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Since the beginning of this public health crisis, we’ve been answering your questions about how UNL is responding and planning. We’ve compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions on the FAQ / Contact Us page.


UNL will celebrate our graduates in August with a GoBigGrad online celebration. May and August 2020 graduates will be honored in a future commencement ceremony.
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Make Your Cornhusker Commitment

UNL is committed to preserving the high-quality educational experience that our students expect, even as we also work to ensure campus safety in the interest of protecting both the campus and the larger communities of which we are all a part.

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How are we ensuring health and safety?

  • We’re enabling social distancing by continuing proper population density practices
  • Continuing intensive cleaning efforts of high-traffic areas across the university
  • Educating the campus community and commit to follow proper public safety and health guidelines to prevent spread of COVID-19
  • Keeping the campus community aware of local COVID-19 conditions
  • Being prepared to transition as needed based on COVID-19 cases and spread
  • Ensuring all Huskers are in this together with a Face Covering Policy
  • Developing testing strategy under the direction of local and state health officials
Learn more about health and safety

What will academics look like?

  • Classes begin remotely Aug. 17; in-person instruction begins Aug. 24.
  • Labor Day and Fall Break are suspended and the fall semester will be completed on Nov. 25.
  • UNL will offer a variety of teaching, learning and research experiences and limit the number of people in classrooms/labs.
  • Instructional flexibility will be available for individuals, including those in high-risk situations or vulnerable populations.
  • We’re planning a three-week online mini session from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18. Additional details about the mini-session will be announced.
  • Please refer to the full Academic Calendar for detail on all fall semester dates and deadlines.

What are we doing to support you?

  • We're welcoming students to our residence halls this fall. For the latest on what to expect, visit the "Changes Coming for Fall 2020" page on the University Housing website.
  • Safe access is being planned for the University Health Center, Libraries, Campus Recreation and all other resources, activities and events.
  • Providing IT resources to help students, faculty and employees to enable reliable remote access to campus
  • Continuing to provide accommodation and support to students and employees impacted by COVID-19
  • Helping students and families plan; tuition rates will be frozen for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years
Academic Calendar — Fall 2020
Week 1:
Weeks 2–14:
Fifteenth Week Finals Fall Mini-Session (optional)
Aug. 17 – Aug. 21 Aug. 24 – Nov. 18 Nov. 19 and 20 Nov. 21 – Nov. 25 Nov. 30 to Dec. 18
Classes will meet on Labor Day, September 7. For employees, Labor Day will be considered a working holiday, similar to Presidents Day, Arbor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Fall Break has been suspended and classes will meet October 19–20.

Your On-Campus Experience this Fall

We’re looking forward to having you on campus this fall. We’re working hard this summer to enhance health and safety so that all students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus can get the most out of their Nebraska experience.

Fall 2020 Experience

General Information on Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

Detailed information on our COVID-19 health response, including the university’s efforts in manufacturing hand sanitizer, is available on our Heath Guidance page, or see the local and national resources below.

Learn about COVID-19

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

Local Information

Learn more about the City of Lincoln’s COVID-19 mitigation and response plan.