Guidelines outline return-to-campus processes

June 01, 2020

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Beginning today, UNMC campus access no longer is limited to only on-site essential, and UNMC leaders have released a series of guidelines offering information on return-to-campus processes for faculty, staff and students.

The current guidelines are outlined in this document.

The document offers general campus guidelines, information on controls to assist with the flow of individuals on campus, procedures for return to campus according to type of instruction (in-person, remote and online teaching), instructions for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms while on campus and other important information. Please take the time to carefully review this information.

"As the summer semester nears, we have developed processes and guidelines designed for the safeguard of faculty, staff and students while allowing for a return to educational activities," said Dele Davies, M.D., senior vice chancellor of academic affairs. "These guidelines are intended to allow an effective educational experience, but our primary concern remains the welfare of the UNMC community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The guidelines are subject to revision as the fall semester approaches, Dr. Davies said.

Despite the expansion in campus access on June 1, UNMC employees still are encouraged to work from home when feasible. But persons coming to campus no longer will be required to carry signed essential personnel letters on their person at this time. Students should not return to campus for the sole purpose of studying, in order to continue social distancing, unless they have permission for their respective dean or their designee.

"This change of some campus access restrictions brings the UNMC community one step closer to resuming in-person teaching, learning, and working," UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., said. "The primary focus for UNMC leadership since the beginning of our response to COVID-19 has been the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff and will continue to be top of mind as we closely monitor community and campus activity moving forward. While we do hope to continue to move closer to a more traditional model, it will be a new-normal that will need continuous adjustment over time."

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