Update for students about summer and fall courses

May. 4, 2020

Dear students,

Today begins a busy week of preparing for finals during a most unusual of spring semesters. I speak on behalf of our faculty and staff when I say we miss you being on our campuses and cheering you on as you make this final push to complete the spring semester and academic year successfully.

I know the question on everyone’s mind is what will happen next fall. It’s something my colleagues and I think about – and work on – every day. Here’s what we know thus far.

We anticipate that a majority of classes for the 2020 Fall Semester will consist of in-person instruction, although there will be more courses taught remotely than in a typical semester. Our first classes to resume in-person will be a limited set of courses for Summer Session III, which begins July 13. We can’t wait to have you back on campus, but we have to do it thoughtfully and safely.

The plan is also to reintroduce in-person student services in phases, beginning this summer and incorporating social distancing. Updates will be shared with you and posted online. Faculty and staff will be meeting next week during a virtual town hall to discuss the logistics of opening up the campus as much as possible, given the circumstances. Your safety will remain at the forefront of our decisions and our actions.

I know the abrupt change in the spring semester has been difficult, but you have demonstrated flexibility, resilience, and ingenuity. I am grateful for your patience and courage as we have navigated these uncharted waters.

Thank you for being part of the UNLV family, and all my best to you as you prepare for finals!


Marta Meana, Ph.D.
UNLV President