COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is always a top concern. As international, national, state and local health officials address the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Administrative Council and the Pandemic Assessment Team at Nebraska Wesleyan University is monitoring the situation, discussing guidelines and implementing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

University Updates

COVID-19 Required Health and Safety Practices for Students

Attending Nebraska Wesleyan University requires that all students:

  • Wear a mask over nose and mouth in NWU classrooms and buildings;
  • Wear a mask over nose and mouth outdoors on campus when in proximity to others;
  • Check their temperature before going to class and stay home if they have a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 1.5 degrees more than their usual body temperature;
  • Notify the University (studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu) if you are instructed by a medical provider, contact tracer, or from test results to quarantine or self-isolate.
  • Adhere to any instructions to quarantine or self-isolate that you have received from campus employees, test result notifications, contact tracing, or a medical provider.
  • Practice CDC recommended hand-washing;
  • Maintain social distancing guidelines by keeping 6 feet distancing inside and outside.

All students will be held accountable for following these regulations and failure to follow these requirements may result in disciplinary action.

COVID-19 Exposure and Testing Protocols for Students

Symptoms of COVID-19

Individuals with COVID-19 have experienced a wide range of symptoms. These symptoms may range from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Individuals with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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
  • Diarrhea

What do I do if I think I have COVID-19 symptoms?

Residential students: Do not attend in-person classes.
Commuter students: Do not come to campus or attend in-person classes.
Adult and graduate students: Do not come to campus or attend in-person classes.

During Business Hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.):

  • If you are a traditional undergraduate student and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, contact Student Health Services at 402.465.2375 or 402.465.2377 OR if you have a primary care provider nearby, please contact them.
  • If you are an adult or graduate student, please contact your primary care provider.
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    Nebraska Wesleyan is partnering with TestNebraska to make free testing available to all NWU students (traditional undergraduate, adult and graduate students) as well as faculty and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms or believe they have been exposed. To register for a test on campus, scan this QR code with a QR reader app, and fill out the assessment, which asks a variety of personal, demographic and symptom-related questions. (Google Chrome and Edge are the preferred internet browsers.) When filling out the assessment, be sure to list the campus address (5000 St. Paul Ave, Lincoln, Neb. 68504) as your address. Students will then receive another QR code and unique ID, which must be printed or saved to your phone and brought to the campus test site in order to receive a test. Students must also bring a form of government-issued ID (driver’s license, state ID card, passport). An NWU ID card is not sufficient.

    The NWU test site is located at the Acklie Hall of Science dock, located behind the building (southwest corner).

    For the week of October 19, testing will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. 

For the week of October 26, testing will be available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon.


Test results are typically available about 72 hours after testing. You will be contacted via email by TestNebraska — not by NWU — with your test results. Those who have symptoms or who think they have been exposed are asked to quarantine while waiting for test results.

  • If a test at NWU does not work for your schedule, students should register with TestNebraska and schedule a free COVID-19 test at the TestNebraska site, located on the north side of Gateway Mall at 6100 O Street. This service is available to all Nebraska Wesleyan students including those from out of state. 

All students may also:

After Business Hours:

  • If you are a residential student, call the on-call Residential Education Coordinator (REC) at 402.601.2114.
  • If you are a commuter student, call your primary care provider.

All students may also:

Exposure/potential exposure to COVID-19

Exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 is defined as: being in the presence of an individual (who is positive or is presumed positive) at a distance of less than six feet apart, and for more than 15 minutes; you have been notified by a contact tracer that you have been exposed, or you have been asked to quarantine or isolate.

What do I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

  • Residential students: Do not attend in-person classes.
    • Notify your REC
  • Commuter students: Do not come to campus or attend your in-person classes.
    • Quarantine at home
  • All students: email studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu to notify the University so we can conduct contact tracing and provide you with academic and personal support.

What do I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Residential students: Do not attend in-person classes.
    • Notify your REC
  • Commuter students: Do not come to campus or attend your in-person classes.
    • Isolate at home
  • All students: email studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu to notify the University so we can do contact tracing and provide you with academic and personal support.
NWU Student-Athlete COVID-19 Policies and Return to Play Protocols

COVID-19 Return-to-Play Protocol

Revised September 5, 2020

COVID-19 Identified and Assessed
The following protocol is required to be completed by NWU student athletes who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19. Exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 is defined as: being in the presence of an unmasked individual (who is positive or is presumed positive) at a distance of less than six feet apart, and for more than 15 minutes; you have been notified by a contact tracer that you have been exposed, or you have been asked to quarantine or isolate. This protocol must be completed prior to full participation in NWU Athletics. This has been created utilizing research and recommendations from the American College of Cardiology.

Exposed to COVID-19
Begin Minimum 14-Day Quarantine

  • Report exposure to studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu and follow their instructions.
  • Obtain approval for return-to-campus from the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Communicate with an NWU Certified Athletic Trainer to discuss safely returning to activity.

Positive COVID-19 Test
Begin Minimum 10-day Isolation

Asymptomatic

  • Report exposure to studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu and follow their instructions.
  • Obtain approval for return-to-campus from the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Meet with an NWU Certified Athletic Trainer to discuss the next steps.
  • Consider an evaluation with a licensed cardiologist.
  • Complete post COVID-19 rehab protocol with an NWU Certified Athletic Trainer.

Symptomatic

  • Report exposure to studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu and follow their instructions.
  • Obtain approval for return-to-campus from the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Meet with an NWU Certified Athletic Trainer to discuss the next steps.
  • Complete an evaluation with a licensed cardiologist to acquire return-to-play clearance.
  • Complete post COVID-19 rehab protocol with an NWU Certified Athletic Trainer.

Post COVID-19 Cardiac Return-to-Play Protocol

The following stages of cardiac return-to-play must be adhered to after a student athlete has tested positive for COVID-19 and the 10-day isolation has been completed. Student athletes continuing to show symptoms of COVID-19 following isolation period will remain in stage 1 of protocol until asymptomatic.

Stage 1: 10 Days Minimum
Exercise Allowed: walking/activities of daily living

  • Objective: allow recovery time, protect cardio respiratory system

Stage 2: 2 Days Minimum
Exercise Allowed: walking, light jogging, stationary bike, NO resistance training

  • Objective: Increase heart rate
  • <15 minutes total
  • % Max heart rate <70%

Stage 3A: 1 Day Minimum
Exercise Allowed: Simple movement activities and running drills

  • Objective: increase load gradually, manage any post viral fatigue symptoms
  • <30 minutes total
  • % Max heart rate <80%

Stage 3B: 1 Day Minimum
Exercise Allowed: Progression to more complex training activities

  • Objective: exercise coordination and skills/tactics
  • <45 minutes total
  • % Max heart rate <80%

Stage 4: 2 Day Minimum
Exercise Allowed: Normal training activities

  • Objective: Restore confidence and assess functional skills
  • <60 minutes total
  • % Max heart rate <80%

Stage 5: Earliest day 17

  • Resume normal training progressions

 

COVID-19 Return to play

**Created utilizing research and recommendations from the American College of Cardiology

Attendance Exemption Request

NWU is committed to personal attention to students and providing dynamic and engaged on-campus learning opportunities where students have consistent and equitable access to course content. COVID-19 requires us to adopt changes based on the premise that the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is paramount and central to NWU’s efforts this fall semester and beyond.

The following information applies to all students, regardless of their program of study, who need an exception from in-person class attendance.

The Nebraska Wesleyan University Fall Semester Academic Model presumes:

  • Students will attend in-person weekly gatherings with small groups of students in lieu of full- class meetings with the goal of every student having an in-person classroom experience each week for each course.
  • Courses delivered as a combination of in-person and asynchronous methods, and in some instances synchronous meetings.
  • Students must reserve all class meeting times, as stated on their schedules, for each of their classes. Professors may schedule meetings at any of the times assigned to their classes. Even if a student is assigned to a small group that meets only once per week, the instructor may expect that the full class log in synchronously during other assigned times or may change day assignments for each group.

Expectations for Attendance

  • Students will adhere to the “COVID19 (Coronavirus) Required Health and Safety Practices for Students” while attending classes on the NWU campus.
  • Students are expected to follow the attendance policies published in each syllabus for courses in which they are enrolled.
  • A student may seek an exemption from these attendance policies by making an accommodation request. The decision to grant an accommodation will be based on documentation received from the healthcare provider consulted by the student.

Accommodation Requests

Nebraska Wesleyan University maintains a supportive academic environment for students with disabilities and/or chronic health condition. To assist us in that effort, Federal law requires that students with disabilities defined by the ADA notify the University, provide documentation, and request reasonable accommodations.

  • Are you a person with a disability as defined by the ADA (a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment)?
  • Do you experience a functional limitation due to your ADA-defined disability that impacts your ability to attend class in person for one or more sessions?

If you answer “Yes” to either question, please contact Prof. Sandy McBride, the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (402-465-2346, smcbride [at] nebrwesleyan.edu).

If you answer “No” to both questions and wish to request an attendance accommodation due to COVID-19-related vulnerabilities, please have your healthcare provider fill out and submit the Attendance Exemption Request for Documentation.

Fall Semester Operations Plan

This plan was developed by the Operations and Personnel Task force to assist in providing guidance for reopening the university’s campus. The plan outlines steps the university recommends for implementing social distancing strategies in teaching, learning, research and common spaces. The recommendations of the task force are based on the guidance of local, state and federal public health officials as well as the most current scientific data. Evidence-based measures will be taken to protect our NWU community and will remain in place for as long as needed with the expectation that flexibility will be required as updated information becomes available.

Purpose

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised colleges and universities to plan for the potential impact of COVID-19 on instruction and campus operations. It is our intention to hold the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors as our highest priority while continuing to uphold the mission: dedication to intellectual and personal growth, and the core values of NWU- excellence, liberal arts, personal attention to students, diversity, community and stewardship.

General Guidance

Coronavirus can spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus has a higher probability of spreading when people are in close contact with one another.

  • Wear a mask over nose and mouth when in NWU buildings and in proximity to one another
  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others
  • Handwashing regularly for at least 20 seconds is the best method to prevent the spread of disease
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains between 60% to 80% alcohol
  • Do not come to campus or attend class if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Faculty, staff and student employees should sanitize their own work spaces and public areas they have come into contact with
  • Refrain from bringing groups of guests, family members, and pets to campus at this time

Self-monitoring temperature stations will be available on campus at the following locations:

  • Acklie Hall of Science
  • Great Hall
  • Story Student Center
  • Weary Center

General Operations

Cleaning supplies and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be made available to all offices, classrooms, laboratories, student spaces and residence halls. Specific locations to be determined.

  1. Common/Social Spaces
    Faculty, staff and students will be allowed to use common/social spaces, following all public health guidelines and will be expected to sanitize the public areas affected. Faculty and staff should also refer to the Employee Code of Conduct plan for additional guidance.
    • Some seating will be removed to encourage physical distancing.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available in every common/social space.
    • Occupants must use spray and paper towels to clean shared surfaces (desks, tables, etc.) before and after use.
    • Signs will remind occupants about social distancing, handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, wearing of masks, etc.
  2. Classrooms
    Custodial staff will maintain a bucket of cleaning supplies in each classroom containing the following items:
    Disposable facemasks
    Disinfectant spray
    Paper towels
    Disposable gloves
    • Faculty will wipe down the computer keyboard and all apparatus before the class begins and again when the class ends.
    • Faculty will spray down student desks after each class. Students may wipe down each desk prior to the use of each desk for subsequent classes.
    • Faculty will bring their own whiteboard markers or chalk and erasers to class. One set of markers and eraser will be provided to each faculty member at the beginning of the academic year. When those run out individual departments will be responsible for replacing them.
    • When allowable, keep classroom doors propped open to reduce touching of doorknobs.
    • Faculty and students will not rearrange classroom furniture or move desks; desks will be left where the Campus Safety Manager has placed them to ensure physical distancing.
    • Maintenance has upgraded the air filters in academic buildings and will continue to change them regularly.
    • Faculty and students can wear a face shield during lectures and presentations only
    •  Faculty may have classes outdoors, if weather permits.  Students and faculty can be closer than six feet apart outside if they are wearing masks; if faculty and students are more than six feet apart outside they do not have to wear masks.
  3. Computer Labs (Olin, Library, Lucas)
    Custodial staff will maintain a bucket of cleaning supplies in each computer lab containing the following items:
    Disposable facemasks
    Disinfectant spray
    Paper towels
    Disposable gloves

    Faculty, department assistants or WITS will wipe down the computer keyboards and surrounding areas before and after each class.
    • Computer stations will be removed to adhere to current physical distancing recommendations.
    • Proper sanitization will be expected before and after computer use.
    • Faculty and staff may choose to transport and use their own keyboard in classrooms and labs, to minimize cleaning and moisture on electronic items.
  4. Laboratories/Tech spaces (Weary, Lucas, Acklie, Olin, Elder, Old Main)
    • Cleaning supplies and gloves will be maintained in each laboratory.
    • Faculty will wipe down the computer keyboard and all apparatus before the class begins and upon completion of the class.
    • Faculty will spray down student desks after each class. Students may wipe down each desk prior to the use of each desk for subsequent classes.
    • Faculty and students will be asked to wear masks and gloves while in the lab due to shared equipment.
  5. Athletic facilities
    • Recommendations have been made on weight room and exercise room capacities. Specifics will be communicated at a later date.

Additional Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-respon…

Fall Semester Academic Model

This plan was developed by the Fall 2020 Academic Planning Task Force to assist in providing guidance for academic operations. The plan includes changes to both the Fall 2020 academic calendar and instruction modality.

NWU remains committed to excellent engaged learning with in-person attention to students in an on-campus environment.  Staying true to this commitment during the current pandemic and the resulting uncertainty, NWU plans to implement modifications with the way courses are experienced by students and instructed by faculty in the Fall 2020 semester. These modifications affect both the academic calendar and instruction modality.

Changes to the Academic Calendar

Following guidance by health experts, the Fall 2020 semester will begin and end one week earlier. Instead of fall break, Thanksgiving break will be extended to a full week of vacation time, signaling the conclusion of on-campus instruction. The final two weeks of the semester will take place remotely. During the last week of classes (November 30-December 4), students will engage in carefully planned online experiences, such as lectures, small group discussions, student presentations or instruction of new material. Finals week (December 7-11, for semester-long courses) is reserved for final assessments (such as comprehensive exams, final presentations or papers).

These calendar changes are designed to minimize the health risks of the NWU community traveling during breaks and returning to campus, which could jeopardize the continuation of the semester. Also, current health modeling predicts a spike in COVID-19 cases coinciding with the start of the traditional flu season at the end of the year. Ending on-campus instruction at Thanksgiving and delivering the final two weeks of the semester at a distance limits in-person contact during peak virus times.

Fall 2020 Semester Details (see Academic Calendar website for full details)

Full Semester: Monday, August 17-Friday, December 11
Last day of on-campus instruction: Friday, November 20
Thanksgiving break & move out for residential students: November 23-29
*Residential students only need to move out items they wish to take with them during the break.
Remote learning week: November 30-December 4
Finals week (remotely): December 7-11

First 8-week term: Monday, August 17-Friday, October 9

Second 8-week term: Monday, October 12-Friday, December 11
Last day of on-campus instruction: Friday, November 20
Thanksgiving break & move out for residential students: November 23-29
Remote learning weeks: November 30-December 11

Instruction Modality Changes

NWU is committed to personal attention to students and providing dynamic and engaged on-campus learning opportunities where students have consistent and equitable access to course content. COVID-19 requires us to modify our instructional modalities. This document provides the basic components of these changes which are adopted based on the premise that the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is paramount and central to NWU’s efforts this fall semester and beyond.

The Basics of the Approach

Classes will be held as follows:

  • In-person weekly gatherings with small groups of students in lieu of full-class meetings with the goal of every student having an in-person classroom experience each week for each course.
  • Courses delivered as a combination of in-person and asynchronous methods.  Students may expect synchronous meetings.
  • Students must reserve all class meeting times, as stated on their schedules, for each of their classes. Professors may schedule meetings at any of the times assigned to their classes. Even if a student is assigned to a small group that meets only once per week, the instructor may expect that the full class log in synchronously during other assigned times, or may change day assignments for each group.

Rationale and Philosophy of the Approach

  • Maintain commitment to personal attention to students.
  • Provide for dynamic and engaged on-campus learning opportunities where students have consistent and equitable access to course content.
  • Provide for flexibility in delivering content to better address the needs of students, faculty and staff in the event of vulnerable health, illness, or a shift to a fully online learning environment.
  • Follow state and local directed health measures (DHMs) and NWU’s Employee Code of Conduct COVID-19 to protect the safety of our community.

Accommodation Requests
Exceptions to in-person engagement will be granted to students with health issues in accordance with NWU policies.

Implementation Examples
Implementation of this model may vary at the instructor's discretion. Examples of how this instructional modality could work include:

  • Lecture: The instructor posts lectures or didactic material online then meets in person with half of the class at the regularly scheduled time on Tuesdays and the other half on Thursdays, allowing each student to have weekly engagement (i.e., content clarification, review, and practice) with the faculty member.
  • Discussion: The class could run like a small tutorial, with one-half or one-third of the students meeting in person on alternate regularly scheduled days and time. If necessary, the full class could meet synchronously (e.g. Zoom) for occasional large-group discussions or presentations with the emphasis remaining on in-person dialogue and engagement.
  • Individual or small-group presentations: In addition to in-person meetings, the full class could meet synchronously on the regularly scheduled day/time for individual or small-group presentations. Alternatively, to address connectivity and technology concerns, students could prerecord their presentations and post them in a discussion board on Canvas.
  • Classes scheduled in classrooms that are large enough to hold all registered students may meet in person at one time. The last two weeks of the term will be delivered online.
  • Science labs, art studio: For art studio or science lab classes, demonstrations and content could be delivered online, followed by personalized scheduled interactions during the existing class time using approved DHMs. Students who may not be able to attend in person should consider delaying enrollment in these experiences.
  • Private music lessons, music and musical theatre ensembles will be taught in person when DHM can be observed; otherwise, Zoom and recording technology may be used. Music performances will observe DHM and science-based safety precautions. In some cases, the faculty and students may use virtual-performance software and video recording or streaming.
  • Clinicals, practicums and student teaching: Accredited programs will follow current requirements from their accrediting agencies. When these experiences are required by external accrediting organizations, students will be able to participate in accordance with signed agreements between NWU and the organization/agency. Students will be required to sign a separate agreement.
  • Credit-bearing experiential learning activities (e.g., internships): Non-accredited programs may need to consider alternatives to in-person placements, including remote internships or course substitutions. In certain cases, students may request an exception to complete in-person internships.

Definitions

  • In-person: Meeting face-to-face in a shared physical space either individually or in small groups.
  • Synchronous: Meeting “live” in real time using an electronic form of communication (ie. video conference, phone, etc.). This format requires faculty and students to be online at the same time for information and course content delivery, discussion, presentation, etc.
  • Asynchronous: Information and course content are shared online in a format where student can access and review it later. Within an asynchronous format, information may be shared at specific times with the expectation it will be reviewed within a specified timeframe.
  • Flipped classroom: A pedagogical model where typical lecture and homework elements are reversed. This approach draws on active learning, student engagement, and hybrid course design.

Recommended Configurations for Student Laptops

We strongly encourage all Nebraska Wesleyan University students to own a laptop computer and accessories consistent with the minimum requirements listed below.

Mac Laptop
Intel Quad Core i5 (or i7)
8 - 16GB RAM
256 – 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Webcam with microphone
Mac OS 10.15
AppleCare three-year warranty: $269
Windows 10 x 64 Laptop
Intel Core i5 or i7, or AMD A8 and AMD A10 APU
8 - 16GB RAM
256 – 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Display w/ Refresh Rate: 60-hertz and Min. Possible Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Wireless: 5 GHz-capable dual-band, often labeled as 802.11ac, 802.11a/n, 802.11abgn
Webcam with microphone
Three-year warranty (recommended)
USB Flash Drive (32GB)
Fall Semester Student Experience Plan (Housing, Athletics, etc.)

This plan was developed by the Fall 2020 Student Experience Task Force in consultation with the other Fall 2020 Task Forces (Academic Planning and Operations and Personnel) and in keeping with Nebraska Wesleyan University’s core values of personal attention to students, excellence, diversity, and community.

Incoming Traditional Undergraduate Students

Incoming traditional undergraduate students (both first-year students and transfers) will receive summer transition information throughout the summer. New students will participate in Prairie Wolf Prep online programming to start learning about opportunities at NWU and meeting some of their classmates before their arrival on campus in August. Prairie Wolves Welcome, the on-campus transition programming in August, will be adjusted to account for a staggered move-in process and social distancing measures.

Residential Education

In mid-July new NWU students who plan to live in campus housing will receive detailed information about their housing placement, roommate information, housing policies, and move in dates. Returning NWU students who will live in campus housing will receive updated information via email. To promote student safety, residence halls will be open to residents only and residents will be required to wear masks in common areas (lounges, computer labs, etc.).

To promote safe social distancing, residents will sign up for move-in times on the following dates:

August 6: Peer Assistants
August 11:

First-Year students participating in Sorority Recruitment (students participating in Sorority Recruitment must register for Sorority Recruitment move in by August 1)

Prairie Wolves Welcome student leaders

August 12: Football, M/W Soccer, Volleyball student-athletes
August 13: New first-Year and transfer students move in
August 15: Returning student move in
August 16: Returning student move in continues

 

Fall semester residential contracts will end before Thanksgiving when the university transitions to remote instruction and exams for the final two weeks of the semester, followed by winter break. Students who stay on campus after the closing date may do so through a winter housing contract. Information on winter housing will be provided to residents later in the fall semester. 

Student Support Services

Student life and academic affairs support services – Career Center, Center for Student Involvement, Cooper Center, Counseling Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and others – will continue to provide events, programs, and support for students through a mix of in-person and online formats as best fits the services and the health and safety needs of students and staff.

Athletics

Nebraska Wesleyan University will participate in American Rivers Conference and NCAA athletics, following the safety guidelines of both the NCAA and A-R-C. Student-athletes will receive specific information on athletic participation guidelines from their coaches. Spectators will be allowed at events in accordance with local directed health measures and campus social distancing and mask policies. Spectator policies for each facility and each sport will be updated near the start of each season.

Weary Center/Recreational Athletics

The Marian and Marion Weary Center for Health and Fitness will be available for student use with some capacity reductions to promote social distancing and with increased cleaning by users and staff members. Intramural athletics will be available for all members of the university community.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center will continue to serve full-time undergraduate students by appointment Monday-Friday during the academic year.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center will continue to serve full-time undergraduate students by appointment Monday-Friday during the academic year. To allow for social distancing, personal counseling will be provided primarily through telehealth (video). To preserve the confidentiality of those sessions, the university will make private meeting rooms available to students who need them for telehealth counseling sessions.

Student Experiences Q & A

Should students get tested before returning to campus? 
If testing is available in a student’s home community, we encourage students to get tested before returning to campus (and to delay return if the student tests positive). We are working with the state government and hope to offer testing for students on campus. If students need testing during the semester but don’t have the necessary transportation to get to a test site, NWU can help students arrange transportation to a test site. We strongly encourage all students to register for TestNebraska, which will provide quick access to testing. This option is also available to out-of-state students.

What should a student do if they test positive?
Students who test positive should notify the university so that we can facilitate contact tracing and so we can support the student’s personal and academic wellbeing. The identity of individuals who test positive will remain confidential, but we will inform others on campus if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What if a student living on campus has to quarantine or isolate?
We encourage residential students and students living in Greek housing to make an off-campus plan for quarantine (14-day monitoring for symptoms after potential exposure) or isolation (when tested or presumed positive). We will have limited capacity for on-campus housing for students in quarantine or isolation.

Can students stay in residence halls after the November 22 fall semester close and before the residence halls reopen for spring semester? What about winter sport athletes?
Traditional residence halls (Centennial, Johnson, Pioneer, Plainsman) and suites will be closed after November 22. Townhouses and apartments do not close between semesters. Student athletes on winter season athletic teams who live on campus will be allowed to remain in their rooms as needed. Other students can remain on campus in winter housing contracts only by application and only for approved reasons. Residential students will receive more information on winter housing policies later in the fall semester.

How will Prairie Wolves Welcome/New Student Programs look for traditional undergraduates?
Residence hall move in will take place over a longer period to accommodate social distancing. We will have a reduced schedule for Prairie Wolves Welcome (PWW) in the week before classes start. Some of the content will be shared before students arrive on campus through Prairie Wolf Prep, an online orientation program delivered via Canvas. Incoming students (first-year and transfer) will receive information on new student programs.

Will spectators be allowed at athletic events?
We anticipate that we can allow spectators at athletic events in accord with current directed health measures. Spectators will need to wear masks at either indoor or outdoor athletic events, and spectators should maintain six feet of distancing between themselves and other spectators. These protocols could change as dictated by city or county health guidelines.

Will student activities, clubs, and Greek life organizations still operate?
The Center for Student Involvement will continue to offer opportunities for student involvement on campus, both in person and online. Although some events and activities will look different given the social distancing requirements, NWU will continue to foster students’ active engagement with peers on campus.

If students violate the social distancing guidelines or the campus mask policy, is it a violation of the Code of Student Conduct?
Masks and social distancing have proven to be an important measure in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The campus policies on social distancing and on wearing masks are in place for the safety of our campus community and others off campus. We will be educating our community members about these policies. Students who do not abide by these or other campus policies may face consequences for violating the Code of Student Conduct.

NWU Dining Protocols

Face coverings are required in Prairie Point Dining Center and Archway Café. Please follow all posted entrance, exit and maximum capacity signs. Dining hall plans have been approved by the Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department.

August 17- August 30 — Carry-Out Only will be offered with limited seating for first-year students (subject to change based on current Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Directed Health Measures).

Reduced Seating in Dining Locations— Seating capacity is reduced by two-thirds with a maximum of three per table. Once seating is full, students will be asked to opt for Grab-n-Go or wait until others exit and seating areas have been cleaned, disinfected and sanitized. Carry out will be available from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. unless capacity has been reached prior. Social distancing signage is placed in areas where lines form. Prairie Wolf A and B (located on the lower level of the Story Student Center) will be open for lunch and dinner for overflow seating.

Menu Options and Enhanced Grab-n-Go — Carry-out options are available at the Prairie Point Dining Center and Common Ground (located in Acklie Hall of Science) during regular business hours to increase speed of service and avoid lines. Archway Café is available for late night hours.

Serving Stations — All serving stations will be served (no buffet style service) with a single direction line. Students will receive ample portions of the items they select. Options will be simplified and will include a salad and dessert.

Cleaning Procedures — Sections of the dining room may be closed intermittently during the day to allow for additional cleaning and disinfecting. Students are required to wear face coverings while inside university buildings, standing in line or picking up items. Face coverings are not to be removed until seated for dine-in service.

Staff Safety Procedures — Dining Services staff will wear face coverings and follow all Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department guidelines and directed health measures.

Fall Semester Hours of Operation

Archway Café (lower level of Story Student Center)
August 3-15
Monday-Friday — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Regular hours resume August 16.

August 16-November 20
Monday -Thursday — 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Friday —7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday — 3 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sundays — 3 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Acklie Common Ground (second floor Acklie Hall of Science)
August 17-November 20
Monday-Thursday — 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday — 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Prairie Point Dining Center
August 6-16
Serving early arrivals

August 17-November 20
Monday-Thursday — 7:15 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday — 7:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday — 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Past University Updates

Latest Updates

Academics

  • Fall semester classes will continue on campus until the week of November 23 when the residence halls will close and students will return home for the Thanksgiving holiday. When residence halls close, students should pack any items they will need between Thanksgiving and the start of the spring semester in January.
  • The final week of classes will be held remotely for the week of November 30-December 3 and will include activities like lectures, small group discussions and instruction of new material. 
  • Final exams will be given remotely December 7-11. Most students will not return to campus until the spring semester, which begins Monday, January 11. Accommodations will be made for residential students — including international students, winter sport athletes and others — who need to remain on campus.
  • No fall break will be scheduled for the fall semester.

  • Spring semester will begin January 18 (evening classes only) and January 19 for all other classes. Spring break has been eliminated, but the Easter break will continue as scheduled. The final day of the spring semester is May 6. Commencement will be held May 8.

Students

  • Prairie Wolves Bookstore is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also call the bookstore at 402.465.2490. Face masks and social distancing guidelines will be required in the store.

  • A limited number of laptops are available for checkout at the library. Email library [at] nebrwesleyan.edu to check on availability.
  • If you need tech support, Wesleyan IT students can help. Call the helpline at 402.465.7777 or email wits [at] nebrwesleyan.edu.
  • Prairie Wolf Pantry is now available to students. If you are in need of food and/or toiletries, email NWUpantry [at] nebrwesleyan.edu. Delivery will be coordinated to keep with social distancing protocols.

Faculty & Staff

Stay Informed

Practice Proper Hygiene

  • Use frequent and thorough handwashing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based (40-60%) hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t immediately available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Wear a face mask over your mouth and nose.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; if you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Use sanitation wipes or spray on high-touch items in your work, living and study areas.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms (cough, fever of 100.4 and higher, shortness of breath).
  • Avoid unnecessary social gatherings. 
  • Students should contact Student Health Services or their primary care provider if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Employees should contact their primary care provider. 

Events

  • Outside groups and organizations will not be allowed to use NWU facilities for activities and events at this time.
  • The American Rivers Conference has postponed four sports from fall to the spring semester including football, volleyball and men's and women's soccer. Women's and men's cross country, women's golf and women's tennis is allowed to compete this fall. Winter sports (women's and men's basketball, women's and men's indoor track and field, and wrestling can begin competition no earlier than January 1. 

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