Stay at home through May 30 and adhere to alternative operations

May 8, 2020

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

To Our University Community:

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.

Key points to note:

The University will continue to conduct instruction online and to deliver services and functions remotely until further notice.

  • All nonessential employees are to continue to work remotely until further notice.
  • Summer instruction will be presented online through the end of the first session, which concludes on July 10.
  • Campus events remain either cancelled, postponed, or to be delivered online until further notice.
  • Entry into campus buildings continues to require Presidential approval.
  • Critical research and care of research animals, plants, cultures and specialized equipment will continue in the same reduced fashion practiced during our alternative operations of this pandemic. Research continuity and presence on campus require the President’s approval; the VPRI critical research continuity form still is required for entry to campus for limited research continuity with the approval of the Dean, VPRI and President.
  • Although we remain in an alternative operations mode through May 30 or until further notice, the University’s Issues Management Team, working with the Recovery Working Group, is actively planning a safe and measured re-entry, adaptive phasing plan for campus operations for students, faculty and staff. The University’s goal remains to return to campus in phases, working toward resumption of in-person instruction, campus housing and athletics events for second session summer school and fall semester.

There will be more information about the adaptive phasing plan, including policies and procedures, released to the University community within the next two weeks. All of this planning will be done with the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff as our top priority. As we all work toward the completion of the spring semester, thank you for all that you’ve done to keep our campus community safe and healthy, and for taking the additional steps of looking out for those who need our help during this challenging time.


Marc A. Johnson