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To help students in need, NSU has created the COVID-19 Student Support Fund. All emergency funds will go directly to the students during this crisis.

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Welcome to Our New Normal

Thank you for your ongoing patience and dedication as we transitioned to learning, teaching, and conducting our daily business fully online. In this "era of uncertainty", I assure you, as your president, that I am confident we will continue to swim forward - like a shark- and be stronger than ever. Please continue to find operational updates on this page. As always, the best resource for your questions and concerns are your deans, vice presidents and supervisors. 

Stay safe and stay healthy! Fins up!

Latest University Updates on COVID-19

Dear NSU Community,

I am writing today with an important update, and a reminder about our academic calendar and the holidays. As such, I encourage you to read this communication and its links thoroughly, and if you have any questions, reach out to your dean, vice president, or supervisor.

As recently announced, we are closer than ever to discovering and distributing vaccines and effective therapeutics for COVID-19, and at NSU we have also been successful thus far at controlling the spread of this deadly virus—better than most universities. However, the holidays are upon us, and many of us want to celebrate with our families and friends, but this desire to gather and socialize must not make us complacent and forget what we have practiced in order to control the spread of this pandemic.

Now is not the time to put down our guard; we must remain steadfast. For example, it has always been a tradition to have holiday celebrations at NSU, but we will not hold them in-person this year. I encourage student groups and departments to use Zoom and find creative ways to get together virtually. In addition, we have expanded our guidelines and established mandatory procedures for your return after the New Year as follows:

Firstly, in consultation with all of NSU’s deans and vice presidents, we will be implementing additional guidelines to further protect the NSU community over the holidays. These are based on CDC guidelines as well as NSU’s medical and public health care professionals. These guidelines include the simple but effective practices of wearing face coverings, maintaining hand hygiene, and keeping physical distance, as well as special recommendations from the CDC for Thanksgiving and other holidays.

The following guidelines on returning to any NSU venue are expected to be followed for your safety, and the safety of our entire NSU Family. In an effort to comply with these guidelines, I’ve granted an extended holiday from Dec. 23 at 5:00 p.m. through Jan. 3, with classes beginning on Jan. 4, 2021.

Due to the ease with which COVID-19 can spread in groups and social settings, the CDC is encouraging everyone to celebrate remotely for Thanksgiving and continue to limit socialization and gatherings. I know this is a foreign concept to us all, but it is essential if we are to continue controlling the spread as we have done thus far.

Everyone is expected to return to class and work on Jan. 4, 2021. However, if over the holidays you have been socializing outside of the CDC guidelines, or using mass transportation including airplane travel, you must self-isolate for 14 days before you resume in-person activities on any NSU campus or venue. Students living in off-campus apartments/houses, residence halls, or commuters living at home, immediately upon return, must self-isolate in their room and coordinate with the Office of Residential Life while taking their classes remotely.

For students, faculty, and staff who must work, participate in student activities, conduct lab work, or perform clinical rotations during this period of time, per CDC guidelines, we recommend that you do not socialize or use mass transportation, including airplane travel. If you do not follow these guidelines, you must self-isolate for 14 days before you can return to work, labs, or rotations.

Faculty and staff members who must report to campus/site workspaces on Jan. 4 but have traveled or gathered, and therefore require a 14-day self-isolation period, must obtain approval from their dean or supervisor in order to work remotely during isolation.

Secondly, as I announced this summer, in an effort to avoid unnecessary holiday travel back and forth to various NSU campuses, the last day for traditional, on-ground undergraduate classes, and some graduate classes, will be next Friday, Nov. 20. All classes, except those requiring clinical rotations, lab work, or other on-site activities, will resume the fall semester remotely. Some graduate, professional, and health care programs will continue through on-ground or hybrid instruction using the BlendFlex model through the end of the fall semester/term due to accreditation, licensing, or clinical requirements. If you have a question about your courses, please consult with your adviser or dean’s office, and please refer to the travel guidelines below.

Finally, as you make your travel plans for 2021, remember that NSU will not observe a traditional spring break in 2021 and the winter/spring semester will end one week early. For example, classes scheduled to end on May 2 will now end on April 25. Please check with your college for your program’s specific plans.

Our BlendFlex teaching model is quite an effective tool. Having educational options has been one of the keys to encouraging enrollment continue to deliver top-notch instruction. For those of you learning remotely, we worked to make your online experience—whether synchronous or recorded—adaptable to your needs. Students, faculty, and staff, who have participated in the BlendFlex face-to-face teaching experience have seen firsthand the many enhancements we’ve made to keep them protected. Class sizes are smaller. Physical distancing is emphasized. Signage for safety abounds and disinfection of our facilities has increased. Please refer to NSU’s Coronavirus website for the most current guidelines, including for NSU-sponsored travel.

As Shark Nation moves forward, remember: We are all in this together, and together we will dominate! Stay safe, happy, and healthy through the holiday season.

George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Nova Southeastern University



For additional information on CDC guidelines, visit

Please see current CDC guidelines on socialization here:

For many of us it's hard to believe that it's already October! And very soon it will be time to visit family for Thanksgiving or make plans to host visitors. This time last year we went about making our arrangements without giving it a second thought, but now under the shadow of a pandemic there are many more factors to consider. Here are a few things to contemplate if you need to travel this holiday season.

  • Are there many cases of COVID-19 at your destination? Check ahead of time with the health department of the locality that you are planning to visit to get the latest figures on infections.
  • Avoid contact with others while on the journey, as much as feasible.
  • If traveling by automobile plan to make as few stops as possible, but stop driving if you become drowsy.
  • Be sure to pack cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in an easily accessible spot so that you can use them during the trip as necessary.
  • If you feel unwell before you travel, modify your plans.

Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 travel web page for more valuable information when planning your trip. The CDC also provides Thanksgiving tips.

Is NSU travel approved?

All university-sponsored international travel continues to be suspended, and no international travel should be planned or scheduled on behalf of NSU.

  • University-related domestic travel is limited to only essential travel. This may include air travel after all other options are exhausted for NSU business that cannot be conducted remotely. Such travel must receive prior approval by NSU’s Chief Operating Officer or the Provost. Travel for conferences and academic meetings is not considered essential travel.
  • Any travel to and from NSU’s regional campuses must be conducted via car rental.
  • The Office of Business Services will work with NSU departments to communicate travel requests and approvals. 

And the winners are …

We are so excited by the amazing participation from all the NSU Sharks voting for their favorite fabulous face coverings! Join us in congratulating these fabulous faces!  We have Starbucks gift cards for each of you along with a bag of swag!

Most Fashionable Employee Face Covering: Mable White Jones

Employee with Most Shark Spirit: Rod Colas

Student with Most Shark Spirit: Emma Gardner

Best Student Face Covering: Allison Osborne

Most Fashionable Student Face Covering: Catherine Weber

COVID-19 Question of the Week

Q: Is it possible to have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time?

A: Yes. It is possible to test positive for flu (as well as other respiratory infections) and COVID-19 at the same time.  Please consider getting vaccinated for the flu this season to reduce the chances of getting influenza.

If you have a Question of the Week, please submit it to

Dear NSU Community,

I am thrilled to hear reports about how well the semester is unfolding for those of you who returned to face-to-face classes (with face coverings and physical distancing), as well as those of you choosing to learn remotely or through the BlendFlex model. Thank you for following NSU’s “Return of the Sharks” policies to help keep our campuses safe during the pandemic. These policies will be ever-more important as we enter flu season, and as such, I encourage you to get your FREE flu vaccine shot early to protect yourself and others (I already got mine!).

As I announced this summer, in an effort to avoid unnecessary holiday travel back and forth to various NSU campuses, the last day for traditional, on-ground undergraduate classes will be Friday, Nov. 20. All classes, except those requiring clinical rotations, will conclude the fall semester remotely. Some graduate, professional, and health care programs will continue through on-ground or hybrid instruction through the end of the fall semester/term due to accreditation, licensing, or clinical requirements. If you have a question about your courses, please consult with your adviser or dean’s office.

As in years past, I’m pleased to extend the winter closure again this year. The university will be closed with limited operations beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, returning on Monday, Jan. 4. NSU Health Clinics will remain open during the break with reduced operations. Students and employees with rotations should consult with their supervisor or program chair for specific information. In addition, in an effort to eliminate unnecessary travel, we will be suspending spring break this year. In lieu of a full spring break, there will be no classes on Friday, March 5, 2021 (note: some programs may need to alter this date based on testing requirements), and we will end the winter/spring semester one week early on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Following the winter closure, the university will reopen on January 4, 2021 and we will continue to follow all current health guidelines. Those of you who are able to remain online for 14 days after returning to your campus are encouraged to do so in order to help prevent any possible spread of the virus. If you feel any flu-like symptoms, please self-isolate and reach out to your medical provider. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should report their result to as well as to your college or supervisor.


George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Nova Southeastern University

Welcome Back Sharks

After a summer filled with uncertainty and anxiety, I am thrilled to welcome back our new and returning students, faculty, and staff! I hope you were able to make the best of your summer break and that you, your family, and friends stayed healthy and cheerful.

As we press to ensure not only your safety, but that of the entire Shark community, we are prepared for a healthy Return of the Sharks this 2020-2021 academic year. I want you to know that NSU has been working tirelessly to provide abundant protective measures aimed at identifying, addressing, and mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Mandatory Return of the Sharks training is available for students in Canvas, and in NSU Careers (formerly Shark Talent) for faculty and staff. Thank you to those of you who have already completed the training. We look forward to 100% participation soon.

As we set a course for a successful semester, I want to stress that we are all in this as a team, and we must work together vigilantly during these trying times. Here are a few reminders:

  • In order to ease the burden on the new face covering requirement, NSU is providing two branded face coverings to every student and faculty/staff member. Fully online students will be receiving their face coverings by mail. In-class and BlendFlex students will get their face coverings from their college. Employees can acquire their coverings from their college/unit.
  • The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your friends is to wear a face covering. It is mandatory to wear a face covering when on campus, both outdoors and indoors. When you step out of your car, walk onto campus, get into a Shark Shuttle, etc., your face must be covered.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
  • Monitor your health condition before coming into contact with others on campus. If you feel ill, stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19, please notify your college/unit COVID-19 coordinator, your supervisor, and/or your HR contact. You can also self-report in the iShark App or by emailing:
  • If you see others not adhering to protocols, there’s no harm in gently reminding them of their responsibility.
  • Remember: We are Sharks. We are strong, intelligent, and adaptable.
  • If you have questions, please ask them.

One exciting development at NSU that has emerged during this crisis has been our educational evolution in the form of the BlendFlex educational model. BlendFlex allows for in-class instruction, synchronous remote instruction, and online taped lecture instruction. Students have the option of selecting any of these teaching methods or choosing a mix of them. BlendFlex also will mean a reduction in class sizes to encourage physical distancing. This type of instruction will be a game-changer now and in the future for our students both near and far.

Recently, the Times Higher Education Young University Ranking 2020: Golden Age ranked NSU 51th among higher education institutions – the highest new entry for international rankings among 308 universities across the globe! This ranking was based on our teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and our industry income. We look forward to continuing to deliver such exemplary education standards that are recognized worldwide.

As we enter a brave new world in education, NSU stands ready to foster your ability to pursue your dreams and do so in the safest environment possible. I implore you to explore our vast resources on your path to academic achievement.

Please review the Return of the Sharks Student Guide and Faculty & Staff Guide to familiarize yourselves with procedural changes and protocols put in place to promote the health and wellness of the NSU community.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who helped prepare NSU for the fall term—from those innovating in the classroom and online, to those preparing our facilities across the state and in Puerto Rico, to those planning for additional health measures and on-site COVID-19 testing for residential students.

Stay safe and stay healthy! Fins up!

NSU Protocols and Safety Guidelines

We are following federal, state, and local orders as well as recommendations from the CDC, Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Health in Broward, and our own world-class medical and health care experts.


Blend-Flex Instruction Model

Amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, NSU is committed to helping you pursue your dreams in the safest environment possible. In addition to offering online courses as a learning option, we have implemented a BlendFlex educational model that offers in-class instruction, synchronous remote instruction, and online taped lecture instruction.

For general instructions to set up a zoom account or seek assistance with a zoom, Canvas, Kaltura, or Sharkmedia issue, please visit the zoom support page for the Office of Innovation and Information Technology.

Zoom, Canvas, Kaltura Support


The Student Experience

What to Expect When On Campus

When you arrive on campus, you’ll see changes that we made to keep everyone as safe as possible – from posters, to more hand-sanitizing stations, to the installation of safety plexiglass. At Nova Southeastern University, we pride ourselves on our commitment to serving our diverse student population. Grab lunch in the open air or set up a study group via zoom; however you do your part, let's team up to keep our Sharks swimming in safe waters!

Explore COVID-19 Student Safety Guidelines

Important Answers to COVID-19 for Students

Fast Facts

Faculty & Staff Experience

What to Expect as Employees

As we enter a brave new world in education, the success and safety of our faculty and staff are important more than ever.  From innovating online and in the classrom to preparing our campus facilities with additional health and wellness measures; thanks to your combined efforts, our model of education will continue to be a game changer for students near and far.

As a member of Shark Nation, let's navigate these unchartered waters together by continuing to deliver exemplary education that is recognized worldwide.

Explore Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Resources

Important Answers to COVID-19 for Faculty & Staff

NSU In The News

NSU Florida continues to be featured on the local, state, national and international stage. The COVID-19 pandemic is a major focus of the media and our NSU Florida experts have been featured in multiple news stories.

In addition to pandemic related stories, our team has been featured in coral research, the 2020 Presidential Election and health care.

Explore our stories to learn how our expert faculty and researchers are impacting the community.

University Resources and Tips for Managing COVID-19

iShark Mobile
COVID-19 Information at your fingertips! Take a Symptoms Quiz & Self Report.
NSU Clinics
NSU’s health clinics are implementing measures to ensure patient safety. Our clinics are transitioning to a telehealth platform in addition to office visits.
Symptoms & Self Isolation
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those associated with other respiratory viruses, including the flu. 
Prevention Tips
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Travel Advisory
Students and Employees are urged to consider travel carefully and to visit the CDC website for guidance.
Coping With Stress
Student and Employee Counseling
Frequently Asked Questions
Get Your COVID-19 Questions Answered


If you feel ill, please stay home or in your resident hall room, do not come to any NSU campus or building. Follow CDC guidelines, take care of yourself, and notify the COVID-19 case manager. To self-report positive COVID-19 results, email the COVID-19 case manager or report via the iShark mobile App. Self-Report Forms