College of Liberal Arts COVID-19 Updates

Aug. 10, 2020

August 10, 2020

Important Updates for Students

As we make final preparations for the fall, we know that this semester will be unlike any other you've experienced. With the ongoing pandemic, the university has made significant changes to operations and developed new procedures for ensuring the health and safety of the campus community. Please read this announcement for important information about these changes and new guidelines for a safe and successful fall semester. 

July 10, 2020

On-Campus Health Requirements

The health and well-being of the university community remain UNLV’s most important considerations as we work to fulfill our educational mission. To mitigate health risks and the spread of COVID-19, all students, faculty, instructors, staff, and visitors must adhere to the following regarding social distancing, face coverings, and illness.

Please visit the health requirement page for more information. 

June 5, 2020

Step 1 of Campus Reopening

On June 1, UNLV began step 1 of its reopening plans with a small number of employees returning to campus. The university continues to consult with local public health officials and faculty experts in setting guidelines for transitioning back to campus. Over the next few weeks, safety measures will be implemented to reduce risks related to working on campus, and university officials will monitor community conditions before making the decision to move forward with steps 2 (early July) and 3 (early August) to bring most individuals back to campus.

Classes of 75 people, and other appropriate courses, will shift to remote delivery, and a modified schedule will be available to students later this month. Currently the estimate, based on accommodations for vulnerable individuals and faculty considerations, is that roughly 50 percent of our classes will be in-person and 50 percent remote.

UNLV is still evaluating how and when to open large, public facilities such as Student Union, Performing Arts Center, Recreation Center, and similar venues as they provide a greater challenge due to volume and the need for distancing and sanitation protocols. A second town hall will be held on June 23 to maintain an open dialogue and get additional input. More details will be sent and posted online.

May 4, 2020

Campus Reopening Plans

UNLV leadership has stated that a majority of classes for the fall 2020 semester will consist of in-person instruction, although there will be more courses taught remotely than in a typical semester. The first in-person classes will resume with a limited set of courses for Summer Session III, beginning July 13. All College of Liberal Arts summer school courses will be taught remotely.

In-person student services will be introduced in phases, beginning this summer and incorporating social distancing. Please note that UNLV's reopening plans are dynamic and subject to change in accordance with state guidelines and evolving circumstances. 

April 21, 2020

Spring Commencement Ceremonies

2020 Spring Commencement has been postponed until sometime later in the year due to the novel coronavirus. The university continues to closely monitor the situation and posts regular updates at Please check back for more information.

The following Identity/Affinity graduation celebrations have been planned for diverse and underrepresented students:

LatinX Graduation: #SiempreUNLV
Hosted by Student Diversity & Social Justice

A digital program to celebrate all of the graduating Latinx/o/a students for the year 2020.  All undergraduates and graduate students completing their degrees this year will be featured in a video highlighting a special quote, their information, and a picture of the grad to share with their loved ones and the UNLV community. 
To register:
Registration Deadline: April 24th, 2020
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Lavender Graduation 2020
Hosted by Student Diversity & Social Justice

Lavender Graduation will celebrate LGBTQ, Non-Cisgender, Non-Straight students.  SDSJ will be creating a virtual program to be shared online. Graduating students will be featured in a digital video, listed in a digital graduation program booklet, digital certificates will be emailed, and  all graduates will be invited to attend next year's Lavender graduation. 
To register:
Contact: (they/them)
GraduAsian Ceremony
Hosted by Raising Our Asian Rights (ROAR), Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) & Student Diversity & Social Justice (SDSJ)

Saturday, May 16th at 1 PM PST
Platform: TBD
For more information please contact:
Native Convocation
Hosted by American Indian Alliance (AIA)

For more information please contact:
The African American Students Graduation Celebration
Hosted by the Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage

For more information please contact: or

April 15, 2020

"What's Up Wednesday!" Weekly Video Chat

Each Wednesday at noon for the rest of the spring semester, the College of Liberal Arts is hosting the "What's Up Wednesday!" video chat. All liberal arts majors are invited to participate. The weekly video chat will give students a chance to ask questions, and talk with peers, COLA leaders, and alumni. Future topics include keeping body and mind active, transitioning and goal setting, and moving forward. To participate, visit You must use Rebel Mail to access the video chat. For more information, email Jenna Heath, director of student and community engagement, at

April 2, 2020

Give to the SAFER Program  

The College of Liberal Arts is raising funds for the Student Assistance Funding for Emergency Relief (SAFER) program. Through the program, we are awarding emergency grants to liberal arts students facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other life challenges. We want to ensure students don't have to choose between paying for life's necessities and continuing their education. You can support the SAFER program by giving to the College of Liberal Student Relief Fund on our giving page

March 24, 2020

COLA Internship Program

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to helping students have rich internship experiences. Students participating in spring 2020 internships should contact Jenna Heath, director of student and community engagement, to discuss alternate ways of completing internships and/or receiving internship credit this semester. Heath can be reached at

We will continue assisting students with placement for summer 2020 internships. Rather than hosting an in-person workshop, we will send a recorded video of the session to all students interested in the program. Please sign up to receive the workshop video here.  

March 23

Wilson Advising Center Moves to Remote Advising

To keep all students and staff safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Wilson Advising Center has adjusted its operations to the following:

1.) All advising appointments will now be conducted via email or phone. To schedule your phone advising appointment, please call the Wilson Advising Center at 702-895-1997, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

2.) Drop-in advising has been suspended until further notice.