As the University continues to make decisions on how to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic in the best interest of the heath and safety of our campus community, we want to offer as much support as we can through all of these changes.

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This section is intended to help you answer all of your questions on how this major change impacts you. If you can't find the answer you are looking for below or in one of the links, please reach out to the contact for that page for more information. We're here to support you!

Face Covering Requirement

 In accordance with Governor Hogan’s April 15th Executive Order and Baltimore City’s Mayor Young’s Executive Order, face coverings (see CDC guidelines) must be worn inside all Maryland stores and on public transportation beginning Saturday, April 18.  Face coverings may help to slow the spread of the virus and help diminish the risk that asymptomatic people who may be carrying the virus transmit it to others.

International Students

How is my F-1 visa affected with the suspension of face-to-face classes, will that affect my status in the United States?

Please refer to this document (PDF) for information and guidance.

Room & Board Credit/Refund

Freshmen, sophomore, juniors, and other eligible students who vacated the residence halls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a Room & Board Relief (“Relief”) Grant applied to their account for the 2020-21 academic year. Graduating seniors and other eligible graduating students will be refunded an adjusted pro-rated amount of their spring 2020 room and board costs this summer.

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CARES Act – Emergency Financial Aid Grants

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed with bipartisan support the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law by President Trump. As a part of this legislation, institutions of higher education were provided with funding to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. Funding is limited to Title IV eligible students.

NDMU is distributing funding based on financial need to all undergraduate students who filed a FAFSA. No action is required by an eligible student in order to receive this funding. Checks will be distributed directly to students who are eligible. Amounts will vary based on an individual student’s circumstances.

In accordance with Section 18004(e) of the CARES Act, NDMU has compiled a use of funds initial report.

Updates by Topic

Learning Online & Communicating with Professors

Are face-to-face classes going to be taught remotely for the rest of the Spring 2021 Semester?

Winterim classes are all being held remotely.

The University will maintain scheduled student move-in, classes or labs that are beginning during the first couple of weeks in January 2021 will commence as scheduled. Please watch for updates on the women’s college spring semester.

May I come to campus to perform lab experiments for class?

While some campus labs may be open for professors to continue their research or care for animals and insects, labs are not generally open to students at this time. There will be limited in-person labs for some Nursing and Pharmacy courses (similar to the Fall 2020 Semester). Please check with your professor and watch for updates for Women’s College courses.

May I come to campus to meet with my professors?

No, your professors and advisors will provide you many opportunities to connect with them using online tools. You may meet with your professor via an agreed upon social media tool, Zoom, chat room, phone call, FaceTime, Skype or a host of other tools. Do not come to campus.

If I need tutoring, how may I obtain this support?
There are a several ways to continue to obtain tutoring or support:
  • One option is a 24/7/365 online tutoring service called SmarThinking. If your professor has authorized SmarThinking as a web tool for their course(s), then you can access 24/7 online tutoring by logging into your course through your Brightspace account.
  • If your professor has not authorized it to be linked inside of your course, you may access SmarThinking through a Brightspace site. Information is forthcoming.
  • You may also reach out to Ms. Jessie Sell to request services. Please email her at and she will respond accordingly.
  • The NDMU Tutoring Center will provide virtual support for Women's College students during the campus closure. After booking your session, your tutor will contact you with details. Request an appointment or contact tutoring services via email:
  • For undergraduate students in language and science courses, please reach out to your professor for tutoring assistance.
If I need writing help, how may I get this support remotely?

The writing lab will offer online assistance with essays for students; students should email these writing tutors directly for essay assistance.

How can I scan or digitize my documents and materials?

Scanning functionality is available on NDMU high capacity networked printer/copiers, in the Faculty Resource Center (FRC), Rice Hall and numerous other locations across campus. To scan to e-mail using any of the Sharp Gator Print service multi-function units across campus you will swipe your ID card and select your e-mail account on the screen after selecting to scan document.

  • We have limited capability to digitize VHS & DVD materials in the FRC.
  • Rice Hall Scanning and printing is available by contacting public safety for access. The Rice Hall Scanning and Printing Unit is located in an accessible hallway and may be accessible after hours by contacting Public Safety for building access.

NEW If you have an iPhone you have a scan function on your iPhone, and it cost nothing.

In 2017, Apple rolled out a scanner right within the Notes app with their iOS11 update.

Here’s how to use your iPhone’s scanner:

  1. Go to Apple’s official Notes app on your iPhone.
  2. Open an existing note, or create a new one by clicking the little icon on the lower right-hand side of the device.
  3. Tap on the camera icon in the menu that appears.
  4. Choose "Scan Documents" from the options that pop up.
  5. Hold your phone in front of the document you want to scan.
  6. If the scanner is in auto mode, the app will automatically detect the document and capture the scan. In manual mode, you’ll have to snap a photo yourself. You can change which mode you’re in on the upper right-hand side of the screen.
  7. If you need to adjust the scan, you can drag the corners of the page.
  8. Keep scanning if you have additional pages, or tap on "Retake" to automatically discard an image and rescan it.
  9. Hit "Save" on the lower right-hand side when you’re done. You now have a PDF of your document.

After scanning the document, you have a number of editing options. You can crop it, switch between a color or black-and-white scan, rotate the document, and add additional pages to the scan. Tap on the name of the document to change the file name at any time.

Once the scanned document is sitting in your note, click on the "Share" button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to send your PDF wherever it needs to go. You can also use the markup option and add your signature or input text. This is obviously handy if the document you scanned is a form you need to fill out.

NEW You can also download Adobe Scan from the App store – it’s a free app for your smart phone that allows you to scan documents at no cost. It works on a mobile device and scans documents into PDFs. You can also scan business cards and the information is automatically uploaded to your contacts.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers a confidential setting to talk with an objective professional. It's always free for students, and in times like these with big changes and uncertainties, we are here to help! Make an appointment to talk with a counselor through Zoom.

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Career Center

The Career Center is providing assistance and resources for students, alumni, and others in the NDMU Community effected by the economic consequences of the Coronavirus. The Career Center can prepare individuals for virtual interviews and remote work schedules. Students can email the Career Center at or and set up a Zoom session for synchronous assistance.


Suzan Harkness
Associate VP for Academic Affairs