FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HEALTH & SAFETY

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Read the summary of recent changes on Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People from the CDC. CLICK HERE

  • If you were in close contact – within six feet for 15 minutes or more with or without a mask – with someone who tested positive, fill out the appropriate FORM below and isolate for 10 days since your last exposure to that individual.  

STUDENTS – FILL OUT THIS REPORTING FORM.

FACULTY / STAFF – FILL OUT THIS REPORTING FORM.

  • Isolate, except to receive medical care. 
  • If you are in class or at work, leave the building immediately. 
  • Call your primary care physician or university health services to be evaluated.
  • If you are a student, contact your instructors. 
  • If you are an employee, contact your supervisor. 
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek emergency medical care if you have trouble breathing. 
  • Avoid contact with other members of your living area, including pets.

Yes. Students must bring their own mask. We must help protect ourselves and the community by wearing our masks in public spaces around campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend cloth face coverings as a way to slow the spread of the virus by decreasing the chance that individuals infected with the virus spread it to others.

You will be required to wear a mask when in buildings, bathrooms, classrooms and hallways. Masks are also required for walking across campus. The only time it is acceptable to remove your mask is when you are in your office, office suite or dorm room.

Yes, we have several checkpoints on campus located at strategic entry points into buildings. We will be checking your temperatures daily and asking a short series of questions. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be sent home. Those who pass will be given a wristband or sticker to indicate they may enter campus.

The check-in locations are at the following academic halls:

Building# of Check-in StationsComments
   
Ayo Hall21- entrance facing parking lot, 1 – entrance facing Madewood
Barker Hall1main entrance
Sciences and Technology21 – entrance facing quadrangle, 1 – entrance facing Madewood
Bollinger Student Union21- main entrance facing Ellendale Dr, 1- entrance facing Leighton
Brady Residential Complex1main entrance
Callais Recreation Center1main entrance
Calecas Hall1main entrance
Candies Hall1entrance next to Elkins
CJFCI – Ledet Building1main entrance
Ballroom1entrance facing Leighton
Elkins Hall1main entrance
Ellender Hall1main entrance
Ellender Library1main entrance
Galliana Dining Hall1main entrance
Gouaux Hall1main entrance
Maintenance Building1main entrance
Millet Hall1main entrance
Peltier Hall21- entrance facing quadrangle, 1- entrance facing Madewood
Education and Behavioral Sciences1main entrance
Powell Hall1entrance facing Acadia Dr
Scholar’s Hall1main entrance
Shaver Gym21- entrance facing Acadia Drive, 1- entrance facing quadrangle
Talbot Hall1main entrance
White Hall1entrance facing quadrangle
Zeringue Hall1main entrance

We are providing both in-office and telehealth services.  Please be aware that we have limited our in-person hours. We will be in the office Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

Our doors will remain locked, so please call us at 985.493.2600 (leave a voicemail if no answer), or contact us via email at healthservices@nicholls.edu, to screen and/or schedule an appointment.  Masks will be required for all in-person appointments.  We may be responding through email or phone calls that may appear from an unknown number. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Health Services Webite

The University Counseling Center is still available to students, faculty and staff. We are offering both in-person and teletherapy appointments. For a teletherapy appointment, all you need is a webcam and internet to participate. Leave a message on our phone line at 985.448.4080 or send an email to counseling@nicholls.edu. Someone will contact you during normal business hours to help you get set-up for an appointment. The center is operating in its normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Counseling Center Website

FILL OUT THIS FORM BEFORE RETURNING TO CLASS OR WORK

When you can return to campus depends on a variety of factors. 
  • If you test positive, you must quarantine for at least 7 days from the first sign of symptoms and not run a fever for 24 hours before you can return to campus. 
  • If you test positive but are asymptomatic, you must quarantine for 10 days from the date of the test. 
  • If you have a weakened immune system or lingering effects, your healthcare provider may recommend staying at home for long periods of time. 
  • Practice everyday preventative measures such as wearing a face mask, washing your hands and staying socially distanced. 
  • Bring to campus a face mask, tissues, and hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. 
  • Students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a Return to Campus form when they return, to provide Nicholls with information that you have complied with all CDC guidelines and are free of symptoms.

STUDENTS

HyFlex computers for attending “remote” classes on campus as of now. We hope to have more cameras and/or computers with webcams in a few weeks after the start of the semester.

Library 1st Floor – 18 (10 in the glass classroom, 8 in the open area)
Library Multi Purpose Room – 10
Student Union Suites – 14
Powell 109 – 17

 

Yes, students must bring their own mask. We must help protect ourselves and the community by wearing our masks in public spaces around campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend cloth face coverings as a way to slow the spread of the virus by decreasing the chance that individuals infected with the virus spread it to others.

You will be required to wear a mask when in buildings, bathrooms, classrooms and hallways. Masks are also required for walking across campus. The only time it is acceptable to remove your mask is when you are in your office, office suite or dorm room.

Self-isolate at home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and follow the directions of your healthcare provider. If you are experiencing symptoms or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, contact your healthcare provider to see if you should be tested. Nicholls is dedicated to providing a safe place to work and learn, so we are requiring anyone meeting these criteria to self-isolate until you are cleared from your healthcare provider.

FILL OUT THIS FORM if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms, you do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or State or local public health officials recommend you take one.

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate in your home. The CDC provides these guidelines to follow if you are sick.

Absolutely! Recruitments for all councils are still scheduled for the fall semester. While we are working diligently to determine how these recruitments may look, we know that some virtual aspects will be included. We have pushed the formal recruitment weeks up to align with the change in start date for the fall semester. Our PHA recruitment is scheduled the week of Aug. 3-7, and our IFC recruitment is scheduled the week of Aug. 17-21. The Office of Greek Life is working with national headquarters to figure out exactly how our Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils’ formal recruitments will be structured. Some virtual aspects may be included.

Our NPHC groups are also expected to have an intake process throughout the fall semester, though each process is specific and different between each chapter.

To register for PHA or IFC recruitment or to learn more about any of our councils, including the NPHC intake process, visit www.nicholls.edu/greek.

Our NPHC groups are also expected to have an intake process throughout the fall semester, though each process is specific and different between each chapter.

To register for PHA or IFC recruitment or to learn more about any of our councils, including the NPHC intake process, visit www.nicholls.edu/greek.

Events and how they will look will be determined by state and university policies just like all RSOs. Groups will be mindful of social distancing and room capacities and hold events accordingly, including our formal recruitments.

Yes! Two days will be designated where no major exam can be given or a major assignment due for Finals Preparation Period.

Tutoring and freshmen advising are expected to use a blended approach of face-to-face and virtual. This approach enables students to maximize social distancing through the online mode while still having small group options for face-to-face. For more info visit the tutoring website.

For the health and safety of everyone and in accordance with the statewide face covering order Proclamation 89 JBE 2020 and until further notice, MASKS are REQUIRED to be worn AT ALL TIMES when using the Rec Center.  This includes when you are actively working out as well as moving around the facility.  Thank you for continuing to help keep everyone safe. 

The Rec Center has been open since June 1, 2020. The current plan is to be open for the fall semester with health and safety protocols continuing to be in place.

 

All decisions about fall programming, activities and Intramural leagues will be guided by the university, state and CDC guidelines at the start of the fall semester. All class offering and activities will be evaluated as to whether they can happen and meet all of the safety guidelines. If a class or activity can be hosted safely and maintain all health and safety guidelines, we will continue to offer those opportunities. It is a possibility that some classes, activities and sports may not be able to happen based on health and safety guidelines in place.

Yes, students will have the options for several different classroom settings, including in person. The traditional classroom will be spaced appropriately for social distancing. For more information on classroom options, see the “What kind of instruction options are available for the fall?” question.

Yes, the majority of courses will be able to offer accommodation to students in need. Unfortunately, it is not known at this time if 100 percent of courses will be offered online to students needing accommodation. Students seeking accommodation should go through Student Access (https://www.nicholls.edu/student-access-center/) with documentation from their healthcare provider showing they are immune compromised and in need of accommodations. Student Access will work with deans and department heads to provide accommodation for the student.

Yes, you will be required to wear a mask when going through the line at Galliano Hall or moving to your seat. Seats are arranged to accommodate social distancing, and you can take your mask off to eat. But you must put your mask back on when you leave your table. For more information, click here.

IN THE CLASSROOM

Nicholls State University – Office of Academic Affairs

Policy Statement on Course Offerings for the Spring 2021 Semester

Nicholls State University is following all guidelines published by the CDC, the Louisiana Department of Health and both state and local governments, in order to return to the physical campus for the Spring 2021 semester and keep all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, safe. Regarding student coursework during the COVID-19 pandemic, the University will be using multiple course delivery models to ensure that students continue progressing toward earning a degree, while also providing options for students to feel safe. Those course delivery models include:

Face-to-Face (F2F)

Course is offered on campus in a classroom with 6-foot seating in all directions; masks will be required to be worn in all public spaces and classrooms.

Asynchronous on-line

Course is offered 100% on-line, with all interaction occurring over the internet. Course uses a combination of readings, recorded lectures, videos, and other materials with due-date assignments/discussion boards/projects and proctored exams. Course does not meet at specific days or times. Attendance is monitored and recorded through student’s interaction in Moodle.

Synchronous on-line

Course is offered 100% on-line, with all interaction occurring over the internet. Course uses a combination of readings, live-streaming lectures, videos, live discussions, and other materials with due-date assignments/discussion boards/projects and proctored exams. Course does meet on specific days and times during the week. Attendance is monitored and recorded through Zoom video conferencing service.

HyFlex/Hybrid

The HyFlex delivery model, in its simplest form, provides a flexible approach where students may attend course sessions in person in a classroom or by participating in course sessions online or by participating in a combination of both. It is critical that each student access Moodle and their course syllabus to determine the unique plan for that course. Contact your instructor with questions if you are unsure.

  • As an example: For a course that meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: half of a class (Group A) may attend in person on a Monday while the other half (Group B) participate online, on Wednesday the two groups swap with Group A online and Group B in the classroom, and on Friday all students may participate in online instruction.
  • Due to limited seating in the in-person classroom, faculty will determine the total number of students that may be present in the classroom on any given day.
  • Alternatively, and specific to the current COVID-19 pandemic, some students may need to participate in HyFlex course sessions fully online. Those students who are immunocompromised or in a high-risk category, caring for someone who is immunocompromised or in a high-risk category, or have other risk factors or concerns should contact the Student Access Center at 985-448-4430 or studentaccess@nicholls.edu to discuss the option of participating in their courses 100% online.
  • Specific to the HyFlex/Hybrid delivery model, courses may use a combination of in-person lectures that may also be live-streamed (on the specific date and time of the live lecture). The faculty may prerecord lectures and course content that may be made available for later viewing/listening. Assignments, discussions, projects, and proctored exams may take place in the classroom or over the internet as directed by the course faculty.
  • Students may be required to attend on-campus and off-campus learning activities as a component of their respective programs such as Nursing, Culinary, etc. This will be further communicated by the respective departments.

In summary, at Nicholls State University the HyFlex courses are designed by the faculty in that they are neither fully online nor face-to-face, incorporating online components to allow greater flexibility and safety. Your faculty will describe the details of your course in the syllabus.

Other points to consider for all delivery modes:

  • Students are required to show their video when participating in HyFlex/Zoom classes.
  • Roll will be taken in all courses, regardless of blended methods of delivery–F2F, remote F2F via Zoom, etc.
  • For remote/proctored online testing, students should secure a private, distractionlimited environment.

All students are encouraged to review their Spring 2021academic course schedules to determine the types of course delivery available and in which they are currently enrolled. Students with questions or concerns about their schedules should reach out to their advisors or the specific faculty member for individual course concerns or questions.

As a general reminder, all students should have access to the following, at a minimum:

  • A computer (desktop or laptop) with broadband internet access. (It is recommended that students have the ability to connect directly to the internet via Ethernet cable due to the sometimes unstable connectivity of WiFi. Direct connection to the internet source decreases the likelihood of interruption during proctored exams).
  • A quiet, distraction free environment when participating in online session and/or online testing.
  • Access to a webcam and microphone, either built-in into the computer or an external version connected through a USB port. (This is necessary for participating in class discussions and for proctored exams).
  • The ability to download software programs necessary for class participation and proctored exams (e.g., Zoom, ProctorU, Respondus, Skype, GoogleMeet, and others.).

Students should also understand and assume responsibility for undertaking online coursework, including self-motivation for independent learning and meeting deadlines as well as academic honesty during exams. It is critical that each student access Moodle and their course syllabus to determine the unique plan for that course. Contact your instructor with questions if you are unsure. Your spring semester courses should be available for viewing on Moodle two weeks before the semester begins, Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

11/20/2020

Students in need of tech support can email: itsupport@nicholls.edu

Faculty/Staff in need of tech support help can email: helpdesk@nicholls.edu

 

CALL OR TEXT FOR SUPPORT

IT will use the following phone number to take calls or texts for support in technology in classrooms for the first few weeks of the semester.

(985) 387-5716‬

 
The number will be monitored from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
We are asking for the following information on each request.
Building, Room #, Faculty Name, and a brief description of the issue.
 
Please note that we will make absolute best efforts to respond as quickly as possible to all support requests for classroom technology issues.  We ask for patience in the event that we can not respond immediately.  In a normal semester, we are not fully staffed with student workers until a few weeks into the semester.  Due to the current situation, we are understaffed in student employees in comparison to the start of a normal semester. 

Desks will be 6 feet apart in every direction and students will be required to wear masks. Some professors may be behind clear protective barrier at the podium with a hooded shield over their face to ensure students can hear lectures clearly without the muffled sound of a facemask.

You are safe to continue class. Unless the student or instructor who tested positive was in close contact, defined by the CDC as less than 6 feet from you for more than 15 minutes with or without a mask, the CDC guidelines do not consider you exposed. You would not need to isolate or seek medical attention unless you become symptomatic.

STUDENT HOUSING

If you test positive and live on campus, contact University Health Services at 985-493-2600. They will help guide you on the steps to take from there. Students should not return to your in-person classes. Students testing positive with COVID-19 may need to be moved to temporary housing locations.

The dining hall and Chick-fil-A are open. Masks are required for dine-in at Galliano Hall, and Chick-fil-A is take-out only. 

Monday through Friday, the dining hall’s hours are:

  • Breakfast: 7 to 8 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 

  • Brunch: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Chick-fil-A is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 

Yes, you will be required to wear a mask when going through the line at Galliano Hall or moving to your seat. Seats are arranged to accommodate social distancing, and you can take your mask off to eat. But you must put your mask back on when you leave your table.