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 2022-06-28T10:03:05+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

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 applications@nsula.edu.  A link to the immunization compliance form can be found under Admission Forms:  https://www.nsula.edu/admissions/.

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

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.

You are required to quarantine for 5 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 5 days from the date of last close contact with the positive case. You can find additional information about this scenario, here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.
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 5 days from your last close contact with the positive case. You can find additional information about this scenario, here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.
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: https://www.nsula.edu/return-to-campus/faculty-and-staff/ and by emailing Human Resources Director Lisa Harris at covid19hr@nsula.edu.

NSU encourages at-risk employees, students and visitors to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while indoors.

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.

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:  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 5 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 face to face, virtually through webEx, Teams, email, via telephone or as arranged by instructors.

Academic advising will be conducted face to face, virtually through webEx, Teams, email or as arranged by instructors. Advisors and students will utilize the ‘Notes’ feature on Degree Works to indicate what the academic advising session findings were.

NSU offers several modalities including face-to-face, hybrid, HyFlex, synchronous online and asynchronous online.

  • Face-to-Face (F2F) – Course is offered on campus in a classroom in a traditional format.
  • 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.
  • 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.  HyFlex Disclaimer: very few classes are being offered in HyFlex.

Face-to-face classes will be conducted in person in the traditional format.

During the 21-22 Academic Year, visitation will be restricted to only on-campus residential students. No outside visitors will be allowed.

There will be no overnight visitation allowed with anyone and all approved visitors must leave by midnight.

Approved visitation hours among on-campus residential students are 8am until midnight daily as long as as residents of the apartment agree on having visitors.

On-campus residential students are not allowed to quarantine or isolate in the residential communities. Students will be required to return home. An appeal can be made for international students or for out-of-state students that do not reside in a neighboring state such as Texas, Arkansas, or Mississippi. An appeal can be submitted to the Housing Office.

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.

Dining

Iberville Dining Hall, Chick-fil-A, Steak ‘n Shake, Café Demon, Vic’s and C-store are open. Seating has been arranged to allow for social distancing. Reduced hours and seating capacity allow 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 www.nsuladining.sodexomyway.com for updates.

Iberville Dining Hall

Monday-Friday
Breakfast: 7 a.m.-10 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m.-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 De’Mon is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday.
7 a.m.-3 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 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Friday.
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 De’Mon, and Chick-Fil-A) will adhere all State Guidelines:

Service
All employees will be in uniforms, gloves, and appropriate PPE.
Increase in hand washing, with hand sanitizer stations available to all.
All meals will be packaged in To-Go containers except for Iberville where you will have the option of dine in or To-Go.
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.
Kitchen restraints with a possible reduction in offerings due to space limitations and product availability.
Pre-packaged Simply-to-Go 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 might require reduced staff and longer service time.