Coronavirus (Covid-19)

2020-21 Novel Coronavirus and Covid-19 Response (Updated 8/14/20)

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

Covid-19 Procedures for NCTA

Please watch this video and read the COVID-19 Impact Plan (.pdf) for more information about our fall 2020 procedures.

How to Prepare for Fall 2020

  • Review the Academic Calendar.
    • Classes will start in-person instruction beginning Aug. 24.
    • The semester will end on December 11. We have suspended some traditional breaks to compress the fall schedule, reducing travel that can result in increased spread of COVID-19.
  • Watch your Husker student email account for messages from the university, your college and your instructors. Throughout the rest of the summer, we will communicate critical information—from safety modifications to details on how your classes will meet.
  • Order your books before coming to campus.
  • Protect yourself from the virus by following your local health guidance. In general, wash your hands often, avoid close contact ("social distance") and wear a cloth face covering when you're around others, especially indoors.
  • When you arrive to campus, expect to observe social distancing guidelines. At this time, face masks are recommended by the Southwest Public Health Department, but not required. Each faculty will share their expectations for their class on Canvas.

Academic Life

  • The University is committed to providing a safe and successful educational experience for our students.
  • One of the biggest questions facing students today is “what will college be like in the fall?” While no university can yet answer every detail, we are committed to offering in-person classes in accordance with public health guidance.
  • That means there will be social distancing, and that students and faculty will be recommend in the classroom. We have mapped the capacity of all of our classrooms based on the guidance of six-foot social distancing to determine the maximum capacity for each classroom and are in the process of determining the classroom availability for each course. We’re also looking at other larger venues on our campus not typically used for classes to provide additional options.
  • How will this impact your classes as a student? Where the course can be held in-person in a classroom or other facility, it will be. It may be that many courses will be taught with part of the class in-person and part of the class remote, alternating to ensure an in-person interaction with the professor. There may also be online coursework to complement the classroom experience.
  • If you are a student with health concerns, there is a process to seek accommodation to allow for remote participation in courses. 
  • We expect to have the final determination of the locations and exact delivery methods for each course in early August. Instructors will contact you via Canvas with specific details about your classes.

Student Support

  • You will have access to the Curtis Medical Clinic across from campus for primary care and more. Please call 308-367-4162 to schedule an appointment. Office visit fees are covered by your student fees.
  • You can connect directly with your academic advisor to schedule a time to meet via remote video, on the phone or through email. Your advisor can answer your questions about your courses and schedule and help you make a plan to stay on track to graduate. Learn more about academic advising below.
  • You can also seek academic support with and free tutoring services. Please contact Kevin Martin.
  • To help you navigate the business of being an Aggie (financial aid, student bills, course enrollment, etc.), you can contact financial aid at 402-472-3484 or call the NCTA Welcome Center.
  • To help you through the day-to-day stressors of college life and concerns related to COVID-19, NCTA offers counseling services through Ambiance Counseling. Please contact Kevin Martin to schedule an appointment or call 308-345-4067 and schedule a session on the Curtis campus.  

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

Canvas

Here are some steps you can take right now to make sure you are ready for classes on August 24.

  • 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 be adjusted or adapted for a remote access environment. Please contact Kevin Martin, 308-367-5217 or to discuss any adjustments that may need to be made.

If you have any further questions please contact your academic advisor. 

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