After online starts, some Ohio college students head back to campus - The Columbus Dispatch

Several weeks after the traditional start of fall semester, some area colleges are now welcoming students back to campus after delayed returns and phased move-ins.In the plaza outside Yochum Hall at Capital University, the frothing water fountains and students studying with open laptops at picnic tables make for a college campus that feels almost normal in this pandemic era."I'm just glad to finally move in, and finally meet my class," Hannah Riley said through a royal purple, Capital-branded mask this past week. The first-year student from Newark arrived on the Bexley campus earlier this month.Several weeks after the traditional start of fall semester, some area colleges are just now welcoming students back to campus after delayed returns and phased move-ins.After a spring and summer of online classes, Capital sophomore Alexa Shields was disappointed not to return to campus as scheduled in August."But I do think the time that we weren't here really gave (the un…

UNLV among schools moving to online classes over coronavirus - FOX5 Las Vegas

UNLV among schools moving to online classes over coronavirus - FOX5 Las Vegas

UNLV among schools moving to online classes over coronavirus - FOX5 Las Vegas

Posted: 11 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PDT

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Nevada System of Higher Education asked all institutions to be prepared to transition to online instruction by April to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In a letter sent to staff Wednesday, UNLV officials said the transition is expected no later than April 3 in order to allow staff and students the time to transition to online instruction.

The letter reads, in part:

We know there is concern and anxiety around coronavirus (COVID-19) – both on our campus and in the community. The situation is fluid and continues to evolve. The health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff – especially those who are at greater risk – are at the forefront of our decision making and planning.

Today, the Nevada System of Higher Education asked all NSHE institutions to be prepared to transition to remote/virtual instruction no later than April 3. This allows faculty across the various institutions time to prepare course materials to ensure our students can continue their classes and progress toward their degrees.

As we transition to spring break next week – and many faculty and staff leave campus – we will continue to monitor the situation closely, and work with NSHE to adjust timelines as necessary and determine next steps, all in consultation with local health officials.

Faculty who believe they are at greater risk and/or more vulnerable to COVID-19 should contact their department chair or dean to make appropriate arrangements. We also ask that all individuals who feel ill stay home and follow recommendations from the Southern Nevada Health District, CDC and the Student Health Center and Faculty and Staff Treatment (FAST) Center.

The letter urged instructors to be flexible with student absences, especially if they are feeling ill, and discourages all non-essential business travel.

Coronavirus threat to keep fans from UNLV, UNR spring sports

UNLV also announced Wednesday fans would be banned from attending spring sporting events until further notice.

UNLV announced this week that study abroad programs to South Korea, Italy and China were canceled to avoid exposure to the virus.

In-person graduations at UNLV, other Nevada schools postponed - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Posted: 25 Mar 2020 03:41 PM PDT

Nevada's public colleges and universities will postpone in-person graduation ceremonies this spring and remain on online-only instruction through the end of the year, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly announced Wednesday.

The schools will still confer degrees in order to allow NSHE graduates to "immediately enter the workforce, especially in the medical and health sciences sector where they are urgently needed," according to a statement from Reilly.

"Due to the magnitude in scheduling and planning of commencement ceremonies, we don't foresee a scenario where a traditional graduation could occur at the end of the 2020 spring semester," Reilly said. "I have directed our institutions to begin developing alternative virtual or delayed ceremonies for later in the summer or fall."

Alternative plans and dates for the graduation ceremonies for each institution will be presented at the next Board of Regents meeting, currently slated for June 11-12, though the university system said it intends to hold a meeting in the coming weeks.

NSHE will continue with online classes to comply with Gov. Steve Sisolak's emergency orders on social distancing, Reilly said. NSHE will revisit the need to continue online instruction through the summer at a later time. Some exceptions exist for lab-based classes.

In a separate statement, UNLV President Marta Meana told students that she promised they would have a graduation ceremony at a later date.

"There is simply no scenario in which it would be safe to convene thousands of you at the Thomas & Mack as early as May," Meana said. "I know how disappointing this situation is for our graduating seniors and their families."

She said even if the public health situation improved before the end of the semester, to transition back to physical courses would be another disruption to the school year.

UNR announced Tuesday that it would suspend in-person graduations and transition to online-only classes for the rest of the semester.

Contact Aleksandra Appleton at 702-383-0218 or Follow @aleksappleton on Twitter.


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