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Get the most current information on how SNU is educating our students while protecting the health of our community.

COVID-19 Update at SNU

Current as of Monday August 3, 2020

2020-2021 Schedule Summary

Summer Term: ALL SNU courses are 100% online.

Fall Term:
  • Undergraduate Incline: A hybrid 3-block (6 weeks - 2 weeks - 6 weeks) schedule that begins online and finishes on campus, circumstances permitting. Classes start August 31 (no change).
    Undergraduates who have not registered for fall 2020 yet, please do so immediately using the current schedule so your academic needs will be included as the schedule is revised.
  • Undergraduate 100% Online: No change.
  • Teacher Education: ALL courses are 100% online. No change to the schedule.
  • MFA Programs: The Summer Residency will be held online beginning August 7, 2020.

In this uncertain and unpredictable environment, our plans are based on our commitment to protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the wider community of Incline Village, while maintaining a uniquely valuable educational experience for our students.

Info For

Undergraduate Students 2020

Summer: ALL SNU courses are 100% online.

Fall 100% Online: (ODP and BA in Education) No change.

Fall Undergraduate Incline:

Fall 2020 Schedule

We will offer a hybrid experience in fall 2020. The fall semester will be divided into three modules that will balance safety with the on-campus experience you expect.

Your faculty want to be back in the classroom, the laboratory, the art studio and the field with you. However, the first step in keeping you on your path to your degree and your future is keeping you healthy and well. We hope it will be safe to welcome you back to your Lake Tahoe home at SNU in October. We will be taking extra precautions to keep our residence halls, dining facilities, classrooms, and communal areas virus-free and safe through frequent and effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

Module 1 (6 weeks): 2 courses, 6 credits

Fall semester classes begin Monday, August 31, 2020. The first six-week module will be offered online because we are not certain it would be safe to begin on-campus instruction in early September. Based on best practices in online education, we are limiting students to two courses so that you can focus more effectively. Research shows this will increase your chances of academic success and satisfaction.

Fall Break (5 days):

If it is safe to return to the campus, we will transition to on-campus classes in October. Friday, October 9th to Tuesday, October 13th will be a five-day fall break to allow you to travel back to the campus. If you are a residential student you will receive information about moving into the residence halls during this time.

Module 2 (2 weeks): 1 course, 3 credits

On Wednesday, October 14th your two-week short block course will begin. New Fall 2020 students will take their SNO Orientation course during this block.

Module 3 (6 weeks): 2 - 3 courses, up to 10 credits

Your class sessions for the final six weeks of the fall semester (starting October 26) will be held in classrooms and laboratories with your professors on our campus. You will be able to complete two or three courses. Accordingly, you will be able to earn 15-19 credits toward your SNU degree during Fall while taking fewer simultaneous courses than usual.

Fall 2020 Registration

We are working to adapt the current SNU calendar to this modular format.

  • If you have already registered for fall 2020, you do not need to do anything at this time. You will receive a revised schedule in June that redistributes your current fall 2020 courses as described above.
  • If you haven't registered for fall 2020 yet, please do so immediately using the current schedule so we can take your academic needs into consideration as we build the new modular schedule.

When you receive your new schedule, you will have plenty of time to make adjustments with your academic advisor as needed. For questions or concerns, please reach out to your academic advisor or contact Provost Shannon Beets at

Fall 2020 Tuition

Because some of the instruction for fall 2020 will be online, which is not everyone's preferred learning mode, all Incline undergraduates will receive a one-time grant that will reduce your tuition payment for the fall semester. This will be applied after all other forms of financial aid that you have been awarded. The amount of this one time grant will be confirmed later this summer.

Student Athletes

We have no information yet about the fall 2020 season (NAIA, MCLA, and USCSA).

Graduate Students 2020

Teacher Education

ALL Teacher Education courses will remain 100% online through the Fall 2020 semester.
There will be no change to the course schedule.


2020 Summer Residencies

The Summer Residency will be virtual this year. As a tourist destination, the Tahoe region is particularly vulnerable to an influx of travelers. This makes gathering on campus during the summer particularly risky, both for us and for the wider community. Each program is working on new ways to stimulate the personal connections and critiques that make the residencies so valuable. Additional online events will also be scheduled through the rest of the semester. Full schedules and event information will be sent out in June.

Tentative dates: August 7 - 15, 2020
The residency focus will be on the in-genre workshops and the afternoon course electives/pedagogy. Students will meet with their fall semester mentors, the Sierra Nevada Review will meet to discuss their work and process, and we will celebrate the work of our graduating writers (who will also meet with thesis committees).
Questions please contact Daniel Davis at

Tentative dates: August 7 - 21, 2020
We are extending the residency to allow for both more contact and more individual work. We're working on ideas for on-line contact such as chat rooms, film screenings, and virtual studio tours, and collaborating with the summer faculty on inventive virtual courses. Our graduating students will mount a virtual thesis exhibition with a corresponding catalog.
Questions please contact Julia Schwadron at

Fall 2020 Tuition

In recognition that this virtual experience is not what you would prefer, SNU is providing all students a one-time grant in addition to your normal financial aid. The exact amount of this grant will be confirmed this summer.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff are encouraged to work remotely as much as possible while classes are being held online. Whenever you are on-campus, please be careful to maintain social distancing and practice healthy habits.

Any faculty or staff member who is exhibiting symptoms of illness or thinks they may have been exposed to the coronavirus should stay home and contact their supervisor and Self-isolating may last up to 27 days if you have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. Local and state medical resources are listed below.

College employees will be available by email during normal working hours. Check the Directory for faculty and staff contact information.


SNU Pandemic Emails

Stay healthy! We will be taking extra precautions to keep our residence halls, dining facilities, classrooms, and congregating areas such as our Prim Library virus-free and safe through frequent and effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures when we come back to campus. Wherever you are -

  • frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • cover your cough using the crook of your elbow
  • avoid touching your face if possible
  • sanitize your area frequently
  • dispose of any tissues used immediately in an appropriate trash receptacle
  • avoid physical contact with others whenever possible

Local Information

Incline Village
Guide to community support programs. In English & Spanish. PDF Resource Guide or
Nevada Health Response:
Current COVID-19 Information from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Governor's Office:
Washoe County:
COVID-19 Information:
Communicable Disease Hotline: 775-328-2447 (open 24-7)
Clark County:
Coronavirus Info and Reporting: 702-759-1300

About COVID-19

World Health Organization: basic protective measures we all need to be taking at this time:
Alanna Shaikh TED Talk – What is COVID-19, why is it hitting us now, how to prepare for the next outbreak:
Myth Busters - Don't Be Fooled:

Latest Updates


Maps and Travel

CDC International Travel Health Notices:
CDC U.S. COVID-19 Cases by State:
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases (Johns Hopkins University):