Students seeking academic flexibility for the 2021-2022 academic year related to COVID-19 must follow these steps prior to submitting an academic flexibility request:
Step 1 - Contact your academic advisor to discuss potential online courses that meet your needs.
Step 2 - If an online course(s) is not available, talk with your advisor about possible adjustments to your academic plan.
Step 3 - Ask your academic advisor about possible online classes offered at UNO, UNK or a community college that could transfer into UNL to fulfill an academic requirement.
Only after these steps are completed, may a student submit a request for academic flexibility for consideration.
Students must have medical documentation of a health risk that cannot be mitigated through vaccination for their request to be considered. Student Advocacy & Support will consider requests for academic flexibility in very rare circumstances and only if this criterion has been met.
Documentation from an impartial, licensed healthcare provider is required. This consists of a letter on clinic letterhead with the provider’s full name, credentials, and signature, that explains the health risk that cannot be mitigated by the vaccine.
Requests may not be approved for consideration by faculty. In addition, academic flexibility may not be possible when the lecture, lab, or recitation is pedagogically designed to be completed through in person attendance. Please visit with an academic advisor to explore course alternatives.
Additional resources are available to help students:
- Students with a disability and/or chronic health condition should seek support via Services for Students with Disabilities.
- Guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) allows some international students to continue to take online courses while maintaining their immigration status. International students should contact International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) to discuss their options.
Students will receive an initial response from Student Advocacy & Support within three business days of their submission.