UNL Courses Delivered via Remote Access for Remainder of Semester
For the remainder of Spring Semester, all courses are being delivered utilizing remote access and will not meet in-person. Below are some changes, reminders and guidelines to help maintain a confident, supportive academic experience.
Academics & Deadlines
May Graduation Celebration will be Online
UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green has announced in an email, "A Message to our Upcoming Graduates," that a spring graduation celebration will take place online. Scheduled for May 9, it will include undergraduate, masters, professional, doctoral and law students. No in-person commencement ceremonies will be held due to COVID-19. All May 2020 graduates have an open invitation to participate in and receive special recognition at any future University of Nebraska–Lincoln commencement ceremony. More information, including an FAQ, can be found on the UNL Commencement website.
Pass/No Pass Extended to April 24
The deadline has been extended to allow undergraduates the opportunity to change their grade in one or more specific courses to pass/no pass. Undergraduates must consult with an advisor who can help them understand the consequences of doing so. The new deadline for students to exercise this option will be April 24, which is the same as the extended deadline for withdrawals.
Priority Registration Moved to April 6
Academic advisors are available to help you plan for fall registration by phone, video, email and in-person with appropriate social distancing. See “Important priority registration, academic advising, and tutoring update.”
Temporary Attendance Policy
Endorsed by Faculty Senate on March 9, 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.
Withdrawal Deadline Extended to April 24
The university has extended the deadline to withdraw from a course to April 24. This is to provide flexibility and time for students who find completing a course difficult in their new circumstances or who are struggling with the transition to remote instruction. If you are interested in withdrawing from a course, we strongly encourage you to consult with your academic advisor and a financial aid counselor before finalizing any decisions. Course withdrawal may adversely impact progress toward degree completion and impact financial aid status. If you withdraw from a course, you will not receive a refund.
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.
Suspension of Fifteenth Week "Dead Week" policy
The Fifteenth Week Policy exists to assist you in planning your time as you complete your courses and prepare for finals. Currently, instructors need to be able to make substantial revisions to their syllabi to accommodate the sudden shift to remote learning and shortened schedule. As a result, and after consultation with the leadership of ASUN, the rules concerning the Fifteenth Week policy are suspended for spring 2020.
Fall 2020 Registration
To give you additional time to connect with your academic advisor, priority registration is moving to April 6. Individual student enrollment appointments (the time you may begin registering) in MyRED will be reassigned. You should check MyRED during spring break to find your new appointment time.
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.
Reduced Hours and Closures for Libraries
In response to COVID-19, the University Libraries have closed all locations except the Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons, which will remain open to the UNL community from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. A valid NCard is required. More information is available on the Libraries website.
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.
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.
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; check with the providers in your area. View a map of campus WiFi spillover areas.
- Using your NCard, you may access the Internet at the following campus locations (with current social distancing protocols in place):
- Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday-Friday. Some common-space computers available for use.
- Nebraska Union first floor computer lab accessible by west entrance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Nebraska East Union second floor — WiFi only, no computers available — accessible by south entrance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- 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
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.
Mental Health and Well-being
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a financial aid review for the Spring 2020 semester.
For more information, visit COVID-19 Resources on the website of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Student Housing & Facilities
Students residing on campus have been encouraged to return to their place of permanent residence because there are advantages for social distancing.
Under a newly released policy, students in university residence halls who completed checkout by March 24 will receive a 60% prorated refund of room and board costs between March 15 and the end of the spring semester. See the Early Move Out FAQ on the Housing site for more information.
For those students living on campus who are not able to go home or who have work or other commitments in Lincoln, we will continue to support our students in residence halls and dining facilities where appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures are being actively encouraged.
More information is available on the Housing website.
Changes in Meal Service
All meals in the dining centers are take-out only and only 10 people will be allowed to enter the dining center at a time. All menu items are served by dining services staff in take-out containers and individuals will be unable to dine in the dining centers. At this time, there will be no change in operations at any Husker Heroes or Herbie's Market locations as they are already considered grab-n-go venues.
If you are participating in an internship, you should follow the in-person/remote work guidelines of your organization. You should consider your own safety, health, and wellness in determining if you wish to continue. If you choose to discontinue, you may be subject to your organization’s consequences.
If you are enrolled in an academic credit course for an internship, you must continue in order to meet the requirements of the course. If you are uncertain whether you can meet the requirements, contact your instructor. All courses are being adjusted to be completed through remote instruction. The deadline to withdraw from an internship for credit has been extended to April 24.
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.
- Message from EVC/Academic Affairs Elizabeth Spiller:
Be Ready for Remote Learning March 30 (3/25)
- Message from IVC/Student Affairs Laurie Bellows:
Campus Closures, Well-Being Resources (3/20)
- EVC Office Update:
Academic Update for Students (3/17)
- EVC Office Update:
Important Priority Registration, Academic Advising, and Tutoring Update (3/16)
- Message from IVC/Student Affairs Laurie Bellows:
Student Housing COVID-19 Update (3/16)
- Message from AVC/Global Affairs Josh Davis:
International Student Considerations: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (3/13)
- Message from IEVC/Academic Affairs Richard Moberly:
Readiness Check for Possible Online Instruction (3/10)