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:

  • Students should report all cases to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu
  • Faculty/Staff should report all cases to covid19hr@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.

Daily Safety Protocols

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 – NSU requires all employees, students and visitors to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while indoors, even if they have been vaccinated.
  • 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.

Quarantine Guidelines

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.

Close Contacts of COVID-19 Positive Cases

Students should report all direct contacts of COVID 19 to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu. Faculty/Staff should report all direct contacts of COVID 19 to covid19hr@nsula.edu.

Direct contact means you were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. Immediately quarantine after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Self-monitor for symptom development, check temperature daily and keep a log of results.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)
If you:
– Have been boosted OR
– Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR
– Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you:
– Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
– Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR
– Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

Quarantine from direct exposure will begin after your last exposure to someone positive for COVID-19. If you must remain in contact (caring for friend or family member), your quarantine could be extended.

Behavioral Expectations

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.  NSU requires all employees, students and visitors to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth, even if the person has been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.  All individuals should adhere to quarantine and social distancing directives, abide by event closure and numbers reduction policy and practice 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.  All employees, students and visitors to all NSU campuses should wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside all buildings and when social distancing is not possible, even if the person has been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.
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.
If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate), Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms (asymptomatic) or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever or any other symptoms, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

Students with a verifiable exposure (contact of 15 minutes or longer in a space of less than 6 feet with someone who tested COVID-positive) must quarantine off campus. See Quarantine Guidelines above for guidance.