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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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Latest Updates

April 7, 2020

President Ted Carter, UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green and the chancellors of UNO, UNMC and UNK have issued a joint message restricting access to University of Nebraska facilities to all, except those designated as on-site personnel. (4/7)

What does this mean for UNL?

  • No one other than those employees designated as on-site personnel may be present in campus buildings.
  • All outdoor recreation spaces on campus are closed.
  • Computer and study space previously offered in the Nebraska Union, East Union is closed. Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons is closed after 5 p.m. April 8 until further notice.

How does this impact students on campus:

  • Students living in university residence halls and Greek houses can continue to do so, observing all federal, state and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. These include no gatherings of more than 10 individuals; following social distancing guidelines, including maintaining a 6-foot distance between others; regular hand washing with soap; and use of hand sanitizers when soap is unavailable.
  • All outdoor recreation spaces are closed.
  • To further reduce exposure to the 2019 novel coronavirus, Dining Services will shift to a daily meal pick-up for students with meal plans.
  • Computer and study space previously offered in the Nebraska Union, East Union is closed. Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons is closed after 5 p.m. April 8 until further notice. Spillover WiFi access areas are still available.
  • Students who do not follow campus guidelines regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus may be subject to disciplinary action as outlined by the university’s student code of conduct.

How does this impact students off campus:

  • Students living and working off campus should not be impacted and remote access instruction will continue without interruption.

How does this impact faculty and staff:

  • Remote access instruction will continue without interruption.
  • Only employees designated will have access to campus buildings.
  • All employees are expected to continue working from home unless specifically designated. Employees designated to continue working on campus will receive a notice from their supervisor.

How does this impact research:

  • Only projects designated as "critical research activities" will be allowed to continue after April 10. Other research may be continued, but only with leadership approvals. A complete list of research related impacts is available from the Office of Research and Economic Development's COVID-19 Research Planning page.

University Messages

This is a list of all messages sent university-wide. Please see Students and Faculty & Staff pages for additional messages sent to those audiences.

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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.

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.

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 before coming to campus, even for essential reasons. This includes anyone who visited or traveled through these areas of the United States.

This is in addition to prior warnings regarding international travel.

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.

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 three question diagnostic tool online; 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) or if you are otherwise feeling ill. If you feel sick after coming to campus, return home immediately and take steps to make sure you do not infect others.

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.

Apply for the NU Emergency Assistance Fund

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.

Facility Closings

A valid NCard and special designation as an onsite employee (or an on-campus resident) is currently required for access to all UNL buildings. NCards may be ordered online.

The following university facilities are closed:

  • UNL Libraries
    See page linked above for all current information on Libraries operations.
  • Nebraska Unions
    See page linked above for all current information on Nebraska Unions operations.
  • Campus Recreation
    See page linked above for all current information on Campus Recreation operations.