Testing and Reporting

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers free COVID-19 testing services. Any member of the university community who receives a positive test report should report their case to the Public Health Advocacy Team. For the health of the university community, please cooperate with any contact-tracing information requests you may receive.

For more information, please refer to our comprehensive resources on Testing, Reporting & Contact Tracing.

Behavioral Expectations

As members of the UNL community, students are required to be responsible for knowing, understanding and following the university’s expectations, protocols, procedures, and requirements related to COVID-19 health and safety mitigation measures. Students are expected to comply with established safety expectations like the university’s face covering policy and testing requirements.

Violations of these expectations may result in disciplinary action. For more information, refer to Student Compliance with COVID-19 Expectations.

Vaccination Information

We continue to work closely with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) on opportunities for our students to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Learn more on the Vaccination Information for Students page.

Academics & Deadlines

What will fall courses look like?

The university is moving forward with plans to return to near-normal activity levels in the fall. Classes that are regularly taught in-person and online will more closely reflect a pre-pandemic fall schedule. Web Conferencing classes are not expected to be widely available.

Students who are not able to participate in in-person courses due to geographical circumstances such as COVID-related travel restrictions or personal circumstances should submit a COVID-19 Academic Flexibility Request. Those with a disability and/or chronic health condition that makes them high risk for the virus should seek support via Services for Students with Disabilities.

Attendance and Engagement Expectations Guidance

Faculty Senate has extended their course attendance and engagement expectations guidance through the summer sessions.

Fee Reductions for Qualifying Students

Students will receive a "Summer 2021 Fee Reduction" if their total Online Course Fees plus University Program Facilities Fees are more than $241 across all sessions. Students will receive a "Fall 2021 Fee Reduction" if their total Online Course Fees plus Program Facilities Fees for that term are more than $735. (The actual amount will be determined following Board of Regents approval of the 2021-22 fee rates in July, but the fee reduction is estimated to be in place for Program Facilities Fees and Online Course Fee totals above $735). The fee reductions do not include technology, library or other course and lab fees. Learn more about course delivery fee reductions.

Study Abroad

  • An updated Travel Policy now allows pre-approved domestic travel for students. Pre-approved international travel for students will continue to be generally prohibited through June 30, 2021. For information regarding potential student travel please see the Exemption Requests for Student Travel page.

University Libraries

Libraries are open. Learn more about specific library policies on the Libraries and COVID-19 page.


Academic advisors continue to be available remotely for assistance with student advising needs. Details about the college advising process can be found on the academic advising website. Students can also reach out directly to their advisors for information about scheduling a remote video, phone or e-mail appointment.

Support resources for advising continue to be available online in MyRED, MyDegreeAudit, Undergraduate Catalog and MyPLAN. The Enrollment Scheduler and Degree Planner are both available within MyRED.

Campus Transportation

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.

Graduate Studies Guidelines and Updates

Masters and Doctoral student guidelines, exam information, and event cancellations and postponements are being updated on the Graduate Studies COVID-19 page.

Mental Health and Well-Being

For those seeking support, Counseling and Psychological Services is offering remote (i.e. Zoom, phone) appointments and crisis support. Crisis services are available 24/7 at 402-472-7450.

Additional tips, apps and resources to help take care of yourself are available online. Students can find assistance through Big Red Resilience and Well-Being, and academic success coaches.

Access to well-being resources and support is also available through the well-being button in Canvas.

Remote Learning

Guidelines for Success with Remote Access Learning

Moving to remote access learning requires changes to some habits, and some entirely new ones. Here are steps you can take to be prepared and confident as a remote access student.

  • Check Canvas and your @huskers.unl.edu email regularly for messages about your courses. Turn on Canvas notifications.
  • Make sure you have access to the internet and have sufficient bandwidth both on and off campus. If you don't, think about other locations where you can access your course materials on the internet and download them to a thumb drive. Local libraries may also offer internet access. Several commercial providers are offering limited free internet services; NU ITS is maintaining a Remote Work FAQ; see the heading "What if I don't have Internet at home?" for more info. View a map of campus outdoor WiFi availability.
  • Make sure you have access to programs you need to do your work, including email, Office 365, and Canvas. If you are using a phone or tablet to access course materials, download the Canvas app.
  • Check the Student Remote Access Quickstart Guide for more information.
  • Resources for students to be successful with remote learning can be found here.
  • Accommodations may need to be adjusted or adapted for a remote access environment. Please contact Services for Students with Disabilities to discuss any adjustments that may need to be made.

Please know that we will work tirelessly to ensure that this switch to remote learning does not disadvantage any student.

Health and Support Services

Emergency Funding Available

Students who are in need of financial assistance because of campus disruption due to COVID-19 can request emergency funds, including UNL's distribution of CARES Act funding, through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Students can find the application to request assistance in MyRED under the Financial Aid tab. Funds are limited and are reviewed as requests come in and are prioritized based on socioeconomic circumstances.

University Health Services

Students concerned about possible exposure should immediately limit interactions with others and contact — by phone or email — the University Health Center or a local health care provider.

Managing Financial Stress

This crisis brings with it many concerns beyond the COVID-19 disease itself. One way to stay healthy is to manage stressors, like finances. Many healthcare and other service providers have created supportive plans to assist through this national challenge. We suggest you check the websites of your healthcare provider, pharmacy, cell provider and other major service providers to gain a better understanding of your financial situation going forward and explore any available savings opportunities.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) is available to support students and families and will make every effort to mitigate financial burdens created by this extraordinary situation. If you have incurred—or will incur—additional expenses or severe financial hardship, please contact Husker Hub at 402-472-2030 or huskerhub@unl.edu to request a financial aid review.

For more information, visit COVID-19 Resources on the website of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Importance of Self-quarantine and Social Distancing

Your health and safety continue to be our top priorities. As the spread escalates, it is extremely important that all students — whether living on campus or off campus — strictly adhere to university and local health directives to avoid virus transmission.

These directions must be followed by everyone for the health and safety of our community. Students who do not comply may face disciplinary action from the university. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to engage in behavior that “unreasonably endangers the mental or physical health” of others. It also is a violation to fail to comply with the direction of university officials.

Student Housing & Facilities

In consultation with the University Health Center, university leadership, and the Lincoln/Lancaster County Department of Health, University Housing has established procedures to provide students an on-campus experience while abiding by local, state and federal health protocols. View University Housing's Health and Safety page.


Internships & Experiential Learning

The university has continued to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and has updated the following recommendations around student participation in internships and experiential education for the Summer 2021 session.

The university encourages all students to know, understand and follow the guidance from local governments and local health departments in the area where students may be participating in their in-person activities, particularly since the guidance can change rapidly.

Following CDC's and LLCHD's guidelines and recommendations on returning to an in-person office/business environment, we recommend that UNL students do the following:

  • If not fully vaccinated, bring their own face covering (mask or face shield) that covers the mouth and nose when around others in an office environment.
  • If not fully vaccinated, practice social distancing (within six feet) between themselves and others in the office environment.
  • Regularly and routinely wash their hands after in person contact to slow the spread.
  • Regularly and routinely clean and disinfect their office spaces.

Other key considerations:

  • Students in credit-bearing internship/experiential learning courses who choose to engage with an in-person experience assume the risk associated with that choice.
  • Students who choose to engage in face-to-face experiences should work with their internship/experiential learning provider to follow local, state and CDC health official guidelines.
  • Students who feel uncomfortable doing an in-person internship/experience should explore virtual options with their employer for completing summer 2021 experiences. Students can contact UNL Career Services if they need support or guidance on how to navigate this conversation.

Emails to Students

This is a list of all messages sent specifically to students. Please see the latest updates page of this site for university-wide messages.

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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.