Student Guidelines Fall 2021 | Nevada State College

Student Guidelines Fall 2021

We’re excited to see you back to campus this fall and committed to making it a transformative experience. During these challenging times, the health and safety of students, faculty and staff remain paramount. As such, we appreciate your willingness to follow these guidelines. For additional and regularly updated information regarding NSC’s response to COVID-19, please visit nsc.edu/coronavirus.

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Face Coverings

Student wearing maskYour safety is our top priority. We are continuing to follow the mandates from the Governor’s Office and the CDC guidelines to help keep everyone on campus safe and healthy. To support this effort, face coverings are mandatory on campus, including all NSC buildings, classrooms, the plaza area, and all student services areas. Failure to do so may result in removal from campus for the semester.

Properly wearing a face-covering includes covering the nose and mouth. If you must remove your face covering briefly, please try and do so outside and while still practicing social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others.

Outside of the classroom, expect to see signage, floor decals, and fewer chairs (to discourage large gatherings). Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is essential to stay away from others even if you have no symptoms.

Student services areas with a counter may have a plexiglass barrier, and hand sanitizing stations have been added to each floor near entrances, stairwells, and elevators.

Forgetting your Face Covering

If you forget your face covering at home or in your car, disposable face coverings will be available at the welcome desks in the Rogers Student Center and the Raker Student Success Center. All classrooms being used this semester will have a box of masks and hand sanitizer. Additionally, each department in the Rogers Student Center will have a box of masks and hand sanitizer. Disposable facial coverings may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

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Vaccinations

For fall 2021, students are not required to be vaccinated to come to campus or attend classes. However, on August 19, 2021, the Nevada Board of Health approved a measure that all students must be vaccinated by November 1, 2021 to enroll in spring 2022 classes. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated now – it is by far the best way to keep our community safe.

Students who wish to request an exemption to our immunization policy can find the necessary forms here. 

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Staying Safe

Student Wearing MaskSymptom Monitoring

If you do not feel well, do not come to campus. Students should conduct a personal symptom monitoring check every day before leaving for school. At this time, symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Consistent Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose/sniffles/new or unknown sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell

Please notify your instructor(s) of your absence per syllabus instructions

Reporting Positive Tests

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to notify Dr. Stefanie Coleman, Dean of Students, at Stefanie.Coleman@nsc.edu and complete the self-reporting form. 

Positive COVID-19 test reports will be kept in the strictest confidence and will only be shared with individuals with a need know (e.g., Human Resources, General Counsel) as well as County health officials. Human Resources will provide support and guidance to students who test positive for COVID-19.

The self-report form and many more tools are also available on the State Safe app. To download the app and access features including campus, community, and crisis resources, simply search State Safe in the Apple iTunes or Google Play store.

Return to Campus Requirements

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms must either (1) self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, and be free of ALL symptoms or (2) notified by the Division of College and Community Engagement of return date to class, if not showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Elevators

We cannot maintain social distancing in an elevator; therefore, we ask that you try to keep the number of people in the elevator to a minimum. If you have an underlying health issue that requires you to take the elevator or if you need an individual with you for physical assistance or an ADA accommodation, that is appropriate and understandable. If you can take the stairs, please take the stairs.

Missed Class or Assignments

Students who miss class or are unable to turn in assignments due to COVID or other extenuating circumstances may submit a student absence notification request. If approved, student success staff will reach out to your faculty and advocate for alternative arrangements. While there are limitations to this consideration and not every request is approved, students are encouraged to review this resource at www.nsc.edu/sans for complete information.

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