Chancellor Ronnie Green describes COVID-19 policies and protocols for the fall semester 2021 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and outlined upcoming vaccination opportunities.
In a campus-wide email on Aug.6, Green announced policies encompassing the use of personal protection, vaccinations, and required readmission testing. Green noted that the university is working closely with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to monitor COVID-19 cases in the community, and that policies will be adjusted as needed.
“We have come a long way since the start of this global pandemic, but we have not yet completed our journey,” said Green. “The increase in infections, hospitalizations and deaths from the highly transmissible Delta variant, especially in younger individuals, shows that we must remain vigilant as we continue to move forward. And wherever there is a significant population of unvaccinated individuals, the threat of new, even deadlier variants continues to exist. “
Green encouraged everyone in the college community to get vaccinated if they haven’t already.
“Vaccinations have provided tremendous protection against the risk of serious illness from COVID-19, enough so that those who are fully immunized can enjoy much more freedom in activities, ”said Green. “For example, those who upload their immunization information to our voluntary register will be exempt from campus testing requirements after a series of campus readmission tests for everyone. “
the COVID-19 announcements and policies for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community are as follows:
Use of personal protection
As per policy issued by Ted Carter, president of the University of Nebraska system, those vaccinated will not be required to wear masks on campus, but are strongly encouraged to do so indoors.
The Centers for Disease Control recently advised fully vaccinated people to wear face covers indoors in areas of high or high transmission (which is the current situation in Lancaster County). As cases of the Delta variant increase in Nebraska, the university leadership will continue to coordinate closely with county health officials and adapt as necessary, if directed health measures change. .
Anyone who is not vaccinated is still susceptible to infection, especially the highly transmissible Delta variant, and should wear a face covering.
Many people have family members who cannot be vaccinated. Instructors who face these circumstances (for example, with family members too young to be vaccinated) may request that face covers be worn in their classes.
At the start of the semester, the university will offer a number of opportunities for students, faculty and staff to obtain a COVID-19 vaccines:
Walk-in clinics will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 15 to 19 at the Devaney Center. These clinics are open to any member of the university community and run in conjunction with mobile check-in for residences and sororities.
Walk-in clinics will be held in plazas outside the unions in the city and on the East Campus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from August 25 to 26.
In addition, the University health center will offer walk-in vaccination opportunities during clinic hours starting August 16.
Required readmission test / vaccine registry / Safer Community app
As directed by county health officials, a series of re-campus saliva tests will be required between August 15 and 22 for all students, faculty and staff who will be on our Lincoln campuses, regardless of their vaccination status. Tests can be scheduled through the Safer Community app or online portal. Those arriving on campus before August 15 will still need to take the test during the August 15-22 re-entry window.
After the first round of re-entry testing on campus for everyone between August 15 and 22, those who have uploaded their immunization information to the registry will be exempt from continuing saliva-based testing. Like this spring, those who can document a recent case of COVID-19 or having a medical exception to saliva testing will be exempt from all tests, including the re-entry test.
Students, faculty and staff who will be on Lincoln campuses and who have not uploaded their immunization information to the registry will need to participate in several rounds of weekly tests in order to gain access to the university buildings and many more. campus spaces. The results of these first rounds of testing will help determine testing posture for the remainder of the semester, in close consultation with county health officials.
Students, faculty and staff can use the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccine register to download vaccine information. By recording vaccination information, individuals will have the opportunity to earn a number of price during the rest of the summer, many of which have already been awarded. In addition, several grand prizes will be awarded at the start of the fall session. Anyone who registers before August 15 is eligible.
- Student Grand Prizes – five prizes worth one year of tuition and undergraduate fees for residents ($ 9,872).
- Faculty / Staff Grand Prize – Trip for two to Ireland with the Chancellor and his wife, Jane, to watch the Huskers play football against Northwestern in Dublin in August 2022.
Uploading immunization information to the registry will also help leaders understand immunization rates in the university community. The higher these rates, the more an open environment can be maintained on campus.
Once again this fall, the campus community will use the Safer Community app to provide access to campus buildings and activities. Those who have uploaded their immunization information to the registry and have completed the first round of campus readmission tests will have an ongoing “Access Granted” status in the app until vaccine booster shots are required.
Those using the campus dining halls or campus recreation will need to use the Safer Community app to access from the week of August 16. Indoor welcome and orientation events will also use the app to access these activities. Any necessary tests should be timed accordingly.
New students, faculty and staff can download the Safer Community app here.
The university will continue to provide Resources for any student who tests positive, including isolation accommodation and academic support.
More details on these policies and all our security measures are available on the university website COVID-19 website.