaining to children under the age of 2 years.
For more information, please refer to our Fall 2020 Campus Guidance information.
How can I tell if I may have COVID-19?
One of the most important things you can do to remain healthy and protected is to practice routine self-screening.
The 1-Check COVID app, developed by UNO and UNMC, will walk you through an easy set of check-list items to see if you may require additional consultation with your physician.
Do I need to wear a mask if I have already had COVID-19?
If you've had COVID-19 or had an antibody test that was positive, you may believe that you don't need to wear a mask. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no way to know whether having coronavirus once provides immunity from the virus again or how long your immunity might last.
This means that you could potentially catch the disease again and spread it to others and should continue to wear a mask.
How is the university keeping facilities clean and sanitized?
All campus buildings and property are regularly cleaned and sanitized by UNO’s Facilities team. Cleaning products used in these processes are among those recommended for cleaning and disinfection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Can I go to the Nebraska Medicine - UNO Health Center if I am experiencing symptoms that could be related to COVID-19?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not visit the Nebraska Medicine - UNO Health Center.
Anyone who has reason to believe they may have contracted COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms should contact their primary health provider. If needed, the Douglas County Health Department can also be reached at 402.444.3400 to determine the proper next steps.
What should I do if I have been asked to self-quarantine?
If you haven’t already, please contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402.444.3400 to determine the proper next steps and abide by your orders to self-quarantine.
Will the presence of students on campus be safe from a public health risk?
UNO is taking every precaution, based on CDC and Douglas County Health Department guidance, to keep our campus community safe this fall.
This includes, but is not limited to, a requirement for all those on campus to wear face coverings; placement of hand sanitizer stations around campus; use of the 1-Check COVID app; and prominent display of educational materials on sanitation guidance for things like hand washing and physical distancing.
All members of the Maverick community are also encouraged to show their commitment to keeping campus safe with the Maverick COVID Commitment.
Are there plans if there is a re-emergence of COVID-19 in the fall or winter?
Yes, UNO is prepared to revert to more focused remote operations and teaching if public health conditions warrant. We will work closely with our partners at UNMC, the University of Nebraska System, and the State of Nebraska to ensure we are well ahead of any public health conditions.
We will use state-of-the-art technology to monitor campus safety to identify any trends that may require reconsideration. With many of our programs offered across a wide array of modalities, the switch is readily made.
Will faculty and staff with health concerns be permitted to work off-campus?
Yes. We will work on a case-by-case basis with any and all students, faculty, and staff who express a health concern due to existing health conditions that may pose an enhanced risk due to COVID-19.
We have successfully demonstrated that UNO can continue to operate successfully and provide high-quality education in a remote setting. Though all of us look forward to the collegial and collaborative environment of being on campus, we recognize and want to support those individuals who may need accommodations.
How can I make sure my Zoom meetings are secure?
Effective August 10, ZOOM is making changes to its meetings tool, which will require meetings to either use a waiting room function or password. All new meetings will have the waiting room option pre-selected.
As another resource, NU Information Technology Services has put together some best practices on ways to keep your Zoom activity safe.
ITS will keep you updated if Zoom takes any additional action to protect its service.
Will classes be held on campus as usual?
On June 11, 2020, a message from UNO Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., and the UNO leadership team detailed a flexible course offering plan for Fall 2020, which includes many options, including entirely online courses to in-person courses that are conducted with necessary safety precautions (PPE and physical distancing).
Will the presence of students on campus be safe from a public health risk?
We are working under the model where the public health risk is mitigated in our community by the end of summer. We will have ample screening and testing available to us thanks to our partners at UNMC.
We are taking a number of precautions to reduce the density of the campus operations. These include:
- Offering larger classes online
- Revamping dining services to a carry-out format
- Carefully managing campus events
University housing will be open to students. We are committed to everyone’s safety and well-being first and foremost.
Is there currently open parking on campus?
Open parking is currently available on campus until the Fall 2020 semester begins on August 24, 2020. After this time, anyone parking on campus must have an appropriate permit or use a Pay-to-Park stall.
During open parking, anyone may park in general use stalls in faculty/staff and student surface lots and garages on any campus. All reserved stalls and timed areas will still be enforced.
Will I need a permit to park on campus this fall?
Yes. Parking permits for the 2020-2021 academic year went on sale on Aug. 1. You can order your permit through MavPARK.
Parking has been made more flexible this year, but still requires a permit or use of a Pay-to-Park stall. Learn more here.
Will shuttle service be available?
Yes. There will be a limited number of shuttles that will run between the Scott and Dodge Campuses this fall. Riders on the shuttles are expected to follow the campus face covering policies, sit in specially marked seats to maintain physical distancing, and maintain physical distancing while boarding, exiting, and standing in line.
The shuttle vendor will use a disinfectant fogger on each vehicle prior to beginning the routes each day. Shuttles will be taken out of service for a short time approximately every hour for additional cleaning. Cleaning procedures being followed align with recommendations and best practices from the CDC.
Questions regarding shuttle operations should be directed to UNO Parking Services at email@example.com.
Can I travel on university-related business?
University-related domestic travel can resume Wednesday, July 1. Travel should be carefully considered and should be limited to essential travel. For business travel within the U.S., travel will need to be approved in advance by the responsible Vice Chancellor or Senior Vice Chancellor.
Current university-related international travel restrictions will continue through Friday, Aug. 21. International travel policies are subject to change as university officials continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic up to and through Aug. 21.
Study abroad planning is continuing for Spring and Summer 2021, however, travel is contingent upon relaxed CDC and U.S. Department of State travel guidance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for travel status updates.
As university-related domestic travel resumes, the following current travel guidance will remain in place:
- Any proposed exceptions for university-related travel will need to be approved in advance by the responsible Vice Chancellor or Senior Vice Chancellor.
- Personal international travel is highly discouraged.
- Personal domestic travel should be carefully considered. COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
- All faculty, staff, and students returning to UNO’s campus after traveling within Nebraska or any other U.S. state should self-monitor using the 1-Check COVID mobile app (on Android and iOS devices).
- All students, faculty, and staff returning from international travel will need to observe a 14-day self-quarantine while following CDC and Douglas County Health Department guidelines.