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Return of the Sharks: Student Guidelines

We are here to help you pursue your college dream, earn your degree, build a meaningful and enriching career, and lead a purposeful life. That’s the NSU Edge. Under these extraordinary conditions, your physical health and well-being are of the utmost concern, and your emotional, intellectual, professional, social, spiritual, and personal health are all also essential. That’s what a university experience is all about. And we are here to deliver that experience, while providing you with choices and provisions to maximize your safety.

NSU Students Have Choices

Whether you are a new or returning student…

Whether you are here for your bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or professional degree...

Whether you’ve chosen to enroll in fully online, hybrid, or in-person courses this year…

Whether you will join us at our Davie/Fort Lauderdale campus, one of our regional campuses, or have chosen to learn remotely this fall…

This Return of the Sharks Student Guide will give you information to help you chart your own course this fall. This guidebook is designed primarily for those students, faculty, staff, and visitors who will be accessing NSU locations, facilities, grounds, and spaces starting in the fall semester/ term. Whether you have chosen on-campus residence hall living, nearby off-campus housing, or commuting from home, these guidelines will let you know what safety provisions and protocols will be in place at NSU when you return to Shark Nation.

Remember, even if you previously signed up for in-person classes this fall—but you now feel safer remaining at home at this time—you can still return (or start) as an NSU student who elects to take all of your in-person courses remotely for the fall semester for the majority of course offerings. There may be certain courses, typically but not always limited to graduate and professional programs, that do not lend themselves to remote education, including certain clinical or laboratory components. Exceptions to this include certain health professions courses, labs, or clinical requirements. Additionally, there are some conditions for undergraduate scholarships, Razor’s Edge programs, Resident Assistant appointments, and Athletics that require on-campus activities. If you’re not sure, please contact your academic adviser. But if circumstances dictate, or you have strong preferences and are not otherwise required to be on campus for your financial aid/ scholarship package, you are most welcome to remain a remote learning student this fall—as you may have done this past spring. We respect and support your choice and personal preference.

NSU Florida assures our students, faculty, staff, and extended community that both safety and a commitment to our educational, research and service mission is at the center of every decision we make to create policies and protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are following all federal, state, and local orders as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Health in Broward, and advice from our own world-class medical and health care experts.

The best experts agree—we must all continue to take the most prudent steps possible to protect ourselves, our families, and the people around us. We are all in this together. What you do has an impact on others. NSU officials strive to create the safest possible environment for our community. As new data and understanding of the coronavirus (which causes the COVID-19 disease) continues to evolve, our policies and protocols may need to be updated periodically to keep up with new knowledge and recommendations.

For COVID-19 news updates, please monitor For the latest on safety protocols and guidelines for the NSU community, visit

By registering for courses in the 2020-2021 academic year, all students are accepting responsibility for maintaining the protocols outlined in this Student Guide, which may need to be updated periodically should conditions change. Please monitor for the current student guidelines.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors must follow all NSU health and safety policies and guidelines as a condition to access, use, or visit any NSU location, facility, grounds, or public spaces.

University leadership is committed to supporting safer and healthy learning, working, and living environments and community members are expected to commit to responsible, personal efforts to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus.

It’s important that you familiarize yourself with these guidelines and protocols before you return to campus or any other NSU location or facility. Even if you are an online student, it’s good for you to know how we are making provisions for a safer experience during these unprecedented times.

In the event students fail to comply with these guidelines, you will be counseled by your college or by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs regarding the importance of compliance. Repeated violations may result in immediate revocation of building access privileges and a referral for disciplinary action in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility.

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