Emergency housing after the Argenta Hall explosion: Ongoing updates
In response to the explosion that occurred Friday, July 5 and damaged Argenta and Nye Halls, we are relocating summer housing to Peavine Hall until further notice. Any Argenta Hall summer residents can report to Peavine Hall. Housing assignments for Fall 2019 are delayed at this time. Student Services is continuing to work diligently on getting these assignments completed as soon as possible.
As the University continues to work on a proposed plan for the 1,300 needed beds, updates will be available on Nevada Today.
Our department strives to provide facilities that ensure a safe and secure residence hall community through programs and services such as:
- Twenty-four hour information and security desk operations at each residence hall with full time staff who conduct regular building rounds
- Our halls have live-in staff who receiving training on safety and security issues as well as provide educational programs on personal and property safety
- Our halls are locked twenty-four hours a day, and access is controlled by sophisticated perimeter security and door locking systems
- In responding to annual satisfaction surveys, over 90% of our residents consistently agreed or strongly agreed to feeling safe and secure in their residence halls
Learn about the policies that govern safety in the residence halls.
Learn about the policies that govern safety across the campus.
Information for ensuring individual safety.
Concerns about housing students off-campus
- Students do not walk through a casino, which is on an adjacent block, in order to access their rooms. They will have completely separate entrances and exits.
- The tower would utilize a key-card system for entry into the building. The public has no access.
- University Police Services will maintain a substation in the building with officers on duty 24/7 with around-the-clock security.
- Two Residential Life desk attendants will be on every shift. Security will be walking the premises.
- There are surveillance cameras in all the public areas.
- The University has had a parking agreement with Circus Circus Reno for 13 years. Since then, each year approximately 300 students and University employees have safely walked to the University from their parking facilities.
To the Wolf Pack Tower community:
For those of you new to the University, let me be one of the first to welcome you! And, for those of you returning, welcome back! As Chief of Police, I’m reaching out to discuss the safety and security that will be offered in your new residence hall, Wolf Pack Tower.
At the University, the safety and security of our students is our number one priority. I have met with the security team at Eldorado Resorts, the property manager for Wolf Pack Tower, and truly believe you will be welcomed into a safe and welcoming University Residential Life community. Here’s why:
- Students will have separate, non-gaming entrances and exits to the building, staffed around the clock by University Residential Life staff.
- As with all campus residence halls, Residential Life staff members work closely with University Police Services and the dean of students and associate vice president for Student Life Services, on any/all safety issues that may occur in the halls.
- University Police Services will have a substation in Wolf Pack Tower and it will be patrolled 24/7 by University Police Services.
- There are surveillance cameras in all public areas and we plan to secure the walkway to the tower and the elevators for the public parking garage, to ensure student-only access to the building.
- A key-card system will be in place for entrance into the building and you must be a resident with a key card to gain access to the rooms and lounges.
- Security officers will regularly walk the premises.
- The University has had a parking agreement with Eldorado Resorts for the last 13 years. Since then, more than 300 students and employees have safely walked between campus and the property each year without incident.
- The University will expand the ongoing PACKTransit shuttle service to and from campus for the five blocks to the new dormitory. There will be a designated shuttle stop in front of the main Wolf Pack Tower entrance.
Should you have any doubt about the safety and security of Wolf Pack Tower, I encourage you to reach out either to University Police Services or Residential Life, Housing and Food Services. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.
Interim Chief of Police
University of Nevada Police Services