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Northwest's response to COVID-19

(Updated June 2, 2020)

Northwest has implemented a phased recovery process to return employees back to work on campus, with the intent of resuming full operations by Thursday, July 15 with COVID-19 mitigation measures in place. For more information about Northwest's phased recovery process, click here.

At this time, the campus is operating within a restricted mode. All summer courses are being delivered online, and campus facilities are closed to the public until further notice. The city of Maryville has extended its emergency order through Monday, June 15.

For a listing of Northwest office and department contacts while the University is operating on a restricted basis, click here.

Northwest will update this webpage as necessary. For more information about Northwest's response to COVID-19, visit the links and answers to frequently asked questions provided below.

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Links & Resources

The links below are affiliated with state and federal health agencies and provide real-time updates, travel guidelines and other resources related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Frequently Asked Questions

Northwest continues to listen and respond to questions and concerns of the campus community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Members of the Northwest community who have additional questions about the University’s response to COVID-19 may contact the University Police Department at police@nwmissouri.edu.

The FAQs provided below are specific to Northwest's community and operations. For other questions, including specific questions regarding COVID-19 and its impacts on your health, visit the CDC's FAQ page.

What to know about COVID-19

The University, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Missouri Department of Health and other public health agencies, is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus.

The respiratory illness was identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and a growing number of cases are being identified in other international locations as well as the United States.

The World Health Organization has characterized the outbreak as a pandemic.

How many cases of coronavirus have been reported with connections to Northwest?  (updated 5/29/20)

Northwest, on April 5, learned of the first cases with connections to the University. Two Northwest employees, who were working on campus during the restricted access period, self-disclosed they were exposed while interacting with another person outside of Missouri. A third employee self-disclosed a positive test. These employees enacted self-quarantines.

The first confirmed case in Nodaway County was reported April 2 by the Nodaway County Health Department. Fourteen Nodaway County, Missouri, residents have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.

Cases of coronavirus are confirmed in Missouri and throughout the four-state region.

What are symptoms of the coronavirus?  (updated 3/18/20)

Symptoms of the coronavirus include:

  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell or experience any symptoms. If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice by calling your primary care provider. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This also will help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

  • Northwest students may call Wellness Services at 660.562.1348. 
  • Northwest employees using Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) may call its 24-Hour Nurse Line at 877.852.5422.

How can I protect myself against the coronavirus?  (updated 3/18/20)

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus. The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus and practice everyday prevention measures.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Maintain several feet of distance between yourself and anyone coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth or nose with a face cover when around others
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Prospective and incoming students

Will Northwest be open for the fall semester?  (updated 5/26/20)

At this time, Northwest intends to welcome students to its campus, in-person for fall 2020. The University has teams in place that are evaluating needs and implementing mitigation measures to help protect the health and safety of individuals on the Northwest campus.

Is SOAR canceled?  (updated 5/19/20)

SOAR, which helps new students meet and build connections with Northwest, typically occurs during a one-day event in June. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s SOAR is a summer-long online orientation that includes one-on-one Zoom sessions with advisors; weekly Zoom sessions with SOAR leaders and campus representatives, and weekly Spotlight and Facebook Live sessions addressing topics such as financial assistance, first-generation students, the Student Success Center and profession-based learning experiences.

For students and families who wish to attend SOAR on campus, Northwest is offering on-campus orientation on the following days:

  • Tuesday, July 21
  • Wednesday, July 22
  • Friday, July 24
  • Saturday, July 25
  • Tuesday, July 28
  • Thursday, July 30
  • Friday, July 31
  • Saturday, Aug. 1

Students should register for SOAR on CatPAWS.

How can I tour the campus?  (updated 5/19/20)

The Northwest campus is closed to the public at this time. As an alternative, prospective students may schedule Skype meetings with Northwest admissions staff, visit the campus through a virtual tour, or chat with admissions staff at this link. For more information, contact Northwest’s admissions office at admstu@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1562.

Will Northwest accept pass/fail grades from my school?  (updated 4/26/20)

To assist students seeking admission to the University, Northwest is accepting pass/fail grades for courses completed during spring and summer 2020.

What if I can’t take the SAT, ACT or other standardized testing for admission to Northwest?  (updated 4/26/20)

COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of standardized testing for high school students. Therefore, Northwest is implementing a COVID-19 pilot for test-optional admissions for fall 2020, spring 2021, and beyond if needed.

For more information about standardized testing as it relates to Northwest’s admissions process, contact admissions@nwmissouri.edu.

Ways to help

How can I financially help students impacted by the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic?  (updated 3/25/20)

Northwest is seeking donations to two previously established efforts at the University that make an immediate and impactful difference to students: the Pay It Forward Fund and the Bearcat Food Pantry. Individuals can make a secure, online donation to the Bearcats Helping Bearcats Campaign by visiting www.nwmissouri.edu/alumni/giving/bearcatshelpingbearcats.htm.     

Classwork and academics

Are summer courses being offered in-person or online only?  (updated 4/6/20)

Northwest announced its decision on April 6 to move all of its summer courses to an online-only format.

Is there a change in costs as a result of moving courses to online-only?  (updated 3/20/20)

There is no change in cost as a result of moving courses from an in-person method of delivery to an online-only method during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Is academic advising, academic support, tutoring and supplemental instruction still being offered?  (updated 3/20/20)

Yes. Student Success Services has transitioned to online/remote delivery. Instead of in-person appointments, Student Success Services is offering a variety of connection options. For more information visit, www.nwmissouri.edu/studentsuccess/updates.htm

 

Billing and refunds

How can I enroll in summer 2020 or fall 2020 courses if I still have an account balance from spring 2020?  (updated 4/29/20)

Northwest has temporarily increased the account verification hold limit from $200 to $1,000 for the summer 2020 and fall 2020 semesters to assist students and their families during COVID-19 and support students in continuing their education at Northwest.

Students who have a past due account balance are encouraged to contact the Bursar’s Office by emailing bursar@nwmissouri.edu to discuss payment arrangements.

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)?  (updated 6/2/20)

As part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the HEERF provides funding for emergency grants to students whose lives have been disrupted and are facing financial challenges to meet their most basic needs. The following series of questions and answers is intended to provide needed information for students and families, while also meeting federal reporting requirements for the receipt and use of these funds. Northwest signed and returned the required HEERF certification and agreement on April 28, 2020.  The University will use the required $2,396,395 of these CARES Act funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

How did Northwest identify and provide HEERF emergency grants to eligible students?  (updated 6/2/20)

Northwest worked to identify all HEERF-eligible students and offered payments totaling $2,358,225 to all 3,855 eligible students on May 8, 2020.  The University provided each student with the opportunity to self-certify eligibility and students were instructed to opt out if they did not and would not meet the conditions of the payment. To protect the identity of students who opted out, the University hopes to provide more information on that population of students at a later date.

How did Northwest determine the HERF award amount that could be offered to each student?  (updated 6/2/20)

Northwest used estimated living expense costs calculated by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and published by the College Board to determine a reasonable amount of additional living expenses a student would incur from the campus disruption due to COVID-19. In our effort to prioritize students with the greatest need, we determined a higher payment amount for our Pell Grant-eligible students is appropriate. All HEERF-eligible students were offered an emergency grant payment of $450 or $875. 

Commencement

When are Northwest’s spring commencement ceremonies?  (updated 4/9/20)

Northwest announced April 9 its spring commencement ceremonies are rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8.

Candidates for graduation will receive more information, via email, in coming weeks.

What if I can't participate in one of the rescheduled ceremonies?  (updated 4/17/20)

Graduates who cannot participate in one of the rescheduled ceremonies on Aug. 8 may participate in the University’s winter commencement ceremonies in December.

Will the commencement fee be refunded to students who don’t participate in the rescheduled commencement ceremonies?  (updated 3/31/20)

No. The student commencement fee provides for transcripts, diplomas and other items upon graduation from Northwest.

How can I obtain updated graduation announcements?  (updated 4/1/20)

Northwest works with a third-party vendor to provide individual commencement announcements. At this time, it is not providing refunds for announcement orders that have been fulfilled. Families may print insert cards with the revised date, time and place at www.jostens.com/collegeannounce.

How can I receive my honor cords, cap and diploma cover?  (updated 4/9/20)

Commencement items will not be mailed before the rescheduled ceremonies. Graduates will follow the same process of picking up caps, gowns and honor cords prior to the commencement ceremonies.

Candidates for graduation may pick up caps and gowns on the first floor of the Administration Building from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, through Thursday, Aug. 6, or one hour prior to each ceremony on Aug. 8. Graduates also may pick up their caps and gowns at Northwest-Kansas City in Gladstone by contacting Kaley Coulter at kcoulter@nwmissouri.edu.

Graduates who cannot attend the rescheduled spring commencement ceremonies may request that their cap, tassel, honor cord and diploma cover be mailed to them by contacting University Event Coordinator Jordyn Greenhaw at jordyng@nwmissouri.edu. Graduates should include within their request a list of the items they want mailed and the address to which the items should be mailed.

When can I expect to receive my diploma?  (updated 4/21/20)

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after the conclusion of the spring semester on Friday, May 8.

Students completing their degrees during the summer term can expect to diplomas six to eight weeks after Aug. 14.

Graduates may pick up diploma covers at commencement ceremonies on Aug. 8.

When can I access my final transcript?  (updated 5/19/20)

Final transcripts for graduates are available approximately one week after the conclusion of the spring semester on Friday, May 8. For more information, contact registrar@nwmissouri.edu.

How can I receive more details about the postponed commencement ceremonies?  (updated 4/21/20)

Visit www.nwmissouri.edu/graduation/ of contact Jordyn Greenhaw, Northwest’s event coordinator, at jordyng@nwmissouri.edu.

Textbooks

How should I return my spring textbooks?  (updated 5/19/20)

Students who are able to return textbooks by visiting the Northwest campus in Maryville may do so during regular business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Station.

Shipping costs will be paid by the student, and any textbooks returned after May 22 will have a late fee assessed to them, up to $50. Replacement costs for the textbooks not returned also will be charged to the student.

Ship textbooks to:

Textbook Services
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO  64468

How can I return textbooks rented through the Bearcat Bookstore?  (updated 3/30/20)

Students can return rented textbooks to the Bearcat Bookstore for no charge. Visit the bookstore's website (https://nwmissouri.bncollege.com/shop/nwmissouri/home) and follow the instructions to print a free shipping label.

The Bearcat Bookstore remains open for business via its website and our app and is offering free shipping on all orders, though customers may experience significantly longer shipping times based on local conditions.

How can I pick up summer textbooks?  (updated 5/11/20)

Students may check out textbooks for summer coursework during regular business hours at The Station, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students who need their summer textbooks shipped should email nwtxbk@nwmissouri.edu and include their 919# and a current shipping address. Northwest will ship the textbooks as soon as they are available. 

Summer textbooks must be returned to Northwest, either in person or shipped, by Friday, Aug. 7. Textbooks returned after Aug. 7 will be assessed a late fee assessed up to $50.  Replacement costs of textbooks not returned will be charged to the student.

Information Technology

Is the Technology Service Center open?  (updated 3/25/20)

The Technology Service Center, located in the Jon T. Rickman Electronic Campus Support Building, is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Laptop repair will be on a swap-only basis. Users should have all of their data backed up prior to arrival. Upon arrival, call the phone number posted on the door to receive instructions about the process. Services are being conducted in a way that minimizes contact between customers and staff while practicing social distancing.

How can I change my network password while I'm off campus?  (updated 3/27/20)

Network users do not need to be on campus to change their passwords. Users may update their passwords by following the instructions at this link.

What if my laptop needs to be repaired and I cannot come to campus?  (updated 4/7/20)

Students may ship their laptop to Northwest and receive a replacement.

Contact the Northwest Technology Service Center for assistance with shipping and swapping by calling 660.562.1634 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Users also may send an email to helpdesk@nwmissouri.edu; staff will reply to emails between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Staff also are using Skype for Business to assist with remote support.

How should I return my laptop?  (updated 5/26/20)

Students not returning to Northwest, should return their laptop and stickered AC adapter with its cord at the Jon T. Rickman Electronic Campus Support Center on the Maryville campus. Shipping costs are paid by the student, and any laptops returned after May 22 will have a late fee assessed of $1,500.

Students returning to Northwest for fall courses, must be pre-registered for fall semester classes and maintain pre-registration during the summer to keep the laptop. Northwest’s $75 summer laptop fee will be waived for students who are not enrolled in summer coursework at Northwest and have pre-registered for fall. Failure to remain pre-enrolled for fall 2020 will result in a $1,500 non-returned laptop charge.

Students taking summer courses at Northwest, and paying tuition to Northwest may keep their laptop during the summer without being pre-registered for fall 2020.

B.D. Owens Library

Is the B.D. Owens Library open?  (updated 4/29/20)

The library building is closed, but its book drop, located at the building’s front entrance, is accessible for book returns only.

The Owens Library also is offering its services online. Visit nwmissouri.edu/library/ or call 660.562.1193 for more information.

How do I return library books?  (updated 5/26/20)

Individuals may return books to the Maryville campus by using the book drop located at the front entrance to Owens Library.

Individuals who cannot return library books at the Northwest campus should ship costs their books to the library; shipping costs will be paid by the student.

Please refer to Your Library Account to view due dates; items not returned may be subject to replacement charges.

How do I return library equipment?  (updated 5/19/20)

To ensure the safe return of MacBooks, iPads, and Raspberry Pis, Owens Library requests that individuals contact olcirc@nwmissouri.edu to make arrangements. Equipment should not be placed at the library book drop.

Individuals who cannot return library equipment at the Northwest campus should ship costs the items to the library; shipping costs will be paid by the student.

Please refer to Your Library Account to view due dates; items not returned may be subject to replacement charges.

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

How can I return items checked out from the Department of Fine and Performing Arts?  (updated 5/19/20)

Students with Northwest-owned musical instruments have been contacted by Northwest faculty and provided specific instructions. Students who did not receive instructions should contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at fparts@nwmissouri.edu. Students should not ship instruments.

Other items, including music, scripts and art materials, should be packaged and returned to the Maryville campus according to instructions provided by your assigned faculty member. Paper materials that will not be damaged during shipping can be returned via mail. Shipping costs will be paid by the individual.

How can I retrieve items I left in fine and performing arts buildings?  (updated 4/30/20)

Messaging regarding retrieval of personal materials from lockers, studios or other spaces in fine and performing arts facilities will be communicated directly to students by faculty or the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. For more information, contact fparts@nwmissouri.edu.

Campus operations & activities

What is the status of summer camps and other activities on the Northwest campus?  (updated 5/26/20)

All summer camp programs at Northwest are canceled through July 1. All other campus activities are canceled until further notice.

The University is evaluating its summer camp offerings and opportunities to host group activities after July 1.

For more information, click here.

What if I need or have a question about a Bearcat Card?  (updated 4/28/20)

Individuals with questions regarding Bearcat Cards should email reslife@nwmissouri.edu for assistance.

What steps is Northwest taking to clean and disinfect facilities?  (updated 5/19/20)

Facility Services custodial staff are deep cleaning and disinfecting areas, using an EPA-registered product that meets CDC guidelines. 

As building functions are low while they are closed to the public and courses are online, custodial staff are placing a heightened concentration on disinfecting high-touch surfaces in residential and academic areas to provide a healthy environment on campus. Facility Services partners with Northwest environmental health and safety specialists to provide a safe and clean environment and continues to monitor and evaluate cleaning practices and processes.

What if I need to complete a test through the assessment office?  (updated 4/16/20)

All on-ground and in-person activities in the assessment office have been halted, including Pearson Vue testing. Online testing, where permitted, will continue as scheduled. For more information, contact your instructor.

MoGEA, Praxis, Pearson VUE (MEGA MoCA, Missouri Agriculture, CompTIA, Missouri Insurance)

MoGEA, Praxis and Pearson VUE testing, including MEGA MoCA, Missouri Agriculture, CompTIA, Missouri Insurance, and Project Management Institute testing is canceled.

Individuals who need to reschedule or cancel MEGA’s (MoGEA and MoCA) withdrawal/refund policy and instructions are accessible here. (By following the first step, individuals may cancel an exam and maintain their registration to schedule at a later date.) 

Assessment of Core Proficiencies

Assessment of Core Proficiencies testing has ceased for the spring semester.  Remaining students have had the requirement waived for the term and will complete in fall 2020.  Graduating students who need to complete testing will receive remote proctoring.

Major Field (MFT/ACATs)

MFTs for online courses will continue through remote proctoring. On-ground courses with MFTs/ACATs scheduled should contact their instructor for information.

Ruffalo Noel Levitz survey

The Ruffalo Noel Levitz survey for junior students is proceeding as scheduled because it is provided online. Its completion is required for pre-registration.

ACT

ACT has rescheduled the April 4, 2020, National ACT® test date for June 13 and July 18. ACT will notify registered students.

SAT

SAT and SAT Subject Tests administrations for May and June 6 have been canceled.

When will Northwest resume accepting recyclable materials at the Pellet Plant?  (updated 5/19/20)

Northwest has suspended its acceptance of recyclable materials from community members until further notice in an effort to safeguard University staff members tasked with handling, sorting and processing those materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is the Bearcat Food Pantry open?  (updated 4/16/20)

The Bearcat Food Pantry provides a source of food and necessities to Northwest students and employees. Individuals experiencing food insecurity should send an email with their request for assistance to SAffair@nwimssouri.edu.

How can I access Career Services?  (updated 4/16/20)

Career Services has a variety of online tools on its website to assist students, or students may contact Career Services at career@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1250.

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Is Safe Rides operational?  (updated 4/28/20)

Safe Rides is operating. Hours are posted on the University Police Department website and on Twitter as they are modified.

Are the Student Rec Center, the Foster Fitness Center and the Hughes Fieldhouse open?  (updated 3/20/20)

Recreation facilities at Northwest are closed. This decision includes the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse, the Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center, the Student Recreation Center and Lamkin Activity Center.

Is the Wellness Center open?  (updated 3/20/20)

The Wellness Center is closed to visitors. Anyone needing assistance may call 660.562.1348 during regular business hours and staff will be available to provide recommendations regarding health and wellness concerns.

On-campus living and dining

What if I left belongings in my residence hall?  (updated 5/19/20)

Any personal items left after Friday, May 8, were removed from residence hall rooms and placed in storage.

Students should make arrangements or notify the Office of Residential Life of any extenuating circumstances that may prohibit them from retrieving belongings. Contact Residential Life at reslife@nwmissouri.edu.  

Rooms with remaining property have not been processed for a refund.

What if I still have keys for my residence hall?  (updated 5/11/20)

Keys should be mailed in a padded envelope with shipping insurance to:

Northwest Missouri State University
Attn:  Residential Life
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO  64468

Keys not returned by May 8 are being recorded and students may be charged a fee for ordering replacement keys.

How can I pick up my items that have been mailed to campus?  (updated 3/31/20)

Students should collect all mail from their residence hall mailbox when moving out. Students who believe they had a package delivered to campus should contact the Materials Distribution Center at nwmdc@nwmissouri.edu to make arrangements to pick up the package or have it mailed to a different address.

Can my vehicle remain on campus?  (updated 3/20/20)

Yes, as long as you have a valid permit. University parking policies remain in place.

Employee information

When can employees return to working on campus?  (updated 5/26/20)

The University launched Phase I: Restricted Operations on May 18, by allowing a limited number of employees – through a request and approval process – to return to campus. This timeframe also accounts for planned utility service disruptions on campus May 26-30 and any follow-ups to that work June 1-5.

Northwest anticipates transitioning to Phase II: Limited Operations on Monday, June 8. This phase includes allowing additional employees to return to campus, through a workspace evaluation process, but keeping facilities closed to the public initially.

Northwest anticipates a continued transition through Phase II: Limited Operations by opening to the public Monday, June 22. Based on a prioritization process focused on operations and serving students, some offices will be fully staffed and open, and others may not. Some offices will have a combination of an on-site workforce and a remote workforce. Some offices may remain fully in remote work mode. Northwest Leadership Team (NLT) members will communicate with employees in their areas about evaluative measures and expected date of returns.

Northwest hopes to enter Phase III, a return to full operations with all COVID-19 mitigation measures in place, by Thursday, July 15.

Northwest employees should monitor their University email for more information related to returning to on-campus work modes.

If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, or suspects they have it, do I need to let the exposed employees know they are at risk?  (updated 4/10/20)

If an employer learns of an employee’s medical condition, such as a diagnosis of the coronavirus, the employer may not share this information. Under the confidentiality provisions of ADA, FMLA, and WC, only those who “need to know” may know about the diagnosis. It may be difficult to demonstrate that, for example, a line manager “needed to know” the employee’s specific diagnosis. Instead, the line manager likely only needs to know the employee will be on a leave of absence and not able to work.

Therefore, employers should keep an employee’s medical condition and diagnosis confidential and private unless there are true health and safety circumstances deemed by the Department of Health. It is always the employee’s right to release and share their own medical condition information.

Employers may educate employees on how they can best protect themselves and what steps employees should take if they were exposed or experience symptoms. The Department of Health will conduct a trace and contact employee who may have been exposed and need to be quarantined. 

Can I ask an employee if he or she has the coronavirus?  (updated 4/10/20)

In general, employers can ask an employee how he or she is feeling but should not inquire about a specific illness as that could rise to the level of a disability-related inquiry under the ADA.

Can I require an employee to go home (or stay home) if he or she is sick?  (updated 4/10/20)

Yes, employees who show signs of illness can be asked to leave the workplace and stay at home until they are symptom free.

Do employees have access to insurance and benefits related to COVID-19?  (updated 4/7/20)

Several updates to insurance plans and benefits have been enacted related to COVID-19, including, but not limited to:

  • MOSERS pre-retirement seminars
  • Health and retirement plan provisions defined by the Corona Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
  • 2019 Health Savings Account contribution deadline

For a complete listing of updates to insurance plans and benefits, please visit www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/bulletin/events/COVID19Insurance.htm.

When do employees have to use accrued time?  (updated 4/2/20)

Employees should refer to the Northwest Leave Option Form available on MyNorthwest. Access it by logging in to MyNorthwest, click the Employee Resources tab and click on the link for "COVID-19 Northwest Leave_Updated 04.01" within the Tools module.

Northwest reserves the right to recoup this time from the final paycheck of employees who separate employment before they rebuild their accrued time. Contact the Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1127 or hrwebpg@nwmissouri.edu with questions.

How should employees and departments track expenses impacted by COVID-19?  (updated 3/17/20)

The University has provided a PowerPoint with instructions and a financial tracking form for employees to use. To access these tools, log in to MyNorthwest, click the Employee Resources tab and then look for the expense tracking links within the Tools module.

Can student employees and graduate assistants continue to work?  (updated 3/20/20)

Student employees should work with their supervisors to schedule on-campus or remote work, based on the work functions of the student employee and the office or department. Student employees may work a maximum of 20 hours per week when they are enrolled in courses, including online courses.

Graduate assistants will maintain their fee waiver. Pay will be suspended if there are no work days in the month. On-campus work or remote work should be approved by supervisors.

Contact the student employment office for assistance at 660.562.1140.

Travel

What if I traveled recently to an infected area?  (updated 5/19/20)

Students and employees who have traveled or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, should not visit the Northwest campus and should self-quarantine for 14 days. If you have questions about your health, contact your medical provider.

For CDC information related to domestic travel, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

What should I do if I have travel plans?  (updated 5/7/20)

Effective March 12, Northwest has suspended non-essential University-supported travel until further notice (i.e. conferences, trainings, association meetings).

In regard to personal travel, Northwest urges its campus community to be mindful of the health risks, especially in geographic areas with widespread infection. Employees who travel should self-monitor for symptoms and follow their medical provider’s instructions, including a self-quarantine for 14 days if symptoms present.

Employees who have questions or need guidance about their travel plans should contact the Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1127 or hrwebpg@nwmissouri.edu.