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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. Please see the most recent updates for NSU Students and NSU Faculty and Staff below.


October 2022

 

10/24/22
COVID-19 Resource Reminders

What do I do if I am positive for COVID-19?

  • If a student reports that they are positive to anyone, they should be instructed to call the Spartan Health Annex at 757-278-4129 and provide the date they were tested and a contact phone number so that the staff can assist if needed.   
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home and follow the guidance of their primary care physician. Employees may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, recognition leave, and traditional or VSDP sick leave while absent from the workplace during the quarantine period. As a reminder, Public Health Emergency Leave is no longer in effect.

Quarantine/Isolation Protocols

  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will quarantine/isolate in place, meaning they will stay in their assigned residential room. There are a limited number of spaces for students who may want to isolate out of their room or for their roommates if they want to be in a different space.
  • Commuter students who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home.
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home and follow the guidance of their primary care physician. Employees may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, recognition leave, and traditional or VSDP sick leave while absent from the workplace during the quarantine period. As a reminder, Public Health Emergency Leave is no longer in effect.

 


September 2022

09/20/22
Student COVID-19 Testing

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should wear a face mask and call the Spartan Health Center Annex at 757-249-4129 to make an appointment to be tested. Please call for an appointment as walk-ins are not accepted.

Students who do not have symptoms but would like to be tested can make an appointment using the instructions below. Testing takes place in the Spartan Health Center Annex on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.

If you have previously registered with mywconline you can click on the link and just log in using the password you created before.

If you have not registered before, follow these directions closely.

STEPS to register for the test are as follows:

  • Click on the following link: https://norfolk.mywconline.com
  • Click on Register for an account above the login field if an account has not already been established.
  • Enter your NSU email (only NSU emails will be accepted), First and Last Name, Student, or Employee ID and a Phone Number.
  • Enter in a password of at least 10 characters.
  • Set email preferences if desired.
  • Hit the complete registration button, which will take you back to the login page.
  • Enter your NSU email address and the password you set up during registration.
  • Select the “Student COVID-19 Testing No Symptoms” schedule and schedule an open testing date and time based on available time slots.
  • Select the create appointment button.
  • Select the close window button.
  • Logout.

Email Covid Coordinator ndwilliams@nsu.edu with any questions or for any assistance.

09/20/22
COVID-19 Updates and Protocols

Our Culture of Care encouraged all of us to work together to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic as a community. Though we have come a long way, COVID-19 remains a health and safety risk that requires us to continue to be vigilant and practice reasonable mitigation efforts as a way to ensure all members of our community remain safe as possible. With this Culture of Care in mind, the information below outlines protocols related to keeping our community safe as we look forward to the Fall 2022 semester. As we have done in the past, we will continually review and update our practices to reflect current conditions.

Guiding Principles
There are two guiding principles that will help us continue to keep our community and those connected to our community safe. The first principle is the Culture of Care. We must continue to work collectively with patience, grace, and empathy to do what is necessary to keep each other safe. The second principle is self-responsibility. We encourage each person to do what they know is best for them and their families to continue to stay safe against COVID-19.

We recommend all community members get vaccinated as the vaccines continue to be the best way, to date, to prevent the spread of the virus and prevent the most challenging symptoms of the virus that often lead to hospitalization or worse. 

Masking Indoors

  • Masking indoors is required in class and in offices when community transmission levels in the surrounding areas are green (low community transmission), according to the CDC. Masking remains a requirement in medical facilities and on campus transportation.
  • Masking will be required indoors, in all places, when transmission levels are yellow or red. We will notify the campus when transmission levels are yellow or red and remind community members of the appropriate measures to take.
  • Masking indoors is recommended at all times. As part of our Culture of Care, we must support those who choose to wear masks for whatever reason they want and respect those who choose not to wear masks in places where masks are not required.
  • Masking at events that are held on campus will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Those planning to attend should look for specific information about the event regarding masking practices prior to attending the event.


Exposure to COVID-19 (Current Guidelines as of 7/1/22)

  • Community members who are exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on their vaccinations should wear a mask around others at all times, should get tested at least five days after the exposure, but do not have to quarantine unless they have symptoms.
  • Community members who are exposed to COVID-19 and are not up to date with their vaccinations or are not vaccinated must quarantine for at least five days, wear a mask around others at all times for ten days, get tested at least five days after exposure, and watch for symptoms. If symptoms develop, you should isolate immediately.
  • Community members who have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days and have been exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms and wear a mask around others at all times for 10 days.
  • Asymptomatic employees may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, or recognition leave for absences from the workplace.
     

Testing Positive for COVID-19

  • Community members who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for at least five days and wear a mask around others at all times. Isolation can end after five days if you are not experiencing any symptoms or if you have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication and your symptoms are improving.
  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will quarantine/isolate in place, meaning they will stay in their assigned residential room. There are a limited number of spaces for students who may want to isolate out of their room or for their roommates if they want to be in a different space.
  • Commuter students who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home.
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home and follow the guidance of their primary care physician. Employees may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, recognition leave, and traditional or VSDP sick leave while absent from the workplace during the quarantine period. As a reminder, Public Health Emergency Leave is no longer in effect.
  • Students and faculty will be provided with detailed information regarding procedures for missed classes due to COVID-19 by the end of July.


COVID-19 Testing

  • COVID-19 testing will be offered to all students by appointment only. Symptomatic students should call the Spartan Health Center Annex at 757-249-4129 to make arrangements for testing. Protocols for asymptomatic testing will be shared with students prior to the start of classes. 
  • Employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 in a work-related setting will be offered testing on a case-by-case basis.
  • Return testing – NSU has required COVID-19 testing for all residential students and is recommended for all students prior to the beginning of the semester. This mitigation practice is currently being evaluated, and a decision about return testing will be communicated to students in the next two weeks. 


COVID-19 Dashboard

  • The current COVID-19 Dashboard will be transitioned to keep the community updated on transmission status (green, yellow, or red) and what the corresponding campus requirements are.
     

August 2022

08/03/22 | Reposted:  8/17/22
COVID-19 Updates and Protocols

The CDC calculates community transmission levels every Thursday. As of July 28, 2022, the community transmission level in Norfolk City was low (green). In the spirit of our Culture of Care, it is important for each of us to be aware of the expected community practices as we continue to safeguard ourselves and each other from COVID-19. For the foreseeable future, you should expect to mask when in classrooms and offices on campus regardless of the community transmission level. When community transmission levels are Low (green), masking is not required when walking through building hallways. If community transmission levels rise to Medium (yellow) or High (red), we will notify the campus when we will move to masking indoors to include hallways as a mitigation strategy.

The information below provides specific information related to our community mitigation efforts. We will continue to send updates as we get closer to the start of the fall semester and throughout the academic year.  - COVID Updates for Faculty Spring-Summer 2022 - pdf

What are the Mask Requirements?

  • Masking is required for all people in classrooms, offices, health facilities, and NSU public transportation. Masking is required in eating areas when not eating.
  • When community transmission is low, masking is not required while walking through building hallways.
  • If community transmission changes, we will notify the community of any changes in masking requirements.
  • Masking is recommended for all indoor spaces.
  • Please see event details for specific mask requirements.
     

Quarantine/Isolation Protocols

  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will quarantine/isolate in place, meaning they will stay in their assigned residential room. There are a limited number of spaces for students who may want to isolate out of their room or for their roommates if they want to be in a different space.
  • Commuter students who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home.
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home and follow the guidance of their primary care physician. Employees may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, recognition leave, and traditional or VSDP sick leave while absent from the workplace during the quarantine period. As a reminder, Public Health Emergency Leave is no longer in effect.
     

What do I do if I am positive for COVID-19?

  • If a student reports that they are positive to anyone, they should be instructed to call the Spartan Health Annex at 757-278-4129 and provide the date they were tested and a contact phone number so that the staff can assist if needed. 
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home and follow the guidance of their primary care physician. Employees may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, recognition leave, and traditional or VSDP sick leave while absent from the workplace during the quarantine period. As a reminder, Public Health Emergency Leave is no longer in effect.
     

Can I request cleaning specific to COVID-19?

  • Community members who want to request cleaning of offices or other spaces impacted by COVID-19 may do so through the Facilities work order process (https://facilities.nsu.edu:82/home.html).
  • For the safety of the cleaning staff, there may be a 24-48 hour wait prior to cleaning. 
     

For Faculty

  • Protocols for students who report to faculty that they tested positive for COVID-19 have changed. Please see the attachment for the updated guidelines for faculty.
     

For Supervisors

  • If an employee reports they are positive for COVID-19 or they may have been exposed, they may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, recognition leave, and traditional or VSDP sick leave while absent from the workplace during the quarantine period. As a reminder, Public Health Emergency Leave is no longer in effect.
  • Request for cleaning of offices or other spaces impacted by COVID-19 may be made through the Facilities work order process (https://facilities.nsu.edu:82/home.html). For the safety of the cleaning staff, there may be a 24-48 hour wait prior to cleaning. 
  • No other reporting is required.
  • Employees who need to be out for an extended time should reach out to their coordinating human resource business partner to discuss their specific options.  

July 2022​

07/06/2022
Fall 2022 Covid-19 Update

Our Culture of Care encouraged all of us to work together to navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic as a community. Though we have come a long way, COVID-19 remains a health and safety risk that requires us to continue to be vigilant and practice reasonable mitigation efforts as a way to ensure all members of our community remain safe as possible. With this Culture of Care in mind, the information below outlines protocols related to keeping our community safe as we look forward to the Fall 2022 semester. As we have done in the past, we will continually review and update our practices to reflect current conditions.

Guiding Principles

There are two guiding principles that will help us continue to keep our community and those connected to our community safe. The first principle is the Culture of Care. We must continue to work collectively with patience, grace, and empathy to do what is necessary to keep each other safe. The second principle is self-responsibility. We encourage each person to do what they know is best for them and their families to continue to stay safe against COVID-19.

We recommend all community members get vaccinated as the vaccines continue to be the best way, to date, to prevent the spread of the virus and prevent the most challenging symptoms of the virus that often lead to hospitalization or worse.

Masking Indoors

  • Masking indoors is required in class and in offices when community transmission levels in the surrounding areas are green (low community transmission), according to the CDC.. Masking remains a requirement in medical facilities and on campus transportation.
  • Masking will be required indoors, in all places, when transmission levels are yellow or red. We will notify the campus when transmission levels are yellow or red and remind community members of the appropriate measures to take.
  • Masking indoors is recommended at all times. As part of our Culture of Care, we must support those who choose to wear masks for whatever reason they want and respect those who choose not to wear masks in places where masks are not required.
  • Masking at events that are held on campus will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Those planning to attend should look for specific information about the event regarding masking practices prior to attending the event.

Exposure to COVID-19 (Current Guidelines as of 7/1/22)

  • Community members who are exposed to COVID-19 and are up to date on their vaccinations
  • Community members who are exposed to COVID-19 and are not up to date with their vaccinations or are not vaccinated must quarantine for at least five days, wear a mask around others at all times for ten days, get tested at least five days after exposure, and watch for symptoms. If symptoms develop, you should isolate immediately.
  • Community members who have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days and have been exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms and wear a mask around others at all times for 10 days.
  • Asymptomatic employees may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, or recognition leave for absences from the workplace.
Testing Positive for COVID-19
  • Community members who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for at least five days and wear a mask around others at all times. Isolation can end after five days if you are not experiencing any symptoms or if you have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication and your symptoms are improving. 
  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will quarantine/isolate in place, meaning they will stay in their assigned residential room. There are a limited number of spaces for students who may want to isolate out of their room or for their roommates if they want to be in a different space. 
  • Commuter students who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home.  
  • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 should quarantine/isolate at home and follow the guidance of their primary care physician. Employees may request annual, VSDP family/personal, overtime, compensatory, recognition leave, and traditional or VSDP sick leave while absent from the workplace during the quarantine period. As a reminder, Public Health Emergency Leave is no longer in effect. 
  • Students and faculty will be provided with detailed information regarding procedures for missed classes due to COVID-19 by the end of July.   

COVID-19 Testing 

  • COVID-19 testing will be offered to all students by appointment only. Symptomatic students should call the Spartan Health Center Annex at 757-249-4129 to make arrangements for testing. Protocols for asymptomatic testing will be shared with students prior to the start of classes.   
  • Employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 in a work-related setting will be offered testing on a case-by-case basis.
  • Return testing – NSU has required COVID-19 testing for all residential students and is recommended for all students prior to the beginning of the semester. This mitigation practice is currently being evaluated, and a decision about return testing will be communicated to students in the next two weeks.   

COVID-19 Dashboard 

  • The current COVID-19 Dashboard will be transitioned to keep the community updated on transmission status (green, yellow, or red) and what the corresponding campus requirements are. 

April 2022​

04/22/2022
Covid-19 End of Semester Information

Mask on In-Doors

The NSU Culture of Care has helped to get us to this point in the semester with very few cases of COVID-19. As the number of cases begin to rise in some counties across the Commonwealth, let’s all do our part in keeping our numbers low and our community safe by keeping our masks on while we are indoors regardless of your vaccination status. 

Know Before You Go

Know your COVID-19 status before you leave for home. PCR testing will be available for students to sign up on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. The deadline to sign up for PCR testing will be Monday, April 25 at noon. Directions to sign up are below.

Home testing kits will be available at the Residence Hall front desks for residential students beginning Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Home Kits will be made available for the entire community on Wednesday, April 27, from noon-3 p.m. in the Student Center and at the NGE front desk. 

Directions to Sign up for PCR Student Testing

  • This is not testing for people with symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should quarantine/isolate immediately. You should consult with your local physician or call the Spartan Health Center Annex at 757-278-4129.
  • All testing will be held in Spartan Station.

If you have previously registered with mywconline you can click on the link and just log in using the password you created before. There are multiple schedules available. Make sure you use the schedule that corresponds STUDENT SURVIELLANCE TESTING. 

If you have not registered before follow these directions closely. 

STEPS to register for the test are as follows:

  • Click on the following link: https://norfolk.mywconline.com   
  • Click on Register for an account above the login field, if an account has not already been established.
  • Enter your NSU email (only NSU emails will be accepted), First and Last Name, Student, or Employee ID and a Phone Number.
  • Enter in a password of at least 10 characters.
  • Set email preferences if desired.
  • Hit the complete registration button, which will take you back to the login page.
  • Enter your NSU email address and the password you set up during registration.
  • Select the “Student Surveillance Testing” schedule and schedule an open testing date and time based on available time slots.
  • Select the create appointment button.
  • Select the close window button.
  • Logout.  

Email ajrivers@nsu.edu with any questions or for any assistance. 


March 2022

03/08/2022
Covid-19 and Masking

As you may be aware, there have been a number of news stories about lifting of mask mandates in both K-12 schools and a few colleges and universities in Virginia and around the country. It is important to understand the full context of these decisions, how they are being made, and what nuances exist. Most importantly, communicating the factors NSU is using to evaluate stepping down mitigation strategies more broadly is critical to understanding what decisions have been made thus far and how decisions will be made going forward for our community.

The good news:

  1. The NSU community has a vaccination rate of close to 90 percent for students and close to 85 percent for employees.
  2. The positivity rate on campus has steadily decreased since the beginning of the semester, sitting at under 5 percent for the entire semester right now.
  3. On campus Isolation/Quarantine housing has few if any occupants and there are very low numbers of students in isolation/quarantine off campus.
  4. Local statistics are also on a steady decline since the beginning of the New Year with Norfolk City having a positivity rate of 10 percent, down from above 30. In addition hospitalizations have declined with local hospital bed capacity being moderate to high. 

In response to these positive trending numbers, we have:

  1. Encouraged but not required sharing vaccination and booster information.
  2. Encouraged residential students regardless of vaccination status to participate in surveillance testing.
  3. No longer require vaccination card or negative test for most events on campus including Athletic events.
  4. Working with individual event planners to determine the best safety approach for in-person events.

Our commitment to our Culture of Care has positioned us well to make these changes thus far. It is also our commitment to our Culture of Care that calls us to stay with the indoor masking requirement for everyone regardless of vaccination status. Here are some important considerations:

  1. The regional numbers while improving are still high with a 10 percent positivity rate in Norfolk City and only 25 percent of the adult population with a vaccination and booster. 
  2. We are aware of a number of community members who have responsibilities for vulnerable populations like young children who do not yet qualify for a vaccination, high risk family members at home, or elderly family members who they interact with on a regular basis.
  3. Outside of vaccinations, masking inside has been the most important mitigation practice for NSU.
  4. COVID-19 has impacted African Americans and other underrepresented communities disproportionately through the pandemic.

Given these considerations, masking indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status will remain our policy at NSU. As community members travel for Spring Break and return to campus, we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and make adjustments that are safe accordingly.


February 2022

02/11/2022
Faculty COVID-19 Update

A lot has changed over the last few weeks so we want to provide the faculty teaching in-person classes or labs this semester more precise recommendations for dealing with a situation where you or a student in the class/lab reports being positive for COVID-19.
- Click here to read the rest of the update.

02/09/2022
Covid-19 Testing Update

Testing for COVID-19 remains one of the many important mitigation efforts that has allowed us to navigate this pandemic in as safe manner as possible. The NSU Culture of Care compels each of us to do our part to make safety our priority and at the same time continue to have safe in-person classes, activities, athletics and some larger events. Moving forward, our testing protocols will be as follows:

For Students with No SYMPTOMS

  1. We encourage all students who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be tested on a weekly basis. Fully vaccinated is defined as receiving two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of Janssen (J&J) AND a booster after six months.  
  2. We will be randomly selecting a different group of residential students to be tested each week. This practice will best position us to mitigate spread on campus and in the residence halls. Students who are randomly selected will be notified via email the week before they are chosen to test.
  3. Any student who would like to be tested may sign up for testing as space is available. Appointments are required and no walk-in testing is available.

For Students with SYMPTOMS

  1. If you have symptoms for COVID-19, mask, self-isolate and call the Spartan Health Annex at 757-278-4129 during business hours for assistance.
  2. If you may have been exposed to COVID-19, mask, self-isolate and call the Spartan Health Annex at 757-278-4129 during business hours for assistance.
  3. Residential Students may contact their Resident Director if they need assistance after hours or on the weekend.

Download this file for specific directions for how to sign up for Asymptomatic on campus. - Directions for Asymptomatic Student Testing - pdf

Masks and Home Test Kits

Periodically throughout the semester, we will provide employees and students with access to KN-95 masks and Home Test kits, both for personal use. Students who use a home test kit and test positive should mask, self-isolate and call the Spartan Health Annex at 757-278-4129 during business hours for assistance.  

02/01/2022
COVID-19 Update

As a university community, we have navigated this difficult pandemic through our commitment to a Culture of Care. Vaccinations remain the best protective measure against COVID-19 and the worst outcomes including hospitalization and death. As a community, our students are vaccinated at nearly 90 percent and our employees are vaccinated at nearly 85 percent. There is no question that our high vaccination rate combined with our masking policy and our testing strategy has allowed us to remain open and in person, to remain safe, and to maintain extremely low positivity rates compared to other communities locally and statewide.

Last week, the Virginia Attorney General’s office issued a legal opinion that public universities cannot mandate the COVID-19 vaccination for students. Given our unwavering commitment to the safety of our community and our Culture of Care, we will continue to encourage students and employees to get vaccinated to include the booster when you are eligible to receive it.

Please review the information below for updated information.

  1. We encourage but not require all students and employees to provide us with vaccination and booster information. There will be a campus announcement on Wednesday that will detail how you can voluntarily upload your booster information to Med+Proctor a new platform we are implementing to collect vaccination information. Students who upload their vaccination and booster information and are verified through Med+Proctor by February 18, 2022 will receive a one-time $250 recognition.
  2. We will continue to offer vaccination clinics periodically throughout the semester. Today there is a vaccination and booster clinic in Student Center 149 until 2:45 PM. 
  3. If NSU does not have record of your status, we will assume you are not boosted for purposes of quarantine and isolation protocols.
  4. The requirement to mask indoors for everyone remains the same. 
  5. Our testing protocol remains the same and the campus community will be updated with any evolving changes. 

Thank each of you for your continued commitment to our Culture of Care at Norfolk State University and wishing all of us a safe and successful semester. Behold!


January 2022

01/18/2022
Important COVID-19 Information

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Adams-Gaston has stressed the importance of our Culture of Care at NSU as a guiding principle to assist us in navigating these challenging times. It has been that Culture of Care that has put the safety of each individual first, has allowed us to collectively meet each new challenge that we faced, and has encouraged each person to do their part in ensuring NSU is as safe as possible. As we begin this semester, we are fully committed to continuing the spectrum of mitigation efforts that have afforded us to maintain a low number of cases and very little serious illness for our community. 

In response to the new executive orders signed by Governor Youngkin, we wanted to communicate regarding where we stand with our own mitigation efforts.  

  • Masking indoors is required regardless of vaccination status
  • Weekly testing for students who are exempt from the vaccination is required 
  • Booster requirement for all students is required unless exempt
  • We will no longer require employees exempted from vaccination to test weekly
  • We strongly encourage employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters and to share their vaccination status with Norfolk State University. Vaccines have been proven to be the single most effective means to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the severity of its symptoms. Our own data and experience on campus support the important role vaccinations play in the continued safety of our community.  

In addition to the above information, please see some important reminders and updates below. 

Masks 
Consistent with the most recent CDC recommendations for masking, we highly recommend that everyone wear the most protective masks you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently. Surgical masks are available in mask dispensers around campus. KN95 masks will be made available soon to anyone in the community in need of one. In extending the Culture of Care, masking remains a critical mitigation practice that has helped keep our community safe. Please continue to practice masking over your mouth and nose when indoors and in large crowds.  

Clinics 
NSU will partner with two Alumnae and their organization, Groomed for Greatness Vaccine Clinic, to host two booster and vaccination clinics on campus on January 29, 2022, and early February. Information with the link to sign up will be sent out later this week as a campus announcement.  

Important Reminder to Students 
If you are going to miss class because you have been exposed to COVID-19, are in isolation or quarantine, please notify your faculty right away so that they can appropriately work to keep you caught up with course work. In addition, notify the Dean of Students (Deanofstudents@nsu.edu), so they can verify with faculty that you are missing class for appropriate reasons.  

What If I Am Exposed to COVID-19?
If you are feeling symptoms of COVID-19, please do not go to class or come to work. Get tested for COVID-19. Students should call the Spartan Health Center Annex at 757-278-4129. Employees should consult with their primary care physician. 

Fully vaccinated persons (two weeks since last required vaccine dose) without symptoms ̶ Do not need to quarantine if they are exposed, but they do need to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, wear a mask anytime they are around others for 10 days or until a negative test result, monitor for symptoms and avoid travel. If they develop symptoms, they should isolate themselves and get tested. If the test returns positive, fully vaccinated persons should isolate for 10 days (5 days if medically cleared).  

Unvaccinated/Partially vaccinated persons need to isolate for 10 days (5 days if medically cleared) if exposed, get tested right away if symptomatic, or get tested in 5 days if asymptomatic. Unvaccinated persons should re-test if symptoms develop after the negative first test. If the test returns positive, Unvaccinated/Partially vaccinated persons need to isolate for 10 days (5 days if medically cleared). 

Seek medical care if symptoms worsen or still feeling unwell at Day #5 since positive test. 

Booster and Return Testing Requirement 
We are finalizing the process to collect booster information for students who are required to get the booster when they are eligible to do so unless they have a religious/medical exemption and employees who we are strongly encouraging to share that information with us. Once the collection process is in place, we will share that information with the campus community. 

All students returning to campus must complete a COVID-19 test prior to coming to campus. If you have not completed a test yet, you may submit your own home kit. Results should be sent as a jpeg or pdf to Covid@nsu.edu.   

01/13/22
COVID-19 Update

As we continue to monitor the on-going surge of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to provide some additional information regarding our preparation for the coming semester. Around the country and state, the number of positives cases continue to increase. Many places are averaging above a 30 percent positivity rate to include a current seven-day 35 percent positivity rate in Virginia. While we continue to plan in the best way we can, we have no reason to believe that our campus will be immune from what is happening in other places. This reality will require us to go beyond monitoring and reacting to the number of positive cases on campus but also to take into consideration the severity of illness and how the campus is being impacted overall. It will also require us to be flexible in accommodating students and employees who test positive for COVID-19.

 Please review these brief but important considerations

  • Masking in-doors and when around others, distancing when possible, and taking individual agency around personal safety will be paramount as we start and continue through the spring semester.
  • We are highly recommending reduced capacity for events on campus until we see a downward trend on positive cases. Those who are coordinating events can contact Dr. Brown to talk through what may be best for specific events.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms, isolate and get tested.  Do not interact with others, go to class or come to campus for work. Students should call the Spartan Health Center Annex at 757-278-4129 to get tested if you are experiencing symptoms. Employees should consult their primary care physician.
  • If you do test positive, you should isolate for at least five days until medically cleared and wear a mask around others for an additional five days.
  • Faculty, please be prepared to provide students who miss class because of COVID-19 the materials via blackboard that they need to stay on top of their course work.

As with previous semesters, working together to problem solve in the moment will be paramount. There will inevitably be situations that we did not anticipate and situations we could not have anticipated. I am confident in our ability to manage what is ahead as we have done since the COVID-19 pandemic began.


December 2021

12/30/21
Important Return Information for Commuter, Online ​and Residential Students 

As a reminder, all students who will be on campus for any reason during the Spring 2022 semester must complete return testing prior to the start of classes. Please see the updated information below for details. 

    Commuter Students 

  • You have the option to sign up for the on-campus testing process using the Returning Student link, or you may submit your own COVID-19 test as long as it is administered between 1/10/22 and 1/16/22. Send a jpeg or pdf of your results to COVID@nsu.edu before 1/17/22. Home test kits will be made available for free on campus for non-residential students on January 12, 13, and 14 from noon – 3 p.m. at the Student Center front desk. 

    Online Students

  • If you are completely online and do not come to campus for any reason including work, labs, events, or the library, you may notify covid@nsu.edu and be exempt from return testing.  

    Residential Students 

  • Move-in is now scheduled to begin on January 12-13, 2022 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. for new students and Spartan Suites residents. Returning students will be able to move in on January 13-16, 2022 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. All residents can move in immediately after being tested for COVID-19. Walk-In testing will be available on January 16, 2022. 
  • To sign up for your scheduled test date, select your respective sign-up link below. 
  • Residents who previously signed up must sign up again. The sign-up links will close on January 7, 2022 at 5 p.m., EST.

  • New Students/Spartan Suites (January 12-13, 2022): https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=20028006&calendarID=4397887 
  • Returning Students (January 13-16, 2022): https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=20028006&calendarID=5774830

  • Students who return to campus after testing ends at 4:45 p.m. on January 16, 2022, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test upon check-in. The off-campus COVID-19 test must be taken up to 72 hours prior to returning to campus. 

 

12/28/21
NSU Spring Semester 2022 – Return to Campus

As the COVID-19 pandemic presents new variants across the Commonwealth and the entire globe, Norfolk State University continues to prioritize the health and safety of the entire community and campus. The omicron variant of COVID-19 is causing a surge in infections at a rapid rate. NSU is taking the following steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

  • Spring semester classes will begin on January 18, 2022. They will be held in person. Faculty will need to adjust their syllabi to accommodate the shift in starting dates for classes. The required number of in-class course hours and the end of the semester date will not be impacted by this shift. Move-in and return testing will be moved back a week to January 12 through January 16, 2022. Students will be receiving a separate communication regarding move-in and return testing by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. 
  • Employees will return to work as scheduled on January 3, 2022 – All offices will need to have continuous in-person coverage during normal operating hours – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. However, department heads and managers may implement teleworking on a rotating basis for employees as needed for the week of January 3 – 7, 2022. For questions or guidance, department heads can contact their Vice President or direct supervisor.  
  • All essential staff/employees designated to work on campus will report to work during their normal shifts beginning January 3, 2022.  
  • Starting January 10, 2022, all employees must resume normal in-person shifts and operating hours. 
  • Booster Shot Requirement: All students, staff, and faculty are required to show proof of having received a booster shot no later than February 4, 2022. A mechanism to provide proof of this information will be shared with the University community at the beginning of the year. Those who already have vaccination exemptions for medical or religious reasons are also exempt from this requirement and will have ongoing testing. If you have only recently received the initial vaccination and are not eligible to receive a booster shot until after February 4, you will be expected to show proof of the booster shot at a later time. You will be provided instructions for moving forward.

We must all do our part to keep the University community healthy and safe. General questions regarding our COVID-19 response can be directed to COVID@nsu.edu .  

12/15/21
Norfolk State University COVID-19 Response
Spring 2022

    Returning Testing

All students must be tested upon return to campus.

  • Residential students are required to get tested on campus through the NSU testing process. Testing will be held in Wilder Hall from January 5-9. Walk in appointments only accepted Sunday January 9, 2022. Sign up using the links below:
  • January 5 & 6 New Students and Spartan Suite Residents
  • January 7, 8, 9 Returning Students
  • All other Students are required to get tested. You may sign up for the on-campus testing process using the Returning Student link above, or you may submit your own test as long as it is administered between 1/3/22 and 1/9/22. Send a jpeg or pdf of your results to COVID@nsu.edu before 1/10/22. Home test kits will be made available for free on campus for non-residential students on January 5, 6, and 7 from noon – 3 PM at the Student Center front desk.
  • Online Students who do not come to campus for any reason including work, labs, events, or the library may notify covid@nsu.edu and be exempt from return testing.
     

Employees

  • Employees who want access to a free home test kit may pick one up on January 5, 6, and 7 from noon – 3 PM at the Student Center front desk.


    Spring 2022 COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

  • All New students must email a jpeg or pdf of their COVID-19 vaccination or a completed medical or religious exemption form to Covid@nsu.edu by January 7, 2022. 
  • Students who were not enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester must email a jpeg or pdf of their COVID-19 vaccination or a completed medical or religious exemption form to Covid@nsu.edu by January 7, 2022. 
  • Students who submitted information in the Fall 2021 semester DO NOT have to resubmit their information.
  • All employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption.  Exempted employees will be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.
  •  For more information, please visit https://www.nsu.edu/Coronavirus/vaccinations.
     

    The Omicron Variant and Vaccine Boosters

  • While the Omicron Variant remains a headline in the news, the Delta variant remains the predominant variant in the U.S. We are keeping a close eye on the science evolving around the Omicron variant and will continue to follow CDC and VDH guidance regarding any changes to our mitigation efforts.
  • As per the CDC, we highly recommend all vaccinated community members get the booster shot as soon as you are eligible based on the recommended time frame for the booster. Vaccinations remain the best tool we have to fight the spread of COVID-19.
  • Get your Flu Shot. We highly recommend all community members get the flu shot prior to returning to campus for the Spring 2022 semester.
     

    Reaffirming the Culture of Care

  • Our collective efforts have helped us to continue to navigate through this pandemic and our success will be defined by how we continue those efforts.
  • Wear your mask when you are in-doors regardless of your vaccination status over your mouth and nose! This remains a requirement of all community members unless you are seated and eating in designated areas or you are alone in your personal work space.
  • Masking in-doors has been the biggest concern raised regarding our campus mitigation efforts. We will work in partnership with SGA and others to address this issue in the Spring.
     

    Summary of Fall 2021 COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Fall 2021 Cases

    Information for Faculty

  • What happens when a student in my class reports they are or may be positive with COVID-19. Please use this link for information.
     

    Policy Compliance

  • It is important for the campus community to know that we are in fact tracking which students are in compliance with our policy, having either provided proof of vaccination or having provided a religious/medical exemption. Students who are not in compliance with the policy are referred to the Dean of Students office for student conduct.
  • Students and staff who are required to be tested on a weekly basis are tracked to ensure that they are in compliance with the policy. We have specific staff who are tasked with ensuring compliance with testing.


    COVID-19 Health Information

For information and resources on being a close contact and/or COVID-19 positive, use this link for information from the Spartan Health Center.

The Dean of Students Office will notify professors if a student is medically excused by the Spartan health Center and off campus students should obtain and send medical excuse documentation to Dean of Students office if ill or in quarantine affecting in person classes.

The American College Health Association released its latest recommendations for Covid-19 policy on college campuses. The ACHA leans strongly in favor of vaccinating as many people on campus as possible. Familiar COVID-mitigation measures — masking, social distancing, testing, and contact tracing — should remain in place, to varying degrees, depending on local circumstances, the recommendations say.

    Testing during the Spring Semester

  • Students who you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate and call the Spartan Health Center Annex at 757-278-4129 M-F 8 am to 5 pm. Residential students can contact the RD on call after hours or on weekends.
  • Employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, notify your supervisor, do not come to work, and contact your primary care physician for medical care.
  • Students exempted from the COVID-19 vaccination will be required to test on campus once a week.
  • Vaccinated Students will be randomly chosen to participate in surveillance testing throughout the semester.
  • Employees exempted from the COVID-19 vaccination will be required to test on campus once a week.
  • Home Test Kits will be available on a limited basis for students and employees without symptoms who would like to test themselves. Residential Students can get kits at their front desk. Kits are also available in the Student Services Center, Suite 301.


    Facilities Management

  • Facilities Management will be installing free-standing mask dispensers for students in Academic Buildings. This should assist students, faculty and staff in ensuring mask requirements are adhered to   in campus buildings.
  • Housekeeping staff will provide cleaning on a continuous basis during hours of operation. Based on classroom scheduling data, Housekeeping Staff will clean and disinfect all classrooms that are scheduled for use on a particular day. CDC approved disinfecting product will be provided in classrooms so that educators and students can disinfect podiums, desks, chairs, and tabletops before and after each use.  Misting/Fogging method will be used afterhours to deeply disinfect and sanitize space in preparation for the next day.


    Message from the Provost to the Faculty

  1. Please ensure that students enrolled in your courses are aware of your expectations from the first day of class. Make your expectations and course policies clear and accessible to all students, share them in multiple communication formats, and discuss them with your students. To provide guidance, prevent confusion, and minimize disruptions, please include the following in your syllabi:
    1. Established site/place where all class discussions, chats, and interactions will occur for the class;
    2. Clear delineation of due dates for assignments;
    3. Clear policy regarding acceptance of late assignments, including whether there will be penalties for each day;
    4. Clear policy regarding reporting technical or internet access issues and remedies for missed assignments that may result from such issues;
    5. Timeline for responding to emails from students;
    6. Clear policy regarding turning on video and audio during live or synchronous sessions;
    7. Clear policy indicating that all virtual discussions/classes will be recorded, posted on Blackboard, and made available to students;
    8. Listing of all resources (equipment, healthcare, mental healthcare, counseling, etc.) available to faculty and students on campus, Blackboard, and NSU website;
    9. Guidelines and protocols for student complaints (i.e., faculty member, department chair, dean, provost);
    10. Clear instructions that any students enrolled in face-to-face classes who wish to participate virtually must provide written permission from the Dean of Students during the first week of the semester stating that they are in quarantine status (The only exception is if the student has tested positive for COVID-19.);
    11. Clear grading policies and criteria that take into account “grading with grace” and what that entails.

12/15/21
Spring 2022
NSU Faculty & Staff

We wanted to provide the faculty teaching in-person classes or labs this semester more precise recommendations for dealing with a situation where you or a student in the class/lab reports being positive for COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated persons (two weeks since last required vaccine dose) without symptoms- Do Not need to quarantine, but they do need to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, wear a mask in public for 14 days or until a negative test result and monitor for symptoms. Fully vaccinated persons should isolate for 10 days if the test is positive. Fully vaccinated persons with symptoms should get tested right away, wear a mask in public and isolate 10 days or until negative test result.

Unvaccinated/Partially vaccinated persons need to quarantine for 10 days, get tested right away if symptomatic or get tested in 5 days if asymptomatic.  Unvaccinated persons should re-test if symptoms develop after negative first test. 

  1. Ensuring that you and your students are masked in class is critical.
  2. If you hear from a student in your class that they are positive or you hear from our contact tracers that a student in your class is positive, we recommend suspending in person class until you receive further instruction from our medical providers in the Spartan Health Center. We also recommend that you notify your Dean and Pat Perkins or Alice Musapatike, so they are aware of what is occurring. You should email a copy of your class list to spartanhealth@nsu.edu and call the Health Center Annex at 757-278-4129 (leave a message if the nurse is busy with patients).
  3. If the student is asking what they should do, instruct them to self-isolate and call the Spartan Health Center Annex at 757-278-4129 to be directed on next steps.
  4. What should I tell my students? You should never share the name of the student who is positive. You should tell your students the following:

A student in class is positive with COVID-19. Out of precaution, I am suspending class until I receive further information from the Spartan Health Center Staff. The University contact tracers are thoroughly investigating who may be close contacts with the student. Just because they may have been in class does not automatically mean that those of us in class were close contacts. If you have symptoms, you should immediately contact the Health Center Annex at 757-278-4129. If you do not have symptoms there is no action you need to take. You will be contacted by the Contact Tracer if you are considered a close contact or they need to discuss with you the possibility of being a close contact. I know it is a bit unsettling for all of us but it is important to give the process time to work itself through. If you have individual questions, you should email covid@nsu.edu and they will address your specific concerns.

  1. What about me? As with all employees, we encourage you to be in contact with your primary care physician if you are experiencing symptoms or believe you are a close contact. Faculty who want to be tested as a result of a positive student in their classroom/lab and are unable to get tested at their PCP office, urgent care, local pharmacy or over the counter tests kits may contact Dr. Vanessa Blowe at Vablowe@nsu.edu. It is important to know that the CDC recommends testing 5-7 days after initial exposure if you are not experiencing any symptoms so getting tested immediately may not be useful and is not best practice.

Contact to report close contact with a positive student. If contact does not meet the definition of close contact (within six feet –of someone positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period), continue to use PPE and other precautions as you continue your duties. You should arrange to be tested through your primary care physician if you experience COVID-19 symptoms. Should you test positive, notify Pat Perkins or Alice Musapatike and provide a copy of the positive test. In addition, you should stay home and quarantine for 7-14 days. Human Resources will contact you regarding leave options. After you complete the quarantine period, re-test. If the test is negative, provide a copy to the individuals above and you will receive notification to return to work.

  1.  Our contact tracers may be in touch with you to get a class list from you. Please share that information if requested.

One of the most challenging aspects of a situation with possible exposure in the classroom is evaluating who are close contacts. Our practice has been to err on the side of caution. Please know that our contact tracers are making the evaluation about the class based on interviews with the positive student and always in consultation with our health providers.

We thank you for your continued engagement and adaptability in managing through this pandemic. We hope this information is useful. Please send any questions to covid@nsu.edu.