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Patricia Anderson
Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Security
GBC- Elko


Great Basin College understands and shares the concerns of the campus community regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our aim is to provide information and updates about novel coronavirus, while reassuring our faculty, staff, students, friends and visitors that measures are being taken to protect our campus community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics

Please contact your healthcare provider, local clinic, urgent care facility or Pharmacy for vaccinations. You can also find immunization information at

Why get a Covid-19 Vaccine?

  • Authorized Covid-19 vaccines are effective.
  • They will protect you, your family and loved ones from serious illness and death from Covid-19.
  • If enough Nevadans get vaccinated, we can keep our businesses, restaurants, and schools open.
  • Widespread vaccination will end this pandemic, the way it ended smallpox, polio, and measles.

Coronavirus and GBC

Great Basin College continues to be aware of the continuing health concerns of COVID-19 and the potential variants that may affect our faculty, staff, students, and community members. Great Basin College will continue to work within the State, NSHE, CDC and local County and City guidelines to determine any changes in our protocols and guidelines. Great Basin College Fall 2021 courses were planned and scheduled as a hybrid mix of live and online/virtual classes to provide students the opportunity to learn in a manner best for them. This format will continue as planned, please see your specific course syllabus or speak with your instructor for specific information.

Students moving into Great Basin College student housing, who are not fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, must obtain a COVID test, no more than 72 hours, prior to moving into to student housing. The residential life department will not issue housing keys without proof of vaccination or a COVID test result. If a student is unsure where to obtain a test, contact the Housing Coordinator by email ( for available testing locations.

Effective July 30, 2021 the following protocols will be in place for all GBC locations:

When entering any GBC building EVERYONE must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, in compliance with Governor Sisolak’s Directive 47 and Chancellor Rose’s Memorandum of July 27,2021, which states:

"This new face covering mandate has the force of law and is applicable to Nevada’s most high-risk counties as determined by the most recent CDC data, and includes counties where all NSHE institutions and primary campuses are located. Accordingly, and effective Friday, July 30, 2021, all unvaccinated and vaccinated NSHE students, employees, and members of the public will be required to wear a face covering while inside any building or structure on any NSHE campus or property. This new mandate may remain in effect until the vaccination rate increases and the level of COVID-19 transmissions decreases in Nevada’s high-risk counties. Students and employees in non-public locations, such as dorm rooms and private offices, are not required to wear face covering under this new mandate".

Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

  • Per the Governor’s memo dated Friday, July 30, 2021 and titled Nevada State Employee COVID-19 Masking and Testing Policy, and confirmed in NSHE Chancellor Rose’s letter of August 18, 2021, All Nevada System of Higher Education employees, who are not fully vaccinated will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests and provide proof of testing and results. The testing mandate applies to all NSHE employees who receive a paycheck. This includes faculty, staff, post-docs, medical residents, graduate assistants, letters of appointment, student employees and hourly employees.
  • On September 30, 2021, the NSHE Board of Regents voted to approve an emergency policy change that requires each NSHE employee to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 1, 2021. After that vote, Chancellor Rose issued a memo that states, “Please note that failure to comply with the new requirement could result in termination unless an employee receives an approved exemption for a medical condition or religious belief”. The full policy is located in the Board of Regents Handbook, Title 2, Chapter 12.
  • The Employee Medical Exemption form is available at HR.
  • The Employee Religious Exemption form is available at HR.
  • In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
  • All students and employees are obligated to follow codes of conduct and workplace policies that demand honesty. Adherence to this updated face covering policy, testing and vaccination policies will be incumbent upon the personal integrity and civic responsibility of the individual.
  • Knowing and willful violations of this policy by a student or employee may result in disciplinary action.
  • Nevada OSHA and the CDC does not recognize face shields as an alternative to or as an effective “face covering.” The face covering must effectively control the breathing zone and restrain any expelled or exhaled water droplets within the covering. Therefore, face shields are not acceptable face coverings under NSHE/GBC COVID protocols.
  • Employees and students are responsible for monitoring their health for any of the following symptoms and not report to work if any are present: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Please do not come to work if you are not feeling well. Employees must follow proper call off procedures in the event of illness.
  • In most cases, Paid Administrative Leave for COVID-19 related absences is no longer available. Employees must use accrued Sick Time Off while absent from work for COVID-19-related illness, quarantine, or isolation. If Sick Time Off is not available, please reach out to Human Resources for further guidance.
  • Social or physical distancing is still encouraged, especially in crowded areas.
  • Sign-in sheets IN ALL BUILDINGS are still required to facilitate contact tracing.
  • Faculty teaching in-person courses, must have their student sign COVID waivers, for the Fall 2021, the same as was required for the 2020-2021 year.
  • Occupancy limits will be at 75% for the start of the semester, however this may be reduced as needed based on case rates within GBC and our communities.

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 11th through the end of calendar year 2021, the following guidelines are in effect:

  • Occupancy is at 50% or less. Where possible, labs are conducted in "pods" where the same students are together throughout the remaining semester. This helps to reduce the potential transmission rates. Lecture/theory portions of classes remain online if practical.
  • Protocols, including facing coverings, sign in sheets, disinfecting, etc. must be strictly enforced. Those students and employees who are not following protocols may be subject to disciplinary action. Students and employees are reminded to take the daily self-assessment before coming to work/school. Students and employees should not come to work/school if they are not feeling well.
  • We continue to limit the use of our facilities by outside organizations through the end of the calendar year, to health/safety related things.
  • Continue to have all meetings and interviews held virtually unless absolutely necessary for in-person
  • PEX classes in Elko will remain virtual as long as the antibody clinic is being housed at the Fitness Center.


If you have questions, please contact the admissions and records department at 775-327-2059 or by email at

Nevada System of Higher Education institutions will continue to follow guidance from Chancellor Rose, the Board of Regents and our local communities. Great Basin College will review the recommendations from the Chancellor, Board of Regents, plus each of our local county, and city plans and criteria (high case rate, vaccination rate, high test positivity rates) to continue monitor our campus and centers in a safe manner. Most Fall 2021 courses will be similar to how Fall 2020 appeared. There will continue to be limited in person classes and labs at our campus and centers. Courses in the CTE programs, nursing, EMS, some science courses & labs and some fitness center courses will be held in live format. GBC has been able to transition academic faculty back to their campus or center by August 2021. We will also continue to offer services to students via phone, email, Web Campus and other online and electronic formats. For students requiring computer and internet access for their coursework the High Tech Center at the Elko Campus is available, Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Saturdays 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Computer access is also available for students at our Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump, and Winnemucca Centers. Please check with your Center staff for available hours.

Great Basin College is committed to safely providing education and promoting a healthy environment that supports the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. GBC will continue to monitor this situation, and our Environmental Health, Safety and Security Department will continue to provide updates on guidelines and recommendations to help promote the health and safety of our campus. If you have questions regarding the NSHE/Great Basin College COVID-19 policies you may contact the Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Security by email at

For questions please contact the appropriate GBC department:

Student Services
Academic Success Center
Phone: 775.327.2247

Advising and Career Center
Phone: 775.327.2068

Admissions and Records
Phone: 775.327.2059

Financial Aid
Phone: 775.327.2099

Controller’s Office
Student related questions E-mail:
Accounts Payable and other Accounting related questions

Veterans Resources

Campus Security

Campus Safety

Human Resources

Additional GBC Closures

Most buildings at all GBC locations will have limited access by the public through the fall 2021 semester. This includes using space for meetings or training outside of GBC classes, or other college events and gatherings.

For the remainder of the fall Semester, in keeping with the guidelines from the CDC, State of Nevada and Local health departments college meetings, advising, tutoring and other business and educational gatherings will be held via phone or electronic means when possible. In person meetings, with limited participation must be arranged by appointment in a location permitting social distancing and all persons must wear masks. Meeting rooms are limited to 50 % occupancy until at least December 31, 2021.

Students residing in College housing are reminded that while COVID restrictions remain in place, visitors to their apartments and rooms are limited per the housing COVID policy.

Career and Technical Programs and Health and Human Services Programs

Great Basin College understands the difficulties students in these programs are incurring while remote instruction continues. Your faculty, Deans and Vice Presidents know that a key component of your program includes hands on in person work in shops, simulations and clinicals. Your Vice Presidents and Deans are working with faculty to continue planning for your coursework in a live format. Great Basin College will continue to follow guidance from the offices of the Governor, Chancellor, Board of Regents and local communities. Most importantly, we will not continue in a live format if has been determined by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services that it is unsafe for students, staff and faculty to do so.

Travel Advisory for all Faculty, Staff and Students

Great Basin College asks all members of the campus community to exercise caution when choosing to travel. Employees and students are strongly encouraged to check the U.S. State Department web pages listed below for current restrictions and warnings prior to traveling outside of the United States. Employees and students deciding to travel within the United States are strongly encouraged to check with each state they plan to visit and verify their COVID-19 restrictions and policies. Employees traveling outside of the Country, shall self-quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days. They must notify their supervisor and human resources of their trip and return status. If, at any time they begin to feel ill, run a fever or have other symptoms of COVID-19 they should call their health care provider or the Elko County COVID-19 hotline. Students living in the dorms who travel, must contact the housing coordinator to advise him of their trip, and discuss how and where to self-quarantine.

With the Coronavirus (COVID -19) variant cases growing daily for non-vaccinated persons, it is important to take extra precautions and consider if you need to travel. GBC recommends before you make your travel plans please visit:

If you plan to travel, please notify the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Security at 775-327-2354. Reporting is strongly encouraged so that the college can take appropriate preventative measures, offer available resources, and immediately assist any member of our community who may become ill or has been in proximity with someone who has become ill. The information reported will assist the college in implementing any precautions or protocols recommended by public health agencies.

If at any time you feel ill for any reason flu, cold or possible virus please contact your medical provider. You should stay home when feeling ill, until your health care provider advises you it is safe to return to work or classes.

Each day GBC administration is monitoring the situation and we are committed to safely providing education and promoting a healthy environment that supports the wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff.

COVID-19 Information

The Elko County COVID-19 Hotline has been expanded to provide support for our surrounding counties, including Lander, Eureka, Pershing, White Pine, and Humboldt. The hotline is staffed Monday - Friday, 7 am to 7 pm., 775-777-2507 or text, or email Up to date information is available on the Elko County Website.

The goal of the hotline is to assist people who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and to be a resource for those who generally have questions about COVID-19.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services updates the statewide COVID-19 information and statistics on a regular basis. Please visit the Health and Human Services website for the latest information.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider by phone for specific care recommendations. If you do not have a provider contact your local urgent care center by phone for recommendations and testing.

Mental Health Assistance

Faculty, staff and students may find they are suffering from mental health problems because of isolation from friends and family, concerns over finances because of work reductions or trouble with courses because of the shift to remote teaching. There are resources available for you listed below. Please contact your healthcare provider, one of the resources listed below or a member of the GBC behavioral intervention response team for assistance.

  • Nevada Health Centers or 800.787.2568
  • Crisis Call Center; text "listen" to 839863 or phone 800.273.8255. Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • Veterans Crisis Line; text 838255 or phone 800.273.8255, press "1"
  • GBC Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych's Guidance Resources; then enter ID "GBCEAP" or phone 833.475.1995.
  • GBC Behavioral Intervention Team. If you believe you need the assistance of the team please contact the Assistant to the Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs at 775.327.2115 and she will arrange for the appropriate team member to respond. If you have an emergency call the security cell at 775.934.4923 for immediate response.

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Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 4,000 students are enrolled annually online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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