University of Nevada, Reno hopes to return to in-person instruction for fall semester

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The University of Nevada, Reno announced its goal of returning to in-person instruction and student services for the fall 2021 semester.

“We’ve been heartened by the public health gains Nevada has seen with the advent of vaccines,” University President Brian Sandoval said in a letter to campus Monday, March 8.

“Because of these positive trends, I want you to know that we’re actively planning and preparing on being back for the fall semester – with more in-person academics and events, while remaining vigilant in all critical prevention efforts and continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of the University community,” added President Sandoval.

University administrators say countless students have expressed how much they want to be back on campus, participating in University life and curricular activities that mark the fall semester return.

“We want them to know that we want them here, that they belong here and that we are working now to ensure they have the services they need when they return. For students worried about affordability, we want them to know we have available financial aid and scholarships. For students who need help with their grades because they didn’t do well via remote learning, we have expanded academic forgiveness policies, academic support services and advising. Additionally, we will continue to offer a vibrant residential life community and many of the currently open in-person services including our fitness and recreational sports program and mental health services by way of University Counseling Services. We want students back and are excited to welcome them,” said Shannon Ellis, University Vice President for Student Services.

The University’s planning is based on the assumption that conditions will continue to improve. As the University continues to observe public health guidelines from the state and county to mitigate the spread of the virus, the University’s re-opening plans will be revised.

Specific plans for resumption of fall classes, including additional safety measures and starting dates, will be announced with local public health agencies updates.

Areas of emphasis the University is prioritizing for a safe and successful return to campus are as follows:

  • More in-person instruction in classrooms and laboratories.
  • More students living in residence halls and eating in the dining hall.
  • A return to Welcome Week events and a fall semester of student activities designed to re-engage us all with the beautiful campus and its facilities.
  • The E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center will be open with additional offerings.
  • In-person visits for the University’s entire suite of academic support services.
  • Expanded in-person services in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to assist students in affording their University education.
  • Allowing public attendance for all intercollegiate athletics events, guided by recommendations from the county.
  • Return of the first-year student academic boot camp, NevadaFIT.
  • Opportunities for faculty and staff to return to work on campus and other locations.
  • Return of on-campus and in-person job and internship recruitment fairs.
  • Live performances in the performance halls.
  • Continued access to professional counseling and psychological services offered through Counseling Services.
  • Ongoing strategically targeted public health campaigns, with information provided both in and out of the classroom and displayed prominently throughout campus.
Photo credit: University of Nevada, Reno website

“It is with sincere hope and optimism that we are going to make every effort to provide our Wolf Pack Family with the energy and excitement of campus life and to feel the supportive force that our entire University represents,” said President Sandoval.

“There is real reason for optimism, something more than the cautious optimism we’ve experienced before,” added Sandoval.

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