NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk State University will begin the 2020-2021 academic year with two weeks of virtual learning, according to a release by NSU President Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston.
The fall semester will still begin August 26, but according to Adams-Gaston, students will begin a phased return to campus on August 29, 2020, with first-year students arriving on campus between August 29 and September 1. The return date was delayed by a week from the original date of August 22.
Returning students will arrive between September 2 and September 7. All students will be tested for the coronavirus upon arrival, with testing beginning August 29.
Adams-Gaston said that along with Howard University, NSU will be providing free coronavirus tests to all of its students, faculty and staff in partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific.
"NSU will be one of the first HBCUs to partner, as a 'spoke' institution, with Thermo Fisher Scientific to accomplish the goal of providing COVID-19 tests to the campus community," Adams-Gaston said.
NSU is also collaborating with the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) to provide initial testing for a select number of students, and NSU is currently in discussion with Fort Norfolk Medical Associates to plan for additional COVID-19 testing capacity.