March 20 Email to Students
During this unprecedented time for our University, I have been encouraged by the character and resiliency you and your families have shown, as well as our whole campus community. I pray that you are daily strengthened in faith and that you trust that God is with you, always. Throughout this situation, Concordia continues to prayerfully and proactively respond, by making the decisions that prioritize your best interests.
We know you are wondering how we plan to handle housing and meal plan costs for the remainder of the Spring semester. Today, Concordia’s administration approved the following policy:
For all students living in residence halls during the 2020 Spring semester
A 44% prorated credit, based on your housing and meal plan fees through the end of the term, will be credited back to your student account and applied to your Fall 2020 charges. If you graduate in the Spring 2020 term, all credits on your account will be returned to you after graduation consistent with university policy.
For all students living off-campus with a meal plan during the 2020 Spring semester
A 44% prorated credit, based on your meal plan fees through the end of the term, will be credited back to your student account and applied to your Fall 2020 charges. If you graduate in the Spring 2020 term, all credits on your account will be returned to you after graduation consistent with university policy.
Further details are available on Concordia’s COVID-19 webpage. Should you have additional questions, replies to this email will be routed to individuals in our Student Success Center, who can assist you.
I feel extremely blessed by the way our community has come together to meet the challenges we’ve faced over the past few weeks. We will continue to face challenges for the foreseeable future, but through the faithfulness of God, the love of His Son Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit, we will be carried through them together.
March 19 Email to Students
Good afternoon Concordia students,
During these turbulent times, your faculty has been reflecting on our theme verse for the year. We have been encouraged by the truth of God’s word in Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness,” and I pray that His steadfast love and faithfulness reassures you, too.
As we prepare to start classes on Monday, I want you to know that the entire campus is praying for you and your families during this unprecedented time. This situation has brought many challenges, but I know you, your family and our campus community are faithfully responding as best we can.
The online delivery of your courses that begins Monday is going to be different and unfamiliar for all of us. Be assured your professors are committed to providing the same high level of care and concern for you and your academic success. Your class schedule will remain the same as a way to preserve our sense of community. To that end, many of your classes will have a synchronous component to them - this is being determined on a course-by-course basis by your faculty. You will hear from your professors before classes resume on arrangements for each of your courses.
We have temporarily adjusted the attendance policy because we know there may be circumstances where you are not able to attend class.
To help prepare you for classes on Monday, I’d like to share with you some readiness guidelines to make your transition as seamless as possible:
- 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
- There is a Blackboard app in the App Store or Google Play. This may be a helpful supplement to your computer access.
This information and more details about the latest updates from campus can be found at cune.edu/covid19. If you have any questions, please fill out the form located at the bottom of that page and we will respond.
I look forward to the day when we return to our normal day-to-day activities as a Christ-centered community. In the meantime, I pray for the continued good health of yourself and your family, and for all those impacted by this global crisis.
We’re all in this together and we continually rely on God.
Have a GREAT day in Him,
Concordia University, Nebraska
March 18 Email to Students
Good afternoon students,
I want to thank each and every one of you and your families for your flexibility and understanding during this unprecedented time across our country and around the world. I know this has not been an easy situation for you, and there will continue to be questions about what comes next.
Here are some of the latest updates that I’d like to bring to your attention:
- 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.
- 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.
- I know many of you have questions about financial accommodations for housing and campus meals. We are working with the University administration to develop a plan that will be shared with you Friday.
- Please contact your coaches for access to Walz and other locker rooms to retrieve all of your belongings on campus. If you have equipment in other buildings, please contact someone in that department for access.
- If you have any materials to return to the library, please place them in the metal book return slot on the wall outside the main entrance.
- If you ordered regalia for spring’s commencement, you will receive a full refund. You will also receive a full refund on any commencement events you were registered for.
We are continually evaluating the situation and working through details and logistics of how these processes can move forward while keeping you and your families as safe as possible. More updates will be added to the information for students page within the COVID-19 section of the website as they become available. If you have specific questions about your situation, please submit a question form on the website.
Please know that the Concordia community is praying for each of you and your families during this trying time.
March 17 Email to Students
Dear Concordia Community,
As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread across Nebraska and the United States, Concordia University, Nebraska has prayerfully and proactively responded by implementing measures, based on the most recent guidance from our local health authorities, Four Corners Health Department, to mitigate the impact the virus could have on our campus community.
Consistent with this, Provost Dr. Tim Preuss and I, with the university’s Cabinet, have determined that Concordia Nebraska will deliver courses exclusively online for the remainder of the spring semester. There will be no face-to-face classes again this semester.
Residence halls will be open immediately to allow students to move out their belongings. Students are asked to move their belongings out of their room by Sunday, March 22 at 4 p.m. If students are unable to move their belongings out during this time frame, we ask that they complete this form. Additionally, students who are unable to return home during this time are asked to let the University know of their plans by submitting this form. More details about the check-out process are available on the website cune.edu/covid19.
Based on this decision, and the CDC’s guidance regarding events with numerous attendees, our 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.
We will be communicating with students by Friday at 5 p.m. about financial adjustments to accounts and other considerations related to this decision. These plans will be communicated through email and posted to our website at cune.edu/covid19.
At this time, university operations will continue and offices will remain open. However, the campus is closed to the public. Faculty and staff should coordinate with their supervisor on attendance logistics within their respective departments.
These are not easy decisions and we understand they will have a significant impact. Please help one another as Christian sisters and brothers as we work through this unusual situation. In these challenging times, we can rest assured our Lord has a plan for Concordia. As our academic theme verse for this year says, “The steadfast love of our Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). We can take comfort in knowing His faithfulness will guide us through.
Rev. Russell L. Sommerfeld
Concordia University, Nebraska
March 16 Email to Students
I pray that you and your families are keeping yourselves safe while this pandemic affects our local communities, country and the world. I know many of you still have questions about what the rest of this semester will look like. Please know that our administration has been working hand-in-hand with your professors to ensure your academic journey is as smooth as it possibly can be during this unprecedented situation.
Through collaboration with local health agencies, we are in constant communication to determine if and when it is safe to resume face-to-face instruction. At this time, face-to-face instruction is expected to resume Monday, April 6. However, this is a very fluid situation, changing almost daily. Therefore, we are making preparations to deliver all of your courses online for the remainder of the semester, for those of you who wish not to return to campus.
Each faculty member will determine the synchronous and asynchronous components of their courses. To ensure continuity in your academic schedule, any synchronous portion will be delivered at the same time and day as the course was originally scheduled for.
As online instruction is set to start March 23, there are a few more details I’d like to bring to your attention:
- 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 May 7.
- Please check your devices and ensure your access to the internet.
- Note: Spectrum is providing non-Spectrum customers who are affected by face-to-face classes being canceled with free internet access. Find more details here.
- Should you require textbooks or other course supplies that you left on campus, we are working on a way to accommodate you and will provide you with a plan in the coming days.
- Should you become ill or require absence related to COVID-19, please alert your instructors. The attendance policy has been temporarily adjusted during this time.
Our Critical Incident Management Team is in direct communication with local health agencies and communicating daily on the best and safest way to continue moving forwarding during this extremely fluid situation. Please continue watching your email and our social media accounts for the latest updates as they become available.
Please keep yourself safe, whether you are home with your family or staying on campus during this time.