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Reopening Information



Faculty and Staff Return Testing Information Read the Announcement
Start of the Semester - Classes Begin − January 27, 2021. ​
All employees may voluntarily take a COVID-19 test on campus for free. Testing will be held on January 14, 2021. If demand warrants it, there may be additional testing times provided. See the announcement above for additional information.

Student Return Testing Information Read the Announcement
Start of the Semester - Classes Begin − January 27, 2021.​

All residential students and any student who plans to be on campus this spring for any reason must complete testing on campus prior to January 27, 2021.

  • New Students and Residential Students – January 19, 2021 and January 20, 2021
  • Returning Residential Students – January 21, 2021 through January 26, 2021
  • Commuter Students and Graduate Students – January 22, 2021 through January 26, 2021


Campus Announcement - COVID-19 Updates Read the Announcement

Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs/COVID-19 Administrator
Happy new year to the NSU family. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and winter break. On behalf of the COVID Task Force, I wanted to share some important information and context as we prepare to keep our community safe and continue building the Culture of Care President Adams-Gaston has called all of us to do.

On December 18, 2020, the University of Virginia released a COVID-19 infection model that projects if cases continue at their current rate. Virginia will see weekly confirmed cases peak at over 98,000 ending the week of February 7, 13 times higher than what we experienced this last summer. As of the writing of this letter, we continue to see rapidly rising COVID-19 test positivity rates across the state. While our goal is to have students back on campus in the spring, we all need to be flexible, as you were in the fall semester. The decision to move forward with bringing students back to campus will depend on the local conditions with COVID-19 as well as the state and federal directives that may be in place.

Spring 2021 Semester

The Academic Calendar has been modified to reflect changes necessary to promote the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. Below is an overview of the academic calendar:

Spring Reopening Dates
Date Event
TBA New Student Residence Hall Move-In
January 27, 2021 Classes Begin
TBA Returning Student Residence Hall Move-in
Tuesday, February 2 Drop/Add Deadline & All Tuition and Fees Due for Spring 2021 Semester
Note: There will be no Spring Break in Spring 2021
Saturday, May 8 – Friday, May 14 Finals Week
Friday, May 7 Semester Ends

The University will plan for Commencement activities for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 graduates.  We will adhere to guidance issued by government officials regarding the hosting of large events.