Updates for students on courses, housing and on-campus services

Nov. 12, 2020

Dear Students,

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 done an outstanding job. Compliance with public health guidelines introduced in the spring has helped us keep the prevalence of COVID-19 relatively low in 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.

Course delivery 

To do our part, UNLV has asked faculty to shift course delivery from in-person to remote where possible and to limit in-person group work for students. We also are asking our staff to work remotely and limit their time on campuses, which may mean changes to in-person services currently being offered.

We are asking our students to avoid gathering with others, including before or after your in-person courses. Always observe social distancing and face covering requirements to protect yourself and those around you.

We will operate with reduced in-person courses and services 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.


There are currently no changes to operations in our residence halls or dining facilities. However, students who are in all remote courses and have other housing accommodations are encouraged to move out during the Thanksgiving break. Any residents who wish to do so will receive a prorated refund of room and board.

Please contact the Housing Office at 702-895-3489 or housing@unlv.edu to make arrangements for an early move out. Please note this is not a contract cancellation and students are still expected to move back into the residence halls for the Spring 2021 Semester.

University services during 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. Students needing winter break housing pay a daily fee and must apply at the Main Housing Office. If you have questions or need to request a housing accommodation, please contact housing@unlv.edu or 702-895-3489. During winter break, Housing will provide mail services, but there are no food options during this time.

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.

Health and Wellness Services hours during winter break are as follows:

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 continuing efforts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is an example of a collective effort by our students, faculty and staff to work toward a common goal. We can be proud of our efforts and shared commitment thus far. Because of all we’ve done, public health data has 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 our efforts. We must stay disciplined. We will get through this together! 

Warm regards,

Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.

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