Continue to stay home for Nevada

Apr. 29, 2020

This message was sent to students, staff and faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno.

To Our University Community:

Over the past several weeks, the people of our University have shown tremendous resiliency, initiative, patience and empathy in the face of an uncertain time. We have modified operations and delivered services remotely, altered our method of delivery of instruction to online and dealt with the emotions associated with the ramifications of a pandemic. The positive response that our students, faculty and staff have mustered has simply been extraordinary. We have continued, even against the tide of massive challenge, to fulfill the missions of our University through an unprecedented time. To all of you, first and always, thank you for the extraordinary effort you have put forth.

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.

At the present time, the University remains, in accordance with the latest “Stay Home for Nevada” directive from Gov. Sisolak and Chancellor Thom Reilly, under the same alternative operations mode that has been in effect since mid-March. Summer instruction will be presented online through the end of the first session, which concludes on July 10. All campus events remain either cancelled, postponed or to be delivered online until further notice. All nonessential employees are to continue working remotely until further notice. The Issues Management Team (IMT) continues to meet weekly to evaluate best approaches to restore our daily operations and functions.

To help you all access the latest information on COVID-19 from a medical perspective and to share the State of Nevada’s Re-Opening criteria, watch the presentation made by Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, director of our Student Health Center, and Amanda Windes, manager of organizational resilience. Cheryl and Amanda’s presentation is extremely informative, timely and valuable.

The time we are in has not been easy. Yet you’ve accomplished a remarkably high level of work, fortified by the patience, flexibility and empathy you’ve shown for one another. We will do all we can to keep you informed as we navigate this time together. Please continue to seek out the University’s latest coronavirus information and updates.


Marc A. Johnson