Hastings College reopening and coronavirus information

Returning to campus — This was shared with students on August 3.

Good afternoon students –

We are looking forward to your return to campus in just a few short weeks!

Over the last weeks and months, a team of Hastings College faculty and staff have been working to create a plan for everyone’s safe return to campus. It’s important to note that we all play a role in our collective community — so this plan only works if all of us take an active part in keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Hastings College’s Return to Campus plan is linked from the College’s website at hastings.edu/return [Plan]. The plan includes complete details related to the dining hall, campus events, screening, academic considerations and the process for getting tested should you possibly be exposed to COVID-19. While we have done our best to think through many scenarios, we know we will have to adapt and change as we move through the upcoming academic year.

We will be hosting our final online info session for students and parents on Thursday, August 6 at 4:00 p.m. (Central). Participate in the webinar here. Like we’ve done in the past, you are welcome to participate on Thursday or we will post the video on the website on Friday so you can watch it when it’s convenient for you.

Again, we are excited to welcome students back to campus later this month!

Campus Building Access

Many Hastings College employees are working from campus. Select campus buildings are again open to the public. Others will open as students return to campus.

The Admissions team has resumed in-person visits — but virtual visits are also available. Schedule your visit.

Contact information: If you’re looking for contact information for a specific office, check our Campus Contact list.

Previous Campus Announcements

Dear Students,

I hope that each of you continue to enjoy your summer. We at Hastings College continue to look forward to having you back on campus in August!

As we continue to navigate the beginning of the academic year, we have provided the attached document with details regarding HC’s policies and procedures for your safe and healthy return to campus. Please make sure you take the time to read through this document and familiarize with our plans for the fall. We will also be sending this document to parents later today.

We will also plan to host our next online info session for students and parents on Tuesday, July 21 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. You can watch a recording of the session here.

Please know that we continue to work with the other regional colleges and universities, public health officials and our local partners at Mary Lanning Healthcare to limit our campus exposure to COVID-19.

We look forward to seeing you in August!
Go Broncos!

Susan Meeske
Executive Vice President of Admissions and Student Experience

I hope that your summer has been an opportunity to recharge and engage in experiences that matter to you. We are eager for students to return to campus for classes in August.

I wanted to provide an update about move in dates this fall, as well as invite you and your family to a 30-minute online information session. We have two sessions scheduled:

During these sessions we’ll discuss plans for the beginning of the school year and answer questions — if you have questions or concerns, please submit them here. We’ll address them during the online session or via a note back to you. [Find FAQs here.]

First, note that we are maintaining our fall schedule as planned — meaning classes begin on Wednesday, August 19, and classes will wrap up for the semester on December 18. You can find the full schedule here.

如果卫生官员在本学期强制恢复远程教学,AG注册平台正在准备这样做,无论是在块的开始像我们过去的这个春天,或者如果需要的话,即使在一个块。 (虽然我们都希望是不是这样的!)

Earlier today, the Great Plains Athletic Conference announced its plan to allow fall athletic practices to begin on August 15, with competitions beginning in September, although schedules will be modified.

Knowing when fall practices allowed us to firm up move in dates for fall athletes, as well as move in dates for all new and returning students, shown below.

  • August 12-16 — fall athletes move in (coaches will notify athletes with details)
  • August 15-16 — incoming first year students move in (details to come)
  • August 16-18 — returning students move in (details to come)
  • August 19 — first day of fall classes (academic calendar)

Our COVID response team has created a number of plans based on various scenarios that could play out this fall. It’s likely Directed Health Measures will change again over the summer, so we are holding off on finalizing details — but please know we are working in partnership with the local health department, Mary Lanning Healthcare and other colleges to understand the best ways to create a safe and healthy environment for you and your classmates once you arrive.

This update will be shared with you and posted on our COVID-19 webpage [this page], as will future details once they are known.

As we look to the upcoming academic year, Hastings College is planning for on-campus classes to resume in August. We remain committed to following guidelines from the CDC and our local Health Department, so it’s possible that our classes and activities may look different than before. Hastings College students and alumni are problem solvers, and we value the opportunity to gather and connect with each other in person.

Hastings College has always been known for small class sizes with personalized attention. This is more important and valuable than ever!

Here are a few areas that are being evaluated to ensure a safe and healthy campus:

Housing - 学生参与团队一直在寻找各种增加,从单一的住房,更多的卫生和清洁,以及在校园住房政策变化的情况。如建议成为今后几周和几个月更加清晰,学生生活的团队将让你最新的。

Classes – The Academic Dean’s Office has been working with faculty to ensure classes are scheduled and coordinated throughout the day to ensure small class sizes with appropriate social distancing.

Athletics – Our Bronco Athletic Staff has been in frequent communication with the NAIA and other schools in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) related to the recommendations for organized athletics. All of our peer institutions are eager to begin practices and athletic contests in the fall, but we will work together to ensure these contests are done with the health and wellness of all involved at the forefront.

Campus Events – While our events may need to look different over the course of the year ahead, we will continue to offer creative and fun opportunities for you to gather and celebrate.

Health Center – Our on campus nurse remains an important member of the college community. We continue to update our wellness support practices for all students.

All faculty and staff at Hastings College are eager to welcome students back to campus. You are the reason we come to work each day and your success truly is our success.

We will continue to communicate with you throughout the summer related to continued updates.

我们期待每年着学年的结束和庆祝我们的学生的许多成功。今年虽然我们必须庆祝以不同的方式取得了这些成就比我们过去所做的那样,我们继续期待 Honors Convocation, where we recognize high achievement by students and faculty, and Commencement, where we honor the distinguished Class of 2020.

This year, Hastings College will hold these events in a different way online. 

Here’s an overview of what’s planned: 

  • Honors Convocation – Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m. (hosted on Facebook and YouTube)
  • Commencement – Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. (hosted on Facebook and YouTube) 



  • If you do not have a balance, you’ll receive notification of a refund being processed.
  • If you’re on a payment plan, you may see a decrease in the amount for the remaining payments or see payment(s) cancelled due to payment in full and possibly a refund of any remaining dollars.
  • If you have an outstanding balance and are not on an established payment plan, you could see your balance reduced or receive a potential refund if the balance was less than the refund amount.

Refunds are 60% of the prorated cost from March 23 to the end of the semester, based on the housing and meal plan in which you were enrolled (see below for an example).

Students can review the balance on their account on Finance tab of Self Service.

Please reach out to the Student Accounts staff at hcstudentaccounts@hastings.edu if you have any questions.

Refund examples​
HousingOriginal cost for spring semesterEstimated refund
Apartment on campus$4,000$864
Residence Hall – Single$3,000$648
Residence Hall – Double$2,420$523
Meal PlansOriginal cost for spring semesterEstimated refund
Classic/Flex Full Plan$2,575$556
Classic/Flex Discounted$2,075$448
Commuter Meal Plan$900$194
  • Calculations are based on 60% of the prorated amount with an end date of services March 23, 2020.
  • Prorated calculations use the Return of Title IV (R2T4) guidelines.
  • Credit for housing and meal plans will be placed on student accounts within 30-60 days of March 23, 2020.
  • Housing Damage Deposits will be processed for those planning to permanently leave HC housing and will be applied in June.

Dear Campus Community –


The College has made the difficult decision to conduct all Block 6 classes online for the rest of the spring term. Block 6 is scheduled to begin Monday, March 23.


We are therefore asking all students on campus to head home as soon as possible. Exceptions may be made for those with extenuating circumstances.

Students who are already away from campus are asked to stay home. The Student Engagement team is working on a plan to allow access to the residence halls and apartments for a safe, managed move-out process.

During this difficult time, I’d like to share:

  • As a campus we remain committed to the care and education of our students, and we will work with those who may not have a place to go or access to the internet for online learning.
  • We know employees will have concerns, and we will be sensitive to their needs.
  • 老师,我知道你爱与满足和工作与学生面对面的脸,你喜欢课堂上的对话与互动。感谢您抽出宝贵的维护在网络环境下,这些关系的挑战。
  • To all staff, thank you for working so hard to support students through this time, as well as making online learning and virtual campus visits possible, and remote working a reality for those who need it.

Administrative Offices on campus will remain open, but I encourage managers to work with employees in situations where work from home options may become necessary.

Students, I want to recognize that this is especially challenging for you. Part of the unique Hastings experience is being on campus, in classrooms and at athletic practices, in music and theatre performances and in creating art — in essence, learning to live to your amazing potential. I encourage each one of you to continue to engage in learning as a community, and to support one another as we move through the rest of this semester.

Seniors. I am sorry the last half of your last semester is one that is so different from what you had imagined and planned for. Please know that while a decision is several weeks away, we will make every effort to host Commencement on campus so we can honor and recognize you for all you’ve achieved as Broncos.

Faculty, staff, students and parents can access an FAQ page (ie. registration updates) on ourHC,我们将根据需要添加信息。请继续查看您的电子邮件的更新。学生和家长的具体问题还可以在402-205-0611或发送电子邮件至接触到校园通过短信连接 campusconnect@hastings.edu.


I am grateful for all you do,

Roger Doerr
Chair of the Board of Trustees

After much consideration and with guidance from the South Heartland District Health Department, the GPAC and other colleges and universities across the state, Hastings College will conduct all classes online from March 23 through April 9, which is the start of Easter Break. At this time, we anticipate resuming regular in-person classes on April 14.

Instead of returning from Spring Break, we strongly recommend that all students stay home until classes resume in person. Residence halls and dining facilities will remain open, although with limited support for students who are unable to be away from campus. Administrative Offices will remain open and operational.

Student Engagement will be providing more details regarding available campus services later next week.

We continue to monitor this ever evolving situation and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Questions can continue to be sent to campusconnect@hastings.edu.

Dear Campus Community –

As coronavirus considerations continue to change we wanted to provide a few updates about Hastings College:

  • First and most importantly, all of our study abroad groups have boarded their flights back to the United States. Most students, faculty and staff will arrive back to Omaha late tonight.
      • Five students on the Irish Fellows Program are returning early, and will arrive in Omaha Saturday night.
  • Those returning from France and Spain were notified that last night the advisory level from the CDC was raised to Level 3 for those countries. This means those students, faculty and staff will need to stay home for 14 days and monitor their health.
      • We have been working with each student to determine their plan for returning to campus. Many have parents picking them up at the airport or they will be going directly home.
      • For those who temporarily return to campus, we will provide specific living areas and meals and guidance on limiting their exposure to the rest of campus.
  • We are advising all other returning students (Ireland and England) to self monitor for the next 14 days.
  • 如运动实践与大学相关的一些活动,取证全国锦标赛事件和学术会议,已被取消或推迟。我们鼓励学生跟进教师/顾问人员有关特定事件的问题。
  • 再次,我们提醒所有的学生目前在校园里,因为他们今天启程春假采取他们的块6教材和案例情况变化与他们的ipad和块6点移动到在线指令的部分。
      • We hope to have a decision made by Wednesday related to online instruction for all campus classes either for a short time or the full duration of Block 6.

Any questions can be directed to campusconnect@hastings.edu or via text at 402.205.0611.

Dear Campus Community –


Be Prepared
As we think through managing whatever the coronavirus situation throws our way, students are advised to bring home course materials (textbooks can be picked up from the Bookstore from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday) and their iPads should classes need to move to online instruction before you return.

International Traveling Students
We’d like to update you on the current plans for welcoming back our international traveling students as well as the work being done by the campus coronavirus task force. Traveling students and faculty will be returning to campus early Friday morning from trips to France, Spain, Ireland and England. At this time, none of those countries have a CDC-issued travel advisory due to Coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking them to rest up, head home, restrict their activities to avoid populations at risk (elderly and health-compromised) and self-monitor for signs of the virus.

Spring Break
We are encouraging students on campus to leave for spring break and have extended break to include this Friday to minimize potential exposure. All students have been asked to follow the current CDC recommendations to prevent additional spread of the coronavirus and to exercise good judgement in choosing activities and travel over break.

Start of Block 6

Should anyone show symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, we ask that you notify your local health departments and contact your primary care physician for further support.

Regular communications will continue to be sent to the campus community and posted on the Hastings College Coronavirus webpage.

Dear Campus Community –

Hastings College remains focused on maintaining a healthy campus and community during the uncertainty related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in frequent contact with our local health department and continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC.

作为提醒,没有AG注册平台的学生,教师或工作人员检测呈阳性的冠状病毒。我们的国际旅游集团一直在努力了解他们的时间海外及采取预防措施,以保持健康。此外,没有我们的出国留学群体先后走访了国家颁发的 health-related travel advisory from the CDC.

End of Block 5
Out of an abundance of caution, the last day of in-person classes for Block 5 will be Thursday, March 12. This will allow current on-campus students the ability to go home early for Spring Break. Faculty members have the authority to decide on the requirement for course completion for the missed day of Friday, March 13. Administrative offices will be open normal hours.

This schedule change allows our study abroad groups to arrive back to campus at their originally scheduled time Thursday night. These students will then be able to rest from their travel back to Hastings, gather their belongings and head home for their Spring Break. Our maintenance team will then do a thorough cleaning of all public campus areas.

Beginning of Block 6
作为预防措施,我们鼓励谁已至周四,3月26日,这将等于14天的窗口呈现冠状病毒症状所花费的时间在国外留在家里的学生和教师。这些人被鼓励自行监视器 symptoms related to coronavirus and register with the Department of Health and Human Services. We will send instructions on how to register specifically to all traveling groups.

While Block 6 courses are still scheduled to start in-person on March 23, all faculty should be prepared to offer online course options for the first 4 days of the block for students who have traveled or for students with other special considerations. A list of resources for online teaching is currently being prepared and will be shared with faculty this week.

We encourage all students and employees to monitor coronavirus cases for all travel away from campus.

It is important for all of our students, faculty and staff to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.


All questions should be directed to campusconnect@hastings.edu.


At this time, Hastings College is not aware of any students exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus. With students currently traveling internationally, we monitor international travel recommendations daily. Once students return to campus, we will be working with them individually on monitoring their health needs to ensure they continue to be healthy.

As with all illnesses, the campus Health Center staff reminds the campus community to (review recommendations from the CDC):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Hastings College has identified a working committee to meet daily and as needed to assess proper planning and communication.

The Hastings College Campus Health Center will remain a resource for students that feel ill.

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