Students and COVID-19 Risk

As the University of Nebraska–Lincoln moves forward to fall semester, we would like to clarify for students how we will accommodate your concerns of COVID-19 risk.

  • If a student has a disability and/or chronic health condition that makes them high risk for COVID-19 students should contact Services for Students with Disabilities (see website for contact info) and request an appointment to meet with a staff member so they can discuss their disability or chronic health condition and how it can best be accommodated. To the extent that health condition places a student at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 or increases severity of symptoms or likelihood of complications, an accommodation plan can authorize attendance and participation by alternative means if they can be reasonably provided. If a student has has one of the conditions* (listed below) and are not registered with SSD, visit the registration page on the Services for Students with Disabilities website.
  • Additionally, students who have already registered with SSD may need their accommodation plans reviewed to adapt them for a learning environment that has changed because of social distancing and face covering requirements.
  • A student may have personal circumstances unrelated to an existing health condition that may require additional consideration from faculty and university administrators. For example, some students may have living arrangements or caregiving responsibilities that put them in regular and close contact with individuals who may have chronic health conditions. These circumstances may also warrant further consideration for flexibility. Students should complete the COVID-19 Academic Flexibility Request Form. Students will receive an initial response from Student Advocacy & Support within three business days.
  • For students who generally feel unsafe, the student should work with an academic advisor to identify a course section that is offered online, or the student may need to reschedule the course for another semester when the risk of infection has subsided. The university will do its best to identify options that could provide added flexibility or adjustment to the living environment. However, there may be certain face-to-face courses that cannot be adjusted.

*Chronic illnesses such as asthma, allergies, arthritis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Lyme disease, lung disease, migraines, cardiac conditions, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, seizure disorders, sickle cell diseases, among many others can be considered a disability.