Let's keep the Pack healthy.

Let’s continue to look out for one another, encourage vaccinations and demonstrate the type of understanding that is such an integral part of The Wolf Pack Way. The more we work together, the more we can achieve.

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Policies for students, faculty and staff.


Latest details on vaccinations, masks, social distancing and guidance on handling COVID-19 exposure, symptoms and positive tests.

Faculty and staff

Details on employee guidelines, NSHE updates, remote work policies, and guidance on handling COVID-19 exposure and positive tests.


Review frequently asked questions about instruction and COVID-19, such as working with students who test positive for COVID-19 and more.

Vaccinations, testing, face masks and social distancing.

COVID-19 vaccine requirements for students

On August 20, 2021, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health approved COVID-19 vaccine requirements for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) students.

All undergraduate and graduate students who plan on enrolling for the Spring 2022 semester are required to provide documentation of a completed vaccination series against COVID-19 before enrolling. This means students must receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine before you can register for classes when enrollment begins on Nov. 1.

As with all other vaccinations that are required to attend the University, students will not be allowed to enroll in Spring 2022 classes (or future classes) until documentation of completed COVID-19 vaccination series or approved medical or religious exemption is on file.

Increased COVID-19 testing availability at WalMart

Two Walmart locations, including 2nd Street and Lemmon Valley, will increase access to COVID-19 testing through late September, with appointments on weekdays and weekends.

Face masks

Regardless of vaccination status, all students, employees, and members of the public must wear masks indoors.

Students, employees, and members of the public, who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, are also still required to wear face coverings outdoors while on campus, irrespective of whether other individuals are present.

Social distancing

There are no social distancing requirements in Nevada or at the University.

Employee testing

Due to technology integration issues between NSHE and State systems, full implementation of COVID-19 testing protocols has been extended. NSHE has collected vaccine information from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services’ vaccine tracking system (WebIZ) to identify employees who are fully vaccinated. All other employees will be required to test weekly per the new policy unless they provide proof of vaccination.

Read the update on verifying your vaccination status in Workday

Let's protect our Pack family.

Get vaccinated.

If you're in Reno-Sparks, you can schedule your vaccine at the Student Health Center and other local locations or use the VaccineFinder to locate a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

Get tested.

Free, convenient and voluntary COVID-19 testing for students is available on at the Student Health Center and for students, faculty and staff locally through the Washoe County Health District, Southern Nevada Health District and providers on the Nevada Health Response website.

Let's Vax the Pack!

Students who choose to get vaccinated between August 13 and October 1, or have already been vaccinated and provide proof, have a chance to win prizes provided by the University.

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A woman wearing a mask and gray shirt with a lipstick kiss logo gets a vaccination shot from an individual wearing black scrubs and blue protective gloves.

NevadaToday news coverage and research

Dean Debera Thomas, left, and Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci, right, standing outside in grass on University of Nevada, Reno campus

Why does everyone want me to get vaccinated?

School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci and Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas discuss why it’s important to get vaccinated

Dean Debera Thomas, left, and Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci, right, standing outside the Pennington Health Sciences Building

Is the vaccine riskier than getting COVID?

Orvis School of Nursing Dean Debera Thomas and School of Public Health Dean Muge Akpinar-Elci compare the risks of getting the vaccine versus getting COVID-19

Alphie the mascot getting vaxxed

COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students approved by Nevada State Board of Health

The unanimous vote to implement a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for spring 2022 semester enrollment took place during an emergency meeting held Friday, Aug. 20

The vaccination is safe, proven and the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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