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Current UNK Pandemic Status: Phase II

Current UNK Pandemic Status: Phase II

UNK’s Chancellor’s Cabinet reports that effective Monday, Feb. 8, the university’s pandemic response status moves to Phase II. All students, employees and campus visitors are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth in all public and shared environments on campus.

To slow the spread of the virus and keep UNK safe, please comply with the following Phase II protocols:  

  • People diagnosed with COVID-19 must be cleared by UNK’s Public Health Center before returning to campus activity. Those in contact with positive-tested or symptomatic individuals must contact the PHC at 308.865.8279 and may be required to quarantine and be cleared by PHC before resuming campus activity.
  • Self-serve meals are structured so Sodexo employees plate food rather than allow students to handle utensils. Seating is structured so there is six-foot spacing between dine-in students. Students have take-out meal options.
  • All events hosted on or off campus by UNK groups must be approved by the Event Approval Committee. No events sponsored by non-UNK groups will be approved. Event organizers must submit an event plan and room/table request form no later than three weeks prior to the event. Events on campus are limited to 50% of room / venue capacity. Room and venue capacities also follow current Directed Health Measures.
  • No organizations or individuals may distribute food for fundraising purposes. Food distribution for entertainment or other purposes must follow terms of the UNK Dining Contract and other UNK policies.
  • Classroom population density should allow six foot spacing between individuals wherever possible. 
  • Instructors must wear masks in the classroom. Faculty should be cognizant of students who need to see the speaker’s mouth to understand speech and should wear a mask with a clear plastic mouth covering if that is indicated.
  • Instructors should consider providing students with alternative class participation methods if they are not able to be in the classroom because of illness.
  • Those participating in university travel will be required to wear masks while in the vehicle with other people, and at other times when they are within six feet of other people. 
  • Residents living in CTW, CTE, Men’s, Mantor, Randall, URS or URN residence halls may have up to 3 total guests in their rooms. Residents in Village Flats, Antelope or Nester halls may have up to 6 total guests in their suites or apartment common areas. Guests must wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose in all public and shared environments while in the residence halls and apartments. This includes common areas, restrooms, elevators, hallways and lobbies. This includes outside areas when a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained. 
  • Textbook areas in Antelope Bookstore will be restricted to bookstore employees only. Staff will pull textbooks for students.  Clothing and apparel displays will be spread out to reduce concentration of shoppers. 

View Spring 2021 Plan to Mitigate the Spread of Infectious Diseases

The welfare and safety of our community during this time is primary concern. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, UNK has established a series of policies and best practices that serve as a road map for students, faculty, staff and guests on campus. Please familiarize yourself and comply with the plan here: UNK COVID-19 plan 

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David Vail, Darby Carlson discussing diseases during upcoming Science Café

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David Vail, Darby Carlson discussing diseases during upcoming Science Café

This presentation will focus on some key diseases in the 20th century through the interconnected lenses of history and science to continue providing context for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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