March 25, 2020

Dear NSC Community,

Thank you for all your work during this difficult time. The Chancellor has issued a memo providing some important directives for all institutions in the State. While many details of Nevada State College’s implementation of the various directives, as well as proposed changes in Board policy, will require further consultation with faculty senate and student leadership, you should immediately take note of the following:

  • Remote Instruction
    Remote instruction will continue through at least the end of this semester subject to possible limited exceptions in clinical areas to be decided at a later date. No decision has yet been reached as to whether summer courses will also be delivered solely through remote instruction. Obviously many of these decisions ultimately will be based on State of Nevada and NSHE guidance, as well as recommendations of health officials.
  • Commencement
    Spring in-person graduations have been postponed.  Some institutions are considering conducting virtual graduation ceremonies. We are considering rescheduled dates for a late summer graduation, but will be seeking further input from student and faculty leadership before committing to a plan. Grad days scheduled virtually for next week will go forward as planned on March 30th. Starting at 8 a.m., please visit to participate. We know how hard students have worked to graduate and we want this to be a meaningful event.
  • Withdrawal Dates
    To provide more flexibility to students, the Chancellor is extending the time for students to withdraw from courses to up to 70% of course instruction time. For Nevada State College, that means nursing students will have until Saturday, March 28, 2020 and all other students will have until Thursday, April 9, 2020.  This information will be added to the website. For eight-week sessionsnursing students have until Thursday, April 16, 2020 and all others will have until Thursday, April 23, 2020.
  • Tenure
    The tenure clock will be extended for any faculty requesting the extension at any time over the next year based on the disruption from moving to remote instruction. The requests will follow the typical process with details to be discussed by the Provost with Faculty Senate.
  • Policy Changes
    Proposed policy changes concerning Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading, Delinquent Accounts and Deferred Payments are intended to benefit students that are going through education and financial disruptions. Each of these issues require Board approval and further dialogue with Faculty and Student Leadership.

We will provide more information as we finalize some of the logistics. As always, I am very appreciative of your patience and flexibility during an unprecedented and difficult time.

Be Bold. Be Great. Be State.

Bart Patterson

March 24, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you for your ongoing support as we rise to the challenges facing our nation. While you enjoy spring break, we are working to ensure your remote learning will be engaging and productive. We are also committed to extending our remote services beyond the classroom.

We have taken seriously, and are practicing, the call for social distancing. However, in recent days we have been encouraged to use the phrase “physical distance and social connection.” Nevada State College is embracing that phrase and putting it into action.

You will find many of our student support services available remotely and in alternative formats. Visit and select Student Academic Resources or click here.

The Office of Community Engagement and Diversity is transitioning its remaining programs for spring 2020 to an online platform with posts to CEDI social media accounts:

Facebook: Nevada State College – Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives

Instagram: NevadaStateCEDI

Twitter: Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives (@NSC_CEDI)

CEDI staff will continue to advise current and prospective students for TheDream.US scholars program through remote communication (e.g., text, email, phone call) and will continue to be available to meet with students, faculty, and staff through remote communication to consult about issues relating to diversity and inclusion. Please email us at to schedule a virtual appointment.

Our wonderful Writing Center is joining with the Blue Sage Writers Guild and local Nevada writers for Nevada Poets Open Mic, a remote open mic to be held every Monday night through Zoom. Click the link anywhere from 7:00pm -7:15pm to join: (Note: you may be prompted to download the Zoom conference software)

The Office of Student Life, the Office of Marketing & Events, and others are making plans to enhance Nevada State’s social connection in this time of physical distancing.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), working with the presidents, will be looking at additional policy considerations to ease the burden on faculty, staff, and students from this disruptive health crisis. As Chancellor Thom Reilly previously stated, we will rise together to meet the challenges we are facing so that we keep our students and communities safe and Nevada strong.

Be well and safe,

Bart Patterson


March 20, 2020

Dear NSC Faculty and Staff,

The purpose of this email is to announce the latest updates as we continue to address the evolving COVID-19 health crisis.

State Announcement

Governor Sisolak’s has just announced a mandatory shutdown of nonessential businesses by midnight tonight to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The Governor’s new order comes as the number of reported COVID-19 infections has climbed to 109 statewide as of Friday, with one death.  Let us do our part Scorpions by “Staying Home for Nevada.”


School districts have been notified to begin remote instruction beginning this Monday, March 23. As this coincides with our modified Spring Break schedule, hopefully this helps our faculty, staff, and students with children at home adjust to the changing instructional modalities.

Campus Visits

While only essential employees specifically tasked with being physically present should be on campus, there will be times when other employees must enter campus buildings during the closure.  If you have not been identified as essential for the purposes of regularly coming to the campus physical facilities, please limit your access to visits that are critically necessary. Our Facilities staff is using reports from the access control system to identify spaces that have been visited so that they can disinfect those spaces.  However, this report can only be used to generally inform staff what areas have been visited.  To assist Facilities in being as effective as possible, if you do enter a campus building, we ask that you send an email to informing him of the spaces you visited and what area of those spaces where used.  For example, “Entered LAS 122 and used the podium.”  This will keep the staff from having to disinfect the entire room.  If you would like your office disinfected, please clear off your desk and submit a KBOX ticket.

Business Operations Updates

Please read carefully the following Business Operations updates which have also been posted to the NSC Portal.

Bookstore update: At this time, the bookstore will not be open to regular customer traffic. The staff is able to answer questions and complete some transactions via phone. Textbook adoptions will continue using online resources. Please call 702-992-2340 with any questions. Additional updates regarding textbook return and regalia purchases will be forthcoming.

Water, shredding, and vending services: All have been temporarily suspended until the campus returns to regular operations. Contact Kim Smith at if your department has a different need in any of these areas.

Mail service: Campus mail will continue to be delivered to, and picked up from, the usual campus locations.  To avoid missing important correspondence, it is suggested that someone from each department visits campus one time per week to review and process incoming department mail.

Packages/Deliveries: Forward all shipping notifications showing delivery date and special considerations such as perishable, dock requirements, and other unique conditions to and copy  Facilities staff will email the recipient (if recipient name is indicated on the parcel/package) when the parcel/package is received.  Facilities staff is available in the M100 modular office for package pick up between 11:00AM and 1:00PM on weekdays. After four days, the package will be transferred to the recipient’s campus workspace and no signature will be collected. Note: the special arrangements already made for LAS lab supplies remain in effect.

Non-direct deposit paychecks: Employees receiving paper checks will receive them via mail at the home address listed in Workday. Employees utilizing direct deposit will continue to receive their pay in the usual way.

Refrigerator contents: Facilities will begin clearing out the contents of all community refrigerators on Tuesday, 3/24.  If you have any items in community refrigerators, please make an effort to remove them prior to close of business on Monday 3/23.  Facilities will return lunch bags and cleaned containers to the areas where they were picked up.  Refrigerators in personal offices will not be included in this service.  If your personal refrigerator needs this service, please submit a ticket to

Checks (incoming to the institution): The College will continue to process incoming checks.  To process, please 1) create a deposit slip, 2) email a copy of the complete deposit slip and check (front and back) to Cory McDonald at 3) inter-campus mail the physical check and deposit slip to Cory in the Bursar’s Office.

Invoice Payment: All fully-documented and approved Workday transactions completed each week by the close of business on Thursday will be included in the following Monday’s check run.

Again, thank you for everything you are doing to make the best of this unprecedented health crisis for our State and world. I wish you a safe Spring Break under trying circumstances.


Bart Patterson