Coronavirus FAQ

COVID-19 information for graduate students

Updated September 13, 2021

The Graduate School office continues to be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are required to follow check-in instructions at the entrance if visiting the office in person, and all services and meetings are encouraged to be completed remotely when possible. Document submission is electronic only. All staff, students, and visitors will be required to follow the latest University policies and procedures. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

You can find the latest information and decisions affecting all students and campus on the University’s Student Coronavirus page. Here you will information on Fall 2021 instruction modes, required student training, housing and dining updates, and several other resources and information applicable to all students. 

Below is information specific to graduate students and graduate program directors, faculty, and staff that support graduate students. Please check back frequently, as updates will be made on an ongoing basis. 

For additional questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate School office at (775) 784-6869 or email at 




Graduate Teaching Assistants

  • All first-time Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must complete GRAD 701S. This course was 100% online this year can be accessed through WebCampus. The training and quiz must be completed by August 19, 2021 for GTAs joining in Fall of 2021.
  • For support and teaching resources, please reach out to Office of Digital Learning.

International Graduate Students

Continuing international students unable to return to campus will have to take a leave of absence until they can return to the U.S. View the Leave of Absence form for graduate students.

Academic progression


All forms on the Graduate School website are either online submissions, interactive PDFs or DocuSign electric forms. Please read through the PDF DocuSign instructions to understand how to initiate and complete those forms. If you have questions about the process or encounter issues with the DocuSign forms, please contact (775) 784-6869 or email at

Graduation application

Appeals to the application deadline for degree programs are accepted at the Graduate School until the last day of the graduation term. The Advanced Degree Graduation Application Deadline Appeal form is available on the  Graduate School’s forms page.

Thesis/dissertation filing deadline

The dissertation or thesis filing deadline for Spring 2021 is May 7. If you require an extension, please contact the graduate school to determine options for filing late or delaying your filing to Summer 2021. International students should be sure to contact OISS regarding any changes in their enrollment or degree continuation.

Dissertation and thesis defense

In order to safeguard the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, the Graduate School is temporarily relaxing the requirements for the public defense of the dissertation. The new, temporary policy is in effect until further notice.

Academic probation and dismissal

Visit the Graduate School’s academic standing page for any updates on policies related to graduate student probation or dismissal.


Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Students Association and the University of Nevada, Reno grants, loans, scholarships and donation programs available to assist students and their programs based on need such as:

  • Childcare Scholarship Program
  • Computer Loan Program
  • Financial Crisis Grant Program
  • International Student Transitional Loan

Contact information


Graduate students

The following reflects the most current available information pertaining to graduate students. For additional questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate School office, currently working remotely, at (775) 784-6869 or email at