May 6, 2021

Dear Nevada State Community;

Thank you for doing your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. For two consecutive weeks, we have had no new reports of positive cases. We are grateful and acknowledge your commitment.  Please continue to practice prevention protocols and encourage others to vaccinate.

Effective May 1, the Clark County Nevada Local Mitigation and Enforcement Plan has approved reducing social distance space to 3-feet and increasing room capacities to 80%. Note most classrooms and other spaces on campus hold fewer than 80% of their capacity when all individuals are spaced 3-feet apart. Our facilities and ITS teams have set all campus spaces so that social distance can be maintained.

The Office of the Provost continues to plan for appropriate in-person class sizes, taking into consideration how safety can be maintained in consideration of County mandates, campus spaces, and the needs of our faculty, staff and students. Our measurements indicate that we can safely put approximately 30 students in a typical classroom with a capacity of 40 students.

Governor Sisolak’s Emergency Directive 045, issued May 3 modified the face covering mandate for individuals that are fully vaccinated.  Given that at this time vaccinations are not mandatory, we will continue to require face coverings be worn indoors at all times.  Individuals should not remove their face coverings to teach or present indoors.  While indoors a face covering can be removed only if an individual is socially distanced while actively eating or drinking, or in a closed office alone.  While outdoors face coverings may be removed, however there are exceptions. For example, if an outdoor event requires participants be in close proximity such as a concert, face coverings will be required.

In-person events and gatherings require the submission of event exception request form. Requests for an exception must be submitted at least four weeks in advance for events limited to Nevada State students, faculty and/or staff and six weeks in advance for events attended by visitors or guests. This applies to any activity, occasion, reception, performance, special meal, conference, training, meeting, or any combination thereof that does not appear in a published class schedule. Appointments and classes are excluded.

Working together to safeguard the campus community requires our unwavering commitment to observing these best practices:

  1. All Nevadans over the age of 16 are encouraged to get vaccinated. Visit https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/distribution/ to schedule a vaccination appointment.
  2. Continue following protocols for prevention.
  3. Be aware of symptoms of COVID-19, and seek medical care when it is needed.
  4. Do not come to campus if you know you were exposed to COVID-19. You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  5. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, get a free test and stay off campus. To determine when it is safe to return to being around others, check here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html.
  6. To schedule a free COVID-19 test, visit https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/covid-19-testing-sites/ or visit https://www.umcsn.com/COVID19/ConsentBlue.aspx and select PUBLIC as your employer.
  7. If you suspect or are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the Self-Report Form at nsc.edu/coronavirus.

The Self-Report Form and many more tools are also available on the State Safe app.

We will continue to share information specific to Nevada State through official channels, including nsc.edu/coronavirus/.

Virtual Town Hall

Do you have questions?  Then tune in to the Virtual Town Hall on Friday, May 7th at 12:00 p.m. at www.nsc.edu/VirtualTownHall.  All employees can submit questions in advance for campus leadership by visiting www.nsc.edu/VirtualTownHallQs.

Edith Fernández, PhD
Vice President
DIVISION OF COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Immigration Legislation Update & Campus Resources

Dear Campus Community,

Over 13,000 DACAmented youth (recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) live in our state as well as many more undocumented youth and families. Challenges come with the pursuit of a higher education degree and affect every student we serve. Making the effort to navigate coursework, find supportive relationships, build a sense of belonging, and foster self-development is even more impressive when a student does all of that while living with insecurities of immigration status.

On March 18, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R.6, which would establish a roadmap to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients—protecting upwards of 4.4 million undocumented immigrants. It is our hope that this Act will also pass in the U.S. Senate, thereby providing a pathway to citizenship and expanding federal financial assistance, such as loans, which are critical to education access and equity. We hope this is just the first step in comprehensive immigration reform to address the plight of the millions of undocumented students and familes living in this country without any pathway to citizenship.

Here in Nevada, the 81st (2021) Session of the Legislature is underway. The Legislature is considering legislation to ease the burden on students who are ineligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sponsored by Assemblyman Flores, Assemblywoman Marzola, and Assemblywoman Torres, Assembly Bill 213 provides that a student does not have to certify their citizenship status to receive state scholarships such as the Silver State Opportunity Grant or Millennium Scholarship. It also creates an alternative form to determine financial need. Nevada State College welcomes this legislation recognizing the positive correlation between scholarships and students’ ability to access higher education.

Undocumented members of our community have been especially hard hit by the pandemic, as for the most part their families are ineligible to seek federal resources and state resources are limited. All Scorpions are encouraged to get involved and promote campus and community resources. Click here to learn how:

NSC Resources for Supporting Students & Families Who Are Undocumented

Thank you for your continued support of all students in the state of Nevada and their pursuit of education. By celebrating excellence and highlighting joy in diversity, you continue to Be the Difference.

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President

Nevada State College will Pursue In-Person 2021 Commencement

Dear Campus Community,

We are pursuing the opportunity to present an in-person commencement for the Class of 2021 at the Orleans Arena on June 5, 2021.  2020 graduates will also be invited to participate. Plans are underway and include multiple ceremonies that day with doors opening one hour prior to each ceremony and a limited number of guests per graduate.

The Orleans Arena is preparing plans and will begin the application process for approval. More details will be forthcoming next week. Once we have approval, further instructions will be sent to graduates through their student email addresses. In the event the plans are not approved, we will continue with previously announced plans for a virtual ceremony with the optional Grad Walk.

Thank you for your patience and dedication.

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President