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.

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COVID-19 Protocols and Safety Expectations

Important Reminders:

  • Report all cases through demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu
  • Do daily checks; if you do not feel well, stay at home
  • If you must quarantine, the Dean of Students will notify your faculty
  • If able, students are expected to keep up with assignments while in quarantine
  • Quarantine space on campus is VERY limited; students should plan to go home.
  • Students are expected to quarantine off campus unless granted an appeal.
  • If you test positive or are exposed, have a plan for where you will stay off-campus
  • Do not break quarantine; stay isolated for number of days prescribed by Health Services
  • If you are attending gatherings off campus where others are not following protocols, you may be endangering your friends and your family.
  • Students who do not follow the Health and Safety rules may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension.

Isolation / Quarantine Protocol FAQs

  • Report your exposure via email to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.
  • If you live on campus, follow the Housing Quarantine Protocol listed above.
  • You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has received a positive COVID-19 result.
  • Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • No, your roommate will need to quarantine because of direct contact with a positive person.
  • If you live on campus, follow the Housing Quarantine Protocols listed above.
  • If you have no symptoms and test positive for COVID-19, you will need to complete a 10-day quarantine period from the date of your positive test. You may return to campus after the 10-day period as long as you remain symptom free.
  • Stay home and contact Health Services 318-357-5351.
  • You must be symptom free without taking medication for 24 hours prior to return to campus.
  • Health Services will review your situation and extend your quarantine period if needed.
Daily Symptom Check – We expect our NSU Community to self-monitor their symptoms daily, and stay home if you experience any signs of illness or feel sick.

Practice general safety protocols including:

  • Face Coverings – Face covering use is required on NSU campuses in public spaces, especially when it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing of at least six feet, such as entering and exciting campus buildings, moving through hallways, using common rooms, in classrooms, and frequenting other shared spaces. Each person should provide their own face covering.
  • Physical Distancing – Maintain physical distancing of six feet whenever possible
  • Hand Washing/Hand Sanitizer – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if hand washing is not feasible, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Coughing/Sneezing Etiquette – If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or inside your elbow rather than your hands.  This will help to minimize the spread of germs as you touch doorknobs and surfaces.

Symptomatic Confirmed Positive

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.

Immediate self-isolate until the below criteria are met:

  • 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and
  • 24 hours have passed without fever (without the use of fever reducing medication)
  • Symptoms have improved

Asymptomatic Confirmed Positive

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.

Immediate self-isolate until at least 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test result.

Self-monitor for symptom development, check temperature twice daily and keep a log of results.

If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are considered high risk.

Close Contacts of COVID-19 Positive Cases

Close Contact means you were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.
Immediate quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

Self-monitor for symptom development, check temperature twice daily and keep a log of results.

If you are tested for COVID-19:

  • If you test negative,  you should still quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19 since symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • If you test positive, refer to Symptomatic Confirmed or Asymptomatic Confirmed links.

Behavioral Expectations for Return to Campus

To ensure the health and wellbeing of the NSU Community, students, faculty, staff and visitors must adhere to guidelines regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.   This includes wearing face coverings, adhering to quarantine and social distancing directives, abiding by event closure and numbers reduction policy and practicing safe hygiene.  All members of the Demon community are expected to abide by these regulations.  Students who require special accommodations should contact Access and Disability Services at OADS@nsula.edu.  Students who violate safety directives are violating the Student Code of Conduct and are subject to disciplinary action. If you need to report someone who has violated a health policy, direct complaints to the Dean of Students Office deanofstudents@nsula.edu or the Office of Student Conduct and Accountability StudentConduct@nsula.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes.  Everyone must wear masks or face coverings.  Students must have face coverings to enter all campus buildings and classrooms.
No.  Students must provide their own face coverings.
No. Students need only to appropriately cover their faces.
At this time, temperature checks are limited to certain programs and areas. As the semester progresses, students may have temperature checks to enter classroom spaces.
Students attending NSU may be required to participate in sample testing groups to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Students who test positive must go home to quarantine for at least 10 days with 72 hours fever free.
Students with a verifiable exposure (contact of over 15 minutes in a space of less than 6 feet with someone who tested COVID-positive) must quarantine off campus for 14 days.
Students who do not wear masks may be sent to the Office of Student Conduct and may be subject to disciplinary action including probation or suspension.