University updates for the coming weeks
October 22, 2020
The past two weeks have seen the University make major decisions that impact you, our students, in significant ways. In the short time I’ve been on campus, you’ve shown an incredible generosity of spirit. With so many major decisions of late, I want to reassure you that the University is also working to find safe, creative and meaningful ways to keep the life of the campus connected with all of you...
Fall and spring break mitigation
October 9, 2020
COVID-19 remains a significant challenge, not only for our institution, but for our community, the state of Nevada and our country. I write today to share our plan forward, which is essential in order to safeguard the health of everyone associated with our University. We are fortunate to have a group of extremely dedicated people who have been working around the clock to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Our Issues Management Team continues to consider contingencies on your behalf. Although we must remain optimistic that we will eventually win this fight, the hard truth we face is that COVID-19 still remains a part of all of our lives.
University mitigation efforts to "Protect the Pack"
October 6, 2020
Despite the University’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have seen increases in the number of positive cases on campus, especially among students, but not many faculty and staff. Although we have done an extraordinary job of fighting the spread of the virus on campus by wearing face coverings, social distancing and using good hygiene, off-campus activities have contributed to the spike in positive cases on campus. Being part of the Wolf Pack means that we must all make sacrifices for the greater good of our community and University, not just when we are here, but everywhere we go.
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...
Wintermester and spring 2021courses
September 14, 2020
We are quickly approaching the point in the semester when you will need to choose your 2021 wintermester and spring semester courses. To help you with these decisions, we want to inform you that the University will continue to offer courses through the modalities that we are currently using for the Fall 2020 Semester through the end of Spring 2021 Semester.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
Continuing your education at the University
July 30, 2020
As we approach the Fall 2020 semester, the picture surrounding Coronavirus and what it demands of us becomes more clear. The health and wellness of our Wolf Pack Community remains the priority. Delivering the highest quality and engaging experience possible for our students continues to be at our core...
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...
Information on requesting 100% remote instruction
July 17, 2020
While we want to encourage students, especially those new to the University, to be on campus and engage directly with the Wolf Pack community, we understand that personal circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic may make it difficult or impossible for some students to attend classes in-person. We also realize that these circumstances can be of a sensitive and private nature...
July 16, 2020
The University of Nevada, Reno faculty and academic administrators have been working to determine the best format for your fall semester classes. By early August you should be able to access MyNevada to see whether your classes will be taught completely in-person or completely remote or whether they will be a hybrid/HyFlex model with some remote learning and some in-person learning...
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...
International students and online instruction (Fall 2020)
July 8, 2020
On Monday, July 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a new temporary final rule related to online courses permitted by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) during for the Fall 2020 semester. This new ruling has generated considerable concern, primarily because of its implications for international students enrolled at institutions that have opted for fully online operations for the Fall 2020 semester...
Return to the University of Nevada, Reno campus
July 8, 2020
You have always played an important role in keeping yourself and others in our community safe. This is more important than ever as you pursue your University education during this pandemic. For that reason, prior to attending classes, students must complete the COVID-19 educational course developed with you specifically in mind. Faculty and staff who return to campus are also required to complete an employee version of the class. This class will ensure that you and others have the knowledge and tools needed to promote a healthy return to campus....
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...
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...
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....
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....
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...
"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...
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 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...
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 (Please 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 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...
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.”
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 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 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...