To: Chancellors and Vice Presidents
From: Ted Carter, President
Thank you again for the flexibility and commitment you have shown in leading our University through this period of extraordinary change. We are working closely with local and state partners, along with our medical experts, as the coronavirus continues to impact our broader community.
One of the most effective ways to mitigate the spread of the virus is through social distancing. Therefore, I expect that, when possible, all University of Nebraska employees, including student workers, who are able to work remotely will do so beginning Monday, March 23. Wherever possible, I am asking that supervisors create as much flexibility as possible for their teams.
However, I recognize that not all jobs can be performed at home. Supervisors, working with system or campus leadership, will determine which jobs can be performed remotely and which require a presence on campus. This will not be an individual decision, as employee work arrangements are subject to supervisor approval. Our system and campus leadership teams will have final say on which jobs need to have a physical presence. I want to reiterate our goal is to maintain the continuity of our work while also protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students, along with the community around us.
I will be sharing this information with system employees later today; and ask that Chancellors communicate this information to your campuses as soon as you are able.
Thank you in advance for helping to protect the health of our community. I am honored to be part of a University that remains strong in the face of challenge.