North American University is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community, as well as on the continuity of university operations. This website is updated daily, and all members of the NAU community are advised to check back regularly for new information.
North American University offers courses in three formats:
The first day of school for Fall 2020 semester is August 26, 2020. Courses will be offered in one of these three formats:
Full-Online Courses: Students will meet in synchronous and asynchronous sessions;
In-Person Courses: Limited number of students will be allowed to meet. No in-person sessions on campus after Thanksgiving.
Hybrid Courses: Combination of online and in-person format.
Update on March 31, 2020
All employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.
Our Administration is hard at work behind the scenes making sure NAU maintains a comfortable speed on this winding mountain road, with no guardrails. We hope your new work environment is both comfortable and keeps you sane. Your continued communication, positive attitude and adaptability are most appreciated. There are a few legislative changes to be aware of that affect policy in the workplace.
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act -Flyer (attached) – Usually, you would see this posting in your lounge area. Policy Updates for FFCRA, FMLA Coronavirus, and the Temporary Telecommute Policy can be found on ADP Workforce under forms after April 1, 2020.
- All employees will continue to work remotely until further notice.
- If you have not already done so, Business SKYPE is a simple way to communicate between offices and quickly meet with your peers. You can even answer your office phone. Instructions for download are on the ADP Home page.
- As we announced on March 13 that all Spring courses switched to online, and they are still ongoing in that fashion. In addition, all Summer 2020 courses will be taught online
- NAU Spring 2020 commencement originally scheduled on May 26 at Stafford Center is postponed until further notice
Updated March 24, 1:33 p.m.
Level 4- Begin working from home through April 3
Effective at 11:59 p.m. 03/24/2020, NAU will not be open during normal business hours and will abide by the City of Houston’s “Stay Home, Work Safe Order”. NAU staff members will begin telecommuting or working from home, through April 03, 2020, starting at the above said time. This means all physical NAU offices will continue to operate but in a remote manner; this includes th Save e Library. All dorm students that have a U.S. address have mostly left the campus. International students who were unable to go back to their home country remain. The efforts by the dorm managers and supervisors to ensure the comfort of these students are being executed to maintain their safety and good health.
We could not be more pleased by our committed staff members and department leaders, working hard, maintaining a safe distance, and staying positive in this new experience, a pandemic. We are all in this together, and without you, we would not be able to maintain our daily operations, so we thank you in helping to continue serving our students and each other.
As of the last report, the City of Houston had 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and as of today, NAU has had zero reported COVID-19 cases. For more information, please visit the Houston Emergency Management page. You can also view up-to-the minute progress at the NAU dedicated COVID-19 webpage on NAU’s response to COVID-19.
Telecommute (action needed by Staff Members)
We do not want to disrupt our daily operations and have implemented a telecommute agreement for all staff members. This will allow business as usual as we need to continue to serve our students.
Who needs to fill this out? All NAU staff members (not faculty). Instructions for form, fill in each section, sign, and submit by 03/24/2020 11:59 p.m.. Once complete, your supervisor will receive (1) copy and sign along with (1)copy for your personnel file. Your supervisor will follow up with you should they have additional questions regarding your agreement.
NAU Mail will continue to be received but will not be distributed until we return safely to campus. We stress the importance of your health and hope these measures will ensure you remain COVID-19 free. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus.
Is COVID-19 testing covered by our group health plan(for those covered with CIGNA)?
Yes. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law on March 18 requires group health plans to provide coverage for FDA-approved COVID-19 diagnostic testing products and related items and services furnished during a provider visit.
Reading about the COVID-19 pandemic is a bit worrisome and makes you aware of touching your face with your hands and other surfaces not customarily considered. We are fortunate that no one in our community has tested positive for COVID-19; as our CDC guided measures have been put in place by all personnel, so thank you for adhering to these new standards.
Updated March 23, 4:30 p.m.
Level 3- Faculty work from home, staff will continue coming to the NAU Campus with the revised hours
The below is effective March 23, 2020 – April 03, 2020.:
- ALL Faculty members will telecommute from home. Your department chair or supervisor will guide you should you need assistance along with the eLearning administrator at email@example.com. IT Support is also available to help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All Other Personnel (Staff) – Will continue coming to the NAU Campus with the revised hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, you will telecommute from home. Policy details will be sent at a later date.
- A maximum amount of people in meetings/gatherings is limited to ten persons. Social distancing is also required as guided by the CDC recommendation.
- UMCR is preparing posters to inform those students who will be using our labs, elevators, and Library of the CDC Guidelines of social distancing should they need to use NAU computers and Wifi for class.
- The Library has issued new hours.
- Until further notice, all NAU Sponsored events and activities are canceled or postponed.
- The NAU Café will be open for take-out Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. In addition to this, for those students who left campus, meal plans have been canceled and refunded.
- All International Travel is prohibited for faculty, staff, and students. Should you decide to travel, despite recommendations from the Department of State, your supervisor will need to be made aware with dates of travel. A 14 day quarantine period will be required prior to resuming NAU on-campus work.
- All NAU Domestic travel has been canceled as of today.
Updated March 13, 12:00 p.m.
Level 2- Decided to go all online beginning March 23, 2020
NAU has decided to move in-person classes online beginning March 23, 2020. This should allow time for face-to-face instructors to align their courses with J1 eLearning and limit persons coming to campus. Help is available for our faculty at email@example.com. NAU will remain open; in addition to this, please note the following:
- Students and faculty will be on spring break beginning March 16 – March 20, 2020.
- Staff will remain on campus as NAU will maintain regular business hours.
- Our cleaning crew was expanded to ensure all areas of NAU common areas are given special attention for disinfectant.
- Due to our large international student population, dorms and our café will remain open throughout the semester.
- Domestic students are strongly encouraged to go home for the remainder of the semester.
- Student employees who are needed in their area can still maintain the approved hours for the remainder of the semester unless other modifications are required.
- Effective immediately, NAU Faculty and Staff business travel (including conference attendance) are on-hold until further notice.
- The travel registration form should be submitted for employees that traveled internationally after January 01, 2020.
- Dr. Linda Hart is our on-site counselor; we understand our on-campus/dorm students may have anxiety regarding COVID-19. Please refer concerned students to her should they express an interest for counseling:
- Counseling sessions can be made by phone, SKYPE or other online methods.
- Linda Hart, Ph.D., CSC, LPCS, RPTS It’s best to make an appointment to guarantee availability.
- 8th floor, Office 836.
- Email: LHart@na.edu
- Phone: 832-230-5121
- Counseling sessions can be made by phone, SKYPE or other online methods.
- If you feel sick, are coughing, have a runny nose, or feel lethargic, please stay home. Please see CDC’s recommendations when you are ill and levels of severity.
- We have also implemented a group meeting maximum of 15 people. Our birthday and other celebratory days will be postponed until further notice.
This is a new undertaking for all of us; we appreciate your response and action as needed. Updates will be sent as necessary, and we do appreciate your concerns, time, and effort in making sure we continue to maintain a sense of normalcy for the sake of our students and university. All the while, taking all necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of all.
Updated March 11, 2020:
First, notice to employees to be vigilant, all cleaning measures take place on campus including dorms, no Covid-19 case, enforce travel guidelines.
Please be reminded, it is best to rely on factual information from reliable sources. Below are links to information about COVID-19 from local, state, national and international health organizations
- Houston Health Department
- Harris County Public Health
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
We understand that many members of our community are reconsidering travel at this time. While these are individual decisions, they could potentially have an impact on the NAU community. Therefore, NAU-related travel to any international country is currently prohibited for faculty and staff.
Any member of the community who travels to another country for personal reasons will be required to self-quarantine (independently, off-campus) for 14 days upon re-entry to the United States. They will also need to fill in the below travel registration form.
As a reminder, to help prevent the spread of illness, including the flu and common cold:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 10-20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Consider an alternative to shaking hands.
- Cough into your sleeve, or preferably a tissue, and immediately discard.
- Avoid sharing food and beverages.
- If you reside with someone who is sick, try to stay at least six feet away to prevent exposure.
- If you are ill, avoid being in contact with others.
The circumstances around the virus are continually shifting. Many of us are working to determine actions that are in the best interest of our community based on the information we have at any given time. Additional information about the virus and NAU’s response will be updated online and through email correspondence. An online site is being established and will be shared soon. We anticipate variations in guidance and protocols, and we will continue to update this page and send email messages to the NAU community as deemed appropriate.