CSN plans for potential transition to remote instruction

Dear CSN Family,

Following NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly’s guidance on remote instruction, we at the College of Southern Nevada are working on our plan to deliver the vast majority of our courses remotely no later than April 3. We have not yet confirmed a date that this transition will begin.

Both UNLV and UNR have announced plans to begin remote instruction on March 23, in conjunction their respective spring breaks. We and the state’s other community colleges are committed to working toward delivering our programs remotely while maintaining the highest standards.

Campus Operations & Employees

All college operations are continuing as normal for now, and our campuses remain open. I do want to remind employees and students who feel ill that they should stay home and notify their supervisor or instructor. You are aware that the situation surrounding the coronavirus is rapidly changing, and we are ready to adjust campus operations and working conditions as necessary.

External Events on CSN Campuses

At this time, we believe it is in the best interest of our campus community, and the community at large, to cancel all external events held on our campuses beginning Monday, March 15. This includes events at the CSN Planetarium and the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on our North Las Vegas campus.

CSN event management personnel will reach out to external event organizers to determine if rescheduling is appropriate. Any financial investment made by an external organization will be fully refunded. Organizers may also call our events line at 702-651-3590 to inquire about event status, request cancellation and begin the refund process.

Internal Events on CSN Campuses

We are proceeding with the protocol needed to cancel or postpone internal events, tours and gatherings for the duration of the spring semester, excepting those events and trainings necessary to ensure academic or operational continuity during this difficult time. We further advise that these areas of exception use all means necessary to accommodate their needs through electronic means, where possible. If that is not possible, we recommend restricting any necessary gathering to a group of no more than 50 people with appropriate social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

For questions regarding internal student affairs events, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 702-651-7374. For all other internal event inquires contact the Office of the Henderson Vice President and Provost at 702-651-3598 or the Office of Marketing and Communications at 702-651-7353.

Please note also that the NJCAA is suspending all competition beginning Saturday, March 14 through Friday, April 3. This means that our CSN Coyotes baseball and softball seasons are likewise suspended.

Health & Safety

Like most Americans, I know our CSN family is concerned at this time.  Please know that we are doing all we can to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff. Let us all use Gov. Steve Sisolak’s state of emergency declaration in Nevada as a reminder that we must remain committed to rise to the challenge before us.

I know that this transition will have unexpected impacts and cause unforeseen complications for all of us, so I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate this crisis together. And as always, please refer to our website and the state of Nevada’s newly launched site for additional information as it becomes available. 

Thank you.

Federico

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