Two students on campus test positive
July 2, 2020
Northern Nevada has seen a rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in recent days. Our University is not immune to the rise of community spread that our region has witnessed. This week two University students on campus tested positive for COVID-19. Both students are now self-isolating and are under the care of medical providers.
Governor's Phase 2 extension directive and University reminders
June 30, 2020
To Our University Community, On Monday, June 29, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that Nevada will remain in Phase 2 of the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery plan, due to the trends in COVID-19 infection rates, the time needed for expanded contact tracing to identify trends, and to analyze the impacts of the new face covering directive. The Governor has signed an emergency directive extending the length of Phase 2 through the end of July...
Campus update for students
June 29, 2020
Given the unpredictability of the pandemic, we want you to know that your University has developed a spectrum of plans to provide opportunities for student learning and to meet your co-curricular needs regardless of the conditions. Our goal is to maximize your opportunities for safe and responsible in-person education while also providing online options for those who need or prefer it. In all instances you will be able to continue your education at the University of a Nevada, Reno and graduate on schedule. Our plans are currently under review by the Chancellor along with those of the other institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education...
Governor's mandatory face mask directive
June 25, 2020
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a directive requiring that all Nevadans and visitors to the state wear mandatory face coverings when they are out in public, with a few limited exceptions. Gov. Sisolak’s directive, Directive 024, is effective tomorrow, Friday, June 26, 2020 and comes as the state has faced a four-week climb in cases of COVID-19. In accordance with Gov. Sisolak’s directive and in alignment with previous health and safety instructions from Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly, the new directive mandates that face coverings must be worn in any public space, including public transportation, public facing work environments or when patronizing businesses, or interacting with others in generally publicly accessible space...
Plan for Recovery: Phase 2 Follow Up
June 15, 2020
As we continue in Phase 2, I want to remind everyone there is a great deal of information available to help inform you and to clarify a few important points...
Human Resources: Campus Updates Regarding COVID-19
June 2, 2020
On May 28, 2020, President Marc Johnson announced the University of Nevada, Reno is moving into Phase 2 of recovery starting June 1, 2020. In this phase, the University has begun a gradual return to campus that prioritizes the health and safety of all members of our community. The plan to return was developed by faculty and staff across our University community with significant input from medical, health and safety professionals...
Planning for the Return of the Pack: Phase 2
May 28, 2020
On May 26, 2020, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that Nevada is ready to move into Phase 2 of the state’s Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan on Friday, May 29. As the Governor’s announcement states: In Phase 2, state offices may begin to resume some services to the public where necessary, although online services are still available and encouraged...
Human Resources: Campus Updates Regarding COVID-19
May 22, 2020
The University is committed to providing an environment where you can be safe, healthy and informed. It is important you know about the latest developments and updates regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we enter a new phase of the pandemic and a gradual return to the campus’ in-person operations, there are a number of new policies and procedures, required training and workplace health protocols to help our faculty, staff and students maintain their health, safety and well-being...
Town Hall follow up, recording available; more information to come
May 19, 2020
During yesterday’s online town hall meeting, I along with a number of administrators stressed that the University will follow a number of safety precautions and protocols as students, faculty and staff begin to gradually return to campus over the coming weeks and months. For the moment, based on the most current directives from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly, the University remains in an alternative operations mode — most employees will continue to work remotely, buildings are closed, classes and instruction remain online until July 10, on campus work authorization is required, per NSHE instructions.
Resumption of research activities
May 15, 2020
This email provides information to support planning for the full resumption of essential, critical and time-sensitive research activities and laboratory operations as part of Phase 1 of the University’s adaptive phasing plan. As we move through Phase 1 and beyond, the overarching goal is to ensure the health and safety of faculty, staff and students...
Employee Town Hall: Planning for the Return of the Pack
May 13, 2020
We invite all University employees to participate in a University-wide conversation regarding the recovery plan, during an online Town Hall – Planning for the Return of the Pack, on Monday, May 18, from 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. The town hall will include policies and procedures related to the plan, as well as how the plan will be implemented based on anticipated future directives from Gov. Steve Sisolak and Chancellor Thom Reilly...
Stay at home through May 30 and adhere to alternative operations
May 8, 2020
On Thursday, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that “Phase 1” of Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery will begin on Saturday, May 9. The Governor’s guidelines included the announcement that state offices currently closed to the public will remain closed to the public during Phase 1, which is anticipated to run through May 30. In accordance with the Governor’s latest executive order for recovery, as well as a directive from Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly, this news means that the University will continue to “Stay at Home” and adhere to the alternative operations model we have maintained, through May 30 or until further notice...
Plan for return to normal operations
May 4, 2020
We live in a challenging time, bound by an abundance of caution and informed by the guidance of public health strategies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The students, faculty and staff of our University have shown themselves to be extraordinarily resilient during this season of challenge and uncertainty...
Stay at Home for Nevada through May 15
May 1, 2020
As we move into May, and toward completion of our spring semester, there is no doubt that the students, faculty and staff of our University have faced unprecedented challenge and change with an extraordinary capacity to adapt, to make sacrifices for the good of all, and to work proactively and successfully in achieving and furthering the missions of our institution. We continue to strive to support one another as a campus community, particularly in the face of the heightened anxiety and uncertainty that this time brings. Thank you for all that you are doing, and for continuing to look out for one another...
Continue to stay home for Nevada
Apr. 29, 2020
Gov. Steve Sisolak revealed on a nationally televised ABC News interview that we can expect to hear in his Thursday press conference on the state’s roadmap to recovery, that he will extend the Stay Home For Nevada directive. We will continue to adhere to the “Stay at Home” directive until we hear of any further changes. We are staying connected with Nevada System of Higher Education institutions to share information and best practices, and to keep our communications and policies in sync....
CARES Act letter from Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Apr. 28, 2020
We hope you are well and staying safe in these unprecedented times for our nation, the world, and our University. We appreciate the federal government’s recognition of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in your lives and is providing funding to our students. As part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the University has been allocated limited funds designated to assist degree seeking students in need as a result of the pandemic and its disruption of campus operations...
Supreme Court Decision on DACA & University Resources
Apr. 23, 2020
A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is expected to be released very soon. Even as we face a time of unprecedented uncertainty and disruption because of the outbreak of COVID-19, the University continues to fully support students and their families who have DACA status....
COVID-19 S/U policy update
Apr. 13, 2020
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, students may petition the Office of Admissions and Records to change their final letter grade to a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade once the letter grade is posted. Because this change may cause unintended consequences, students must consult their academic advisor, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (if applicable), and athletic advisor (if applicable) at a minimum...
Update on University leadership and budget reductions
Apr. 10, 2020
During the past week, University administration has worked in concert with the Nevada System of Higher Education in formulating a proposal for budget reduction scenarios requested by Gov. Steve Sisolak. The Governor’s request has come in the wake of unprecedented fiscal challenges all of Nevada has faced due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This message is an update on University budget reduction scenarios and a leadership change approved today during the Board of Regents’ special meeting. The University’s budget proposal will now go directly to Gov. Sisolak, who will make budget reduction decisions in the near future....
Update on the Presidential Search
Apr. 6, 2020
In conversations between Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly and President Marc Johnson, as well as Board of Regents Chair Jason Geddes and Vice Chair Mark Doubrava, the parties have agreed to a recommendation to be presented to the Board of Regents that President Johnson will continue to serve as president of the University of Nevada, Reno through Dec. 31, 2020, or until his successor has been named. The Board of Regents will address this recommendation during its April 10 special board meeting...
Letter to state employees
Apr. 5, 2020
Just weeks ago, I met with my Cabinet to introduce a new initiative to implement my vision of a child-and family-centered Nevada government. I watched as leaders from agencies across Nevada government began to work together, drawing upon the expertise of our state employees to reach a common goal. It was the kind of collaboration that makes me proud to be your governor.
Approval required for critical research and lab operations
Apr. 3, 2020
The campus-wide message from President Johnson this afternoon discussed further directives from Governor Sisolak and NSHE Chancellor Reilly regarding the extension of alternative, remote-work operations until April 30, 2020, and the imperative to follow the “Stay at Home” order for Nevada. Only in special circumstances is work being allowed on campus. Other than operations deemed to be critical in nature, all on-campus research and laboratory operations should be suspended to the greatest extent possible or shifted to alternative, remote operations. Our message of April 1, 2020, provided further guidance on what may be considered critical research and lab operations...
Importance of staying home
Apr. 3, 2020
This week Gov. Steve Sisolak and Chancellor Thom Reilly reinforced the importance of staying home as Nevada continues its fight against the outbreak of coronavirus. Our most important priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. The University remains open for operations as long as those operations are done remotely. Only in special circumstances is work being allowed on campus. With Gov. Sisolak and Chancellor Reilly’s new directives in mind, it is important to note and be clear on the following...
Update on University of Nevada, Reno President search
Apr. 2, 2020
*A new update was provided on April 6. Please refer to the latest update on the President search.
As many of you are aware, the search for the next president of the University of Nevada, Reno has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The timeline has since changed, given the historically challenging circumstances Nevada and the country are facing. The executive search firm WittKieffer will continue to accept applications and actively recruit candidates to apply for the position of president through August 3, 2020...
Working and teaching from home: Zoom security
Apr. 2, 2020
Several members of the campus community have expressed concerns with possible security issues with Zoom. There have been two reported instances of disruption in the University’s Zoom meetings. If you have problems with a Zoom class or meeting, please immediately contact the University’s help desk at (775) 682-5000...
"Stay at Home for Nevada" directive extended to April 30
Apr. 2, 2020
Last night, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a “Stay at Home” order, sometimes known as a shelter-in-place order and extended all other directives for two weeks under his original Declaration of Emergency, including school, non-essential business and gaming closures, until April 30. Gov. Sisolak has asked Nevadans to #StayHomeForNevada since March 17, and he is now reinforcing the gravity of that imperative as the state continues its fight against further outbreak of the coronavirus...
Research continuity: Imperative personnel aspects, additional guidance
Apr. 1, 2020
We are in Week 2 of our remote-operation mode at this University. I am truly appreciative of the commitment demonstrated by the University’s research community and the response to our guidance provided on March 7 and March 18. Additional information is available on our Research Continuity web page...
Message to campus supervisors
Mar. 27, 2020
Below are five different topics related to operations and human resources which you need to know to better serve your employees. HR is here to help you navigate through the challenges of this situation. Please feel free to reach out to us with your questions. Be sure to look for ways to continue the comradery and teamwork you have developed with your employees...
Update on commencement
Mar. 27, 2020
Through several constructive conversations this week with graduate and undergraduate students, we have determined that Spring 2020 graduates will have the choice to celebrate their achievements coinciding with, but be separate from, either the December 2020 graduation ceremonies or spring 2021 ceremonies. The level of interest by graduates in which ceremony they choose will help us determine the details of planning a memorable in-person experience for our graduates and their families. There will be no virtual commencement in May as was previously announced. I wish to thank our student leaders, and our team in Student Services for the very positive conversations we’ve shared this week...
Message to faculty and staff
Mar. 25, 2020
The University’s delivery of online instruction and many of its essential services remotely began in earnest on Monday. This has required a great deal of effort and in some instances has led to further questions as we navigate together an unprecedented time in our history. To help you stay informed of the latest developments this week, here are some important updates...
Message to students
Mar. 24, 2020
We are writing to inform you of three important developments that will provide you with some certainty and allow you to plan accordingly...
Experiencing change and uncertainty: We build resiliency
Mar. 23, 2020
Our world and our campus have experienced a great deal of change and uncertainty since the middle of March. Our academic calendar at that time indicated that it was the observance of spring break. The reality, however, has meant anything but a break for you, our students, faculty and staff. Our institution has had to quickly pivot in the face of the challenges presented by coronavirus (COVID-19). Among many actions, we have asked faculty to deliver content for for-credit courses online, and we have transitioned the vast majority of delivery of our services online or remotely in order to limit the number of people we have on our campus...
Campus community message
Mar. 20, 2020
Since the beginning of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our entire University community has been working diligently to mitigate the impact of this virus. As of this writing, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus, although the number of cases in Washoe County and Nevada continue to rise. Today we learned that COVID-19 has impacted a member of our University, however. A University student who had been studying abroad has tested positive for COVID-19.
The student traveled directly home and has not returned to campus. The student has been following the 14-day mandated self-quarantining protocol. Through phone calls and emails the student has been in regular remote contact with medical professionals from our Student Health Center. The student is remaining at home and is in isolation, under the medical care of health providers, and is recovering...
Research & Innovation continuity of operations
Mar. 20, 2020
The University’s wide-scale research enterprise directly involves many faculty, staff and students, including those working in research settings and those otherwise providing research and administrative support...
University changes policy to accommodate residence hall students
Mar. 20, 2020
Effective immediately, the University of Nevada, Reno is modifying its decision about on-campus housing for the remainder of the spring, 2020 term, to protect the health and safety of our student residents and also to reassure their families that we understand the circumstances many of them now face. The following accommodations will now be made...
Statement regarding housing check-out
Mar. 19, 2020 (Please see modified policy issued Mar. 20, 2020)
While there are no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus at this time, in order to comply with the March 17 directives from Governor Sislolak and the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Chancellor Reilly we have made the decision that residents need to move out of their residential spaces by Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 5 p.m...
Student Services housing checkout
Mar. 18, 2020 (Pleas see modified policy issued Mar. 20, 2020)
As we continue to live in unprecedented times, we hope you are taking care of yourself. While there are no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus at this time, per the March 17 directive from Governor Sislolak and Nevada System of Higher Education, Chancellor Riley, we have made the decision that residents need to move out of their residential spaces by Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5 p.m. This includes Canada, Great Basin, Juniper, the Nevada LLC, Manzanita, Peavine, Sierra and Wolf Pack Tower. Residents in Ponderosa Village Apartments are allowed to remain in their units...
University researchers: Research & Innovation continuity of operations
Mar. 18, 2020
The University research enterprise will move to a ‘maintenance-only’ mode of operations. Contingency plans are being implemented to ensure the continuity of operations for Research & Innovation (R&I) services. Effective today, R&I faculty and staff are working remotely, EXCEPT FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR CRITICAL OPERATIONS. For critical operations, on-campus availability of personnel and supplies continues. It is our intention to maintain seamless, quality services, and your understanding is appreciated as we adapt to operating in this unusually fluid and challenging time...
University implementing new procedures
Mar. 18, 2020
In response to direction from Gov. Sisolak and Chancellor Reilly over the past 24 hours, the University is implementing immediate procedures so that all non-essential employees and operations at the University will cease no later than 5 p.m., March 18, for at least 30 days. There will be no access by the general public. Access to campus will be available to faculty, staff and students attending to critical functions of the University who have their own building keys or cards...
Coronavirus updates for CABNR
Mar. 17, 2020
We take the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread very seriously and want to update you on what we are doing to ensure the health and safety of our employees and our communities. Following the directive from the Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor, “until further notice all non-essential NSHE employees system-wide who are able to perform the core responsibilities of their jobs remotely will temporarily transition to working remotely no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Employees who cannot work remotely but are considered nonessential should be placed on paid administrative leave.”
Campus community update
Mar. 16, 2020
The events of the past few days in our country and throughout the world regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been extremely dynamic and are making a profound impact on how communities are dealing with this public health threat. Our campus has taken several measures, including enacting alternative operations in key areas, to greatly reduce the collection of people on our campus in order to diminish the spread and the severity of coronavirus...
Student Services during alternate campus operations
Mar. 13, 2020
The University of Nevada, Reno Division of Student Services and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) wants to assure students of the following services available to them during this period of alternate campus operations...
University Libraries to provide virtual support
Mar. 13, 2020
As you make plans for your teaching and research over the next few weeks, please know that the University Libraries are still here to provide you with support...
Letter from Residential Life, Housing and Dining Services to student residents
Mar. 12, 2020
We are reaching out to you following the email you received from the University about moving to a virtual learning environment starting March 23, 2020. This message directly applies to you as a student living on campus. With the announcement of the University’s alternate schedule and the expectation of taking classes online, we view this time frame (beginning March 23 and lasting until further notice) as similar to Winter Break where you live off-campus...
Update: COVID-19 alternate operations
Mar. 12, 2020
Acting in an effort to promote the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the community we serve, the University of Nevada, Reno made the decision today to enact alternate operations in a number of key areas. Although we are not closing campus, we are making a concerted effort to greatly reduce the collection of people on our campus in order to diminish the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As of today, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on our campus...
Statement on COVID-19 and its impact on Nevada Wolf Pack Events
Mar. 11, 2020
The University of Nevada athletics department has released the following statement jointly with the UNLV athletics department: “In alignment with the NCAA’s decision on its upcoming championship events, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada, Reno, will conduct its upcoming spring season athletic competitions with only game essential staff in attendance. The health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans is the top priority. The institutions will continue to evaluate and assess the impact of COVID-19 in consultation with local health officials, the Mountain West Conference and campus colleagues and continue to follow federal, state and NSHE guidelines and best practices.”
COVID-19 instructional continuity planning
Mar. 11, 2020
While no decision has been made with regard to shifting to online course delivery due to concerns related to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are now asking all faculty to prepare to go online with their instruction. We are requesting that faculty have an online delivery instructional plan for all classes (e.g., lectures, labs, performance, recitation, arts, etc.) finalized no later than March 30...
Student health and Spring break
Mar. 9, 2020
As you prepare to enjoy spring break we wanted to share information important to your health and safety. Your plans may include travel abroad. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Washoe County Health Department, if you choose to travel to any of the CDC 2-3 level countries (currently China, Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan) you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon your return...
University researchers: Preparing for potential impact to your lab or research program
Mar. 7, 2020 (See updated message issued on Mar. 19, 2020)
The University continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19. With the ongoing concern about the spread of this disease, laboratories and research facilities should begin to plan for the possibility of a significant disruption to normal operations. Each laboratory or research facility is best positioned to create a continuity plan that will meet their unique needs...
University novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Mar. 5, 2020
The University continues to understand and share the concerns of our students, faculty, staff and our community regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and we remain committed to your health and well-being. We recognize that the situation is dynamic and evolves each day, with new information and understanding that informs the health and safety protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Washoe County Health District. In response to the rapidly changing nature of our understanding of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to update you on developments on our campus since last week...
Student families update regarding the novel coronavirus
Feb. 28, 2020
With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to make headlines, it is natural to be concerned about the University community. Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, the University’s Medical Director of Student Health, and I are jointly providing this update. We understand and share your concerns. Our aim is to inform you about the latest on the novel coronavirus and to reassure you as to the measures being taken to protect our University community...
University update regarding coronavirus
Feb. 27, 2020
With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to make headlines, it is natural to be concerned about the University community. Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, the University’s Medical Director of Student Health and I are jointly providing this update. We understand and share your concerns. Our aim is to inform you about the latest on the novel coronavirus and to reassure you as to the measures being taken to protect our University community...
Information for faculty and staff about the novel coronavirus
Feb. 3, 2020
As news coverage of the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) continues, we wanted to update you on the latest information and the steps we are taking to keep our campus safe. The Student Health Center is working closely with the Washoe County Health District and we continue to monitor the situation closely and to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We want to reassure you that there are currently no known cases of the Novel coronavirus on our campus or in the state of Nevada and the CDC continues to believe that the risk of acquiring this virus in the United States is low...
Information to campus about the novel coronavirus
Jan. 27, 2020
As many of you may have heard from the news, a new respiratory virus has emerged called the Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV. This virus was first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. At present, the majority of the cases have occurred in Wuhan; however, the virus has spread to other countries, including the United States. Since this is a virus that has not previously been seen in humans, the situation with regard to 2019-nCoV is still unclear. While severe illness, including a number of deaths, have been reported in China, other patients have had a much milder illness...