Message from the Provost: Campus events and research continuity

Mar. 27, 2020


Dear UNLV Community,

The health and well-being of the campus community, our partners and stakeholders continue to be at the forefront of our decision making and planning in dealing with the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Earlier this month, President Marta Meana had advised cancelling or postponing events held on campus through Sunday, April 12, out of an abundance of caution.

Today, UNLV is extending its advisory for cancellation or postponement of events held on our campuses through May 31.

This decision follows President Meana’s announcement earlier this week that UNLV’s spring commencement ceremonies are postponed as well. A date for commencement has not been set.

We also previously indicated that continued access to research labs was at the discretion of the principal investigators. Now, in light of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s request that everyone to stay home to the greatest extent possible, we would ask that principal investigators continue accessing labs only for work that is essential to research continuity. Please minimize research activity on campus to adhere with social distancing recommendations and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Examples of situations where research continuity is essential include:

  • Experiments in progress for which there would be significant implications if the experiment was interrupted or stopped (e.g. cancer cell lines, animal studies)
  • Experiments that require on-site monitoring in order to continue
  • Experiments that require monitoring hazardous materials

The university will continue to evaluate campus operations and events to make adjustments based on recommendations from health officials, and advisories from state and federal governments.

We will reach out to you as the situation evolves and update information at We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. 

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