Classroom health & safety


Face coverings in the classroom

  • Face coverings required: Facial coverings are required for all employees, students, vendors and visitors in all indoor and outdoor University public spaces, including classrooms (at University office, property, field work or sponsored event), except by employees alone in a private office, unless not advisable by a healthcare professional, against documented industry best practices, or not permitted by federal or state laws/regulations. Facial coverings may be removed while eating or drinking outdoors or in designated indoor spaces (guidance on accommodations for consuming food and drink will be forthcoming), but must be replaced immediately when finished eating or drinking.
  • Face covering definition: A “face covering” is defined as a “covering that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth, including without limitation, cloth face mask, surgical mask, towels, scarves, and bandanas” (State of Nevada Emergency Directive 024). Face shields are not approved face coverings. The University has the authority to require students to wear facial coverings. A student may seek an accommodation under the ADA through the Disability Resource Center (DRC); an employee may seek an accommodation under the ADA through the Equal Opportunity/ Title IX Office.
  • Face Coverings in the Classroom Webinar: A webinar by this name has been placed inside your WebCampus shell under the course titled Faculty Success Series. This 17.5 minute webinar covers policies and procedures, student education campaigns, classroom scenarios and confrontation do's and don'ts.

Classroom seating/capacity

Classrooms have been marked with vinyl paw prints, or other markings, on the desk to denote appropriate seats to sit in and tape on the floor to denote correct spacing of movable seats to ensure six-foot social distancing. Please be sure that students are aware of these distancing markers. Social distancing is important, but it is not a replacement for face coverings. Face coverings must be worn at all times in the classroom, by instructor and student.


Increased time between classes

Five minutes have been taken off of each class in MyNevada and instructors are asked to follow these reduced class times to provide students additional time to traverse from one class to the next (which may include from one modality to another), assist in classroom transitions with students exiting and enter, and to allow additional time for students and instructors to disinfect their respective learning and teaching spaces. By using the University Testing Center or other testing options, you can recover these additional minutes.


Cleaning, sanitizing & disinfecting classrooms

Central and known department classrooms are disinfected (all surfaces, touch points, and common use areas) by custodial staff at least once daily. In some cases, this is by use of an electrostatic sprayer and others by hand wiping. In addition, all of the centrally and known department scheduled classrooms have or will have sanitizing supplies (hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes) by the start of the Fall 2020 semester.

Faculty and students are expected to sanitize their own teaching and learning spaces at the beginning of class. If they have other spaces (i.e. unknown department scheduled) for instructional use in the Fall ensure that they have obtained the necessary supplies to provide students and instructors materials for use during scheduled class time.

You may also confirm with Facilities Services that this space is getting the same level of daily disinfecting as other known scheduled instructional spaces. Alternatively, you can contact Scheduling Services to request a room change to a centrally or known department scheduled classroom space, if possible. HVAC systems will operate 24/7 and use outside air when possible, to increase ventilation and maximize air exchanges.