June 9, 2020

Dear Students and Families:

As UNLV takes steps to return to on-campus instruction, Housing and Residential Life wants to provide an update on residence hall plans for the fall semester. First, we want you to know on-campus housing is available this fall. Students registered for full-time classes in the fall, regardless of whether those courses are online or in-person, may reside on campus.

We have taken the following steps to enhance health and safety and provide you with peace of mind in the residence halls.

Cleaning practices:

  • All spaces have undergone thorough cleaning with hospital-grade health disinfectant.
  • High-quality air filters were installed and will be changed frequently.
  • The custodial staff cleans all touchpoints (doors, windows, countertops) on a more frequent basis.
  • Hand sanitizer units are in place in all lobbies.
  • Plexiglass barriers provide additional safety in all public-facing and transactional areas.
  • Common rooms, public bathrooms, meeting rooms, and classrooms are cleaned daily.
  • All resident bathrooms are eligible for custodial cleaning twice per semester.

Policy updates:

  • Fall move-in will be by appointment and staggered over August 17 to August 23 to allow for social distancing and time to clean between groups. Students will receive more information on their date/time after July 1.
  • Single and double rooms are available for the 2020-2021 school year, but there will be no triple-occupancy rooms.
  • Professional movers will assist during move-in and clean each cart with CDC-approved disinfectants between each move.
  • Staff will encourage social distancing, personal hygiene, and adapt residential programming to comply with best practices. 
  • Vaccination clinics will be offered in the residence halls in October when flu shots are available.

Contingency planning, if students become ill:

  • Sick rooms with private bathrooms will be available at no additional charge for students who become ill.
  • Meal delivery will be offered to students in self-isolation or quarantine.
  • UNLV’s Student Health Center, which has worked closely on the development of this plan, will offer virtual consultations through its telehealth platform.

Virtual Town Hall:

In addition to this update, we will hold a Virtual Town Hall to answer questions and to hear concerns. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, June 16. Participants may submit questions prior to the town hall via a web form. The event will be streamed via Webex, and a recording of the town hall will be posted at the conclusion of the event. Parents and students may register for the event here.

UNLV Housing and Residential Life consulted with epidemiologists, on-campus medical staff, public health officials, and a team of campus officials to develop the framework to return to campus. While we have heard from many students that they very much wanted to return to on-campus living this fall, there continues to be – and has always been – an elevated risk of contracting contagious illness due to the density of the residence halls.

Link to Residence Hall Housing site: https://www.unlv.edu/housing/housing-options/complexes-and-buildings

Though we remain firmly focused on the reality of this pandemic, we are also excited to welcome you back to campus this fall.


Richard Clark

Assistant Vice President for Student Services

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