Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Stay Home For Nevada

Mar. 23, 2020

For up-to-date UNLV COVID-19 university-wide info, visit unlv.edu/coronavirus

Message from UNLV President Marta Meana

Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Today marks the first time in history that UNLV will deliver all of its instruction remotely. This is a monumental task, and I want to thank everyone for their efforts to get this done. We are converting more than 5,000 courses – or 87.5 percent of our classes – to remote instruction.

There’s no way we can do this without a good number of bumps along the way! It’s going to require patience, flexibility, and tenacity. The transition will come more naturally and easily for some, while others will find it more difficult and struggle. We need to be understanding and support each other as we learn together.

The overall educational experience will be different too. For faculty, students, and staff. But we need to stay true to our core mission and protect the academic integrity of the institution. We all need to honor our commitments and finish what we started this semester so that students can progress and graduate.

Although we cannot yet unequivocally say how long we’ll operate like this, assume that it will be for the remainder of the semester and plan accordingly. We plan to give you an update within the week, and also will communicate the status of commencement and a number of other possible adjustments.

I am glad we’re back in session, albeit under unusual circumstances. The campus will not be the same without the energy and buzz of you here. I am going to miss seeing you all. But this is reality right now. The coronavirus pandemic is a serious threat to our public health. It has required non-essential businesses in Nevada to shutter their operations for thirty days, employees to work from home, and UNLV to change how it operates.  

We must take care of ourselves, and each other. We need to be kind and considerate to everyone around us. We need to listen to the advice of the health experts, and we need to be healthy and safe.

We may not see each other for the rest of the semester, but I’ll most certainly be in touch. We are bigger than this threat and I can’t wait to see you on the other side of this curve.

Warmly,

Marta Meana, Ph.D.
UNLV President

 
College of Urban Affairs Updates

We know the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created unusual circumstances and uncertainty for everyone. Please know that Dean Ulmer and his staff are committed to the wellbeing and safety of our faculty, students, and staff. As the coronavirus, COVID-19, situation evolves and more information becomes available, we are committed to ensuring support for our Greenspun College of Urban Affairs family.

As we operate remotely, here are ways you can reach the college with questions or concerns:

March 20, 2020

The safety and health of our faculty, students, staff, and their families is a core value at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. During the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the focus on protecting people has never been greater.

In compliance with NSHE guidelines, we are canceling the annual College Scholarship and Awards Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, April 30. It may be rescheduled at a later date. 

The criminal justice career fair scheduled for March 30, 2020 has been canceled. We will inform the college if a new date has been confirmed.

UNLV Status

The health and well-being of every member of the UNLV community is our top priority. We continue to follow guidance from federal and local health officials, the governor’s office, and the Nevada System of Higher Education.

This is a fluid situation, and we continue to review and adapt our planning and strategies as more is learned every day. We thank everyone for their continued patience and flexibility.

Campus Operations

UNLV will transition to remote/virtual instruction beginning Monday, March 23, immediately following spring break. Students who need assistance with virtual instruction can visit unlv.edu/coronavirus/students.

While UNLV campuses will remain open with limited essential services offered, UNLV has instructed all employees who can work remotely to do so.

Students living in the residence halls have been asked, if they’re able to do so and have other housing options, to move out by 5 p.m. March 21.

UNLV’s Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center, the Student Union, Lied Library, and Student Recreation Center are temporarily closed.

UNLV health clinics will remain open, dining services will continue with modified operations, and University Police Services will maintain operations.

The university is assessing locations of computer labs across the university and will provide additional information before instruction resumes next week.

The transition to remote instruction and work can result in unexpected impacts and complications for every member of our university community, and we encourage patience, flexibility, and support for each other during this challenging time.

General Travel Restrictions for UNLV Community

All non-essential domestic and international business travel is suspended for faculty and staff.

Those planning personal travel internationally should be aware they may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges returning home or accessing healthcare while abroad. Individuals are urged to check travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department and the CDC before and during travel.

Any travel could result in restrictions upon return, up to and including self-quarantine, based on recommendations by health officials.

Resources
Resources for UNLV During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation for our community both locally and globally. Please click on this website https://www.unlv.edu/coronavirus/resources for a list of resources available to students from a variety of sources outside of the university.

UNLV Health Centers

Due to limited resources and a shortage of protective equipment for healthcare professionals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, UNLV Student Health Center (SHC), Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center, Student Wellness Laboratory, and Student Wellness Pharmacy must end in-person visits at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, until further notice.  

Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, the SHC, CAPS and FAST Center will provide 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), and faculty and staff can call 702-895-0630 (FAST Center).

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. 

For those seeking in-person services on Friday, March 20, and on Monday, March 23, our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pharmacy is closed for lunch between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. All departments are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Please call for an appointment or more information:

SHC:  (702) 895-3370

CAPS:  (702) 895-3627

FAST Center (702) 895-0630

Pharmacy:  (702) 895-0278

Laboratory:  (702) 895-0280

Please note: Students, faculty and staff visiting the SHC, CAPS, laboratory or pharmacy in the Student Wellness and Recreation Center on Friday March 20,  or Monday, March 23, please keep in mind the building is locked but there is a doorbell and signage at the west doors (facing the Tropicana Parking Garage). Please ring the doorbell and/or call the department at the number above when you arrive so that someone will let you in. Please bring your UNLV ID. You will need to show it to enter the building.  

The pharmacy, in addition to filling prescriptions and offering medication refills, has a limited supply of over-the-counter medications and thermometers available for purchase if needed. Please call the pharmacy to be sure that the item you are looking for is in stock before you visit. 

We’re also encouraging everyone to practice good common-sense hygiene, stay home if they’re ill, and stay up to date on recommendations from the CDC and the Southern Nevada Health District.

Following the lead of Gov. Sisolak and the Nevada System of Higher Education, UNLV encourages every member of the UNLV community who is able to #StayHomeforNevada.