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Academic Calendar
Spring 2021 Regular Academic SessionFinal ExamsGraduate Commencement and Doctoral Hooding CeremonyUndergraduate Commencement
Jan. 25 - May 7, 2021 May 3 – May 7 (Mon. - Fri.) May 7 (Fri.) May 8 (Sat.)
See the full UNL Academic Calendar.

CSE COVID-19 Response

This site is for Computer Science and Engineering students, faculty, and staff that will be updated regularly with announcements, news, and helpful resources. We are continuing to monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 and its implications for our operations.

Department Announcements and Updates
  • February 16:registry portal has been opened for UNL employees wishing to be vaccinated. When vaccines become available for this sector, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) will reach out to those in the registry to schedule vaccinations.
  • February 3: Chancellor Green announces that the university will conduct one additional round of required re-entry tests to help provide additional data on possible spread within our UNL community to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
  • January 22: Starting on Monday, January 25, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are to enter Avery Hall only through the south doors on the east side of the building (near Burnett Hall). A wellness attendant will be stationed at this entrance during peak traffic times to verify the “Building Access Granted” status from the Status Card in the Safer Community App on your smartphone. All other entrances to Avery Hall will be locked. To keep people moving quickly through this entrance, please have the Status Card open in the Safer Community app on your smartphone before approaching the door. A one-day pass can be printed for those who don’t have or don’t wish to use a smartphone. 
  • January 13: The university released information and instructions regarding Spring 2021 Saliva-Based Testing, along with Safer Community app information and downloads.
  • January 11: Announced in an email from Chancellor Ronnie Green and following the direction of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, all students, instructors (including faculty) and staff who will be on campus in the spring semester must participate in the testing. Those individuals must complete two rounds of the saliva-based testing to maintain access to campus facilities.
  • December 17: Additional information regarding mandatory saliva-based diagnostic testing for the Spring 2021 semester is released. 
  • December 9: Chancellor Green outlines enhanced safety measures for Spring 2021, which include new saliva-based campus testing, mandatory testing, a new campus COVID app, and an updated Cornhusker Commitment.

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Spring 2021 Testing and Information

The university will provide mandatory saliva-based diagnostic testing to protect our campus community in the spring, as recommended by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Unlike the nasal tests used in the fall, saliva samples will be self-collected non-invasively at multiple locations across our campuses. Learn More.

CSE in Spring 2021

In-person instruction for the Spring 2021 semester will begin on Monday, January 25. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has implemented the following policies and changes to ensure your safety:

  • Starting on Monday, January 25, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are to enter Avery Hall only through the south doors on the east side of the building (near Burnett Hall). A wellness attendant will be stationed at this entrance during peak traffic times to verify the “Building Access Granted” status from the Status Card in the Safer Community App on your smartphone. All other entrances to Avery Hall will be locked. To keep people moving quickly through this entrance, please have the Status Card open in the Safer Community app on your smartphone before approaching the door. A one-day pass can be printed for those who don’t have or don’t wish to use a smartphone. 

  • There will not always be a wellness attendant working, so you’re free to continue entering a building if there’s nobody there to verify your status card as long as you do have the Building Access Granted status, which is required to enter any campus building at any time of the day or night. More information about changes to building access is available here.

  • A face covering is required at all times when indoors on the UNL campus, with very few exceptions as outlined here. If you forget your face covering, disposable surgical-style face asks are available upon request in Avery 27, Avery 203, and Avery 256.
  • The CSE department office in Avery 256 is staffed during business hours for appointments, deliveries, and urgent issues but will remain locked to ensure social distancing. Call 402-472-2401 for assistance between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and someone can come to the door to assist you. If your issue is not time sensitive, please email info@cse.unl.edu.
  • For undergraduate advising questions, email cseadvising@unl.edu or schedule an appointment with an academic advisor (Ann Koopmann, Jenna Huttenmaier, or Jarrett Ramsey) online via MyPlan. Advising appointments will be conducted online via Zoom during the fall semester. MyPlan can be found from Canvas or by clicking on the MyPlan link from my.unl.edu.
  • The physical CSE Student Resource Center space in Avery 12 is closed this semester, but assistance will be available remotely through Canvas in the CSE Student Resource Center course and through Zoom at go.unl.edu/cse-src-zoom.
  • The CSE Systems Administration office in Avery 27 is staffed during business hours for appointments and technical support with issues that require in-person assistance, but will remain locked to ensure social distancing. Knock loudly or call 402-472-7757 for assistance, and someone can come to the door to assist you. If your issue is not time sensitive, please email support@cse.unl.edu, as the majority of our team is working remotely.
  • The Schorr Center is locked and is not open to the public at this time, as most of the staff who office there are working remotely. Faculty, staff, and students with offices/labs in the Schorr Center have card access to reach their assigned spaces. Students and other visitors who have an appointment with someone at the Schorr Center should call them when they arrive. Faculty and staff office telephone numbers can be found in the UNL Directory at directory.unl.edu.

Remote learning and working

Departmental teaching and learning resources will be available remotely. This includes our Unix servers (cse.unl.edu and csce.unl.edu) and a Windows Terminal server (csnt-ts.unl.edu), which will allow students and faculty to access many of the same resources available on our lab computers. Frequently asked questions about these and other resources can be viewed on our FAQ page.

If you have additional questions about connecting to our resources, software specific to courses, or remote accessibility, please reach out to support@cse.unl.edu.