Resuming On-Campus Operations

Resuming On-Campus Operations and Instruction

UNLV’s commitment to its mission as a public research university remains constant. Our approach to safe on-campus operations incorporates procedures informed by public health guidance and complies with government directives, and in coordination with the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

Best Practices and Supplies

Response Policy and Manager/Employee Guidelines

All UNLV employees are responsible for reading and adhering to the UNLV COVID-19 Response Policy and its accompanying guidelines.

Best Practices for Reopening 

The UNLV campus safety committee compiled best practices and information on supplies to support resuming on campus operations and instruction.

Guiding Principles and Expectations

UNLV is planning for greater on-campus operations and courses for the fall of 2021 that include procedures and practices that mitigate risk. Timing of this approach is contingent on Governor Steve Sisolak’s Directives and public health guidelines.

Guiding Principles

  • Focus on the health and wellbeing of all campus members
  • Follow CDC, state, and regional guidelines
  • Work in conjunction with NSHE
  • Return individuals to campus in a safe and reasonable manner
  • Mitigate risk across campus

What UNLV Requires On Our Campuses

  • While on campus:
    • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask.
    • Masks are optional for those who are fully vaccinated.
    • Read more about face covering requirements at UNLV.
    • Cloth face coverings will be available for purchase at the UNLV Bookstore and by vending machine in the Student Union.
    • Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
    • If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your face.

UNLV Task Force

The institutional response to the COVID-19 crisis been managed by a campus-wide task force known as the Incident Management Team (IMT).  Chaired by Chris Heavey, Executive Vice President and Provost, it consists of approximately three dozen representatives from major administrative and academic units across the university.

IMT has established working groups to focus on specific aspects of resuming university operations and in-person instruction.

Working Groups

The following groups are developing guidelines and protocols that apply university-wide, identifying which decisions will be made at the unit-level, and reviewing unit activity plans for resuming on-campus operations.

Command and Control

Charge: provide high-level oversight for recovery planning; consider recommendations from other working groups; make decisions related to short-term needs and the university’s long-term strategic goals and priorities.

  • Keith E. Whitfield, UNLV President (Chair)
  • Chris Heavey, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Vince Alberta, Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Branding
  • Robert Correales, Interim Vice President for Compliance
  • Tondra De, Chief of Staff for Office of the Provost
  • Juanita Fain, Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Adam Garcia, Vice President of Public Safety Services/Director of University Police Services Southern Command
  • Kyle Kaalberg, Executive Director of Strategy and Strategic Initiatives
  • Brian Labus, Assistant Professor of Public Health
  • Gregg Maye, Interim Emergency Manager
  • Janis McKay, Chair, Faculty Senate
  • Lori Olafson, Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development
  • Desiree Reed-Francois, Director of Athletics
  • Vicki Rosser, Vice-Chair, Faculty Senate
  • Elda Sidhu, General Counsel
  • Ericka Smith, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Lori Temple, Vice Provost for Information Technology
  • Jean Vock, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs

Campus and Workplace Safety

Charge: maintain a safe environment for all members of the university community and its visitors; implement appropriate protocols and practices.

  • Mike Lawrence, Associate Vice President of Administration Services (Chair)
  • Jamie Davidson, Associate Vice President for Wellness
  • Adam Garcia, Vice President of Public Safety Services/Director of University Police Services Southern Command
  • David Hatchett, Associate Vice President for Research
  • David Keene, Assistant General Counsel
  • Brian Labus, Assistant Professor of Public Health
  • Gregg Maye, Interim Emergency Manager
  • Janis McKay, Faculty Senate Chair
  • Desiree Reed-Francois, Director of Athletics
  • Vicki Rosser, Faculty Senate Vice Chair
  • Ericka Smith, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Renee’ Watson, Associate Vice President for Campus Life

Health and Wellness

Charge: identify and mitigate public health risks; ensure the availability and continuity of campus health services to members of the university community.

  • Jamie Davidson, Associate Vice President for Student Wellness (Chair)
  • Rhonda Everett, Associate Professor-in-Residence of Clinical Sciences, School of Dental Medicine
  • Brian Labus, Assistant Professor of Public Health
  • Michelle Paul, Executive Director of The Practice
  • Kathy Underwood, Executive Director of SHC & FAST Centers
  • Anne Weisman, Director of Wellness & Integrative Medicine, School of Medicine

Academic Affairs

Charge: examine and formulate effective policies and procedures for instruction, research, programming, and services that also account for the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. 

  • Javier Rodríguez, Vice Provost for Academic Programs (Co-Chair)
  • Victoria Rosser, Faculty Senate Chair (Co-Chair)
  • Elizabeth Barrie, Director of Online Education
  • Ron Blaze, Director of Compliance, School of Dental Medicine
  • Robert Correales, Interim Vice President for Compliance
  • Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries
  • David Hatchett, Associate Vice President for Research
  • Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan, Dean of the Graduate College
  • Steve McKellips, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services
  • Pete Navarro, Director of Compliance, School of Medicine
  • Laurel Pritchard, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Gregory Stephany, Director of Education Abroad
  • Lori Temple, Vice Provost for Information Technology
  • Sarah Wattenberg, Director of Sports Performance

Visitors and Access

Charge: facilitate access using protocols and practices designed to safeguard the health and safety of the university community and its guests.

  • Mike Lawrence, Associate Vice President of Administration Services (Chair)
  • Lori Cobo, Executive Director, Performing Arts Center
  • Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries
  • Nakia C. Jackson-Hale, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events
  • David Keene, Assistant General Counsel
  • Alisha Kerlin, Executive Director, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
  • Steve McKellips, Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services
  • Joe Miera, Vice Provost for Educational Outreach
  • Tod Miller, Assistant Director of Police Services
  • Michael Newcomb, Executive Director of Athletics

Communications

Charge: provide timely and effective communications through a variety of platforms to inform, align and connect internal and external audiences with institutional priorities and actions.

  • Vince Alberta, Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Branding (Co-Chair)
  • Vicki Rosser, Faculty Senate Chair (Co-Chair)
  • Savannah Baltera, Chair of the Administrative Faculty Committee
  • Jim Boyer, Chair of the Classified Staff Council
  • Cindy Brown, Senior Director of Public Affairs
  • Juliet Casey, Communication Director for the Provost
  • Katy Griffin, Social Media Strategist
  • Joshua Padilla, Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Nathaniel Waugh, Graduate and Professional Student Association
  • Mary Whitehead, Director, Office of Student Diversity and Social Justice
  • Heather Ortiz, Communication and Content Specialist