Hastings College coronavirus information

March 23 note.

A number of Hastings College employees are now working from home. So while campus is open, many offices are only partially staffed, or staffed remotely. To help keep campus buildings secure, all buildings are now locked and accessible to employees only.

The Admissions team began conducting virtual tours of campus, including video chats with faculty and coaches, March 16. They can be scheduled just like a regular campus visit.

Contact information: If you’re looking for contact information for a specific office, check our Campus Contact list.

The message below was shared with the campus community on March 18.

Dear Campus Community –

Through this quickly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, I’ve seen the strength in this community, and the kindnesses shown to others. This coming together, of trying to remain positive when so much around us is unsteady, is part of what makes Hastings College such a wonderful place.

The College has made the difficult decision to conduct all Block 6 classes online for the rest of the spring term. Block 6 is scheduled to begin Monday, March 23.

We understand this decision will be challenging for our campus but it’s become clear that we, as a community, must do our part to mitigate the spread of the virus and put the health and wellness of people first.

We are therefore asking all students on campus to head home as soon as possible. Exceptions may be made for those with extenuating circumstances.

Students who are already away from campus are asked to stay home. The Student Engagement team is working on a plan to allow access to the residence halls and apartments for a safe, managed move-out process.

During this difficult time, I’d like to share:

  • As a campus we remain committed to the care and education of our students, and we will work with those who may not have a place to go or access to the internet for online learning.
  • We know employees will have concerns, and we will be sensitive to their needs.
  • Faculty, I know you love to meet with and work with students face-to-face, and that you enjoy the classroom dialogue and interactions. Thank you for taking on the challenge of maintaining these relationships in an online environment.
  • To all staff, thank you for working so hard to support students through this time, as well as making online learning and virtual campus visits possible, and remote working a reality for those who need it.

Administrative Offices on campus will remain open, but I encourage managers to work with employees in situations where work from home options may become necessary.

Students, I want to recognize that this is especially challenging for you. Part of the unique Hastings experience is being on campus, in classrooms and at athletic practices, in music and theatre performances and in creating art — in essence, learning to live to your amazing potential. I encourage each one of you to continue to engage in learning as a community, and to support one another as we move through the rest of this semester.

Seniors. I am sorry the last half of your last semester is one that is so different from what you had imagined and planned for. Please know that while a decision is several weeks away, we will make every effort to host Commencement on campus so we can honor and recognize you for all you’ve achieved as Broncos.

Faculty, staff, students and parents can access an FAQ page (ie. registration updates) on ourHC, and we will add information as needed. Please continue to check your email for updates as well. Students and parents with specific questions can also reach out to Campus Connect via text message at 402-205-0611 or email at campusconnect@hastings.edu.

The next few weeks are critical to slow the spread of the virus, and the steps we take as individuals and collectively as a community will make a difference. We are resilient and resourceful, and together we will emerge as even stronger Broncos Everywhere.

I am grateful for all you do,

Roger Doerr
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Previous Campus Announcements

After much consideration and with guidance from the South Heartland District Health Department, the GPAC and other colleges and universities across the state, Hastings College will conduct all classes online from March 23 through April 9, which is the start of Easter Break. At this time, we anticipate resuming regular in-person classes on April 14.

Instead of returning from Spring Break, we strongly recommend that all students stay home until classes resume in person. Residence halls and dining facilities will remain open, although with limited support for students who are unable to be away from campus. Administrative Offices will remain open and operational.

Student Engagement will be providing more details regarding available campus services later next week.

We continue to monitor this ever evolving situation and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Questions can continue to be sent to campusconnect@hastings.edu.

Dear Campus Community –

As coronavirus considerations continue to change we wanted to provide a few updates about Hastings College:

  • First and most importantly, all of our study abroad groups have boarded their flights back to the United States. Most students, faculty and staff will arrive back to Omaha late tonight.
      • Five students on the Irish Fellows Program are returning early, and will arrive in Omaha Saturday night.
  • Those returning from France and Spain were notified that last night the advisory level from the CDC was raised to Level 3 for those countries. This means those students, faculty and staff will need to stay home for 14 days and monitor their health.
      • We have been working with each student to determine their plan for returning to campus. Many have parents picking them up at the airport or they will be going directly home.
      • For those who temporarily return to campus, we will provide specific living areas and meals and guidance on limiting their exposure to the rest of campus.
  • We are advising all other returning students (Ireland and England) to self monitor for the next 14 days.
  • Some activities associated with the college, such as athletic practices, the forensics national tournament event and academic conferences, have been cancelled or postponed.  We encourage students to follow-up with faculty/staff advisors for questions about specific events.
  • Again, we remind all students currently on campus as they depart today for spring break to take their Block 6 course materials and iPad with them in case circumstances change and a portion of Block 6 moves to online instruction.
      • We hope to have a decision made by Wednesday related to online instruction for all campus classes either for a short time or the full duration of Block 6.

Any questions can be directed to campusconnect@hastings.edu or via text at 402.205.0611.

Dear Campus Community –

The Hastings College Coronavirus Task Force continues to meet daily to monitor changes, review updates and make plans for the campus community. We remain grateful for everyone’s cooperation as we navigate this ever-changing challenge.

Be Prepared
As we think through managing whatever the coronavirus situation throws our way, students are advised to bring home course materials (textbooks can be picked up from the Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday) and their iPads should classes need to move to online instruction before you return.

International Traveling Students
We’d like to update you on the current plans for welcoming back our international traveling students as well as the work being done by the campus coronavirus task force. Traveling students and faculty will be returning to campus early Friday morning from trips to France, Spain, Ireland and England. At this time, none of those countries have a CDC-issued travel advisory due to Coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking them to rest up, head home, restrict their activities to avoid populations at risk (elderly and health-compromised) and self-monitor for signs of the virus.

Spring Break
We are encouraging students on campus to leave for spring break and have extended break to include this Friday to minimize potential exposure. All students have been asked to follow the current CDC recommendations to prevent additional spread of the coronavirus and to exercise good judgement in choosing activities and travel over break.

Start of Block 6
When classes resume after Spring Break (Monday, March 23), students who just returned from international trips have been given the approval to study away from campus until Friday, March 27. This covers the full 14-day monitoring for showing potential symptoms.

Should anyone show symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, we ask that you notify your local health departments and contact your primary care physician for further support.

Regular communications will continue to be sent to the campus community and posted on the Hastings College Coronavirus webpage.

Dear Campus Community –

Hastings College remains focused on maintaining a healthy campus and community during the uncertainty related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in frequent contact with our local health department and continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC.

As a reminder, NO Hastings College students, faculty or staff have tested positive for coronavirus. Our international travel groups have been diligent about their time overseas and taking preventive measures to stay healthy. Additionally, none of our study abroad groups have visited a country issued a health-related travel advisory from the CDC.

End of Block 5
Out of an abundance of caution, the last day of in-person classes for Block 5 will be Thursday, March 12. This will allow current on-campus students the ability to go home early for Spring Break. Faculty members have the authority to decide on the requirement for course completion for the missed day of Friday, March 13. Administrative offices will be open normal hours.

This schedule change allows our study abroad groups to arrive back to campus at their originally scheduled time Thursday night. These students will then be able to rest from their travel back to Hastings, gather their belongings and head home for their Spring Break. Our maintenance team will then do a thorough cleaning of all public campus areas.

Beginning of Block 6
As a precaution, we encourage students and faculty who have spent time abroad to stay home through Thursday, March 26, which would equal the 14-day window for presenting coronavirus symptoms. These individuals are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms related to coronavirus and register with the Department of Health and Human Services. We will send instructions on how to register specifically to all traveling groups.

While Block 6 courses are still scheduled to start in-person on March 23, all faculty should be prepared to offer online course options for the first 4 days of the block for students who have traveled or for students with other special considerations. A list of resources for online teaching is currently being prepared and will be shared with faculty this week.

We encourage all students and employees to monitor coronavirus cases for all travel away from campus.

It is important for all of our students, faculty and staff to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Recommendations and guidance for the coronavirus change rapidly. We encourage the campus community to be adaptable as it relates to planning for the remainder of this semester. This means we would encourage all students to take their campus issued iPad with them on their spring break travels.

All questions should be directed to campusconnect@hastings.edu.

Hastings College continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our local and global communities. In conjunction with recommendations from the CDC and our local South Heartland Health Department (located in Hastings) we are identifying plans to keep our students and community healthy.

At this time, Hastings College is not aware of any students exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus. With students currently traveling internationally, we monitor international travel recommendations daily. Once students return to campus, we will be working with them individually on monitoring their health needs to ensure they continue to be healthy.

As with all illnesses, the campus Health Center staff reminds the campus community to (review recommendations from the CDC):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Hastings College has identified a working committee to meet daily and as needed to assess proper planning and communication.

The Hastings College Campus Health Center will remain a resource for students that feel ill.

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