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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. 

July 2021

NSU Students - Fall Semester 2021 Updates
Hello Spartans. We look forward to having you back on campus and safely returning to a more interactive and engaging school year. As you return to campus, there are two things you will need prior to Friday, August 6, 2021 at 5 p.m. - Read the updates

Face Masks and Coverings
As we continue to plan for the Fall 2021 semester, we want to remind everyone, regardless of vaccination status, that face masks are to be worn while indoors. This includes going into Scott/Dozier Cafeteria. This practice will help ensure community safety in our ongoing fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Masks are to be worn while indoors. Once we have community vaccination data, we will revisit the indoor mask requirement for vaccinated employees. 
  • All members of the community that are vaccinated do not have to wear masks while outside unless required to do so in a crowded setting or venue. 
  • Note: It is not appropriate to ask anyone about their vaccination status. 

June 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic altered our daily routines and placed many activities on hold. As a community, we worked together to survive and thrive during this pandemic by sacrificing our norms across campus. With the availability of vaccines, we are seeing a reduction of COVID-19 cases and the lifting of safety restrictions at the local, state, and federal levels.  - Read the full announcement

March 2021

NSU Federal  HEERF II Student Emergency Aid Funds | Download the FAQs
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) FAQ 

NSU Student Archives

May 2021

Graduation Ceremony Mask Protocol
As you may be aware, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a recommendation that fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear face masks outdoors and indoors in certain situations. Until the COVID-19 Task Force has time to review and update our protocols to reconcile federal and state guidance, NSU will continue to observe our current protocols that require face coverings inside and outside while on campus. 

Specifically for graduation ceremonies planned for Saturday, May 15, 2021, all attendees will be expected to adhere to NSU safety protocols including wearing face masks and social distancing.

NSU President Announces Open Vaccination Clinic on May 5, 2021, at Echols Arena
Norfolk State University President Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston shares an important message with the Spartan Community about a COVID-19 vaccination clinic that will be held at Joseph G. Echols Arena on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 2 to 7 p.m. The clinic is being held in partnership with Sentara Healthcare.  Please help keep each other safe. Get your shot!



April 2021

Updated COVID-19 Vaccination Access
In our ongoing attempt to provide the campus community access to COVID-19 vaccinations, we have been unable to offer an on-campus clinic option for our community. Though we will continue to explore this possibility, we encourage all students and employees to take advantage of the local opportunities listed below: 

NEW ― Shiloh Baptist Church
FEMA will be doing two (2) first-dose vaccination clinics at Shiloh Baptist Church at 745 Park Ave., Norfolk, Virginia 23504 (right next to campus) on Tuesday, April 20, from 10 AM−6 PM EST, and Wednesday, April 21, from 10 AM−6 PM EST, respectively. All registration will occur on-site upon arrival at the church. Pre-registration is not required. All NSU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated.  

Military Circle Mall
NSU will provide shuttle service from campus to Military Circle Mall and back between 11 AM and 1 PM on Friday, April 16, Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18. This will be for walk-up appointments (no pre-registration needed) for the Pfizer vaccines. The typical appointment takes approximately 20−30 minutes. NSU shuttles will pick up students, with valid student identification cards, from the Student Center on Gym Road. Face coverings are required. Due to social distancing, only nine (9) students are allowed to ride each shuttle provided.

For students getting vaccinated this weekend, please know that the second dose would be scheduled for May 7−9, so please plan accordingly, given your specific exam schedule. If you want to get your first dose here and the second dose at home, please see the information below.

If you want to make your own appointment for Military Circle Mall, please visit

People’s Pharmacy
New Hope Church of God in Christ is hosting a People’s Pharmacy Moderna Vaccination on Saturday, April 17, between 11 AM and 4 PM. The church is located at 3241 Argonne Avenue, Norfolk, VA, 23509. Use the link below to register.

Fort Norfolk Plaza Medical Associates
Fort Norfolk Plaza is located at 301 Riverview Avenue Norfolk, VA 23510. Students or employees interested in getting registered with Fort Norfolk can email, and you will be sent registration instructions specific for the NSU community.

First Dose Here, Second Dose at Home
We encourage everyone to be vaccinated as soon as possible. We also recognize that students may want to wait to get vaccinated at home to avoid any possible side effects during finals week or graduation. For students who wish to get their first vaccination locally and their second dose at home, we recommend getting the first dose the last week in April and using the link below to find a local provider close to your home to schedule a second dose.

As a reminder, we are aware of the recent pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccination. The new guidelines were issued after six (6) U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals were reported after receiving the J&J vaccine out of 6.8 million doses administered. While concerning, the small number of cases and the abundance of caution taken in response, show that the important health safeguards in place for COVID-19 vaccinations are working. NSU has facilitated access to sites using Moderna and Pfizer vaccines only.

Vaccination Discussion
Dear Campus Community:
On Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, the President's Office, the Student Government Association (SGA), Athletics, Student Affairs, and the COVID-19 Task Force will host an open zoom meeting for the campus community to hear from Spartans who have already been vaccinated and why, as well as answer any questions about the vaccination process.

Vaccines are one of our best tools in our effort to keep our community and our loved ones safe from COVID-19. We want to acknowledge the recent news from the FDA about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and provide the community with the facts. Out of an abundance of caution, the State of Virginia has stopped using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine immediately after the FDA and CDC recommended pausing its use until further review.  The new guidelines were issued after six U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals  were reported after receiving the J&J vaccine out of 6.8 million doses administered. While concerning, the small number of cases and the abundance of caution taken in response, show that the important health safeguards in place for COVID-19 vaccinations are working.

NSU has helped facilitate vaccinations using the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. For those who want to get vaccinated, we will continue to seek off-campus access to vaccinations as we continue to look for opportunities to host a clinic on campus. Please keep a look out for a campus announcement for an on-campus clinic.

March 2021

NSU Federal  HEERF II Student Emergency Aid Funds | Download the FAQs
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) FAQ 

January 2021

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

November 2020

Holiday Celebrations & Extended Breaks | View the Information
If you are planning to return home to spend time with your family or friends during the holidays or for an extended break, please consider taking these steps to help keep you and those around you who may be at risk for severe COVID-19 safe.

Pass/No Pass Grade Option Extension | View the Announcement - pdf
The timeline to submit your course evaluation and your pass/no pass grade option has been extended through Friday, November 20, 2020. All decisions by students are final and irrevocable.

Pass/No Pass Grade Option | View the Annoucement - pdf
Norfolk State University has implemented a Pass/No Pass Grade Option for the Fall 2020 term only.  The Pass/No Pass Grade Option offers students the opportunity to take a course for credit but without impact to your GPA. Students have the opportunity to select the Pass/No Pass grade option when completing course evaluations.  The deadline for selecting the Pass/No Pass grade option is no later than November 18, 2020. All decisions by students are final and irrevocable.  

August 2020

President's Message to the Students | Read the Message - pdf
Dear Students:
I write once again with an update on our commitment to provide you with the highest quality of instruction, service, and support as a Norfolk State University (NSU). This year has been nothing short of unprecedented. Yet, in the midst of many challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic and countless acts of violence and brutality perpetrated on men and women of color, we are resilient as a community.

ODU & NSU Joint Statement on Fall 2020 Opening Plans | Read the Statement - pdf
We address our campus communities with enthusiasm and excitement about the start of the fall semester. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University have worked on our respective plans, and it is our collective desire to do what is in the best interest of our students, our employees and the #757 communities we serve.

Fall 2020 Registration One-Stop-Shop | Download the Contact List - pdf
The Department of Enrollment Management and the Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center are excited to assist students with registration, advising, and financial aid matters. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Academic Departments, Enrollment Management, Student Accounts, the Patricia Lynch Stith Student Success Center, and the Financial Aid Office will be offering virtual appointments for students to participate in our One-Stop-Shop service as an alternative to face-to-face contact. Face-to-face service will only be available for students that have a matter that cannot be resolved virtually.   

The One-Stop has been extended until September 9.  All registration and payment of balances must be paid by this date. ​The following Health and Safety protocols must be employed:

  • Use of Masks/Face coverings is required on campus
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer
  • Maintain physical/social distance between individuals
  • Avoid situations that would violate physical/social distancing rules, when unavoidable, use face masks/face coverings.

COVID-19 Email Resource | Contact Us
Norfolk State University (NSU) remains committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we prepare to reopen the campus, we have created an additional resource to help provide COVID-19 guidance for the University community. Please email COVID related questions or comments to Thank you for your collaboration as we work to reopen the campus.

JULY 2020

Alchol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol Warning | View the Warning - pdf
The FDA Warns Not to Use Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol, Citing Severe Side Effects and Death. Practicing good hand hygiene that includes using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, if soap and water are not readily available, is an important public health tool for all Americans to employ.  However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers and healthcare professionals not to use certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers due to the dangerous presence of methanol, also known as wood alcohol – a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin as well as life-threatening when ingested.  Click here to read the warning in its entirety. 

 June 2020

06/22/20 - Last Updated: 06/29/21
NSU Federal CARES Act Student Emergency Aid FundsView the Report - pdf
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act was enacted March 27, 2020 and passed with the intention of protecting Americans from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update |  Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Website
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. 

Governor Northam’s Executive Order Sixty-Three: Face Coverings | View the Order
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).    

May 2020

​Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | Virginia Department of Health COVID-19
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. 

April 2020

Prorated Credits for Student Accounts
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.    

March 2020

Spring Commencement Update
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 | View the Policy - pdf
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.  Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Office of the Provost.

Grading Options for the Spring 2020 Semester
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.

Spring Commencement Update
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.  

Health, Safety, and Security Tips | View the Tips - pdf
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. 

Health, Safety and Security - Health Center Notice, Police & Public Information
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 911 calls, 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: 
  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.

Housing and Dining
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. 

COVID-19 Symptoms and Guidance | View the FAQs - pdf
Learn how to protect yourself and others.  Understand how the virus spreads, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you feel sick.

University Activities and Operations - NSU Students
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:

  • 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. 

  • If students are unable to return home: 
    Students who cannot return home because of international travel restrictions or other extenuating circumstances will be required to submit an Emergency/Alternative Housing Form no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The form can be printed and submitted to the Office of Housing and Residence Life via email at 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
    Questions regarding housing should be directed to the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 757-823-8407 or email  
  • Classes
    Classes will be delivered remotely and online for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • 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
    Center for Disease Control
    Virginia Department of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates | View the Announcement - pdf
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 has been extended for students
  • Online course delivery and faculty training begins Monday, March 16
  • University staff and administrators should continue reporting to work as regularly scheduled.
  • Universtiy events, unless otherwise noted, with an expected attendance of 100 or more participants are suspended. 
  • The university is suspending all university-sponsored international travel.
  • View the Announcement for additional information

February 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases | View the map
This interactive map from Johns Hopkins University shows number of confirmed cases as they are reported, along with casualties and recoveries.