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.

FAQ 2021-11-30T14:37:09+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Earlier this year, the Louisiana Department of Health approved the addition of COVID-19 to the required immunization schedule at all nine members of the University of Louisiana System, including Northwestern State University.

As students register for future classes, they must provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or request for an exemption/waiver (page 2 of immunization form).

UNDERGRADUATES:  Students can provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by sending a picture of their vaccination card, shot record, or vaccination exemption/waiver to  A link to the immunization compliance form can be found under Admission


GRADUATE SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Students attending Graduate School can submit their proof of vaccination or vaccination exemption/waiver to  A link to the immunization compliance form can be found under Graduate School Forms:

If you are a student and test positive please email  If you are a Faculty or Staff member please report positive cases to  We ask that you include an email address and phone number where you can be contacted.
You are required to quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the positive case of COVID-19, regardless of a negative test result.
NSU will not release the name or personal information of a COVID-19 positive case or close contact.
You should quarantine for 14 days from the date of last close contact with the positive case. You can find additional information about this scenario, here
Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine. You will need to continue to quarantine until 14 days from your last close contact with the positive case. You can find additional information about this scenario, here
No, a negative test result is not required to return to campus. You should follow the guidelines in the table above to determine when you can return to campus.
Information is available at the following link: and by emailing Human Resources Director Lisa Harris at

As of Dec. 1, 2021, NSU relaxed its indoor mask mandate in public spaces on all campuses for all fully-vaccinated individuals. For those who are not yet fully vaccinated, the indoor mask mandate remains in place. Masks will still be required in classrooms, but not required in other facilities on campus.

We are providing in-office services. We are open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.-noon. Face coverings will be required for all visits.

Yes. We recommend that students make an appointment with Health Services in effort to avoid increased number of students in waiting area. This effort is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you come alone for your appointment. No friends will be allowed to wait in the waiting area. Please schedule your appointment at

People with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, immunocompromised state, obesity and sickle cell disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. Follow the link for more risk factors

Health Services will offer COVID 19 testing at the discretion of the nurse and if the student is showing symptoms.

The rapid (antigen) results are available within 15 minutes.

The send off (PCR) results are available within 48-72 hours.

If you are not feeling well and think you may have COVID 19, isolate at home and contact Health Services at 318-357-5351 for guidance. Follow CDC website for COVID 19 symptoms:

If you have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer of a COVID positive person you need to immediately quarantine for 14 days and monitor your symptoms. Call Health Services at 318-357-5351 for guidance.

STI testing will be provided at Health Services on Tuesday and Wednesday during operating hours. A face covering is required for all visits.

If a negative test is received on or after the 5th day of contact and you remain without symptoms, you may be released to return to work/school after the 7th day.  You will still need to monitor your symptoms for any changes through day 14.

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.


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.

New Spring residential students will move in on January 9th between 10am and 3pm.  Check-in will take place in the Clubhouse.  New residential students will receive an email prior to arrival with more details on the check-in process.

Students will be allowed to bring two family members to assist them with moving in. Family members must reside in the same household as the student.   Family members are allowed to be in the apartment for no longer than a 4 hour period to assist with move-in.  To promote social distancing, we must minimize the time non-residents are in apartments.

Masks must be worn during move-in.

Only two people at a time will be allowed in an elevator unless they are members of the same family.

There will be designated entrances and exits to all buildings. Directional signage will be used throughout each building.

Stairwells will be designated for up and down traffic.

All vacant bed spaces will be cleaned by our cleaning vendor. After being cleaned, all vacant bed spaces will be sanitized by Orkin using their VitalClean service. The service uses an EPA-registered disinfectant labeled for use against a wide variety of pathogens and included on EPA’s “N List” of products that meet their criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Students will be required to clean and sanitize their apartments during the academic year.  Common areas such as clubhouses, laundry rooms, hallways, stairwells, elevators, study rooms, practice rooms and the Varnado Hall community baths will be cleaned and sanitized daily using electrostatic sprayers.

At this time, visitation will not be allowed and the residential communities are for residents only.  We will review this policy as COVID-19 conditions change.

The preference will be for the student to return home if possible. If not, a student may submit an appeal through Health Services to quarantine on campus.

Our website,, has resources such as What to Bring List, Community Guides, Frequently Asked Questions, Video Tours of each apartment type and more.  If the answer to your question is not on our website, please contact our office at or (318) 214-5400 and we will be happy to assist you. Over the three weeks prior to move-in, we will send weekly emails on topics such as Connecting with Roommates, Tips for Move-In Day, Apartment Style Living and much more.

  • Prepackaged food items are allowed (sealed-grab and go options).
  • Buffets are not allowed but plated meals are allowed by an approved food service provider.
  • Bake sales are not allowed at this time.
  • Staff serving food should wear masks and gloves.

Iberville Dining Hall, Chick-fil-A, Steak ‘n Shake, Café Demon, Vic’s and C-store are open. Masks are required for dine in at Iberville Dining Hall, Vic’s and Steak ‘n Shake at less than 50% capacity.  Seating has been arranged to allow for social distancing. Chick-fil-A and Café Demon are take-out only. Reduced hours and seating capacity allows for extra cleaning and sanitation measures to be in place.

The safety of our customers and employees is of the utmost importance, so we will follow guidelines set out by the local, state and federal government.  Check our website at for updates.

Iberville Dining Hall

  • Breakfast: 7 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5-7:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:

  • Brunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Chick-fil-A is open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday- Saturday.
Closed Sunday

Steak ‘n Shake is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Café DeMon is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday.
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Vic’s is open 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

C-Store is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.
4:30-9 p.m.  Sunday-Thursday.
Closed Saturday.

Touchless payment will be available with Credit card and Declining Balance.  To-Go options are being developed at all locations.

Hours are subject to change.

All dine-in eating establishments (Iberville Dining Hall, Vic’s, Steak ‘n Shake, Café DeMon, and Chik-fil-A) will adhere to the following Phase 2 State Guidelines:

Social Distancing

  • Entrance/Exit: One door for entrance only, the other door for exit only
  • Dining tables will be spaced 8’ apart with 50% capacity. Table seating capacity will be
  • Floor signs in place for 6’ spacing and traffic patterns
  • Welcome Stations to explain menus and regulations
  • Protective shields/barriers are being installed at registers


  • All employees will be in uniforms, masks, gloves, and appropriate PPE
  • Increase in hand washing, with hand sanitizer stations available to all
  • All meals will be packaged in To Go containers
  • All condiment packets, plasticware, napkins, and salt & pepper will be behind the counters
  • Grab and Go stations will be sanitized regularly
  • Trash areas will be monitored regularly
  • Tables will be disinfected after each use


  • Normal menus with reaction to service levels and packaging, and may reflect service station
    and kitchen restraints with a possible reduction in offerings due to space limitations
  • Pre-packaged SimplytoGo will be offered


  • Staff will enter/exit through side, rear, or front doors while practicing social distancing
  • Hand washing and PPE use will be trained and enforced
  • Social distancing in service are might require reduced staff and longer service times

Phase 2 Occupancy

  • Iberville Dining Hall at 50% capacity is approximately 275 guests
  • Vic’s at 50% capacity is approximately 85 guests
  • Steak ‘n Shake at 50% capacity is approximately 29 guests
  • Café DeMon at 50% capacity is approximately 15 guests
  • Chik-fil-A will only be offering to-go meals. No dine-in services.