Update on Fall Course Delivery

May. 29, 2020

Dear students,

We are looking forward to welcoming you in the fall semester for what we hope and plan to be a more normal semester than the one you just valiantly completed. We are indeed planning for in-person instruction but, to keep everyone safe, there will be many more remote course offerings so that we can reduce population density and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on our campuses.

We are reaching out today to update you on course offerings for the fall 2020 semester. UNLV is planning to offer all lecture courses of 75 or more students via remote delivery. Additional courses will be shifted to remote instruction in consultation with instructors based on risk mitigation, suitability for remote delivery, and other factors. Our goal is to achieve a 50/50 mix of remote instruction and in-person courses, and we are on track to achieve that thus far.  

We know that you want to make informed choices about what courses you will take in the fall, including the mode of delivery. We anticipate making changes in MyUNLV by the beginning of July so that you will be aware of which courses or sections are remote and which are in-person. We will let you know when that information is ready for you to view. 

Once you have that information, we strongly encourage you to connect with your advisor before you make any changes. In the event that you have a vulnerability that increases your COVID-19 risk based on CDC guidelines, we also encourage you to take remote courses, in consultation with your health care professional and your academic advisor. Rest assured that if you registered for an in-person course that moves to remote instruction, you will not be charged the typical distance education fee.

Finally, the professional health programs (e.g., Medicine, Dental, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, etc.) will operate under different procedures due to the unique nature of their curricula. Deans or directors for those programs will communicate directly with their students about how they will proceed.  

The university will continue to place the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff at the forefront of our decisions. We want nothing more than to see you in person in the fall and we will do what is necessary to keep you and our entire community as safe as possible.

Warm wishes,

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