Media statements

Media statements

  • Statement from University Police Chief Todd Renwick regarding the loss of K9 Officer Bonnie – 7/16/20

    UNRPD, along with partnering agencies and the entire University community mourn the loss of a trusted companion, friend and family member

    7/16/2020 4:14:00 PM

    “It is with an extremely heavy heart and a lot of emotion that we lost our fellow officer, friend and family member, Bonnie. Bonnie, a K9 officer whose handler is Officer Tom Emmons, was working a shooting off Sutro Street in Reno at approximately 1215 hours, Thursday, July 16, 2020. Bonnie had entered the roadway on Sutro and was struck by a vehicle. She was rushed to the Animal Emergency Center where she passed.

    “Rest in peace, Bonnie. Your dedication to us, our community, and your handler will never be forgotten.” 

    • University Police Chief Todd Renwick

    K-9 Officer Bonnie K9 Officer Bonnie and her handler Officer Tom Emmons

    K9 Officer Bonnie and her handler Officer Tom Emmons.

  • Gov.'s Phase 2 Extension Directive and University Reminders – 6/30/20

    6/30/2020 4:14:00 PM

    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

    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 University will continue to follow previously issued instructions regarding Phase 2 of our operations. As a reminder, the following will remain in place:

    • Policies and Procedures for Phase 2 — as well as a Plan for Recovery from our divisions and units — that are designed to prioritize the health and safety of the campus environment while we fulfill our institutional missions of teaching, research and outreach. If you have questions regarding your division or unit’s Phase 2 recovery plans, be sure to ask your supervisor or manager for further clarity. Please be sure to review the procedures for the safe return of employees, researchers and affiliates.
    • Research Continuity and Lab Operations will continue in the current mode of operation during the month of July. I’m happy to report three hundred essential, critical or time-sensitive research and laboratory programs have been approved to resume full operations in University settings as we move through Phase II of Nevada’s reopening plan. For updated information and your one-stop source for resources, trainings and announcements related to our research, laboratory, scholarly and creative activities, visit Research Continuity.
    • The University will also continue to follow previously issued instructions regarding  Phase 2 of our operations, which include,  “Facial coverings are required in all areas except when an employee is alone in a private office space.” This includes use of facial coverings by faculty, staff and students in any type of in-person classroom instruction at any University office, property, field work or sponsored event. This also applies to visitors on campus. The University also continues to stress that social distancing of at least six feet is required at all times.
    • The University will return to on-campus classes for the summer session, which begins July 13. Classes in the second term of summer will be taught via a combination of online, hybrid, and in-person instruction following Phase 2 guidelines on social distancing (maximum gatherings of 50 and six feet of social distancing). There are 163 lecture, laboratory, and studio classes being offered.  This includes 31 laboratory and studio classes, which will be taught primarily in person with appropriate social distancing.

      Faculty have expressed concerns over the enforcement of required facial coverings for students.  NSHE legal counsel has confirmed that we have the authority to require students to wear facial coverings and this is directed by Gov. Sisolak.  Faculty and students will be required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing in the classroom. Institutional support for this policy falls under four categories:  Education (why), Training (how), Policy (enforcement and consequences of non-compliance), and Alternative Accommodations.
    • For students, the University has developed a spectrum of plans to provide opportunities for student learning and to meet their co-curricular needs regardless of the conditions. Our goal is to maximize opportunities for safe and responsible in-person education while also providing online options for those who need or prefer it. In all instances, students will be able to continue their 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 NSHE. Over the next few weeks, we will be providing regular updates on what to expect for the fall semester. We will meet the Governor’s directives while prioritizing a University experience and health and safety.

    Please continue to visit the  University’s Coronavirus Information page for updates to processes and protocols, as they  continue to evolve.

    Sincerely,

    Marc A. Johnson

    President

  • Planning for the Return of the Pack: Phase 2 – 5/28/20

    5/28/2020 10:21:00 AM

    To Our University Community:

    On May 26, 2020, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that Nevada is ready to move into Phase 2 of the state’s Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan on Friday, May 29.  As the Governor’s announcement states:  In Phase 2, state offices may begin to resume some services to the public where necessary, although online services are still available and encouraged.

    Today I am announcing that the University of Nevada, Reno is moving into Phase 2 of recovery during the week of June 1, 2020.  In Phase 2, the University will begin its return toward the world we knew two and a half months ago. The return will be done in a gradual way that prioritizes the health and safety of all members of our community. The plan to return was developed by faculty and staff across our University community with significant input from medical, health and safety professionals.

    At the end of our spring semester, I instructed our vice presidents, deans and leaders of our major units to provide comprehensive plans for re-entry to university operations. The plans have been formulated with each division, unit, college or school’s unique contributions to our overall institutional mission in mind. Working with the Issues Management Team and the Recovery Working Group, these plans were synthesized into an overall Return to University Operations plan that will serve as the basis of our “Phase 2” actions.

    The plan is in alignment with directives from Gov. Steve Sisolak in the State of Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery, as well as with guidance from the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents and Chancellor Thom Reilly.  The plan will be vetted this week by the Chancellor and the Internal NSHE COVID-19 Task Force.  These plans will be shared by your unit or department leaders as soon as they are approved by Chancellor Reilly. Not every unit’s plan will look the same, as each unit performs a different function. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we soon will be posting Phase 2 policies and procedures, which will look very similar to those of Phase 1. All employees must continue to adhere to these policies and procedures for in-person campus operations. Please see the University’s coronavirus information page for updates.

    The University will be holding an All-Employee Zoom Meeting on Wednesday, June 3,        3:30-5 p.m. to share this information with you and get your ideas. The return of the people of our University will be phased, with groups of faculty, staff and students returning to campus carefully over time. Thank you for your continued good work on behalf of the University. Thank you for the care and concern that you are showing our state, our community and the people of our institution. You are making us all very proud during this historic time.

     

    Sincerely,

    Marc A. Johnson

  • Stay at home through May 30 and adhere to alternative operations – 5/8/20

    5/8/2020 3:02:00 PM

    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.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Marc A. Johnson

    President

  • "Stay Home For Nevada” through May 15 – 5/1/20

    5/1/2020 10:05:00 AM

    To Our University Community:

    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.

    On Thursday, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the State of Nevada’s United Roadmap for Recovery. Gov. Sisolak’s plan included:

    • An official continuation of the “Stay Home For Nevada” directive through May 15.
    • In accordance with this executive order as well as a directive from Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly, the University will continue to “Stay at Home” and adhere to the alternative operations model we have maintained since mid-March.
    • The University will continue to conduct instruction online and to deliver services and functions remotely.
    • 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. All campus events remain either cancelled, postponed, or to be delivered online until further notices.

    Here are a few more updates:

    Issues Management Team and Recovery Working Group

    The Issues Management Team (IMT) continues to meet and has directed the formation of a Recovery Working Group (RWG), bringing together a cross-section of University leaders to ensure a comprehensive re-opening strategy. Although we cannot conjecture when re-opening might occur, this sort of proactive planning is a productive necessity. The Recovery Working Group is charged with developing a range of scenarios and recommendations for our re-entry to working, studying, living and learning on campus. The RWG’s recommendations are being reported and shared with the IMT. All working, studying, living and learning re-entry decisions on our campus will be informed and guided by the public health status of Washoe County and the State of Nevada, as well as current directives from Gov. Sisolak and Chancellor Reilly.

    New Student Summer Orientation

    On Wednesday, the University announced that all new student summer orientation sessions will be delivered online. The staff of New Student Initiatives has been hard at work preparing a high-quality online program for new students and their families to participate in. Through the online program, the students will still meet other new students, connect with student orientation leaders and learn about campus life and receive academic advising for the first semester of their academic careers. The family orientation program will also be presented online. The goal remains the same even as we go virtual: to help new students feel connected and confident as they prepare for their first year as one of the Wolf Pack. Check out the New Student Orientation and FAQ page or more information.

    CARES Act Funds

    As part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the University has been approved for a one-time, limited allocation of funds designed to assist degree seeking students in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of campus operations. All current degree-seeking students (graduate, undergraduate, medical) enrolled in Spring 2020 affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who have successfully completed a 2019-20 FAFSA (or are eligible to file a FAFSA) are eligible for CARES Act Funds. The University has developed a CARES Act FAQ page with important information regarding this funding.

    As I mentioned at the outset of this message, the resiliency of the people of our University during this season of disruption and uncertainty has been remarkable. Remember to continue to take care of yourselves, your friends and your loved ones. We shall continue to navigate this time together. Please continue to seek out the University’s latest coronavirus information and updates.

    Sincerely,
    Marc A. Johnson
    President

  • University to continue “Staying Home for Nevada” until further notice – 4/29/20

    4/29/2020 3:04:00 PM

    To Our University Community:

    Over the past several weeks, the people of our University have shown tremendous resiliency, initiative, patience and empathy in the face of an uncertain time. We have modified operations and delivered services remotely, altered our method of delivery of instruction to online and dealt with the emotions associated with the ramifications of a pandemic. The positive response that our students, faculty and staff have mustered has simply been extraordinary. We have continued, even against the tide of massive challenge, to fulfill the missions of our University through an unprecedented time. To all of you, first and always, thank you for the extraordinary effort you have put forth.

    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.

    At the present time, the University remains, in accordance with the latest “Stay Home for Nevada” directive from Gov. Sisolak and Chancellor Thom Reilly, under the same alternative operations mode that has been in effect since mid-March. Summer instruction will be presented online through the end of the first session, which concludes on July 10. All campus events remain either cancelled, postponed or to be delivered online until further notice.  All nonessential employees are to continue working remotely until further notice.  The Issues Management Team (IMT) continues to meet weekly to evaluate best approaches to restore our daily operations and functions.

    To help you all access the latest information on COVID-19 from a medical perspective and to share the State of Nevada’s Re-Opening criteria, watch the presentation made by Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, director of our Student Health Center, and Amanda Windes, manager of organizational resilience. Cheryl and Amanda’s presentation is extremely informative, timely and valuable.

    The time we are in has not been easy. Yet you’ve accomplished a remarkably high level of work, fortified by the patience, flexibility and empathy you’ve shown for one another. We will do all we can to keep you informed as we navigate this time together. Please continue to seek out the University’s latest coronavirus information and updates.

    Sincerely,

    Marc A. Johnson

    President

  • "Stay at Home for Nevada" directive extended to April 30 – 4/2/20

    4/2/2020 8:00:00 AM

    To Our University community,

    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.

    The University’s top priority is the health and safety of our students, our faculty and staff, and our community. Classroom instruction is continuing online and day-to-day services and support programs are ongoing via remote operations. Based on Gov. Sisolak’s executive order issued last night, we do not foresee any changes of University operations through April 30.

    We do, however, wish to continue to reinforce Gov. Sisolak’s message, which stressed the importance of maintaining safe social distancing, which includes a distance of at least six feet in outdoor recreation activities, not congregating in groups beyond household members, washing your hands frequently, and perhaps most importantly of all, weighing the well-being of your fellow Nevadans with every decision that you make.

    We will get through this challenging time by showing kindness, understanding and support for all the members of our University community. Please check the latest coronavirus information and updates frequently.

    Sincerely,

    Marc A. Johnson

    President

  • University of Nevada, Reno Spring 2020 graduates have choice to celebrate this December or next Spring with their own ceremony

    No virtual commencement in May as previously announced – 3/27/20

    3/27/2020 1:11:00 PM

    The University of Nevada, Reno, in consultation with student leadership, is postponing its May commencement and has 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 the University determine the details of planning a memorable in-person experience for graduates and their families. There will be no virtual commencement in May as was previously announced.

    “Our students deserve to have a unique time to share the joy of their achievement,” University President Marc Johnson said. “We will continue to work with our student leaders as we begin to plan something special. The University’s graduation department will be sending our graduates more information about these choices and will be requesting a preliminary show of interest to assist us in our planning.”

     “Our student leadership, speaking on behalf of our undergraduate and graduate students, made it abundantly clear how extremely disappointed they were with our earlier decision,” Johnson said. “We want the members of the Class of 2020 to know that we’ve heard them.”

    Johnson praised the University’s student leadership, including ASUN President Anthony Martinez and Graduate Student Association President Tamara Guinn, for expressing many of the concerns students had shared about the University’s original plan to share May’s Commencement virtually.

    “I’m so pleased, not only personally, but for all our entire student body, that President Johnson and the University’s administration had a willingness to listen to the stories we’ve heard over the past few days, from students who truly felt heart-broken,” Martinez said. “Not gathering to celebrate their graduation runs contrary to what this institution is all about. It’s not just the opportunity that conferral of a degree represents. It is celebrating and acknowledging, the many personal journeys our students have traveled in reaching their graduation. Reaching out to our students to find out their wishes is a great first step in ensuring the University isn’t forgetting this spring’s graduates.”

    Guinn said her constituency of graduate students had expressed similar sentiments.

    “For many students, and particularly graduate students, there are family considerations that one must navigate throughout their pursuit of a degree,” she said. “People make major sacrifices along the way. The attainment of a degree becomes a very personal thing. I’ve always felt that our commencement ceremonies have a very inspiring, communal and familial feel to them, because a person’s degree belongs to more than just them. Graduate students face unique challenges as they achieve their degrees.”

    University students have been informed of the decision through a letter from Johnson and Vice President of Student Services Shannon Ellis.

    Please continue to look to Novel Coronavirus Information Page for the latest updates on commencement and University operations and delivery of services.

  • Provost message for faculty and staff – 3/25/20

    3/25/2020 8:19:00 AM

    Dear Colleague:

    The University’s delivery of online instruction and many of its essential services remotely began in earnest on Monday. This has required a great deal of effort and in some instances has led to further questions as we navigate together an unprecedented time in our history. To help you stay informed of the latest developments this week, here are some important updates:

    Town Hall Meeting

    A COVID-19 Online Town Hall Meeting, held through Zoom, will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, March 27. The Town Hall will take questions submitted from the campus community and will also feature updates from President Marc Johnson, Student Health Center Director Dr. Cheryl Hug-English, myself, and others. There is a 500-person limit to participate. Information about how to access the Town Hall will be made available tomorrow in a separate communication.

    Commencement

    No in-person commencement ceremonies will be held in May. Our regularly scheduled commencements for Spring 2020 will occur in a virtual fashion. Options for graduates to attend later ceremonies, such as the Winter 2020 Commencement or Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies in person, will be considered.

    Building access

    The University continues to limit building access during alternative operations. There is no access by the general public, other than at certain University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine public health patient locations. Access to buildings on campus is available to faculty, staff and students who have their own building keys or keycards and who are attending to critical functions of the University. However, we strongly encourage all faculty, staff and students to remain home until further notice. Contractors who are attending to critical infrastructure needs are also allowed.

    Course Modality

    All for-credit courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester regardless of campus alternative operations. If Governor Steve Sisolak lifts the Stay Home For Nevada order on April 16, the University will maintain remote delivery of courses for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. No decisions have been made regarding instructional modality for Summer or Fall.

    Remote work for employees

    Although courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the year, this does not preclude the campus from opening for employees at the end of Gov. Sisolak’s directive of April 16. The University will make an assessment about returning employees to campus or other University locations at that time.

    Teaching & Learning Technologies

    As a reminder TLT continues to update and compile additional resources for transitioning to remote instruction, including instructional preparedness and FAQs. They have made use of every available resource we have on campus and continue to monitor numerous national organizations for best practices regarding quickly converting courses to online delivery, including three more “Online Delivery Q&A with IDT,” sessions this week, 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 2pm Friday, “WebCampus Q&A”   11 a.m. Thursday, and live “Zoom Training Sessions,” to complement the wealth of written materials found on their webpage, 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (March 31 and April 1).  

    Course Evaluations

    Student evaluations of teaching for the Spring 2020 semester will continue. We believe that student voices need to be heard, and that student feedback will be critical to our understanding of this unique, and hopefully once in a life-time, semester. However, potential negative reviews for courses will not be held against faculty in any review, or promotion and tenure decisions. We will ask faculty to reflect constructively on student comments, the course’s conversion to remote delivery, and instructional responsibilities.

    Promotion and Tenure Clock Extensions

    The Nevada System of Higher Education has indicated that tenure-track faculty may request a one-year tenure clock extension as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, no faculty member is required to request an extension. The pandemic will be considered an extenuating circumstance.

    • Tenure application due Fall 2020 - for faculty scheduled to go up for tenure in Fall 2020 who wish to request an extension, please inform your Chair and Dean ASAP. Your formal extension request must be processed through your Chair and Dean and submitted to the Provost Office by April 30, 2020.
    • Tenure application due Fall 2021 or beyond – for faculty scheduled to go up for tenure in Fall 2021 or beyond, your formal extension request must be processed through your Chair and Dean and submitted to the Provost Office by April 1, 2021.

    Course Grades and Withdrawal Deadline

    Faculty and instructors will submit grades online as always. We anticipate that we will provide students an opportunity to request changing their final grade to an “S” (Satisfactory) if they earn a D or better. As there are many potential implications associated with changing from a letter grade to an “S”, we will require students to consult with an academic adviser before making a request for an “S”. For graduate students, a B- or better is required for an “S”; C+ or lower is considered a “U.”

    Other accommodations to minimize risk for academic work such as suspending probation/dismissal processes and extending the date to drop with a “W” (Withdrawal) are in place. The “W” date for the semester is now April 10.

    Please remember that Proctorio, our remote proctoring service, charges the University by the number of exams proctored.  We ask that you restrict your use of the service to high-stakes midterms and finals.

    Summer School

    Summer School will keep its current schedule. If the COVID-19 outbreak requires it, we will continue to use remote/online teaching modalities.

    Extended use of Start-up Funds

    All start-up packages ending on June 30, 2020 are now extended to September 30, 2020 due to COVID-19. We will continue to evaluate this date. For longer periods of time for reasons other than COVID-19 delays, please follow the normal procedure for requesting start-up package extensions.

    Sabbaticals

    A sabbatical is an exciting and potentially transformative experience for faculty and we know that some sabbaticals have been disrupted. While no decisions have been made on current or future sabbatical disruptions we will work closely with the Faculty Senate and Deans to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on sabbaticals. The April 10, 2020 sabbatical application workshop will continue (by Zoom) and at this time applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are still due to the Provost Office by September 18, 2020.

    In closing, we are experiencing these events in real-time. I wish to encourage you all to visit unr.edu for University and coronavirus information and updates. We realize that you have received many campus communications in recent days. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, the University has been thoroughly updating the website and coronavirus FAQ with the most current information. Please use these resources as we move through the remainder of the spring semester. Thank you for all that you are doing. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Carman

    Executive Vice President & Provost 

  • Experiencing change and uncertainty – we build resiliency – 3/23/20

    3/23/2020 9:51:00 AM

    To our University Community:

    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.

    I am aware that our responses to remote instruction and administrative work is disruptive and that working from home with schools and other businesses closed, children and other family members home,  presents challenges.  We all are responding to a pandemic we have never before experienced and our responsibility is to take care of ourselves and everyone else by practicing social distancing and carrying on our lives, teaching, research, other work as best we can. 

    As we begin the final weeks of the spring semester, it is important that all of you know how much your work and sacrifice is valued by our University. Your efforts are making a profound difference for the health of our University community and broader community in Nevada, the region, and the world as we all do our part to fight community spread. Remember that although you may be studying or working remotely, you should still keep in touch with your work colleagues, fellow students, friends and families through a variety of amazing technologies that can ease feelings of isolation or anxiety. These are technologies that over the coming weeks promise to keep us together – as we maintain social distance. The renowned physicist Stephen Hawking said it best: “Mankind’s greatest achievements come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking . . . with the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”

    Thank you for the many adjustments you are making to keep the University open with social distancing.  We all are experimenting with ways to build resiliency in our lives and in our work.  These tools may be useful in many other ways in the future.  But for now, stay home and stay safe. 

    Please be sure to continue checking the Univeristy website for University and coronavirus information and updates.

     

    Sincerely,

    Marc A. Johnson

    President

  • Student off campus tests positive – 3/20/20

    3/20/2020 5:00:00 PM

    To the members of our University Community:

    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 continues 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. On behalf of the University, we want this student and the student’s family to know that our entire University community sends our support for a quick recovery.

    This situation is a reminder that to all of us, wherever we are, how important it is to follow preventative measures and social distancing protocols. It is evident that COVID-19 is presenting us all with unprecedented challenges. We appreciate all of the cooperation that we have seen from our students, faculty and staff.

    Over the past two weeks, the University community has taken steps to diminish the assemblage and grouping of people on our campus in order to “flatten” the spread of coronavirus. The vast majority of our students, faculty and staff are now working remotely. We are delivering classes remotely once the spring break ends on March 23. We continue to take the extra measures that the public health community, Gov. Steve Sisolak and NHSE Chancellor Thom Reilly are asking of all Nevadans: implementing social distancing, sanitizing surfaces, working from home. Now more than ever we must remain ever-vigilant in these efforts. As a campus community, we must continue to make the responsible decisions that will help us limit the spread of COVID -19 in order to protect us all.

     

    Sincerely,

    Marc A. Johnson

    President


    Please continue to look to Novel Coronavirus Information Page for the latest information about coronavirus and University operations.

    Media Contacts

    Kerri Garcia
    775-784-1880
    kerrig@unr.edu
  • University of Nevada, Reno changes policy to accommodate residence hall students – 3/20/20

    University responds to feedback, understands hardships and inability to travel with extremely trying circumstances; #StayHomeForNevada

    3/20/2020 7:44:00 AM

    The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening. Whole states are encouraging shelter-in-place philosophies to protect community members and increase prevention efforts. We understand that families may be experiencing hardships and inability to travel as they deal with extremely trying circumstances related to the outbreak of coronavirus. We want to make our best effort to support the health and safety of our students, families and community and lessen any turmoil that is being felt during an uncertain time.

    This is why, 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:

    • The University will prorate occupancy and provide a refund to all student residents who have been asked to stay home in order to receive remote instruction. These refunds will be processed as these residents are identified and issued within 14 days.
    • Those students with extenuating circumstances who have been approved to remain in on-campus housing (for example, international students, students who are homeless, in foster situations, or from areas where travel has been ordered to cease) will continue to be responsible for completion of their rental and meal plan contracts.
    • If a student resident has belongings remaining in the residence hall room after spring break, those rooms will be locked and the owner of these belongings will remove materials by May 13. One does not need to return immediately nor does one have to fill out a survey with explanation of extenuating circumstances. As always, students unable to meet the May 13 deadline should notify the Housing office by May 1 so that accommodations can be made.
    • For those who purchased meal plans and cannot use them due to their absence from campus, a prorated refund will be issued for the number of weeks remaining in the term.

    If there are any questions or the Residential Life, Housing, and Dining Services team can help in any way, please call 775-784-1113 or email housing@unr.edu.

    Please continue to look to Novel Coronavirus Information Page for the latest information about coronavirus and University operations.

    Media Contacts

    Kerri Garcia
    775-784-1880
    kerrig@unr.edu
  • University of Nevada, Reno statement regarding housing check-out – 3/19/20

    Students encouraged to submit survey to help determine best check-out time and process

    3/19/2020 5:20:00 PM

    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. In addition, the Director of the University’s Student Health Center, Dr. Cheryl Hug-English’s medical opinion was that this expedient move was of the utmost importance. Our campus must adhere to the best science-based recommendations that we have, which is to practice social distance, to avoid large gatherings and to limit interactions that could put the health and safety of our community at risk. By greatly diminishing the number of people on our campus, we are doing our part to minimize the spread of novel coronavirus on our campus and in our community. This decision to take this step was not made lightly. It is in the best health and safety interests of our student population that we ask that this is done carefully, and expeditiously. 

    We do not want to jeopardize any student’s health or safety to collect their belongings. Therefore, each student received an email from their Resident Director with information about checking out of their room. They were provided a link specific to their residence hall to sign up for a check-out date/time from Friday, March 20 to Wednesday, March 25. Because health is paramount, these appointment times have been designed to ensure social distancing as students are checking out. The University is following public health recommendations to avoid situations where too many people are sharing the same space at the same time.

    Furthermore, students have been provided the ability to select an option where they can describe their extenuating circumstances (for example, students who are homeless, in foster situations, or who are not able to travel from out of state to check-out by March 25). The University’s Residential Life staff will review all of these situations and then work with each student on a scenario that best fits their situation. We will of course lock and secure students’ rooms and then work with them to identify a date/time when conditions are better to check out. It is important for students to respond to the survey sent by their Resident Director so we can appropriately work with them.

    We recognize this process has been disruptive and inconvenient, and we thank everyone for your patience and understanding throughout this unique situation, one we have never experienced in our lifetimes. Our primary goal is to keep you safe and healthy. If you have any questions or our team can help in any way, please call Residential Life, Housing, or Dining Services at 775-784-1113 or email housing@unr.edu.

    Please see the correspondence below and on the novel coronavirus information page, of the University’s understanding and plan for students with extenuating circumstances.

  • University of Nevada, Reno implementing immediate procedures; non-essential employees and operations to cease no later than 5 p.m. today for at least 30 days – 3/18/20

    No campus access to the general public; University services available online or remotely with in-person essential services limited; access to campus available to faculty, staff and students attending to critical functions; online delivery of all for-credit courses by March 23

    3/18/2020 12:30:00 PM

    To our University Community:

    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.

    This closure includes any operations that may currently be open on campus, such as the fitness center, athletic facilities, vendors, and other locations where any group may socialize. These actions are being made to further reduce the number of employees who are on campus to essential employees who must have a physical presence on campus. Other than those employees who are designated as essential, our employees are directed by Gov. Sisolak and Chancellor Reilly to stay at home, work remotely, and to practice social distancing.

    Although many of you have already begun making these preparations, it is imperative that today each academic and administrative operating units establish systems for staffing and monitoring business continuity needs and student/customer service.  Supervisors, managers, and department chairs in consultation with Directors, Associate Vice Presidents or Deans are to develop schedules for on-campus employees which mitigate exposure, diminishes personal contact and to the extent possible, maintains social distance.

    Human Resources has prepared guidelines for all academic and administrative operating units for the decision-making process of designating employees as: “Employees on Campus,” “Employees Working Remotely” and “Administrative Leave.” It is imperative today that all supervisors, chairs or managers inform employees, including student employees, of their designation. Depending on job responsibilities and business operational needs, an employee’s status may change at any time from one designation to another.

    In general, in making these decisions, the University is stressing:

    1. Employees working on campus should take precautions to avoid exposure and be vigilant of CDC protocols.
    2. Employees who can work remotely, other than those providing minimal coverage on campus, should do so effective today. The University has provided Working Remotely Resources from the Office of Information Technology.
    3. Employees who need not report to campus and cannot work remotely should be placed on Administrative Leave Time Off with Pay. Employees on administrative leave should enter Administrative Leave Time Off with Pay in Workday.

    Student employees who are designated as Employees on Campus or Employees Working Remotely will continue to log normally scheduled hours and be paid.  Student employees who cannot work on campus or remotely will continue to be paid. Please consider all options to reassign these student employees to areas or tasks that can be completed during this period of alternative campus operations.  Human Resources will provide guidance within the next few days as to how pay should be calculated.

    For students living in residence halls, we are asking that they immediately return to their homes, unless they have extenuating circumstances and must remain in the residence halls. Residential Life is reaching out to these students to determine circumstances and needs. Student Services is working on limited food options for students who remain.

    Faculty should continue to prepare for online delivery of all for-credit courses by March 23, and should be prepared for official online engagement with their classes no later than March 25.

    As of today not later than 5 p.m. all buildings on campus will be closed. 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. Contractors who are attending to critical infrastructure needs will also be allowed. The following major buildings will have alternative operations:

    • Joe Crowley Student Union (student computer area access only allowed in a social distance monitored area; vendors to close and no other common area access)
    • Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (student computer access allowed in a social distance monitored area, plus reduced physical presence for Teaching and Learning Technologies and Information Technology – these services will also be available remotely)
    • Pennington Student Achievement Center and Fitzgerald Student Services (staff already on reduced physical presence, many services available remotely already)
    • For research faculty, the University’s Research and Innovation division emailed information to its “ResearchNotes” listserv on March 7. This email, sent to faculty, students and staff directly engaged with research, included considerations for use in contingency planning, steps that can be taken now to ensure continuity of critical functions, additional safety considerations and more. The full email message is available on the University’s Novel Coronavirus Messages page.
    • Research faculty with laboratories that require in-person staffing are to use their own discretion and are asked to use CDC guidelines for social distancing, as well as cleaning and disinfecting. Environmental Health and Safety is available remotely.

    While we are asking all of our campus to react nimbly today, we are also advising that all decisions are made with good deliberation and with the best interests of the health and safety of all of the people who work, study and live on our campus and other University locations in mind.

    We ask for your patience as we get further information and details out to the University community. Please continue to look to Novel Coronavirus Information Page for the latest information about coronavirus and University operations.

    Thank you all for your continued dedication to these guiding principles.

    Sincerely,

    Marc A. Johnson
    President

  • University of Nevada, Reno continues to use alternate operations; canceling commencement is not under consideration – 3/16/20

    3/16/2020 6:30:00 PM

    Given the events of the past few days regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Nevada, Reno has continued to implement measures intended to diminish the spread and severity of this public health threat. In a message to the campus today, President Marc Johnson wrote that “COVID-19 presents us with unprecedented challenges. It is requiring us all to modify personal behavior, to lessen our interactions in large groups and public places, to re-think how we work and how we deliver services, and to practice social distancing. We must continue to be vigilant in all of our efforts on these fronts. Doing so will reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus within the community, especially among those most vulnerable.”

    Here are the latest updates:

    • The University continues to use alternate operations. The campus remains open for all necessary operations for faculty, staff, students and contractors. The University is limiting public access in terms of outward-facing functions. Students will begin online delivery of instruction for all for-credit courses from faculty on March 23, following the completion of spring break.
    • The University is working with its employees to determine if they are to work remotely with online delivery of services or in-person on campus for campus continuity purposes. Units are being encouraged to implement flexible remote work options when applicable. Also, all units should work to emphasize the concept of social distancing in all interactions, and by limiting in-person meetings and avoid close contact whenever possible.
    • University leadership continues to have discussions about Spring Commencement Exercises. Canceling commencement is not under consideration. The University is, however, exploring a variety of options ranging from the traditional gathering which is live-streamed to the public to an on-line ceremony that could be viewed by graduates and others.
    • The University is now changing its protocol for campus events. In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, any public or other events that gathers more than 50 people in one place on our campus is canceled or postponed until further notice.
    • Museums on our campus, including the Fleischmann Planetarium, are closed to the public until further notice. Museum faculty and staff should maintain regular hours (remote work options are available) and faculty, staff, and students who need access to any of the museums can call with questions and access can be granted as necessary.
    • The University’s Division of Student Services and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) sent a message to all students assuring them of the many services available to them during this period of alternative campus operations. These include grab-and-go dining options throughout campus; information on securing emergency funds; availability of Pack Provisions, remote teletherapy through Counseling Services as well as advising and mentorship through such programs as OISS, TRIO and The Center. This list of available services will continue to be updated and sent to students.
    • Students living in the residence halls were contacted by the Executive Director prior to spring break upon the announcement of the University’s alternate schedule and the expectation of taking classes online. Students were told that we would be treating the time frame of March 23 until further notice as similar to Winter Break where students live off-campus. Students were told that while the University’s expectations were for residents to relocate off-campus during this time, the University understands some students may not be able to meet this expectation. All students were provided with a link in the message to indicate their housing needs and request to live on campus.
    • University Dining Services will no longer be offering traditional dining options. Starting March 23, 2020, Nevada Dining will move to a “grab-and-go” food option at Pathways and Bytes Café. The Eatery at the Overlook will provide hot food options for lunch and dinner. Most of the food vendors in the Joe Crowley Student Union will be open during this time. Visit the Joe Crowley Student Union page for hours.
    • Students who have employment on campus should work with their supervisors to determine flexible arrangements regarding their pay and expected duties.

    For any questions regarding this shift in operations, the University has set up a monitored information line at 775-682-9900. For the latest information about coronavirus and the University, please continue to consult the Novel Coronavirus Information Page.

    The University continues to review and adapt its planning and strategies as more is learned every day and will continue to communicate the latest developments on this important topic.

  • Update COVID-19 alternate operations – 3/12/20

    3/12/2020 5:55:00 PM

    To the University community:

    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.

    These decisions have been informed by the dynamic and ever-changing nature of the outbreak of coronavirus throughout the world and in the United States. They have been made in consultation with campus administration, the Nevada System of Higher Education, and our partners in the public health community, including the Washoe County Health District and State of Nevada Public Behavioral Health. We are striving to minimize large gatherings and face-to-face contact that can occur in instruction, office hours and workspace, limit exposure posed by international travel and to stress flexibility and understanding for those affected by our decisions in order to effectively meet the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

    Online Delivery of Classes:

    The University will begin online delivery of all for-credit academic courses Monday, March 23, the week following Spring Break. Faculty who are prepared to begin online instruction on March 23, should do so. Faculty who are not prepared to begin online delivery on March 23 may cancel classes on March 23 and/or March 24 in order to prepare to begin online delivery no later than March 25. If a faculty member chooses to cancel classes to prepare for online delivery, they are encouraged to provide alternative assignments or readings for students and/or to adjust the syllabus accordingly.

    As a reminder Teaching & Learning Technologies has compiled an extensive list of resources to assist in delivering courses online. Faculty and teaching assistants are expected to complete any and all necessary work associated with their instructional/teaching assistantship responsibilities and are allowed on campus as necessary to do so. All faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro, an enterprise video conferencing platform with real-time messaging and content sharing. This will help facilitate online course delivery and remote meetings. If you have a Basic account already it will automatically be upgraded to a Pro account in the next day or two. Instructions for setting up a new Zoom account, using Zoom, and best practices for Zoom are found on the Teaching & Learning Technologies website.

    Student Housing:

    The University is directing all students to remain home, not return to campus, and continue their courses their courses online following the completion of Spring Break on March 22. If students who are currently residing in residence halls do not have the option to remain home following the completion of Spring Break, they should contact University Residential Life and Housing immediately at 775 784-1113. Students who have employment on campus should work with their supervisors to determine flexible arrangements regarding their pay and expected duties.

    All students are encouraged to regularly check the University website for updates regarding any changes for living and working on campus.

    Employees:

    Administrative faculty, classified staff, student employees, postdoctoral scholars, temporary hourly and medical residents should report to work per their normal schedule. All employee types may discuss the possibility of working remotely with their supervisor. All schools, colleges, units, division and departments are encouraged to have discussions about how best to have employees accomplish their work, whether in-person or remotely. Some personnel policies have been expanded to provide additional options. Guidance for supervisors and employees on how to work remotely, as well as policy regarding sick and annual leave, can be found in the academics section University coronavirus resource page.

    Research Faculty:

    The University’s Research & Innovation division emailed information to its “ResearchNotes” listserv on March 7. This email, sent to faculty, students and staff directly engaged with research, included considerations for use in contingency planning, steps that can be taken now to ensure continuity of critical functions, additional safety considerations and more. Find more information about research continuity for laboratories and facilities and the full email sent to ResearchNotes.

    Sponsored Projects continues to monitor the situation closely and suggests the Council for Government Relations and website as a source for aggregated information and updates from federal agencies.

    Campus Events:

    The University is directing the campus to cancel or postpone all public or major events with planned attendance of more than 150 people, effective March 13. This directive shall be in place until further notice. 

    Travel:

    Due to the escalating severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of State’s issuance of a Global Travel 3 alert, the University is suspending all University-supported international travel and non-essential domestic travel by University employees and students. Domestic travel essential to University operations must be authorized by the traveler’s supervisor.

    We are recalling all faculty, staff and students who are currently on University-sponsored or University-affiliated international travel. All University students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to consider the current health situation of areas of the country where they are traveling to, and where they are traveling through, in arranging their return

    Prevention:

    It is equally important to remember that even with these measures in place, the best action in remaining vigilant against the spread of coronavirus is to use the “best practices” associated with the CDC’s prevention guidelines.

    We encourage you to monitor the University’s Novel Coronavirus Information Page, which is being updated regularly. The page contains the latest information from a variety of sources, as well as tips for faculty, students and staff regarding issues that could arise from coronavirus.

    This is an unprecedented moment for our campus, for our country and for the world. As we move forward with the actions detailed in this message, we need to remember that staying informed about the spread of coronavirus is of utmost importance. It is of equal importance to remember that we need one another’s support.

    If you are experiencing anxiety or stress, know that we have resources to help you navigate a challenging time. Self-care is an important consideration. Students in need of Counseling Services can call 775-784-4648. Employees in need of counseling can contact Human Resources, 775-784-6082.

    For any and all questions regarding this shift in operations, the University has set up a 24-hour information line at 775-682-9900. We will continue to communicate with you regularly regarding the latest developments on this important topic. Thank you for all that you are doing.

    Sincerely,

    Marc Johnson, Ph.D.
    President
    University of Nevada, Reno
    marc@unr.edu
    775 784-4805

    Cheryl Hug-English MD, MPH
    Medical Director
    Student Health Center
    chugenglish@unr.edu
    775 784-6598

  • COVID-19 Instructional Continuity Planning – 3/11/20

    3/11/2020 10:43:00 AM

    Dear Faculty - While no decision has been made with regard to shifting to online course delivery due to concerns related to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are now asking all faculty to prepare to go online with their instruction. We are requesting that faculty have an online delivery instructional plan for all classes (e.g. lectures, labs, performance, recitation, arts, etc.) finalized no later than March 30. These plans would be used in the event the University chooses to shift to alternate operations and directs students to complete their spring semester work without further in-person instruction. This plan should include how you would address your courses, related materials, and assessments and to evaluate and train yourself on technological resources available to assist you.

    This timeline may be accelerated if needed, so early preparation is advised. Deans and Chairs need to facilitate conversations with instructional faculty and TAs as some instructional formats may be easier to deliver remotely, while others will require outside of the box thinking. Deans and/or Chairs may also want to set standards or expectations within their respective units so that student experiences have some measure of uniformity. Teaching and Learning Technologies and the Office of the Provost have put together resources to assist you in preparing your courses for online delivery. Please ensure that this message is delivered to all instructional faculty in your department.

    We value and appreciate the time and effort that you will devote to this. TLT will continue to update their resource page as we are able to provide you with relevant and robust recommendations for successful online delivery of courses. The University’s decision-making will be informed by considerations of safety for our faculty, staff and students in effectively meeting the public health challenge presented by the coronavirus. It is essential that online instructional delivery plans are conceptualized and finalized by March 30, if not sooner, in the event the University were to adopt alternate operations.

    Flexibility: Given the current situation and the dynamic nature of the understanding of coronavirus, University continues to recommend that instructors offer students understanding and accommodations such as makeup exams, alternate assignments, or alternate weighting of missed work due to illness.

    Even in the absence of coronavirus on our campus at this time, we must be mindful that students, who have already just negotiated a round of mid-terms, could be understandably anxious or stressed about uncertainties regarding the outbreak. Listen carefully to your students’ concerns. Offer resources when appropriate. Keep the lines of communication open. In addition, this is a good time to think about preparing for any situation that could disrupt regular schedules. Think about your own expectations as an instructor for the semester, and what you might need to do in the event you have to refocus your course goals due to unexpected events. Flexibility is be a must for all of us.

    The University has preventive measures and controls in place to support the health and safety of our University community. We continue to review and adapt our planning and strategies as more is learned every day. The University has created a Novel Coronavirus Information Page, which will be updated regularly. The page contains the latest information and includes a variety of sources, as well as tips for faculty, students and staff regarding issues that could arise from coronavirus.

    Jill S. Heaton
    Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
    Full Professor, Geography
    Provost's website
    work-phone: 775-784-1740
    email: jheaton@unr.edu

  • 58th annual Reno Jazz Festival canceled for 2020 – 3/11/20

    In the wake of coronavirus and the size and scope of the Festival, organizers made the decision to cancel the Festival

    3/11/2020 9:54:00 AM

    RENO, Nevada – The University of Nevada, Reno’s School of the Arts spends months preparing for the much-anticipated annual Reno Jazz Festival. With the dynamic and evolving situation around the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Reno Jazz Festival, which would have celebrated its 58th year, April 23-25.

    The decision to cancel this year’s Festival does not come lightly. While far less than ideal, the decision is intended to ensure the safety of faculty, staff, community members and thousands of aspiring musicians and their families who typically attend the Festival. Festival participants travel from across Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and beyond to attend the Festival each year.

    “After considerable thought and deliberation, we feel that canceling the event is the respectful and prudent choice,” Shoshana Zeldner, Special Events Program Manager for the School of the Arts, said. “It is always a difficult decision to cancel events and the health and safety of the students, artists, teachers, volunteers, and event staff is our highest priority.”

    Information and notification of the cancelation is being sent directly to attendees, artists, adjudicators, vendors, and other stakeholders.

    “With nearly 9,000 people involved with this annual event, we appreciate and request everyone’s patience and understanding with regard to the dissemination of information related to the cancelation,” said Zeldner. “The Reno Jazz Festival is committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for aspiring jazz musicians and vocalists and we are sorry we won’t be able to provide this opportunity in 2020. While we are incredibly disappointed that this year’s festival will not take place, we are appreciative of the community’s support in helping us continue the Festival in 2021.”

    Participating schools and attendees will receive full refunds for all purchases including, Festival group registration fees, passes and individual concert tickets.

    For questions directly related to the cancelation of the Reno Jazz Festival, please call 775-784-4278, or email rjf@unr.edu. Organizers hope the Reno Jazz Festival and University community will carry the momentum and enthusiasm into next year’s Festival, April 22-24, 2021.

    To remain vigilant and prepared, the University continues to align communication and information sharing with the Washoe County Health District, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory.

    At this time, the University has not mandated the canceling of any events. Special event organizers are encouraged to make their own decisions regarding postponing or cancelation. Furthermore, the University recommends that all event organizers consider the size and scope of their event, and analyze the geographic spread of the audience who will be attending, when weighing the merits of such a decision. Event organizers should be aware that special preparations need to be made in light of public health recommendations related to communicable illnesses, particularly as they relate to individuals who belong to groups that the CDC has identified as being at a higher health risk from COVID-19.

    The University has preventive measures and controls in place to support the health and safety of the University community and continues to review and adapt its planning and strategies as more is learned every day. The University has created a  Novel Coronavirus Information Page, which is updated regularly. The page contains the latest information and includes a variety of sources, as well as tips for faculty, students and staff regarding issues that could arise from coronavirus.

    Media Contacts

    Natalie Fry
    775-784-4611
    nfry@unr.edu
  • Student health and Spring Break – 3/9/20

    3/9/2020 11:31:00 AM

    Dear UNR students,

    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. Self-quarantine means staying at home, not going out in public except for pre-arranged medical care, and being separated from others who have not been exposed in order to prevent the possible spread of the disease. At the start of your self-quarantine period please contact the student health center by phone at 775-784-6598. Please visit the CDC website to follow developments with regard to travel and to learn about practices for staying healthy. Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus and our campus on our resources page. Be aware that the list of countries and areas for which 14 day self-quarantine is required may change; you should monitor the CDC travel restrictions/guidelines.

    If you know someone who is in self-quarantine, please consider supporting them through emails and texts, but respect the quarantine; do not visit them in person. We want every member of our campus community to enjoy their break and return healthy to complete the spring semester.

     

    Shannon Ellis

    Vice President, Student Services

  • University novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update – 3/5/20

    3/5/2020 11:31:00 AM

    To the University Community,

    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.

    First though, as the global spread of the virus reached our western region in recent days, it became clear Nevada would not remain untouched by the coronavirus. As of this morning, March 5, it has been reported and confirmed that southern Nevada has its first patient who has tested positive for the virus. Other parts of the country are also reporting an increasing number of confirmed cases. Deaths in the country from the virus remain low, yet remind us of the seriousness of this virus and the importance of following proper health practices.

    The University has preventive measures and controls in place to support the health and safety of our University community. We continue to review and adapt our planning and strategies as more is learned every day. The University has created a Novel Coronavirus Information Page, which will be updated regularly. The page contains the latest information and includes a variety of sources, as well as tips for faculty, students and staff regarding issues that could arise from coronavirus.

    For our University community, we continue to emphasize:

    Preparedness: As a reminder, our administration and Issues Management Response Team continue to hold meetings throughout each week and are coordinating closely with our county and state agencies regarding coronavirus, its spread and what the University can be doing to promote the health of the people on campus and throughout our University community.

    We are actively engaging with statewide and regional health/medical partners in the Washoe County Health District, Nevada State Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, aligning and prioritizing health resources.

    Alignment and collaboration: This week, in conjunction with the CDC, Washoe County Health District requested that the University follow new guidelines from both organizations that stipulate that all individuals returning from or through China, Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea, must be self-quarantined for 14 days after their return.

    In accordance with the latest guidelines from both the CDC and the Washoe County Health District, the University has informed students and staff who recently had their University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) studies cancelled that they are all to observe a 14-day self-quarantine upon their return to the United States. USAC called these students and faculty home out of an abundance of caution, which mirrors actions taken by institutions across the country and internationally. Medical experts and personnel from the University Student Health Center will maintain daily contact via phone or text message with these individuals to assess for the possible onset of symptoms. These medical professionals will provide appropriate health information and guidance, should symptoms develop. The University is also helping students affected by the cancellation by offering academic and financial advisement.

    If you know someone who is in self-quarantine, please consider supporting them through emails and texts, but respect the quarantine; do not visit them in person.

    Suspended University Sponsored Travel Abroad: We have currently suspended all university-supported travel by faculty, staff, students, guest speakers or visiting scholars to, from or going through China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan due to the CDC and Washoe County Health District 14 day self-quarantine requirements.

    Other Travel Abroad: We’re monitoring alerts from the U.S. State Department and the CDC regarding non-essential travel. In addition, any organization, unit, program, department or college or school hosting guest speakers or visiting scholars from foreign countries in the coming months should also be aware of the CDC’s traveler information. Questions on faculty travel should be directed to the Provost’s Office.

    Spring Break Travel Abroad: Given the dynamic nature of the outbreak of novel coronavirus, students, faculty and staff who are planning on personal travel overseas during the upcoming spring break are strongly encouraged to follow the latest guidelines for travel by visiting CDC’s traveler information. Please carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any international travel, stay actively alert and monitor changes and developments that may affect your plans. Monitor travel advisories daily, including potential restrictions on border crossings or closed borders. Prepare for the possibility that countries that you visit could decide to implement travel restrictions with short notice, impacting your ability to return to the United States, and to campus. The 14-day self-quarantine period for certain countries could change.

    Be aware if you choose to go on personal travel to or through China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, or Japan, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return before returning to campus, work or classes. Faculty and staff will be required to use sick leave or annual leave and follow university policy on finding substitutes for classes. Students will not be given special arrangements for homework, attendance or tests.

    Flexibility: For faculty, the University recommends that instructors offer students understanding and accommodations such as makeup exams, alternate assignments, or alternate weighting of missed work due to illness. If needed, you can explore the use of existing remote teaching tools and online learning by consulting with Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT).

    Even in the absence of coronavirus on our campus at this time, we must be mindful that students, who have already just negotiated a round of mid-terms, could be understandably anxious or stressed about uncertainties regarding the outbreak. Listen carefully to your students’ concerns. Offer resources when appropriate. Keep the lines of communication open. In addition, this is a good time to think about preparing for any situation that could disrupt regular schedules. Think about your own expectations as an instructor for the semester, and what you might need to do in the event you have to refocus your course goals due to unexpected events. Flexibility is be a must for all of us.

    Health, Wellness and Prevention:  We also need your help. The best line of defense against novel coronavirus is to use the “best practices” associated with the CDC’s prevention guidelines. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Everyday preventive actions include:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s handwashing website.

    If you are sick
    First, it’s important to emphasize that, so far, the vast majority of people who have become ill with COVID-19 have experienced relatively mild symptoms, such as fever and cough, and recovered from the illness.

    If you are sick, you should take steps you normally would when sick, including focusing on caring for your health, not attending class and contacting a health-care provider, if you feel you need to. Students on the University campus may contact the Student Health Center at  

    (775) 784-6598 as one option. Please call ahead before visiting any health-care provider so that they can provide you with guidance specific to your symptoms.

    University leadership and faculty are working together to ensure that if you miss class due to illness, opportunities will be provided to make up missed work. For more information, see the University’s FAQs.

    We encourage you to monitor the University’s Novel Coronavirus Information Page, which is being updated regularly. The page contains the latest information from a variety of sources, as well as tips for faculty, students and staff regarding issues that could arise from coronavirus.

    In addition, to help you promote healthy habits and share relevant information about the Coronavirus, the University community is encouraged to download this suite of informational flyers regarding coronavirus. You will find an informational sheet, flyers, posters, and an infographic, as well as a file of recommended social media accounts and online resources.

    In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances. In particular, please consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, which provides updated information regarding this topic.

    Again, we want to remind you that it is very important to keep in mind the worldwide impact of this virus and the effect on their friends and family all around us. Further, it’s a timely reminder to avoid stereotyping or stigmatizing any individuals or groups, and treat all people with respect and empathy.

    There continue to be a number of unknowns, but we will continue to communicate with you regularly regarding this global event. Along with government and health officials, the University urges people to stay calm and is taking steps to prepare.

    Sincerely,

    Marc Johnson, Ph.D.
    President
    University of Nevada, Reno
    marc@unr.edu
    775 784-4805

    Cheryl Hug-English MD, MPH
    Medical Director
    Student Health Center
    chugenglish@unr.edu
    775 784-6598

  • 2020 Harry Reid Public Engagement Lecture Series event

    Harry Reid, Bob Kerrey to head biennial Harry Reid Public Engagement Lecture Series event on campus April 7

    2/28/2020 1:45:00 PM

    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and former U.S. Senator and Governor for Nebraska Bob Kerrey will appear together as part of the Harry Reid Public Engagement Lecture Series event. The lecture, moderated by University Assistant Professor of Political Science Jeremy Gelman, is scheduled from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, in the Milt Glick Ballrooms in the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. 

    The topic for Reid and Kerrey’s talk is “Converting Hope into Results Requires Persistent Courage – Democracy is Not for the Faint of Heart.” The lecture series is a biennial event to honor Reid’s many contributions to the University and the state. Reid lecturers are high-profile individuals whose careers in government, public service, or community activism demonstrate the contribution humanities disciplines can make to public life. 

    The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Seats are not guaranteed, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Reid retired from the Senate in January 2017, concluding an historic 30-year career as Nevada’s senator. He served as Senate Majority Leader for a decade, presiding over landmark healthcare legislation, as well as clean and renewable energy acts that led to thousands of Nevada jobs. Reid led the way in the creation of The Great Basin National Park in Nevada and brought unprecedented attention and funding to save Lake Tahoe. Reid announced in August 2016 that he would be donating his papers to the University, which have found a home in Special Collections and University Archives. 

    Kerrey, who represented Nebraska as a United States Senator from 1989-2001 and as its 35th governor, serves as the managing director at Allen & Company in New York City. He is also the executive chairman of the Minerva Project, a for-profit educational organization that provides technology, infrastructure and support services for the Minerva Schools and Keck Graduate Institute. Previously for 10 years, Kerrey served as the President of The New School, a small private university in New York City, during which the university doubled its endowment and experienced growth in enrollment, faculty, scholarship funding, capital projects, research and international engagement. Kerrey served three years as a Navy SEAL in the U.S. Navy and is a Medal of Honor recipient. He earned his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Nebraska. 

    Gelman's research examines American political institutions, with a focus on Congress. While at the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Liberal Arts, he is currently studying how partisanship affects congressional agenda-setting, roll call voting and why it varies among politicians. Gelman received a bachelor’s degree in distributed studies from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan. 

    WHAT:  Harry Reid Public Engagement Lecture Series 

    WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 3 p.m. To allow time for media check-in and interviews with University spokespeople, members of the media are suggested to arrive by 1:45 p.m. 

    WHERE: Milt Glick Ballrooms, Joe Crowley Student Union, University campus 

    MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media RSVPs are required and must be submitted to nfry@unr.edu by 8 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2020. 

    Credentials will be provided to registered members of the media upon arrival to the event. 

    MEDIA AVAILABILITY:  Pre-event interviews will be permitted between 2 and 2:20 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union, Room 422. Interviewees will include former U.S. Senator and Governor for Nebraska Bob Kerrey, event moderator and Assistant Professor of Political Science Jeremy Gelman, and other University officials. 

    PARKING: Event and media parking will be available in West Stadium Parking Complex north of Lawlor Events Center on Virginia Street. For media vehicles that do NOT have a logo on the vehicle, drivers must stop by the Parking and Transportation Services office on North Virginia Street and 16th Street for a complimentary permit. The office is located on the east side of Virginia, just north of Lawlor Events Center and the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center. 

    MORE INFORMATION: U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and former Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry appeared together as part of the inaugural Harry Reid Public Engagement Lecture Series. The lecture, moderated by University Associate Professor of History Hugh Shapiro, was held from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in front of an audience of more than 850. In August 2016, on the heels of wrapping up a 30-year career in the U.S. Senate, Reid announced that he would be donating all of his congressional papers to the University Libraries Special Collections Department. The Harry Reid Papers collection spans more than a half-century of the state’s and the nation’s political history.

    Media Contacts

    Natalie Fry
    775-784-4611
    nfry@unr.edu
  • Student families update regarding the novel coronavirus – 2/28/20

    2/27/2020 11:16:00 AM

    Dear University parents, partners and other family members of the Wolf Pack community:

    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.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to believe that the risk of acquiring this virus in the United States is low. While increasing cases are being reported worldwide, it is important to emphasize there are currently no known cases of the novel coronavirus on the University campus or in the state of Nevada. 

    While the CDC indicates that “at this time, this virus is not currently spreading in the community in the United States,” the CDC also must prepare people for the reality that “more cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the U.S.” 

    The University anticipates and is prepared for this possibility, aligning and prioritizing health resources and collaborating with our health experts and agency partners. Plans and communications are at the ready to help protect students, faculty and staff. 

    Protective measures and precautions already in place

    The University of Nevada, Reno, remains vigilant, alert, aware and prepared. Following CDC recommendations and in collaboration with the Washoe County Health District and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, we have taken several important steps and will continue to do so to keep our campus safe: 

    • Since early on, the Student Health Center has continued to stay in constant communication with the Washoe County Health District.
    • The University’s Issues Management Team, comprised of principal, responsible University decision makers, have met and will continue to closely monitor the situation to be ready to take appropriate action to protect the University community.
    • To date, three University communications have kept students, faculty and staff updated.
    • Over the past month, the expertise of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL), located on campus, has been added to our collaborative health and information effort. NSPHL serves as Nevada’s centralized lab, representing a first line of defense in rapid detection of a public health threat.
    • We continue to monitor the situation closely and to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
    • We are working closely with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) and Student Services to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff. 

    Travel recommendations

    Due to the continued spread of this virus in China as well as some other nations, early on the United States government took additional steps to restrict travel to and from China. For students preparing to travel for the upcoming spring break, it is strongly recommended that you follow the latest travel restrictions, by visiting CDC’s traveler information.

    For students planning to study abroad this year, please contact the University’s USAC office staff below or Cairn Lindloff at (775) 784-6874 at the Office of International Students and Scholars who can provide information and updates regarding any students currently or planning to study abroad:

    • For information about the status of USAC programs, contact Johanna Moxley at Moxley@usac.edu or 775-682-5885.
    • For coronavirus specific updates, check our updates page or contact USAC’s Health and Safety Managers Christine Sieben or Elizabeth Rice at safetyabroad@usac.edu or 775-784-6569
    • For advising assistance, you may review program information at usac.edu; email studyabroad@usac.edu; or drop by the USAC Advising Center located in the VSG, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    CDC prevention guidelines

    For commonly asked questions and responses, visit CDC FAQs. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s handwashing website. 

    Maintaining perspective, empathy and respect

    While there is understandable anxiety about this new coronavirus, it is important to maintain perspective on the current status of the novel coronavirus in the United States, which has resulted in no fatalities. In comparison, CDC reports over 19 million cases of flu illness and 10,000 fatalities from the flu virus already this season. Simple health practices will help prevent these and other respiratory illnesses.

    Finally, while the University leadership and community health experts continue to focus on protecting our state, our students, faculty, staff, and our community, it’s important to keep in mind the worldwide victims of this virus and the impact on their friends and family all around us. Further, it’s a timely reminder to avoid stereotyping or stigmatizing any individuals or groups, and treat all people with respect and empathy.

    We will continue to monitor this situation, and our medical staff is staying up to date with guidelines and recommendations to help promote the health and safety of our campus. For the latest information and updates, visit the Student Health Center website

    Marc Johnson, Ph.D.
    President
    University of Nevada, Reno
    marc@unr.edu
    775 784-4805

    Cheryl Hug-English MD, MPH
    Medical Director
    Student Health Center
    chugenglish@unr.edu
    775 784-6598

  • University update regarding coronavirus – 2/27/20

    2/27/2020 12:55:00 PM

    Feb. 27, 2020

    This message was sent

    To the University Community,

    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.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to believe that the risk of acquiring this virus in the United States is low. While increasing cases are being reported worldwide, it is important to emphasize there are currently no known cases of the Novel coronavirus on the University campus or in the state of Nevada.

    While the CDC indicates that “at this time, this virus is not currently spreading in the community in the United States,” the CDC also must prepare people for the reality that “more cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the U.S.”

    The University anticipates and is prepared for this possibility, aligning and prioritizing health resources and collaborating with our health experts and agency partners. Plans and communications are at the ready to help protect students, faculty and staff.

    Protective measures and precautions already in place

    The University of Nevada, Reno, remains vigilant, alert, aware and prepared. Following CDC recommendations and in collaboration with the Washoe County Health District and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory, we have taken several important steps and will continue to do so to keep our campus safe: 

    • Since early on, the Student Health Center has continued to stay in constant communication with the Washoe County Health District.
    • The University’s Issues Management Team, comprised of principal, responsible University decision makers, have met and will continue to closely monitor the situation to be ready to take appropriate action to protect the University community.
    • To date, three University communications have kept students, faculty and staff updated.
    • Over the past month, the expertise of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL), located on campus, has been added to our collaborative health and information effort. NSPHL serves as Nevada’s centralized lab, representing a first line of defense in rapid detection of a public health threat.
    • We continue to monitor the situation closely and to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
    • We are working closely with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) and Student Services to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff.

    Travel recommendations

    Due to the continued spread of this virus in China as well as some other nations, early on the United States government took additional steps to restrict travel to and from China. For students preparing to travel for the upcoming spring break, it is strongly recommended that you follow the latest travel restrictions, by visiting CDC’s traveler information.

    For students planning to study abroad this year, please contact the University’s USAC office staff below or Cairn Lindloff at (775) 784-6874 at the Office of International Students and Scholars whom can provide information and updates regarding any students currently or planning to study abroad:

    • For information about the status of USAC programs, contact Johanna Moxley at Moxley@usac.edu or 775-682-5885.
    • For coronavirus specific updates, check our updates page or contact USAC’s Health and Safety Managers Christine Sieben or Elizabeth Rice at safetyabroad@usac.edu or 775-784-6569
    • For advising assistance, you may review program information at usac.edu; email studyabroad@usac.edu; or drop by the USAC Advising Center located in the VSG, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    CDC prevention guidelines

    For commonly asked questions and responses, visit CDC FAQs. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s handwashing website.

    Maintaining perspective, empathy and respect

    While there is understandable anxiety about this new coronavirus, it is important to maintain perspective on the current status of the novel coronavirus in the United States, which has resulted in no fatalities. In comparison, CDC reports over 19 million cases of flu illness and 10,000 fatalities from the flu virus already this season. Simple health practices will help prevent these and other respiratory illnesses.

    Finally, while the University leadership and community health experts continue to focus on protecting our state, our students, faculty, staff, and our community, it’s important to keep in mind the worldwide victims of this virus and the impact on their friends and family all around us. Further, it’s a timely reminder to avoid stereotyping or stigmatizing any individuals or groups, and treat all people with respect and empathy.

    We will continue to monitor this situation, and our medical staff is staying up to date with guidelines and recommendations to help promote the health and safety of our campus. For the latest information and updates, visit the Student Health Center website.

    Marc Johnson, Ph.D.
    President
    University of Nevada, Reno
    marc@unr.edu
    775 784-4805

    Cheryl Hug-English MD, MPH
    Medical Director
    Student Health Center
    chugenglish@unr.edu
    775 784-6598

  • Information for faculty and staff about the novel coronavirus – 2/3/20

    2/3/2020 12:55:00 PM

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    As news coverage of the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) continues, we wanted to update you on the latest information and the steps we are taking to keep our campus safe. The Student Health Center is working closely with the Washoe County Health District and we continue to monitor the situation closely and to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We want to reassure you that there are currently no known cases of the Novel coronavirus on our campus or in the state of Nevada and the CDC continues to believe that the risk of acquiring this virus in the United States is low.

    However, due to the continued spread of this virus in China as well as some other nations, the United States government has taken additional steps to restrict travel to and from China. Here are the latest restrictions announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar that took effect at 5 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

    • Foreign nationals who have traveled in China within the last 14 days, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, are temporarily banned from entry into the United States.
    • Americans returning from Hubei province of China will be allowed into the United States, but only at select ports of entry, and will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    • Americans returning from other parts of China will be allowed into the United States at select ports of entry and will be required to self-screen for signs of illness for 14 days after their return. These individuals are not required to be quarantined or to wear a mask unless there are signs of illness.

    We are working closely with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and Student Services to ensure the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff.

    While there is understandable anxiety about this new coronavirus, there have only been 11 documented cases of Novel coronavirus in the United States with no fatalities. In comparison, CDC reports over 19 million flu illness and 10,000 fatalities from the flu virus already this season. Simple health practices will health prevent these and other respiratory illnesses.

    • Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Cover your cough or sneeze
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces

    We will continue to monitor this situation and our medical staff is staying up to date with guidelines and recommendations to help promote the health and safety of our campus.

    Cheryl Hug-English MD, MPH
    Medical Director
    Student Health Center
    (775) 784-6598
    chugenglish@unr.edu

  • Information to campus about the novel coronavirus – 1/27/20

    1/27/2020 12:55:00 PM

    To the University Community,

    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.

    What we know
    This virus is part of a family of viruses called corona viruses and can lead to respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may occur in as little as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This virus probably originated from an animal source, but now appears to be spreading from person to person. It is likely that the virus is spread by respiratory droplets produced from coughs or sneezes, similar to the cold or flu.

    More information about  Novel Coronavirus is available from the CDC.

    Steps being taken at the Student Health Center
    It is important to remember that this is cold and flu season and that respiratory symptoms are common. The Student Health Center has established protocols for dealing with communicable diseases. Currently, we have a heightened emphasis on obtaining a detailed travel history for all patients presenting with fever and respiratory symptoms. We are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations. We have not seen any cases of Novel Coronavirus on our campus or in the state of Nevada. We have posted information about 2019-nCoV on the Student Health Center website.

    For our campus
    Students and/or faculty or staff who have had recent travel to China should be encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath. Anyone with travel history to China within the last 14 days with respiratory symptoms, or anyone who has had contact with someone suspected to have 2019-nCoV, should be evaluated by a health care provider at the Student Health Center, or in the community. As a courtesy, it is important to call the medical facility and let them know about your recent travel history before arriving to the clinic.

    Prevention
    Preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Although news about a new infectious disease can be unsettling, please know that the CDC and other health authorities are monitoring this situation closely and that our medical staff is staying up to date with guidelines and recommendations to help promote the health of our campus.

    Cheryl Hug-English MD, MPH
    Medical Director
    Student Health Center
    (775) 784-6598
    chugenglish@unr.edu

  • Passing of Bob Cashell

    2/11/2020 12:55:00 PM

    "Bob Cashell was one of the most influential figures the University of Nevada, Reno has ever seen. His involvement with our University spanned more than four decades -- as a member of the Board of Regents, as a key booster and donor to the University, and as Mayor of the City of Reno. Whatever hat Bob wore during his career in public life, he did so with unbridled passion for the people of Northern Nevada, uncommon optimism for what the future held for all of Nevada, and an uncommon personal authenticity that made his life and his times something we shall always remember. On behalf of the University, Karen and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Cashell family."

    – University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson

  • Media information for December 2019 Commencement ceremonies

    University of Nevada, Reno to award more than 1,800 degrees at two ceremonies this Saturday

    12/6/2019 12:55:00 PM

    RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada, Reno invites media to two December Commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 7, at Lawlor Events Center.

    The University’s December Commencement includes August and December graduates and will confer 1,868 degrees and certificates: 1,368 bachelor’s degrees and 500 advanced degrees (master’s and doctoral degrees).

    • Two ceremonies: The University will again offer two separate ceremonies in order to better accommodate graduates and their families Saturday, Dec. 7, at Lawlor Events Center. Processional times are as follows:
      • 8 a.m. Ceremony: Graduate line-up is at 7:30 a.m., the procession begins at 8 a.m. The morning ceremony will include graduates from the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources; Community Health Sciences; College of Education; College of Engineering; UNR School of Medicine; Orvis School of Nursing; College of Science and the School of Social Work.
      • 1 p.m. Ceremony: Graduate line-up is at 12:30 p.m., the procession begins at 1 p.m. The afternoon ceremony will include graduates from the College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism.
    • Keynote speakers
      • ​​​​​​​8 a.m. Ceremony: Justice Lidia S. Stiglich was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nevada by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2016. Prior to her appointment, Justice Stiglich served as a District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District, where she was co-founder and presiding judge of the Youth Offender Drug Court. She received her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law. Justice Stiglich serves as faculty for the National Judicial College and the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to her appointment, Justice Stiglich was managing partner of the Stiglich & Hinckley law firm.
      • 1 p.m. Ceremony: Senator Jacky Rosen has represented the people of Nevada in the U.S. Senate since 2018, following her service in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 115th Congress. In the House, she was rated one of the most bipartisan members and was a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus. As a U.S. Senator, the first bill Rosen introduced was the Hire Student Veterans Act, a bipartisan bill to incentivize businesses to hire student veterans. Rosen started her career as a computer programmer and software developer in Nevada’s technology industry. Rosen is a former President of Congregation Ner Tamid, the state’s largest synagogue. 
    • Weather: Event organizers will alert graduates should the start times be delayed due to inclement weather. Updates will be available at unr.edu.
    • Security: Guests are asked not to bring any items into the event that cannot be searched. Wrapped gifts are one example of this. Glass and reusable bottles and coffee mugs, such as Hydro Flasks, will not be allowed inside the venue. Only disposable, sealed plastic water bottles are allowed. Balloons will also not be allowed into the venue. Concession stands will be open. ​​
    • Media check-in location changed: Media MUST check-in to receive the appropriate credentials for accessing the event. The media check-in table will be located at the south Ticket Office entrance, near graduate lineup. Media will be asked to clearly display the University media credentials throughout the ceremony. They may also be asked to show credentials or a letter of assignment provided by his/her media outlet. Professional attire is requested.
      • Media planning to attend can call Natalie Fry at 775-336-9923 or Nicole Shearer at 530-448-6485 if additional assistance is required.
    • Parking for media: Media parking is available in clearly-marked areas on the first two floors of the West Stadium Parking Complex, north of Lawlor Events Center. Public parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, directly north of Lawlor Events Center, as well as in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. The 15th Street entrance to campus, off Virginia Street, will be closed.
    • Livestream: For those not able to attend the ceremony, a live stream of the event will be available once the ceremony begins at unr.edu/live.

    University graduates and their families are encouraged to join the commencement conversations online by using the hashtag #PackPride.

    Find out more about the University of Nevada, Reno’s 2019 Winter Commencement.

    Media Contacts

    Nicole Shearer
    775-784-1169
    nshearer@unr.edu
    Natalie Fry
    775-784-4611
    nfry@unr.edu
  • Nevada Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal Division, Final Summary and Report for Argenta Hall Explosion

    Media with questions about the report are encouraged to reach out to Kim Y. Smith at the Nevada Department of Public Safety, ky.smith@dps.state.nv.us or 775-309-9144.

    9/5/2019 8:47:00 AM

    It is clear by the detailed nature of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal Division’s report that every aspect of this incident was considered and that the very best people with the knowledge necessary for a thorough investigation were involved. We have anxiously been awaiting this report and can now better understand the events that led up to this unprecedented event. We are very fortunate and grateful that while there were minor injuries, there were no fatalities, and the explosion was not criminal or terror related.

    The University of Nevada, Reno would like to thank the NDPS for their hard work in investigating the cause of the explosion. They deserve our thanks for their thorough, professional excellence.

    As we look back on July 5, it will be remembered as the day the University experienced a powerful explosion. It was a terrible event and yet, when people talk about July 5 at the University, we hope the whole story will come to include perhaps the most important detail of them all. How a city, county, region and state embraced the University.  We are humbled by the way people throughout Nevada have reached out to support the University.

    Our community drew together and displayed that they care about our campus, our students and our University family, and that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to draw together in the most challenging of times in order to prevail. We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of the many first responders, public authorities, utilities and private companies that responded to the explosion.

    The explosion was an event without precedent for our campus. Yet the people of our University haven’t wavered. Our University Police Services, Student Services and Organizational Resiliency people have been working tirelessly since July 5. People throughout campus have volunteered to help, to take up extra duties so that those closest to our students can continue to make sure they are okay. Our resolve was tested on July 5. We are now more resolute than ever to continue on the daily life and the daily mission of our campus – which is to always make our University the best place it can possibly be.

     

    Marc Johnson

    President

     

    Media with questions about the report are encouraged to reach out to Kim Y. Smith at the Nevada Department of Public Safety, ky.smith@dps.state.nv.us or 775-309-9144.

    Media Contacts

    Kerri Garcia
    775-784-1880
    kerrig@unr.edu
  • 2019 Wolf Pack Welcome: Move-in days, event and traffic information

    University of Nevada, Reno rolls out the welcome mat for the start of the Fall 2019 semester and officially opens Wolf Pack Tower

    8/15/2019 8:47:00 AM

    With the fall semester officially kicking off Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, the University of Nevada, Reno is set to welcome students back to campus. The first wave of students will arrive Saturday, Aug. 17, when freshmen students participating in NevadaFIT, the one-week intensive college academic boot camp, move into the residence halls. According to University Residential Life and Housing, this move-in day makes up 70 percent of the total student population moving into the residence halls. The following Thursday, Aug. 22, the residence halls will open to returning and new students alike.

    University officials would like to remind students moving into the residence halls to come prepared with forms completed, allow extra time for parking and checking in, and to follow move-in maps and directions for as little confusion as possible.

    TRAFFIC: Given the possibility of traffic surrounding move-in days, motorists may wish to avoid using North Sierra Street and Virginia Street, from Comstock Drive (to the north) to Ninth Street (to the south) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists are also encouraged to be mindful of students traveling up and down Sierra Street to and from Wolf Pack Tower, located at 516 West Street. Additional traffic will also be in the areas of West Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets.

    All streets around the University will be open as they normally are to two-way traffic, with the exception of the one-way on 11th Street. University Parking officials do predict campus parking areas to be congested and suggest arriving to campus early to find a parking space and avoid frustration.

    Because there are limited spaces around the residence halls, there are spaces in the West Stadium Parking Complex, once items are unloaded from vehicles. Follow the signs to the West Stadium Parking Complex, located on 16th Street, off of North Virginia Street, for free parking after unloading.

    Students moving into Wolf Pack Tower are instructed to unload in the covered entrance to the parking garage off West Street, directly connected to the tower. After unloading, they may park in the Sky Tower Parking complex on the third to sixth floors.

    WOLF PACK TOWER AND HOWLER VILLAGE MEDIAAVAILABILITY: Media interested in previewing Wolf Pack Tower are invited to attend a media availability from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Students will be moving into the hall during this time, making it the perfect opportunity for resident and parent/guardian interviews.

    After seeing Wolf Pack Tour, media are also invited to preview the University’s phase one interim-dining facility on campus, Howler Village, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howler Village will serve as the University’s interim dining facility until the semi-permanent sprung structure is built later this fall. Howler Village is located in the courtyard east of Great Basin Hall, between The William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center and the residence hall.

    Media are encouraged to park either in the garage connected to Wolf Pack Tower or off West Street for access to Wolf Pack Tower. For access to Howler Village, media can park in the small metered parking lot north of the Church Fine Arts building. Media are also encouraged to try out the Wolf Pack Tower shuttle, which will run from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 and drop off at the Jot Travis Building and the Joe Crowley Student Union before looping back to Wolf Pack Tower.

    PICTURES AND VIDEO: Media wishing to take pictures or video of move-in day and Wolf Pack Welcome week events must wear a media badge at all times. In order to enter the residence halls, University officials ask that media receive verbal permission from a student/family to accompany them. Badges will be available at the Wolf Pack Tower media preview Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the first floor. For additional badges please contact Nicole Shearer at nshearer@unr.edu or 775-784-1169.

    OPENING CEREMONY AND PACK PALOOZA: An opening ceremony welcoming freshmen students to campus will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 in Lawlor Events Center. It will be followed by Pack Palooza, a first-year event from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. located on the Quad. The event will offer new students and their families free food and music; private bus tours of Reno; virtual reality experiences; collaborative art projects; fitness classes and more. University fall classes will begin Monday, Aug. 26.

    All new students and their families are invited to Opening Ceremony as well as Pack Palooza. Opening Ceremony public and media parking will be available in West Stadium Parking Complex north of Lawlor Events Center on Virginia Street. For media vehicles that do NOT have a logo on the vehicle, drivers must stop by the Parking and Transportation Services office on North Virginia Street for a complimentary permit. The office is located on the east side of Virginia, just north of Lawlor Events Center and the Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center.

    Saturday, Aug. 17

    • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. NevadaFIT Move-In
    • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wolf Pack Tower media availability
    • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Howler Village media preview
    • 5 p.m. NevadaFIT Kick-off Ceremony, Lawlor Events Center

    Thursday, Aug. 22

    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. General University Move-In

    Friday, Aug. 23

    • 10 to11:30 a.m. New Student Opening Ceremony, Lawlor Events Center
    • 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pack Palooza, The Quad

    Monday, Aug. 26

    • Classes begin
  • University of Nevada, Reno signs contract for interim housing facility

    Agreement procures 1,300 needed student beds

    8/1/2019 8:47:00 AM

    The University of Nevada, Reno has come to an agreement with CCR Newco, LLC, a subsidiary of Eldorado Resorts, to secure the 1,300 student beds needed after the July 5 explosion, which left Argenta and Nye Halls uninhabitable. University Residential Life and Housing will occupy the newly-renovated, non-gaming West Tower (“Sky Tower”) of Circus Circus Reno, ensuring an academic and community environment that promotes student success. 

    The University has renamed the interim hall “Wolf Pack Tower.” Students living in Wolf Pack Tower will be an active part of the Residential Life and Housing programs and activities designed to aid in the student experience and the transition to being part of the University.

    “We are happy to see our plan for a seamless integration of Wolf Pack Tower into the University’s housing experience realized,” Marc Johnson, University president, said. “The University community is fortunate that our longtime community partner Eldorado Resorts understands what the needs of our program are and has agreed to work with us on transitioning their property into a residence space where our students will live, study and thrive.”

    “We’re also grateful to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents for recognizing the urgency of housing so many students in such a short time, and moving quickly in unanimous support of our efforts to secure the needed housing,” he said.

    The University will commit resources to provide for the safety and security of all students in Wolf Pack Tower. Students will have separate, non-gaming entrances and exits to the building, and around-the-clock security. All entrances and exits will be staffed by University employees and a key-card system will be utilized for entry into the building. Additionally, University Police Services will have a substation in the building and will provide routine patrols 24/7. Security cameras are also in place.

    “We are honored to be able to partner with the University in providing a workable solution to its unexpected student housing needs,” said Anthony Carano, president and chief operating officer of Eldorado Resorts, Inc. “Eldorado Resorts will do everything within our reach to ensure that Wolf Pack students are provided a quality living experience and we look forward to wishing them a warm welcome back to school this month.”

    The payment under the lease agreement with CCR Newco, LLC is approximately $21.675 million. This amount will form part of the University’s claim through its insurance. Housing rates will remain consistent with the University’s currently published rates. Student fees and tuition are not being used to pay for Wolf Pack Tower.

    Additional information about Wolf Pack Tower can be found at unr.edu/housing.

    Dining

    Since the University's main dining facility was also damaged by the July 5 explosion, dining facilities for all residence hall students with a meal plan will be available through two temporary structures, built sequentially. Starting the week of Aug. 12, the University will have a mobile kitchen and temporary tent structure in the plaza east of Great Basin Hall. This structure will feed and seat up to 400 students at a time. The Overlook Café will also continue to operate as an all-you-care-to-eat residence hall dining facility. Later in the fall, the University will open a semi-permanent dining facility over the lawn between Thompson Hall and the Jot Travis Building.

    – @unevadareno–

    Media availability: University administrators will be available to comment from noon-2 p.m. today, Aug. 1. To set up an interview, email communications@unr.edu.

    Media sneak peek: The University is planning to make Wolf Pack Tower available to media for a photo opportunity the week of Aug. 12, 2019. More information to come.

    Media Contacts

    Natalie Fry
    775-784-4611
    nfry@unr.edu
    Nicole Shearer
    775-784-1169
    nshearer@unr.edu
  • Plans for University interim housing and dining facilities announced

    University in talks with Eldorado Resorts to secure 1,300 needed student beds; temporary structures will be created for dining

    7/19/2019 8:47:00 AM

    RENO, Nev. - In response to the explosion that occurred Friday, July 5 damaging Argenta and Nye Halls leaving them uninhabitable for the 2019-2020 academic year, the University of Nevada, Reno has entered into talks with Eldorado Resorts to secure the needed 1,300 student beds. The collaboration will allow for University Residential Life and Housing to occupy the newly-renovated, non-gaming West Tower ("Sky Tower") of Circus Circus Reno, ensuring an academic and community environment that promotes student success.

    The newly renovated tower will be rebranded to the University and exclusively lived in by University students and employees. As part of the potential agreement, the University will be renaming the interim hall Wolf Pack Tower. Students living in Wolf Pack Tower will be an active part of the Residential Life and Housing programs and activities designed to aid in the student experience and the transition to being part of the University.

    "Our plan is to seamlessly integrate Wolf Pack Tower into the University's housing experience," Marc Johnson, University president said. "We are extremely fortunate to have a nearby property manager who understands what the needs of our program are and who has agreed to work with us on transitioning their property into a space University students will thrive in."

    The University will commit resources to provide for the safety and security of all students in Wolf Pack Tower. Students will have separate, non-gaming entrances and exits to the building, and around-the-clock security. All entrances and exits will be staffed by University employees and a key-card system will be utilized for entry into the building. Additionally, University Police Services is planning for a substation in the building with a University police officer patrolling the building 24/7. Security cameras are also in place.

    As part of Residential Life and Housing, Wolf Pack Tower will follow the programming theme established for Argenta Hall - Civic Engagement. This means many of the Residential Life programs and activities in the building will be themed with service-learning and community-volunteer opportunities. While making a direct impact on the community around them, student residents will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves through self and group reflection.

    "We feel it is vitally important that the 1,300 students, who will not be living in Argenta and Nye Halls this fall, still have an integrated University housing experience, one that will include all of the support infrastructure we know is vital to first-year students' success and retention," Shannon Ellis, University vice president of Student Services, said. 
    Students will benefit from having resident directors (full-time, live-in, master's-level faculty) and a full-time site director. Each of the larger floors will also house resident assistants who are live-in, academic mentors offering tutoring hours. In the coming weeks, Wolf Pack Towers will be converted to function much like a traditional residence hall, with lounge areas and study spaces, laundry facilities and even a coffee and juice bar available to all residents.

    To efficiently transport students to and from the main campus, the University will be contracting with a private bus company to operate shuttles seven days a week, with hours coinciding with the opening and closing of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Campus Escort vans will also be available during evenings. Students will be able to use their Wolf Cards for free RTC rides all year long. For students bringing a vehicle to campus, free parking will be available in the parking garage attached to and designated for Wolf Pack Tower.

    "We have a long and proud tradition in our northern Nevada community of coming together in times of critical need, this being one of those times," Anthony Carano, president and chief operating officer of Eldorado Resorts, Inc., said. "Fortunately, we at Eldorado Resorts are in a position to help the University by making our non-gaming Circus Circus Sky Tower available to student housing. We are fully prepared to collaborate with University leadership for as long as it takes."

    Dining

    Since the University's main dining facility was also damaged by the July 5 explosion, dining facilities for all residence hall students with a meal plan will be available through two temporary structures, built sequentially. Starting the week of Aug. 12, the University will use pre-fabricated dining/kitchen modules in the plaza east of Great Basin Hall. The Overlook Café will also continue to operate as an all-you-care-to-eat residence hall dining facility.

    In November, the University will open a semi-permanent dining facility over the lawn between Thompson Hall and the Jot Travis Building. The structure will be much like the one used by Emory University, which used a similar structure as an interim dining facility for two years. Designed for durability and energy efficiency as well as quick assembly, the one-story facility will employ aluminum arches connected to an all-weather engineered membrane, creating 8-inch-thick insulated vinyl walls and a lofty ceiling. Created by Sprung and Kitchens To Go, the facility will be heated and cooled for comfort and will include serving spaces and restrooms, with modular kitchens for food preparation and walk-in refrigerators and freezers designed to aid in the production of some 2,285 meals per day.

    Students living in Wolf Pack Tower will be able to conveniently access these interim dining facilities when they are on campus and via the shuttle service. 

    For more information about Wolf Pack Tower, there is a fact sheet available on Nevada Today.

    - @unevadareno-

    Media availability: University President Marc Johnson and Vice President of Student Services Shannon Ellis will be available to comment. To set up an interview, email communications@unr.edu.

    Media sneak peek: The University will make the interim housing and dining facilities available to media for a photo opportunity the week of August 12, 2019. More information to come.

    Media Contacts

    Nicole Shearer
    775-784-1169
    nshearer@unr.edu
  • Important Changes to the Overlook Café

    7/10/2019 8:47:00 AM

    Nevada Dining has transitioned the Overlook Café, located in the Jot Travis Building, to the All-You-Care-To-Eat Resident Dining Facility. All meal plan holders and summer groups participating in our meal plan services are welcome to visit during the meal times listed below.
    Monday - Friday
    Breakfast 6:30am - 9:00am
    Lunch 11:00am - 1:30pm
    Dinner 4:30pm - 7:00pm

    Saturday- Sunday
    Brunch 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Dinner 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Our daily rates for individuals wishing to purchase meals at the Overlook are:
    Breakfast: $8.34
    Lunch/Brunch: $11.14
    Dinner: $13.59

    We have added BoDawg Food Truck serving specialty hot dogs. They operate from 10:45am to 3pm Monday - Friday between the University Arts Building and Mack Social Science.
    For sandwiches, salads and specialty drinks please visit one of our retail dining locations listed below or visit www.dineoncampus.com/unr

  • Argenta Hall Media Viewing Opportunity

    7/10/2019 8:47:00 AM

    The University of Nevada, Reno will carefully guide media through a limited tour of Argenta Hall Thursday to take photos and video. University administrators will also be available for one-on-one interviews.

    WHAT: Photo opportunity and interview availability.

    WHEN: 10:15-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019.

    WHERE: Meet in the parking lot of the Jot Travis Building, just east of Argenta Hall.

    PARKING: Media are asked to park in the metered spaces of the lot on the south side of Eleventh and Virginia Streets, just north of the Continuing Education Building. It is advised to come up Virginia Street, turn left onto Eleventh and then an immediate left into the parking lot.

    WHO: Todd Renwick, Chief of Police, University Police Services; an official with the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division; Kevin Carman, University of Nevada, Reno Executive Vice President & Provost; Shannon Ellis, Vice President of Student Services; Kerri Garcia, Interim Director of Marketing and Communications.
    Interviews will be conducted after the tour, outside of the building.

    SAFETY: A safety briefing will be held before entering the building. Participants must wear a hard hat (provided) and closed-toe shoes. Media will be required to sign a consent form. No tripods will be allowed in the building and only two representatives per media outlet will be permitted. Any media who miss the safety briefing will not be allowed access to this event. Please be on time.

    FAQs: The most current Frequently Asked Questions were updated Tuesday, July 9

    Media Contacts

    Natalie Fry
    775-784-4611
    nfry@unr.edu
  • Updated Tuesday, July 9: Frequently Asked Questions

    Last updated Tuesday, July 9 at 2 p.m.

    7/10/2019 8:47:00 AM

    What happened?

    Two explosions occurred Friday, July 5, 2019, on campus that damaged Argenta and Nye Halls, two of the University's residential buildings. The explosions are believed to be an isolated incident that occurred in Argenta's boiler room. Residential Life staff and emergency personnel responded swiftly and comprehensively to secure the buildings and ensure the safety of students and staff. Eight people were treated for minor injuries. The safety of all students, guests and staff is our highest priority.

    Was anyone hurt?

    Eight people, of which six were students, were treated for minor injuries. There were no deaths. All summer residents and staff are safe and accounted for. We are very grateful to the fast-thinking Residential Life staff who evacuated Argenta Hall following an initial explosion and for the unified response by area first responders.

    How did the University respond?

    In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, first responders and emergency personnel secured the scene and conducted a search of both buildings. Residential Life staff set up a command center and began calling every resident to make sure they were safe and accounted for. The University also released public messages about the incident, and requested that residents call or email to let us know they were safe. Housing staff and student employees worked quickly to open Peavine Hall and prepare beds for residents displaced from Argenta. Nevada Dining served dinner in the Overlook Café.

    Staff, students, faculty and the community pitched in and pulled together immediately, and have worked tirelessly since Friday afternoon to meet the needs of everyone affected.

    Is there reason to worry about safety of other residence halls?

    We have no reason to believe that the other residence halls are unsafe. Our residence halls are well-maintained year-round with inspections conducted on regular schedules.
    We are confident this was an isolated incident. The safety of all students, guests and staff is our highest priority.

    Is Argenta Hall in danger of collapsing?

    No. Thanks in large part to the way the buildings were constructed, Argenta and Nye Halls are structurally sound. Multiple structural engineers from the Nevada Urban Search and Rescue Task Force have inspected the buildings and have said Argenta Hall performed as it should in a situation like this. We have been given a strong assurance, by these engineers, that the buildings are structurally sound.

    Is campus open this week?

    Yes. Classes resumed Saturday, July 6.

    What closures, if any, can be anticipated around campus?

    Sierra Street is open. Virginia Street will remain closed between 10th Street and College Drive. The University is currently working on securing debris from Argenta and Nye Halls and will then wrap the building in construction netting. Once that is complete, Virginia Street will reopen.

    Artemesia Way will be indefinitely closed. It is anticipated that Artemesia Building, which houses the University's Department of Human Resources, will reopen sometime this week. Personnel from Human Resources will be available by email. 

    How were all Argenta Hall residents accounted for? 

    In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, Residential Life set up a command center and began calling every resident to make sure they were safe and accounted for. The University also released public messages about the incident, and requested that residents call or email to let us know they were safe. Housing staff and student employees worked quickly to open Peavine Hall and prepare beds for residents displaced from Argenta. Nevada Dining served dinner in the Overlook Café. 

    Injured students have been followed up with as have the staff and students who were evacuated. 

    Will Argenta Hall students be able to retrieve their personal belongings?

    Reunifying students with their personal belongings from their rooms in Argenta has been ongoing. Structural engineers have been on site since Saturday afternoon and have determined the building safe to enter and begin to retrieve those personal items. Priority was placed on items such as passports and personal medication. Students will be reunified with their personal belongings. We appreciate their understanding and patience of the students impacted. 

    University Police Services, working with the Reno Fire Department, has been able to retrieve some critical personal items from Argenta, such as medications, passports and laptops. Gift cards are being provided to the students to cover other needs. Since the incident occurred Friday, we have circulated the following numbers for students, parents and anyone else who might have concerns or need information about housing, food and parking on campus. These numbers are: 775-784-1113 or 775-682-8241 or email housing@unr.edu . In addition, our staff in Student Services continue to offer support and access to immediate resources to help all students with emotional and informational needs. 

    What additional services have been made available to the affected students?

    All of our services, including crisis counseling services, have been made available. Counseling Services can be reached at 775-784-4648; the Crisis Call Hotline is 775-784-8090. Members of our Education, Psychology and Social Work faculty have stepped forward as well to help in this effort, within three hours of it occurring. Faculty has also been asked to work with summer school students affected by the Argenta Hall explosion. 

    What caused the explosions?

    According to a statement from State Fire Marshal Bart Chambers delivered at a press conference on campus Tuesday, July 9, the explosion that occurred Friday, July 5, in Argenta Hall was "an isolated incident within the boiler room." 

    A boiler technician arrived on campus at Argenta Hall Friday, July 5, in order to repair and replace a part on one of Argenta's boilers, Boiler No. 1, which was having problems earlier in the week and had been shut down since then. The initial boiler explosion occurred between 12:42 and 12:44 p.m. A 3-inch gas line feeder was severed at the junction from the initial explosion with active fire from the line. The fire alarm system and automatic fire sprinkler system was activated. Occupants in the building evacuated. Fire from the initial explosion was extinguished by the building's fire suppression system. Natural gas filled the basement area where the two boilers are located, and traveled to the upper portions of Argenta Hall. The main gas line was shut off from the exterior of the building. Following dispatch, Reno Fire Department arrived on scene. A second explosion occurred at approximately 1 p.m., causing significant damage to Argenta and Nye Hall, injuring eight people.

    You can see him read the statement on the University's Facebookpage. 

    Was the boiler in Argenta Hall in compliance with Nevada State regulations?

    As of today, the University does not have any active boiler or pressure-vessel issues with outstanding violations. Specifically, the two boilers in the boiler room of Argenta Hall were last inspected Jan. 10, 2018, by a state-certified third-party boiler inspection company. Both of these boilers are water-tube boilers and, as such, require inspection and permit every 24 months, meaning the permits expire Jan. 10, 2020. 

    Additionally, the Division of Industrial Relations shows no history of violations of these boilers located at Argenta Hall. The company that had conducted the inspections at Argenta Hall were licensed and certified with the State of Nevada. 

    What more is the University, along with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, doing to ensure the safety of its residence halls?

    Bart Chambers, the Nevada State Fire Marshal, has directed his staff to address fire-life safety inspections of all dorms within the University, working side-by-side with the Division of Industrial Relations and the University, starting Thursday, July 11. 

    Chambers said he is committed to ensuring that the fire and life safety of those who are residing in these dorms and will partner with the University to also provide additional fire and life safety information to incoming and current students." 

    Has an emergency declaration been initiated? 

    The University has not filed for an emergency declaration at this time. As things progress, the University will reach out to the Governor's Office as needed. 

    Will the University be raising student tuition to cover the expenses associated with this event?

    That is not the case. In June 2018, the Nevada System of Higher Education voted and approved a four percent tuition increase, which is set to take place this fall. There will be no additional burden placed on the students. 

    Why was the University seeking donations instead of using its own resources?

    The donation day, was a response to the outpouring of support from the community asking what could be done to help, ‘The response was overwhelming and extremely appreciated by the students.

    Residence Hall and dining-related questions

    When will we find out about housing assignments for Fall 2019?

    While housing assignments will be slightly delayed, the Division of Student Services is working diligently to ensure all of the University students who have requested housing are accommodated in the year to come.

    Student Services is in a very active process of securing 1,300 beds for the students who are displaced by the inability to live in Argenta and Nye Halls. The Univerisity welcomes students to campus for the fall semester in just over 40 days. They will have a good facility to live in and a great staff who will make sure they have an amazing experience as new students at the University. That doesn't change, whatever building they are in and wherever they are. 

    With the main dining service for Residence Hall students out of commission, where will new students eat?

    Longer-term (August and beyond) planning is now occurring. Planning discussions have focused on working with partners on campus and in the community to identify solutions for housing and feeding students in the fall. There are numerous spaces on our campus that could provide meal service for students; however, it still needs to be determined whether the size and kitchen areas can provide the type of mass-volume service our students need. Our goal is to provide a positive, student-centered experience for all students and residents. We are very aware of the fact that it is only a number of days until the first move-in. The team in Student Services are working around the clock to prepare a plan that will provide a first-class experience for all of our campus residents this fall. 

    How is the University planning to house students for summer orientation?

    In the short-term, we have already done extensive planning and are confident that the upcoming New Student Orientation sessions on our campus will be a success. Participants in overnight sessions, July 8-9, July 11-12, July 15-16, and July 18-19, will stay in residence halls that were not affected by the explosion. Students and orientation guides will stay in the Nevada Living Learning Center as planned. Parents and other guests staying on campus will be housed in Sierra Hall. Meals that would have taken place in the Downunder Café during orientation will now take place in the Joe Crowley Student Union. The Student Services team is making every effort to ensure that the students and families will enjoy a full, fun and informative program of events during orientation.

    Media Contacts

    Natalie Fry
    775-784-4611
    nfry@unr.edu
    Nicole Shearer
    775-784-1169
    nshearer@unr.edu
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Friday, July 5 Argenta Hall explosion

    7/7/2019 8:47:00 AM

    What happened?
    An explosion occurred Friday, July 5, 2019, on campus that damaged Argenta and Nye Halls, two of the University’s residential buildings. Friday’s explosion is believed to have been caused by a possible mechanical failure. Residential Life staff and emergency personnel responded swiftly and comprehensively to secure the buildings and ensure the safety of students and staff. Eight people were treated for minor injuries. The safety of all students, guests and staff is our highest priority. 

    Was anyone hurt?
    Eight people were treated for minor injuries. There were no deaths. All summer residents and staff are safe and accounted for. We are very grateful to the fast-thinking Residential Life staff who evacuated Argenta Hall following an initial explosion. 

    How did the University respond?
    In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, first responders and emergency personnel secured the scene and conducted a search of both buildings. Residential Life staff set up a command center and began calling every resident to make sure they were safe and accounted for. The University also released public messages about the incident, and requested that residents call or email to let us know they were safe. Housing staff and student employees worked quickly to open Peavine Hall and prepare beds for residents displaced from Argenta. Nevada Dining served dinner in the Overlook Café. 

    Staff, students, faculty, and the community pitched in and pulled together immediately, and have worked tirelessly since Friday afternoon to meet the needs of everyone affected. 

    Is there reason to worry about safety of other residence halls?
    We have no reason to believe that the other residence halls are unsafe. Our residence halls are well-maintained year-round with inspections conducted on regular schedules.

    We are confident this was an isolated incident. The safety of all students, guests and staff is our highest priority. 

    When will we find out about housing assignments for Fall 2019?
    Housing assignments will be delayed. 

    With 1-2 residence halls out of commission, where will new students live and eat in the Fall?
    Longer-term (August and beyond) planning is now occurring. We do not know for certain the status of either Argenta or Nye Halls. Argenta suffered the most damage and will not be used this semester. We are looking at options to see if Nye Hall could perhaps be used this fall, but it is too early without a complete structural report to make any definitive determination.  Because of this, housing assignments for the fall semester will be delayed, though we continue to work diligently on getting these assignments completed as soon as possible. Our planning discussions have focused on working with our partners on campus and in the community to identify solutions for housing and feeding students in the fall. We have numerous spaces on our campus that could provide meal service for students; however, we still need to determine if their size and kitchen areas can provide the type of mass-volume service our students need. Our goal is to provide a positive, student-centered experience for all students and residents. We are very aware of the fact that it is only 44 days until our first move-in. The people in Student Services are working around the clock this week to prepare a plan that will provide a first-class experience for all of our campus residents this fall. 

    Is campus open this week?
    Yes. Classes resumed Saturday, July 6. 

    What closures, if any, can be anticipated around campus?
    Sierra Street is open and it is anticipated that Virginia Street will be opening Monday, July 8. Artemesia Way will be indefinitely closed as will Artemesia Building, which houses the University’s Department of Human Resources. Personnel from Human Resources will be available by email.  

    What caused the explosion?
    We do not yet know the cause of the explosion, which occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday. The State Fire Marshal is conducting the investigation and we await his findings. 

    How were all Argenta Hall residents accounted for? 
    In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, Residential Life set up a command center and began calling every resident to make sure they were safe and accounted for. The University also released public messages about the incident, and requested that residents call or email to let us know they were safe. Housing staff and student employees worked quickly to open Peavine Hall and prepare beds for residents displaced from Argenta. Nevada Dining served dinner in the Overlook Café. 

    Will Argenta Hall students be able to retrieve their personal belongings?
    Reunifying students with their personal belongings from their rooms in Argenta has been ongoing. Argenta’s damage is extensive enough to warrant the closing of Virginia and Sierra Streets as a matter of public safety. Structural engineers have been on-site since Saturday afternoon to determine the building’s safety. Because of these concerns, getting to some of the rooms and the personal belongings of the Argenta students has been a challenge. We continue to work with the students to ensure that this task is accomplished. We appreciate their understanding regarding the safety considerations we face in sending people into a severely damaged building in order to retrieve personal items.  

    University Police Services, working with the Reno Fire Department, has been able to retrieve some critical personal items from Argenta, such as medications, passports and laptops. Gift cards are being provided to the students to cover other needs. Since the incident occurred on Friday, we have prominently circulated the following numbers for students, parents and anyone else who might have concerns or need information about housing, food and parking on campus. These numbers are: 775-784-1113 or 775-682-8241 or email housing@unr.edu . In addition, our staff in Student Services continue to offer support and access to immediate resources to help all students with emotional and informational needs. 

    What additional services have been made available to the affected students?
    All of our services, including crisis counseling services, have been made available. Counseling Services can be reached at 775-784-4648; the Crisis Call Hotline is 775-784-8090. Members of our Education, Psychology and Social Work faculty have stepped forward as well to help in this effort. Faculty has also been asked to work with summer school students affected by the Argenta Hall explosion. 

    How is the University planning to house students for summer orientation?
    In the short-term, we have already done extensive planning and are confident that the upcoming New Student Orientation sessions on our campus will be a success. Participants in overnight sessions, July 8-9, July 11-12, July 15-16, and July 18-19, will stay in residence halls that were not affected by the explosion. Students and orientation guides will stay in the Nevada Living Learning Center as planned. Parents and other guests staying on campus will be housed in Sierra Hall. Meals that would have taken place in the Downunder Café during orientation will now take place in the Joe Crowley Student Union. The people of Student Services are making every effort to ensure that the students and families will enjoy a full, fun and informative program of events during orientation.

    Has an emergency declaration been initiated? 
    The University has not filed an emergency declaration at this time. As things progress, the University will reach out to the Governor's Office as needed.  

    Media Contacts

    Natalie Fry
    775-784-4611
    nfry@unr.edu
    Nicole Shearer
    775-784-1169
    nshearer@unr.edu
  • No fatalities in Argenta Hall Explosion

    Saturday morning update regarding July 5 explosion

    7/6/2019 8:47:00 AM

    Fire and public safety officials said Saturday, July 6, during a press briefing on campus that there were no fatalities following Friday's explosion that damaged Argenta and Nye Halls.

    University Police Services Chief Todd Renwick said there has been confirmation that all students who were staying in Argenta Hall, the more seriously damaged of the two residence halls, have been accounted for. Nye Hall was closed and had no students staying there this summer.

    The explosion occurred at 1 p.m. Friday, July 5. Eight individuals were reported to have minor injuries from the blast. They were treated by REMSA and released.

    "As of this morning, there are no fatalities," Renwick said.

    Reno Fire Department Chief David Cochran said a quick response that included the pulling of a fire alarm prior to the explosion helped save lives.

    "In large part, we have that act (of pulling a fire alarm) to thank," he said.

    State Fire Marshal Bart Chambers said an investigation into the explosion has begun. He said the state's team is not looking at any criminal intent at this point. More will be known once state fire investigators are able to get to the center of Argenta, where the explosion is believed to have occurred.

    Steve Leighton, operations chief for the Reno Fire Department, said two searches on Friday and a third on Saturday morning of Argenta had left the department confident that "nobody is inside the building. We're fortunate there are no fatalities."

    Executive Vice President and Provost Kevin Carman said the students affected by Friday's explosion were relocated overnight to Peavine Hall. In addition, work by the Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team has begun the process of returning personal belongings from rooms in Argenta to the students who have been displaced. Carman said the people of Student Services and Residential Life have been working "around the clock" in answering questions regarding accommodations, parking and food.

    "We ask that students continue to stay in contact with Student Services for any needs, concerns or questions they have," Carman said, noting that students who were living in Argenta can call 775-784-1113 or 775-682-8241, or email housing@unr.edu.

    Carman said that the injured or anyone affected by Friday's explosion are encouraged to contact the counseling services the University is offering. This includes Counseling Services at 775-784-4648, or the Crisis Call Hotline at 775-784-8090. He added that members of the Education, Psychology and Social Work faculty who have special training in these areas will also be stepping forward to help. "We will look out for each other, we will care for each other, and we will work together to get back to normal on our campus as quickly as possible," Carman said.

    Carman thanked the 21 agencies who were on scene Friday to help with the emergency and response effort, as well as Gov. Steve Sisolak, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, Nevada System of Higher Education, Chancellor Thom Reilly and Washoe County for their collaborative effort in finalizing an emergency declaration for resources the University will need now and in the coming months.

    For ongoing updates about the situation, visit the University's Media Advisories and Statements page. Additional updates will be released as needed.

    Note to editors: The link to the press briefing from Facebook Live can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofNevada/videos/2281042925297420/.

    Media Contacts

    Natalie Fry
    775-784-4611
    nfry@unr.edu
    Nicole Shearer
    775-784-1169
    nshearer@unr.edu