Forward to Fall Information for Students

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 this fall's Nebraska experience.

Learn more about fall on campus

Summer Classes Continue with Remote Learning

For UNL Summer Sessions, all courses are being delivered utilizing remote access and will not meet in-person. The university will continue with remote learning for summer session undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses. Students who have already enrolled in an in-person summer course will receive a notice if the course is canceled. Otherwise, the course will continue via remote learning. Previously scheduled online courses will continue as planned. Below are some changes, reminders and guidelines to help maintain a confident, supportive academic experience.

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Academics & Deadlines

In-person Learning for Fall

UNL is working closely with local health authorities and collaborating with colleges, facilities, and instructors to make sure different class sizes and formats can safely meet within social distancing and health guidelines. For example, courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, including ACE classes, are following flexible models of instruction to provide meaningful on-campus experiences. While different disciplines will require different approaches, these models provide more information about how classes are being developed for fall. Individual colleges, departments, and instructors will be working diligently throughout the summer to provide students with additional details for specific classes as they become available.

Expanded Options for Summer 2020

UNL has responded to students' summer internships, study abroad, employment, and travel being impacted by COVID-19 with expanded and alternative educational opportunities. More than 100 courses have been added to the summer catalog. Students can find them in MyRED under class search using filters for subject and session date. Also, tuition for summer 2020 has been set at the in-person tuition rate for resident and non-resident students, and the university program and facilities fee and online course fee have been waived. Students in professional graduate programs with established program rates will continue with those unchanged.

Temporary Attendance Policy

Endorsed by Faculty Senate for the Spring 2020 semester on March 9, 2020. The endorsement was continued through Summer 2020 by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee on May 19, 2020.

We are facing a challenging situation in which all of us are called on to make a good faith effort to be flexible and to make decisions in the best interest of the community. In light of this, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with the endorsement of the Faculty Senate, is temporarily suspending the usual Faculty Senate rules regarding instructor authority in setting attendance policies. For the immediate future, the campus-wide attendance policy is as follows:

Students who are sick, or who are engaging in self-quarantine at the direction of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department or their health care professional, should not attend class, will not be required to provide formal documentation from a health care provider, and will not be penalized for absences. Students should

  • Notify instructors in advance of the absence if possible.
  • Keep up with classwork if they are able to do so
  • Submit assignments digitally
  • Work with their instructors to try to reschedule exams, labs, and other critical academic activities.

This temporary campus-wide policy puts everyone on their honor. It requires that faculty and instructors trust the word of their students when they say they are ill, and it requires that students report the reason for their absence truthfully. All of this is to say that the usual codes of conduct and rules of academic integrity are still in place.

During this period, we ask all members of the University community to be attentive to their health and safeguard others by following the CDC’s guideline to “stay home when you are sick.” You should stay home if you have symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath). More information on what to do if you are sick is available at the CDC’s website.

International Student Considerations

The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) has notified the Department of Homeland Security that UNL is transitioning to remote learning instead of in-person instruction and has been reassured that this transition does not put student visa status at risk at this time. ISSO has also transitioned to remote advising for immigration questions and I-20 travel signatures. Additional updates and resources can be found on the ISSO COVID-19 resources page.

Study Abroad

All university-sponsored summer study abroad programs are canceled.

Return Processes for Textbooks

To return rented textbooks at the end of the semester, sign in to your account and print a free return shipping label. Due dates for rented books have not changed, but the non-return charge date has been extended 15 days past the current return due date. More information is available on the campus store website.

Libraries are Available Online

Libraries buildings may be closed, but many resources, services, and staff are available online. Learn more about using the Libraries online.


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.

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.

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 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 WiFi spillover areas.
  • 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 will be reviewed as requests come in and will be 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.

Keep Engaging

Whether you’re away or practicing social distancing, there are still ways to keep engaging with each other and the campus community. No matter where you are, you can check out upcoming virtual events, join a digital community, and attend workshops and training sessions. Find out more on Student Affairs' Keep Engaging 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.

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 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.

  1. If you’re not feeling well call the University Health Center at 402-472-5000 and press 1 on the menu to arrange a tele-health appointment.

    Do not wait to reach out.

    Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing these symptoms you should self-quarantine and call the University Health Center or your health care provider before visiting.

  2. If recent travels took you to a location where you were at risk of exposure to the coronavirus because of high levels of community spread, it is imperative that you follow the guidance of national and local health experts: You MUST self-quarantine for at least fourteen (14) days and monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19.

  3. Once you are in self-quarantine you will need to stay in your room, apartment or house until a healthcare provider confirms you are no longer at risk of infecting others. To the extent that you can, remain in your room and limit your use of shared spaces with any roommates or family members. While this may be difficult or frustrating, please don’t go for a walk outdoors, or even down the hall if you are in a shared living environment.

Read more about social distancing and self-quarantine.

Student Housing & Facilities

We look forward to 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.


Internships & Experiential Learning

Due to the continued outbreak of COVID-19 in most areas of the world, including the state of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska discourages students from participating in in-person experiential learning activities during the summer of 2020. Students who choose to participate in in-person activities this summer are aware of the potential risks that exposure to the novel coronavirus poses to their health and safety, that the University of Nebraska is unable to mitigate those risks, and that participation in those in-person activities does not create any liability on behalf of the University of Nebraska. The University encourages students to work directly with any non-University organizations through which the student will be completing in-person experiential learning activities to explore methods of completing those activities through remote or other non in-person means. 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 in-person activities, particularly since that guidance can change rapidly.

Emails to Students

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