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Norfolk State University President Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston shares an important message with the Spartan Community regarding university operations due to COVID-19.

    


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Norfolk State University - FALL 2020 Re-opening Campus Plan July 2020
July 08, 2020

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Governor’s Phase 2 Telework Guideline
June 05, 2020

Governor’s Phase 2 Telework Guideline
This is an update to the Norfolk State University Community:

The health, safety, and wellness of every member of our community is a priority as we fulfill our NSU mission. The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19 and is taking actions to mitigate potential risks to our community. 

In accordance with Governor Northam’s Phase Two Guidelines, employees eligible to telecommute should continue to do so. Additional guidance that is in alignment with any state and federal advisement regarding COVID-19 will be provided in the future. 

Please continue to monitor and stay abreast of important information via Campus Announcements and at https://www.nsu.edu/Coronavirus.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
June 04, 2020

This is an update to the Norfolk State University Community:

Our priorities are the health, safety, and wellness of every member of our community. ​The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19 and is taking actions to mitigate potential risks to our community. 

A Norfolk State University employee has tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee self-reported the information to the University today after being tested on Tuesday, June 2. The individual was notified of the positive test on today, June 4.  The employee is self-quarantining per guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  The University is working with VDH and has notified staff who may have been potentially exposed. 

​For information on COVID-19, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/​​  or https://www.nsu.edu/Coronavirus.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Governor Northam’s Executive Order Sixty-Three: Face Coverings
June 01, 2020

Governor Northam’s Executive Order Sixty-Three: Face Coverings
This is an update to the Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the health and safety of the NSU Community. The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19, and is taking proactive actions to mitigate potential risks to our community.  

In accordance with Governor Northam’s Executive Order Sixty-Three, effective Friday May29, face coverings must be worn inside all state buildings accessible to the public. This includes common areas and hallways. If you do not have a face covering or mask, please come to Facilities Management to ask for one. 

Unless heavily soiled, commercial face masks may be used 3-5 days by gently washing in soap and water and air drying. Store masks in zip-lock plastic bags to keep clean when not in use. Cloth face coverings may be reused by washing and drying daily. 

Please refer questions regarding appropriate use of masks to the Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management office (823-9142).     


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
May 26, 2020

This is an update to the Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the health and safety of the NSU Community. The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19, and is taking proactive actions to mitigate potential risks to our community. 

A Norfolk State University employee who works inside of an unoccupied campus facility tested positive for COVID-19. 

The employee self-reported the information to the University today after being tested on Wednesday, May 27. The individual was notified of the positive test on Friday, May 29.  The employee is self-quarantining per guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  The University is working with VDH and is in the process of notifying staff who may have been potentially exposed. This is the first reported case from a member of the Spartan campus.

NSU Facilities Management has closed the facility until further notice. For information on COVID-19, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ or https://www.nsu.edu/Coronavirus.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Telecommuting Policy 
The University has approved Interim Policy #2, Telecommuting and Alternative Work Policy, which outlines NSU’s process for the approval of telework for eligible employees. See policy and form here.   


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Continued Telecommuting for all Non-designated Employees
April 30, 2020

Continued Telecommuting for all Non-designated Employees
This is an update to Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the health and safety of the NSU Community. The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19, and is taking proactive actions to mitigate potential risks to our community. 

On March 27, 2020, a communication was issued to the NSU community stating that “all non-designated employees are required to telecommute through Friday, May 1, 2020” and that the “University reserves the right to amend this schedule as the situation on the ground changes.”  Due to Governor Northam’s Stay at Home order advising all Virginians to stay at home until June 10, 2020, the university will continue to require all non-essential staff to telecommute until further notice. The University remains open and all designated employees should continue to report to campus to perform essential functions. All employees should continue constant communication with their supervisors and visit the University website (www.nsu.edu) on a regular basis for COVID-19 related updates.

COVID-19 related leave forms including state public health emergency leave and federal emergency paid leave can be obtained by accessing the links below:

Employees should submit leave requests to their immediate supervisor for approval. Supervisors should submit approved leave forms to the Payroll Office.

Any questions regarding COVID-19 related leave should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 757-823-8160. 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:  Prorated Credits for Student Accounts
April 15, 2020

Prorated Credits for Student Accounts
This is an update to the Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the health and safety of the NSU Community. The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19, and is taking proactive actions to mitigate potential risks to our community. 

In light of the COVID-19 crisis and impact on Norfolk State University students, prorated credits will be applied to student’s accounts beginning today, April 15, 2020 for unused housing and dining benefits less Auxiliary Enterprise fixed cost.  Additionally, those students who purchased a parking decal will also have a credit applied to their account for the unused parking benefit.  Refunds will be issued to those students who have a credit balance after the housing, dining, and parking credits are applied to their account beginning April 16, 2020.  Students that have provided their banking information for direct deposit will receive their refund in their bank account not later than April 23, 2020.  Those without direct deposit will be mailed a paper check to the address of record not later than April 23, 2020.  Students can log on to their account to see the amount of the prorated credits applied on April 23, 2020.  Additional information on the calculation of the credit will be provided on the MYNSU portal.    


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Volunteers Needed for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps
April 10, 2020

Volunteers Needed for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps
This is an update to the Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the health and safety of the NSU Community. The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19, and is taking proactive actions to mitigate potential risks to our community. 

Earlier today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called upon citizens to consider joining the fight against COVID-19 by volunteering for Virginia’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Across Virginia, an additional 30,000 medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to provide support for the surge of COVID-19 patients in the Commonwealth’s hospitals, long-term care facilities and alternate care sites. The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Signing up to serve with the MRC is an excellent opportunity for health care majors and other students interested in helping their fellow Virginians. While medical experience is recommended, it is not required. To become a Virginia Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer, please visit Virginia Volunteer Health System (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/) or contact vamrc@vdh.virginia.gov.

Now more than ever, we must stand together as we work collectively to overcome this public health crisis. Thank you for your support and compassion for our fellow citizens during this very difficult time. Stay safe and focused on the future.


COVID-19 Leave Options Memo
April 21, 2020

In the wake of Governor Northam’s Stay at Home order, the Norfolk State University (NSU) Office of Human Resources (OHR) is providing additional guidance during this transition.  Click to read the full ​HR COVID-19 Memo


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Updated Leave Options Available for all NSU Employees  including Wage Employees and Adjunct Faculty
April 01, 2020

Updated Leave Options Available for all NSU Employees including Wage Employees and Adjunct Faculty
This is an update to Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community. NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.

First and foremost, thank you all for your hard work, diligence, and commitment to the success of NSU. Our students have been successfully engaging in online and remote learning provided by our wonderful faculty.  Our staff and administrators, on campus and telecommuting, have worked diligently to support the functions that have allowed us to successfully continue all of our operations. 

The Commonwealth of Virginia and the federal government have provided guidelines for employees needing assistance due to COVID-19. These guidelines regarding leave include the following:

The following are circumstances for which an employee may use the aforementioned leave options:

  • The employee needs to attend to their medical needs or the medical needs of an immediate family member being tested or treated for COVID-19
  • The employee has chronic health conditions or is 65 years of age or older and there are no flexible alternative work options to maintain social distancing
  • The employee needs to make alternative childcare arrangements due to closure of the child’s day care centers/schools due to COVID-19
  • The employee has a job that is not conducive to telecommuting or alternative work plans

These new guidelines are applicable to all NSU employees including wage and adjunct faculty. It is anticipated that essential designated staff that are on campus to ensure business continuity of university operations are expected to work as scheduled.  We encourage staff that are telecommuting to continue to do so unless they are impacted by COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 757-823-8600.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Commencement Update #2
March 31, 2020

Commencement Update #2
This is an update to Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community. NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.

In our efforts to maintain the safety and health for our staff, faculty, administrators, students, and families, the Spring 2020 Norfolk State University Commencement exercises will not occur on May 2, 2020. A workgroup consisting of students, administrators, and faculty is reviewing plans of options for students graduating in the Spring of 2020.  These students will have the opportunity to participate in a subsequent commencement ceremony.

Students that have submitted the $130.00 commencement fee for the Spring 2020 Commencement will be eligible for a refund if they do not wish to participate in a subsequent commencement ceremony. The $30.00 graduate fee is not refundable. Additional information regarding commencement fee refunds will be forthcoming.


Temporary Pass/Fail Policy for Undergraduate Students
March 31, 2020

This is an update to the Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the health and safety of the NSU Community. The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19, and is taking proactive actions to mitigate potential risks to our community. 

As a result of the unprecedented public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Norfolk State University has approved Interim Policy #03 (2020), Temporary Pass/Fail Policy for Undergraduate Students, for use during the Spring 2020 semester.  Interim Policy #03 temporarily modifies the University’s existing Pass/Fail policy by automatically assigning all letter grades of D- or higher a “P.” Students who prefer to receive traditional letter grades may do so by notifying their course instructor on or before April 24, 2020.

The interim policy also temporarily allows Pass/Fail grading for major courses and permits students to take more than 12 credit hours toward the undergraduate degree using the Pass/Fail grading option.  A copy of Interim Policy #03 is available online at the NSU Policy Library, which is accessible here. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Office of the Provost.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Telecommuting Mandatory for all Non-designated Employees
March 27, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Telecommuting Mandatory for all Non-designated Employees
This is an update to Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the health and safety of the NSU Commun

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Telecommuting Mandatory for all Non-designated Employees
This is an update to Norfolk State University Community:

Our highest priority is the health and safety of the NSU Community. The University’s senior leadership team and Emergency Operations Committee is continuing to monitor the local and regional impact of COVID-19, and is taking proactive actions to mitigate potential risks to our community. 

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 all non-designated employees are required to telecommute through Friday, May 1, 2020. Any employee that is telecommuting must have a signed Telecommuting Agreement on file. The University remains open and all employees identified by management as being designated should continue to report to campus to perform essential functions. Due to the unprecedented nature of COIVD-19, the University’s Designated (Essential) personnel list has been updated to address issues beyond the scope of inclement weather. Managers and supervisors should exercise the highest degree of flexibility when developing work schedules for Non-designated employees. Work schedules must fully support continuity of operations and adhere to mandated social distancing guidelines. All employees should maintain constant communication with their supervisors and visit the University website (www.nsu.edu) on a regular basis for COVID-19 related updates. Supervisors will inform staff of their role as non-designated or designated employees. The University reserves the right to amend this schedule as the situation on the ground changes. 


Grading Options for the Spring 2020 Semester
March 27, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, universities and school systems across the nation have instituted measures to protect the health of their students and employees. In the interest of safety, traditional operations and instructional modes have given way to remote work environments and online learning modalities. 

Because of these disruptions to regular learning environments, universities across the nation are instituting temporary grading policies for this semester. Likewise, in collaboration with administrators, faculty representatives, SGA members and other students, Norfolk State University is exploring the creation of a temporary grading policy for the Spring 2020 semester only.  Discussions are ongoing. Once a policy has been created and approved by management, the NSU community will be apprised of the details.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Commencement Update
March 25, 2020

Commencement Update 
This is an update to Norfolk State University Community:
 
Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community.  NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.
 
As we continue to modify our campus operations and activities to respond to the circumstances presented by COVID-19, a group consisting of students, administrators, and faculty has been considering options for commencement and the celebration of students graduating at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Additional information regarding commencement plans will be sent to the campus community next week.  
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Health, Safety, and Security Tips
March 25, 2020

Personal Health, Safety, and Security Tips
This is an update to Norfolk State University Community:
 
Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community.  NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.
 
Safety and security remains paramount during this time. As we receive updates regarding the spread of the coronavirus, there are times when we must adjust our behaviors to best protect all students, staff and faculty. We strongly encourage you to read thoroughly all updates and comply with any requested actions. 
 

Please review the tips below:

  • Coronavirus Guidelines
  • All University Buildings are locked for the safety of our community.
  • When visitors arrive for you, greet them in the building lobby and accompany them back to the lobby when they are leaving.
  • Do not prop open exterior doors.
  • When unlocking doors, do not allow unauthorized or unknown individuals to follow behind you.
  • All employees should have photo ID badges to gain access to authorized University buildings.
  • ID badges should be visible – either worn on a lanyard or clipped on.
  • Don’t work late alone. Let someone know where you are and how long you intend to stay.
  • Create a buddy system for walking to parking lots or public transportation, or ask security to escort you.
  • Never open the door to a stranger after hours.
  • Don’t assume that someone else reported a door, a window, or a lock that’s broken or not working properly. Report these problems immediately.
  • Report all suspicious activity or suspicious persons to NSU Police at 757-823-8102 or call the Emergency Number at 757-823-9000.
  • Secure your vehicle.
  • Do not keep valuables in your vehicle.
  • For students residing in our residence halls, secure your residence hall room door. Do not prop it open.
  • Never walk alone and avoid walking in dark or isolated areas of campus at night. Walk with others or utilize the buddy system.
  • Let people know where you’re going.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep emergency numbers in your phone.
    NSUPD Emergency Number 757-823-9000
    NSUPD Non-Emergency Number 757-823-8102
    NSUPD Anonymous Phone Line 757-823-2148
  • Use the LiveSafe app.
    Here’s how you can get the app:

    1. Google Play or the Apple App Store on your phone. Search for "LiveSafe" and download the option with the blue shield.
    2. Tap "Sign up." Fill in your profile information and create a password. 
    3. Norfolk State University may pop up if you are close to the campus. If so, tap "Yes." Otherwise tap "Change" to select Norfolk State University.
     

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Health, Safety, and Security
March 24, 2020

Health, Safety, and Security 
This is an update to Norfolk State University Community:
 
Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community.  NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.
 
Safety and security remain paramount and inform many of our operational decisions.  As we receive updates regarding the spread of the coronavirus, there are times when we must adjust our plans to best protect our students, staff and faculty. We strongly encourage you to read thoroughly all updates and comply with requested actions.  For students, failure to comply with requested actions and published rules can result in violations of the Student Handbook. Again, we want you to be both comfortable and safe.

Health Center Notice:

  1. Spartan Health Center will suspend walk-in hours 8 am-10 am until further notice, effective immediately. Students are to call the office at 757-278-3360 for screening before in person appointments.  Plans are in progress to be able to have telemedicine appointments-timeline uncertain at this time. Additionally, students should also call 757-278-3360 for non-emergency medical concerns.  
  2. In order to avoid unnecessary ER visits and 911calls, have  urgent problems, like- nose bleed, falls/joint injuries, asthma attack, allergic reaction, stomach pain,- call SHC office for triage assistance if student is alert, able to bear partial weight on joint and/or  able to speak a full sentences, not throwing up blood or passing blood in stools. If unable to get On-call Provider response, have RD call my cell number 757-719-1853. Emergency transport requests should be directed to the University Police 757-823-8102 or 911 for emergency assistance.
  3. Students should make sure to avoid keeping perishable foods unrefrigerated in rooms, wash hands before and after eating, wrap uneaten food in paper towels or plastic bag and place in their trashcan. All are encouraged to review a Website with good information:  https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/ 
  4. If you are having food delivered to campus, meet the delivery person at the NSU Police parking lot. Discard delivery bags in trash when food is removed.

Note: Students currently residing on campus are doing so as a result of a waiver.  It is expected that all rules and regulations will be followed closely. 

Police and Public

  1. We are not operating under normal circumstances.
  2. We are expecting students to abide by the rules, regulations and policies of residential life.
  3. Students are reminded that there will be no loitering in hallways/common areas and absolutely no room visitation. The no room visitation includes family and friends as well. The goal is to keep our campus as safe as possible during these uncertain times.
  4. The use/possession of illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
  5. Violation of any of these policies could result in immediate eviction from their room, as well as referral to the judicial process.

Students, Staff and Faculty
We need your support and understanding as we navigate through this environment. If you see things that need to be brought to our attention, please call the NSUPD at 757-823-8108 or Emergency Number at 757-823-9000.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Telework Update
March 19, 2020

Telework Update
This is an update to the Norfolk State University community:

Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community. NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.

The COVID-19 has resulted in constantly evolving circumstances on our campus and across the nation.  Please expect changes and monitor your email for updates.   

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, all eligible staff and administrators will move to a rotating work schedule and telework on the days that they work offsite. This is a protective measure that will support social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic while university offices remain open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Department managers will use their discretion in determining and assigning work schedules and telework hours for their employees. The telework agreements should be documented using the attached form. This form must be completed and signed by both the employee who will be teleworking and their immediate supervisor. The attached form replaces the Telecommuting Form linked to the March 17 Campus Announcement (University Approves Telecommuting and Alternative Work Policy).

Rotating schedules and telework agreements will begin on March 20, 2020 and will remain in effect for eligible employees until further notice.  The university reserves the right to cancel a telework agreement at any time. All employees should regularly monitor the NSU website daily for changes and updates related to work requirements, work schedules and the Coronavirus.

Please direct all questions regarding this policy to the Office of Human Resources. 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Housing and Dining
March 18, 2020

Housing and Dining Update
This is an update to the Norfolk State University community:

Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community. NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.

In light of the international COVID-19 crisis and its potential impact on Norfolk State University, the university’s senior administration is assessing the resources required to provide (partial or pro-rated) refunds for services that the students will not use due to the unexpected closing of campus residence halls. Norfolk State University is committed to keeping the impact of this crisis to a minimum on students as well as the University community. The University will work through the issue in the next few weeks; decisions will be made by April 15, 2020. All questions will be addressed after that date. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. In addition:

  • All students who are affected by the closure of on-campus housing will be issued pro-rated refunds for unused housing and meal plan fees. Any refunds will be subject to Federal Aid and Title IV guidelines and will vary depending on unpaid balances or other charges.
  • If eligible for a pro-rated refund, students will have the option to receive the refund this semester or have it applied to their account to be used for future semesters.

Please be aware that the University is committed to your success and well-being.  Please take care of your families and yourselves. 


Telecommuting – Additional Information
March 18, 2020
 
This is an update to the Norfolk State University community:
 
Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community. NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.

We are also committed to offering support to staff, faculty, and students whether they are on or off campus at this time. To this end, all university offices will remain open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. All eligible staff and administrators will move to a rotating schedule and telecommute on days that they work offsite.
 
Please refer to Interim Policy #2, Telecommuting and Alternative Work Policy.
 
Faculty members will deliver course material and instruction online or remotely for the remainder of the semester effective March 23, 2020.
 
Please continue to monitor your email for additional information regarding COVID-19 and other university updates. Again, your health, safety, and well-being are our primary concern.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians
March 18, 2020
 
Northam Announces New Measures to Combat COVID-19 and Support Impacted Virginians

This is an update to the Norfolk State University community:
 
Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community. NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth.

From the website of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam:

Those with chronic health conditions or aged 65 or older should self-quarantine. Public health experts advise that individuals with underlying medical conditions and those aged 65 or older are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Governor Northam encouraged neighbors and friends to stay in touch and regularly check in with high-risk individuals.

Additional information regarding these recommendations may be found by clicking here.
In accordance with this guidance and recommendation, NSU employees in the category described above have the option of telecommuting or they may choose to use available leave.  Support and the well-being of our community continues to be our most important focus. Please reach out to the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions or concerns.    


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: University Approves Telecommuting and Alternative Work Policy
March 17, 2020

University Approves Telecommuting and Alternative Work Policy
This is an update to the Norfolk State University community:

On March 17, 2020, the University approved Interim Policy #2, Telecommuting and Alternative Work Policy, which outlines NSU’s process for the approval of telework for eligible employees. A copy of the policy is available in the University Policy Library, which is accessible via this link. Please direct all questions regarding this policy to the Office of Human Resources. 

Please continue to monitor your email for additional information regarding COVID-19 and other university updates.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: University Activities and Operations
March 16, 2020

 

University Activities and Operations
This is an update to members of the Norfolk State University (NSU) community:

Our highest priority is the safety and health of our NSU Community. NSU is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in the Commonwealth. The Emergency Preparedness Plan has been activated and the Emergency Operations Committee continues to ensure that the campus is prepared.  We are addressing the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among other actions.  Due to recent developments, NSU is taking the following actions:

For Students:

  • ALL students should return to their homes immediately. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will allow students to return to campus to retrieve all of their personal items and belongings. We recommend that students come to campus for a brief time to collect their items. Students should sign up for a retrieval time beginning Monday, March 16 and ending on Sunday, March 22. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will be sending additional information to students regarding sign-up times. 
  • Students who cannot return home because of international travel restrictions or other extenuating circumstances will be required to:
    • Submit an Emergency/Alternative Housing Form (electronic version) no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    • A hard copy of the form can be printed and submitted to the Office of Housing and Residence Life via email at housing@nsu.edu or it be can be submitted to the front desk of the student’s respective residence hall.
    • Exceptions to remain on campus will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Residence Hall Access: All residence halls will have limited access beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 for the remainder of the semester.
    • Card access to the residence halls will be shut down on March 22, 2020, and only residents with emergency/alternative housing will have building access. Residents must bring their student ID and room key to access their room to gather their belongings. Front desk staff will be available to assist with entry to any room where a student may have misplaced or lost their room key. 
    • Questions regarding housing should be directed to the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 757-823-8407 or email housing@nsu.edu.  
  • Classes: Classes will be delivered remotely and online for the remainder of the spring semester.

For Faculty:

  • Faculty are required to prepare and deliver course material and instruction online or remotely for the remainder of the semester effective March 23, 2020.
  • The Office of Extended Learning will host Blackboard training sessions for all faculty, beginning this week March 16, 2020.
  • Blackboard sessions (on campus and virtual) have been scheduled to ensure that teaching faculty have the required training to deliver online instruction for all students.
  • The Office of the Provost and Office of Extended Learning will continue to send additional information regarding the training sessions.   
  • Faculty members will be eligible for alternative work arrangements (i.e. telecommuting) provided that such arrangements have been approved by their supervisor and/or department chair. 
  • Faculty should speak with their supervisors or department heads if they have any concerns. 

For Staff & Administrators:

  • Staff should expect additional guidance and directives regarding department operations, alternative work arrangements including telecommuting, and any applicable policies no later than March 17, 2020.  
  • Supervisors should begin to create alternative work plans with their staffs and determine which employees would be able to complete tasks using an alternative work plan (i.e. telecommuting).   
  • As we prepare for alternative work plans, we want to ensure that we are keeping the NSU community safe and healthy.  We encourage social distancing as advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 
  • Staff should speak with their supervisors if they have any concerns. 

Note: Do Not Report to Work if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. cough, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been in close proximity with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19.  Please contact the Office of Human Resources immediately at 757-823-8160 and your direct supervisor for guidance.

  • Leave Options Available for the NSU CommunityClick Here
  • Events:
    • All on-campus events have been cancelled unless and until otherwise noted.  Please check your email regularly for additional updates regarding campus events or activities.
    • Commencement: Information regarding Spring 2020 commencement exercises will be sent out no later than Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • Additional Information:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Online Course Delivery and Faculty Training
March 13, 2020

Online Course Delivery and Faculty Training
This is an update to NSU Faculty, Staff, and Administrators:

In collaboration with the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs has been monitoring official federal, state, and local responses to the threats posed nationwide and discussing at length the best way to ensure that instruction continues and that our students receive the support services they need.  As a result, our office wishes to inform the faculty of the following measures:

The Office of Extended Learning will conduct Blackboard training sessions for teaching and research faculty in the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library (rooms 1040 and 1022), March 16-20, 2020.  To prepare to shift to online course delivery immediately, faculty are strongly encouraged to select sessions to attend from those listed below:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Sessions:

  • 10:00 a.m. –12:00 noon
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday and Thursday Sessions:

  • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Faculty who are proficient in using Blackboard and facilitating online course delivery are asked to assist colleagues who are preparing to make the transition. Training for adjunct faculty will be offered in the evenings.   In addition, faculty should work with their department chairs to schedule session attendance.

All faculty members should comply with the university's mandate to shift to online course delivery immediately.  In this way, our students will continue to benefit from the expertise, the pedagogy, and the dedication of our talented, well-trained faculty.

International and Domestic Travel:

  • The university has suspended all university-sponsored international travel. NSU employees should carefully reconsider any personal international travel plans.
  • Governor Northam has declared a state of emergency for Virginia and halted all official travel outside of Virginia by state employees.
  • For the well-being and safety of the university community, we encourage you to act with caution and thoughtfully reconsider personal travel
  • Faculty cannot be assured reimbursement if the conferences they were planning to attend are cancelled.  They are encouraged to contact the conference facilitators to seek reimbursement.

Reporting to Work:

  • Faculty are expected to be available at their normal work hours during the week of March 16 – 20, 2020.
  • Faculty should not report to work if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., cough, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been in proximity to someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19.  
  • Faculty in either the above categories should contact the Office of Human Resources immediately at 757-823-8160 and the direct supervisor for guidance.

NSU Campus Announcement - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:
March 11, 2020

This is an update to the members of the Norfolk State University Community:

As Norfolk State University continues to monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the health and safety of our university community remains our top priority.  Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Norfolk State is taking the following actions:

Spring Break Extended for Students:

  • The university is extending Spring Break for students through Sunday, March 22, 2020.
  • Beginning March 22, 2020, university residence halls will reopen to students.
  • Classes will be delivered online beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 and will continue to be delivered online through April 6, 2020.
  • Additional updates regarding delivery of classes/instruction will be sent to the NSU Community.   
  • For students that do not have alternative housing accommodations during this extended period, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 757-823-8407 or housing@nsu.edu.
  • Undergraduate student employees of the university should contact their supervisors for more information. 
     

Online Course Delivery and Faculty Training:

  • Faculty are expected to return to campus Monday, March 16, 2020.
  • In preparation for the delivery of classes, the Office of Extended Learning will host Blackboard training sessions for all faculty, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.
  • The Office of the Provost and Office of Extended Learning will be sending additional information regarding the training sessions.   
  • Blackboard sessions (on campus and virtual) will be scheduled to ensure that teaching faculty have the required training to deliver online instruction for all students.


Staff and Administrators:

  • For the time being, university staff and administrators should continue reporting to work as regularly scheduled. 
  • The university is reviewing alternative work arrangements including telecommuting and working remotely. 
  • DO NOT REPORT TO WORK if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. cough, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been in close proximity with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19.  Please contact the Office of Human Resources immediately at 757-823-8160 and your direct supervisor for guidance.


University Events:

  • In an effort to follow guidance on social distancing and social interaction, all events, unless otherwise noted, with an expected attendance of 100 or more participants are suspended. 
  • Updates regarding other events will be sent to the campus community.
     

Work Related Travel:

  • The university is suspending all university-sponsored international travel. We request that you carefully reconsider any personal international travel. 
  • For the well-being and safety of the university community, we encourage you to act with caution and thoughtfully reconsider personal or university domestic travel.

As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we will continue to assess and make changes for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Please continue to monitor your email for updates.

For your safety and the safety of those around you, please adhere to the instructions regarding prevention of the spread and/or exposure to the Coronavirus. For more information, visit the following websites:

Spartan Health Center

The Spartan Health Center has provided the following information about the Coronavirus, now known as COVID19.

The situation with COVID19 is constantly changing, so please check the CDC and VDH and WHO  websites to view the most up to date information. - COVID-19 Partnership Letter - Coronavirus Update

Health and Safety Tips

Health and Safety Tips from the Spartan Health Center

 

Information Resource List

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases

by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global CasesThis interactive map from Johns Hopkins University shows the effects of coronavirus in real-time. Since January 22, 2020, the dashboard has displayed the location and number of confirmed cases as they are reported, along with casualties and recoveries. - View the map