Messages to students

COVID-19 vaccine information

March 29, 2021

Your University would like to encourage all members of the Wolf Pack family to get vaccinated. As of Monday, April 5, 2021, all residents who are 16 and older in Washoe County are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read the message on the COVID-19 vaccine availability

In-person Commencement ceremonies approved

March 29, 2021

The University has received approval from the State of Nevada and Washoe County to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony in May. In this time of pandemic uncertainty and the many sacrifices you’ve made, I hope that this welcome news provides you with the chance to smile, to anticipate the excitement of Commencement, and to feel optimistic about the possibilities of our future. After a year unlike any other, we are thrilled that our graduates in both our 2020 and 2021 classes will now have an opportunity to experience an in-person Commencement...

Read the President's update on Spring 2021 commencement

COVID vaccination distribution update

March 19, 2021

Faculty, staff and student employees who are working, or will be working on campus in the summer and fall, are now eligible for vaccination appointments. These developments represent a significant step forward in the state’s fight against COVID-19 and the University’s plans to return to face-to-face instruction and work for our students, faculty and staff over the summer and into the fall.

Read the President's update on COVID-19 vaccine eligiblity

University continues to hold virtual Commencement

March 10, 2021

The University will not be holding in-person graduation ceremonies of any kind, large or small. Our Spring 2021 Commencement will be held virtually, on Friday, May 14, as was previously announced, featuring special content and acknowledgment of our graduates that will incorporate many of the elements that Commencement has traditionally featured. All 2020 and 2021 graduates will be invited to participate...

Read the President's message about Spring 2021 Commencement

Actively planning and preparing to be back fall semester

March 8, 2021

The latest trends Nevada has seen over the past few weeks has included the hopeful signs of lower COVID-19 positivity rates, decreases in hospitalizations, and increases in vaccinations. Because of these positive trends, I want you to know that we’re actively planning and preparing on being back for the fall semester — with more options for in-person academics and events, while remaining vigilant in all critical prevention efforts and continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of the University community...

Read the President's message about the planned return in Fall 2021

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II available for students

March 8, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the University of Nevada, Reno has received $7.1 million from the federal government to assist students in need during the coronavirus pandemic. This second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund money (HEERF II) was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA). In 2020, this funding was known as the CARES Act Funding...

Read the message about emergency funding for students

COVID-19 February and March directive updates

February 19, 2021

Gov. Sisolak last week pointed to this positive trend in announcing several new public health directives that will help Nevada transition to a new period. Here are a few of Gov. Sisolak’s directives and how they relate to current University conditions...

Read the President's message about updated COVID-19 directives

2021 virtual commencement

February 8, 2021

As the University is required to follow federal, state, and county guidelines, it appears unlikely — even as the collective effort and actions of so many in our community have helped move the needle in a positive direction — that large gatherings will not be permitted this spring. This is why we have begun planning a virtual Commencement Ceremony for all May 2021 graduates on Friday, May 14, 2021...

Read the President's message about Spring 2021 commencement

Welcome to the spring semester, Wolf Pack

January 25, 2021

Today, we begin our new semester with hope and cautious optimism. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the people of our University have responded to the challenges of the moment with resilience and strength. Here are a few quick reminders for the start of spring semester...

Read President's spring 2021 semester welcome message

Start of Spring 2021 semester

January 20, 2021

Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester! Whether you are a returning student or, perhaps, just beginning your academic journey, the University is excited you’re here. 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 the start of the Spring 2021 semester

Vaccination implementation update

January 14, 2021

In Nevada, vaccines are starting to be distributed, including in Washoe County, although the process, as in many states around the country, has been slow. The situation is expected to pick up momentum soon. Vaccine distribution is expected to increase and for the first time since the pandemic began in March, we can start to look toward a future resembling where we once were...

Read the President's update on COVID-19 vaccination implementation

An assault on our Democracy

January 7, 2021

I write to you today still shocked and saddened by the events of Jan. 6, 2021 where a willful and unlawful attempt was made to subvert our democracy in our nation’s Capitol. Although our democracy stood firm and the results of our presidential election were certified by our elected representatives, there is still much to consider and do as we move forward...

Read the President's message about the recent events on Jan. 6

Spring semester and vaccine rollout update

January 5, 2021

As we prepare for the new semester, we have also learned more about the rollout of vaccines to the people of Nevada and what that rollout will mean for the students, faculty and staff of our institution. The State of Nevada continues to receive limited doses of vaccines from the federal government. Vaccines are being distributed through Washoe County through the use of a tiered priority system...

Read the President's message about the spring semester and vaccine rollout

Vaccination update

December 30, 2020

In recent days, there have been a number of questions regarding COVID-19 vaccination availability. Although there are still a few unknowns, here is an update with the information currently available regarding vaccination and how University faculty, staff and students will receive them...

Read the President's update about vaccinations

With eternal gratitude

December 22, 2020

I hope this message finds you and yours safe and healthy after a fall semester unlike any other in our 146-year history. The University community returned to campus during the summer not sure what the coming semester would bring. Although there were clear challenges, what was demonstrated time and time again was a reaffirmation that the best path forward is shared and made bolder by the collective effort of the people of our University...

Read the President's message about COVID-19 and the holiday season

Spring semester Reading Days to provide needed breaks

December 10, 2020

With the decision that our spring 2021 semester will begin one week later on Jan. 25, 2021, and will run continuously without a spring break observance, we recognize that this adjustment to our academic calendar for COVID-19 precautions nevertheless does not make it any easier for our students, faculty and staff to navigate another challenging semester. This is why the University will be implementing four “Reading Days” and an additional “no instruction” day during the spring 2021 semester. These five days will replace spring break...

Read the President's message about Reading Days

University role in statewide vaccination plan

December 3, 2020

Our fall 2020 semester has been a reminder of how the collective effort of our people always makes a difference. Without knowing when, or if, a COVID-19 vaccine would be found this fall, the students, faculty and staff of our institution came together to move the University forward...

Read the President's message about vaccinations

Your Spring 2021 schedule

December 1, 2020

University of Nevada, Reno students who are interested in completing their courses that are Alternative HyFlex instruction mode, 100% remotely will be able to do so again in Spring 2021 ...  

Read a message about spring 2021 requests for remote instruction

Academic support resources and recovery policies

November 30, 2020

As the University of Nevada, Reno moves completely remote for classes this week, we want you to know that our faculty and staff are actively taking steps to support you and help keep you on track to your degree...

Read a message about academic support and recovery resources

University advising and preparation for Spring 2021

November 23, 2020

For those of you I have not had the honor of meeting, my name is Emilly Borthwick-Wong and I am the Executive Director of University Advising. I support all of your college advising centers to best support you and your advising experiences here at Nevada. As we head into the Fall Break, I wanted to reach out to you and see if you had met with your advisor and enrolled for Spring 2021...

Read a message from the University advising center about Spring 2021 registration

S/U option for students for the 2020-2021 academic year

November 19, 2020

Given this complicated time and the deeply personal challenges associated with it, many of our students have had questions this semester regarding grades, particularly concerning if the option used last spring regarding Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (“S/U”) grading could be used again this semester...

Read President Sandoval's message regarding the S/U option

University update on Governor's stay-at-home 2.0

November 11, 2020

On Tuesday, Gov. Sisolak announced “Stay at Home 2.0,” asking Nevadans to stay at home as much as possible and to not participate in gatherings with people who do not live in the same household over the next two weeks. Gov. Sisolak made Tuesday’s announcement in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, which for the past several weeks has shown an alarming rise throughout the state...

Read President Sandoval's message regarding stay-at-home 2.0

Community matters because democracy matters

November 9, 2020

Thank you for your democratic engagement, decency, patriotism and respect for others during the 2020 election. The people of our Nation have elected Joe Biden as the President-elect, and Kamala Harris, as the first woman, a woman of color, as Vice President-elect. We congratulate them both...

Read President Sandoval's message regarding democracy and the 2020 election

Some words of support from the ASUN and GSA

November 6, 2020

We decided to write an email to all of you to ensure that we, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN), are here for you. We have been spending a lot of time as a country the last few months, and even all of this year, divided into two different parties. We have faced hardships and figured out how to change our social norms due to a pandemic...

Read the rest of the message from the ASUn and GSA

Virtual and in-person student affairs: We're here for you

November 3, 2020

The Division of Student Services remains committed to our students and our campus community through this pandemic. Check out the list of virtual events and in-person programs and services below. All of our departments are [still] open and here to foster student success. Reach out to us directly, or to any of our departments as we get through this together...

Read the rest of the message from Student Services

Committed to our University and committed to our democracy

November 2, 2020

This week the 2020 presidential campaign ends. After mail-in and early voting in Nevada, on Tuesday, our remaining registered voters cast in-person ballots for the President of the United States, vacant seats in Congress, and in Nevada, decide on a number of constitutional amendments and judgeships. Given our new reality of COVID-19, it may take several days before we know the results of the 2020 presidential campaign...

Read the rest of the message from President Sandoval

Protect our Pack during Nevada Day weekend

October 29, 2020

We have made impressive inroads over the past few weeks, with our number of weekly reported COVID-19 cases trending lower. With the Nevada Day Weekend fast approaching, we must remember there is a real potential for a rise in COVID-19 cases once the weekend is over. Our data so far this semester has shown that whenever there is a holiday weekend (Labor Day Weekend) or special observance (the first few days of the new semester and its related excitement for a new academic year), the number of COVID-19 cases rises...

Read the full message from President Sandoval about Protecting the Pack

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...

Read the full message from President Sandoval about the latest University updates

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.

Read the full message from President Sandoval about fall and spring break mitigation efforts

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.

Read the full message from President Sandoval about University mitigation efforts

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

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. 

Read the update from Provost Carman about winter and spring courses

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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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

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...

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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

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...

Read the message regarding remote instruction

Fall classes

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...

Read the message from the Provost about fall classes

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

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...

Read the complete message about international students and online instruction

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....

Read the complete message from the Associate Vice President for Enrollment

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

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

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...

Read the full message about stay at home until May 30

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...

Read the full message about the plan for return to normal operations

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

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....

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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...

Read the full message about the importance of staying at home

"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

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 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

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 (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...

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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

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...

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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...

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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.”

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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...

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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 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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