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.

Each Monday, all NWU students and employees receive in their NWU campus email the Campus COVID-19 Report, which includes weekly updates on COVID-19 cases and recoveries and updates to policies, protocols and local directed health measures.

Academics

Spring Semester Academic Model

This plan was developed by the Academic Planning Task Force to assist in providing guidance for academic operations. 

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, NWU plans to implement modifications with the way courses are experienced by students and instructed by faculty in the Spring 2021 semester. These modifications affect both the academic calendar and instruction modality.

Changes to the Academic Calendar

Semester break will be extended one week with spring semester classes beginning one week later with evening classes beginning on Monday, January 18 (MLK Day) and all other classes beginning on Tuesday, January 19. Classes will be taught in person to the extent possible with a blended format in a socially-distanced environment. 

Spring break has been cancelled in an effort to minimize the risk to campus associated with increased travel. Easter break — scheduled for April 2-5 — will continue as planned. Spring semester will end on Friday, May 7 with commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 8.

Spring Semester 2021 (see Academic Calendar website for full details)

Full Semester: Monday, January 18 (evening classes)-Friday, May 7 
Culmination Week: April 26-30
Finals week: May 3-7

First 8-week term: Monday, January 18 - Friday, March 12

Second 8-week term: Monday, March 15 - Friday, May 7
 

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. 
  • 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)
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.
Spring Semester 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 academic year 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 Spring 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 on-campus and synchronous remote meetings, and in some cases asynchronous online methods.

  • 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. If approved, an attendance exemption applies to all courses for which the student is registered. Once approved, the student is expected to reach out to all course instructors to discuss how, if allowed, they will maintain a fully online presence in a particular course.

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.

*Deadline to the submit the Attendance Exemption Request for the spring semester is January 4, 2021. Updated request form is forthcoming.

Student Life

Student Quarantine Instructions

Updated 1/12/21 

View the Student Quarantine Instructions.

Student Isolation Instructions

Updated 1/12/21

View the Student Isolation Instructions.

Spring Semester Student Experiences Plan (Housing, Support Services, Athletics, etc.)

Residential Education

The move back date for residents returning to traditional residence halls is Sunday, January 17. Before the start of the Spring 2021 semester, all residential students will be required to provide the university with of a copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken on or after Wednesday, January 13. If a returning student receives a positive test, they must studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (notify the university) and arrange for their return after the end of their isolation period.

If returning residential students are unable to meet these testing criteria in their home communities, they may request early move back on Thursday, January 14 or Friday, January 15 and take a COVID-19 test on campus.  Students who test on campus must quarantine in their rooms until they receive test results. Students who test negative will be released from quarantine while those who test positive will be moved to isolation.

When a residential student is required to isolate or quarantine during the spring semester, they will have the option to quarantine or isolate either on campus or off campus. In most cases, students will be moved to different living areas for on-campus quarantine or isolation.

Each residence hall is open to residents only, no guests. Masks are required in common areas of residence halls (lounges, halls, computer labs, etc.).

Greek Life

Students who live in Greek chapter houses will be required to provide documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within the week prior to the chapter's move back date. Move back dates vary by chapter. Students will receive specific details regarding COVID-19 testing requirements and move back procedures from their individual chapter houses.

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 participate in regular surveillance testing to reduce COVID-19 risk within athletics. Spectators will be limited at events in accordance with A-R-c policies and relevant local directed health measures. Athletic competition will be streamed on the nwusports.com website so that members of our campus community can follow the Prairie Wolves remotely.

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 athletic events will be designed to promote social distancing and safe participation.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center will serve full-time undergraduate students by appointment or by phone consultation 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

What should a student do if they test positive?
Students who test positive should studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (notify the university) so that we can facilitate contact tracing and 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?
Residential students and students living in Greek housing  will have the option to quarantine or isolate on campus or off campus. In most cases, students will be moved to different living areas for on-campus quarantine or isolation. 

Will spectators be allowed at athletic events? Spectators will be limited at events in accordance with American Rivers Conference policies and any local directed health measures. Athletic competitions will be streamed on nwusports.com.

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. Students who do not abide by these or other campus policies may face consequences for violating the Code of Student Conduct.

Do students need to wear a face mask if they have received a COVID-19 vaccine? Yes, NWU will continue its mask mandate during the spring semester.

Do students need to quarantine after an exposure if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine?Yes, if students have only received the first dose of the vaccine. No, if students have received both doses of the vaccine and it has been 14 days since you received the second dose. Students will need to document their vaccination by sending Student Life a photo of the vaccination card and dates.

Is Prairie Wolf Pantry open during the spring semester?  Yes, Prairie Wolf Pantry is available to all 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.

Athletics Spectator Attendance Policy

Due to current conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to create the safest environment possible for student-athletes and spectators, Nebraska Wesleyan University will use the following spectator guidelines for indoor sports:

Snyder Arena

Two people per participant (including student-athletes and coaches) will be permitted to attend basketball, volleyball and wrestling home events inside Snyder Arena. Seating for spectators will be available in the west bleachers.

Each participant will be allowed to include two people on the pass list for each competition. Spectators on the pass list will need to provide an ID to enter the Weary Center.

Spectators are REQUIRED to follow campus masking and social distancing guidelines.

No concessions will be sold and no food or drink will be allowed in the facility.

Fans can watch the Prairie Wolves in action via live streaming at nwusports.com. Click on the link included with the game schedule.

Knight Fieldhouse

Due to the volume of participants and lack of adequately spaced viewing areas, no spectators will be permitted for indoor track and field meets.

Nebraska Wesleyan University in consultation with local and state health officials will continue to monitor in-person attendance in our indoor athletic facilities. These policies are subject to change due to COVID-19 conditions.

NWU Student-Athlete COVID-19 Policies and Return to Play Protocols

COVID-19 Return-to-Play Protocol

Updated 12/21/2020

COVID-19 Identified and Assessed
The following protocol is required to be completed 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 individual (who is positive or is presumed positive) at a distance of less than six feet apart, and for more than 15 minutes over a 24 hour time period; 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. The has been created utilizing research and recommendations from the American College of Cardiology**.

Exposed to COVID-19
Begin Minimum 10-Day Quarantine

  • Report exposure to studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu and follow their instructions.
  • If no symptoms develop, exposed individuals must take a PCR test on or after day 8.
  • If PCR test is negative, individuals may discontinue quarantine after day 10.
  • Daily symptom monitoring until day 14 is required—if symptoms develop, isolate and report.
  • Highly recommended that exposed individuals take another PCR test on day 14.
  • 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/Mild Symptoms

  • 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/Moderate to Severe Symptoms

  • 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.
**Udelson JE, Curtis MA, Rowin EJ. Return to Play for Athletes After Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection—Making High-Stakes Recommendations as Data Evolve. JAMA Cardiol. Published online October 26, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.5896

 

 

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
NWU Dining Protocols

Face coverings are required in all dining locations. Please follow all posted entrance, exit and maximum capacity signs. Dining hall plans have been approved by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

Reduced Seating in Dining Locations — Seating capacity is reduced by two-thirds with a maximum of three per table. Once seating is full, students are asked to opt for Grab-n-Go or wait until others exit and seating areas have been cleaned, disinfected and sanitized. Carry out as well as dine-in service will be available in all dining locations during regular service hours except, the Archway Café which will be carry-out only after 11 p.m. Social-distancing decals are placed in areas where lines form.

Serving Stations — Serving stations will be a combination of served as well as buffet-style service. Self-service stations require patrons to use available hand sanitizer and/or gloves. Utensils will be changed at a minimum of every 30 minutes. Please follow marked social-distancing requirements while in serving lines.

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 required and may only be removed while immediately consuming food or beverage and must be worn at all other times.

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

Spring Semester Hours of Operation

Prairie Point Dining Center

December 28-January 10
Serving early arrivals
Brunch —11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dinner 5-7 p.m.

Spring Semester (Meal Plans)
January 10
Dinner — 5-7:30 p.m.

January 11-May 6
Monday-Thursday — 7:15 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday — 7:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday — 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.

Archway Café (Story Student Center, lower level)

January 4-7
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

January 11-15
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

January 16-May 7
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 3-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, 3-11:30 p.m.

Acklie Common Ground (Acklie Hall of Science, second floor)

January 19-May 6
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Operations

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 temperature before going to class and stay home if you 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 six 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.
  • Consider taking a free COVID-19 PCR test on campus. Testing days and times are listed on the Campus Testing webpage and in the weekly campus COVID-19 report distributed via NWU email each Monday.
  • If a test at NWU does not work for your schedule, students can 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:

  • Within six feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is presumed to be positive for a total of 15 minutes or more (masked or unmasked);
  • Have been in an enclosed space with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more (masked or unmasked);
  • You provided care to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • You live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, hugged or kissed them, shared eating or drinking utensils or by some other means in which you could have got respiratory droplets on yourself;
  • You have been notified by a contact tracer of an exposure. 

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">studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu to notify the University so we can do contact tracing and provide you with academic and personal support.
Spring Semester Operations Plan

This plan outlines steps the university recommends for implementing social distancing strategies in teaching, learning, research and common spaces. The recommendations 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 the 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 are available on campus at the following locations:

  • Acklie Hall of Science
  • Cochrane-Woods Library
  • 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 Director of Environmental Safety and Health 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. 

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

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