Return to Campus Plan

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

FAQ 2020-07-21T07:48:26+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a student and test positive please email Demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.  If you are a Faculty or Staff member please report positive cases to covid19hr@nsula.edu.  We ask that you include an email address and phone number where you can be contacted.

The use of face coverings is required on campus in public spaces, especially when it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing of at least 6 feet, such as entering and exiting campus buildings, moving through hallways, using common rooms, in classrooms, and frequenting other shared spaces.

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 bookings.nsula.edu/healthservices

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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.

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

Your COVID results will be available in 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:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

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.

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.

In order to provide the safest move-in experience possible, Fall Move-In will take place over a 7-day period, August 10-16.  Residential students will be emailed the link to select their preferred move-in date and to choose a morning or afternoon arrival time.  The link will be emailed to students that have signed a lease the week of July 20.  Morning arrival time slot will be 8 a.m. – noon and the afternoon time slot will be 1-5 p.m.  We will have a limited number of students that can move in each day and will grant requests on a first come basis.

  • Students will be allowed to bring two family members to assist them with moving in. Wrist bands will be given to students and their two family members and only those with a wrist band will be allowed into the community.
  • Masks must be worn during move-in.
  • To promote social distancing, one student at a time will move in to an apartment.  Family members will be expected to leave at the end of the assigned time slot so that the next student and their family can 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 apartments will be cleaned by our cleaning vendor. After being cleaned, all apartments and community baths at Varnado Hall 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 will be allowed to quarantine in one of the vacant apartments we have designated for that purpose.  Only on-campus residential students will be allowed to quarantine in the residential community.

Freshman Connection events are planned for Friday, August 14 so entering Freshman should plan to move in between Monday and Thursday.

To social distance and minimize contact, check-in to the residential communities will be a drive-thru process and students and family members will not leave their vehicles.  Our check-in paperwork will be all online and can be done on your mobile device.  More details will be sent in the coming weeks regarding where to enter campus and where the drive thru check-in will be located.  There will be volunteers along the route and within the residential communities to point you in the right direction.  There will be assigned move-in time slots of either morning or afternoon.  The morning time slot will be 8am until noon and the afternoon will be 1-5 p.m.  Family members can only be in the apartments during their student’s assigned time slot.  We will “close” our buildings from noon to 1 p.m. to sanitize hallways, stairwells, elevators and common restrooms before the afternoon time slot begins.  We ask that all students and family members respect the assigned time slots so that we can promote social distancing.

With social distancing guidelines, we will not have campus or community volunteers to assist with move-in this year.

Our website, www.nsula.edu/campushousing, 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 nsuleasing@campushousing.com 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.

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
    monitored
  • 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

Service

  • 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

Menus

  • 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

  • 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.