Graduate College COVID-19 Updates

Temporary Accommodations & Special Services Due to COVID-19

We recognize that all the news and changes surrounding COVID-19 can be stress-inducing, but please know that UNLV and the Graduate College are here to help and support you. We are thoroughly committed to promoting your success and continued progression toward your graduate certificate or degree.

Below you will find four expandable sections with guidance for Prospective Students, Current Students, Graduate Assistants, and Faculty/Staff. UNLV has also established a coronavirus webpage.

If after reading this information you have additional questions, please reach out to the Graduate College by phone (702-895-3320) or email (gradcollege@unlv.edu).Our Graduate College Gateway building offices are closed at this time. If you need to drop off items at the Graduate College you may do so at the UNLV Mail Center, HWB 134. Please email gradcollege@unlv.edu if you have items to be picked up. Our entire team will continue to be available remotely to provide all the same operations, services, and support. You may want to meet and chat with us via Webex, a virtual meeting tool, or you may opt to reach out to us by telephone or email. Please find our contact information. Or, feel free to drop in to Dean Kate Korgan's Friday lunchtime chats via Webex — it’s just open, drop-in time to answer questions and speak with faculty and students about anything that’s on your mind.

If you need help connecting with student support services across UNLV, complete this webform.

This is a fluid situation and new information will be posted here as it becomes available and in response to inquiries and circumstances as they arise. Additional messaging will be distributed via email to specific groups, so that you have easy access to specific information that you may need.

Questions about special accommodations, issues, deadlines, or other matters related to Graduate College guidance in response to the COVID-19 situation should be directed to gradcollege@unlv.edu. Using one email instead of directing messages to individual staff members will help us funnel inquiries to the right team and respond more quickly. We appreciate your support by using this email address.

Resources

Information for Current Students

Our Commitment to You

Like instructional faculty, the university will arrange remote work for graduate assistants who are in high-risk groups for COVID-19 or live with someone in a high-risk category. The same HR process that instructional faculty have followed to disclose their need to teach remotely in fall 2020 can be followed by teaching graduate assistants if you have GA teaching assignments fixed for fall.

Please also reference the UNLV Remote Work webpage and the Division of Research COVID-19 webpage for additional resources.

Stay Enrolled & Keep Progressing

Future Enrollment

Please note that UNLV remains open for enrollment in future semesters. Should there be any further interruptions due to COVID-19, we will make appropriate accommodations.

Immunization Requirements

Immunizations are still required, pursuant to NSHE guidelines, so students who are not in compliance will get an immunization hold on their registration. Given the current circumstances and challenges getting vaccines or records, the Office of the Registrar will work with students on an individual basis to suspend holds and provide a window to register. For assistance with immunization requirements, students should email registrar@unlv.edu and use Immunization Assistance in their subject line.

Requests to Change Summer 2020 Courses to S/U Grading

Following similar actions by colleges and universities across the U.S., all Nevada System of Higher Education institutions will make the "S/U" grading option available to all students for the Summer 2020 semester.

Instructors will submit final course letter grades for Summer 2020 courses, as usual, after each summer session. Once letter grades have posted in MyUNLV, students will be permitted to submit a petition to change the grading basis to S/U for any or all Summer 2020 courses. Petitions may be submitted only after final grades are posted.

These forms, which will be available in the Grad Rebel Gateway, will be accepted starting on July 15 for Summer Sessions I and II, and Aug. 19 for Summer Session III. All Summer S/U requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2020..

Once a student’s request has been approved, the grading basis cannot be changed back to a letter grade. Official transcripts requested after the petition is processed will reflect only the “S” or “U” grade, and not the original letter grade.

Graduate students petitioning for a change of grading basis should discuss the implications of S/U grading with their faculty advisor and Graduate Coordinator. Graduate students also may discuss the change in grading basis with their Graduate College RPC coordinator to understand the impact on GPA and degree requirements, and with Financial Aid to understand the impact on loans and awards.

Once submitted electronically, requests from graduate students will then be processed by the Graduate College and the Office of the Registrar, and the appropriate “S” (“B-” or better) or “U” (“C+” or lower) grade will be applied in MyUNLV to each course for which a student requested the change in grading basis. Graduate students in most programs (some may be exempt due to licensure requirements) will be permitted to count up to six credits of “Satisfactory” graded coursework from Summer 2020 toward master’s or doctoral degree requirements.

E-Signatures on Students’ DocuSign Forms

The Graduate College Retention, Progression & Completion (RPC) team will process all forms as usual. We do not anticipate any delays in this area. However, for forms that will slow a student’s progression or delay their degree completion if not signed promptly, and a signer is unavailable to sign, the Graduate College will accept an email request to graduate.dean@unlv.edu to explain the situation and request that we temporarily bypass the unavailable person’s signature. To ensure transparency and document that the request has full department support, any such email request should be sent by, or include a cc: to, at least three of the following people: 1) the graduate coordinator; 2) the department chair; 3) the student’s advisory committee chair; 4) the academic dean or associate dean.

Online Mentoring

Faculty are encouraged to continue providing mentorship to graduate students during this time remotely via phone, email, or platforms such as Webex, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and Slack. Please reach out if you need assistance finding information about remote communication options or resources.

Graduate Student Academic Appeals

The Graduate College will continue to receive, review, and adjudicate academic appeals. We anticipate no interruption in these services.

Ombuds & Non-academic Advising Services

We will continue to provide graduate students with support and non-academic advisement via email, telephone, and online. Students should feel free to reach out to gradrebel@unlv.edu to arrange an appointment.

Completing Your Degree

Graduation Deadlines

To encourage students to proceed with graduation, the Graduate College is extending summer 2020 deadlines. We advise students to work with their advisory committee, advisor, and/or graduate coordinator to determine appropriate timelines to complete your culminating experience.

Fall 2020 Extensions
STUDENTS NOT COMPLETING A THESIS, DISSERTATION, OR DOCTORAL PROJECT
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 → Monday, October 26, 2020
    • Final day to apply and submit an application for graduation through MyUNLV account.
      Please note: A $75 graduation and commencement fee will be placed on student accounts (one fee per degree/certificate) beginning the first day of registration for the semester in which they have applied to graduate; or, if registration has already opened, the fee will be applied within two business days. Students applying for graduation on or after Oct. 2 will need to email grad.rpc@unlv.edu to request the graduation application be added to their MyUNLV account, as the option will not be available automatically in MyUNLV after Oct. 1. Students applying for graduation after Oct. 26 will be assessed a late fee.
  • Thursday December 3 → Monday, December 14, 2020
    • Last day to submit the Culminating Experience Results Form for students not completing a thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project. All other required forms should be submitted prior to the submission of the Culminating Experience Results Form.
STUDENTS COMPLETING A THESIS, DISSERTATION, OR DOCTORAL PROJECT
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 → Monday, October 26, 2020
    • Final day to apply and submit an application for graduation through MyUNLV account.
      Please note: A $75 graduation and commencement fee will be placed on student accounts (one fee per degree/certificate) beginning the first day of registration for the semester in which they have applied to graduate; or, if registration has already opened, the fee will be applied within two business days. Students applying for graduation on or after Oct. 2 will need to email grad.rpc@unlv.edu to request the graduation application be added to their MyUNLV account, as the option will not be available automatically in MyUNLV after Oct. 1. Students applying for graduation after Oct. 26 will be assessed a late fee.
  • Sunday, November 15, 2020 → Monday, November 30, 2020
    • Last day to defend thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project.
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020 → Monday, December 7, 2020
    • Last day to submit the complete and formatted, committee-approved copy of a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate College for format review. Please see the Thesis/Dissertation Format Review page for more details. Culminating experience results forms for students completing a thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project must be submitted to the Graduate College by this date.
  • Friday, December 4, 2020 → Monday, December 21, 2020
    • Last day to submit thesis/dissertation format revisions to the Graduate College. All final, properly formatted theses, dissertations, and doctoral projects must be submitted to the Graduate College via email by the end of the day. Please see the Thesis/Dissertation Format Review page for more details.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020 → Monday, December 28, 2020
    • Last day for electronic submission of final thesis/dissertation/doctoral project (with formatting pre-approved by the Graduate College) to ProQuest.

The RPC team will continue to send individual degree check emails to students as they apply for graduation to let you know what they must complete to have their degree conferred. Students should keep an eye on their RebelMail for important messages.

Applications for Graduation

We will allow one free rollover/roll-back for summer graduates who would now like to graduate in spring 2020 using our extended deadlines. We will also provide a rollover for spring graduates to complete their degree in summer or fall, if it is impossible for them to graduate in spring 2020. We do not encourage spring graduates to rollover to summer or fall, unless absolutely necessary, as they will still be required to enroll in the semester in which they graduate.

Comprehensive, Preliminary, Department Exams, and Culminating Experiences

We defer to individual academic departments and faculty to work with students to determine whether rescheduling or moving comprehensive, preliminary, or other exams/culminating activities online is appropriate. We encourage programs to accommodate online remote oral exams and other culminating experiences so that students are not unduly delayed in their degree progression despite the current situation. We advise that any changes to these activities be applied uniformly to students graduating in a single term in a fair and equitable manner. Finally, we strongly encourage faculty and graduate programs to support students’ continued progression and timely completion despite the changes to campus operations.

Thesis/Dissertation Office Hours: For Formatting & Submission Help

The Graduate College does not anticipate any changes to thesis/dissertation office hours, which are currently held remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 p.m. Email grad.td@unlv.edu at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a time to meet online.

Online Thesis/Dissertation Defenses

Given current events, all thesis/dissertation defenses must be held remotely via an online web conference.

For remote defenses, programs should utilize UNLV’s Webex online meeting platform and share the call-in and link information to ensure there is a public component of their defense. If the student and faculty committee members have individual Zoom accounts and prefer this platform, they may use it; however, UNLV does not have a contract with Zoom so there is no support available for this platform through OIT. Also, please be aware of the “Zoombombing” trend. Either way, the Webex (or Zoom) meeting information for the defense will need to be sent to gradrebel@unlv.edu when announcing the date/time of the defense at least seven days in advance.

We encourage students to work with a member of their committee, usually the committee chair or designee committee member, who is comfortable using Webex to set up a Webex room for the remote defense. If this is not possible, please email gradrebel@unlv.edu for assistance.

View the UNLV Webex webpage and the following Webex guides for more information.

Tips for a successful online defense:

  • The student's advisory chair should be the host so they can control Webex and the meeting.
  • Log in to Webex (or Zoom) at least 15 minutes prior to the defense so that you can play around with Webex to become familiar and comfortable with the system.
  • Practice with the screen share option so that the presenter can share her/his slides that way; or, be sure that the webcam can see the presentation if it’s projected remotely by a meeting participant.
  • During the committee's deliberations, move the student into the lobby in Webex. The student will not be able to hear or see any of the deliberations. The student can then be moved back into the meeting area once the committee has finished deliberations. It is essential that the advisory chair has the host functions in order to be able to do this. Transferring the host functions to the chair may not work.
  • Make sure to know how to mute and unmute participants on the call. The host can control this function and it is important to do so to avoid unnecessary noise and disruptions. You can mute everyone at once.
  • During the Q&A, ask individuals who have questions to unmute their line individually to minimize background noise.
  • Turn on the chat function and a chat bar will open on the right side of your screen.
  • The advisory chair, or a committee member, should monitor the chat function during the presentation so that the student does not have to do that.
  • Always turn off call cameras except that of the presenter. This preserves bandwidth and decreases the chance of interruptions due to poor connections, screen freezes, mic fails, etc.
  • In audio/video preferences, select the setting in Webex where there is no beep when audience members enter and exit the presentation. This minimizes disruptions and distractions.
  • Be mindful that when the screen freezes or stops working that information needs to be repeated.
  • Be patient and flexible; no one chose this, but we’ll get through it together.

(Thanks to Dr. Melva Thompson Robinson for sharing many of these suggestions.)

Emergency COVID-19 Financial Help

CARES Act

UNLV has been awarded $11.8 million in federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act funds to assist undergraduate, graduate, and professional students impacted by COVID-19-related difficulties. Learn more.

Student Tuition Payment Plans

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents voted on Tuesday, April 7 to temporarily suspend provisions related to delinquent accounts for students facing financial hardships. Students who are on tuition payment plans will not incur any late payment fees and their payments may be delayed up to Sept. 30, 2020. Additionally, students with a balance due will be able to register for summer and fall terms and receive transcripts and other academic records, including grades, diplomas, and certificates.

Students with and without outstanding balances from spring or summer 2020 who register for the fall 2020 semester will be required to pay the balance for their courses or have a payment plan in place by the beginning of the semester under the temporary policy suspension.

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund: Apply for Emergency Retention Awards

Graduate students experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak are encouraged to apply for an Emergency Retention Award through the Graduate College. Our emergency fund is intended to provide student support when other financial resources have been exhausted and students have a documented need. Emergency retention awards can be used for anything that helps you stay enrolled and progress in your program. Need software or a WiFi hotspot? Have unexpected health bills? Need short-term funds to help meet basic needs? We're here to help. Please note that COVID-19-related requests will not count against the standard Emergency Retention Award policy of only one request per graduate student over the course of your graduate career. We will review each applicant's circumstances on a case-by-case basis and help in any way possible.

Graduate College Leadership & Professional Development Academy

Leadership & Professional Development Academy

The Graduate Student Services team is working to bring students alternative options so that they may complete their Leadership & Professional Development Academy programs successfully.

  • We have transitioned Leadership & Professional Development Academy workshops online.
  • The Leadership & Professional Development Academy is continuing to accept applications for its certifications and programs for the 2020-21 academic year. Please find specific program information on the Leadership & Professional Development Academy webpage.
  • Students in certificate or other programs who need workshops will be given the option of utilizing the UNLV Graduate College Youtube Channel Leadership & Professional Development Academy Playlist for their workshop requirements. One video with a one-page summary will count toward one workshop requirement. Please watch any videos that are dated 2016 or later. There are more than 20 options available for you to watch.

Campus Updates (Also See Links In Box On Top Right Of Page)

Graduate Student Study Spaces

The Gateway Graduate Commons on the 2nd floor of the University Gateway Building is closed at this time. The Lied Graduate Commons on the 2nd floor of the Lied Library is open until Dec. 18 with the following days and hours: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Masks must be worn and eating is prohibited in the Commons.

Grad Rebel Doctoral Finishing Fellows

Due to current budget challenges, the Graduate College has suspended the Grad Rebel Doctoral Finishing Fellows program for at least academic year 2020-2021 in order to reallocate these funds to impact a larger number of graduate students through its Emergency Retention Awards.

Non-Essential Domestic and International Travel

UNLV has suspended indefinitely all individual student international travel and all faculty-led student group travel, as well as non-essential domestic travel. This includes study abroad programs; the Study Abroad International Programs office is notifying and working with affected students. If you have any travel plans, please check and monitor travel advisories before and during your trip, including from the CDC and U.S. Department of State. We are in a rapidly evolving situation. Any travel, even domestically, could result in restrictions on your return, such as quarantine, based on the situation at that time. If you are planning to travel to an international destination, be aware you may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and challenges returning home or accessing health care while abroad.

If you have received a campus grant to support research or conference travel, please reach out to the funding group for advisement and next steps. We are encouraging decisions that support student financial well-being, as conference cancelations and travel restrictions are beyond anyone’s control. Please reach out if you have specific questions or to request guidance.

UNLV's travel policy has been updated. Those who have traveled domestically or internationally are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning, unless they have had known exposure to COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms.

Internships and Experiential Learning

With safety top of mind, UNLV has provided guidance on internships and experiential learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is general and acknowledges the many considerations of the varied disciplines at the university.

Emergency Requests for Software & WiFi Access

RebelApps, a new virtual computer labs service, allows students to remotely access more than 40 software titles available in UNLV computer labs for free. You need a PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, or Chromebook device and a reliable internet connection to virtually log in to a desktop in a campus computer lab using an ACE login. RebelApps includes some of the most often used software, including ArcGis, MATLAB, SAS, Solidworks, and SPSS.

If there is software that you need access to during this pandemic and it is not available through UNLV, consider submitting an Emergency Retention Award application requesting funds to cover the cost of leasing or purchasing what you need. See above for additional information about the Emergency Retention Awards.

We are assessing graduate students' need for access to software not provided by UNLV and/or WiFi hotspots to continue your progression in your program. Please complete this webform to let us know about your specific needs.

Teaching and Academic Integrity

If you teach courses, you may be concerned about maintaining the academic integrity for assessments you deliver in your newly online class. Please review the university’s guidance on this topic (under Academic Integrity).

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in WebCampus. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an exam, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, students are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading. Learn more.

Campus Housing

Housing & Residential Life is assisting students, on a case-by-case basis, who need items that were left in campus housing. Please contact housing@unlv.edu.

Student Health Center

Due to limited resources and a shortage of protective equipment for healthcare professionals, the UNLV Student Health Center (SHC), Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center, and the Student Wellness Laboratory ended in-person visits at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, until further notice.

The SHC, CAPS and FAST Center are now providing tele-health and have phone triage available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students can call 702-895-3370 (SHC) or 702-895-3627 (CAPS).

Patients who need in-person or after-hours care can visit the Health Center After Hours Care page for more resources, which include urgent care facilities and emergency rooms near the main UNLV campus.

The Student Wellness Center Pharmacy is open for in-person services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (closed from 1-2 p.m. for lunch). Pharmacy telehealth services are also available by calling 702-895-0278.

Please visit the Health & Wellness website for novel coronavirus updates and information about services.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center will continue to facilitate accommodations over the phone (702-895-0866) and via email (drc@unlv.edu). Students who need to request additional accommodations for remote learning will need to work with their DRC disability specialist.

UNLV Food Pantry

The year-round UNLV Food Pantry provides non-perishable items to university students, staff, and faculty who need additional food. Pantry hours will be posted on the UNLV Food Pantry website weekly. If you need additional assistance, visit the Three Square website.

Office of International Students & Scholars

OISS advisors will continue to work with students remotely via email, phone, and video conferencing. Please find information specific to international students on the OISS coronavirus webpage.

UNLV Bookstore

For information about purchases, returns, or other Bookstore policies, please visit the Bookstore website or contact Mondana Eghdami, General Manager, at sm774@bncollege.com.

UNLV Career Services

UNLV Career Services will continue to provide career coaching for students and alumni by phone and web conference via email, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Cisco Webex, or by phone on an appointment-only basis. Visit their Calendly Scheduling Page for appointments and meeting requests.

Expanded JSTOR Open Access Content

To support students, JSTOR is expanding its open access content. Students can access the content, including more than 6,000 e-books and 150 journals, without a login.

Information for Prospective Students

Our Commitment To You

We know that everyone is living through the challenge of COVID-19 right now. We also know that our prospective students have been dramatically impacted by the pandemic and have some unique needs. Though this is an unprecedented experience for everyone, we are working hard to anticipate ways that this virus is impacting prospective students and applicants to mitigate the negative impacts and offer special accommodations to support your admissions process.

Thank you for your interest in graduate education at UNLV! We continue to welcome and review all applications and do not currently anticipate any interruptions to our admission procedures for future semesters. Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, it may take a little longer than normal for you to receive an admission decision.

Please visit our Future Students webpage for information and apply through the Grad Rebel Gateway. The Graduate Recruitment and Admissions team will continue to operate at normal capacity. Please reach us via phone (702-895-3367) and email (gradadmissions@unlv.edu for domestic students and internationalgrad@unlv.edu for international students).

International Applicants

We understand that some applicants may experience difficulty with obtaining certain admissions requirements, such as transcripts, test scores, foreign credential evaluations, bank letters or financial documentation, etc. We are staying on top of developments, day-by-day, and are here to assist and support you.

Processing of I-20s is proceeding. Due to COVID-19, UNLV has switched to electronically send I-20 forms to student email addresses listed in SEVIS. If there is not an email listed, the UNLV Rebelmail email will be used. The I-20 will be digitally signed and emailed to the student, along with an email from the Office of International Students & Scholars for use during travel. Students who require a paper I-20 must contact internationalgrad@unlv.edu and we will work to accommodate you. If you are experiencing difficulties obtaining a visa appointment, please contact us for deferral options. We are happy to work with you and are eager to have you join our Grad Rebel community.

Every applicant’s situation is unique, so we will handle each case individually. If you are experiencing any issues related to providing documentation, please call us at 702-895-3367 or email internationalgrad@unlv.edu.

English Proficiency
  • As of April 2, 2020, ETS is offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. In Mainland China, TOEFL iBT test resumed in July at a limited number of locations (additional locations and dates may be added as conditions allow). For those in Mainland China who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test, there is the at-home TOEFL ITP Plus Test
  • IELTS is now open in more than 80 countries, including China. Students can check if their country is open for testing and for information regarding precautions for test day on the IELTS webpage. IELTS has introduced the online IELTS Indicator. It is only available in select locations where it is not currently possible to deliver in-peron IELTS testing. The IELTS Indicator test will be delivered online once a week at scheduled times. 
  • PTE has resumed testing in many locations, including China, India, and Australia. For details on the test and to check if a student's country is offering the PTE, visit the PTE website.
  • The Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP) will be administering the exam on the following dates during the Fall 2020 term:
    • Friday, Oct. 16 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m.
    More information can be found on UNLV's MTELP webpage.
  • Effective immediately, the Graduate College will also put the following English Proficiency exception in place for fall 2021 admissions:
    • Students who have expired scores but that are within five years and would otherwise meet our requirements can be admitted conditionally on receipt of official scores or proof and we will refer them to ETS for online version or to ELC for MTELP or wait on an official letter stating medium of instruction was English. This will give students admitted for Spring 2021 until Jan. 15, 2021 to get us official scores or a letter from their institution stating that the primary medium of instruction of that institution was English.
    • Students may submit the TOEFL MyBest Scores - if the sum of the highest section scores from all valid test dates meets the minimum requirements per the Graduate Catalog, we will accept the MyBest Score as proof of English proficiency.
      • MyBest Scores acceptance is only a temporary option for students for students during the period of March 30, 2020 to Jan. 15, 2022.
  • Students who have scores older than five years or those who are unable to take a test/provide alternate proof will be given the following information:
    • Referral to ETS for online TOEFL which is available everywhere except Iran.
    • Referral to IELTS for online IELTS Indicator.
    • IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL testing centers in some countries are still open and offering testing with social distancing policies and procedures enacted.
    • Offered a free rollover of the application.
  • Students may complete the Duolingo English Test (DET) and must obtain a passing score of 105.
    • Duolingo test is only a temporary option for students during the period of March 30, 2020 to Jan. 15, 2022.
      • Students must submit the scores to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Graduate College
      • Only scores for exams taken between Jan. 1, 2020 and Jan. 15, 2022 will be accepted.
Foreign Credential Evaluations

Many of the NACES-evaluating agencies are still processing documents; however, students may experience delays. Applicants who are unable to meet deadlines due to delays should reach out to internationalgrad@unlv.edu.

Some of the evaluating agencies we have heard from:

  • WES: Currently working remotely.  If students would like to check the approximate date to expect their evaluation, they can check their WES account.  Estimated dates and times for processing of incoming mail can be found on the WES website.
  • IERF: Accepting and processing new applications; however, there may be a slight delay.
  • SpanTran: Staff are working remotely, and they are still completing evaluations during this time. SpanTran’s only delay would be from things that are out of their control (universities abroad shutting down and not being able to respond to them, universities abroad not sending documents, etc.).
  • ECE: ECE is open and accepting applications for evaluations. 
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.: Operations continue and only four clients at a time are allowed in the reception area. Clients who have questions about their evaluations must communicate through email.
  • International Education Evaluations, Inc.: Operations continue.

Admission Requirements

Transcripts

Applicants can upload unofficial transcripts directly into their application. We encourage this, as it expedites the processing of the application. We only require official transcripts if you are admitted, and we are more than willing to work with students on extensions for those conditions if delays in obtaining official transcripts arise.

Alternatively, you can email transcripts to gradadmissions@unlv.edu or mail them to:

University Gateway Building
4700 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89119

If you need to drop off items at the Graduate College you may do so at the UNLV Mail Center, HWB 134. Please email gradcollege@unlv.edu if you have items to be picked up.

Standardized Test Scores

GMAC (the organization that administers GMAT) is offering the GMAT Online exam. Beginning Sept. 23, 2020, students can take the exam twice. The GMAT Online exam attempts will be included in the GMAT exam rolling 12-month and lifetime limits.

ETS began administering GRE tests online on March 27.

  • ETS is temporarily waiving all rescheduling fees for test takers.
  • The April 4 GRE Subject Test has been canceled worldwide. Students scheduled to test will receive an email alert and be issued a refund through ETS. GRE administration dates for 2020-21 will be published in April and registration will open July 1, 2020 on the ETS website.
Students Admitted with Conditions/Provisions

If you are admitted with any conditions or provisions, as specified on your Certificate of Admission, and you are experiencing difficulty satisfying those requirements, please contact gradadmissions@unlv.edu, and we will work with you and your department on available options.

Immunization Requirements

mmunizations are still required, pursuant to NSHE guidelines, so students who are not in compliance will get an immunization hold on their registration. Given the current circumstances and challenges getting vaccines or records, the Office of the Registrar will work with students on an individual basis to suspend holds and provide a window to register. For assistance with immunization requirements, students should email registrar@unlv.edu and use Immunization Assistance in their subject line.

Information for International Students

The Graduate College distributed emails to international students and to deans, chairs, and graduate coordinators on July 10 regarding the July 6 U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance on enrollment requirements for F-1 visa students planning to study at U.S. universities this fall. The guidance was then rescinded and the Graduate College sent this message on July 14. At the moment, this is good news for our current F-1 students; but it also means that as of now,  new, incoming F-1 students will not be allowed into the U.S. for the fall semester. This is incredibly disappointing and disconcerting. Impacted students may enroll entirely remotely from outside the U.S., though. Keep in mind, however, that students outside the U.S. who do not have a visa and social security number may not receive payment from UNLV, so these students may not be GAs.

During the COVID-19 disruptions, the university has developed a framework for allowing qualified continuing students to proceed with anticipated fall GA, student worker, or other work appointments if they are temporarily stranded outside the U.S. due to government-imposed travel restrictions or would experience a significant hardship by returning to the U.S. at the start of the fall term to begin their planned assistantship. To be eligible, students must meet several conditions. Learn more.

Information for Graduate Assistants (GAs)

Our Commitment To You

We know that everyone is living through the challenge of COVID-19 right now. We also know that our graduate community has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic and that our Grad Rebel GAs have some unique needs. Though this is an unprecedented experience for everyone, we are working hard to anticipate ways that this virus is impacting graduate students and GAs to mitigate the negative impacts by offering special accommodations, extended deadlines, new services, and emergency funding.

Please know that our top priority is to support our students and GAs. Below, you will find information, resources, and a number of special guidelines and accommodations that we’ve adopted to help you over these unanticipated hurdles.

We may have missed something. You may face a challenge we haven’t anticipated. If so, we need to hear from you because we’ll do our very best to help resolve the problem, address the issue, or improve upon a situation that is holding you back. So please email us at graduate.dean@unlv.edu or call 702-895-0446 and let us know what questions you still have or what additional assistance you may need. We’ll do our very best to help whenever and wherever we can.

Please also reference the UNLV Remote Work webpage and the Division of Research COVID-19 webpage for additional resources.

Information For Different Types Of GAs

Graduate Teaching Assistants

OIT is providing workshops and support to assist instructors with shifting their content to remote/online delivery. Faculty and teaching staff support is available through the Faculty Center, Information Technology Teaching & Working Remotely, and Online Education. WebCampus shells are available for all courses. The Provost’s office will follow up regarding course requirements through the transition. You also may receive communications from your dean that will address needs specific to your school, college, or program. Students registered with the Disability Resource Center who need assistance during this transition should call 702-895-0866 or email drc@unlv.edu.

Like instructional faculty, the university will accommodate remote work for graduate assistants who are in high-risk groups for COVID-19 or live with someone in a high-risk category. The same form that deans have shared with instructional faculty to disclose their need to teach remotely in fall 2020 can be completed by teaching graduate assistants now if you already have GA teaching assignments fixed for fall; if not, there will be another process to do so later this summer for GAs.

Like instructional faculty, the university will accommodate remote work for graduate assistants who are in high-risk groups for COVID-19 or live with someone in a high-risk category. The same form that deans have shared with instructional faculty to disclose their need to teach remotely in fall 2020 can be completed by teaching graduate assistants now if you already have GA teaching assignments fixed for fall; if not, there will be another process to do so later this summer for GAs.

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in WebCampus. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an exam, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, students are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading. Learn more.

You may also find The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Coping With Coronavirus: How faculty members can support students in traumatic times helpful.

Graduate Research Assistants

Please see the Research webpage for guidance and information about lab research protocols, IRB, and other guidance to support the continuation of faculty and graduate student research. We ask that GA supervisors make accommodations for remote work and other types of flexibility in support of GAs who are not feeling well or who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. If you have questions, please reach out to gradcollege@unlv.edu and we will assist on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Development Graduate Research Assistants

Professional Development Graduate Research Assistants are GAs who work on campus, primarily in non-academic units. Please work with your direct supervisor to get direction about work and other details, and if you have any concerns regarding your schedule. We ask that GA supervisors make accommodations for remote work and other types of flexibility. If you have questions, please reach out to gradcollege@unlv.edu and we will assist on a case-by-case basis.

Community Internship Graduate Assistants

Community Internship Graduate Assistants are funded by community partners in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. While CIGAs are under contract at the university, they gain experience as interns at a placement site off-campus. As of now, there are no changes to CIGA work schedules. Please work with your direct supervisor to get direction about work, work location, and other details, and if you have any concerns regarding your schedule. We ask that GA supervisors make accommodations for remote work and other types of flexibility in support of GAs. If you have questions, please reach out to gradcollege@unlv.edu and we will assist on a case-by-case basis.

Information For All GAs

GA Checks

GA stipends and paychecks will be disbursed on a normal schedule.

GA Enrollment

Graduate assistants should continue to attend courses via the remote/virtual instruction determined by your faculty to maintain the mandatory 6 graduate credit enrollment. We are asking faculty members to be flexible and understanding when accommodating students’ needs. If you have any questions about enrollment requirements, please email gradfinancialsvc@unlv.edu.

Remote Work Accommodations

As always, GAs should work with their graduate coordinators or GA supervisors regarding their GA assignment. GAs who are at elevated risk or have special family care responsibilities as a result of COVID-19 may qualify for a remote work accommodation if their GA assignment may be done from off-campus. Please note the following guidelines:

  • If GAs need accommodations for their work, they must follow the process laid out by HR and contact the leave office at hrleave@unlv.edu indicating their request to remote work due to 1.) higher risk as identified by the CDC, 2.) living or caring for someone who is high risk in accordance with the CDC, or 3.) experiencing child care issues related to COVID-19.
  • GAs with approved HR accommodations will need to work with their GA supervisors to confirm that they can do their GA work remotely. If accommodations are simply not feasible due to the nature of the GA work, requests for remote GA assignments may be denied.
  • GAs are not eligible for administrative leave with pay.
GA Sick Leave

Graduate assistants do not have a formal annual leave or sick leave benefit. That said, we are very sensitive to the needs of our graduate assistants and ask GA supervisors to act with empathy and understanding, and support GA needs as they arise with respect to their health and well-being. GAs and their supervisors/departments should work together to determine the best course of action if a student is unable to continue with their normal job duties due to illness, lab closure, or other unexpected situations. Please contact us with questions and we will gladly assist on a case-by-case basis.

Online Teaching Training Program

State-funded graduate assistants who complete UNLV's Online Teaching Training Program requirements between July and October will receive a $500 stipend in November or December.

GA Handbook

All procedures and GA policies can be found in the GA Handbook. This handbook will also provide contact information for your GA Program Coordinator and anyone else at the Graduate College you may need to reach out to.

GA Loans

Graduate assistants may apply for a GA emergency loan for up to $500. This loan is paid back through your GA paycheck. To receive access to the online GA emergency loan application please email gradfinancialsvc@unlv.edu.

AY20-21 GA Appointments

Graduate assistant appointments and offer letters for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 should continue with no interruption.

Refurbished Desktops

The Office of Information Technology has about 50 refurbished desktops to loan to graduate assistants. The devices, which include webcams and Wi-Fi connectivity, can be taken home. OIT and the borrowers will coordinate the return of the desktops at a later time. Graduate assistants interested in borrowing a desktop can send an email to susan.niehoff@unlv.edu.

Information for Graduate Faculty & Staff

Our Commitment To You

We know that everyone is living through the challenge of COVID-19 right now. We also know that our graduate community has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic and that graduate faculty and staff have some unique needs. Though this is an unprecedented experience for everyone, we are working hard to anticipate ways that this virus is impacting graduate students, faculty, and staff, and to mitigate the negative impacts by offering special accommodations, extended deadlines, new services, and emergency funding.

Please know that our top priority is to support you and help your students continue to progress in their programs. Below, you will find information, resources, and a number of special guidelines and accommodations that we’ve adopted to help you over these unanticipated hurdles.

We may have missed something. You may face a challenge we haven’t anticipated. If so, we need to hear from you because we’ll do our very best to help resolve the problem, address the issue, or improve upon a situation that is holding you back. So please email us at graduate.dean@unlv.edu or call 702-895-0446 and let us know what questions you still have or what additional assistance you may need. We’ll do our very best to help whenever and wherever we can.

Please also visit the UNLV COVID-19 Information for Faculty webpage; the UNLV Remote Work webpage; and the Division of Research COVID-19 webpage for additional resources.

Recruitment

  • We are moving all of our scheduled workshops online. Our calendar is being updated with all online workshop information. 
  • We recommend that departments move any in-person events or interviews to remote events. Webex has video, phone, and chat capabilities and is a free service provided by OIT for UNLV faculty/staff. Kira Talent is another way you can move your applicant interviews online. The Graduate College has pre-recorded interview questions across a wide range of competencies that you can use to interview applicants to your programs. We can set up a Kira interview for you fairly easily. Contact Elizabeth Jost at elizabeth.jost@unlv.edu to learn more.
  • Prospective students should still email gradrecruitment@unlv.edu. Our grad recruiter and recruitment GAs will be setting up virtual meetings on the phone or via Webex to help prospective students with their graduate school goals!
  • If you would like to provide application fee waivers to any of your prospective students, we can help you do so. Please complete an interdepartmental requisition (IDR) form to transfer the funds to the Graduate College, and we will process the fee waiver.
  • To offer a recruitment award to a student you’ve already extended an offer of admission to: 
    • Email gradfinancialsvc@unlv.edu with your recruitment award nominations. To be processed, these appointment emails must include the following:
      • The subject line of the email must be: RECRUITMENT SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATION - YOUR DEPARTMENT'S NAME.
      • Please be sure that the Chair and Graduate Coordinator either send the email or are cc’d on it.
      • In the body of the email, please clearly provide the following information:
        1. Name of the awardee(s)
        2. Awardee NSHE IDs
        3. Amount of award for each awardee
      • If possible, please send all of your recruitment awards at the same time, in the same email.
  • Reach out to gradfinancialsvc@unlv.edu if you have any questions about the recruitment award program

Admissions

The application for admission is fully online and the Graduate College admissions team continues to welcome and review all applications. We do not currently anticipate any significant interruptions to our admission procedures for future semesters and we strongly encourage graduate coordinators and faculty in graduate programs to continue with their holistic admissions reviews and submit their admissions recommendations in a timely manner.

Application Deadlines

The Graduate College will support application deadline extensions for programs, should doing so be a necessary and strategic change that supports summer/fall admissions. Please email gradadmissions@unlv.edu with any requests you may have, or to extend program or certificate deadlines.

Rollovers and Deferrals

We are more than willing to work with departments and will allow flexibility with rollovers and deferral requests. If departments would like to offer a student an off-cycle start like spring or summer, we can help you accommodate your students, too.

Students Admitted with Conditions/Provisions

If you have students who were admitted with any conditions or provisions, as specified on their Certificate of Admission, who are experiencing difficulty satisfying those requirements, please contact gradadmissions@unlv.edu, and we will work with you and your student on available options, such as deadline extensions, course substitutions, etc.

Transcripts

As a reminder, applicants can upload unofficial transcripts directly into their application. We encourage this, as it expedites the processing of the application. We only require official transcripts if the student is admitted, and we are more than willing to work with students on extensions for those conditions if delays in obtaining official transcripts arise.

Departmental Admissions Requirements

Our Graduate Admissions team will continue to evaluate applications and enforce University minimum graduate admission requirements. However, we endorse departments to make temporary changes to their department admissions requirements for applicants to alleviate application barriers caused by COVID-19.

  • Standardized Test Scores: Flexibility for deadlines for GRE and GMAT scores by departments are encouraged. We are more than willing to work with you on conditional admissions for students if you want to admit on the condition that they submit GRE/GMAT scores by a future date, and/or waivers of these requirements for fall 2020 admissions. Reach out to us at gradadmissions@unlv.edu for assistance.
    • GMAC (the organization that administers GMAT) is offering the GMAT Online exam. Beginning Sept. 23, 2020, students can take the exam twice. The GMAT Online exam attempts will be included in the GMAT exam rolling 12-month and lifetime limits.
    • ETS began administering GRE tests online on March 27.
      • ETS is temporarily waiving all rescheduling fees for test takers. 
      • The April 4 GRE Subject Test has been canceled worldwide. Students scheduled to test will receive an email alert and be issued a refund through ETS. GRE administration dates for 2020-21 will be published in April and registration will open July 1, 2020 on the ETS website.
  • Letters of Recommendation: If applicants are unable to get certain letters of recommendation because their recommendation providers are overwhelmed with added work due to moving their courses online, or if those letters will be delayed, we are more than willing to work with you on conditional admissions for students if you want to admit on the condition that the letters are received by a future date, and/or waivers of these requirements for fall 2020 admissions. Reach out to us at gradadmissions@unlv.edu for assistance.

Admission decision timeliness is more important than ever - our team is set up remotely and happy to help with any issues you may be experiencing. Reach out to us at gradadmissions@unlv.edu or 702-895-3367. We’re here to help!

International Students

As you may be aware, many international applicants are deeply affected by this situation. We are monitoring student concerns; coordinating closely with the Office of International Students and Scholars; and following updates from IELTS, ETS, and numerous other international and admissions organizations. We continue to welcome international applicants and fully anticipate the ability to admit and enroll them. We will keep graduate coordinators fully informed as we get more guidance from the federal government about visa processing times.

With departmental consent, we will do our best to accommodate international student applications after the international application deadline on a case-by-case basis. However, entering admissions decisions as early as possible is recommended, as international students are experiencing increased delays and low availability of visa appointments abroad. Early and timely decisions are more important than ever.

We are advising any international students who are unable to obtain visas due to delays or unavailability in visa appointments to contact us. We will work with individual students and departments on admission deferral options.

English Proficiency
  • As of April 2, 2020, ETS is offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test everywhere that TOEFL iBT testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. In Mainland China, TOEFL iBT test resumed in July at a limited number of locations (additional locations and dates may be added as conditions allow). For those in Mainland China who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test, there is the at-home TOEFL ITP Plus Test
  • IELTS is now open in more than 80 countries, including China. Students can check if their country is open for testing and for information regarding precautions for test day on the IELTS webpage. IELTS has introduced the online IELTS Indicator. It is only available in select locations where it is not currently possible to deliver in-peron IELTS testing. The IELTS Indicator test will be delivered online once a week at scheduled times. 
  • PTE has resumed testing in many locations, including China, India, and Australia. For details on the test and to check if a student's country is offering the PTE, visit the PTE website.
  • The Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP) will be administering the exam on the following dates during the Fall 2020 term:
    • Friday, Oct. 16 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 11 at 9:30 a.m.
    More information can be found on UNLV's MTELP webpage.
  • Effective immediately, the Graduate College will also put the following English Proficiency exception in place for 2021 admissions:
    • Students who have expired scores but that are within five years and would otherwise meet our requirements can be admitted conditionally on receipt of official scores or proof and we will refer them to ETS for online version or to ELC for MTELP or wait on an official letter stating medium of instruction was English. This will give students admitted for Spring 2021 until Jan. 15, 2021 to get us official scores or a letter from their institution stating that the primary medium of instruction of that institution was English.
    • Students may submit the TOEFL MyBest Scores - if the sum of the highest section scores from all valid test dates meets the minimum requirements per the Graduate Catalog, we will accept the MyBest Score as proof of English proficiency.
      • MyBest Scores acceptance is only a temporary option for students for students during the period of March 30, 2020 to Jan. 15, 2022.
  • Students who have scores older than five years or those who are unable to take a test/provide alternate proof will be given the following information:
    • Referral to ETS for online TOEFL which is available everywhere except Iran.
    • Referral to IELTS for online IELTS Indicator.
    • IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL testing centers in some countries are still open and offering testing with social distancing policies and procedures enacted.
    • Offered a free rollover of the application.
  • Students may complete the Duolingo English Test (DET) and must obtain a passing score of 105.
    • Duolingo test is only a temporary option for students during the period of March 30, 2020 to Jan. 15, 2022.
      • Students must submit the scores to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Graduate College
      • Only scores for exams taken between Jan. 1, 2020 and Jan. 15, 2022 will be accepted.
Foreign Credential Evaluations

Many of the NACES-evaluating agencies are still processing documents; however, students may experience delays. Applicants who are unable to meet deadlines due to delays should reach out to internationalgrad@unlv.edu.

Some of the evaluating agencies we have heard from:

  • WES: Currently working remotely.  If students would like to check the approximate date to expect their evaluation, they can check their WES account.  Estimated dates and times for processing of incoming mail can be found on the WES website.
  • IERF: Accepting and processing new applications; however, there may be a slight delay.
  • SpanTran: Staff are working remotely, and they are still completing evaluations during this time. SpanTran’s only delay would be from things that are out of their control (universities abroad shutting down and not being able to respond to them, universities abroad not sending documents, etc.).
  • ECE: ECE is open and accepting applications for evaluations. 
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.: Operations continue and only four clients at a time are allowed in the reception area. Clients who have questions about their evaluations must communicate through email.
  • International Education Evaluations, Inc.: Operations continue.

Working In This New Environment

Online Teaching

The Faculty Center, Office of Information Technology, and Office of Online Education have teamed up to offer support in transitioning to online teaching.

Online Mentoring

Faculty are encouraged to continue providing mentorship to graduate students during this time remotely via phone, email, or platforms such as Webex, Google Hangouts, and Slack. Please reach out if you need assistance finding information about remote communication options or resources. You may also find The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Coping With Coronavirus: How faculty members can support students in traumatic times helpful.

Curriculum

We are committed to providing continued support to faculty who are interested in curricular development or changes during this time. Whether you are interested in making changes or creating new courses or programs via Curriculog, our curricular team will continue to offer support remotely. We will continue to hold Graduate Programs and Course Review Committee meetings as scheduled, but all the meetings will be held remotely using Webex. Committee members and guests will be sent invitations and information about the meetings in the near future. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact gradcurriculum@unlv.edu

Keeping Students Enrolled & Progressing

DocuSign Forms & Processes

he Graduate College will process all forms as usual. We do not anticipate any delays in this area. However, if any form signers are unable to sign sensitive forms that will slow a student’s progression or delay their degree completion if not signed promptly, the Graduate College will accept an email request to graduate.dean@unlv.edu to explain the situation and request that we temporarily bypass the unavailable person’s signature. To ensure transparency and document that the request has full department support, any such email request should be sent by, or include a cc: to, at least three of the following people: 1) the graduate coordinator; 2) the department chair; 3) the student’s advisory committee chair; 4) the academic dean or associate dean.

Department Milestone Results Tracking Form

At the request of graduate coordinators, the Graduate College created a new form, Department Milestone Results Tracking, in the Grad Rebel Gateway to assist departments with digitizing some of their paper forms, like qualifying and comprehensive exam forms. Please review the Department Milestone Results Tracking guide for more information.

Graduate Student Academic Appeals

The Graduate College will continue to receive, review, and adjudicate academic appeals. We anticipate no interruption in these services.

Ombuds & Non-academic Advising Services

We will continue to provide graduate students with support and non-academic advisement via email, telephone, and online. Students should feel free to reach out to gradrebel@unlv.edu to arrange an appointment.

Emergency Retention Awards for Financial Assistance to Graduate Students

Graduate students experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak are encouraged to apply for an Emergency Retention Award through the Graduate College. Our emergency fund is intended to provide student support when other financial resources have been exhausted and students have a documented need. Emergency retention awards can be used for anything that helps students stay enrolled and progress in their program. Do students need software or a WiFi hotspot? Do they have unexpected health bills? Do they need short-term funds to help meet basic needs? We're here to help. Please note that COVID-19-related requests will not count against the standard Emergency Retention Award policy of only one request per graduate student over the course of their graduate career. We will review each applicant's circumstances on a case-by-case basis and help in any way possible.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Recipients of UNLV scholarships and fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year have been notified. The COVID-19 outbreak does not impact these awards.

Due to current budget challenges, the Graduate College has suspended the Grad Rebel Doctoral Finishing Fellows program for at least academic year 2020-2021 in order to reallocate these funds to impact a larger number of graduate students through its Emergency Retention Awards.

Requests to Change Summer 2020 Courses to S/U Grading

Following similar actions by colleges and universities across the U.S., all Nevada System of Higher Education institutions will make the "S/U" grading option available to all students for the Summer 2020 semester.

Instructors will submit final course letter grades for Summer 2020 courses, as usual, after each summer session. Once letter grades have posted in MyUNLV, students will be permitted to submit a petition to change the grading basis to S/U for any or all Summer 2020 courses. Petitions may be submitted only after final grades are posted.

These forms, which will be available in the Grad Rebel Gateway, will be accepted starting on July 15 for Summer Sessions I and II, and Aug. 19 for Summer Session III. All Summer S/U requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2020.

Once a student’s request has been approved, the grading basis cannot be changed back to a letter grade. Official transcripts requested after the petition is processed will reflect only the “S” or “U” grade, and not the original letter grade.

Petitions for a change of grading basis must be initiated by students in consultation with their academic or faculty advisors, who will ensure that students are aware of the potential impact of S/U grading on Grade Point Average (GPA), eligibility for financial aid, prerequisites for future courses, completion of degree requirements, and impacts on future licensure, etc. In addition to advice based on a student’s specific circumstances, students will be advised of the following before submitting a petition for S/U grading:

  • “S” and “U” grades are not included in GPA or grade point balance calculations.
  • Course repeat and maximum course attempt rules still apply.
  • Opting for S/U grading may impact a student’s future admissibility to graduate and professional programs.
  • Although “S” grades may satisfy prerequisites, students are ultimately responsible for preparation for subsequent coursework. Receiving an “S” grade for work below the “C” level could mean that a student is underprepared for more advanced course work.
  • Once changed to S/U, the grading basis cannot be changed back to letter grading.
  • Opting for S/U grading may affect eligibility for some scholarships, awards, loans, and/or other forms of financial aid.

Once submitted electronically, requests from graduate students will then be processed by the Graduate College and the Office of the Registrar, and the appropriate “S” (“B-” or better) or “U” (“C+” or lower) grade will be applied in MyUNLV to each course for which a student requested the change in grading basis. Graduate students in most programs (some may be exempt due to licensure requirements) will be permitted to count up to six credits of “Satisfactory” graded coursework from Summer 2020 toward master’s or doctoral degree requirements.

We understand that some academic programs have put internal requirements in place to ensure that their students meet the standards of external bodies, such as licensing boards or clinical placement sites. Students in programs that have approved exemptions from the application of "S" grades will be prevented from using “S” grades earned in Summer 2020 to satisfy degree requirements or prerequisites. However, we cannot prevent students from petitioning for S/U grading. Therefore, it is very important that programs with approved exemptions notify their students and advisors that “S” grades will not count, and advise them appropriately. For programs with no approved exemptions, “S” grades assigned in Summer 2020 will satisfy all graduation requirements and prerequisites.

Summer and Fall Enrollment

UNLV remains open for enrollment in future semesters. Should there be any further interruptions due to COVID-19, we will continue to make appropriate accommodations.

Leadership & Professional Development Academy

The Graduate Student Services team is working to bring students alternative options so that they may complete their Leadership & Professional Development Academy programs successfully. See information for current students above for additional information about how our workshops, programs, and certificates are moving online.

Graduating Students

Graduation Deadlines

To encourage students to proceed with graduation, the Graduate College is extending summer 2020 deadlines. We advise students to work with their advisory committee, advisor, and/or graduate coordinator to determine appropriate timelines to complete your culminating experience.

Fall 2020 Extensions
STUDENTS NOT COMPLETING A THESIS, DISSERTATION, OR DOCTORAL PROJECT
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 → Monday, October 26, 2020
    • Final day to apply and submit an application for graduation through MyUNLV account.
      Please note: A $75 graduation and commencement fee will be placed on student accounts (one fee per degree/certificate) beginning the first day of registration for the semester in which they have applied to graduate; or, if registration has already opened, the fee will be applied within two business days. Students applying for graduation on or after Oct. 2 will need to email grad.rpc@unlv.edu to request the graduation application be added to their MyUNLV account, as the option will not be available automatically in MyUNLV after Oct. 1. Students applying for graduation after Oct. 26 will be assessed a late fee.
  • Thursday December 3 → Monday, December 14, 2020
    • Last day to submit the Culminating Experience Results Form for students not completing a thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project. All other required forms should be submitted prior to the submission of the Culminating Experience Results Form.
STUDENTS COMPLETING A THESIS, DISSERTATION, OR DOCTORAL PROJECT
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 → Monday, October 26, 2020
    • Final day to apply and submit an application for graduation through MyUNLV account.
      Please note: A $75 graduation and commencement fee will be placed on student accounts (one fee per degree/certificate) beginning the first day of registration for the semester in which they have applied to graduate; or, if registration has already opened, the fee will be applied within two business days. Students applying for graduation on or after Oct. 2 will need to email grad.rpc@unlv.edu to request the graduation application be added to their MyUNLV account, as the option will not be available automatically in MyUNLV after Oct. 1. Students applying for graduation after Oct. 26 will be assessed a late fee.
  • Sunday, November 15, 2020 → Monday, November 30, 2020
    • Last day to defend thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project.
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020 → Monday, December 7, 2020
    • Last day to submit the complete and formatted, committee-approved copy of a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate College for format review. Please see the Thesis/Dissertation Format Review page for more details. Culminating experience results forms for students completing a thesis, dissertation, or doctoral project must be submitted to the Graduate College by this date.
  • Friday, December 4, 2020 → Monday, December 21, 2020
    • Last day to submit thesis/dissertation format revisions to the Graduate College. All final, properly formatted theses, dissertations, and doctoral projects must be submitted to the Graduate College via email by the end of the day. Please see the Thesis/Dissertation Format Review page for more details.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020 → Monday, December 28, 2020
    • Last day for electronic submission of final thesis/dissertation/doctoral project (with formatting pre-approved by the Graduate College) to ProQuest.

The RPC team will continue to send individual degree check emails to students as they apply for graduation to let you know what they must complete to have their degree conferred. Students should keep an eye on their RebelMail for important messages.

Applications for Graduation

We will allow one free rollover/roll-back for summer graduates who would now like to graduate in spring 2020 using our extended deadlines. We will also provide a rollover for spring graduates to complete their degree in summer or fall, if it is impossible for them to graduate in spring 2020. We do not encourage spring graduates to rollover to summer or fall, unless absolutely necessary, as they will still be required to enroll in the semester in which they graduate.

Comprehensive, Preliminary, Department Exams, and Culminating Experiences

We defer to individual academic departments and faculty to work with students to determine whether rescheduling or moving comprehensive, preliminary, or other exams/culminating activities online is appropriate. We encourage programs to accommodate online remote oral exams and other culminating experiences so that students are not unduly delayed in their degree progression despite the current situation. We advise that any changes to these activities be applied uniformly to students graduating in a single term in a fair and equitable manner. Finally, we strongly encourage faculty and graduate programs to support students’ continued progression and timely completion despite the changes to campus operations.

Thesis/Dissertation Office Hours: For Formatting & Submission Help

The Graduate College does not anticipate any changes to thesis/dissertation office hours, which are currently held remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 p.m. Email grad.td@unlv.edu at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a time to meet online.

Online Thesis/Dissertation Defenses

Given current events, all thesis/dissertation defenses must be held remotely via an online web conference.

For remote defenses, programs should utilize UNLV’s Webex online meeting platform and share the call-in and link information to ensure there is a public component of their defense. If the student and faculty committee members have individual Zoom accounts and prefer this platform, they may use it; however, UNLV does not have a contract with Zoom so there is no support available for this platform through OIT. Also, please be aware of the “Zoombombing” trend. Either way, the Webex (or Zoom) meeting information for the defense will need to be sent to gradrebel@unlv.edu when announcing the date/time of the defense at least seven days in advance.

We encourage students to work with a member of their committee, usually the committee chair or designee committee member, who is comfortable using Webex to set up a Webex room for the remote defense. If this is not possible, please email gradrebel@unlv.edu for assistance.

View the UNLV Webex webpage and the following Webex guides for more information.

Tips for a successful online defense:

  • The student's advisory chair should be the host so they can control Webex and the meeting.
  • Log into Webex (or Zoom) at least 15 minutes prior to the defense so that you can play around with Webex to become familiar and comfortable with the system.
  • Practice with the screen share option so that the presenter can share her/his slides that way; or, be sure that the webcam can see the presentation if it’s projected remotely by a meeting participant.
  • During the committee's deliberations, move the student into the lobby in Webex. The student will not be able to hear or see any of the deliberations. The student can then be moved back into the meeting area once the committee has finished deliberations. It is essential that the advisory chair has the host functions in order to be able to do this. Transferring the host functions to the chair may not work.
  • Make sure to know how to mute and unmute participants on the call. The host can control this function and it is important to do so to avoid unnecessary noise and disruptions. You can mute everyone at once.
  • During the Q&A, ask individuals who have questions to unmute their line individually to minimize background noise.
  • Turn on the chat function and a chat bar will open on the right side of your screen.
  • The advisory chair, or a committee member, should monitor the chat function during the presentation so that the student does not have to do that.
  • Always turn off call cameras except that of the presenter. This preserves bandwidth and decreases the chance of interruptions due to poor connections, screen freezes, mic fails, etc.
  • In audio/video preferences, select the setting in Webex where there is no beep when audience members enter and exit the presentation. This minimizes disruptions and distractions.
  • Be mindful that when the screen freezes or stops working that information needs to be repeated. 
  • Be patient and flexible; no one chose this, but we’ll get through it together.

(Thanks to Dr. Melva Thompson Robinson for sharing many of these suggestions.)

GA Information

Graduate Teaching Assistants

OIT is providing workshops and support to assist instructors with shifting their content to remote/online delivery. Faculty and teaching staff support is available through the Faculty Center, Information Technology Teaching & Working Remotely, and Online Education. WebCampus shells are available for all courses. The Provost’s office will follow up regarding course requirements through the transition. GAs may receive communications from your dean that will address needs specific to your school, college, or program. Students registered with the Disability Resource Center who need assistance during this transition should call 702-895-0866 or email drc@unlv.edu.

Like instructional faculty, the university will accommodate remote work for graduate assistants who are in high-risk groups for COVID-19 or live with someone in a high-risk category. The same HR process

They may also find The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Coping With Coronavirus: How faculty members can support students in traumatic times helpful.

Graduate Research Assistants

Please see the Research webpage for guidance and information about lab research protocols, IRB, and other guidance to support the continuation of faculty and graduate student research. We ask that GA supervisors make accommodations for remote work and other types of flexibility in support of GAs who are not feeling well or who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. If you have questions, please reach out to gradcollege@unlv.edu and we will assist on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Development Graduate Research Assistants

Professional Development Graduate Research Assistants are GAs who work on campus, primarily in non-academic units. PDGRAs should work with their direct supervisor to get direction about work and other details, and if they have any concerns regarding their schedule. We ask that GA supervisors make accommodations for remote work and other types of flexibility. If you have questions, please reach out to gradcollege@unlv.edu and we will assist on a case-by-case basis.

Community Internship Graduate Assistants

Community Internship Graduate Assistants are funded by community partners in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. While CIGAs are under contract at the university, they gain experience as interns at a placement site off-campus. As of now, there are no changes to CIGA work schedules. CIGAs should work with their direct supervisor to get direction about work, work location, and other details, and if they have any concerns regarding their schedule. We ask that GA supervisors make accommodations for remote work and other types of flexibility in support of GAs. If you have questions, please reach out to gradcollege@unlv.edu and we will assist on a case-by-case basis.

GA Checks

GA stipends and paychecks will be disbursed on a normal schedule. 

GA Enrollment

Graduate assistants should continue to attend courses via the remote/virtual instruction determined by their faculty to maintain the mandatory 6 graduate credit enrollment. We are asking faculty members to be flexible and understanding when accommodating students’ needs. If you have any questions about enrollment requirements, please email gradfinancialsvc@unlv.edu

Remote Work Accommodations

As always, GAs should work with their graduate coordinators or GA supervisors regarding their GA assignment. GAs who are at elevated risk or have special family care responsibilities as a result of COVID-19 may qualify for a remote work accommodation if their GA assignment may be done from off-campus. Please note the following guidelines:

  • If GAs need accommodations for their work, they must follow the process laid out by HR and contact the leave office at hrleave@unlv.edu indicating their request to remote work due to 1.) higher risk as identified by the CDC, 2.) living or caring for someone who is high risk in accordance with the CDC, or 3.) experiencing child care issues related to COVID-19.
  • GAs with approved HR accommodations will need to work with their GA supervisors to confirm that they can do their GA work remotely. If accommodations are simply not feasible due to the nature of the GA work, requests for remote GA assignments may be denied.
  • GAs are not eligible for administrative leave with pay.
GA Sick Leave

Graduate assistants do not have a formal annual leave or sick leave benefit. That said, we are very sensitive to the needs of our graduate assistants and ask GA supervisors to act with empathy and understanding, and support GA needs as they arise with respect to their health and well-being. GAs and their supervisors/departments should work together to determine the best course of action if a student is unable to continue with their normal job duties due to illness, lab closure, or other unexpected situations. Please contact us with questions and we will gladly assist on a case-by-case basis.

Online Teaching Training Program

State-funded graduate assistants who complete UNLV's Online Teaching Training Program requirements between July and October will receive a $500 stipend in November or December.

GA Handbook

All procedures and GA policies can be found in the GA Handbook. This handbook will also provide contact information for GA Program Coordinators and anyone else at the Graduate College GAs may need to reach out to. 

GA Loans

Graduate assistants may apply for a GA emergency loan for up to $500. This loan is paid back through their GA paycheck. To receive access to the online GA emergency loan application please email gradfinancialsvc@unlv.edu.

AY20-21 GA Appointments

Graduate assistant appointments and offer letters for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 should continue with no interruption.

Refurbished Desktops

The Office of Information Technology has about 50 refurbished desktops to loan to graduate assistants. The devices, which include webcams and Wi-Fi connectivity, can be taken home. OIT and the borrowers will coordinate the return of the desktops at a later time. Graduate assistants interested in borrowing a desktop can send an email to susan.niehoff@unlv.edu.

Campus Updates & Resources (Also See Links In Box On Top Right Of Page)

Restarting Research

Please visit Research and Economic Development’s webpage to review documents outlining UNLV’s phased approach to restarting research and scholarly activities.

Non-essential domestic and international travel

UNLV has suspended indefinitely all individual student international travel and all faculty-led student group travel, as well as non-essential domestic travel. This includes study abroad programs; the Study Abroad International Programs office is notifying and working with affected students. If you have any travel plans, please check and monitor travel advisories before and during your trip, including from the CDC and U.S. Department of State. We are in a rapidly evolving situation. Any travel, even domestically, could result in restrictions on your return, such as quarantine, based on the situation at that time. If you are planning to travel to an international destination, be aware you may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and challenges returning home or accessing health care while abroad.

If you have received a campus grant to support research or conference travel, please reach out to the funding group for advisement and next steps. We are encouraging decisions that support student financial well-being, as conference cancellations and travel restrictions are beyond anyone’s control. Please reach out if you have specific questions or to request guidance.

UNLV's travel policy has been updated. Those who have traveled domestically or internationally are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14 days after returning, unless they have had known exposure to COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms.

Internships and Experiential Learning

With safety top of mind, UNLV has provided guidance on internships and experiential learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is general and acknowledges the many considerations of the varied disciplines at the university.

Emergency Requests for Software & WiFi Access

RebelApps, a new virtual computer labs service, allows students to remotely access more than 40 software titles available in UNLV computer labs for free. Students need a PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, or Chromebook device and a reliable internet connection to virtually log in to a desktop in a campus computer lab using an ACE login. RebelApps includes some of the most often used software, including ArcGis, MATLAB, SAS, Solidworks, and SPSS.

If there is software that students need access to during this pandemic and it is not available through UNLV, students should consider submitting an Emergency Retention Award application requesting funds to cover the cost of leasing or purchasing what they need. See above for additional information about the Emergency Retention Awards.

We are assessing graduate students' need for access to software not provided by UNLV and/or WiFi hotspots to continue their progression in their program. Students should complete this webform to let us know about their specific needs.

Teaching and Academic Integrity

Please review the university’s guidance on this topic (under Academic Integrity).

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in WebCampus. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an exam, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, students are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading. Learn more.

Campus Housing

Housing & Residential Life is assisting students, on a case-by-case basis, who need items that were left in campus housing. Please contact housing@unlv.edu.

Health & Wellness

Due to limited resources and a shortage of protective equipment for healthcare professionals, the UNLV Student Health Center (SHC), Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center, and the Student Wellness Laboratory ended in-person visits at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, until further notice.

The SHC, CAPS and FAST Center are now providing tele-health and have phone triage available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students can call 702-895-3370 (SHC) or 702-895-3627 (CAPS). Patients who need in-person or after-hours care can visit the Health Center After Hours Care page for more resources, which include urgent care facilities and emergency rooms near the main UNLV campus. 

The Student Wellness Center Pharmacy is open for in-person services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (closed from 1-2 p.m. for lunch). Pharmacy telehealth services are also available by calling 702-895-0278.

Please visit the Health & Wellness website for novel coronavirus updates and information about services.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center will continue to facilitate accommodations over the phone (702-895-0866) and via email (drc@unlv.edu). Students who need to request additional accommodations for remote learning will need to work with their DRC disability specialist. 

UNLV Food Pantry

The year-round UNLV Food Pantry provides non-perishable items to university students, staff, and faculty who need additional food. Pantry hours will be posted on the UNLV Food Pantry website weekly. If you need additional assistance, visit the Three Square website

Office of International Students & Scholars

OISS advisors will continue to work with students remotely via email, phone, and video conferencing. Please find information specific to international students on the OISS coronavirus webpage.

UNLV Bookstore

For information about purchases, returns, or other Bookstore policies, please visit the Bookstore website or contact Mondana Eghdami, General Manager, at sm774@bncollege.com.

UNLV Career Services

UNLV Career Services will continue to provide career coaching for students and alumni by phone and web conference via email, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Cisco Webex, or by phone on an appointment-only basis. Visit their Calendly Scheduling Page for appointments and meeting requests.

Expanded JSTOR Open Access Content

To support students, JSTOR is expanding its open access content. Students can access the content, including more than 6,000 e-books and 150 journals, without a login. 

Graduate College COVID-19 Messages