COVID-19 (coronavirus) -- GKSOM Response

COVID-19 (coronavirus) -- GKSOM Response

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We have started this webpage in an effort to provide the most up-to-date information in regard to the impacts of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 infection on the Glenn Korff School of Music students, potential students, faculty, staff and patrons. Be advised that this information is rapidly changing so it’s our best effort to keep you informed. We will update this page.
Per Chancellor Green’s update (, the GKSOM canceled all classes beginning March 16, and in-person classes will move to remote access on March 30.


Here is an updated memo from GKSOM Director Sergio Ruiz: (3/19)
Here are guidelines of what to do if a faculty member, staff member or student reports they may have been exposed to or have COVID-19:



The GKSOM is taking additional steps to follow the directives of the university system. Please know that your safety, and that of all our friends and loved ones, is most important to us. We hope that these steps will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your willingness to follow them.

Thank you for all your efforts and flexibility during this challenging time. We are all working to find creative solutions to meet the challenge to avoid the spread of this very real pandemic. We have amazing students, staff and faculty, and I know that we will succeed and be stronger because of our efforts.

Please keep in mind that the following are still in place:

  1. No students are to work face-to-face, in person with students, staff, or faculty for a UNL course.
  2. No piano GTA’s are to play with anyone face-to-face in fulfillment of their assistantship duties. 
  3. No chamber groups are to meet face-to-face in fulfillment of any UNL course requirement.
  4. On- or off-campus in-person meetings are prohibited for courses or degree-related requirements. No exceptions. Remote instruction and/or remote contact only. 
  5. Any events, in-person group gathering, or use of the GKSOM facilities by any organization are suspended until further notice.

Modified Building Access (read carefully)

UNL’s campus building N-card access will be modified beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2020. UNL will move to a modified door access schedule. This means all academic building exterior entry doors will be automatically locked requiring your N-Card to gain access.

Effective, Monday March 23, all employees are expected to work from home, including student workers. Until further notice, all faculty and music majors (UG and Grad) will continue to have N-Card access to Westbrook Music Building Monday-Friday 8-5 pm ONLY. All classrooms and Kimball Recital Hall will be closed and locked. Offices will be closed and locked. Practice rooms will be available to students.

WMB will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Do NOT prop or tape the exterior doors open. Only one person to a practice room is allowed. No exceptions.

Dance majors will need to follow the CEMA building access rules of CEMA. For more information, please contact Prof. Susan Ourada at

Everyone is strongly encouraged NOT to be on campus and practice at home if possible. If you must be on campus, observe social distancing standards by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet. We continue to encourage students to go home if possible. It would be wise for everyone to take all their belongings home with them in the event that all building access is revoked university-wide.

Instrument and Locker Return Procedures

In an attempt to keep records as clear as possible while addressing prompt action, here’s what you need to do to return your rented equipment. I know each of you has varied needs and as much as we try, it’s difficult to address every situation properly so please feel free to email me if you have any questions, concerns or if you need clarification.



Please empty/clean your locker completely and place padlock inside the locker. Once you are finished, fill out this form with the proper information:  (If you already brought in your padlock to one of the GKSOM offices you do not need to do this)



Please clean locker and leave rented instrument(s) inside locker. Secure and lock the locker and fill out this form with the proper information: . Please send one form per instrument if you have more than one instrument rented.(If you already brought your instrument to one of the GKSOM offices you do not need to do this)



If you have the instrument in a locker, please follow the INSTRUMENT WITH LOCKER procedure above. If you have the instrument with you and won’t be needing it, please bring it to Westbrook before 5 pm TODAY, Friday, March 20th.  . I understand this is a very short notice request so if you are unable to bring your instrument today, fill out the “instrument kept for course work” form found here:



Some of you will need to keep your rented instrument in order to fulfill your course’s requirements. In that case, please fill out this form.

For more information, contact Dayana Corredor at


Returning Travelers

Based on guidance from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, we ask any student, faculty and staff who may be returning from travel in areas in the United States that have widespread transmission of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus, even for essential reasons. This includes anyone who visited or travelled through these areas of the United States.

Below is the relevant guidance from DHHS, for more information is available on their COVID-19 website. 

“Returning travelers pose a serious risk of accelerating the spread of COVID-19 in our state,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “We are asking Nebraskans to limit unnecessary travel and any returning travelers should assume that COVID-19 is present at the locations they have visited and traveled through and follow DHHS travel recommendations.”

  • Widespread local transmission is occurring in many regions of the U.S. and may be unrecognized and underreported due to limited testing. Returning travelers from regions of the U.S. with widespread transmission should self-quarantine for 14 days following return.
  • All returning travelers, from any international or domestic location, should limit public interactions, practice strict social distancing, and self-monitor for symptoms.

Academic items


Applied Lessons

Remote instruction only. No in-person contact.


Degree Recitals

Student and applied professor communicate remotely to determine accommodation that will not require in-person performance. Programs are required for accreditation purposes and to receive credit for your recital. For more information, contact Brian Reetz at



Students will be assessed on work before remote instruction began. Ensemble directors will communicate remotely with students any for remote instruction and/or assignments for the remainder of the semester.


Recitals with chamber music or that include groups with 2 or more players 

Student and applied professor work together to determine accommodation that will not require in-person performance.



Juries are canceled. Students will be assessed by their individual applied faculty this semester.


Upper divisionals

Students will be assessed by their individual applied faculty this semester. 


Chamber music

Students will be assessed on work before remote instruction requirements began.


Additional resources 


Questions about Graduate programs: contact Dr. Glenn Nierman


Questions about Undergraduate programs: contact Alan Mattingly


For Faculty and Staff: Employee Assistance Program: To schedule an appointment, call (402) 472-3107 or 888-445-9881. 


For Students: Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS) To schedule an appointment, call 402-472-4750 


University’s Covid-19 website: (Visit this site often for all the latest updates and resources.) 


CDC’s Covid-19 website:


Lancaster County Department of Health for local updates:  


Libraries Closing

The University Libraries, with the exception of the Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons, will close at 8 p.m. March 20, and will remain closed indefinitely. The learning commons, located on the first floor of Love Library North, will be accessible to anyone with a valid NCard from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. No libraries faculty or staff will be working in the learning commons. The space will be monitored by University Police.  For more information, see


Student Questions

I am sure that you have questions. Please follow this COVID-19 questions link and submit the questions you have, and we will answer them as quickly as possible.

Calendar of Events performances (3/13)
  • All remaining Glenn Korff School of Music Calendar of Events events and performances for the Spring semester were canceled starting March 14. 
Student Recitals (3/13)
  • All in-person recitals were canceled starting March 14.
Campus Visits (3/19)
  • Visits should be scheduled through UNL Admissions and are still currently taking place.  Only previously scheduled campus visits through May 8 will be honored, however. The Office of Admissions is not taking new reservations for campus visits.