Covid-19 University Updates

· Covid-19 University Updates

NSU developing return-to-campus framework

NATCHITOCHES – Staff and administrators at Northwestern State University are preparing for the Fall 2020 semester with a focus on safety along with the continuity of learning and research. Classes will be offered through several modalities, including face-to-face, online and in hybrid format with an emphasis on social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks to […]

Update: Aug. 8 commencement cancelled

After extensive consideration, the university has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person commencement ceremonies that were scheduled for Aug. 8 for our Spring, 2020, graduates.

The recent surge in coronavirus in Louisiana and across the nation and the extension of the Phase 2 reopening plan for the state made it imperative for us to […]

Maggio Update – June 12: NSU will follow published academic calendar for Fall 2020

After careful and extensive consideration, it has been determined that the university will maintain our current, published Academic Calendar for Fall, 2020.

This decision was made after obtaining input from more than 900 students, faculty, and staff members on a widely-distributed survey.   There were also numerous discussions of scheduling options involving department heads, directors, academic deans, […]

Maggio Update – June 5, 2020: Phase 2 operations begin Monday

In accordance with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to start Phase 2 today of reopening Louisiana after the shutdown created by the pandemic, Northwestern will begin Monday moving into the second stage of its return-to-campus strategy.

The purpose of the phased approach to reopening businesses and institutions is to move toward normal operations while […]

Maggio Update May 29, 2020: Conventional operations may change, but NSU is coming back

Dear Faculty and Staff:

We are continuing to focus extensive attention on plans for a return to in-person classes and traditional campus activities for the fall semester and also on recruitment and retention of students for the 2020-21 academic year.

This has been the emphasis of numerous meetings and communications involving vice-presidents, deans, department heads, faculty, staff, […]

Maggio outlines CARES Act policies

As a result of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27. It includes funding allocations made to colleges and universities across the country.  On April 9, the Department of Education issued the first guidance […]

Update: April 28, 2020 – Virtual commencement and thank you to health care workers

Update, April 28, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

As this extraordinary Spring, 2020, semester comes to a close, work is nearing completion on the first Virtual Commencement Ceremony in the university’s 136-year history.

The purpose of the program, obviously, is to honor the hundreds of Northwestern students who have completed their studies, but the ceremony will be […]

Update: A Message to Faculty & Staff from ULS President Dr. Jim Henderson

Dear faculty and staff,

It is hard to believe that only five weeks have passed since you managed the herculean task of shifting university operations online. Most of you are only a couple of weeks away from winding down your Spring semester or quarter and moving into a summer of more distance instruction, research, or perhaps […]

Update: Maggio discusses proctoring, summer classes and CONSAH courses

Update – April 22, 2020:  A Message from NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio:

As we continue to work through this horrendous, heartbreaking crisis, your patience and understanding are encouraging and deeply appreciated.

Your adaptability to drastic changes in university operations created by the pandemic has been inspiring.

There are stories and reports every day of the compassion of […]