Health and Safety


The health and safety of our students living on campus is our priority. In consultation with the University Health Center and university leadership, we've established these procedures to provide students with a positive on-campus experience while abiding by all local, state and federal health protocols. These plans may change as we continue to monitor and respond to additional recommendations and guidelines from the appropriate authorities.

Freshman moving into his new dorm

Do I have to live on campus as a first-year student if I have health concerns?

Students who feel they have a health issue that should warrant them not to live on campus will need to get an approved accommodation to live off campus through Services for Students with Disabilities and complete the On-Campus Residency Exemption Form.

Where can I get help if I am concerned or anxious about an illness?

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers some helpful tips for emotional wellness and dealing with the disruption that COVID-19 brought to our lives. They also offer individual counseling to help students take care of themselves.

What should students do if they show COVID-19 or other illness symptoms?

Students showing COVID-19 symptoms or other illness symptoms should immediately limit interactions with others and contact – by phone or email – the University Health Center or their primary provider.

Students should follow medical protocols as recommended by health care providers.

In Your Hall & Room
  • Community Living Guide - This guide includes healthy community safety procedures for the residence halls.
  • Bedroom occupancy - One or two students will be assigned per bedroom. Students who are at high risk because they have a disability may request an accommodation through Services for Students with Disabilities.
  • Cleaning and sanitization - Traditional hall bathrooms will be cleaned twice daily. Common areas and high-touch surfaces in all halls will be cleaned frequently throughout the day. Suite- and apartment-style bathrooms will be cleaned monthly.
  • Quarantine and isolation protocols - Students should follow the university's exposure and isolation guidance.
Dining Centers & Herbie's Markets
  • Enhanced Takeout Options - Fresh entrees are available to-go from Herbie's Markets. In the fall mobile food ordering and late-night food options will be available.
  • Closures for cleaning - Dining centers will close between meal periods for cleaning and disinfecting.
Health & Support

Emergency Care

Any student displaying emergency warning signs (which include but are not limited to difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to rouse, bluish lips or face) should call 911.

Academic Accommodations

If a student has an illness and is quarantining or isolating, regardless of symptoms being present, they are expected to participate in classes, recitations, and labs remotely when the option is provided by the instructor. Once a quarantine or isolation period has ended, students may resume in-person instruction.

Students should contact instructors regarding their absence. In cases where students need assistance, they can contact Student Advocacy and Support.

Mental Health Support

Big Red Resilience & Well-being offers a variety of support on-demand support options for students. Students are encouraged to explore these resources to help improve their personal well-being.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers counseling at no cost to students. They also offer self-guided mental health resources. If students need additional support, they may schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling (402) 472-7450.

Counselors-in-Residence are conveniently available in residence halls to meet with students. While in a designated location, counselors can meet with students from any residence hall. To schedule an appointment, email

Safety in the Halls

Personal & Community Safety

Your personal safety and the protection of your possessions are a shared responsibility between you and the university. To make each residence hall environment a safe and pleasant experience, students should adhere to the policies outlined in the Community Living Guide.

Building Access

Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Residents are issued access via their NCard (student ID) to their residence hall's exterior entry doors. Residents also may access other residence halls (not including Love Memorial or Kauffman) from 6:30 a.m. to midnight daily.

Building Security

To maintain a safe living environment, residents should not prop open outside doors and report any unsafe situations that they cannot correct to a building staff member as soon as possible.

Guests in Halls

All guests must have an escort, which means the resident host is responsible for escorting and being with the guest to and from the room, as well as any other areas in the building at all times.