2021 Fall Semester Update – August 5

Dear Students,

As COVID-19 cases in our community continue to increase, UNLV is taking several measures to mitigate risk of transmission on our campuses and preserve in-person learning. We continue to operate with public health and safety as a top priority to ensure we can stay focused on our academic mission.
Below, please find campus updates we hope will assist you in preparing for the fall 2021 semester. 

Fall Semester Courses
Based on student feedback we are working to add more remote and online courses where possible. Most updates to the schedule should be completed by August 16. Please continue to check your schedule in MyUNLV for changes. Courses currently scheduled for in-person instruction that change to remote instruction will not incur the distance education fee or any other additional costs. UNLV created resources to help you learn remotely and succeed as an online learner
In-person Events
Except for UNLV CREATES Watch Party and Outdoor Movie Night and Premier UNLV, most fall semester Welcome Weeks events for undergraduate students will be offered in virtual formats. Schools and colleges will notify you of their plans for their welcome day events on Aug. 20. The President’s BBQ has been postponed for a date to be determined in mid-October. The Graduate College and GPSA have canceled the in-person portion of new graduate student orientation and have postponed the welcome day picnic until later in the semester. 
COVID-19 Vaccine
The most effective protection against COVID-19 is vaccination. People who wear masks and get vaccinated lower the risk of infection for everyone. 
Please get vaccinated. 
Don’t just do it for yourself, do it for the people you care about. Vaccination rates among college-age students are the lowest of all age groups. Students can call 702-895-3370 to make an appointment at the Student Health Center. UNLV will hold walk-in vaccine clinics at the Student Health Center from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Aug. 7 and Aug. 14. People may opt to get a COVID-19 vaccine at another convenient location. At this time, there is no student COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The State Board of Health meets next week, but we do not know yet if they will consider a student vaccine mandate during that meeting. In the meantime, please get vaccinated as soon as possible. 
COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
We are following new public health guidance and mandates from state and local government agencies, including the emergency directive for Nevada, mandating that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission, effective Friday, July 30. 
Everyone on UNLV campuses is required to wear a face covering while within public indoor spaces. This includes wearing a face covering while in classrooms, labs, hallways, elevators, meeting rooms, office cubicles, restrooms, building lobbies, advising offices, libraries, the Student Union, the Student Recreation & Wellness Center, athletic facilities, and any other indoor public place where people may gather. The face coverings must cover both the mouth and nose. Students and employees while alone in non-public locations, such as dorm rooms or private offices, are not required to wear a face covering under this new mandate. Student athletes, performers and musicians who are vaccinated are exempt when competing or training. UNLV is working to implement a new state policy requiring unvaccinated employees to take weekly COVID-19 PCR tests at their own expense, effective Aug. 15. 
This policy will apply to student employees and graduate assistants. Weekly testing costs can run from free at public testing sites to more than $100 for a PCR test at a commercial laboratory. We encourage you to read the state’s FAQ

COVID-19 testing and reporting
On-campus drive-through COVID-19 testing and vaccination services are available in the parking lot of UNLV’s Stan Fulton building, 801 E. Flamingo Road off Paradise Road. The Student Health Center and FAST Center provide rapid COVID antigen and PCR testing for students, faculty, staff, and dependents age 12 and older while supplies last. Test results are usually available on the same day or next day. To schedule an appointment, call the SHC/FAST Center Laboratory at (702) 895-0280. Self-reporting a positive test can help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you test positive, please complete the voluntary online reporting form or provide consent to someone to submit it for you. UNLV closely monitor cases on our campuses. To learn more, visit our confirmed cases dashboard. As the pandemic continues to try our resolve, let’s recommit to all the values we hold dear as UNLV Rebels.

We are resilient, creative and, let’s be honest, we’ve got hustle. Whatever your goals for this semester, we can “Make It Happen!” 
Warm regards,
Keith E. Whitfield, Ph.D.

Chris L. Heavey, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Vice President & Provost

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