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), 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.

Operations

Fall Semester Operations Plan

With our core value of community at the forefront, Nebraska Wesleyan feels strongly that vaccinations are the best protection against the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and provide us the opportunity to return to the thriving experiences in and outside of the classroom that Nebraska Wesleyan is known for. In addition to protecting our community’s health, vaccinations will provide our students, faculty and staff with greater freedom from COVID testing and quarantine protocols. Nebraska Wesleyan will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, and we will make any necessary adjustments should directed health measures change.

Face Coverings

  • Masks are required indoors. Exceptions include: residence halls, Prairie Point Dining Center and Archway Cafe (while eating), Weary Center while exercising or participating in athletic activities.
  • All individuals will wear masks for group travel: buses, vans, cars, etc.
  • All individuals will wear masks at Student Health Services and at the COVID-19 campus testing site (as required by OSHA ETS), and to the athletic training room.
  • All performers may be unmasked during live performances since they are either verified as vaccinated or participating in regular surveillance testing.
  • The university masking protocol will be evaluated weekly with the absolute intention to scale back or end the mask requirement based on city/county and campus COVID case numbers.

Distancing Recommendations

  • Maintain six feet of distance if possible.
  • Social distancing will continue in cardio and weight rooms.
    • A ticketing system will be used to control the population of individuals in these spaces.
    • Fans and HEPA filters will be used during times of high use.
    • Doors will remain open as often as possible
  • Participants in long theatre rehearsals will be encouraged to take regular breaks to air out the rehearsal spaces; use of HEPA filters and distancing protocols used during the 2020-2021 academic year will continue.
  • Faculty are encouraged to meet with students in larger, open spaces rather than small offices when possible.
  • Admissions staff are encouraged to meet prospective students and families in larger spaces if available.

Hygiene and Wellness

  • Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Students are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
    • Exemptions or extensions have been approved for some student
  • A list of symptoms can be found: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • A self-monitoring temperature station is available in the Weary Center
  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling ill
  • Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be provided in each campus building
  • Upgraded air filters (MERV 13) will be maintained in campus buildings
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be made available to all offices, classrooms, laboratories, student spaces and residence halls upon request

Exposure and Positive Case Procedures

  • NWU will continue to monitor and manage all reports of COVID-19 exposures and positive cases in accordance with CDC and Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) recommendations
  • NWU will continue to perform internal contact tracing
  • NWU will continue to offer on-campus COVID-19 testing during the fall semester

Quarantine and Isolation

  • Vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine after a direct exposure unless they become symptomatic. Vaccinated individuals with a known direct exposure should wear a mask until they have a negative COVID test result. A COVID PCR test will be required three to five days after exposure.
  • Self-imposed quarantines for vaccinated individuals are no longer supported unless the individual is symptomatic.
  • All unvaccinated individuals will be required to quarantine for seven days after a direct exposure to a positive case.
    • Students will be expected to work with their professors to stay caught up on coursework 
  • Unvaccinated individuals will be required to test on or after day five of quarantine. A negative test result will release the individual from quarantine.

Quarantine and Isolation Housing

  • NWU will offer quarantine and isolation housing for residential and Greek housing students
  • Quarantine and isolation support will be administered by the Student Life Q/I team

COVID-19 Testing

  • All vaccinated students and employees will not be required to participate in surveillance testing.
  • All unvaccinated students and employees will be required to test every other week. Free testing using a saliva-based PCR test is available at the campus testing site, located at the Acklie Hall of Science loading dock on the west side of the building.
    • Some practicum and clinical experiences may require more frequent testing. Impacted students can test at the campus testing site
  • Unvaccinated, in-season student athletes will be tested weekly by a saliva-based PCR test per NCAA recommendations.
  • All symptomatic students (vaccinated and unvaccinated) will be directed to Student Health Services for a rapid antigen test.
    • If the rapid antigen test is negative, the symptomatic student will be sent to the COVID-19 test site for a saliva PCR test
  • Symptomatic employees (vaccinated and unvaccinated) can take a rapid antigen test or a saliva-based PCR test at the campus testing site. PCR tests are also available at CVS, Walgreens or through the employee’s physician. Most health insurance policies, including NWU’s Blue Cross Blue Shield policy, cover COVID testing for those experiencing symptoms.

Cleaning

  • Cleaning supplies will continue to be available in classrooms, studios, laboratories and common spaces
  • Faculty are asked to spray desk and workspace surfaces at the conclusion of class. Faculty are encouraged to ask students to assist in an effort to expedite the process.
  • Individuals are encouraged to sanitize their own workspaces and public areas using the cleaning supplies provided 
  • Custodial staff will continue to perform enhanced daily cleaning in high-touch areas
  • Fogging with disinfectant will continue to be performed in high-traffic areas during the fall semester

Athletics

  • NWU will engage in practice and competitive play in accordance with NCAA Division III and the American Rivers Conference requirements
  • NWU will continue to follow federal, state, and local guidance

Student Health Services

  • Face covering will be required in the Student Health Center
  • OSHA has enacted an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that will impose additional health and safety requirement on our Student Health Center

Travel

  • Personal travel of students, faculty and staff must follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCH) guidance for recommended testing and/or quarantine

Communication

  • Each Monday, employees and students will be notified via their NWU email with important updates and announcements, weekly case numbers and COVID dashboard information.
Fall 2021 Updated Immunization Requirements/Exemption and Extension Request Forms

Nebraska Wesleyan University has updated its immunization requirements to include the COVID-19 vaccination for all undergraduate and graduate students. All students are to be fully vaccinated by August 15 with vaccines approved for emergency use by the FDA (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson) and both doses of a two-dose vaccine must be received to meet the requirement. International students can receive any COVID vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. Students have the option to seek an exemption due to medical or religious reasons. Students can seek an extension due to inability to access the vaccine, or for a temporary medical circumstance that requires a delay in vaccinating, or students can seek an extension to delay the COVID vaccination until it receives full approval from the FDA.

Why is the university requiring COVID vaccinations for students?

Our highest priority is returning safely a fully in-person campus experience in our curriculum and co-curriculum: full-capacity classrooms, in-person meetings and office hours, active student organizations, hands-on experiential learning and project-based learning, close collaboration among students and between students and faculty members, full athletic and performing arts seasons with spectators, and vibrant communities in our residence halls and Greek chapter houses. As we worked on re-opening logistics, it became clear that ensuring consistent vaccination within our community was the only way to do all those activities unmasked and with confidence about the safety of our community members.

Why does this policy apply to adult and graduate students as well as traditional undergraduates?

It is important to us to protect the health and safety of all of our students, as well as our staff and faculty members. Adult and graduate students interact closely with one another and with faculty and staff members. Adult and traditional program undergraduates regularly share classes as well as non-classroom spaces. The requirement for adult and graduate students helps protect them as well as others in our community.

What if I have a medical or religious reason not to get vaccinated?

We will continue to offer exemptions from our vaccination requirements for individuals who can document either a religious or medical reason. Requests will be reviewed by the Director of Student Health and the Vice President for Student Life.

What if I need an extension?

Individuals who do not have access to vaccination prior to the start of the school year can request a six-week extension to allow time to schedule and receive the required vaccination. Individuals who have a temporary medical circumstance that requires them to delay their vaccination can also seek an extension with documentation from their medical provider of their anticipated timeline for vaccination. Individuals who wish to defer the COVID vaccination until the FDA issues full approval, rather than emergency use authorization, may also seek an extension. Extensions do not exempt the individual from the vaccine requirement. Individuals will have six weeks from the end of the circumstance that prompted the extension request to complete their vaccination requirement.

How do I let the university know that I have been vaccinated?

Students should email a photo of their vaccination card to studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu. Students who shared their vaccination card with the university during the 2020-2021 academic year do not need to resubmit their vaccination card.

Employees should email a photo of their vaccination card to jagee [at] nebrwesleyan.edu.

Will NWU offer COVID vaccinations on campus?

The Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department will host a vaccination clinic on campus on Wednesday, August 25. Students who plan to wait and get vaccinated at this clinic will need to submit an extension form.

What policies will apply differently for vaccinated vs. unvaccinated individuals?

If a vaccinated member of the NWU community (student or employee) is exposed to a positive case of COVID and remains asymptomatic, they will not have to quarantine. If an unvaccinated member of the NWU community is exposed to a positive case of COVID, they will have to quarantine, regardless of whether they demonstrate symptoms. Classes will not be split into attendance groups and faculty will not prepare simultaneous lesson plans for both in-person and remote learning students. Students who miss class for quarantine and isolation will need to work individually with their faculty to determine how to keep up on coursework.

Will COVID testing be required?

Unvaccinated students will be tested monthly at our campus test site. Testing will use a saliva-based sample (not a nasal swab). Tests will be processed off campus and results will typically be available the next business day. Unvaccinated students involved in high-contact activities will be required to test every two weeks. These groups include in-season athletic teams, vocal and wind ensembles, theatre casts and crews, student teachers, some practica and clinical, etc. Traditional undergraduate students — vaccinated or unvaccinated — who experience COVID-19 symptoms will be able to take a rapid COVID test at Student Health Services.

Will face masks be required?

Face masks are recommended for employees and students who are not vaccinated, but they are not required.

Will there be a vaccination requirement for employees?

Employee vaccinations are not required at this time. More than 85 percent of our full-time employees are vaccinated — which is substantially higher than the current student vaccination rate. We highly encourage our employees to get vaccinated; we will continue to collect employee vaccination cards and we are monitoring numbers as we approach herd immunity. Unvaccinated employees will receive information about COVID testing policies; vaccinated employees will not be required to participate in regular testing.

Are other colleges or universities requiring COVID vaccinations?

Over 580 U.S. colleges and universities across the country are requiring COVID vaccinations, with more colleges expected to announce such a requirement later this summer. Locally, Creighton University has also announced a COVID vaccine requirement for all students.

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC’s vaccine information webpage.

Fall Semester COVID-19 Testing Protocols

Fall semester COVID-19 testing protocols include:

  • Unvaccinated students who will live on campus will be required to provide a negative PCR COVID test before your arrival. Specific details about this testing requirement were provided to residents by the Residential Education Office.
  • Unvaccinated students who will move into Greek houses received information from their chapter houses regarding COVID test requirements.
  • Unvaccinated students and employees will be tested every other week on campus using a saliva-based PCR test. Testing will use a saliva sample rather than a nasal swab. Tests will be processed off campus and results will typically be available the next business day.
  • There will be no testing fee for students or employees who use the on-campus test site and students will not be required to provide proof of insurance. Testing costs will be covered by the university.
  • Traditional undergraduate students — vaccinated or unvaccinated — who experience COVID-19 symptoms will be able to take a rapid COVID test at Student Health Services.
  • Symptomatic employees (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who experience COVID-19 symptoms will be able to take a rapid COVID test or saliva-based PCR test at the COVID test site on campus.

Vaccinated individuals who are directly exposed to COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. When unvaccinated individuals have direct exposure to COVID-19, they will be required to quarantine for 7 days. Students who miss class for quarantine or isolation will be expected to work individually with their faculty to determine how to keep up on coursework for missed class time.

Fall Semester COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols

What is Quarantine?

Quarantine is a period of maintaining physical separation from others after having close contact with a positive case of COVID-19. The intent is to prevent further spread of the disease.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 unless they experience symptoms. However, fully vaccinated individuals should wear a facemask when indoors and get a PCR test 3-5 days after their exposure. You may discontinue wearing a facemask if the PCR test is negative.

Individuals who are NOT fully vaccinated or not vaccinated are required to quarantine after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.

Timeline and Contact Tracing

Generally, quarantine lasts 7-14 days, but your exact timeline will be determined by your last exposure date. Individuals will be contacted by Jennifer Agee, director of environmental health and safety, or another NWU contact tracer to determine your quarantine dates and to gather information. It is critical for you to answer this phone call or immediately return it when you are able.

We expect you to be honest and willing to share the information necessary to keep those around you healthy. Conversations with Jennifer Agee or a contact tracer are confidential and non-judgmental.

You will receive a follow-up email with your exact quarantine timeline. Please read and save this email for your future reference.

How is your quarantine timeline determined?

If you have been identified as a close contact

  • Recommended quarantine timeline is 10-14 days.
  • Release from quarantine after 7 days can be accomplished if
    • a PCR test is performed on day 5 or later and the result is negative and
    • no symptoms of COVID-19 develop and
    • you continue to self-monitor for an additional 7 days after release.

Example: if your date of close contact exposure occurred on 8/3/2021, your last FULL day of quarantine is 8/10/2021 if you have received a negative PCR test on 8/8/2020 or later, AND you have not developed any symptoms, AND you agree to self-monitor for an additional 7 days. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please report those to Student Health Services or the Student Life Office.

What to do during Quarantine

  • Stay home and away from others for the designated timeline
  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Wear a facemask if it is necessary to be around other people
  • Receive a negative PCR test at the specified time for release from quarantine

Release from Quarantine

You may return to in-person classes and non-athletic activities after the last day of your quarantine if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. You have not developed any symptoms.
  2. You received, and shared with NWU student life (studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu), a negative PCR test taken on or after day five of your quarantine. Please be sure that the information you share with student life includes:
    • Name
    • Test date
    • Test result
    This information should be visible in the same image.
  3. You are cleared for return by Jennifer Agee, director of environmental health and safety. Jennifer Agee or another NWU contact tracer will contact you by phone or email to confirm the release requirements have been met. Students may not release themselves.

What to do after quarantine

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure
  • If you develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact the Student Life Office (studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu) or Student Health Services (StudentHealth [at] nebrwesleyan.edu)
  • Wear a facemask when indoors and around others

Quarantine Off Campus

It is critical that students who are in quarantine remain separated from other people.

  • All residential students should immediately contact the REC On Call at 402.601.2114 to make quarantine arrangements, whether quarantining on or off campus.
  • If you live with others off campus, you must completely quarantine yourself by staying in one area of the residence by yourself, preferably with your own bathroom.
    • If you are not able to completely quarantine, practice social distancing, wear your mask, and disinfect any surfaces you touch.
  • Leaving your residence should be limited to seeking medical care, solo exercise with proper social distancing and mask wearing, and obtaining necessities (food, medicine) via a contactless pick-up.

Quarantine On Campus: Residential Students

It is critical that students who are in quarantine remain separated from other people in the space assigned to them on campus.

  • All residential students should immediately contact the REC On Call at 402.601.2114 to make quarantine arrangements, whether quarantining on or off campus.
  • Students who need to quarantine are generally not approved to remain in their own living space and will be re-assigned a temporary quarantine space on or near campus.
  • The REC On Call will provide detailed instructions about the process, expectations, and what might be helpful to pack.
  • Students who are not currently on a meal plan have two options. 1. Students may order Sodexo meal deliveries, and their student accounts will be billed for the food ordered. 2. Students may opt out of a meal delivery as long as they share with the REC On Call their plan to obtain food.
  • Students who are on a meal plan will simply have those meals deducted from their allotted meals.

Quarantine On Campus: Greek Chapter House Residents

Students living in a Greek chapter house who need a space on campus for quarantine must first discuss their plans with their house director. They should then call the REC On Call for additional information. Greek chapter students are charged a $100 fee for their on-campus quarantine space. Arrangements for food delivery should be made with the chapter’s house director. Additional food may be ordered through the Residential Education Office and will be billed to their student account.

All Students in Quarantine

Taking Care of Yourself
Quarantine can be challenging, so please monitor both your physical and mental health during quarantine. If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms while in quarantine and/or receive a positive COVID-19 test while in quarantine, you are required to contact the Student Life Office.

If you are quarantining on campus, a Residential Education Coordinator will contact you periodically to do a quick check-in to see how you are feeling, if you need anything or if you have questions. Please take these calls or call/text back as soon as you are able.

If you are quarantining off campus and need additional personal or academic support, please reach out to the Student Life staff: studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health during quarantine. Even though it’s important to separate yourself from others physically during this time, we highly recommend staying in touch virtually with those who love and support you. Keeping as much of a routine as possible may also help. This can include virtually participating in organization meetings or study groups as scheduled, or keeping familiar study and leisure times. Some students have even found it helpful to use this new-found time to work ahead on projects.

If you are a full-time traditional undergraduate student and require additional mental health assistance, we encourage you to contact NWU Counseling Services to schedule a telehealth appointment. If you are a part-time traditional, adult, or graduate student, you can contact NWU Counseling Services for a referral list of community providers, and/or you may find helpful information on their website. The CDC has also collected some resources on stress and mental health while in quarantine / isolation.

Outdoor Recreation for On-Campus Quarantine
To support both your mental and physical well-being, you can enjoy 30 minutes of outdoor recreation a day alone. To learn more and sign up for a time, visit Quarantine Recreation Sign-up.

Academic Responsibility and Support
Faculty will be notified about your required absence from class but it is each student’s responsibility to work with their faculty to determine how to keep up on coursework. NWU does not notify employers or internship supervisors. If you wish for us to notify a supervisor, please let us know. If you are a student athlete, the athletic department will also be notified of your required absence.

Fall Semester COVID-19 Isolation Protocols

What is Isolation?

Isolation is a period of maintaining physical separation from others after receiving a positive COVID-19 test or when one is “presumed positive” due to symptoms and/or exposure.

ALL individuals, vaccinated, not fully vaccinated and not vaccinated will need to isolate after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result.

Timeline and Contact Tracing

Generally, isolation lasts 10 days, but your exact timeline will be determined by your symptoms and/or your positive test date. You will be contacted by Jennifer Agee, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, or another NWU contact tracer to determine your isolation dates and to gather information needed to begin the contact tracing process. It is critical for you to take this phone call or immediately return it when you are able.

We expect you to be honest and willing to share the information necessary to keep those around you healthy. Conversations with Jennifer Agee or other contact tracers are confidential and non-judgmental.

In preparation for that call, please think about your timeline from the past few days: Do you have an idea of where you could have been exposed? Who have you spent time with since that exposure? Your name will not be shared with those identified as direct contacts, but they will be notified that they will need to begin a period of quarantine due to exposure.

You will receive a follow-up email with your exact isolation timeline. Please read and save this email for your future reference.

How is your isolation timeline determined?

If you have tested positive and have symptoms:

  • You must isolate 10 days from the date your symptoms began.
  • To discontinue isolation, at least 10 days must have passed since your symptoms began and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since your last fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Example: If your symptoms began on 8/3/2020, your last FULL day of isolation is 8/13/2020. If the above conditions are met, your isolation ends on 8/14/2020.

If you have tested positive and do NOT have symptoms

  • You must isolate 10 days from the date of your positive test result.
  • To discontinue isolation, at least 10 days must have passed since your positive test result.
  • You have not developed any symptoms.

Example: If you received a positive test result on 8/3/2020, your last FULL day of isolation is 8/13/2020. If the above conditions are met, your isolation ends on 8/14/2020.

What to do during Isolation

  • Stay home and in a separate room from others in your household.
  • Use a separate bathroom if possible.
  • Wear a facemask if it is necessary to be around other people.
  • Don’t share personal household items.
  • Monitor your symptoms and watch for shortness of breath
    • If you have an emergency warning sign seek medical care immediately.

Release from Isolation

You may return to in-person classes and non-athletic activities after the last day of your isolation if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. You have not developed any new symptoms.
  2. You are symptom-free and fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.
  3. Your symptoms have improved.
  4. You are cleared for return by Jennifer Agee, Director of Environmental Health and Safety. Jennifer will contact you by phone or email to confirm the release requirements have been met. Students may not release themselves.

Isolation Off Campus

It is critical that students who have tested positive stay home and remain separated from other people.

  • If you live with others, you must completely isolate yourself by staying in one area of the house/apartment by yourself, preferably with your own bathroom.
    • If you are not able to completely isolate, practice social distancing, wear your mask, and disinfect any surfaces you touch.
  • Leaving your residence should be limited to seeking medical care, solo exercise with proper social distancing and mask wearing, and obtaining necessities (food, medicine) via a contactless pick-up.

Isolation On Campus: Residential students

  • All residential students should immediately contact the REC On Call at 402.601.2114 to make isolation arrangements, whether isolating on or off campus.
  • Students who need to isolate are generally not approved to remain in their own living space and will be re-assigned a temporary isolation space on or near campus.
  • The REC On Call will provide detailed instructions about the process, expectations, and helpful packing tips.
  • Students who are not currently on a meal plan have two options. 1. Students may order Sodexo meal deliveries, and their student accounts will be billed for the food ordered. 2. Students may opt out of a meal delivery as long as they share with the REC On Call their plan to obtain food.
  • Students who are on a meal plan will simply have those meals deducted from their allotted meals.

Isolation On Campus: Greek Chapter House Residents

Students living in a Greek chapter house who need a space on campus for isolation must first discuss their plans with their house director. They should then call the REC On Call for additional information. Greek chapter students are charged a flat $100 fee for their on-campus isolation space. Arrangements for food delivery should be made with the chapter’s house director. Additional food may be ordered through the Residential Education Office and will be billed to their student account.

All Students In Isolation

Taking Care of Yourself
Each experience with COVID-19 is unique. Continually monitor both your physical and mental health during isolation. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact emergency health services immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent chest pain
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not exhaustive. If you have any other concerning symptoms, please reach out to your medical provider or NWU Student Health Services.

If you are isolating on campus, a nurse from NWU Student Health Services and a REC will call you regularly to check in while you are in isolation. Please take these calls or call/text back as soon as you are able.

If you are a traditional undergraduate student isolating off campus, a nurse from NWU Student Health Services will call you every 2-3 days to check in while you are in isolation. Please take these calls or call/text back as soon as you are able. Adult and graduate students are encouraged to contact their medical provider as needed.

Students’ mental health is just as important as their physical health during isolation. Even though it’s important to separate yourself from others physically during this time, we highly recommend staying in touch virtually with those who love and support you. Keeping as much of a routine as possible may also help. This can include virtually participating in organization meetings or study groups as scheduled, or keeping familiar study and leisure times. Some students have even found it helpful to use this new-found time to work ahead on projects.

If you are a full-time traditional undergraduate student and require additional mental health assistance, we encourage you to contact NWU Counseling Services to schedule a telehealth appointment.

If you are a part-time traditional, adult, or graduate student, you can contact NWU Counseling Services for a referral list of community providers, and/or you may find helpful information on their website. The CDC has also collected some resources on stress and mental health while in quarantine / isolation.

Academic Responsibility and Support
Faculty will be notified about your required absence from class but it is each student’s responsibility to work with their faculty to determine how to keep up on coursework. NWU does not notify employers or internship supervisors. If you wish for us to notify a supervisor, please let us know. If you are a student athlete, the athletic department will also be notified of your required absence.

On-Campus Resources

Student Life Office
402.465.2223
studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

REC On Call (housing)
402.601.2114

Jennifer Agee, Director of Environmental Health & Safety
402.465.2264
jagee [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Student Health Services
402.465.2375
studenthealth [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Counseling Services
402.465.2464
counseling [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Student Life

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

In spring 2021, the FCC voted to establish the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to help qualified households avoid hefty internet bills. As an approved internet provider for this program, ALLO will offer a $70 discount to the monthly internet service of qualified households. This includes NWU students who are Pell Grant recipients. Qualified applicants will have the discount applied to their monthly bill. The document below includes details about qualifications and application process.

CRRSAA Emergency Grants to Students

NWU has received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Like the funding received under the CARES Act, a portion of the funds must be disbursed as emergency grants to students and a portion is available for institutional needs relating to the coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Education requires universities to prioritize students with exceptional need when distributing emergency grants. As such, Nebraska Wesleyan will distribute funds to students enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester who qualified for need-based aid. Eligible students will be notified of their emergency grant in March 2021 via an email from the Business Office. Students will have the option to apply the emergency grant to the unpaid balance of their student account or to receive the funds via direct deposit or a check.

Please note that Nebraska Wesleyan is using a different process to disburse the CRRSAA emergency grants than was used for the CARES Act emergency grants. A frequently asked questions document is below.

ARP HEERF Emergency Grants to Students

NWU has received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of the American Recovery Plan (ARP) Act. Like the funding received under the CARES Act, a portion of the funds must be disbursed as emergency grants to students and a portion is available for institutional needs relating to the coronavirus.

The U.S. Department of Education requires universities to prioritize students with exceptional need when distributing emergency grants. As such, Nebraska Wesleyan will distribute funds to students based on evidence of financial need. Evidence of financial need is demonstrated in data from the FAFSA or an NWU financial aid application.

Eligible students will be notified of their emergency grant in August 2021 via an email from the Business Office. Students will have the option to apply the emergency grant to the unpaid balance of their student account or to receive the funds via direct deposit or a check.

Please note that Nebraska Wesleyan is using the same process to disburse the ARP emergency grants as was used for the CRRSAA emergency grants. A frequently asked questions document is below.

Past University Updates

 

Campus Resources