Employee FAQs

Will students be on campus Oct 28th and 29th?

Nicholls State University classes will go virtual on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 29 due to the threat of inclement weather from Tropical Storm Zeta. Classes will operate under the guidelines of Nicholls Virtual Campus

All campus events scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed. Bistro Ruth’s Thursday evening dinner is also canceled. A determination for other Thursday events will be announced early Thursday.

When do we return to regular classes after Hurricane Zeta?

Offices will work remotely on Wednesday. Essential workers are asked to report to campus on Wednesday morning and will work until noon to complete storm preparations. Pending an assessment of the university by facilities personnel early Thursday morning, offices are expected to reopen with a delayed start at 10 a.m.

How are classes handled when the university closes under extreme conditions?

During extreme weather or other emergency situations, the President of the university may declare either Closure Status or Remote Learning Status for a period of one or more days.  During these times, students and faculty are responsible for reading and remaining familiar with (1) official emergency notifications through the Nicholls website and (2) all emergency guidelines of the university.

When the university is officially closed, all teaching operations are suspended. During these days, there will be neither classroom nor online teaching, no expectation of class participation, no assignments due, and no tests or quizzes administered.

When the university is open but it is unsafe to travel to or work on campus, students and faculty are responsible for continued learning through remote (online) means.  During these days, teaching will occur and class participation is expected. Assignments, tests, and quizzes will be administered as planned unless otherwise directed by the faculty instructor.

Under this status, for learning to continue:

  • Students must (1) maintain access to Moodle, Nicholls email, phone, and textbooks and other course materials and (2) remain in contact with their course instructors.
  • Faculty will (1) conduct teaching through online means, (2) ensure opportunities for student progress and completion, and (3) adjust course requirements as necessary to accommodate special courses like labs, studios, and clinicals.

What if I lose electricity?

The university recognizes that electrical outages and evacuations could impact virtual learning. 

What do I do if I need something from my office?

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to retrieve any equipment necessary for remote delivery today or tomorrow morning. Staff will secure campus Wednesday before campus buildings are closed at 4:30 p.m. and employees shift to a telework schedule on Friday.

Where can I find the hurricane plan?

Administration initiated the alert in accordance with the university’s Hurricane Emergency Plan, posted at nicholls.edu/hurricane. A Phase III alert is issued when storms in the Gulf of Mexico are projected to make landfall around South Louisiana and the NWS places south Louisiana under a Hurricane warning. The University Emergency Preparedness Committee will now track path, speed and projected storm surge of the storms and initiate any further changes.  All Nicholls departments will refer to the Hurricane Emergency Plan and begin enacting internal Phase III storm preparations at this time. The community will be notified if Phase IV storm preparations are implemented.

How do I prepare for a hurricane during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and others’ health when running essential errands.
  • Protect yourself and others when filling prescriptions by limiting in-person visits to the pharmacy. Sign up for mail order delivery or call in your prescription ahead of time and use drive-through windows or curbside pickup, if available.
  • Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including shelters for your pets.
  • When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.

What do I do if I plan to evacuate during COVID-19?

  • If you may need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available) and two masks for each person. Masks should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Know a safe place to shelter and have several ways to receive weather alerts, such as National Weather Service cell phone alertsexternal iconNOAA Weather Radioexternal icon, or (@NWS) Twitter alerts.
  • Find out if your local public shelter is open, in case you need to evacuate your home and go there. Your shelter location may be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Follow guidance from your local public health or emergency management officials on when and where to shelter.
  • Make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pets. Find out if your disaster shelter will accept pets. Typically, when shelters accommodate pets, the pets are housed in a separate area from people.

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