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An NUNM student and professor wearing face coverings and eye shields discuss data sets during class on campus. Face coverings are required in all indoor and outdoor settings on NUNM's campus in Portland, Oregon.

Campus Reopens on October 18, 2021

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure, all lecture classes for the first five weeks of the Fall 2021 term were held virtually. Labs and clinical rotations, including kitchen classes, were held in-person with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Based on reassuring COVID-19 vaccination rates, NUNM President/CEO Dr. Melanie Henriksen announced on October 7, 2021, the reopening of the NUNM campus on Monday, October 18, 2021.

Weekly COVID-19 testing also began October 18, 2021, and is required for those who are unvaccinated and, in the case of clinical students, who have met and been approved through the vaccination exemption process.

NUNM students are responsible for procuring their own PPE and eye protection and bringing it with them to the clinic and patient-simulated academic activities. 

Documentation of vaccination or an exemption will be required to participate in clinical activities at NUNM on or after October 18, 2021. Any exemptions granted will be required to comply with the weekly testing requirements.

For more information about exemptions, please read the Vaccine Exemption FAQ.

COVID-19 Reporting Form

The university created a COVID-19 Reporting Form as a tool to monitor COVID-19 cases on campus. We ask all members of NUNM’s community to complete the form to help keep track of and respond to COVID-19 cases on campus.

Please use the form to:

  • Notify the university you are symptomatic and need help or
  • Notify the university you have tested positive

The form will require you to log in with your NUNM email account.

Upon reporting, students will be contacted by NUNM Dean of Students Rachael Allen for further guidance.

In addition to reporting potential exposure(s), students should contact their primary care provider for quarantine and testing recommendations. Individuals should remain quarantined until their provider determines they are able to return to the NUNM campus according to Multnomah County Health Department guidelines.

Student Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage is a necessity for many students to be able to access the health care they need and deserve.

While NUNM does not offer student health insurance, the Oregon Health Plan is available for students with established residency in the state, and who meet the criteria within the Federal Poverty Level assessment.

For more information, please visit the Student Services web page.

Clinical vs. Non-clinical Requirements

NUNM requires all students enrolled in a clinical program and all employees who engage in direct or indirect patient care to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an acceptable vaccine or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.  

Requirements for NUNM students and staff engaged in clinical activity are different from those in non-clinical settings.

NUNM will comply with the State of Oregon mandate which requires vaccination or approved medical or religious exemption. Any exemptions granted will be required to comply with the weekly testing requirements.
A copy of your vaccination card or weekly negative test will be required to be on campus after October 18, 2021. Due to regulatory differences, non-clinical individuals do not need to submit a specific exemption form, they only need to agree to participate in weekly testing.
You are exempt from the vaccination/weekly testing requirement — unless you will be participating in any precepting or internship opportunities on or off campus, or plan to use any on-campus resources, such as the library. Any online students who will be participating in any clinical activities, or who will be on campus for any reason, are required to meet the same vaccination/weekly testing requirements as in-person students.
Deans will evaluate students on a 1:1 basis to determine if classes should remain online for specific, documentable reasons. To date, NUNM was one of only a few colleges in the Pacific Northwest that held off making a full return to campus. While our accreditors have been flexible, the expectation is that NUNM would find ways to return to a more normal education landscape while appropriately meeting the safety needs of our community. Perhaps most importantly, we know there is a strong need for the togetherness that comes with a shared educational experience.
Our AV team is working closely with faculty to ensure we can record lectures. All 10 primary classrooms are now set up with optional lecture capture that can be automatically scheduled and uploaded to Moodle. We also have new podium technology in most classrooms to meet the diverse needs of faculty lectures and recordings. Our AV team is readily available to set up recording options for labs and tutorials.
Please reference the email sent by Dr. Nagelkirk on September 23, 2021, which outlines options for missed shifts in each college/school.


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