Frequently Asked Questions


New and returning students may be unsure about what to expect for the fall 2020 academic year. Here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions. 

If you are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, be sure to follow the COVID-19 Guidance for Graduate Students. Feel free to email Graduate Studies for more information. For specific program details, be sure to talk to your program coordinator.

What is being done to ensure my safety?  

UNMC has developed an implementation plan that includes evidence-based protocols on cleaning, personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene, facility use and more. This means every student, faculty and staff member is required to wear a mask in public places and common areas on campus, such as hallways, restrooms, lobbies and elevators. Masks will be provided by UNMC.

We will maintain social distancing and wear PPE when social distancing may be more difficult. Surfaces and equipment will be cleaned regularly, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus for use after touching high-risk surfaces, like doorknobs, elevator buttons and stair railings.

Updated: Aug. 21, 2020

Will UNMC provide COVID-19 vaccines for students?  

Visit the UNMC COVID-19 vaccine website for information about vaccine allocation to UNMC faculty, staff and students through Nebraska Medicine. Prioritization of individual students for the vaccine is based on risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the context of activities related to their training — interaction with patients, research involving patient samples or the SARS-CoV-2 virus, etc.

When vaccine doses become available for different cohorts of individuals (as dictated by the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services), eligible students will be contacted by email with instructions on how to schedule their vaccine.

Updated: Jan. 27, 2021

When does the semester start and end?  

The semester runs from Jan. 11-May 7, including finals week. Graduate student spring break is March 14-21. 

Updated: Jan. 27, 2021

How will classes be conducted this semester?  

Classes will be conducted using a combination of in-person experiences and remote learning, which will ensure students meet program and course requirements. For in-person classes, we will take extra safety precautions. Remote learning will be conducted asynchronously and synchronously, depending on your program and course.

Updated: Jan. 27, 2021

What are the guidelines for in-person classes and training?  

There will be de-densified, in-person teaching. This means there will be fewer people in a given space and shorter interactions between them. Clinical and field research experiences will also be held in-person. You will be expected to wear personal protective equipment, such as a mask and eye gear. Some of these sessions, when appropriate, may be accompanied by remote learning and training modules.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020

Will I still train and perform research in a lab?  

Yes, you will still gain valuable experience in the lab, although extra safety measures will be in place. Masks must be worn at all times when working in the same room as another individual; equipment and countertops will be cleaned regularly; and research teams will have to limit the number of individuals in the lab at the same time.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020

When are face coverings required on campus?  

All faculty, students, and staff are required to wear a mask in all spaces, lab rooms, special instrument rooms, core facility labs, public places and common areas on campus, such as hallways, restrooms, lobbies and elevators. You must also wear a mask on campus whenever you are within six feet of another person, this includes if you are in a lab or classroom. Learn more about mask requirements on campus.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020

Where can I get a mask?  

UNMC is providing all our students with a mask. Contact your program coordinator to get yours. You are also allowed to wear a personally owned cloth mask, as long as it covers your nose and mouth.

Learn more about mask requirements on campus, and be sure to watch this video regarding how to properly take on and off a mask.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020

Will it take me longer to get my degree because of all the changes?  

Our ultimate goal is to make sure that you receive the safest, high-quality training that you can expect, while also completing your studies in a timely fashion. While the manner in which learning has been modified, you will still receive the same level of excellence and be well prepared to enter your chosen field with the necessary knowledge and competencies required. We do not expect these modifications to interfere with your graduation timeline, although be sure to check with your program coordinator regularly to make sure you stay on track.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020

Will I have access to the library?  

The newly renovated Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library is open 24/7. Visit the McGoogan Library's website for information on social distancing and other guidelines. The library is also accessible remotely. Librarians have Zoom office hours for anyone who needs assistance. In-person consultations are by appointment only. To make an appointment with a librarian, email or call 402-559-6221.

Updated: Jan. 27, 2021

What student services resources are available?  

Students have access to services whether completing coursework on campus or remotely. Check the Keep Learning (Students) website for up-to-date information about in-person and online resources on student health and wellbeing, counseling services, and exercise and wellness resources from the Center for Healthy Living.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020

What if I am uncomfortable coming to campus?  

Students who are uncomfortable returning to campus for any reason, and those considered to be in a “highly vulnerable group” due to age, associated comorbidity or other factors should communicate their questions and concerns to their program coordinator. All such communication will be confidential.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020

What should I do if I feel sick or have been exposed to someone who is?  

UNMC has put together information for the steps you should take if you start to feel sick or if you have come into contact with someone who tested positive. 

Also be sure to self-monitor regularly using the UNMC 1-Check COVID mobile app developed by UNMC. It is available on iOS devices, Android devices, or the web

UNMC students are asked to use the 1-Check app to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily, especially if you plan on being physically present on campus. Refrain from coming to campus if you (or someone in your living space) are sick, or if your 1-Check UNMC app results advise them to do so or to obtain follow-up information.

Updated: Jan. 27, 2021

How can I get my books?  

You are able to buy and rent your textbooks online from the UNMC Bookstore. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Check the Bookstore website to see when in-person visits are possible.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020

I'm an international student. What if I can't get my visa in time?  

Many embassies around the world are not offering visa interviews at this time, so be sure to check with your local embassy for updates on opening times. Also, contact Dan Teet, UNMC International Student Advisor, for details on what to do for your particular situation.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020