Email to Chinese students offers support

Monday, February 3, 2020 Email to Chinese students offers support

The following email was delivered to more than 800 international students enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dear Friends,

Given ongoing concerns about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), we wanted to take a moment to reach out to you and other students from China to ensure you have access to the most updated information and support on campus.

First, we want to emphasize that our thoughts are with your families and your communities who may be impacted. Emotions such as sadness, loneliness, fear, and confusion can be normal reactions at this time. If you are experiencing any distress, please tell someone. Self-care and compassion are essential during times of extraordinary stress. Asking for help takes courage, but it can make all the difference. It is important to remember you’re not alone.

And please watch out for your friends. If you or your friends have been impacted by 2019-nCoV, we want you to know resources are available to support you. Our campus support network is here for you, including:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (402.472.7450)
    You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 for urgent concerns. You can speak with an on-call counselor on weekends and after-hours. During regular business hours, you can schedule a phone session to speak with a counselor even if you’re not on campus.
  • Well-being Coaching (402.472.8770)
    When returning to campus, you can schedule appointments with student peers trained to provide support, empathy, and care for those who feel disconnected, overwhelmed, or unsupported.
  • Academic Success Coaching (402.472.1880)
    You can schedule free, one-on-one coaching sessions with professional staff to discuss alternative plans and transition support.
  • Concerns about attendance, academic issues and connecting with campus resources
    Contact Kara Brant, associate director for student advocacy and support or 402-472-7030

We want you to know that we’re here to provide support in the days and weeks ahead as you watch and wait to hear from family and friends. Tuesday's Nebraska Today article and the University Health Center’s Coronavirus Q&A provide some important information, and we encourage you to read them if you have not already done so.

As mentioned in Chancellor Green’s communication to the campus, there are currently no known cases of coronavirus in the state of Nebraska. However, if you believe you may be experiencing symptoms related to the 2019-nCOV infection (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), you should contact the University Health Center at 402-472-5000.

For up-to-date information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus you can visit the CDC's website for the illness, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services webpage. The university will also post updates to the campus news website.

Nebraska is a place where all students are valued and cared about, and we are here to support each other in good times and challenging times like these.

Take good care,

Laurie Bellows
Interim Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Josh Davis
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs & Senior International Officer

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