Northwestern State University has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in coordination with state and local health departments. This website will serve as the university’s central source of updates and information about COVID-19. This website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.
A Message From Dr. Maggio
To: Faculty, Staff and Students:
As Northwestern continues to assist and support students in every way possible to progress and succeed academically during these challenging times, the university has created a revised grading policy for the Spring, 2020, semester.
Students have provided extensive information and input related to the impact of the pandemic on their classes and other academic activities, and the new grading guidelines were established in response to their concerns.
The university provost, deans, department heads, faculty senate and other academic personnel have worked closely with students and the University of Louisiana System to develop an emergency interim policy modifying academic calendar deadlines and offering grading alternatives.
For the full COVID-19 Grading Policy, please see the document below. Among the major changes in the policy are:
1.The deadline to withdraw with a grade of “W” has been extended to May 25, 2020.
2.Incomplete (I) grades will be given at the discretion of the instructor of a course through email or teleconference with the student. The final date to complete coursework with an “I” has been extended to Sept. 9, 2020. If coursework is not completed by that date, the grade automatically converts to an F.
3.Requests for a Pass-Fail option will be considered by the Registration, Credits and Graduation Council. The deadline for the submission of this request is May 25, 2020.
4.All requests through appropriate forms will be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The forms are currently being developed and will be available on NSU’s COVID-19 webpage as well as the Registrar’s webpage.
- Students who are enrolled in Undergraduate or Graduate Nursing and Allied Health Courses must have a grade posted by May 11, 2020, to be considered for progression to summer clinical/didactic courses. All clinical nursing students should be advised by course faculty and, if needed, the program director prior to withdrawing from the course. A record of academic advising will be placed in the nursing or allied health student academic file.
Please keep in mind that any decisions regarding final semester grades have impacts across several areas. You are encouraged to consider GPA, academic standing, financial aid, scholarships, and other areas before making your final decisions.
We will soon provide additional information and guidance to students, faculty, and advisors on the COVID-19 Grading Policy.
Please stay safe and let us know if we may assist you in any way.
Chris Maggio, President
- One counselor will be available face to face, in the Counseling Office in the Student Union from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday.
- All counselors will be available during regular office hours for teletherapy.
- Counselors will remain on call for crisis counseling.
- Updates on coping with COVID-19 will be posted on the Counseling Website: http://ccs.nsula.edu/
- Iberville Dining Hall will reopen on Monday, March 30 for Take Out Only
- Chick -fil-A, operating hours are 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Take Out Only
- Cafe DeMon, operating hours are 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Take Out Only
Meal Plan Refunds
- Any student on a traditional meal plan will be issued a 25 percent credit to their student account. The credit will first be applied to any outstanding balance on the student’s account, with the remainder being paid as a refund.
- Residential students and non-residential students who are on a traditional meal plan and wish to continue using dining services through the end of the semester, please email Jennifer Kelly at email@example.com to continue.
Declining Balance Meal Plans
- Any student who currently has an all-declining balance plan (Vic’s Max, Vic’s Lite, and Commuter) will be allowed to use their remaining DCB this semester, summer and through the Fall 2020 semester. The declining balance dollars remaining on the 19-meal plan, 14-meal plan, 5-meal plan plus, and 25 meal-plan plus will also be available for the rest of this semester as well as summer and Fall 2020.
- If you are a graduating senior this semester, please contact Jennifer Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have any questions regarding your meal plan, please contact Jennifer Kelly at email@example.com
- The university is working on the process to issue the Housing and Meal Plan credits, and we will continue to update you on the progress.
Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your email. Please make sure you include your name and student ID number and all communication should come from your student email address.
As we transition to working remotely and online, please know that processing and response times could be delayed. Your patience and understanding during this time are greatly appreciated.
We will continue to strive to give the best student service that we can with the limitations and restrictions that are being put in place. As always, we are dedicated to one goal. YOURS.
- A nurse will be available in the campus clinic 8 a.m.- noon Monday-Friday.
- A nurse will be available by phone from noon-4 p.m. Monoday-Thursday.
- Information for calls will be posted on the clinic doors and on the website.
Students who move off-campus for the remainder of the semester:
- NSU will issue residential students a 25 percent credit to their student accounts if:
- Students must complete the Housing Questionnaire on MyNSU to declare your intentions by Monday, March 30, 2020
- Students must complete check-out procedures and move off-campus by Monday, March 30, 2020
- Should you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from moving out by March 30, please contact Stephanie Dyjack at email@example.com.
- The credit will first be applied to any outstanding balance on the student’s account, with any remainder being paid as a refund.
Students who must stay on-campus for the remainder of the semester:
Will be responsible for their full semester room rate, and you need to:
- Complete the Housing Questionnaire on MyNSU to declare your intentions by Monday, March 30, 2020
- Students who do not complete the Housing Questionnaire on MyNSU to declare your intentions by Monday, March 30, 2020, will be responsible for the full amount.
- If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Stephanie Dyjack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Disability Support
Academic Advising Services
Academic Advising Services
Abbie Landry email@example.com
Cammie G. Henry Research Center
Sharon Wolff firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Huntington email@example.com
Jackie Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Ritter email@example.com
Patricia Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Serials and Media
Anna MacDonald email@example.com
Shreveport Nursing Library
Sherri Voebel firstname.lastname@example.org
March 26 1pm – 3pm
March 30 1pm – 3pm
March 31 7am-noon
April 8 11am – 4:30pm
April 15 9am – noon
April 16 10am -1pm
April 21 7am – noon
April 22 7am – noon
Faculty & Staff Resources
Online Training Faculty/Staff Questions or ConcernsAdditional Online Academic Resources
All on-campus events have been canceled through April 15. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time to make determinations about events scheduled for later. Commencement is postponed at this time and we are working to reschedule a date as we learn more information when we can hold large gatherings, etc.