New COVID-19 Face Covering Requirements for NSHE Institutions

Dear Campus Community,

COVID cases continue to increase in Clark County.  Therefore, new face covering requirements for all Nevadans have been announced. Governor Steve Sisolak issued Directive No. 47 yesterday, which imposes new face covering requirements for all vaccinated and unvaccinated Nevadans based upon the new CDC guidance also issued yesterday.  NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose has announced that effective Friday, July 30, 2021, all unvaccinated and vaccinated NSHE students, employees, and members of the public will be required to wear a face covering while inside any building or structure on any NSHE campus or property.

Nevada State College will implement the directive as follows:

  • Face coverings are required for all students, employees, and members of the public, when indoors at a Nevada State College building.
  • Face coverings are not required outside or when alone in your private office or your room in on-campus housing.
  • Face coverings can be removed if two people are meeting in a private office, both have been vaccinated, and they social distance.
  • All building signage will reflect the new directive.
  • Social distancing in general is not required under the current mandate.

This new mandate may remain in effect until the vaccination rate increases and COVID-19 transmission levels decrease in Clark County and other Nevada high-risk counties.  The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to end the pandemic and protect yourself, your family and friends, and the greater community. If you have not been vaccinated, please do so soon and encourage others to do the same.

Visit https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/distribution/ to schedule a vaccination appointment.

We thank you for following this directive.  If you suspect or are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the Self-Report Form at nsc.edu/coronavirus.  Resources are also available in the State Safe app.  We will continue to share information specific to Nevada State at nsc.edu/coronavirus  and through official channels.

Be State Safe!

Vickie Shields, Ph.D.
Acting President

New COVID-19 Face Covering Requirements for NSHE Employees in Clark County

Dear Campus Community,

This is a very important announcement regarding immediate changes in COVID-19 protocols on campus.  Due to rising COVID cases, the Clark County Commission has issued a directive that as of midnight tonight all employees of both private and public institutions will be required to wear a face covering indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose has issued a memorandum to all NSHE employees regarding the directive.

Nevada State College will implement the directive as follows:

  • Face coverings are required for all employees, including student employees, when indoors.
  • Face coverings are not required outside or when alone in your office.
  • Other students and members of the public are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings indoors.
  • All building signage will reflect the new directive as of tomorrow.
  • The current mandate does not require social distancing.

The Clark County Commission will re-evaluate the mandate on August 17, 2021.  We thank you for following this directive and encourage you to remain committed to staying safe and saving lives.  Please continue to exercise caution and good judgement to limit the further spread of COVID-19.

Recent statistics indicate that less than 50% of eligible people are vaccinated in Southern Nevada.  Let’s be the solution by getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same.  Visit https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/distribution/ to schedule a vaccination appointment.

If you suspect or are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the Self-Report Form at nsc.edu/coronavirus. Resources are also available in the State Safe app.  We will continue to share information specific to Nevada State through official channels, including nsc.edu/coronavirus.

 

Be State Safe!

Vickie Shields, Ph.D.
Acting President

Campus Update on the Appeal of DACA

Dear Campus Community,

Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has ruled against the pending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) litigation, effectively freezing first-time applicants. This ruling will still enable the Department of Homeland Security to accept new applications and renewals for DACA but is temporarily prohibited from approving any of them. Visit aclu.org to learn more about how this ruling impacts you based on your status.

Nevada State College stands in solidarity with our resilient community members who have been impacted by this deeply disappointing ruling. The success of DACA has transformed over 12,000 lives in the state of Nevada for DACA recipients, TPS holders, farmworkers, and other essential immigrants who are integral members of our communities.

We understand that this news challenges the pursuit of a higher education degree for many of the students we serve. The Office of Community, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) is taking various measures to ensure that our campus community is equipped with tools and resources:

  • DreamZONE Workshop: Presented in partnership with Arizona State University to over 55 community members around the state of Nevada. To learn more about this presentation, please contact CEDI@nsc.edu
  • The hiring process of a Manager of Undocumented Programs is currently underway.
  • A future UndocuAlly Certification program is being designed to train faculty, staff, and student leaders to support our DACA/Undocumented community members.

To get involved in associated dialogues, programming or events, contact the Office of Community, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at CEDI@nsc.edu.

Please see resources below if you need support:

NSC Student Wellness Services (CARE Team): Counseling services, student emergency funds, food pantry, community resources.
Dream Big Nevada Organization: Support for First-time DACA recipients, up-to-date information on DACA news, additional resources for Nevada’s immigrant families.
UNLV Immigration Clinic: Consultation and legal services, DACA assistance.
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada: Eviction prevention clinics, ‘Know Your Rights’ immigration classes, family preparedness plan.

Additional Information:

Webinar: Rapid Response Briefing: The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education; July 21st 9am PST
ILRC: Community Alert- DACA Ruling
Immigrants Rising: Beyond DACA Toolkit
Informed Immigrant: Coping with DACA & Immigration Related Stress
United We Dream: Next steps following the decision
Resource Bank for Dreamers: Resource library for legal and educational support

Thank you for your continued support of all students in the state of Nevada and their pursuit of education.

 

Sincerely,

Vickie Shields, Ph.D.
Acting President