Updates for Spring 2021

October 26, 2020

Dear Students, 
As we approach the latter half of the fall 2020 semester, we want to commend your hard work and dedication to achieving your educational goals. We are committed to supporting your success and health heading into the spring semester.   To that end, please see the following updates and reminders to help you stay on track.  

Student Town Hall – UNLV will host a student town hall from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, providing you an opportunity to submit questions in advance and hear directly from UNLV leadership. Registration information will be shared in early November. 

Financial Aid – The financial aid priority deadline is fast approaching. To be considered for need-based financial aid and many of our scholarships, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Alternate Need Form every year. File your 2021-2022 application by Sunday, Nov. 1 to receive priority consideration for financial aid and scholarships. If you have any questions about the financial aid process, contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.  

Flu Shots – Flu shots are available for students at the Student Health Center. Students may schedule an appointment by calling 702-895-3370 or attend a Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic during the following dates and times: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 272 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Remember to wear short sleeves. Additional dates may be added based on supplies. Call 702-895-3370 for more information.  

COVID-19 – Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak recently reported that cases are increasing in the state. He asked the community to remain vigilant in our preventive measures with social distancing, wearing face coverings and frequent hand washing, despite fatigue we may be feeling. Please remember that if you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow the CDC’s guidelines for self-isolation. If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you must self-quarantine for 14 days and comply with guidance from the Southern Nevada Health District and the CDC. It is critical that you avoid contact with others while in isolation or quarantine to prevent transmission of COVID-19.   UNLV has launched a new dashboard that is updated in real-time, showing all current cases in UNLV students, faculty, and staff. Please submit the voluntary reporting form if you test positive for COVID-19.   

S/U Grading – The NSHE Board of Regents approved the temporary use of a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option for all courses at all NSHE institutions for spring and summer 2020 due to the significant disruptions to instruction and institutional operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. NSHE has not authorized the S/U option for fall 2020 courses.  

Drops and Withdrawals – The last day to drop a course or change from credit to audit is Monday, Nov. 2. Drops and withdrawals will not be allowed after this date, even with instructor approval. This deadline does not apply to modular or mid-semester courses. Students are encouraged to consult with Financial Aid Services and with academic advisors to ensure that they understand any potential impacts of the decision to drop or withdraw on current or future financial aid and degree progression.  

Thanksgiving and Spring Break – Based on evaluation of public health conditions in Southern Nevada and on campus, UNLV will proceed with the established academic calendar for the spring semester and will not make any changes to the current modes of instruction for fall 2020 classes through the conclusion of this semester.  

Spring 2021 – Students may begin searching the spring 2021 class schedule and adding classes to their enrollment shopping carts now. Registration for the spring semester opens Nov. 2. UNLV will offer a similar mix of in-person and remote courses in the spring as this fall, with all classes of more than 50 students held remotely. 

Study Abroad – UNLV will continue its suspension of study abroad activities through the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Distance Education Fee – Because the transition to remote instruction occurred in the middle of the spring 2020 semester, when students were already registered for summer 2020 and fall 2020 courses, UNLV did not apply the distance education fee to courses that were originally scheduled as in-person, and later converted to remote instruction. For spring 2021, courses scheduled for remote asynchronous instruction (i.e., remote courses with no scheduled meeting time) when registration opens will carry the standard distance education fee ($34/credit). The fee supports additional technological requirements, including instructional and graphic design, needed for remote asynchronous instruction. This chart provides descriptions of all course delivery options and associated fees. The university will continue to support students’ access to remote learning through the Technology Loan Program and the UNLV subsidy for internet access via the Cox Cares Program.  A full list of common fees can be found on the Cashiering website.  

Please keep in mind that conditions may change, such that the university may shift to remote instruction for all courses, depending on the pandemic. We will continue to keep you informed as the spring semester nears.  

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

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