Jan. 20, 2022

 

Dear Students,

As we start spring semester 2022, we face continuing challenges with the spread of COVID-19. We are following the best science to cope with the pandemic. Vaccination and wearing high quality masks are still the most effective ways to protect yourself.

According to the latest CDC guidance, students with up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations do not need to quarantine after an exposure to someone with COVID-19 unless they are experiencing symptoms.

If you have symptoms of illness, though, it is very important that you do not attend classes or other activities on campus. We have urged faculty members to provide flexibility with attendance when students are sick.

Testing and Reporting  
With the state and national push to distribute rapid test kits for use at home, we will now use the results of at-home rapid tests without additional PCR laboratory confirmation. This is a change from the fall semester.

We ask you to self-report a positive COVID-19 test through the online portal. If you are required to isolate or quarantine, the COVID-19 investigation team will contact you in writing via your Rebelmail account.

Short-Term Academic Arrangements
We have changed how we handle COVID-19-related short-term academic arrangements. Rather than submitting requests for assistance through the case reporting portal, you should work directly with your course instructors to make appropriate arrangements. For additional information, please refer to the missed classwork policy in the Academic Policies section of the UNLV catalogue.    

If you are not feeling well after the isolation period, please seek help from a qualified medical professional. And if you develop long-term problems after a COVID-19 infection (symptoms lasting longer than 30 days), contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance.

Masks remain required inside of all campus buildings, regardless of vaccine status. (Masks are not required if you are outside.) You may pick up KN95 masks at the Information Desk in the Student Union.    

Thanks for your continued efforts to help keep campus as safe as possible while pursuing your educational goals. We are rooting for your success and look forward to seeing your academic achievements this semester and beyond. Go Rebels!

Warm Regards,
Chris Heavey, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost