Updates for faculty and staff on course delivery and on-campus operations

Nov. 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We have worked hard to prioritize health and safety in all of our campus operations this semester, with fewer than 20% of all courses being offered in person, as well as our campus-wide mask mandate, less than half of our available occupancy in the residence halls, and many other mitigation procedures. Quite simply, you have been amazing. Your consistent compliance with and leadership related to these efforts has been inspirational and has helped us keep the prevalence of COVID-19 relatively low among our university community.

Still, COVID-19 is surging in the broader community, and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has asked us to redouble our efforts to fight the spread. These efforts start with reminding everyone to continue to scrupulously follow all COVID-19 safety procedures. The governor has also asked that we adopt a stay-at-home approach for at least the next two weeks.

Thus, we ask you to make the following changes to the fullest extent possible:

  • Minimize on-campus presence.
  • Avoid meetings and gathering with others, and strictly follow face covering and social distancing mandates, including in all shared indoor spaces.
  • Faculty/instructors who are teaching in-person courses are asked to move their instruction to remote delivery for the remainder of the semester if feasible.
  • Faculty/instructors should limit requirements for students to do in-person group work or activities outside of class.
  • We are asking students who are taking fully remote courses and can do so to move out of residence halls during the Thanksgiving break. Students who move out early this fall will receive a prorated refund of room and board.

We will operate in this reduced in-person mode through the end of the semester. As you are aware, conditions remain fluid. We will continue to communicate details based on public health conditions and the governor’s directives if changes become necessary. What we know, you will know.

University operations over winter break

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 stemming from travel and family gatherings over the holidays, UNLV will further reduce its business operations for winter break, Dec. 19 through Jan. 10. Additionally, following buildings will be closed during winter break:

  • The Student Union
  • UNLV Libraries
  • Computer Labs
  • Hazel M. Williams Dining Commons
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center

The residence halls will remain open only to students who need winter break housing.

The UNLV Bookstore hours will be as follows:

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Regular store operating hours resume Jan.11.

The UNLV Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine will operate under procedures announced by their respective deans.

The Student Health Center (SHC), Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center, Pharmacy, and Student Wellness Laboratory:

  • Dec. 21-23: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for in-person services
  • Dec. 24: No in-person visits with limited services available by phone
  • Dec. 25 and Jan. 1: Closed
  • Dec. 28-31: limited services available by phone
  • Jan. 4-8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for in-person services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):

  • Dec. 21-23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for telehealth and mental health services
  • Dec. 24: No in-person visits with limited services available by phone
  • Dec. 25 and Jan. 1: Closed
  • Dec. 28-31: limited services available by phone
  • Jan. 4-8: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Patients who need in-person or after-hours care can visit the Health Center After Hours Care page for more resources, which include urgent care facilities and emergency rooms near the main UNLV campus.

UNLV Medicine will operate as follows:

  • Fifteen clinics on normal hours, staffed by faculty physicians and graduate medical residents
  • Dec. 24 and 31: Close at noon
  • Dec. 25 and Jan. 1: Closed
  • UNLV Medicine will care for in-patients 24/7 at University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center

Thank you for your sustained partnership in helping us mitigate this pandemic. This is an example of a successful team working together toward a common goal. We can be proud of our efforts and shared commitment thus far. Because of all we’ve done as Rebels, public health data have shown UNLV has not been a source of COVID-19 transmission in our community. 

Continued vigilance will help us make it to the end of this trying period as safely as possible. We understand how mentally exhausting this can be, but now is not the time to let up on your efforts. We must stay disciplined. We will get through this together! 

Warm regards,

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.
President

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