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.

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 continues to encourage all employees and visitors to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth, unless the person has been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 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.

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

Please report all direct contacts of COVID 19 to demonsreportcovid@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.

Guidelines without testing:
You may be released from quarantine after 10 days without receiving a COVID test if you remain free of symptoms of illness throughout the 10-day period.  Continue to monitor for symptoms of illness through day 14, continue to follow all precautions and report any changes to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.

Guidelines with testing:
You may be released from quarantine after day 7 of direct contact if a negative COVID test is received and no symptoms of illness are reported.  The test must be performed on or after the 5th day of direct contact and the test result must be provided to Health Services.  Continue to monitor for symptoms of illness through day 14, continue to follow all precautions and report any changes to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.

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 will be extended.

For example: COVID positive friend or family member in quarantine for 10 days. If you remain in contact you must quarantine the 10 days with the friend or family member and quarantine an additional 7-10 days to monitor for symptoms. See above guidelines for quarantine with or without testing.

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 encourages all employees and visitors to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth, unless the person has been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine, plus 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

NSU encourages all employees and visitors to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth, unless 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.
Students who test positive must go home to quarantine for at least 10 days. You may return on the 11th day as long as symptoms have resolved and you have been fever free for 24 hours.
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.