- Current Students
- Faculty & Staff
In this October 2015 issue:
A test of the UNK Alert system will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7.
Students, faculty and staff are automatically signed up to receive UNK Alert but there are options on receiving text message alerts, and ways to add or delete personal phone numbers. Students make these selections in MyBlue; faculty and staff in Firefly. Now is the time, prior to the test, to review and update your contact information. Review the instructions for selecting your UNK Alert notification preferences at unk.edu/unkalert. If you fail to receive a notification during the test, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about UNK Alert go to unk.edu/unkalert.
UNK has plans in place to respond to emergency situations. To review UNK's emergency planning and response procedures go to emergency.unk.edu.
Annual NUFlex Enrollment will begin November 2nd and end November 20th. During that time, employees will be able to make changes to their benefits. More information will be coming.
Mark your calendar! The UNK Employee Health and Wellness Fair will be on Monday, November 9th from 11:30 to 2:30 in the Ponderosa Room.
For those who have upcoming searches and need training on the new process and how to navigate through PeopleAdmin, please contact Emily Beaman, at 865-8522 as soon as possible. The user guides on Creating a Posting and Approvals & Managing Applicants are located in the link below:
If you need to be away from work because:
Eligible employees are provided up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job protected leave. Additional time, up to 26 weeks, can be taken for the care of a recovering service member. Available sick and/or vacation leave may be substituted for the unpaid leave during the FMLA period.
Please contact Human Resources for additional information and/or the necessary forms.
The new academic year is in full swing and with each new academic year comes new opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the community to gather on campus. The Facilities department oversees the space management of the UNK campus. If you would like to schedule a space or know of a group or individual who would like to schedule a space on campus for a meeting, training, special class session, or other event, please review the room reservation policy on the Business and Finance Policies and Procedure page at: http://www.unk.edu/bf/_files/PoliciesAndProcedures.pdf#nameddest=Room_Reservation. The policy is under: Facilities>Building Management>Room Reservation.
A Facility Reservation form must be on file in the Facilities office before a space can be scheduled. It is important to keep in mind that UNK groups have priority when space is scheduled. All Facility Reservation forms are reviewed and if necessary, may require a certificate of insurance, additional staffing and security fees, contract review, and rental fees so it is important to send the forms 2 – 3 weeks prior to the event date. All requests are subject to availability. Please remember that most employees do not have the authority to grant the use of campus space or equipment free of charge to non-university groups or collect rental fees for their individual department without prior approval from Facilities.
A UNK department claiming to sponsor an event on behalf of an outside, non-UNK group or business needs to keep these things in mind when submitting a reservation request form: 1) a department sponsorship includes consideration by both parties and includes something in exchange for the space…..questions that need to be considered are: What is UNK receiving in exchange for the sponsorship? Who approved the sponsorship? What is the benefit to UNK and is that benefit tangible or quantifiable? 2) the department will be responsible for enforcing all UNK policies and procedures during the event including the Youth Activity Safety Policy (the Youth Activity Safety Policy can be found in the Business and Finance Policies and Procedures under Risk Management>Youth Activity Safety Policy); 3) department sponsorship means that the department will be liable for any damages to property and responsible for any costs that may arise due to maintenance or labor, and it will be the department’s responsibility to obtain reimbursement from the outside group; 4) the department must ask itself if it is willing to take on these responsibilities simply to avoid the payment of rental fees by the outside group.
If you have an event scheduled and you would like the event posted to the University Calendar on the UNK webpage, go to http://www.unk.edu/calendar/index.php and click on “Submit New Event”.
You can now book flights for Allegiant Air through our Travel and Transport website. Allegiant Air flies from Grand Island, NE (GRI) to Phoenix/Mesa, AZ (AZA), Las Vegas, NV (LAS), and Orlando/Sanford, FL (SFB). Since Allegiant Air does not fly to each of these locations every day, you may want to check Allegiant Air’s schedule before you search Travel and Transport. Also change your selected time (+/-) hours to a larger number than 2.
If you have any questions, please contact Kim Christensen in Business Services at 865-8525.
Get your NEW UNK ID Card now! All old UNK ID Cards will be deactivated on October 31, 2015. Bring your old UNK ID Card or other photo identification to the Student Life Office in the Nebraskan Student Union to get your new (free) UNK ID Card. For more information on all of the benefits of the UNK ID Card, visit www.unk.edu/idcard. Family members and other affiliates that have been issued the white UNK Guest/Vendor Card will continue to use this card for access to the Wellness Center and will not be issued a new card at this time. Contact the UNK Card Office at 8154 with questions.
University departments must use the Nebraska State Treasurer as the fiduciary for their funds. The use of outside bank accounts for the depositing and/or safekeeping of funds is strictly prohibited, regardless of the funding source. Student groups must use their own tax identification number when opening an outside bank account. Contact the Finance Office with questions.
The October 1, 2015 biweekly payroll will be posted the night of September 28 with a September 28, 2015 posting date, with a line item text that reads "10/01/15 University Biweekly Payroll".
The following notice should be clearly displayed by cash registers, payment windows/desks, and on forms or brochures containing payment instructions: "Electronic Check Re-presentment Policy – In the event that your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, we may re-present your check electronically. In the ordinary course of business, your check will not be provided to you with your bank statement, but a copy can be retrieved by contacting your financial institution.”
UNK is committed to assisting all members of the UNK community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual campus security, crime awareness and fire report is available on the University web site at: unk.edu/annual_security_report
If you would like to receive a copy of this information, you can stop by the Police and Parking Services Office at 2507 19th Ave, General Services Building, Kearney, NE 68849 or you can request a copy be mailed to you by calling (308) 865-8517.
Information contained in this publication/web site include policies and procedures on firearms and concealed weapons, drugs and alcohol, missing persons, sexual misconduct, crime reporting, emergency management, evacuation, campus notification and disciplinary actions. Other topics include University law enforcement authority, crime prevention programing, sex offender registry, fire safety information and other matters related to security on campus. It also contains criminal and fire statistics for the previous three years concerning reports that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UNK, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Other information related to the drug-free schools and campuses regulations can be found at: unk.edu/student_affairs/_files/drug_free_statement.pdf
OUCH! I got injured while working…now what do I do?
If it is an emergency and/or you need to seek immediate medical attention, do this first!
Let your Supervisor/Manager/Chair, know as soon as possible.
Fill out the UNK Workers’ Compensation Incident Report Form AND Employee’s Choice or Change of Doctor Form as soon as possible. This is found in SAPPHIRE under Forms. Send this paperwork (email is ok) to the Risk Management.
The University of Nebraska System utilizes FARA to processes all workers compensation claims. You will be assigned an adjustor to work with you and process your claim. They will contact you when they have received the information from the Risk Manager. After FARA investigates the claim they will make a determination to accept or deny the claim. FARA will work with your doctor’s office to process the invoices, you also can send your invoices to the Risk Management office: Founders Hall 2113.
Also, after every doctor’s appointment, you must immediately bring to your Supervisor/Manager/Chair a completed return to work form. Risk Management will also need to know your work status. If you will need to miss any work, they will keep Payroll up to date on the status. For hourly employees, on your timesheets you need to code the time off for a work related injury as: workcomp sick. It is important to keep your Supervisor informed of when you next appointments are scheduled and if you are away from work, your return status.
NOTE: For some departments such as Facilities, the process is handled a little differently so always check with your immediate supervisor on what to do. You can always contact the Risk Management office at 865-8641 with questions
The Employee Achievement and Recognition of Excellence award nomination forms have been updated and are now available as electronic forms, using the following links. These forms are also available as links on the UNK Staff Senate webpage.
As we gear up for another exciting academic year, please consider nominating a staff member or group who has demonstrated excellence. It’s time to show our colleagues how much we appreciate what they do and why we’re so very proud to be Lopers!!
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