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NNU ​COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Last Updated March 18, 9:00pm MDT

This page provides the latest updates regarding COVID-19 and the impact it is having on the NNU community. Maintaining health and ensuring the safety of our community is of utmost priority.

You are welcome to contact covid19@nnu.edu with any questions you may have. This email inbox is being monitored and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

NNU has established a task force that is meeting daily to monitor the ongoing developments of COVID-19 locally, regionally, nationally and globally and evaluating how the changing conditions may impact NNU. Members of the task force include Jay Akkerman, Todd Baker, Larissa Bunker, Mark Cork, Bryon Hemphill, Eric Jackson, Joel Pearsall, and Karen Pearson. We are doing all that we can to prevent and minimize exposure to our campus community and are putting plans in place to respond quickly should conditions change. All of the decisions we are making are informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Information will continually be updated here as it becomes available.

Additional information about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19.

Updates



Current Impact on the Campus Community

Last Updated March 18, 6:05pm MDT

    • We have concluded that we will be unable to resume face-to-face instruction this semester as we had previously indicated. Therefore, all face-to-face courses will transition to remote learning on March 30, 2020 and will continue in this manner through the balance of the Spring semester.
    • Regular, fully online courses will continue in Canvas as originally scheduled.
    • We are postponing this year’s May Commencement exercises; as soon as possible we will communicate the new date for Commencement.
    • All Residence Halls will be closing Saturday, March 21 at noon. Those students who were previously permitted to remain in the residence halls will be notified this evening (March 18th) that they will need to depart from their rooms. In exceptional circumstances, a small number of students will be permitted to remain in University housing. Student Life will make arrangements with this small group of students regarding housing and meals.
    • Food Service (brunch and dinner) will be available for those students who are still on campus through dinner on Friday, March 20th.
    • Student Life will contact all students who still have belongings in campus housing as to how and when to retrieve their personal belongings.
    • Student support from the NNU Center for Academic Success & Advising will be offered online.
    • The NNU Wellness Center will begin providing services via modified operations. Through the remainder of the academic year Counseling Services will move exclusively to virtual visits via tele mental health (TMH) and Health Services will move from walk-in scheduling to scheduled appointments only. Appointments for both services need to be scheduled by contacting the Wellness Center at wellnesscenter@nnu.edu.
    • University offices and buildings will close at 5pm on Friday, March 20. University Staff and Faculty will be working remotely until further notice. Essential functions on campus will be staffed as needed to support university infrastructure.
    • On Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 NNU offices and academic units will actively plan and execute a transition to remote work. Supervisors and deans will help organize this transition.
    • Information Technology is developing a transition plan and training for helping employees move to a remote work environment. Employees will receive communication from IT about their support for this transition.
    • Faculty will receive online support for remote learning from our Instructional Technology & Design staff.
    • As was previously communicated, Spring Break will run through March 29, 2020.
    • As was previously communicated, all university-sponsored travel is canceled until further notice.
    • Our University Chaplains and the Office of University Mission & Ministry will be providing a variety of faith formation resources to help the campus sustain community, and peace in Christ during this unique time.

Resources

NNU’s Wellness Center can provide support for student's health concerns (both physical and emotional). Please note: If you are a current student and showing flu-like symptoms, please call the Wellness Center and/or your RD before visiting the Wellness Center.

Updated information on travel advisories—if you are planning to travel, please keep a close eye on the travel status of your intended location https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Follow the recommended procedures to reduce the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Use your elbow to cover your mouth when coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home or in your dorms if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched objects and surfaces.