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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This website will be updated regularly with information from Nevada State College regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Situation Status

Nevada State College

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we face COVID-19 challenges and plan for the “new normal.”

Chancellor Thom Reilly today announced that the Nevada System of Higher Education has begun planning to resume in-person classes for the 2020 fall semester and more limited in-person class offerings later this summer (after July 1). NSHE and institution leaders, including myself, are working closely with health and education experts on various reopening scenarios and phases, with the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff being at the forefront of our concern. You can read the chancellor’s memorandum to find out more about the various scenarios being considered. We are planning for a full schedule to be taught in the fall semester whether online or in person.

I would also like to thank the Nevada State College team for distributing CARES Act funding to our eligible students. The U.S. Department of Education distributed almost $1.38 million to Nevada State College. To date, 1,611 students have been awarded funds automatically, while another 254 have been awarded through the request process.  The total amount awarded from the $1,377,872 available is $1,004,500, or nearly 73%.

Eligible students may still apply. To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed the 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing NSC’s school code (041143);
  • Meet all eligibility requirements to receive Federal Student Aid (Title IV, HEA).

Students will complete a short online application.

If a student applies but isn’t approved for CARES Act funds, we will automatically review the application to determine eligibility for other campus emergency funding options that may not have the same restrictions. Students may email questions to the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@nsc.edu.

We will continue to follow the recommendations of Governor Steve Sisolak and NSHE along with the county health and safety directives. More details will be forthcoming as plans are developed for the late summer and fall 2020 semesters.

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President

Dear Campus Community,

To prepare for a possible announcement by the Supreme Court of the United States of America of a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, I am reaching out to express continuing support and to share resources which may be helpful to students and employees who have DACA during this time of increased uncertainty. As a member of the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration I have expressed the strongest support along with others nationwide, urging Congress to find a permanent solution which will lead to security for immigrants living and learning in our country, and urging the Administration to defer any action until Congress is given the time to address the issue. Nearly one-third of people currently protected by DACA are working in industries and occupations deemed as essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. This serves to underscore how critical DACA recipients are for the recovery and wellbeing of our community.

At this time, I strongly encourage DACA recipients to renew your DACA before a Supreme Court decision is made, even if your DACA expiration date is over six months from now. The UNLV Immigration Clinic provides free DACA renewals. To schedule an appointment with an immigration attorney, please email immigrationclinic@unlv.nevada.edu or call (702) 895-2080. The NSHE All Access DACA Renewal Guide and the Nevada Immigrant Resource Guide have more information.

Nevada State stands boldly with the DACA recipients on our campus and in our communities. Nevada has the highest rate of undocumented immigrants per capita, and we are proud to support a thriving undocumented community of Scorpions. Students and employees are encouraged to join the NSC Dreamers Club to receive up-to-date information through our Dreamers Club newsletter. To receive assistance navigating campus and community resources, financial aid & scholarships, free legal services, mental health services, and community healthcare, reach out to Vincent.Nava@nsc.edu from the Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives. Our CARE Team Case Manager can provide additional resources including referral to counseling on campus. Reach out to her at Laura.Hinojosa@nsc.edu.  Scorpions interested in contributing to the development of resources for students and employees are encouraged to join the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Email Pao.Vue@nsc.edu for more information.

I urge you to continue on your degree path.  We expect to have a robust fall enrollment and academic advisors are available to assist with fall registration (https://nsc.edu/academics/academic-advising/ssn/).

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

On April 11, President Patterson updated the campus community on proposed budget reductions requested by the Governor.  The update indicated that the college needs to plan for a 4% budget reserve that the State will sweep this fiscal year.  Because this request is coming in the 4th quarter of the year, this is tantamount to a 16% cut.  The Governor also requested plans for 6%, 10% and 14% budget reductions for the next budget year, Fiscal Year 2021.

The college’s goal for addressing these budget reductions are to minimize the impact to core instruction and student services, protect current employees to the maximum extent possible and to continue to grow the college.  Consistent with these principles, Nevada State has submitted budget reduction plans to the Board of Regents which have been approved and submitted to the Governor’s Finance Office.

The required 4% reduction for FY20 will be met with salary savings from delayed or frozen searches, transferring allowable State funded expenses to self-supporting accounts, and cuts to operational balances. The operational cuts will come from departmental budgets as follows:

  • One hundred percent (100%) of the available travel (6300 ledger lines) balances on all accounts as of April 16, 2020 will be swept to the 4% reserve;
  • Ninety percent (90%) of the available general operations and printing (6000 and 6400 ledger lines) balances on all accounts as of April 16, 2020 will be swept to the 4% reserve

The solution for the first FY2021 reductions is funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  This funding will take care of the entire 6% reduction scenario and part of the 10% level.  The next level of reduction will be across the board cuts to departmental budgets.  These reductions will be as follows:

  • Fifty percent (50%) of all Host Accounts
  • Thirty-five percent (35%)of all budgeted travel
  • Ten percent (10%) of all budgeted general operations and printing

Beyond these solutions, the cuts become more impactful.  The 10% and 14% reductions will require personnel furloughs (½ day per month for the 10% reduction and 1 day per month for the 14%) be applied to Academic and Administrative Faculty, including campus leadership and executives.  The furlough will generate savings on both State funded and self-supporting sources.  The self-supporting savings will absorb some of the expenses normally funded by State funds. For the 14% reduction, the college will need to apply a student fee surcharge of $5 per credit hour.

The departmental budget cuts will impact all state and self-supporting accounts, except for grants. Questions regarding grants should be directed to postaward@nsc.edu. All questions regarding the budget reductions to travel, general operations, and printing should be directed to budgetoffice@nsc.edu.

Budget reductions are never an easy process. Nevada State College fully understands the economic realities that exist from the COVID‐19 health and economic crisis and is taking the necessary steps to meet the requested reduction in order to help our State restore its financial health.

Thank you,

Division of Finance and Business Operations

Dear Campus Community,

Regretfully as has been the case with other institutions, I am informing the campus that two students have self-reported positive tests for COVID-19. First and foremost, we extend our concern to these students and their loved ones. Our thoughts are with them and we wish them a full recovery.

Second, as the positive results are weeks removed from the students’ last in-person visit to campus, we do not believe our students, faculty, and staff members are at risk from an on-campus exposure based on information from these self-reports. For one student, the last visit was reported on February 10, and the student tested positive on April 1 (about 50 days later). For the second student, the student’s last reported visit to campus was March 12, and the student tested positive on April 8 (27 days later). For your information, there are strict privacy regulations prohibiting disclosure of identifying information regarding individuals testing positive for COVID-19. The typical protocol is that the information of an individual receiving a positive test is reported by medical professionals to the Southern Nevada Health District, which is responsible to perform any investigation to determine whether any other individuals may be at risk of exposure. The College has not been contacted by the Southern Nevada Health District to express a concern regarding potential exposure to the campus community.

Again, our thoughts are with these two students for a full recovery and we want to keep encouraging the entire campus to follow social distancing directives.

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I have two critically important updates. I am including a fair amount of detail but suspect that there will be ongoing questions that we will address as needed in the next few days and weeks.

Additional Federal Student Financial Aid

For our students, we have received welcome news from the U.S. Department of Education that they are preparing to release federal funds under the recently adopted CARES Act in the amount of approximately $1.38 million dollars to Nevada State College that is earmarked to help our students in these uncertain financial times with education and certain other expenses. Our Office of Financial Aid will be working hard with College Leadership to determine eligibility and develop a fair process to apply these funds to help our students as quickly as we can. Look for more information early next week about how these funds may benefit you. We want to thank our Federal congressional delegation for supporting these critically necessary funds.

Budget Reduction Scenario Proposals Approved by Board of Regents

The COVID-19 health crisis has significantly impacted state revenues that are used to help support and fund all state operations including higher education. The Governor of the State of Nevada requested late last week that all State entities submit potential budget reduction plans of 4% for the next three months, and then three additional levels:  6%, an additional 4% (10% total) and an additional 4% (14% total) in the coming fiscal year beginning July 1. We have been working nonstop with the Chancellor, the College leadership team, and discussion with faculty and student leadership this week about how the Nevada System and our College can best implement these possible cuts to minimize the impact on students and our faculty and staff as these proposals must be to the Governor’s Office Monday morning.

The Nevada System of Higher Education’s Budget Reduction Proposal including the College proposal was approved today.  Essentially, the College is applying salary savings, and making significant operating budget and travel budget reductions for this fiscal year and then applying institutional stabilization funds under the CARES Act to cover the first levels of the cut next fiscal year (July 1). If the Governor requests a 10% reduction, we will continue to make operating and travel reductions, and a 2.3% furlough NSHE-wide (salary reduction) will be applied to all faculty and staff (except classified staff which would require State action). If the Governor ultimately requests a 14% reduction, then an additional 2.3% furlough (salary reduction) will be applied NSHE-wide, and a student per credit fee temporary surcharge will be imposed NSHE-wide which for Nevada State College will be $5 per credit hour.   The Chancellor has announced these approved budget reduction proposals in a message sent this afternoon (Chancellor’s Message). I want to thank all those involved in a thoughtful deliberation under very difficult circumstances and the Board of Regents for prioritizing our faculty, staff and students such that the impacts do not fall on them except in the event the highest levels of cuts are imposed.

The budget reductions present a unique challenge to all higher education institutions, but especially for Nevada State College as the second fastest-growing public baccalaureate institution in the nation. However, we will take the necessary steps to meet the requested reduction to help our State restore its financial health while at the same time building for the future. We intend to do this with a strong commitment to do our best to maintain our outstanding student experience. The primary objective of these budget reduction proposals is to maintain our core mission and minimize any layoffs.

Be Bold. Be Great. Be State.

Bart Patterson
President

Dear NSC faculty and staff,

We are at a critical juncture in trying to limit exposure to COVID-19 over at least the next 3 weeks. The Governor recently announced stronger measures to Stay at Home and extended the order through April 30. Based on those actions, Chancellor Thom Reilly issued a new directive this afternoon on additional closures on NSHE campuses and the suspension of non-healthcare related lab courses. Chancellor Memo. This directive is effective today.

Based on this new directive, I must specifically authorize any personnel on campus. At this point, I am only authorizing the offices of Information Technology Services, Facilities Services and Mail Distribution to have campus access on a daily basis. In the meantime, we will be looking at a different system for mail distribution to see if we can avoid the need for individual retrieval of mail.

Faculty and staff may access their individual offices tomorrow (Friday April 3) without the need for my permission to retrieve papers and/or equipment. Beginning Monday, April 6, building entry requests will need to be submitted to me at bart.patterson@nsc.edu with a copy to Amber.LopezLasater@nsc.edu. These requests will be approved by me only on a limited basis.

Thank you in advance for adhering to this new directive. I likewise will be following the directive and will no longer be regularly coming into campus except as absolutely essential. As always, I am very appreciative of your patience and flexibility during an unprecedented and challenging time.

Be Bold. Be Great. Be State. Be Safe!

Bart Patterson
President

Hello Nevada State Community,

Please view the below message of thanks, including an update on the 2020 commencement ceremony in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Note: The president apologizes for the video quality and wants you to know that the message was self-recorded to limit the need for staff to be on campus and adhere to social distancing guidelines!

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 nsc.edu/GradDays 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 sessions, nursing 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
President

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 https://nsc.edu/coronavirus 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 CEDI@nsc.edu 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: https://zoom.us/j/820968488 (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

President

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.”

Schools

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 rick.briscoe@nsc.edu 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 Kimberly.Smith@nsc.edu 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 Leo.Meyer@nsc.edu and copy Facilities@nsc.edu.  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 facilities@nsc.edu.

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 Cory.McDonald@nsc.edu 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.

 

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President

Dear NSC Community,

Based on the Governor’s announcement yesterday evening followed by a memo from the NSHE Chancellor later last night, Nevada State is expediting the closure of its physical offices and beginning across the campus delivery of remote instruction and student support.

 

As of noon today the physical operations of the following offices/services are closed and all personnel should begin working remotely:

Library

Academic Support

Computer Rooms

Financial Aid

Bursars Office/Cashiering

Registrar

Admissions & Recruitment

Career Services Center

Bookstore

 

If appointments have been scheduled, Advising and Disability Resources will honor those appointments until 5 pm today utilizing social distancing.  The NSC food pantry is now making referrals to community resources.  Please contact Laura Hinojosa directly at (702) 992-2514 or email laura.hinojosa@nsc.edu for a consultation.

As of 5 pm today, all campus buildings will be closed until further notice and may only be accessed by faculty and staff through FOB access, only as critically necessary and utilizing social distancing.

Individuals identified as essential personnel as identified by their supervisors in order to maintain physical facilities, technological infrastructure, and safety/police will continue to report to work.

 

Spring Break

As a reminder, NSC’s Spring Break for School of Education and the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences will move to March 23 to 27.  The School of Nursing’s Spring Break will remain April 1 to 7.  It is our hope this change will also allow students, faculty, and staff more time to care for your families and address other personal matters.

It is imperative to follow the Governor’s directives to avoid travel and to maintain social distancing.

 

Telecommuting and Paid Administrative Leave

All employees including part-time and student workers remain in paid status and will be assigned telecommuting responsibilities or paid administrative leave as appropriate. Employees and supervisors should reference the Emergency Telecommute Work Requirement document.  Additionally and unless otherwise directed by your supervisor, employees should remain at home, and should contact their supervisor via phone or email to identify and discuss work plans and telecommute expectations.

 

Safety and Security

University Police Services will continue patrolling the campus grounds and are available 24/7.  For police assistance in the case of an immediate emergency or crime in progress, dial 911 from a campus landline or 702-895-3669 from a cellphone. For non-emergency situations, call 311 from a campus landline or 702-895-3668 from a cellphone.

 

Suspended Services

Dining Services, Campus Commuter, and Scorpion Shuttle service will suspend operation until further notice.

If you have any questions, please contact Edith Fernández, Vice President of College and Community Engagement, who is working closely with Gregg Maye from the University Police Services’ Office of Emergency Management.

Thank you again to the entire campus community as we work together to address this unprecedented health crisis, minimize the risk of transmission and continue to provide excellent service to our students under trying circumstances.

 

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President

Dear NSC Community,

The purpose of this memorandum is to update our campus community on the latest decisions to provide for the safety of our community as well as assist our students in providing a quality educational experience as they finish the semester. This memorandum is in compliance with the Chancellor’s directives to all NSHE institutions yesterday.

Our campus leadership, public health experts, and community partners have been continuously engaged in monitoring of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  We are monitoring Governor Sisolak’s announcement tonight and will make further adjustments as necessary.  The College is taking on measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect fellow Scorpions and the extended community.  Your health and well-being continue to be at the forefront of our decision-making. The reality of our situation causes uncertainty and disruption.  Taking care of your family’s and your own well-being is more important than ever.

 

Spring Break

In an effort to ease the transition to remote learning and student support services, NSC’s Spring Break for School of Education and Liberal Arts & Sciences will move to next week, March 23 to 27.  The School of Nursing’s Spring Break will remain April 1 to 7.  It is our hope this change will also allow students, faculty and staff more time to care for your families and address other personal matters.

We discourage all domestic and international travel during Spring Break due to the unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and challenges accessing health care.  While the College cannot restrict personal travel, we recommend monitoring CDC warnings and avoid both domestic and international destinations were COVID-19 is prevalent.

 

College-Sponsored Travel

All college travel must be approved by the Office of the President, whether or not the Spend Authorization was previously approved.  Workday is being modified for this approval process change.

 

Counseling Services

For NSC students, All About You (AAU) counseling services will continue to be available in a remote format via telephone.  Students can schedule an appointment directly with AAU at (702) 754-0807.  Please remember to identify yourself as a NSC student.  NSC’s CARE Team is also available virtually:  click here to make a self-referral.

For NSC employees, LifeWorks is available for counseling services. Employees can schedule an appointment by calling (888) 732-9020.  You can find more information about their services at LifeWorks.com.

 

Food Pantry

The NSC food pantry is available to students by appointment only.  Contact Laura Hinojosa directly at (702) 992-2514 or email laura.hinojosa@nsc.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

Telecommuting and Paid Administrative Leave

At the direction of the Chancellor for all NSHE and until further notice, most employees will be immediately transitioned to telecommuting or paid administrative leave.  For certain critical student support and operational services, offices will continue to remain open in order to provide services that students are having difficulty accessing remotely.  This includes minimal support levels for advising, financial aid, registrar’s office, admissions, library, and academic support (tutoring). Students are encouraged to first seek to use these services remotely and come onto campus only as a last resort.  In addition, at least one senior level administrator shall continue to be physically present on campus to make critical operational decisions.  Certain security, facilities and IT personnel will also be on campus during this time.  You will be advised by your supervisor if you are expected to be on campus to perform your job duties.

For all remaining staff, until further notice, all other NSC employees will transition to working remotely or be placed on paid administrative leave effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  This change impacts all NSC employees to include: Academic Faculty; Administrative Faculty; Classified Staff; Student Workers; Part-Time Instructors; and Part-Time hourly employees.

Additional details related to telecommuting and paid administrative leave will be forthcoming from Human Resources, and will be sent to all supervisors to be shared with employees.

In the meantime, employees and supervisors should reference the Emergency Telecommute Work Requirement document.  Additionally and unless otherwise directed by your supervisor, employees should remain at home beginning tomorrow, and should contact their supervisor via phone or email to identify and discuss work plans and telecommute expectations.

 

Building Access

Operations will be consolidated to the Rogers Student Center and the Raker Student Success Center until further notice.  Those buildings will be open from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.  The remaining campus buildings can only be accessed by faculty and staff via fob entry.  There will be no changes to faculty and staff current access.  However, faculty and staff are urged to minimize coming to campus over the few days and possibly weeks until the risk in Clark County is minimized.  Any requests for additional room access can be requested from Information and Technology Services.

 

Suspended Services

Dining Services, the Campus Commuter, and Scorpion Shuttle service will suspend operation until further notice. The campus bookstore will remain open on a reduced schedule–Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm and Friday 9am to 1pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Edith Fernández, Vice President of College and Community Engagement, who is working closely with Gregg Maye from the University Police Services’ Office of Emergency Management.

Thank you to the entire campus community as we work together to address this unprecedented health crisis and do our part to minimize the risk of transmission.

 

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President

Dear NSC Community,

The College continues to monitor closely the fluid, ever-evolving information related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We recognize that anxiety and stress accompany us all during these uncertain times. Your health and well-being are at the forefront of our decision-making. We will continue to keep you informed and urge you to check regularly your Nevada State email, website, and social media for the latest updates. We thank you for your patience, compassion, and sound reasoning as we face these challenges together.

At the direction of the Governor for all state employees, until further notice all nonessential NSHE employees system-wide who are able to perform the core responsibilities of their jobs remotely will temporarily transition to working remotely no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Nevada State College will determine essential employees by Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and notification will be provided.

Employees who cannot work remotely but are considered nonessential will be placed on paid administrative leave, which includes student workers. NSHE campuses will continue to provide limited in-person services to students, faculty, and contractors.

Please follow this link to read the Chancellor’s complete guidance memorandum.

Academic Continuity
Access the latest Academic Continuity update from Provost Vickie Shields here.

Internet Access
As we transition to remote learning, access to a reliable internet connection is crucial. Here are several links to companies who are providing broadband internet access for free or small fees for students:

FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot spots.

AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families

Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers but following the FCC agreement.

Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020 will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers.

College-Sponsored Travel
The College is taking measures to limit spending to only “essential emergency purchases.” To that end, all College-funded travel, whether previously approved or not and regardless of the funding source, must be reviewed and approved (or reapproved) based upon whether its purposes is for the continuity of college operations.

Protect Yourself and Others

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • The CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Additionally, events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently, so stay informed. Up-to-date information is available on the:
– Health District website — southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus
– CDC website — www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

If you have any questions, please contact Edith Fernández, Vice President of College and Community Engagement, who is working closely with Gregg Maye from the University Police Services’ Office of Emergency Management.

Sincerely,

Bart Patterson
President

Please call the Southern Nevada Health District’s COVID-19 line for specific questions on personal health concerns: (702) 759-4636.

Dear Campus Community,

As most of you know by now, Governor Sisolak held two news conferences today to announce important and evolving State responses to the COVID-19 health crisis. CCSD is cancelling classes beginning March 16th (tomorrow) through April 6th. It is unclear at this time when and if the district will be able to move to remote instruction.

Chancellor Thom Reilly (memo attached) has instructed the NSHE institutions to commence with remote instruction no later than March 18th (Wednesday). In light of these recent developments, no face-to-face classes will be held on Monday and Tuesday as previously planned. Faculty members are encouraged to engage with their students remotely this entire week.

College Leadership will be in emergency planning sessions tomorrow to determine how we are going to address all other aspects of operations. The campus will remain open. Student employees should plan to maintain their regular schedules. If you are sick, please stay home. If you are in a high-risk category and feel you should work from home for that reason, you need to consult Human Resources at NHR@nsc.edu.

Thank you for your on-going cooperation and patience with this unprecedented health crisis.

To reiterate: STUDENTS SHOULD NOT COME TO CAMPUS FOR CLASSES OR REPORT TO STUDENT TEACHING OR CLINICAL ASSIGNMENTS TOMORROW AND FOR THE REST OF THIS WEEK.

Sincerely,

Vickie Rutledge Shields, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President

Dear Campus Community,

Due to escalating concerns regarding COVID-19, Nevada State College is accelerating our campus-wide response. Today, I am announcing that the following changes will take place in the upcoming weeks:

  1. On Wednesday, March 18th, we will begin to transition our in-person courses to a remote format. To assist in this transition, all in-person courses from March 18th-March 20th will utilize alternative assignments that do not require in-person attendance.
  2. Individual faculty may choose to move their classes to a remote format before March 23rd if they are prepared to do so and will inform students immediately.
  3. On March 23rd, all in-person and hybrid courses will be offered entirely in a remote format. Remote learning can occur in many ways, so instructors will be contacting their students regarding the ways their class will adapt to this modality. Some learning experiences, such as student teaching, speech pathology clinical experiences, and nursing clinical experiences, will continue at their current locations.
  4. Beginning March 16th, our Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) will provide additional support for faculty as they transition their courses to a remote format.
  5. Classes will be held in a remote format until further notice.

During this time, the campus will remain open and all support services will be operational. More information will be forthcoming regarding how these services may adapt to provide services remotely. At this time, student workers will continue their current work schedules.

Students who are at elevated risk for COVID-19 should contact their course instructor immediately to determine the appropriate accommodations. Faculty and staff who are at elevated risk should contact Human Resources at NHR@nsc.edu to discuss potential options.

Updates will be delivered on a regular basis to campus regarding this transition to remote learning. If you have questions regarding our overall campus response, please contact Edith Fernández at Edith.Fernandez@nsc.edu, who is working closely with Gregg Maye from the University Police Services’ Office of Emergency Management. For questions regarding our transition to remote learning, please contact the Office of the Provost at Provost@nsc.edu.

As Provost, I encourage faculty, staff, and students to demonstrate patience, compassion, and sound reasoning in the face of our anticipated challenges. The news surrounding this fluid, rapidly-evolving situation may seem daunting, but I am confident that we will overcome this obstacle and any others that come our way, drawing from our remarkable strength as a community.

Sincerely,

Vickie Rutledge Shields, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice President

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)

To read the latest updates on COVID-19 by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), please visit their website.

Southern Nevada Health District

To read the latest updates on COVID-19 by the Southern Nevada Health District, please visit their website.

State of Nevada

To read the latest updates on COVID-19 by the State of Nevada, please visit their website.

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Preventions & Precautions

Personal Health

The Health District continues to remind the public to take steps to protect themselves and others, including those most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. This includes older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

• Stay home when you are sick.
• Put distance between yourself and others. Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people. Stay home as much as possible. Avoid shaking hands.
• Do not go to the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
o If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
• Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
o Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
o Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Stay informed. The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently. Up-to-date information is available on the Health District website at southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Campus Environment

Added Cleaning

Facilities staff has increased cleaning frequency and intensity on the most vulnerable spaces and surfaces, including restrooms, conference rooms, and public spaces. Sanitization continues on regular touch points, such as on handrails, building entrances, and elevators. Hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed at entrances of each building and in all highly populated areas. Building ventilation systems have been adjusted to maximize the amount of outside air and continuously “flush” the building’s air.

If there are specific areas that you notice or desire to have cleaned, please call Facilities at (702) 992-2200 or submit requests and questions by e-mail to facilities@nsc.edu.

 

Dining and Shuttle Services

Dining Services, the Campus Commuter, and Scorpion Shuttle service will suspend operation until further notice.

 

Campus Events

The CDC made the recommendation that “for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more” in the United States. Therefore, all events and tabling scheduled to be held now through the end of the semester have been suspended.

Grad Days & Commencement
Grad Days is now an online event starting March 30th, 2020 at 8 a.m.! We encourage all 2020 graduates to participate. This one-stop shop will allow you to complete all your commencement needs.

Please check back on March 30th for additional information

At this time, we will proceed with the current commencement plans and will notify of any changes. We will be updating www.nsc.edu/commencement regularly. Please check the site for updates.

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CARES Act Support for NSC Students

What is CARES Act funding?

The federal government recently passed the CARES Act, which provides funding to assist qualifying students with expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The U.S. Department of Education has distributed almost $1.38 million to Nevada State College.

Do I qualify for funding from the federal CARES Act?

You may. Some students will receive funding automatically, without any application process. Other students will need to apply; read the sections below for more information.

Who is eligible for automatic funding?

If you meet these eligibility requirements, you do not need to apply for funding; we will process it automatically for you:

  • Meet one of these enrollment categories:
    • Enrolled as a degree-seeking or post-baccalaureate student in a ground-based (that is, not fully online) program at least half-time (a minimum of 6 credits for undergraduates and 5 credits for graduate students) in the Spring 2020 semester; OR
    • Enrolled at least half-time in a Speech-Language Pathology program (graduate or undergraduate) or in the full- or part-time Nursing program in the Summer 2020 semester (students in the online RN-to-BSN program do not qualify);
  • You completed the 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing NSC’s school code (041143);
  • You meet all of the following eligibility requirements to receive Federal Student Aid (referred to as Title IV). These requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
    • You have a valid Social Security number;
    • If you are male, you are registered with the Selective Service;
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or completed high school in an approved homeschool setting;
  • Your official Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA, is $5,576 or less (within federal Pell Grant eligibility limits). You can view your EFC on your Student Aid Report.

 

What if I need financial assistance this spring, but I don’t meet the automatic eligibility requirements?

We will use some of the funds to help otherwise qualifying students who are enrolled less than half-time or whose Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA, is $5,577 or more. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed the 2019/2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing NSC’s school code (041143);
  • Meet all eligibility requirements to receive Federal Student Aid (Title IV, HEA).

You will complete a short online application.

If you apply but aren’t approved for CARES Act funds, we will automatically review your application to see if you are eligible for other campus emergency funding options that may not have the same restrictions.

 

How much funding will I receive?

If you qualify for funding, you will receive a $500 payment.

 

How will funds be distributed?

We will process your payment through the Cashier’s Office and distribute it through the student refund process administered by BankMobile using your preferred fund delivery method (which you can set up through your student account). Once the payment is completed, you will receive an email through the MyNSC portal.

Who do I contact if I have questions about this funding?

If you cannot find an answer here, email NSC’s Financial Aid office at finaid@nsc.edu.

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Health Resources

Students — CARE Team

The CARE Team is committed to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment at Nevada State College by addressing the physical and psychological issues that impact students, faculty and staff in the pursuit of the educational process. If you need support/guidance, contact the Case Manager, Laura Hinojosa at (702) 992-2514.

Faculty/Staff 

For NSC employees, LifeWorks is available for counseling services. Employees can schedule an appointment by calling (888) 732-9020. You can find more information about their services at LifeWorks.com.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has an informational website that can help answer frequently asked questions, such as what are the symptoms, prevention and treatment, and travel restrictions. It also includes situation updates and information for communities, schools, businesses, and health care professionals.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Internet Access

As we transition to remote learning, access to a reliable internet connection is crucial.  Here are several links to companies who are providing broadband internet access for free or small fees for students:

FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot spots.

AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families

Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers but following the FCC agreement.

Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020 will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers.

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FAQs

All employees including part-time and student workers remain in paid status and will be assigned telecommuting responsibilities or paid administrative leave as appropriate.

All employees including part-time and student workers remain in paid status and will be assigned telecommuting responsibilities or paid administrative leave as appropriate. Employees and supervisors should reference the Emergency Telecommute Work Requirement document. Additionally and unless otherwise directed by your supervisor, employees should remain at home, and should contact their supervisor via phone or email to identify and discuss work plans and telecommute expectations.

Students should contact the appropriate department in the School of Education, School of Nursing, or School of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

We will be conducting our courses remotely, and will continue to have our Spring Break April 1-7.

At this time, the Nevada State College food pantry is closed and is not able to accept donations until further notice. Please refer to our Community Resources link for available resources.

At this time, the Nevada State College food pantry is closed and is not able to accept donations until further notice.

“Remote Learning” is defined as an educational experience that occurs when the instructor and the students are not meeting in the same physical space. Online classes are the most common example of remote learning, but the phrase can also include educational experiences where students are learning and interacting via video, electronic correspondence, telephone, or other means of communication.

No, classes are continuing remotely and we will complete the academic work of the semester.

No, we will not drop you out of classes for a past due installment plan. Please email us at cashier.office@nsc.edu so we can discuss options.

While a past due hold will remain on your account, you are able to pay the balance prior to the end of the term. Late fees will not be assessed until late April. Please email us at cashier.office@nsc.edu so we can discuss options.

At this time, the VA has advised us not to make any changes to certifications for the current term. We are awaiting further guidance about whether benefits will be affected

All face-to-face meetings are cancelled. Please contact the faculty member who requested the meeting to reschedule a virtual meeting.

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CONTACT

Nevada State College

Our students, faculty, and staff are important to us. The Office of the President is available to answer any questions or concerns. Please call (702) 992-2000.

Southern Nevada Health District

The Health District has activated its information line to assist the public in getting their questions answered about the COVID-19. The public can call (702) 759-INFO (4636) for more information.

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