Fall 2020 Experience

Forward to Fall

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 For:  Instructors / Researchers Employees

How to Prepare for Fall

  • Review the academic calendar.
    • Classes will start remotely on Aug. 17, with in-person instruction beginning Aug. 24. Your instructors will reach out to you with details regarding your first remote week of classes. Monitor your Husker student email address closely as Aug. 17 approaches.
    • The semester will end on Nov. 25. We have suspended some traditional breaks to compress the fall schedule, reducing travel that can result in increased spread of COVID-19.
    • With the regular fall semester completed before Thanksgiving, we will offer a new, three-week remote Fall Mini Session from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18. This session provides an opportunity to get ahead in your studies.
  • Watch your Husker student email account for messages from the university, your college and your instructors. Throughout the rest of the summer, we will communicate critical information—from safety modifications to details on how your classes will meet.
  • Protect yourself from the virus by following your local health guidance. In general, wash your hands often, avoid close contact ("social distance") and wear a cloth face covering when you're around others, especially indoors.
  • When you arrive to campus, expect to observe social distancing guidelines and to wear cloth facial coverings (primarily when indoors). The university will provide you with two cloth masks (See mask delivery plans). Read UNL's Face Covering Policy.
  • Cornhusker Commitment logo 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.

Academic Life

  • The University is committed to providing a safe and successful educational experience for our students.
  • One of the biggest questions facing students today is “what will college be like in the fall?” While no university can yet answer every detail, we are committed to offering in-person classes in accordance with public health guidance.
  • That means there will be social distancing, and that students and faculty will be required to wear face coverings in the classroom. We have mapped the capacity of all of our classrooms based on the guidance of six-foot social distancing to determine the maximum capacity for each classroom and are in the process of determining the classroom availability for each course. We’re also looking at other larger venues on our campus not typically used for classes to provide additional options.
  • How will this impact your classes as a student? Where the course can be held in-person in a classroom or other facility, it will be. It may be that many courses will be taught with part of the class in-person and part of the class remote, alternating to ensure an in-person interaction with the professor. There may also be online coursework to complement the classroom experience.
  • If you are a student with health concerns, there is a process to seek accommodation to allow for remote participation in courses. If you’re an international student with uncertainty in your travel situation, there are additional options you can pursue to help ensure you can participate. If a faculty member has concerns with being able to safely teach in the classroom, flexible arrangements for the course will also be made based on university guidelines.
  • We expect to have the final determination of the locations and exact delivery methods for each course in early August. Colleges, departments and instructors will contact you then with specific details on how courses will delivered.

Living on Campus

  • Residence halls and Greek houses will be open this fall.
  • As a result of contract date changes resulting in fewer days of occupancy, we have lowered the contract rates for all room types. See the updated rates for each room type and meal plan.
  • The residence hall contract cancellation policy offers additional flexibility this year. If a you need to cancel your contract, you may do so with 30 days notice. See contract policies.
  • Move-in will take place August 13-16, 2020. Based on your room assignment, you will be assigned a specific move-in time and date. Your move-in appointment will be emailed to you no later than July 10.
  • Our priority is keeping students safe and healthy in their Husker home. As much as possible and with proper regard to safety, we will observe the CDC guidelines for physical distancing, face coverings, hand washing, and enhanced clearing of our facilities. View a list of health and safety measures we’re taking.
  • Dining centers will be open with enhanced cleaning procedures, limited indoor seating, single-serve stations (instead of buffet lines) and expanded to-go options.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available across campus at entrances to most campus buildings and in the residence halls.
  • Quarantine procedures and an isolation facility will be available for students who are exposed to or contract COVID-19. See Quarantine & Isolation Housing for COVID-19 on the University Housing website.
  • See the full Fall 2020 Housing FAQ.

Student Support

  • You will have access to the University Health Center on campus for primary care and more.
  • Although many of our modifications are designed to keep you and our community safe from COVID-19, we will continue to support your overall well-being. See all the ways we'll continue to support you.
  • You can connect directly with your academic advisor to schedule a time to meet via remote video, on the phone or through email. Your advisor can answer your questions about your courses and schedule and help you make a plan to stay on track to graduate. Learn more about academic advising.
  • You can also seek academic support through the Center for Academic Success and Transition, and through free tutoring, mentoring, and consulting services.
  • To help you navigate the business of being a Husker (financial aid, student bills, course enrollment, etc.), you can contact Husker Hub for assistance with your enrollment and financial needs.
  • To help you through the day-to-day stressors of college life and concerns related to COVID-19, the university offers a variety of mental health and well-being services. These include Big Red Resilience and Well-being, as well as Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • You can connect with Career Services, including direct support for understanding how navigate your career planning despite COVID-19.
  • Because university-sponsored domestic and international travel is restricted, we're working to create virtual international experiences if health and safety guidelines continue to restrict study abroad travel opportunities. You can also schedule a virtual appointment with an advisor in the Education Abroad Office.

Community on Campus

  • Your experience on campus and in person matters. A full slate of in-person activities, from the Big Red Welcome Street Festival to the Wellness Fair, will help kick off the fall and continue through the semester.
  • Residence Life is creating new programming using virtual platforms to build community and promote student engagement. Resident assistants will host events to engage students in smaller groups and a “Live Series” will provide web-based content on life skills, game nights, and stand-alone sessions offered by campus partners. Digital Study Groups will match interested students based on the courses they are taking for Zoom sessions.
  • All campus facilities — including the Nebraska Unions, Campus Recreation facilities, University Libraries and Husker Hub — will be open and following local health guidelines.
  • Each academic college will host a welcome event for their students during the first week of classes. Other planned small group activities will include Class Schedule Tours, Downtown Tours, Out-of-State Student Receptions, and Commuter Student Meet-ups.
  • Campus transportation options — from city buses to Zipcar rentals — remain available.
  • University Operations is negotiating an additional contract for buses to transport students across UNL campuses in addition to the current STARTRAN provider. To meet increased ridership demand while protecting health, plastic covers have been installed on the backs of each seat.
  • Details on attending Huskers events will be announced.

Protecting Huskers

  • Our goal is to balance modifications made for health and safety with the in-person experience. We are currently finalizing our health and safety policies, but in general you can expect:
    • Classrooms will be arranged to allow six feet between each student.
    • All members of our campus community will be expected to wear masks when indoors and when social distancing cannot be observed outside. We will provide two cloth masks to every student and member of the faculty and staff (See mask delivery plans).
    • COVID-19 testing will be available on campus, including at the University Health Center.
    • Hand sanitizer stations will be available at entrances to most campus buildings.
    • We are increasing our cleaning and sanitation in high-traffic and high-touch areas across campus.
  • Quarantine and isolation plans are being finalized for students living on campus.

International Students

  • We’ve created four flexible Fall 2020 enrollment options to give international students guidance and confidence in planning the next step toward your university education. Learn more on the Global Admissions website.
  • We’re working to build flexibility into our academic opportunities because of travel and health mandates placed on our students who are arriving from outside the U.S.. International students should expect to experience in-person instruction.
  • We’re working to create virtual international experiences if health and safety guidelines continue to restrict study abroad travel opportunities.
  • University-sponsored domestic and international travel is currently restricted.

Graduate Students

  • We will maintain agreed-upon teaching percentage levels, with potential adjustments of graduate teaching assignments or reassignment of teaching assistants.
  • We will maintain agreed-upon research assistantship percentage levels to the extent possible depending on grant funding.
  • Resources are available to assist in operations and planning.

More Information for Prospective Students

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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.