University messages regarding coronavirus

Remaining vigilant to reduce the spread of COVID

September 21, 2020

As you look around our campus, you will notice that this has been a remarkably different time for all of us. There simply are not as many people physically on our campus as in years past. This has been by design as we have faced the challenges of COVID-19. We are seeing a maximum of between 2.6 and 4 percent of our approximately 20,700 students on campus at any given time...

Read the full message from the President about reducing COVID-19 spread


Campus WiFi locations, computer lab access and more internet resources

September 8, 2020

While the University operates during COVID-19, a number of resources are available to those who need them.

We have been working to expand knowledge of outside wireless access coverage on campus, collate student computer lab listings in one location, and provide more indoor locations for students to access WiFi with their own devices for study and remote instruction.

Read the update from Vice Provost Heaton about campus internet resources


Remain vigilant and stay diligent during Labor Day

September 3, 2020

We have reached nearly two weeks of instruction for the fall semester. During this time we have seen a number of promising developments on our campus as our students, faculty and staff have worked together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The vast, vast majority of you are following our policies and procedures and these efforts speak to a positive and proactive culture on our campus, one that promotes the idea of a healthy campus — one where individual decisions and their implications are benefitting the University as a whole...

Read the update from the President about student conduct and staying vigilant


Flexibility in the classroom

September 2, 2020

As we move into the second week of the fall semester, I want to reinforce the importance of flexibility, patience, understanding, and compassion in the classroom this semester...

Read the message about flexibility in the classroom


Campus resources

August 31, 2020

We know the stresses of pursuing your degree continue whether you are on campus or remote. Please use these resources covered by your tuition and fees to help ensure your success....

Read the message about campus resources


Reminder to remain vigilant on campus

August 27, 2020

Within the past day, an individual on our campus was confirmed to have the first official positive case of COVID-19 of the fall semester. The individual was last on campus on Aug. 24, has not returned to campus since, and is recovering at home and is following protocols set by state health officials and the CDC. Our lead medical professional, Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, the director of the Student Health Center, has been working with the Washoe County Health District to further contact tracing efforts. On behalf of the University, I want extend the University’s thoughts, and wish this individual a quick and full recovery...

Read the message about remaining vigilant


Updated COVID-19 campus alert

August 26, 2020

Within the past 24 hours, the University of Nevada, Reno has been informed that a member of the campus community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)—the first positive case since the official beginning of the Fall semester on August 24, 2020. To comply with Clery Act requirements, we are sending this additional notification to ensure that any new students/staff who may not have received the prior alert before the semester began are aware and informed...

Read the message regarding the COVID-19 campus alert


Welcoming students to a new semester

August 26, 2020

Student activity on our campus is always a welcome sign that a new semester is upon us. With the start of the fall semester, we want to wish our students a successful and enriching academic year....

Read the message from the President about the new semester


Keeping our campus healthy

August 25, 2020

As we begin the fall semester, it is important to remember that the University has numerous services and resources that are available to help make the coming year a successful one. Dr. Cheryl Hug-English has been the director of our Student Health Center for many years. Her association with our institution dates back throughout her entire lifetime. Dr. Hug-English and her colleagues in the Student Health Center are here for our students, as well as our faculty and staff, and are offering COVID-19 testing for individuals who either are showing symptoms, or who have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19...

Read the message about keeping our campus healthy


Important reminders as the semester begins

August 17, 2020

As we have all learned over the last few months, we are not in charge of the pandemic. We want you and all members of our campus community to remain in good health. We fully expect you to understand the need for precautions as a way to care for yourself and others on campus. We know that facial coverings, social distancing, and hand washing are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19. To promote health and safety for you and all members of the Pack, we must all take personal responsibility for the things we can control: educating ourselves about the Coronavirus, wearing face coverings, social distancing, personal hygiene (hand washing), and following University policy and procedures...

Read the message regarding start of the new semester


Important reminders as the semester begins

August 17, 2020

As we have all learned over the last few months, we are not in charge of the pandemic. We want you and all members of our campus community to remain in good health. We fully expect you to understand the need for precautions as a way to care for yourself and others on campus. We know that facial coverings, social distancing, and hand washing are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19. To promote health and safety for you and all members of the Pack, we must all take personal responsibility for the things we can control: educating ourselves about the Coronavirus, wearing face coverings, social distancing, personal hygiene (hand washing), and following University policy and procedures...

Read the message regarding start of the new semester


Register for Employee Information Session on August 19

August 12, 2020

An Employee Information Session regarding the University’s fall operations will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 3-4:30 p.m. via Zoom. The discussion will include information about the University’s plans for the start of the fall semester and the continued and gradual return of employees to campus and other University locations...

Read the message regarding the upcoming employe information session


Working toward the start of a new academic year

August 6, 2020

In preparing for the fall semester, the University has been guided by two goals that can be stated as one: Keeping the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff at the forefront of what we do, while we fulfill our institutional missions. Classes for the fall semester begin in a little less than three weeks. As we work toward the start of a new academic year, here are some updates...

Read the message regarding the upcoming academic year


Update on state budget reductions

July 24, 2020

On Thursday, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents finalized proposed budget reductions implemented by the 31st Special Session of the Nevada State Legislature. The University’s reduction of its state General Fund is $34.8 million, which represents a 17.5 percent reduction of our FY 2021 appropriation. Working directly with our deans and administrative vice presidents, the University has been strategic in planning cuts that maintain our core missions while also being mindful that we must provide a high-quality and safe on-campus experience for the coming academic year.

Read the message from the President regarding state budget reductions


Reopening Plan: Fall 2020 and other important updates

July 16, 2020

Recent days in Nevada have demonstrated that we live in an extremely dynamic time, marked by the possibility of sudden and unexpected change. Although many variables remain that we cannot control regarding the spread of COVID-19, the University has moved forward, in deliberate and carefully considered phases, in our return to campus. Throughout this process, you’ve demonstrated extraordinary resilience in the face of complex challenges – you all continue to do extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstances. Our strategic approach remains focused on the safety and health of all of our people as we advance our institutional missions of teaching, research and outreach.

Read the message from the President about the reopening plan and other updates


Keeping our research operations moving forward

July 16, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted, to some degree, virtually every aspect of life and society, as you well know. From the vantage of my role, it has been disconcerting to consider it impeding research programs and career progression; however, it has been rewarding to see our research community respond to these times with resilience and persistence...

Read the full message on research contingency planning


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.

Read the update from President on students' positive tests


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...

Read the latest update about Phase 2 and campus information


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...

Read the latest update from the Provost and Vice President of Student Services


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...

Read the full message about the governor's face mask directive


Research and lab updates: Contingency planning, maps, training, and research with human participants

June 16, 2020

More than 260 essential, critical or time-sensitive research and laboratory programs have been approved to resume full operations in University settings as we move through Phase II of Nevada’s reopening plan. This ramping up demonstrates the level of dedication that has always characterized our research community and enterprise, and the plans submitted demonstrate the shared commitment to maintain safe working and research environments for our faculty, staff and students...

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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...

Read the full message about the Phase 2 follow-up


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...

Read the full message about the latest HR updates regarding COVID-19


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...

Read the President's full message regarding Planning for the Return of the Pack: Phase 2


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...

Read the full message about the HR updates regarding COVID-19


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.

Read the full message about the town hall recording


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...

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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...

Read the full message about the town hall on May 18, 2020


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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

Read the full message about the CARES Act


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....

Read the full message About the DACA, the supreme court and university resources


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...

Read the full message About the COVID-19 S/U update


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....

Read the full message Regarding university leadership and budget reductions


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...

Read the full message about the update on the President Search


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.

Read the full letter to state employees from the 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...

Read the full message about approval for 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...

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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...

Read the full message regarding the President search update


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...

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"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...

Read the President's full message about the extended Stay Home for Nevada directive


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...

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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...

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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...

Read the full message about the update on commencement


Message to faculty and staff

Mar. 25, 2020

Dear Colleague:

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...

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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...

Read the full message from Student Services to University students


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...

Read the latest message from the President about the return to 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...

Read the full message to the campus community from the president


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...

Read the latest message from Research & Innovation about continuity of operations


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...

Read about the policy change to accommodate residence hall students


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...

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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...

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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...

Read the message from Research & Innovation about continuity of operations


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...

Read the President's message about the change to campus operations


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.”

Read the message about CABNR, Extension and Experiment Station updates


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...

Read the President's message to the University community


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...

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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...

Learn about University Libraries support during alternate campus operations


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...

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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...

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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.”

Read the full message from Nevada Athletics


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...

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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...

Read the message about student health and Spring Break


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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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