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.

Campus Updates 2020-07-28T09:40:12+00:00

Campus Updates

NSU lifts mask mandate

February 17th, 2022|

NATCHITOCHES – Following updated guidance from the University of Louisiana System, Northwestern State University is eliminating the mask mandate that has been in effect at all university campuses and other educational sites and facilities. Although the mask requirement will end effectively immediately, students, faculty, staff, and visitors on NSU campuses [...]

University’s indoor mask mandate to remain in place

October 27th, 2021|

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s indoor mask mandate will remain in place until Natchitoches transmission is below high or substantial, according to NSU Interim President Dr. Marcus Jones. On Tuesday Governor John Bel Edwards announced the lifting of the statewide mask mandate with some caveats.  K-12 schools must maintain a [...]

Vaccine clinics set for Natchitoches, Alexandria campuses

September 10th, 2021|

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students, faculty and staff at Hanchey Gallery on the main campus in Natchitoches and at the Alexandria campus on the following dates. Natchitoches Campus Thursday, September 16 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, September 23 - 10 a.m. [...]

NSU announces on-campus vaccination clinics

August 24th, 2021|

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has scheduled upcoming vaccinations for students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The clinics are being held in tandem with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Shot for 100 vaccine incentive program that will give $100 to the first 75,000 college students who get their COVID-19 vaccine at participating [...]

Students can take advantage of co-campus vaccine clinics

August 17th, 2021|

Northwestern State University is hosting several vaccine clinics for the university community. The clinics are being held in tandem with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Shot for 100 vaccine incentive program that will give $100 to the first 75,000 college students who get their COVID-19 vaccine at participating institutions of higher [...]

NSU sets mask mandate, urges students to get vaccinated

August 2nd, 2021|

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will require masks and facial coverings indoors for faculty, staff, students and visitors for the Fall 2021 semester to help mitigate the surge of COVID-19 cases in this region and across Louisiana. The mask mandate for all individuals age 5 and up, which reflects a [...]

Henderson provides UL System guidelines for Fall 2021

August 2nd, 2021|

Below is a Message and Attachment (Fall 2021 Guiding Principles) from Dr. Jim Henderson, University of Louisiana System President   Dear Faculty and Staff, As we near the beginning of the fall term, we find ourselves in a fourth wave of rapidly increasing COVID-19 infection and hospitalization. The scientific community [...]

Update: Dr. Maggio welcomes students for Spring 2021 semester

January 8th, 2021|

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  I hope you had a great semester break with time to relax and recharge for the spring semester. As we begin a new semester, it is important for us to remain vigilant with health and safety protocols. There is a growing sense of optimism [...]

Growing sense of optimism highlights preparations for Spring semester

December 18th, 2020|

A Message from NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio Dear Faculty, Staff and Students: Please allow me to express my heartfelt gratitude and sincere congratulations to everyone associated with Northwestern State University for your monumental efforts and steadfast dedication in making the Fall 2020 semester so successful under such difficult circumstances. [...]

All classes cancelled until Tuesday, Sept. 8

September 1st, 2020|

From NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio All classes on Northwestern State University’s main campus in Natchitoches and other sites in Shreveport, Alexandria and Leesville have been cancelled through the Labor Day holiday and will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8.  This includes all in-person and online classes.  Anything course-related including, but [...]

Sports suspended until spring

August 13th, 2020|

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State’s fall sports schedules are moving to the spring of 2021. The Southland Conference announced Thursday the league will postpone fall sports conference competitions in football, volleyball, soccer and cross country with the intent of playing in the spring semester. The league’s fall sports teams are allowed to keep contracted non-conference games, if they so choose, and [...]

WRAC announces COVID facility regulations

August 12th, 2020|

In accordance with Northwestern State University, State of Louisiana, and CDC guidelines, the NSU WRAC will require modifications to normal operations.  These changes are necessary to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff and community members. If you have been experiencing symptoms of illness, please do not come in [...]

Maggio: We are all in this together.

August 10th, 2020|

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students: Everyone associated with Northwestern should take pride in the efforts and progress that have been so evident in the university’s plans and preparations for the Fall 2020 semester. We appreciate our new and returning students whose confidence in the school is reflected in their decision [...]

Update: Maggio outlines information for start of the semester

August 3rd, 2020|

The fall semester is just a few short weeks away, and it will be exciting to have everyone back for another exciting academic year.  We have worked diligently to adapt our campuses, instructional sites, and online learning resources to the new realities of higher education during this global crisis. As [...]

Update: Provost provides information on Fall 2020 course delivery

July 28th, 2020|

Administrators at NSU have been working diligently to ensure that the start of the Fall 2020 semester occurs in the safest way possible for all students, faculty, and staff of Northwestern State.  With that safety in mind and considering all local, state and federal guidelines/recommendations, we have developed a plan which [...]

Maggio discusses Return To Campus plans

July 17th, 2020|

The beginning of the Fall, 2020, semester and a new academic year are just a month away, and it will be exciting and gratifying to have students, faculty and staff back together for in-person classes and activities. There have been extensive and innovative efforts in recent weeks to adapt our [...]

NSU developing return-to-campus framework

July 9th, 2020|

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 [...]

Update: Aug. 8 commencement cancelled

July 8th, 2020|

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 [...]

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

June 5th, 2020|

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 [...]

Maggio outlines CARES Act policies

May 7th, 2020|

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 [...]

Update: Maggio discusses proctoring, summer classes and CONSAH courses

April 23rd, 2020|

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 [...]

Maggio: Thankful for all who have been supportive during crisis

April 9th, 2020|

To:  Faculty, Staff and Students As we pause this holiday weekend to catch our breath after weeks of grappling with the global crisis, my gratitude for your creativity and commitment to the mission and core values of the university cannot be overstated. From the outset, our faculty and staff have [...]

Update – April 7, 2020

April 7th, 2020|

Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we continue to work through this pandemic crisis. You remain engaged and understanding as you participate in classes and other academic activities, many in a new format.  We continue to face monumental challenges, but a number of you have shared inspirational stories [...]

Update – Friday, April 3, 2020

April 4th, 2020|

We have completed the first week of classes after returning from Spring Break and marked another week of working remotely.  Students have been engaged and understanding as they continued their academic activities, many in a new format.  I realize there were monumental challenges for everyone, but a number of people [...]

Maggio announces COVID-19 Grading Policy

April 1st, 2020|

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 [...]

Update – Sunday, March 22, 2020: Governor issues stay at home order

March 23rd, 2020|

Update, Sunday, March 22, 2020 Today, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order,, that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday,  March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases has exceeded 800 and reached more [...]

Update – March 20, 2020: On-campus students encouraged to return home

March 22nd, 2020|

Campus Update, Friday, March 20, 2020  To help flatten the transmission curve of coronavirus, we announced earlier this week that we will continue the online and other alternative delivery of courses for the remainder of the spring semester. Beginning Monday, March 23, most of our campus faculty and staff will [...]


March 19th, 2020|

Dear Faculty and Staff: Good afternoon.  Every day continues to be eventful for campuses across the state.  We anticipate still more adjustments as the situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve.  I am confident our Northwestern State Family will continue to respond proactively to whatever conditions we face. I continue [...]

Modified operations will begin March 23

March 19th, 2020|

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will operate under modified conditions beginning Monday, March 23.  Most personnel have been directed to work remotely from their homes as the university, along with sister schools in the University of Louisiana System, implement increased preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. “Every day [...]


March 17th, 2020|

In response to new directives from Gov. John Bel Edwards today, Northwestern will not allow gatherings of more than 50 participants on its campuses in the weeks ahead. As of today, all events in the Student Union Building have been canceled through April 15.


March 17th, 2020|

It is important to adhere to all directives in the proclamation and especially critical for NSU personnel and other state employees to be aware of and comply with provisions in Sections 7 and 8 that deal with travel and leave.


March 16th, 2020|

Northwestern State University suspended all in-person classes effective at the end of the day Friday, March 13. Currently, we are transitioning to online instruction and other remote learning alternatives set to begin on Thursday, March 19.


March 16th, 2020|

Northwestern will join other schools in the University of Louisiana System in moving from face-to-face classes to primarily online instruction.


March 16th, 2020|

Beginning immediately, university sponsored or funded non-essential domestic travel is being suspended. Vice-presidents must approve exceptions in their respective areas.


March 16th, 2020|

All upcoming international travel for faculty and students has been suspended effective immediately as we track the spread of the coronavirus.