Academic Update for Students

March 17, 2020

Thank you for your patience as the university works tirelessly to help you prepare for remote learning on March 30. Below are some reminders and guidelines to help you with this transition. As decisions are made and new guidelines finalized, we will share them with you as soon as possible.

This is a long email. Here is what's included:

  • Student internet access – new
  • Withdrawal deadline extended – new
  • Suspension of Fifteenth Week "Dead Week" policy – new
  • Undergraduate research – new
  • Internships – new
  • Fall 2020 registration – reminder
  • Return processes for textbooks – reminder

Student internet access

If you do not have an adequate connection to the internet, you can contact your local Nebraska Extension Office to inquire about access. Local libraries may also offer internet access. Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum WiFi for 60 days to students impacted by changes caused by COVID-19. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Call 1-844-488-8395 for more information.

Withdrawal deadline extended

The university has extended the deadline to withdraw from a course to April 24. This is to provide flexibility and time for students who find completing a course difficult in their new circumstances or who are struggling with the transition to remote instruction. If you are interested in withdrawing from a course, we strongly encourage you to consult with your academic advisor and a financial aid counselor before finalizing any decisions. Course withdrawal may adversely impact progress toward degree completion and impact financial aid status. If you withdraw from a course, you will not receive a refund.

Suspension of Fifteenth Week "Dead Week" policy

The Fifteenth Week Policy exists to assist you in planning your time as you complete your courses and prepare for finals. Currently, instructors need to be able to make substantial revisions to their syllabi to accommodate the sudden shift to remote learning and shortened schedule. As a result, and after consultation with the leadership of ASUN, the rules concerning the Fifteenth Week policy are suspended for spring 2020.

Instructors are expected to uphold the spirit of the policy as they develop creative new assessments to meet the demands of this shifted learning environment and are expected to have updated syllabi in Canvas by 5 p.m. on March 29.

Undergraduate research

If you are engaged in a research project, you should contact your faculty research mentor to determine whether your research can be continued in a remote learning environment.


If you are participating in an internship, you should follow the in-person/remote work guidelines of your organization. You should consider your own safety, health, and wellness in determining if you wish to continue. If you choose to discontinue, you may be subject to your organization’s consequences.

If you are enrolled in an academic credit course for an internship, you must continue in order to meet the requirements of the course. If you are uncertain whether you can meet the requirements, contact your instructor. All courses are being adjusted to be completed through remote instruction. The deadline to withdraw from an internship for credit has been extended to April 24.

Fall 2020 registration

To give you additional time to connect with your academic advisor, priority registration is moving to April 6. Individual student enrollment appointments (the time you may begin registering) in MyRED will be reassigned. You should check MyRED during spring break to find your new appointment time.

Return processes for textbooks Updated 3/20

To return rented textbooks at the end of the semester, sign in to your account and print a free return shipping label.