LAS VEGAS – In response to Governor Sisolak’s press conference on Aug. 5, 2021, Board of Regents Chair Cathy McAdoo and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Chancellor Melody Rose released the following statement:
“On behalf of the Board of Regents and the Nevada System of Higher Education we want to thank Governor Sisolak for his leadership on this significant issue. It is appropriate to have Nevada’s medical and science experts on the State Board of Health review and issue guidance on whether to require a COVID-19 vaccine for Nevada’s public higher education student population.
We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the State Board of Health by providing information and assisting them as the Board reviews this critical question. We will be prepared for whatever guidance the State Board of Health offers as the state entity with the clear expertise and authority to issue such direction.
The health and wellbeing of Nevada’s public higher education community and the need to ensure a safe, in-person learning environment for students, faculty, and staff continues to be our utmost priority.
We strongly urge NSHE students, faculty, staff, and all Nevadans to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be the surest, safest, and most effective way to end the pandemic, and to keep Nevadans working and learning.”
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting research universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges, and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents. The System includes the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada State College, Desert Research Institute, the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College.