Information for Students

Concordia University, Nebraska has canceled all face-to-face and will transition all face-to-face classes to an online format beginning Monday, March 23 through the remainder of the spring term.

Concordia University, Nebraska will deliver courses exclusively online beginning Monday, March 23 through the remainder of the spring term. There will be no face-to-face classes for the rest of this semester.

To accommodate for the extra week caused by the extended spring break, finals week will be replaced by a normal course week. No additional weeks or days will be added. All courses will be completed by Thursday, May 7.

The attendance policy has been temporarily adjusted to accommodate students who are ill.

Students are asked to move out of their dorm rooms by Sunday, March 22 at 4 p.m. We understand that some students cannot return at this time to collect their belongings for unique reasons. We ask that those students please complete this form to make arrangements.

We also understand that some students may be unable to return or remain home. Accommodations on campus may be provided by filling out this form.

Students will receive a credit for their residence hall and meal plan costs for the Spring 2020 semester. More details can be found here.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Concordia has been sharing updates from campus with you as much as possible. Below is a collection of the communications that have been sent to you throughout this situation. 

Student Communications

Technical requirements for participating in online courses at Concordia University, Nebraska

  • Please make sure your computer’s operating system is running the most recent software update.
  • To enhance your ability for live online communications, a webcam and a microphone are highly recommended. You may want to use headphones/earbuds with a microphone for higher quality sound performance.
  • Please make sure your browser is running the most recent update. 
  • We suggest having more than one browser installed on your computer. If an action does not work correctly in your current browser, it is helpful to try it in a different browser.
  • Using the latest version of Google Chrome is recommended.
  • You’ll need a reliable internet connection from home, preferably a high-speed broadband connection.

Blackboard Requirements

If you have questions about Blackboard, please visit support.cune.edu. Concordia is unable to offer technical support for personal devices.

 

Common Questions
 

Do I need to move out of my dorm room?

Yes. All personal belongings from dorm rooms should be cleared out by Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m. Should you need to stay in your room overnight one night due, you are able to do so.

  • Please know that we are committed to keeping you and your family safe during this move-out process. We will abide by the recent guidelines announced by the CDC and Four Corners Health Department, to practice social distancing and limiting groups to no more than 10 students.
  • Students are asked to return any library items into the drop-box outside the Link Library main entrance before leaving campus
  • We understand that some students cannot return at this time to collect their belongings for unique reasons. We ask that those students please complete this form to make arrangements.
  • If you are traveling long-distance back to campus to retrieve your belongings, you may spend the night in your dorm room before heading back home. We do ask that you try to minimize your time on campus as much as possible.

What if I'm unable to move out by March 22?

Students unable to make travel arrangements must complete the Unable to Check Out Form by Friday, March 20 at 11:55 p.m. Due to the dynamic nature of this situation, it is important that we have all requests in by this time as we will be working with multiple offices.

If I’m in self-quarantine, can I move out of my dorm?

We ask that you do not come to campus. Please fill out this form to let us know. However, if you feel you must, please follow this guidance provided by our local health department:

  • Contact your roommate so you are not in the room at the same time
  • Wear gloves and mask (only if having respiratory symptoms)
  • Avoid contact with surfaces as much as possible
  • Keep social distance from others (6 feet for more)
  • Do not use the restrooms in the residence halls
  • Use disinfectant wipes on areas that you touch as you leave
  • Get what you need from your room quickly

Will I be able to get my mail?

When you come to campus to remove items from your dorm, you can stop by the mailroom to pick up any packages and parcels you have. The mailroom will be open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. everyday through March 22.

After checking out of your dorm room, please turn in your mailbox key and be sure to update your address with USPS as soon as possible. You will no longer have access to campus mail.

What is the room checkout process like?

You are free to come and go at anytime before March 22 at 4:00 p.m. to move out. You are responsible for clearing everything out of your room and leaving your keys in an envelope (envelope will be available in your room). Your room will be inspected after you have moved out and you will be emailed about any assessments for trash left in the room, damages or lost keys.

Can I store items on campus?

Each residence hall has storage options for a limited amount of items. You are limited to no more than 5 boxes that need to be sealed and ready to ship with your name and permanent address, along with estimated date of graduation. There will be information in your rooms with who to contact to get into storage.

I don't have the ability to go home, what do I do?

Staying home, at your permanent residence, offers your best opportunity for social distancing, which according to health officials is one of the best preventative measures you can take. We encourage students and their families to make decisions based on their safety and situation. However, if you are unable to go home, we will work with you on accommodations. For these students, we ask they notify us by filling out this form.

I am currently on campus. Should I go home?

Yes. Going home, to your permanent residence, offers your best opportunity for social distancing, which according to health officials is one of the best preventative measures you can take.

I have a compromised immune system. What should I do?

We encourage everyone to make the best decision based on their situation and guidelines from health officials, including your health providers. Students will be able to continue their courses through online formats from their permanent residence.

Are refunds available for students who do not return to campus?

The university is still working through these decisions and information will be released when it’s available.

Will the library and other academic buildings be open if I return to campus?

No. All buiildings on campus are closed.

I work on campus. Should I return to Concordia to work?

No. Staying home, at your permanent residence, offers your best opportunity for social distancing, which according to health officials is one of the best preventative measures you can take. We encourage students and their families to make decisions based on their safety and situation. 

While away from campus, what mental health counseling resources are available?

Students seeking a brief consultation can still call 402-643-7398, or email counselingoffice@cune.edu. Please know the counseling office is not taking in new clients at this time. 

Kathleen von Kampen, Concordia’s mental health counselor, will host two online hangouts each week starting March 23 that will be open to any and all students. Each session is an opportunity to connect with your peers and also learn tips and tricks for managing anxiety, stress, improving coping skills, improving mindfulness skills and more. 

If a crisis situation presents itself, it is in your best interest to find local resources, to utilize 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) or the crisis text line (text HOME to 741741). 

Here are additional resources you may find useful if you are seeking outside referrals or for education purposes:

How will theater, art, music and other classes go to remote coursework when it seems it needs to be given in person?

Current technology allows classes to meet virtually either synchronously or asynchronously. In each of these departments, we are working to develop an appropriate solution for each class. We are committed to students being able to complete all the courses that they are registered for while accomplishing the course learning outcomes.

Will music and theatre events be canceled?

All events through May 15 will be postponed or canceled. We will continue to evaluate future events as the situation evolves.

Will graduation be canceled?

Spring commencement will be postponed. This does not change graduation for any student who is eligible to graduate in May. We are discussing opportunities to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students, both from undergraduate and graduate programs, in some way in the future.

  • You will be receiving a full refund on your credit/debit card in the next 14 days for all regalia and events ordered. If you paid by check, we will be mailing a check to your permanent address.
  • Please remember to cancel any hotel or lodging reservations you have made. If you booked at Cobblestone Inn and Suites, here in Seward, those rooms have been canceled.
  • We will continue discussing opportunities for commencement-related activities and celebrating your achievements with you. When we have more information, we will communicate updates to you well in advance so you can make plans, register for any events and order regalia or other items.

If I get ill on campus, what should I do?

Please do not leave your room, or off-campus residence. Contact the Health Center at (402) 643-7224 immediately. We will provide details on what you should do based on your current situation.

Will we be able to graduate on time now that we have another week of spring break?

Courses, and their requirements, will be adjusted to accommodate this extra week off. The spring semester will still conclude Thursday, May 7.

Can I return my library resources?

Yes. Inside the main entrance of Link Library is a return slot.

Is this going to make it so I am here for 4.5 years if I am a freshman instead of 4 to graduate my program?

No. Classes will continue in an online format with as little disruption to your academic program as possible.

Will spring sports continue?

On March 16, the NAIA announced the cancellation of the spring sports season