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Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

Information & Support for Students


We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus soon. We are working diligently to prepare for in-person classes this fall in a safe, socially-distanced way. As campus and governmental guidelines change, these protocols and plans may change. We are committed to preserving the high-quality educational experience that our students expect, even as we also work to ensure campus safety in the interest of protecting both the campus and the larger communities of which we are all a part.

Please note that all faculty, students and visitors are required to wear facial coverings and observe 6' minimum social distancing protocols while indoors. See the Face Covering Policy for more information.

For the most up-to-date campus updates, please visit covid19.unl.edu.

Forward to Fall

The Hixson-Lied College recommends that all students read more about how to prepare for school at UNL this fall.

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Take the Cornhusker Commitment

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As a member of the Husker community, each of us must take the necessary steps to stay well and protect each other. Make the commitment to protect yourself and our Husker community. Students are being asked to sign the Cornhusker Commitment, a document that outlines a desire to take steps to protect themselves and the greater community.

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Complete the Covid-19 Student Training

This fall semester will look and feel very different. So that you’re well-prepared and understand our expectations, you need to complete the university’s COVID-19 Student Training before arriving on campus. This 40-minute training will help you understand COVID-19 terminology and symptoms, know what to do if you feel ill, and learn how to prevent the spread of infection. Log in using your UNL credentials, and you can choose to complete the training all at once or in multiple sessions.

How to Prepare for Fall

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Review the Academic Calendar

Classes will start remotely on Aug. 17, with in-person instruction beginning Aug. 24. Your instructors will reach out to you with details regarding your first remote week of classes. Monitor your Husker student email address closely as Aug. 17 approaches.

The semester will end on Nov. 25. We have suspended some traditional breaks to compress the fall schedule, reducing travel that can result in increased spread of COVID-19.

With the regular fall semester completed before Thanksgiving, we will offer a new, three-week remote Fall Mini Session from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18. This session provides an opportunity to get ahead in your studies.

View the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

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Watch your Husker student email account

You will receive messages from the university, your college and your instructors through your Husker stuent email account. Throughout the rest of the semester, we will communicate critical information—from safety modifications to details on how your classes will meet.
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Protect Yourself from the Virus

Follow your local health guidance. In general, wash your hands often, avoid close contact ("social distance") and wear a cloth face covering when you're around others, especially indoors
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Social Distance & Get Your Facial Coverings

When you arrive to campus, expect to observe social distancing guidelines and to wear cloth facial coverings (primarily when indoors). The university will provide you with two cloth masks. See UNL's Face Covering Policy. (See mask delivery plans.)


All classes across the University will adapt to fit within the safety and distancing guidelines to keep our students, staff and faculty as safe as possible. We have been working and planning to make sure that each class offered in the Hixson-Lied College adheres to the University safety standards without sacrificing standards or content. This planning also includes making sure that students continue on their current graduation timelines.

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Class Size

Social distancing protocols will be in effect across campus for the fall 2020, which will limit the number of students and faculty in each classroom. For academic classes, the minimum distance between students is six feet.

Available Classes

The vast majority of courses offered this fall will have some type of in-person content. Check MyRed and Canvas periodically for announcements about what each of your classes will look like and how it will be delivered.

Additional Unit Information

Glenn Korff School of Music

More information on Classes, Ensembles, Applied Lessons, Building Guidelines and other information is available on the Glenn Korff School of Music website.

Glenn Korff School of Music Covid-19 Information

For additional questions about classes and policies in the Glenn Korff School of Music, please contact Director Sergio Ruiz at gksomdirector@unl.edu.

Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts

For questions about classes and policies in the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, please contact Director Megan Elliott at megan.elliott@unl.edu or Director of Operations Megan McMasters at megan.mcmasters@unl.edu.

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

For questions about classes, productions and auditions in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, please contact Director Christina M. Kirk at ckirk9@unl.edu or Staff Assistant Todd Cuddy at tcuddy1@unl.edu.

School of Art, Art History & Design

More information on Facilites, Building Access, Studio Courses, Guest Artists and more are available on the School of Art, Art History & Design website.

School of Art, Art History & Design COVID-19 Information

For additional questions about classes and policies in the School of Art, Art History & Design, please contact Director Francisco Souto at fsouto@unl.edu or Assistant to the Director Andrea Gruber at amaack@unl.edu.