Fall Semester COVID-19 Health and Safety Update

Aug. 14, 2020
Dear Students,
Welcome (or welcome back) to UNLV! Throughout the past few months, we have been extensively planning for a healthy, safe, and productive fall semester. Earlier this week, you heard from me regarding academic policies for the fall. Today, I write to you with additional important details about how all members of the campus community are expected to work together to keep one another healthy and safe.

Please know that your wellbeing is our top priority. Because COVID-19 is an illness that spreads in dense conditions, we have shifted most of our fall semester courses to remote delivery of instruction. Approximately 20 percent of our courses remain scheduled for in-person delivery and most of our facilities will provide in-person services this fall.

We want everyone who steps foot on the UNLV campus to remain healthy and well, so we’ve implemented a comprehensive campus reopening plan that is designed to prevent the transmission of disease and promote public health. All of our preparations have been guided by policies and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), the State of Nevada, local government agencies, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), and university medical and health professionals.

Before you return to campus, please read the reminders below and review the COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy. We must each take personal responsibility for the things we can control: educating ourselves about COVID-19, wearing face coverings, social distancing, personal hygiene (handwashing), following University and NSHE policies and procedures, and adhering to CDC guidelines.
Daily Symptom Monitoring 

Before you leave for campus each day:

  • Take your temperature.
  • Complete the COVID-19 assessment on the RebelSAFE app or the CDC's Self Checker.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or responded “Yes” to any of the questions in the RebelSAFE app or CDC’s Self Checker.
  • Call the Student Health Center at 702-895-3370 or contact your health care provider if you are sick.
Face Coverings
  • You are required to wear a face covering at all times while on campus, indoors and outdoors, except when you are alone in an office, residence hall room, or other private, enclosed space.
  • The face covering requirement includes classrooms, laboratories, common areas in residence halls, and any spaces where others are present.
  • Face shields worn alone and masks with valves, holes, and other openings are not permitted. Read more about masks and face coverings at unlv.edu/coronavirus/facecover.
  • UNLV will have a limited supply of disposable face coverings available, and you can purchase cloth face coverings in the bookstore or from a vending machine in the Student Union.
  • Students who do not comply with the face covering requirement may be subject to administrative withdrawal from courses and disciplinary action under the UNLV Student Conduct Code. 
  • Individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability or who are unable to remove a mask without assistance must seek an accommodation through the Disability Resource Center.
Tobacco Use Prohibited
Social Distancing 
  • Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Observe current social distancing guidelines on campus, including in the classroom/laboratory setting and in public spaces, such as the Student Union, University Libraries, and common areas in residence halls.
  • Avoid congregating around classroom/laboratory entrances before or after class sessions.
  • If your classroom or another space on campus has designated entrance and exit doors, you are required to use them.
  • Exit the classroom/laboratory immediately after the end of instruction to help ensure social distancing and allow for the people attending the next scheduled class session to enter.
Personal Hygiene
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
Flu Vaccination 
  • You are encouraged to ask your doctor about getting a seasonal flu vaccination as soon as it becomes available (usually in late August or early September).
  • Many COVID-19 and flu symptoms overlap, which can make appropriate isolation and contact tracing more complicated.
  • Preventing an influenza outbreak in the fall can help ensure that health care resources remain readily available to respond to COVID-19. 
In-person Instruction
  • In order to comply with social distancing requirements, classes will be configured so that a minimum of six feet of distance is maintained.
  • You are required under state mandate and university policy to wear a face covering indoors and outdoors.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in hallways and lobbies for your ease of use.
  • Signs are posted to remind you to frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face, maintain social distance, wear a face covering, and stay home when you are ill. 
Space to Study, Learn Remotely, and Access to Computers
  • UNLV has designated spaces available to students who wish to study, use computers, and participate in remote courses on-campus. Social distancing must be maintained, face coverings must be worn, and furniture cannot be moved in these spaces.
Information and Updates
  • Ensure that your UNLV email address is up-to-date and check your email regularly for communications from the university and from your department, instructor, or teaching assistant.
  • Regularly check unlv.edu/coronavirus/students for timely information and updates.
COVID-19 Testing, Care and Reporting
  • Before participating in any in-person instructional or other campus activities, individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must follow CDC guidelines, which require self-isolation for at least 10 days after the start of symptoms and 24 hours without a fever.
  • People who have been in direct contact – defined as within six feet for at least 15 minutes (cumulative) – with someone with COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Those with COVID-19 symptoms or who have had close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 may make an appointment for testing and are strongly encouraged to report positive COVID-19 tests to the university.
  • There may be circumstances under which the university will require some testing of students for COVID-19.
  • The university reserves the right to deny access to campus facilities and services by individuals who fail to adhere to published university COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
Because public health conditions continue to evolve, the university may need to adjust its policies and procedures for its operations – including the mode of instruction for courses – with little prior notice while the semester is underway. The university will continue to closely monitor the situation and is prepared to institute protective measures, which may include all-remote instruction for a period of time if directed by the state or NSHE. If circumstances require all courses to move to remote delivery, there will be no refund of tuition or fees.
We thank you in advance for your flexibility, patience, and care for one another as we navigate our new normal together. We are very happy to welcome you back to school!

Warm regards, 

Chris Heavey, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost