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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln takes the health and safety of our campus community very seriously. As the United States and global health officials continue to address the spread of novel coronavirus and COVID-19 infection, health and emergency preparedness officials at UNL are monitoring the situation in collaboration with our university and governmental partners. Official updates regarding UNL’s response are found on this site.

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May 29, 2020

University Messages

This is a list of all messages sent university-wide. Please see Students, Instructors/Researchers and Employees pages for additional messages sent to those audiences.

General Information on Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

How to be Prepared

Learn what you can about COVID-19 and its symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control.

Disinfect and Practice Proper Hygiene

If you have sanitation items such as wipes and antimicrobial liquids, gather them, as well as home health items such as thermometers.

Get into the habit of washing your hands thoroughly and consistently after bathroom breaks or contact with high-touch items such as doorknobs. Avoid close contact with any people showing signs of respiratory illness; maintain at least a 6-foot distance.

If You've Traveled to Areas of Widespread Transmission, Self-Quarantine

Based on guidance from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, we ask any student, faculty and staff who may be returning from travel in areas in the United States that have widespread transmission of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes anyone who visited or traveled through these areas of the United States.

This is in addition to prior warnings regarding international travel.

Get a Flu Shot

Seasonal influenza activity is currently low,  but tests and a vaccine for influenza are still available.

While flu vaccine is not effective against the novel coronavirus, getting a vaccination is an essential part of preparation in order to prevent influenza and possible unnecessary evaluation for COVID-19 disease. All persons, beginning at six months, should receive an annual influenza vaccine.

If you haven’t yet gotten your annual flu shot, it's not too late.

Extension Supports Nebraskans

Nebraska Extension is providing resources and information aligned with the university's statewide outreach mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. See Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources on Extension's Disaster Education website.

Information Technology Delivers Anywhere

University of Nebraska Information Technology Services has published ITS & COVID-19 on the website. The site includes information and advice on digital security, remote working, and software available for remote use.

Hand Sanitizer Distribution

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is currently producing hand sanitizer at Nebraska Innovation Campus for healthcare facilities and essential businesses across the state. Local Lincoln pick-up is available via online request. More information available at To contribute to the cause:,

If You’ve Been Exposed to the Novel Coronavirus

If you believe you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, contact the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. A hotline has been established for self-reporting, guidance and next steps.

Call 402-441-8006 or visit the Health Department website.

Additional information and guidance regarding exposure, prevention and treatment is available through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control.

If You Feel Sick

Contact your health provider or the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Coronavirus Hotline: 402-441-8006. Some providers may be able to offer telemedicine; UNL faculty and staff may have access to Teladoc, for example. The University Health Center is now available to faculty and staff members as an acute care option.

CHI Health has put a simple two question diagnostic tool online; the State of Nebraska has initiated TestNebraska, a coronavirus testing program, for which you can register. You can also learn about COVID-19 and its symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control.

During this period, members of the UNL community should be more cautious than usual. You should stay home if you have symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) or if you are otherwise feeling ill.

Help Support Students

Student Affairs maintains several funds through the NU Foundation to help support students' non-academic needs. Please consider supporting the UNL Student Hardship Fund, the UNL Food Pantry Fund, and the UNL Student Care and Well-Being Fund. Find out more on Student Affairs' Help Support Students page.

Information on all UNL and university system funds related to the Coronavirus pandemic can be found on the NU Foundation website.

Financial Hardship? Apply for Assistance

Students can apply for several sources of emergency assistance funding, including funding from the federal CARES Act. For more information, see COVID-19 Resources on the website of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund helps currently enrolled students and university employees (faculty and staff) who face financial hardship resulting from emergency or crisis situations such as natural disasters, home displacement and food insecurity. These circumstances include the COVID-19 crisis that has affected people across the state.

Aid from the fund is awarded by the University of Nebraska president based on need, and applicants may receive up to $1,000 per calendar year. If you have any questions, contact the university at or call 402-472-2111.

COVID-19 Task Force and Committees

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s ongoing response to COVID-19, and plans for a return to in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester, are being led by the COVID-19 Task Force and six committees. These groups, listed below, include leaders representing student, faculty and staff populations.

COVID-19 Task Force

Formed in early March, the COVID-19 task force is intended to shape campus decisions in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The team is divided into subgroups that evaluate possible changes in key areas: academic planning, budget, campus operations, research, student life, health, legal, international, information technology, and campus communications.

  • Renee Batman
  • Laurie Bellows
  • Beth Benson
  • Josh Davis
  • Heather Eberspacher, M.D.
  • Troy Fedderson
  • Deb Fiddelke
  • Lauren Gayer
  • Laura Gonnerman
  • Amy Goodburn
  • Deb Hamernik
  • Dave Long
  • Bill Nunez
  • Britt Otte
  • Mark Robertson
  • Larry Shippen
  • Heath Tuttle
  • Judy Walker
  • Bob Wilhelm
  • Becky Zavala
  • Mike Zeleny, Chair

Academic Committee

  • Shannon Bartelt-Hunt
  • Renee Batman
  • Tim Carr
  • John Carroll
  • Justin Chase Brown
  • Josh Davis
  • Amy Goodburn
  • June Griffin
  • Drew Harrahill
  • Tiffany Heng-Moss
  • Dave Johnson
  • Sherri Jones
  • Julie Kundhi
  • Chris Marks
  • Tawnya Means
  • John Raible
  • Shawn Ratcliff
  • Suzi Tamerius
  • Ann Tschetter
  • Judy Walker, Chair
  • Bill Watts

Budget Advisory Committee

  • Ken Bloom
  • Mark Button
  • Jennifer Clarke
  • Richard Edwards
  • Sherri Jones
  • Martha Mamo
  • Bill Nunez, Co-Convenor
  • Elizabeth Spiller, Co-Convenor
  • Becky Zavala
  • Jeff Bassford, ex officio
  • Mary LaGrange, ex officio
  • James Volkmer, ex officio
  • Mike Zeleny, ex officio

Forward to Fall Committee

  • Joe Baumert
  • Laurie Bellows
  • Steve Booton
  • Matt Davidson
  • Jack Dohrman
  • Matt Ellis
  • Troy Fedderson
  • Nkenge Friday
  • Amy Goodburn, Co-Chair
  • Deb Huryta
  • Jim Jackson
  • Megan Kelley
  • Michelle Krehbiel
  • Roni Miller
  • Brenda Osthus
  • Lance Perez
  • Tony Rathgeber
  • Eric Rodene
  • Jennifer Ryan
  • Heath Tuttle
  • Bob Wilhelm, Co-Chair
  • Catherine Wilson

International Committee

  • Rebecca Baskerville
  • Josh Davis, Chair
  • Dave Long

Research Committee

  • Tala Awada
  • Eric Berger
  • Rick Bevins
  • Archie Clutter
  • David Doty
  • Sara Frizzell
  • Kurt Geisinger
  • Deb Hamernik
  • Rumiko Handa
  • Kelly Heath
  • Dan Hoyt
  • Jim Jackson
  • Liz Lorang
  • Christopher Marks
  • Margarita Marroquin Guzma
  • Janet Near
  • Jennifer Nelson
  • John Osterman
  • Brenda Osthus
  • Mark Riley
  • Daniel Schachtman
  • Sue Sheridan
  • Ashley Washburn
  • Joel Webb
  • Rachel Wenzl
  • Bob Wilhelm, Chair
  • Changmin Yan
  • Becky Zavala

Student Affairs Committee

  • Dave Annis
  • Tricia Besett-Alesch
  • Laurie Bellows, Co-Chair
  • Connie Boehm
  • Charlie Francis, Co-Chair
  • Brent Freeman
  • Lauren Gayer
  • Jake Johnson
  • Ryan Lahne
  • Amy Lanham
  • Britt Otte
  • Tony Rathgeber
  • Veronica Riepe
  • Larry Shippen
  • Hollie Swanson
  • Leigh Thiedeman
  • Callie Wilhite
  • Keith Zaborowski

Visitors, Facilities and Events

A valid NCard is currently required for access to all UNL buildings. NCards may be ordered online. Visitors will need to check in with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department; all international visitors to campus are asked to contact the International Student and Scholar Office at All public events scheduled to take place on the UNL campus or in one of its facilities have been canceled or postponed until further notice. Events may be available as a virtual experience. Please check with the event organizer for further information. Cancellations are noted on the UNL Events calendar and, where applicable, ticket holders will be notified.

The following university facilities are closed:

  • UNL Libraries
    University Libraries will remain closed through June. See page linked above for all current information on Libraries operations.
  • Nebraska Unions
    June 8: University Bookstore will resume limited operations; City Union Computer Lab will be open via Card access. See page linked above for all current information on Nebraska Unions operations.
  • Campus Recreation
    Tennis courts and Mabel Lee Recreation Field will be available June 1. See page linked above for all current information on Campus Recreation operations.
  • Children's Center
    June 15: Reopening under public health guidance.