Student Covid-19 Resources

At Northern State University, your health and safety is our top priority. We’re committed to providing you with the knowledge and tools you need to keep yourself safe.

This webpage is a resource for you, containing the most current, accurate information regarding COVID-19 - so you can stay well while enjoying your college experience. As changes occur, we’ll continue to monitor and update this site. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out: communications@northern.edu.

COVID-19 precautions and resources

Frequently asked questions related to Northern's COVID-19 response

Return-to-campus and academic planning task forces' membership and charges

The COVID-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund will provide grants to students.

How are we ensuring health and safety?
  • We promote social distancing by reducing maximum classroom capacity and spreading out furniture in common spaces.
  • A new rigorous cleaning method has been implemented campus-wide, with increased frequency in high-traffic areas.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are installed at every building entrance, sanitizing wipes are in every classroom, and masks are available for use.
  • The campus community is updated with frequent messages and resources are posted at northern.edu/coronavirus.
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing is available via Abbott ID-Now machines, at no cost to students, through Student Health Services in partnership with Avera Health.
  • Northern is stressing the importance of following CDC recommendations, including abiding by the SDBOR Face Covering Protocol.
What do academics look like?
  • 2020 on-campus instruction will end at Thanksgiving break; finals will take place online.
  • Current plans call for a normal spring semester schedule beginning Jan. 11, 2021, with spring break March 8-12 and final exams May 3-7. See the full academic calendar HERE.
  • Classrooms have been measured and furniture spaced or marked for reduced capacity that allows for social distancing. COVID-19 maximum capacities are posted by each classroom door.
  • Students have the option to take online courses. Students in COVID-19 high-risk categories are encouraged to take available online courses. Students who choose to take all courses online can live on campus.
  • HyFlex format for classes is strongly encouraged, allowing flexibility for students who miss class due to illness or quarantine.
What are we doing to support you?
  • Northern State University and our community of alumni created the Student Emergency Relief Fund to help students who have been impacted by COVID-19 or other emergencies.
  • Residence halls are offering a larger number of single-occupancy rooms this year.
  • NSU Williams Library, the Student Center, and all other campus gathering spaces are implementing methods to assure the safety of students and all who use those facilities.
  • NSU Dining Services, operated by Aramark, has overhauled its processes and protocols. Numerous Plexiglas® shields have been installed in dining areas, we spaced tables for social distancing, and we have many pre-packaged options available to ensure safety.
  • NSU Tech Services is assuring all students and employees who require remote access have it.
  • Academic and student services including advising, counseling and tutoring remain active and available.
Financial Assistance

Covid-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund

 

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as a Northern student, you may be facing job loss, child care expenses and lack of internet access and other digital resources after spring semester instruction was moved online.

 

This fund provides immediate grants to help you stay enrolled in and return to Northern. Determine eligibility and apply at Student Emergency Fund Request.

 

Federal CARES Act grants for students have been distributed. Contact the NSU Financial Aid Office with questions.

Current Students

Academics

You can register for spring 2021 on-campus and online courses through Self-Service Banner. Please contact your professional academic advisor or the NSU Advising Center for assistance.

Students enrolled in face-to-face (including with HyFlex options) will be charged the on-campus tuition rate. Your professional advisor will work with you to find the right courses for you in the mode of delivery you prefer. Email or call your professional advisor directly or email advisingcenter@northern.edu

All students have the option to take available online courses. Students in COVID-19 high-risk categories are encouraged to take available online courses. Students who choose to take all of their courses online can live on campus. If you have questions about living on campus while taking online courses, contact reslife@northern.edu

No. HyFlex courses offer on campus face-to-face, synchronous online, and asynchronous online options for delivery. Students enrolled in face-to-face (including with HyFlex options) courses will be charged the on-campus tuition rate.

Fall semester classes are set to be completed by the end of the day, Tuesday, Nov. 24. An online final exam week will follow the Thanksgiving holiday. The spring semester will start on campus as usual Jan. 11, 2021. Spring break is scheduled for March 8-12, 2021, and spring commencement is set for May 8, 2021. For more information, visit Academic Calendars and Important Dates.


Student Workers

Visit Covid-19: Student Worker FAQs for information.


Questions/Assistance

We’re here for you! Reach out to your NSU advisor today!

Mental Health Resources

We're in this together.

 

We are facing unprecedented times. Fear and anxiety over the uncertainties that come with a pandemic only add to the stress of COVID-19.

 

If you find yourself overwhelmed by stress and anxiety,  please know that help is available.

 

Don't be afraid to reach out to someone on campus, whether it's a professor, advisor or supervisor. You can also contact the NSU Counseling Center at 605-626-2371 to set up a free, confidential counseling session.

 

The CDC also lists various resources to protect your mental health, including tips to cope with stress in healthy ways, and hotlines for times of immediate crisis. A list of additional mental health resources can be found here

 

There is also the 211 helpline, which serves as an access point for numerous resources around the region. To contact the helpline:

Remember, you're not alone! We're in this together.

Prospective and Admitted Students

Thinking about joining our pack?

We’d love to welcome you to Wolves Country. Your health and safety is our top priority. To visit campus, view current options on the Visit Page. If you have any questions or would like to request additional virtual options, please don’t hesitate to reach out to NSU Admissions.

 

Admitted students: welcome to the pack.

Get to know Northern by attending a virtual or on-campus HOWL (Helping Our Wolves Learn) orientation. The next HOWL sessions are planned for spring 2021. Learn more at HOWL Registration FAQs.

 


Northern has enacted many protective and preventative measures to help ensure that your time on campus will be a safe and healthy experience. Please visit our Covid-19 site for details.

Yes. You have two options to visit campus: a personal visit or virtual visit or with an admissions counselor and a professor in your area of major interest. You can also explore campus now with our virtual tour.

Yes. Please contact the Admissions Office and we will gladly assist you. All students have the option to take available online courses, and students who choose to take all of their courses online can still live on campus.

Yes. Northern and its fellow South Dakota public universities are emphasizing test-optional academic pathways for prospective students. Learn more here.


Questions/Assistance

Reach out today to learn about our COVID-19 resources and how we’re working to keep campus safe:

 

NSU Admissions

605-626-2544

admissions@northern.edu

International Students

Please visit our Covid-19 site for the latest and most complete information.

If you are unable to arrive in Aberdeen before the next semester, just let the international office know and we can easily defer your acceptance and attendance to the following semester.

NSU faculty members are offering a flexible type of teaching model for students. Please contact the international office at Northern about this option and any other issues you may be having at this time.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is continuing to provide guidance and updates for visas and immigration procedures. If you are currently active on a F-1 student visa and are unable to arrive in the U.S. in time for the next term, there are flexible enrollment options available. Please reach out to the international office for details.

Covid-19 is a quarantinable communicable disease in the U.S., meaning that U.S. Centers for Disease control may quarantine and restrict the movement of individuals who are arriving into the U.S. and have been infected with or exposed to the disease. Please check Covid-19 Traveler Information for updates on travel restrictions in the U.S. Please also check specific airports for any travel restrictions, as they may vary.

Please visit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement FAQs. Information is subject to change.


Questions/Assistance

Questions about international education during this time? We can help! Please reach out to Dominika Blum, Becky Nelson or Stephen Deduck in the Office of International Programs.

General Student Resources

Avera Health Services on campus is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday in Student Center 240. Please call 605-626-7694 to schedule an appointment.

 

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911.

 

For all other health issues, please contact Aberdeen Family Physicians at 605-225-0378. When calling, please identify yourself as an NSU student. To connect with an off-campus healthcare provider 24-7, download the AveraNOW app (App Store, Google Play). You can also contact your primary care provider.

Counseling Services are available in person, by phone or Zoom. Please call 605-626-2371 to schedule an appointment.

For assistance, email Disability Services Director Doris Stusiak or nsudisabilityservice@northern.edu and provide a phone number where you can be reached.

Advising

Advisors are available for virtual sessions using Zoom, email and phone calls. Please contact your professional advisor for assistance. If you have additional questions regarding advising or professional advisor assignments, please contact the Advising Center at advisingcenter@northern.edu.
 
You can now register for classes on-campus and online. Self-Service Banner registration for spring 2021 is open. Please contact your professional advisor or the Advising Center for assistance.

Tutoring

Tutoring services are available via Zoom. To make a tutoring appointment, email nsututoringcenter@northern.edu and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Course and instructor
  • Times available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (please provide at least three options.)
You'll receive an email with the date and time of your appointment, and a tutor will email you a Zoom link to log into the session. Please have all relevant course materials with you at the time of the session. For more information, please contact Tutoring Center Director Vicki Evans.


Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental instruction continues at NSU via Zoom. Faculty using SI in their courses will provide a Zoom link in D2L for dates and times of regularly scheduled SI sessions, and most sessions (with links) are on the homepage Events Calendar on myNSU. To access Zoom, go to https://northern.zoom.us/.

The Student Center is open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends. The Wolf Shoppe is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The NSU post office is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Career Services is available to meet with students on a limited basis in person or at a distance via Zoom or phone. Appointments focus on topics including major and/or career exploration and planning, employment services, and professional development and career readiness. To schedule an appointment, use your Wolf Work account; or email careerservices@northern.edu or britt.lorenz@northern.edu. Career and networking events will be shared on Wolf Work and in NSU News.

The library's chat reference service is available from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 1-11 p.m. Sunday. For more information on library services, please visit Introduction to the Library.


Students, faculty and staff who need more in-depth research consultations can schedule a time for a meeting with a librarian via Zoom. To request consultation, please email reference@northern.edu.

  • All online databases are available to off-campus users.
  • Thousands of electronic reference and general books are available full-text via the library.
  • Interlibrary loans continue as normal. Please allow for additional time due to the continued closure of many libraries.
  • Access to archival items will be by appointment only. For access, contact Stephanie Cossette.
  • The library is open to NSU students after hours via swipe card. Hours are Monday-Thursday 5-11 p.m. and Sunday 1-11 p.m.

Students needing technical assistance should contact Tech Support Services at 605-626-2283 or help@northern.edu.


Campus computer labs remain available to students should you need access. Please use health precautions outlined on Campus Health when utilizing campus facilities.


Locations include:

  • Technology Center 13: Card swipe access for all students, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Spafford Hall Graphics Lab: Card swipe access for graphics students, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Beulah Williams Library: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

If you do not have access to a computer or the Internet, please email access@northern.edu for direct help. Many providers are supporting the Federal Communications Commission's Keep Americans Connected Pledge.

Tech Services will assist you at the Support Desk window by appointment only.


To book an appointment with Tech Services:

  1. Visit Support Desk Bookings
  2. If prompted, log in with your NSU credentials
  3. Select the service you require and a convenient day/time
  4. Add your name, email, and a short description of the issue you wish to meet about
  5. Click "Book" to submit your request

The exterior Tech Center doors and interior doors to the Support Desk area are locked. When your appointment time nears, a Tech Services team member will meet you at the north entrance. We will be wearing masks and ask that you do as well.