Spring 2021 Updates

Jan. 13, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

Welcome to spring 2021. The start of the semester is just a few days away. Unfortunately, transmission rates of COVID-19 remain alarmingly high, and Gov. Steve Sisolak's "pause" remains in effect. This past week, COVID-19 deaths in Nevada hit record numbers.

This means we must remain vigilant, operating with reduced on-campus presence to the extent feasible for the time being. Our disciplined approach to date has been key to preventing UNLV from becoming a source of community spread.

The health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff remain our most important considerations as we get back to teaching and learning. Your commitment to university COVID-19 safety procedures is critical to our educational mission.

Spring 2021 Operations

  • This semester, as in the fall, only about 20% of courses will be in person.
  • Instructors should limit requirements for students to do in-person group work or activities outside of class.
  • Students, faculty and staff should avoid meetings and gathering with others to the extent possible and strictly follow face covering and social distancing mandates, including in all shared indoor spaces.
  • Instructors who are scheduled to teach in person can begin the semester teaching remotely as long as they communicate that change directly to their students. Courses scheduled for remote instruction should remain remote.
  • Students, please contact your instructors if you have questions about how your courses will be delivered.
  • The Student Union, UNLV Bookstore, and Student Recreation and Wellness Center are open this week.
  • University Libraries and campus computer labs will open Jan. 19 for the start of the semester.

We are eager to see things improve.

The rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine is underway, and we expect it will be available to everyone within the next few months. Please visit unlv.edu/coronavirus/vaccine to learn more about the vaccination efforts at UNLV.

We will get through this together with patience, compassion and grace.

Warm regards,  

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