Forward To Fall

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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. See below for information on heath and safety, academics and support.

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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
  • Developing testing strategy under the direction of local and state health officials
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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.
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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
Fall Semester 2020
Week 1:
Weeks 2-14:
Fifteenth Week Finals
Monday, Aug. 17 - Friday, Aug. 21 Monday, Aug. 24 - Wednesday, Nov. 18 Thursday and Friday, Nov. 19 and 20 Saturday, Nov. 21 - Wednesday, Nov. 25
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.