Coronavirus (Covid-19)

2019 Novel Coronavirus and Covid-19 Response

NOTE: NCTA to offer classes on campus beginning summer 2020.

Advising

Academic advisors continue to be available remotely for assistance with student advising needs. Students need to meet with their advisors to register for summer and fall classes.  Students also can reach out directly to their advisors for information about scheduling a remote video, phone, or e-mail appointment.

Support resources for advising continue to be available online in myNCTA , uAchieve, Undergraduate Catalog.

Division

Advisor

Phone

Email

AMS

Mary Rittenhouse

308-367-5275

mrittenhouse2@unl.edu

APS-Agron

Dr. Brad Ramsdale

308-367-5225

bramsdale2@unl.edu

APS Animal Science

Joanna Hergenreder

308-367-5291

jhergenreder2@unl.edu

APS- Animal Science

Dr. Doug Smith

308-367-5286

doug.smith@unl.edu

Vet Tech

Barb Berg

308-367-5219

bberg2@unl.edu

Vet Tech

Judy Bowmaster

308-367-5282

jbowmaster1@unl.edu

Vet Tech

Dr. Ricky Barnes

308-367-5223

rwach2@unl.edu

Vet Tech

Dr. Elizabeth Fraser

308-367-5218

efraser3@unl.edu

Last day to Withdrawal from classes Deadline Extended to April 24
The university has extended the deadline to withdraw from a course to April 24. This is to provide flexibility and time for students who find completing a course difficult in their new circumstances or who are struggling with the transition to remote instruction. If you are interested in withdrawing from a course, we strongly encourage you to consult with your academic advisor and a financial aid counselor before finalizing any decisions. Course withdrawal may adversely impact progress toward degree completion and impact financial aid status. If you withdraw from a course, you will not receive a refund.

Remote Learning

Here are some steps you can take right now to make sure you are ready for classes moving to a remote access format on March 30.

  • Begin checking Canvas and your @huskers.unl.edu email regularly for messages about your courses. Turn on Canvas notifications.
  • Make sure you have access to the Internet and have sufficient bandwidth both on and off campus. If you don't, think about other locations where you can access your course materials on the Internet and download them to a thumb drive. Local libraries may also offer Internet access. Several commercial providers are offering limited free Internet services; check with the providers in your area. Please contact your academic advisor if you need assistance with internet.
  • Make sure you have access to programs you need to do your work, including email, Office 365, and Canvas. If you are using a phone or tablet to access course materials, download the Canvas app.
  • Talk to your instructor about resources needed for remote learning.
  • Classroom accommodations may need to be adjusted or adapted for a remote access environment. Please contact Kevin Martin, 308-367-5217 or kmartin4@unl.edu  to discuss any adjustments that may need to be made.

Please know that we will work tirelessly to ensure that this switch to remote learning does not disadvantage any student. Specific information about help with internet access, computer resources and other questions will be provided in the next few days.

Student Housing & Facilities

We encourage students residing on campus to return to their place of permanent residence because there are advantages for social distancing.

Students in university residence halls who complete checkout by March 30 will receive a prorated refund of approximately 40% of room and board costs between March 15 and the end of the spring semester. Please contact Erika Arambula earambula@unl.edu or 308-367-5247.

For those students living on campus who are not able to go home or who have work or other commitments in Curtis (approved by the Dean’s office), we will continue to support our students in residence halls and dining facilities where appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures will be actively encouraged.

Students: please remember to change your address back to your home address once you have moved out of the dorms.

Changes in Meal Service

All meals in the dining centers will be take-out only from Chandi’s Castle. All menu items will be served by dining services staff in take-out containers and individuals will be unable to dine in the dining centers.

Students who find themselves in a “food insecure” situation, or who do not have access to food, please contact the Dean’s office for vouchers for Aggie Dining. Please call 308-367-5200.

Return Processes for Textbooks

To return rented textbooks at the end of the semester, sign in to your account and print a free return shipping label. Due dates for rented books have not changed, but the non-return charge date has been extended 15 days past the current return due date. More information is available on the campus store website.

Mental Health and Well-being

For those seeking support, Counseling and Psychological Services is offering remote (i.e. Zoom, phone) appointments and crisis support. Crisis services are available 24/7 at 402-472-7450.

Additional tips, apps and resources to help take care of yourself are available online. Students can find assistance through Big Red Resilience and Well-being, and academic success coaches.

Managing Financial Stress

This crisis brings with it many concerns beyond the COVID-19 disease itself. One way to stay healthy is to manage stressors, like finances. Many healthcare and other service providers have created supportive plans to assist through this national challenge. We suggest you check the websites of your healthcare provider, pharmacy, cell provider and other major service providers to gain a better understanding of your financial situation going forward and explore any available savings opportunities.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) is available to support students and families and will make every effort to mitigate financial burdens created by this extraordinary situation. If you have questions regarding financial aid, please contact Krista Williams, Financial Aid Coordinator at 308-367-5207.

For more information, visit COVID-19 Resources on the website of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

CARES Act

Below is a compiled list of financial resources and information for current, incoming, and former students impacted by the recent disruptions due to COVID-19 to help you as you continue to make important academic and financial decisions:

NCTA students can receive CARES funds in one of two ways:

  • About three-fourths of the federal funds will be distributed to students via direct grants, based upon their demonstrated need as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid previously submitted for the 2019-20 academic year. Students eligible for these funds will receive an email from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid indicating that they qualify for this grant, and they will need to fill out a simple form indicating they were adversely financially impacted by COVID-19. Those grants will begin to be distributed by May 8.
  • The remaining funds will be distributed in the form of emergency grants to cover unexpected costs such as housing, food, technology, or health care that resulted from the pandemic. Students will receive an email indicating that they may qualify. To apply for those funds, students should login to their MyNCTA portal and click on the financial aid tab, where they will find a link to an application. There is no deadline to apply for an emergency grant, but students are urged to apply as soon as possible because funds are limited.  Eligibility will be determined based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and requests will be reviewed promptly.

For more information go to https://financialaid.unl.edu/covid-19-resources