Dear Grad Rebels,

I hope that you are doing well, staying healthy, and transitioning smoothly to remote learning and online university operations. It’s a tough time to be a graduate student; but Grad Rebels have grit, and I hope you’re finding or embracing yours.

Please know that supporting your continued success and degree progression, helping those of you who have planned to graduate this semester to complete your degree, and lending a helping hand with Emergency COVID Retention Awards are our top priorities. We have made dozens of strategic accommodations related to COVID-19 to provide support to our graduate students and you can find all of that plus additional helpful resources on our Graduate College COVID-19 webpage. Please check back often for the latest information as this is a fluid situation and we update this webpage frequently. We invite you to let us know how we’re doing and what you need to be better supported by answering a quick three-question, one-minute flash survey.

I want to share a few select resources and pieces of information for you here, but please review our Graduate College COVID-19 webpage for more detailed information about all the items below and so many more:
  • In an effort to provide students with greater flexibility, UNLV has extended the last day to drop or withdraw from classes (without a refund) or change from credit to audit to April 10, 2020 (originally April 3, 2020).
  • To encourage students to proceed with spring graduation, the Graduate College has extended spring 2020 deadlines. They are listed on our Graduate College COVID-19 webpage.
  • One free roll-back for summer graduates who would now like to graduate in spring 2020 using extended graduation deadlines is allowed. A rollover for spring graduates to complete their degree in summer or fall, if it is impossible for them to graduate in spring 2020, is also allowed.
  • All thesis and dissertation defenses must be held online. More details and helpful hints are on our Graduate College COVID-19 webpage.
  • All Nevada System of Higher Education institutions will make the "S/U" grading option available to students for the Spring 2020 semester. See the Graduate College COVID-19 webpage for details.
  • We have received approval from Provost Heavey, President Meana, and Chancellor Reilly for an exemption to the statewide hiring freeze to hire all AY20-21 graduate assistants as per usual. We began sending and processing GA offer letters and appointments again yesterday morning.
  • The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents voted to temporarily suspend provisions related to delinquent accounts for students facing financial hardships. Students who are on tuition payment plans will not incur any late payment fees and their payments may be delayed up to Sept. 30, 2020.
  • The Office of Information Technology expects to receive additional loaner laptops. If you need a loaner laptop, please email, with a CC: to your advisor or graduate coordinator, to get on the loaner list.
  • Graduate students experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak can apply for an Emergency Retention Award through the Graduate College.
  • Finally, please feel free to drop-in to my new Friday lunchtime chats via Webex --- it’s just open, drop-in time to answer questions and chat about anything that’s on your mind.
In other news, the Graduate & Professional Student Association Executive Board 2020-21 election is underway. Learn more and cast your ballot by April 13.

As a reminder, the Graduate College is here to help and support you any way that we can. We are fully functioning via remote work and online operations. Our team is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. via email, phone, and Webex chat/call/video conferencing. You can find contact information for the Graduate College and reach any of our teams here, or you can refer to our staff listing for phone and email contact information. If you’d like a face-to-face videoconference or a Webex call or chat, please reach out and we would be happy to schedule it with you.

Be well and stay safe,
Dean Korgan and the Graduate College team
UNLV is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504 institution. All qualified applicants to the Graduate College, and admitted students, will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or covered US veteran status.

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