Students: FAQs About Nossi College and Coronavirus

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We want to remind everyone that you are not alone. You are one of over 300 students, faculty, and staff going through similar experiences, and we need to rely on each other for support. If you need help or have any concerns, please connect with Nossi’s Student Services or Mental Health Counselor.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through questions and concerns. We want to be as transparent as we can. If you have additional questions not listed below, please reach out to Libby Funke at Nossi so she can find an answer for you.

If you have tested positive or you know a student or faculty member who has, please contact Rachel Dewaal immediately.

To view the answer, simply select a question below.

Is Campus open?

Yes. The campus is open to students, faculty, and staff for the January semester.

Nossi College’s campus will be CLOSED for the following holidays: MLK Holiday – Monday, Jan 17 and Good Friday on Friday, April 15.

Get the complete coronavirus-related details here.

What is Nossi College of Art doing for the January Semester?

For the January 2022 semester, Nossi College of Art will host in-person classes with reduced students per classroom to continue to remain socially distanced.

All January semester details will be emailed directly to nossi.edu email addresses to keep all students, faculty, and staff in the loop.

Will students be required to get vaccinated by the January 2022 semester?

Although we do not require vaccines, we highly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to sign up and receive Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines for the January semester with the emergence of the omicron variant.

Have vaccine questions? Check out this source from Johns Hopkins about COVID-19.
Ready to book your vaccine? Join over 61.9% of Americans who are fully vaccinated. Learn where to get the vaccine near you in Tennessee.

Source: Our World Data

Is the current plan temporary, and will it change as COVID gets better or worse?

The Main Plan will continue to be fluid. We will revise our plan as conditions surrounding the virus change. The addition of vaccines available to anyone over 12 is a good sign and we encourage anyone to learn more about getting their (FREE) COVID-19 vaccine or to get the facts about the vaccine.

We will continue to take cues from local and national government organizations, the Department of Education, and our accreditation body. The College will be prepared to transition to online learning if the State or Metro deems it necessary for higher education institutions. We currently follow CDC guidelines.

We will update our policies and procedures if we get new information. Our decisions are fluid based on real-time data. Plans may change due to circumstances out of our control. Please be mentally prepared for any changes the college may be required to make. All information will be communicated in this blog and sent directly to your Nossi email inboxes.

How will attendance be taken this January?

January 2022 will continue to see a temporary change to our policy.

Students WILL NOT be counted absent due to COVID-19 or flu-related symptoms IF they communicate and accomplish the work required by the deadline.
– If your class is campus-based, you will miss class and have to make up any missed work.
– If your class is online, you can continue attending online.
– If you are not sick or you do not have an excuse to miss class, you earn a non-excused absence. This absence will be counted toward the class absent policy (reminder, you get 3 absences per class per semester).

Non-excused absences are regarded as:
>NO communication with your instructor or the Student Services Director (Rachel Dewaal)
>NOT turning in assignments by the deadline as requested by your instructor
>MISSING classes when you are not sick.

Student-led labs. What are they?

Nossi College of Art offers a new, free service available for all students – Student Lab Sessions.

Available in individual and group workshops, this Nossi Student Service gives students a new way to learn and understand class projects – from fellow students.

Have questions about your Adobe Program? Want to go over your classroom assignment one more time? Want to check if you completed a project correctly before you turn it in? Get any of your questions answered when you connect with student services. Have more questions, email our student services director.

Know a particular program or subject matter well? Want to be paid and become a Lab Assistant? Simply email Rachel Dewaal if you are interested and need more details or if you have any questions!

What are the Add/Drop Class Requirements?

It is extremely important for students to file for schedule changes early in January 2022. We are working on a student software system switch, and it will be helpful to get your requests to Mindy early. Email our registrar here.

Officially, the last day to add or drop a class will be Friday, January 14. Please call 615-514-2787 if you have any questions or concerns.

When and how will I receive my January overage check?

Like before, class attendance is required to receive your overage check.

When checks are ready, students will be notified via email and they can be picked up between 8 AM and 10 PM Monday through Thursday or between 8 AM and 4 PM on Fridays. If you prefer we mail your check, please notify Rachel Dewaal. Please include the address you wish us to use.

I am worried about my financial future.

Financial stress can be the biggest strain on our health and well-being. We want to try and offer some resources to help with stability.

Nossi College of Art applied for and received money for our students through the CARES Act in 2020. Those who applied for federal aid received a check from Nossi in the summer and fall 2020 semesters. If a new CARES act becomes available, we will notify students.

1. If you lost your job, there are several local companies actively hiring. Barry Howard in Nossi’s Career Services office can help you every step of the way. We know our students working in food, beverage, entertainment, culture, and retail are really feeling a direct impact. Here are a few places that are actively hiring with links to job postings:

TIP: File for unemployment as soon as you can.

2. If you need help with debt payments, whether you have a car payment, mortgage payment, rent due, credit card bill due, or something else, call your loan provider immediately. Many of them are offering reduced interest rates, late payment acceptance, or are pushing out due dates.

Mortgage Help: Some banks are allowing people to skip mortgage payments for up to 90 days. It is extremely important to reach out to your bank directly, as they may offer you a longer grace period.

Credit Card Help: Like with mortgage assistance, to receive help, you must contact your credit card provider.

3. Also, many utility companies are suspending cutoffs during this time, so call them immediately if you will struggle to pay your bill. See how Tennessee is responding to the utility needs by county.

4. Visit the United Way’s COVID Response Fund for a complete list of over 18 resources to help you through COVID-19 and tornado relief. The Nashville community is here to help because this city takes the word community to heart, especially during tough times.

Find additional COVID assistance

I do not have access to Adobe Programs on my laptop at home.

Adobe programs are required for all classes (except Culinary Art students). This is also a requirement for any student entering their second semester. If you have concerns about having the correct programs, please connect with your program coordinator or chair immediately.

Culinary Art students are NOT required to have Adobe.

Photography – Tom Stanford
Graphic Design – Mark Mabry
Commercial Illustration – Mark Fleming
Video & Film – Hans Chilberg
Culinary Arts – Chef Anthony Mandriota

Is the Nossi Bookstore be open?

Yes! You can stop by the front desk or call if you are still learning online. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM and Friday 8 AM to 4 PM during the semester and Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM during semester breaks.

View the PDF of our bookstore list.

Reach campus by calling 615-514-2787 or emailing the Front Desk.

Will face masks be required?

Face masks are required for anyone who has not yet been fully vaccinated. Learn more about the January semester by visiting this page.

Face masks are not required for anyone who is fully vaccinated for the January semester. We respect all students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated and prefer to continue wearing masks in the classroom for their personal health and safety.

It is important you find a mask that fits your face and is comfortable to wear.

Mask options include:
1. Design your own mask with Signs.com
2. Purchase a washable fabric mask
3. DIY and make your own mask (sew and no-sew instructions)
4. Purchase medical masks in bulk

I need help with food.

We want to provide a few resources based on your current food needs.

Nossi College of Art has a limited food pantry on campus to help housing students. If you need to help stock your pantry between paychecks or because you may have lost your job, please reach out to Mitzi to coordinate access. If they are unavailable, you can also email or connect with Rachel Dewaal.

If you need recipes because you are out of ideas, check out this article, 30 Recipes for College Students.

Are you in need of food assistance? If so, Uprise Nashville has a list of great resources including local food banks that can help.

AHHHHHH, I’m just stressed and not sure what to do.

It is okay to feel stress at the moment, but you do not want that stress to dictate your life and happiness over the coming weeks. Giving in to your stress will affect your productivity, depression, anxiety, and overall wellbeing. It is time to accept the situation we are in and maintain a social distancing routine recommended by professionals.

But know this is temporary. Repeat that out loud, it can help, “this is temporary, this is not forever.”

Here are a few resources to help out as well. Have you discovered something helpful for you? Let us know so we can add it to our list!

1. Teleconference with Horn Counseling. Reid’s team are experienced mental health professionals and we are proud to have them be part of the Nossi family. Utilize their resources. Even if you have never met with Reid or a team member, consider doing so in the next 30 days.

2. Thriving Made Simple! This membership-based website can help you “Go Further, Faster With Your Personal Health.” Plus, Nossi covers HALF of your membership, so it is only $5 a month! Thriving Made Simple is brought to you by Reid Horn or Horn Counseling.

3. Check out these 10 podcasts about Mental Health. Recognize what you are going through and know you are not going through it alone.

4. CREATE – studies have shown that taking at least 45 minutes per day to create can reduce your stress levels. Have you ever complained or thought “there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done?” We have now all been blessed with more time, so take advantage of it while you can. Turn stressful energy into creative energy and share what you are creating!

5. Breathe deep and consider mindful meditation. Don’t know where to get started, consider one of these apps.

6. Get a group chat started. Using Facebook Live, a Messenger platform, a video-sharing app, or start a group text with your friends. Consider downloading an app with video features (WhatsApp, TikTok, SnapChat, Marco Polo, GroupMe) and stay connected.

7. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise when you can, and get good rest. These may seem like easy tasks, but sticking to a routine to ensure you accomplish these steps every day is important.

8. STOP OBSESSIVELY WATCHING THE NEWS!

9. Get even more resources at the United Way’s COVID Response Fund.

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