NNU welcomes students back to campus

NNU welcomes students back to campus

Northwest Nazarene University
Aug 25, 2020
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Students walking on campus wearing masks.

Northwest Nazarene University will welcome students to campus Aug. 27 - 28. New Student Orientation will begin at 8:30 a.m Thursday, Aug. 27 with phased check-in and returning students will begin arriving Aug. 28.  

“We are excited to welcome students, new and returning, back to campus. We are committed to providing the excellent NNU education for which we are known, with certain necessary modifications,” President Joel Pearsall said. “We are asking all students, faculty and staff to sign a Community First pledge promising they will uphold the safety precautions that we have put in place. It is my anticipation that the NNU Community will rise to the challenge of being respectful, humble and flexible as we prioritize the health and safety of our community.”

To prepare for students’ arrival, the NNU Planning Team has been working all summer to create protocols that proactively preserve the health of the campus community and will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 should a community member become ill. The NNU Wellness Center has worked with Southwest District Health to finalize plans. Details of the campus return plan can be found at nnu.edu/fallreturnplan

“The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and neighboring community is a top priority going into the 20-21 school year,” Dr. Bryon Hemphill, NNU director of health services, said. “Campus life will look different this year. There’s no doubt about that, but all of these adjustments are intentional as we do our best to keep our campus and community healthy.”

Arriving students will be required to undergo a health screening prior to moving in and will only be permitted to be accompanied by two family members or guests. Everyone on campus will need to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. Because students are only allowed two guests, the annual New Student Celebration and Scarf Ceremony will be live-streamed on the NNU website and Facebook page at 11 a.m. (MT) Aug. 28. 

Any media personnel who wish to attend New Student Orientation should contact Rob O’Donahue at rjdonahue@nnu.edu or at 208-467-8954. Visitors will be asked to go through a wellness screening, wear a face covering and practice physical distancing. 

For more information visit nnu.edu/nso.