Page last updated at 13:45 PST, July 15th, 2020
National University is closely monitoring recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as State and County Public Health Departments to proactively respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and well-being of our campus community.
To ensure the continuity of education for our students and as a practical matter, please be prepared to conduct all coursework online until January 2021, and until further notice. We continue to hear updates from national, state and local health authorities, programmatic accreditors, and licensure agencies. No doubt there will be further changes to which we will have to respond collectively.
Info for Students
Given the hands-on nature of certain lab classes and field/practicum/clinical requirements for degree completion, individual Colleges are working closely with their faculty and have communicated specific instruction plans to impacted students. We continue to hear updates from national, state, and local health authorities, programmatic accreditors, and licensure agencies. No doubt there will be further changes to which we will have to respond collectively. For questions, please reach out to the following:
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recognizes that the COVID-19 situation is fluid and rapidly changing and that schools may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the virus.As such, although F-1 students are normally restricted in the number of courses that can be taken in an online modality, you will remain in status while attending the remainder of your March course online. Please contact email@example.com if you have additional questions.
Please ensure that you follow the course syllabus for reporting of absences and/or contact your instructor if you are unable to attend any class meetings or complete any assignments for any reason. Due to the University’s unique one-course-per-month format, prolonged absences may have a significant impact on a student’s educational goals.If you are unable to attend your course due to illness for an extended amount of time, the University will remain as flexible as possible and within Department of Education guidelines to ensure that any negative impact or disruption resulting from your absence is reduced. You may also contact the Student Accessibility Services Office and the Financial Aid Office for more information.
Many people across the globe are facing, or expect to face, a number of challenges in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, so it is important to remember that you are not alone. Our Student Wellness team has compiled a number of resources that may help you navigate some of these challenges. Read about these resources in this PDF.
If you need homeschooling resources, Sanford Harmony’s free Harmony at Home toolkit is here to make this time as easy as possible for your family.
On March 21st, President Trump signed into law S. 3503 which enables the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The law gives VA temporary authority to continue payments, uninterrupted, in the event of national emergencies, allowing for continued benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training. Veteran students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance payments they received for resident training until December 21, 2020 or until the school resumes in-person courses, whichever occurs first.
NU’s Student Wellness Team is available to help students deal with a variety of circumstances including mental health concerns, high levels of stress, homelessness, housing and/or food insecurities.
As a student, you also have free access to SilverCloud Health, which offers secure, immediate access to online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) programs for: stress, depression, anxiety, and resiliency. There is a new program called Space from COVID-19, which provides practical tools and strategies on how to support your mental health during this unprecedented time by learning about how to deal with things you don’t have control over as well as how to build new routines amidst change to name a few.
You can choose to go through the program self-guided or you can select a coached option if you would like some accountability and support along the way. You can create your Silvercloud account today with the pin: “national”.
The University has taken the actions below to help impacted students.
- Student Business Services is extending payment due dates for students currently set up on an existing payment arrangement for March, April, May, and June 2020 terms until June 30, 2020. Classes will not be dropped for non-payment during this time. Payments may be deferred by contacting SBSAdvisor@nu.edu.
- Student Finance is extending due dates for current terms through June 30, 2020. For any questions or concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- NU Institution loan payments and accrual of interest has been suspended through September 2020 with 0% interest, in alignment with federal student loans per the U.S. Department of Education. NU Institution loan questions should be submitted to PerkNuhelp@nu.edu.
NU HR Information for Faculty and Staff
On March 19, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California State Public Health Officer, and the Director of the California Department of Public Health issued an order directing all residents of California to stay at home or their place of residence effective immediately and until further notice.
National University will continue to provide course instruction, student services, and advising in an online format to support academic continuity and help students stay on track to meet their academic goals. At this time, only a select group of staff members have received direct notice from their supervisors to come to campus to maintain critical operations and functions. If your job duties can be performed remotely, your supervisor will work with you to facilitate a successful transition plan.
If you are now an employee with temporary remote status, please make sure you adhere to the basic guidelines below. This list is not intended to be exhaustive. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do not activate “Out of Office” auto-responders or messaging unless you are utilizing sick time/PTO.
- Notify your supervisor and coworkers of changes to your core remote work schedule.
- Be available to your supervisor and coworkers by telephone and email during core hours.
- Return calls and emails in a timely manner.
- Participate in any required video/teleconferences, scheduled on an as-needed basis.
- Have office calls forwarded to the remote site (if/when possible).
- Answer the telephone during core hours.
- Request supervisor approval prior to working overtime (non-exempt employees).
- Take rest/meal breaks while working remotely in full compliance with all applicable policies and laws.
- Request supervisor approval to use vacation, sick, or other leave in the same manner as when working at Employee’s regular work location.
Uncertainty can be stress-inducing and anxiety-provoking for many people. The resources found in our Quick Links and below may help you cope during these difficult times: