Living and Learning during COVID-19

The health and welfare of Northwestern State University faculty, staff, students,
campus partners and visitors remain our highest priority.

Academic Affairs 2020-10-05T07:54:21+00:00

Academic Affairs

Office hours will be conducted virtually through webEx, Teams, email or via telephone.

Academic advising will mostly be held virtually through webEx, Teams and email. Advisors and students will utilize the ‘Notes’ feature on Degree Works to indicate what the academic advising session findings were. It is possible that some advisors will hold advising hours face to face by appointment, but these appointments will observe physical distancing.

We will offer several modalities including face-to-face, hybrid, HyFlex, synchronous online, and asynchronous online.

  1. Face-to-Face (F2F) – Course is offered on campus in a classroom with 6-foot seating in all directions; masks will be required to be worn in all public spaces and classrooms.
  2. Synchronous on-line – Course is offered 100% on-line, with all interaction occurring over the internet. Course uses a combination of readings, live-streaming lectures, videos, live discussions, and other materials with due-date assignments/discussion boards/projects and proctored exams*. Course does meet on specific days and times during the week. Attendance is monitored and recorded through WebEx or Teams video conferencing service.
  3. Asynchronous on-line – Course is offered 100% on-line, with all interaction occurring over the internet. Course uses a combination of readings, recorded lectures, videos, and other materials with due-date assignments/discussion boards/projects and proctored exams*. Course does not meet at specific days or times. Attendance is monitored and recorded through student’s interaction in Moodle.
  4. HyFlex*

If the university were forced to pivot to online-only instruction, learning in the course can continue in the synchronous, virtual environment with little impact on instructor and student.

*HyFlex

What Is the HyFlex Model of Instruction? 

Students in a HyFlex course will participate in both online and face-to-face learning at different times during the semester. For example, if a course was originally scheduled to meet from 9:30a – 10:45a every Tuesday and Thursday of the semester, in the HyFlex mode of delivery, this course would be split into two parts:

  • Half of the students would participate in the course in personevery Tuesday and virtually every Thursday.
  • Half of the students would participate in the course virtuallyevery Tuesday and in person every Thursday.
  • Their schedule of classes would indicate which day they participate in person/virtually.
  • For a M/W/F course, Friday would be a day of virtual participation for all students.

Virtual participation in a HyFlex course differs from that in a traditional, online course. Students are required to “attend” the live class in the virtual environment at the same day/time each week and can, in real time, engage with the instructor and/or other students.

What Are the Advantages of HyFlex Instruction?

The HyFlex model of instruction provides several important advantages:

  • It allows students to engage in synchronous learning.
  • It allows for greater engagement between instructor and students.
  • With fewer individuals together in the classroom during each class meeting, it allows for proper physical distancing and other safety measures which creates the safest/healthiest environment possible.
  • If, at any time during the semester and for whatever reason, a student is unable to attend class in person, that student can exclusively participate in the class in the virtual environment and not miss instruction.

Academic buildings will have designated traffic flow to mitigate cross-exposure, and will have designated entrances and exits.

Outdoor handwashing stations will be placed in high-traffic areas, and students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to utilize them prior to entering buildings.

Vic the Demon stickers will indicate 6-foot physical distancing measures.  Clear, protective barriers will be placed on podiums in classrooms or will be portable for protection. Some professors may wear a clear shield over their face. Everyone will be required to wear masks.

Please sanitize your hands before and after using the computer lab. Sanitizer stations have been placed throughout buildings on campus.

Labs at NSU’s Nursing Education Center in Shreveport (Room 105 and Room 112) are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Contact Jennifer Long at (318) 357-6482 for software/information regarding Microsoft Office, Nursing CAI, internet and laser printing.  The labs are restricted to those with a myNSU account and PaperCut Allotment.

The computer lab at the Leesville/Fort Polk Campus (Building 550 Room 125) is open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Contact Martha Koury at (337) 392-3166 for software/information regarding Microsoft Office, internet and laser printing.  The lab is restricted to those with a myNSU account and Papercut Allotment.

The computer lab at NSU’s Cenla campus at England Airpark (Conference Room) in Alexandria is open from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Friday.  Contact Jason Parks at (318) 484-2184 for software/information regarding Microsoft Office, internet and laser printing.  The lab is restricted to those with a myNSU account and PaperCut Allotment.

Watson Library Guidelines

Library hours:
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday
7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday
Closed Saturday
2-10 p.m. Sunday

  • Everyone entering the building must wear a mask for the duration of their stay.
  • Everyone must practice social distancing (6 feet apart).
  • The elevator use is restricted to 2 people at a time and both must wear masks.
  • Everyone must follow directional signs.
  • No furniture, especially chairs, may be moved from their location.
  • Group study rooms may have only one occupant at a time.
  • Study tables may have only one occupant at a time.
  • No food or drink, except water in covered containers, is allowed in the building except in the coffee shop.
  • Library materials used by researchers inside the building must be left at designated locations for quarantine.
  • Instructors can scan sections from items on reserve using the KIC scanners (one on each floor) and saved on a USB drive to place in a Moodle shell. Library employees can assist with the scanning.
  • Contact Dr. Patricia Brown at brownp@nsula.edu to schedule library instruction.

Cammie G. Henry Research Center

  • The Cammie G. Henry Research Center in Watson Library is open with normal hours this semester.  Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday.
  • Due to COVID-19 concerns, staff are allowing researchers by appointment only, and no more than 3 people at a time in the reading room. Masks will be required at all times.
  • All returned items will be quarantined in labelled boxes for 5-7 days.
  • Donations will be quarantined for 2 to 4 weeks.
  • To make an appointment call (318) 357-4585 or email us at wolffs@nsula.edu.The Cammie G. Henry Research Center will be open by appointment only from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

NSU Leesville Library

NSU Leesville Library hours are:
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8 a.m.-noon Friday

  • Social Distancing must be observed and masks worn at all time.
  • Group and individual study rooms will be available to students who reserve the space in advance for 2-hour study slots. Group and individual study rooms will be locked. Only one user allowed in the group study room at a time.
  • No food or drink will be allowed in the library. Coffee will not be available.
  • Scanning services will be available for reserve materials. Staff will scan the pages needed for students and place them on the circulation desktop for patron pickup.

Tutoring sessions will be held online and in-person as long as the library is open. If the library closes, online tutoring will transfer to 100% online.

The study area in 108 G will have a smaller seating capacity, which will depend on the Phase Louisiana is in when the semester begins.

Papers may be submitted for editing via email to academicsuccess@nsula.edu. Please allow up to four days to receive suggested edits.

The study lab rooms will be available by appointment only. These rooms will be sterilized at the start of each morning and after the room’s scheduled appointments take place.

Tables in the center will be wiped down periodically throughout the day.

Computers will still be available within the study area at a reduced capacity.

The Academic Success Center asks that no outside food or drink be brought into the area at this time. This does not include Cafe Demon purchases, as it is part of Watson Library.

Masks will be required in the Academic Success Center as per university policy.

Students are asked to enter the study area through one designated entrance and exit point.

The tutoring schedule will be in place by the third week of the semester. Students may begin requesting online and face-to-face tutoring beginning the second week of the semester.

Operating hours for the center are pending at this time, but the center will open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday.  Extended evening hours and weekend hours will be added, depending on tutor availability. Online tutors will be available as their class and personal schedules allow.

Official operating hours and tutor availability will be available on the Academic Success Center website shortly after the start of the semester.

Main Campus – Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – noon
Proctors: Star Hamous (starh@nsula.edu) and Melissa Turlington (turlingtonm@nsula.edu)
https://commerce.cashnet.com/TESTINGWEB

Barksdale – Proctoring hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

CENLA – Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Proctors: Chris Eding (edingc@nsula.edu) and Vashaun South (southv@nsula.edu)
https://commerce.cashnet.com/ALEXTEST

Leesville Accuplacer – Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Accuplacer Proctors: Jordan Chambers (creaseyj@nsula.edu) and Tori Clemens (clemenst@nsula.edu)
https://commerce.cashnet.com/LSVTEST

Leesville Proctoring – Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. only.
Course Proctor: Catherine Merchant (merchantc@nsula.edu)
https://commerce.cashnet.com/LSVTEST

Marksville – Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Proctor: Samantha Grant (grantsa@nsula.edu)
https://commerce.cashnet.com/MKSTEST

Shreveport Accuplacer/Nursing proctoring – Monday and Wednesday 12:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. – noon.
Proctors: Ashley Briggs (briggsa@nsula.edu) and Chenelle Pillette (pillettec@nsula.edu)
https://commerce.cashnet.com/SHVTEST

Shreveport General Ed Proctoring – Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Proctor: Sherri Voebel (voebels@nsula.edu)
https://nursing.nsula.edu/proctor/