To the Students, Faculty and Staff of the University of Nebraska:
Earlier this month, as part of our collective effort to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 in Nebraska, we announced that we were limiting employees’ presence on our campuses to designated on-site personnel. We said then that we would re-assess our “stay-at-home” directive after two weeks to determine the appropriate path forward.
We’ve decided that, in accordance with Governor Ricketts’ current guidance to “stay home to keep Nebraska healthy,” we will extend this directive until Monday, May 4. Between now and then, we will continue to carefully monitor the spread of COVID-19 across our rural and urban communities. On May 4, if local conditions allow, we anticipate that we will once again allow faculty and staff to physically come to campus if they need to, while continuing to encourage remote work wherever possible.
Your chancellor will share further guidance on access to campus facilities as we get closer to that date. Generally, while we expect that employees will be able to return to their offices if they need to and access certain facilities, remote work will remain our “first line of defense.”
This directive doesn’t change previous decisions related to campus operations:
- Classes will be taught remotely for the rest of the semester, and summer classes will also be remote.
- Previously announced plans for commencement remain in place.
- All study abroad is canceled through the summer.
Until May 4, as we’re doing now, only employees whose physical presence has been officially designated as necessary will be permitted on campus. You should have a letter signed by your chancellor or the president if you’re expected to report to work on-site when your job requires it. Otherwise, as most of us have been doing for some time, simply continue to work remotely until further notice.
A brief Q&A follows this message. Thank you for all that you are doing to protect the health and safety of our community. The more we do to flatten the curve now, the sooner we can return to our more traditional routines of teaching, learning and working. We are grateful for your contributions.
President, University of Nebraska System
Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
Chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska at Omaha
Ronnie D. Green, Ph.D.
Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Doug Kristensen, J.D.
Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Kearney