Readiness Check for Possible Online Instruction

March 10, 2020

Dear Students,

As you have likely seen over the last several days, some universities are beginning to suspend in-person classes as they deal with the spread and potential impact from the COVID-19 virus. We may or may not need to take similar actions. The covid19.unl.edu website is the best place for the most up-to-date information.

Here are some steps you can take right now to make sure you are ready for the possibility of classes moving online.

  • Begin checking Canvas and your @huskers.unl.edu email regularly for messages about your courses. Here's how to turn on Canvas notifications: canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10624.
  • 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 online and download them to a thumb drive.
  • 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: canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-14241-67952843574.
  • Huskertech has laptops available for checkout on a first-come-first-serve basis at all of its locations unl.edu/services/equipment-checkout.
  • Check the Student Online Quickstart Guide at unl.edu/keep-learning for more online resources.

Also, the university has approved a temporary campus-wide attendance policy for students. Under this new policy, if you are sick or under self-quarantine under the direction of a public Health Department or your personal health care provider, you will not be required to provide formal documentation and will not be penalized for absences. You'll still need to notify your instructors, keep up with classwork as you are able, and work with your instructors to reschedule exams, labs or other academic activities. The policy is posted in full at covid19.unl.edu/students.

We are working with instructors to make sure your academic work is fairly recognized and that any disruption does not disadvantage your future academic progress. We are also working to make sure that you have continued access to advising and other academic-related resources.

I appreciate the support and compassion that you have demonstrated toward each other as we work together and decide on next steps in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Many thanks,

Richard Moberly

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor