Stay at Home for Nevada

Following Nevada Governor Sisolak's Stay at Home directive, Touro University Nevada's remote instruction and business operations will remain in effect until at least June 30, 2020Please see the COVID-19 Information page for more information.  If you're needing assistance with K-12 tutoring, undergraduate tutoring, or other community assistance check out our Med Ready page for FREE help from Touro Nevada students.

Campus Announcements Archive

See the campus messages from Touro University Nevada administration, as well as the resources and important campus updates sent out to the campus community.

Dear TUN Campus Community:

As you all now know, yesterday Governor Sisolak extended the Stay Home for Nevada order until at least May 15th.  This means the physical Touro campus will remain closed until such time as the restrictions are lifted as it relates to educational institutions.

Governor Sisolak outlined the beginning phases of his pdfNevada United:  Roadmap to Recovery.  The Touro administration is working closely with the Governor’s office and his economic recovery team to ensure Touro’s specific needs are considered as the phased reopening of the State is developed.  As the Governor’s plans are more fully outlined, we will continue to share with the campus community what those plans mean for our campus.

In the meantime, I want to acknowledge the great work of many of you who have stepped up during the pandemic to provide much needed services to our community.  First of all, our students from the DO and PA programs, under faculty supervision, have been volunteering at Cashman Center and the Salvation Army screening the homeless population for COVID-19 prior to those individuals gaining access to shelter facilities.  What first started as a week-long volunteer opportunity at the temporary shelter has turned into an on-going activity now that Cashman Center has been set up as an ISO-Q quarantine facility for the City and County.  This is providing our students with valuable experience working with our community’s most vulnerable populations.

I also want to recognize the work of three of our medical students – Cassandra McDiarmid, Parisun Shoga, and Ashlie Bloom – who developed a website called #MedReady which connects local organizations and individuals with Touro students who are willing to provide a variety of volunteer services.  Services range from free K-12 online tutoring, free undergraduate and MCAT online tutoring, and general community assistance including grocery pick-up for seniors.  We are grateful so many of our Touro students are embracing Touro’s service mission through #MedReady.

Several of our research faculty, together with student volunteers, have begun assembling the components of COVID-19 test kits and have distributed the initial batch of kits to the Southern Nevada Health District.  They are using the University’s 3-D printer to make nasal swabs with the ultimate goal of assembling 20,000 test kits for use in Southern Nevada.  My thanks to Drs. Karen Duus, Amy Stone, and Terry Else for their leadership in this effort.

Thanks to a remarkable donation from the Cyrus and Michael Tang Foundation, Touro has also been distributing medical-grade and surgical masks to local frontline healthcare providers and first responders.  Michael Tang, who is on the Touro Advisory Board and a generous supporter of Touro, gave the university 200,000 masks and asked that we give them to local hospitals, physicians, medical centers, senior care facilities, and first responder agencies.  My thanks to Craig Seiden and his team in facilities for organizing the mask distribution.  Michael also generously offered masks for Touro’s use on campus when we reopen to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

Finally, I want to congratulate the upcoming graduates from the Osteopathic Medical School for a 99.2% match in this year’s residency placement.  With a record 31% staying in Nevada for residency, and a number of very prestigious placements in residency programs in Nevada and throughout the country, this year’s “match” was one of the best to date.

I continue to wish you all health and safety during this time of separation.  We are all in this together and as our new admissions tagline notes, we are Together, United, and Near.

All my best,

Shelley Berkley

CEO and Senior Provost

Dear TUN Campus Community:

With the Governor’s imposed Stay At Home for Nevada executive order set to expire on April 30th, we have begun to receive inquiries about the status of reopening the Touro University Nevada campus.

Our current status has not changed, and we do not have plans to reopen the campus on April 30.  Any decision we make relative to reopening will be dictated by the plans which will be put in place by Nevada’s Governor and our state’s health professionals.  We anticipate the Governor will be announcing his timeline for reopening Nevada in the coming days, and based on his plans we will then address what the reopening of Touro Nevada looks like.

As such, although the April 30 deadline is quickly approaching, the campus community – students, faculty, and staff – should not plan for nor anticipate returning to campus by that date.  We will be outlining a detailed plan in the near future and will be providing a minimum of two (2) weeks’ notice prior to bringing anyone back to campus for instruction/classes.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.

For the time being, we thank you for your continued commitment and focus on remote learning and business operations.  We know everyone looks forward to the day when we can all return to campus but for now we must all remain vigilant in following the Governor’s Stay Home for Nevada order. Please stay safe and healthy,

Shelley Berkley                                                           Ray Alden

CEO and Senior Provost                                              Provost

Dear Touro Nevada Campus Community:

As we approach the celebration of Passover, I want to share with you a few thoughts and reflections.

For the Jewish people, Passover is a time when we remember the journey from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.  The Passover tradition inspires and motivates us through the best of times and the very worst of times as well.  Passover is also a time when families come together to celebrate with each other. 

Unfortunately, at this time when we are all facing great challenges related to COVID-19, we are not able to be together – with our families and as a campus community.  We are exercising extreme social distancing – a sacrifice needed so that someday soon, we can all gather together safely.

For me, this year’s celebration of Passover has a special meaning.  The history of Passover shows the resilience and endurance of the Jewish people during the most trying of circumstances.  It is this same resilience and endurance that we all are demonstrating today which gives me great confidence that we also will get through these difficult times.

I thank each of you for your continued commitment to Touro and our community.  I look forward to seeing you all together on campus again in the near future.  I encourage you to stay strong in your resolve over the coming weeks, and we will all be strengthened for our shared journey ahead.

Chag Sameach (Happy Passover) and be safe and be well,  

Shelley Berkley

CEO and Senior Provost

Dear TUN Campus Community:

By now many of you have seen the latest directives from the Nevada Governor regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yesterday, Governor Sisolak formally issued a pdf“Stay at Home” directive and extended the nonessential business closures to April 30, 2020.  This is an extension of the Governor’s March 17th order, which called for the closure of all non-essential businesses in the State. 

Earlier this week, Governor Sisolak also issued a pdftravel advisory for the State of Nevada, strongly urging Nevadans to avoid non-essential travel until April 30, and if Nevadans travel out of state or have visitors from out of state, they are urged to self-quarantine and monitor their health for 14 days prior to visiting any public spaces or coming in contact with people who are not members of their household.

With these two executive orders, we are writing to let the campus know that our remote instruction and business operations will remain in effect until at least April 30, 2020.  We appreciate everyone’s willingness to transition to teaching and working remotely so seamlessly.  We recognize the inherent challenges we are all facing both with classes, work, and our home lives, but this is a critical time for our community and our country so we encourage each of you to continue practicing social distancing and other preventive measures.

Governor Sisolak’s Stay At Home order acknowledges that we should keep doing tasks necessary to maintain the health and safety of our families and household members and does provide for continued activities such as hikes, walks, or running as long as social distancing is implemented.   

The executive leadership team continues to meet daily and remains in regular communication with the Governor’s office and public health officials.  In a recent report which shows a state-by-state analysis of COVID-19 projections assuming full social distancing, Nevada will reach its peak on April 20th and will experience a shortage of 516 overall beds, 232 ICU beds, and a need for 332 invasive ventilators.  This report is a sobering reminder to us all of the importance of staying home and practicing extensive social distancing. 

As we have shared in previous emails, we all have very important roles to play in minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in our community.  Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families as we all do our part in flattening the curve.

Thank you.  Be safe and be well.

Shelley Berkley                                                                    Ray Alden

CEO and Senior Provost                                                        Provost 

Dear Touro Employees:

As our state and nation are grappling with the ongoing effects of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we be counted in the 2020 Census.  The census only happens every 10 years, and the responses from Nevadans (including our students currently residing in Nevada) have a long-term impact on allocation of federal resources for our state.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, the school district, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

As we are seeing with the current COVID-19 pandemic, these resources are critical to the care and support of our fellow Nevadans.  So I am writing to encourage you to respond to the 2020 Census, if you have not done so already. 

Tomorrow, April 1, Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, you should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond for your household in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

Let’s do our part and help shape the future of our community.

Shelley Berkley

CEO and Senior Provost

Dear TUN Campus Community:

We hope this email finds you and your family members safe and healthy.  It is hard to believe that we are at the start of our second full week of teaching and working remotely.  We are so grateful for your continued commitment to ensuring the ongoing success of our students and campus.

Thank you to all those who participated in last week’s Employee and Student Town Hall Webinars.  We were very pleased with the response to both virtual events, and hope they provided timely and important information and answers to questions.  As we proceed through this time of uncertainty and working remotely, we will continue to have these types of opportunities.

Below are the links to both Webinars on Mediasite.  If you were unable to attend the sessions last week, please feel free to view the presentations here:

We also want to acknowledge the great work of several of our faculty and DO and PA students, who have been volunteering this week at Cashman Center.  In case you missed them being profiled in the local media, they are volunteering nightly to screen homeless men and women for COVID-19 symptoms prior to them gaining access to the temporary shelter set up at Cashman.  Below are a few of the media features:

So many members of our campus community have expressed a willingness and interest in providing service to our local community, and we are confident more opportunities like this will be forthcoming as we all work together to fight this pandemic.  We will continue to coordinate these types of activities through the Deans of each College to ensure the safety and best utilization of students, employees, and resources so please contact the Deans with any requests.

Although we are working and teaching remotely, we are inspired by seeing the campus community stay together through these challenging times.  You are demonstrating all that make Touro Nevada so special and we wish you all our best.  Please continue to take care of yourself and others, take breaks, and exercise the best practices for social distancing that you can. 

Stay safe and well,

Shelley Berkley                                                       Ray Alden
CEO and Senior Provost                                           Provost

As you know, the health and safety of our students, their families and friends, and our campus community are our top priority. Given mounting uncertainty surrounding this worldwide pandemic, we have determined that the Touro University Nevada May 18th Commencement Ceremony cannot take place in person as originally scheduled.

This is by far the most difficult announcement we have had to make during these challenging times. We determined we had to make this decision given the great uncertainty of not knowing when airlines, hotels, travel, and restaurants would return to normal and regular business. Furthermore, we have heard from an increasing number of families asking what the best and most secure travel arrangements would be, and we have no certainty at this time.

We know that there is no more important event for you, and our greatest regret for the Class of 2020 is that we cannot celebrate your remarkable achievements together. You have come through extraordinary challenges during the last few months, and deserve to be commended and applauded for your commitment to your studies, your profession, and your communities. The academic leadership of Touro University Nevada is continuing to identify alternative approaches for the May 18th Commencement Ceremony and updates will be available on this page.

We would also like to hear your suggestions and feedback on how we can create a meaningful albeit remote celebration.

Dear TUN Campus Community:

Last night, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses throughout the State for 30 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Based on the Governor’s order and in keeping with Touro’s commitment to make the health and safety of our entire campus and community our top priority, Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost, has called for the closure of the Touro University Nevada campus effective at noon today (March 18, 2020) for a minimum of 30 days or until Monday, April 20, 2020.  This includes the Sigesmund Pierce Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the Touro Health Center.  Medical providers of the Touro Health Center will remain available by telephone for our existing patients to assist them with their needs.                                                                                           

This means that all non-essential employees, all students, and all scheduled patients and visitors must vacate the building and not return until given specific instructions to do so by the University administration.  Essential employees are those limited staff who have been identified, authorized, and notified by senior University administration.  The University administration may authorize additional essential staff on a case-by-case basis.  Access to the campus will be restricted and badges will not work to gain entrance to campus facilities.  It is very important to note that Touro University Nevada currently has no known cases of COVID-19, and work will continue remotely to ensure academic and business continuity. 

Classes will continue online and through remote access to academic resources.  Some clinical rotations are currently suspended, and students should work with their clinical coordinators and program directors to discuss the status of their program and to address any questions or concerns.  Academic and business continuity plans have been developed and are now being deployed to keep the University’s operations functional through this temporary physical campus closure.

Communication about this on-going issue will continue via email, the University’s website, social media, and the emergency notification system.  Supervisors, department Chairs, and program directors will stay in communication with their employees.  Program directors, faculty, and appropriate staff will continue to respond to questions and concerns from students.  All updates related to the University’s response to COVID-19 will be disseminated from the University’s administration and will be provided through all communication channels noted above in a timely manner.  It is imperative that everyone regularly check and read these communications.

We recognize that these are unprecedented and ever-changing times, but as Nevadans and citizens of the world we must do all we possibly can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community healthy and safe.  We greatly appreciate the commitment our students, faculty, and staff have made to this effort, and most of all are grateful for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Shelley Berkley                                                       Ray Alden

CEO and Senior Provost                                           Provost

Travel Restrictions

All employee and student travel, whether foreign or domestic, which is paid for using University resources has been suspended. Additionally, employees and students, or a family member living within your household, who travel by air during the next eight (8) weeks are required to self-isolate for a two-week period.  If you must self-isolate, please notify your immediate supervisor (employees) or your program director or Dean (students).  Supervisors are also asked to notify Human Resources.

Badge Access to Campus

We have also limited access to the campus facilities to only employees, students, and scheduled visitors (with the exception of the Touro Health Center and Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities). 

Additionally, the University administration decided today that in order to provide heightened cleaning protocols for campus facilities, we will be closing at 10 p.m. daily.  The campus will continue to open at 6 a.m.

Social Distancing

With the majority of our student population taking courses remotely, we have significantly reduced the number of people on campus.  However, we still are seeing large gatherings of people in common areas especially during the lunch hour. 

We want to remind everyone of the importance of social distancing – maintaining a minimum of six (6) feet distance from others.  Please refrain from gathering in large groups or sitting together at small tables.  It is imperative that we all exercise the CDC precautions which will prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In an effort to minimize potential exposure by the campus community to COVID-19, beginning tomorrow (March 17, 2020), access to campus facilities will be limited to students, employees, and scheduled visitors.  Patient visits to the Health Center and Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities are not currently impacted by this decision.

Entrance to campus facilities will be limited to those with badge access and all exterior doors will require the use of badges to enter.  Signage will be clearly noted at all campus entrances.

If members of the campus community have scheduled visitors coming to campus, you will need to make arrangements to greet them in the front lobby to have them escorted onto campus.  It is also imperative that the front desk be notified in advance of any scheduled visitors arriving to campus.  If meetings are not time sensitive it is suggested that meetings with external visitors be postponed. 

For students who travel for personal reasons, please be mindful of travel restrictions and use due diligence in deciding whether personal travel at this time is warranted and necessary.  Any students who travel by air for the next eight (8) weeks will be required to self-isolate for two weeks prior to returning to campus.  As a further reminder, anyone who is showing cold or flu-like symptoms must also refrain from coming to campus for a two week period. 

The University has made the decision to suspend all Touro work-related travel, both domestic and foreign, for the next eight (8) weeks.  This applies to all travel, including travel which has already been booked and paid for, and is in keeping with the guidelines the CDC recently implemented regarding social distancing.  Any expenses employees have incurred or will incur for work-related travel will be reimbursed by the University including cancellation fees.

For employees who travel for personal reasons, please be mindful of travel restrictions and use due diligence in deciding whether personal travel at this time is warranted and necessary.  Employees are encouraged to notify their immediate supervisors of any planned personal air travel.  Furthermore, any employees who travel by air for the next eight (8) weeks will be required to self-isolate for two weeks prior to returning to campus.  During that time of self-isolation, employees can work remotely from home.  As a further reminder, anyone who is showing cold or flu-like symptoms must also refrain from coming to campus for a two week period.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling all in-person student activities until further notice.  This includes student club and organization meetings, D.O. house events, and student events on and off campus.

Please note, in order to continue providing programming during this time, the Division of Student Affairs will be looking at ways to broadcast presentations and activities via Zoom or related platforms.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the contents of this notification, please contact Ms. Cathy Godfrey, Director of Student Involvement, at cathy.godfrey@tun.touro.edu or (702) 777-2084.

Touro University Nevada has made the decision to move to remote/online course instruction within the coming week. 

Students will not have to appear on campus for classroom instruction. Additionally, individual program directors will communicate with you directly regarding modifications to or rescheduling of laboratories or examinations that have been scheduled to take place during this time. Clinical rotations will continue as scheduled until further notice. Any potential changes to clinical rotations will be managed through individual program directors and clinical education coordinators. It is expected that the teaching of courses through online means will continue for at least several weeks, until it is determined that it is safe to resume courses on campus.

The University will assess the situation on a week-by-week basis and will keep the campus community apprised of any changes to the schedule for course delivery. More details will be provided by individual program directors which will outline how each academic program will deliver the curricula for their courses.

Please note that all campus offices will remain open with business conducted as usual for the foreseeable future. Everyone is asked to use vigilance and to follow the CDC guidelines for preventative measures. If you are sick or believe you may have been exposed, please contact your healthcare provider immediately and refrain from coming to campus.

FOR STUDENTS – DOMESTIC TRAVEL

  • Students who currently have Touro-related domestic travel planned, including medical missions and rotations/clerkships, please contact your program’s clinical coordinator or department immediately to notify of upcoming domestic travel plans.
  • Students will be given the option to not travel for university-related rotations/clerkships if areas have been deemed high risk areas by the CDC.
  • Academic program clinical coordinators have the responsibility to work with students to find alternative rotation/clerkship arrangements if areas have been deemed to be high risk as indicated by the CDC.

FOR STUDENTS – INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • All student international travel, including medical missions and international rotations, to areas designated as Level 3 CDC areas is suspended.
  • Students who currently have Touro-related international travel planned, including medical missions and rotations/clerkships, please contact your program’s clinical coordinator or department immediately to notify of upcoming international travel plans.
  • Academic program clinical coordinators have the responsibility to work with students to find alternative rotation/clerkship arrangements if areas have been deemed to be high risk as indicated by the CDC.

FOR EMPLOYEES – DOMESTIC TRAVEL

  • Employees who currently have approved, work-related travel planned, please contact your direct supervisor, program director, and/or Dean immediately and provide information for the upcoming domestic travel plans.
  • If flights have not been booked yet for work-related domestic travel, do not book further than two weeks in advance.  Work closely with direct supervisor, program director, and/or Dean to determine and purchase upcoming travel plans.  Hotel reservations can be made as long as they can be cancelled without penalty and there are no pre-payment requirements.
  • If flights have already been booked, work closely with direct supervisor, program director, and/or Dean to assess upcoming travel plans. 

FOR EMPLOYEES – INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • All Touro-related international travel to areas designated as Level 3 CDC areas is suspended.
  • All Touro-related international travel to other areas will now require prior approval before travel plans can be made or tickets purchased.
  • If travel is non-essential to employee’s work at Touro (i.e. attending a conference or workshop), the University recommends employees consider not moving forward with travel plans at this time. 
  • If travel is deemed essential to employee’s work at Touro (i.e. leading a conference, keynote speaker, etc.), then the University will address specific requests to non-level 3 areas on a case-by-case basis.

The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) issued an update earlier this week which includes the following recommendations, which we are encouraging all Touro students, faculty, and staff to implement.  We believe we can all do our part to help lessen the risks here on campus.  These recommendations include:

  • As we are in the midst of cold and flu season, the CDC and SNHD recommend everyone gets the flu vaccine.  Touro will be offering a free flu clinic to anyone who has not yet received the vaccine.  Please note that it is not necessary to have an additional vaccine.  This free flu clinic will take place on Wednesday, March 4th from 1 – 5 p.m. here on campus.  Additional information will be provided as soon as details are finalized.
  • Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Touro has these hand sanitizer stations located throughout the campus.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  If you do, it is suggested that you wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others, especially if you have a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue into the trash.  If you do not have a tissue, cough into your sleeve.  Again, wash hands frequently.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will continue to update the campus community regarding the coronavirus as developments occur.