Northcentral University Update | March 27, 2020
As we continue to learn more about the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the NCU community, we are rapidly exploring and implementing solutions to help our faculty, staff, and students.
NCU is prepared to support students through the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the unique nature of the situation and known impacts to students, we will provide additional details regarding degree completion, financial aid, practicums, course extensions, and individual accommodations through your School Dean’s Office, NCUOne News posts, email, and this webpage.
NCU is also committed to ensuring our faculty and staff are well supported during this time. We are in a strong position to offer them options that best support their individual circumstances. Our virtual workforce infrastructure enables us to remain flexible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our dedicated faculty and staff while continuing to remain focused on supporting our students throughout their programs.
If you were unable to attend the NCU Community Gathering, we encourage you to view the recording by clicking here.
Frequently Asked QuestionsSchool of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Department of Marriage and Family Therapy
We have reports from our students that clinical sites are either moving to tele-therapy or shutting down completely. As we work with COAMFTE to provide a tele-therapy solution option we ask any students who are enrolled in a clinical program and are experience site closures to please reach out to your professor or academic and finance advisor for assistance.Where is NCU sharing information related to COVID-19?
NCU is providing information in the following areas related to NCU services and external resources related to the virus.
- NCUOne News Posts
- The Commons
- Email Communications
- Virtual Gatherings
NCU is prepared to provide support to any of our faculty or staff who fall ill. Your learning will not be disrupted if your professor becomes ill.If I become ill, what are my options for taking a leave of absence?
We have many options for students who are impacted. To discuss the best options for you, please contact your Academic and Finance Advisor.Where can I find best practices on decreasing risks of getting the virus, protecting yourself and others?
We recommend following the instruction from the Center for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and your local city, state, government officials. We provide links to these pages at www.ncu.edu/coronavirus.What is NCU doing to help students financially or personally if they are impacted?
We are prepared to assist our students to the best of our abilities during this time. We recommend you contact to your Academic and Finance Advisor to walk you through the various details and options that are available.
Additional ResourcesVeteran Affairs Resources
VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk. They are working directly with the CDC and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus. Additional resources are available: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirusHarmony at Home
Our partners at Sanford Education created the Harmony at Home toolkit to support social and emotional wellbeing for students and families during this difficult time. This toolkit offers a variety of lessons and activities, as well as guidance for parents and guardians to set Harmony Goals and use Meet Up and Buddy Up materials. Teaching Students Empathy contains beneficial strategies on how to model, establish, and nurture empathy in these early days of dealing with the spread of COVID-19.Health Resources and Information
- NCU Health and Wellness Guide
- Visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information
- Visit FEMA for answers to coronavirus myths and rumors
Northcentral University Update | March 16, 2020A Message from the President & Provost
We continue to monitor the coronavirus updates provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). As we learn more, we understand that the NCU community will be impacted in a variety of ways. As we all adjust to some new daily routines, know our priority is the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and family members. We ask you please communicate with us if you are impacted so we can support you to the best of our abilities. Please review the resources outlined below for additional guidance and support.
- Students — should contact us at 866.776.0331 (Option 2) or by email at email@example.com
- Faculty — should contact their Associate Dean or Department Chair for their School
- Staff — should contact their direct leader
More information for current students can be found in NCUOne and The Commons via https://welcome.ncu.edu
Clinic Site Placement ImpactsSchool of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Department of Marriage and Family Therapy
We have reports from our students that clinical sites are either moving to tele-therapy or shutting down completely. As we work with COAMFTE to provide a tele-therapy solution option we ask any students who are enrolled in a clinical program and are experience site closures to please reach out to your professor or academic and finance advisor for assistance.
Equity and Inclusion
Northcentral University is committed to providing an environment that is safe and inclusive for all our members. We urge all our community, in our offices and in our virtual world, to refrain from bias toward community members of perceived Asian descent. As you may have heard, people of perceived Asian descent have experienced stigma associated with Covid-19 and as the CDC warns, there is no association. Each of us has an important role to play in stopping harassment and discrimination. Thank you for joining with us in our agreement to not spread hate. Facts about COVID-19 to help prevent stigma.
Global Health Information and ResourcesPrecautionary Measures Recommended by the WHO
Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- If you are sick (e.g., flu, cold), do not come to work.
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care.
Research Protocols for IRB
The NCU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is staying up to date on the latest developments relating to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. We understand that beyond the personal effects this may have on our students, it may also present difficulties with the continuation of their approved research protocols. We recommend that all students approved by the NCU IRB to engage in face-to-face data collection methods such as interviews or focus groups transition to collecting data online or through other remote technologies. If you have not yet submitted your IRB application, please consider reviewing and revising your data collection process under the guidance of your faculty Chair to minimize direct participant interaction. It is not necessary to submit an IRB modification request, nor to alert the NCU IRB of this change. We want to do whatever we can to support our students in robust research; please contact us if you have specific circumstances that warrant further discussion.
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All in person NCU events between now and April 30th have been canceled or postponed. At this time, we are expecting to host all scheduled events on May 1st and after.
Student and Alumni Event – Garden Grove, CA April 23rd – Postponed email@example.com
Dissertation Boot Camp – Vancouver, BC March 30th-31st – Cancelled firstname.lastname@example.org
Dissertation Completion Pathway Intensive – Vancouver, BC March 29th- 31st – In-person event replaced with a virtual event March 29th-31st. email@example.com
Concordia University – Portland Doctoral Program Transition Workshop – Vancouver, BC March 30th-31st – cancelled. Virtual support options are available through the Academic Success Center and Center for Teaching and Learning. More details about transfer support will be provided by your faculty members. firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Commencement Ceremony: We are continuing to plan, and expect to host, the NCU Commencement Ceremony and graduation activities in Phoenix, this August. However, if the guidance from the CDC changes before then, we will re-assess our plans and communicate to students accordingly and swiftly. email@example.com
Commencement Ceremony Update | March 12, 2020
We are discussing the effects of coronavirus at the University-level, and the well-being of our NCU Community is our utmost concern. We are monitoring the coronavirus updates provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will continue to monitor the situation as the days and weeks go on. We are continuing to plan, and expect to host, the NCU Commencement Ceremony and graduation activities in Phoenix, this August. However, if the guidance from the CDC changes before then, we will re-assess our plans and communicate to students accordingly and swiftly.
Check back here for continued NCU updates.