Communications and Marketing

Dissemination of Information

Please be reminded that mass dissemination of information—on and off campus—is subject to the University’s Dissemination of Public Information policy.

50-01: Dissemination of Public Information

Policy Statement
The Office of Communications and Marketing has been designated by the President as the primary contact for news media issues and for coordination of dissemination of information to the public. This office is also responsible for ensuring University-wide compliance with this policy.

All due diligence must be taken to ensure that information originating from the University is accurate, complete, reflects the official position of the Norfolk State University organization and is released to the media and target publics in a timely manner.

See the full policy here

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2021 Trunk or Treat Participation Opportunity for Departments and Student Organizations

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Halloween Trunk or Treat sponsored by Student Activities Board, will be held on Sunday, October 31, 2021. The event is from 5:30pm to 8pm. Set up will begin at 4:30pm. Trunk or Treat is an opportunity to give back to the children in the community. It is open to all University Departments and Registered Student Organizations. Please note that you are responsible for providing your own candy and decorating the vehicle in use. The deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, October 27th at 5:00 pm. Please remember that this is a kid friendly event and all orgs/departments must dress in costume. All orgs/departments must stay for the entire duration of the event and must have a representative to hand out their own candy. Gloves must be worn by all persons handling candy. We will also provide gloves. No cars will be permitted to leave until after 8pm. Please remember that all candy items must be prepackaged and cannot be homemade. Feel free to email us with any questions. I look forward to seeing you there! Click the link to register your organization or department! A confirmation email will be sent to all orgs/departments advisors and presidents/department heads after the deadline.



Posted by: Student Activities and Leadership
Fall 2021 Mini Term B & D Important Dates and Deadlines

Monday, October 18, 2021

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Mini Term B and D Begins 

Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22, 2021

Fall Break (No Classes for the 14-week term)

Thursday, October 22, 2021

Mini Term B and D Deadline for Late Registration/Adding Courses/Declaring Audit 

Thursday, October 22, 2021

Mini Term B and D Deadline to Drop a Course and Receive 100% Refund 

Posted by: Office of the Registrar
2022-2023 FAFSA IS OPEN

Monday, October 04, 2021

It's officially time to renew the FAFSA for the 2022-2023 school year. Complete it ASAP to maximize your aid $$ for next year. Set aside 30 minutes this week to renew online:

You can also schedule a virtual appointment if you need assistance:

Have a great day!

Posted by: Financial Aid Office
Valerie Holmes: 50 Years of Service to the University

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Today, Valerie Holmes, Division of Student Affairs, serves her last day at Norfolk State University. As she retires, she sends us a special message. Read it here.

Posted by: Communications and Marketing
COVID-19 Protocols for Homecoming

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Norfolk State University is committed to a Culture of Care for all who come to our campus. All external visitors registering for and attending events at Norfolk State University are expected to abide by University COVID-19 guidelines, which are based on CDC guidance, and are subject to change as conditions warrant. Masking is required indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when actively eating or drinking. Outdoors, masking is highly encouraged per CDC recommendations.

 For the health, safety and enjoyment of all during our Homecoming activities, including tailgating and the game, we are requiring proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of event attendance. We create these shared expectations of event participants in keeping with our core values of belonging within this community, our respect for one another as individuals and in recognition of the risks inherent to gathering amid a pandemic.

 With your cooperation and participation, we look forward to one of the best-ever Homecomings at Norfolk State University!

Posted by: Communications and Marketing
Pre-Law Introduction Meeting — All Majors/Classifications are Welcome

Thursday, September 30, 2021

A Pre-Law introduction meeting will be held for all majors and classifications on Friday, October 1, 2021, from 3:30–4:15 p.m. at the Nursing and General Education Building, Room 309.

 The following topics will be discussed:

  • Overview of NSU Pre-Law Program


  • Explanation of the Law School Admission Council


  • Whether you can attend a Law School Fair to meet with U.S. Law Schools


  • Overview of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)


  • New NSU 3+3 Dual Degree Program with Appalachian School of Law (Burke, VA)
    • Freshman and Sophomore Important Dates/Process


  • New NSU Preferred Admission Program with Appalachian School of Law (Burke, VA)
    • Junior and Senior Important Dates/Process

Pre-Law Advisor Contacts:

Torian L. Lee
Global Learning & International Programs
Norfolk State University
Nursing & General Education Building, Suite 302
(757) 451-7757 (office)

 Carol J. Pretlow
Associate Professor
Norfolk State University
Dept. of Political Science
(757) 823-8192 (office)

Posted by: Communications and Marketing
Best Browsers for Use with Blackboard

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Office of Extended Learning strongly recommends that you use either Chrome or Firefox browsers for all Blackboard tasks, even if you’re using a Mac computer. You can download them here:

 Chrome for PC

Chrome for Mac


Firefox for PC

Firefox for Mac


If you have trouble in one browser, please try the other before calling for user support.


We also recommend that you change the setting on your computer to choose either Chrome or Firefox as your default browser.


Here’s how (complete these steps after you’ve downloaded and installed both Chrome and Firefox):


On a Windows 10 computer:


  1. Click the Start button at the very bottom left of your computer screen.


  1. When the menu appears, slide up and click on the gear icon (Settings).


  1. In the Find a setting box, type default. Click Choose a default browser.


  1. Click on whatever browser appears under Web browser. Choose either Chrome or Firefox from the list. If your preferred browser is already listed, no action is required.


On a Mac computer:


  1. Choose the Apple menu, then System Preferences, then click General.


  1. Choose a web browser from the default web browser menu.


As always, the Office of Extended Learning Blackboard Support Team is standing by to assist you.  You may reach us using one of the following methods:


  1. Call
    1. (757) 823-8678, option 1
    2. (844) 266-4990


  1. Email


  1. Virtual Open Lab (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)


  1. Create a help desk ticket
    1. Click the white Tech Support button at the top of the course menu in your course
    2. Click the green Technical Support button at the top of the course menu in your course
    3. Click the Submit Help Desk Ticket button on the right side of the Student or Faculty/Staff tab screen
    4. Click the Submit Help Desk Ticket button at the top left of the Resources tab screen

Posted by: Communications and Marketing
2021-22 Seasonal Flu Shots are Available

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Flu Season is fast approaching. Please do not forget to get your influenza vaccine for the 2021-2022 season. If you do not have health insurance, you can still get a free flu shot. 

 Here are links to free vaccine information:

Sentara Healthcare Free Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinics on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021


Riverside Health System Free Flu Drive Thru and Walk-Up Clinics - various dates SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 thru NOVEMBER 6, 2021


Veterans Benefits & Health Care: Free Flu Shots SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 to MARCH 31, 2022

Here are some influenza information resources:

CDC: Similarities and Differences between Flu and Covid-19

 Families Fighting Flu

Posted by: Communications and Marketing