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Academic Dishonesty, Policy Appeals, and Grade Appeals Policy

All courses in majors offered by the School of Natural Resources will include the following Academic Integrity Statement in their syllabi:

Students are expected to adhere to guidelines concerning academic dishonesty outlined in Section 4.2 of University's Student Code of Conduct ( (Optional) Instructor - Outline penalties possible for instances of dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism here. Students are encouraged to contact the instructor for clarification of these guidelines if they have questions or concerns. The SNR policy on Academic Dishonesty is available at

Grade and Policy Appeals, and Incidents of Academic Dishonesty in School of Natural Resources courses are to be handled in the following framework:

Student Appeals of a School of Natural Resources Policy or Policy Decision:

A student wishing to appeal an NRES, WATS or SNR policy or policy decision must first discuss with his or her academic adviser the policy or decision in question. If a satisfactory solution is not achieved with the adviser, the student may request a decision from the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate student) or Graduate Committee (graduate student) and then the SNR Director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may appeal his or her case through the appropriate College Dean's Office, using that body's appeal process.

Students appealing a policy decision must do so within one semester (Fall or Spring) following the decision.

Student Appeals of School of Natural Resources Course Grades:

In the event of a dispute involving NRES or WATS course grades, the student must first appeal to his or her instructor and, failing resolution with the instructor, to the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate level course) or Graduate Committee (graduate level course), and then to the SNR Director in writing (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may appeal his or her case through the appropriate College Grade Appeals Committee using that body's process.

If a grade is appealed to the appropriate SNR Committee, the instructor must provide a written justification for the awarding of the grade. The student shall provide an account of the grounds for the grade appeal and evidence that the student has sought to resolve the case in consultation with the instructor.

Students appealing a course grade must do so within one semester (Fall or Spring) following the grade.

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty can involve, but is not limited to, cheating; fabrication or falsification of information; plagiarism; destroying, defacing, stealing, or making inaccessible library or other academic resource material; complicity in the academic dishonesty of others; falsifying grade reports; or misrepresenting illness, injury, accident, etc., to avoid or delay an examination, or the timely submission of academic work.

Consequences of academic dishonesty in NRES or WATS courses, depending on the degree of severity as interpreted by an instructor, may range from a warning to assigning an F for the course. The instructor might also choose to assign a zero or partial credit for a specific assignment, quiz, examination or laboratory report in which dishonesty was involved. Before imposing an academic sanction the instructor shall first attempt to discuss the matter with the student. In all cases, including sanctions not involving a lowered grade (e.g. retaking an exam) the instructor must document the instance(s) of student activity that constitutes academic dishonesty. Documentation must be kept by the instructor for a minimum of two years and must be made available to appropriate School, college, and UNL authorities if cases of academic dishonesty result in disciplinary hearings or appeals at those levels. When an academic sanction is imposed that causes a student to receive a lowered course grade, the instructor shall make a report in writing of the facts of the case, and of the academic sanction imposed against the student, to the SNR Director and, if necessary, to the UNL Director of Student Judicial Affairs. The student shall be provided with a copy of this report. Further, the instructor may recommend to CASNR, CAS, or UNL disciplinary proceedings against the student for violation of the Student Code of Conduct if the instructor, in the exercise of his or her professional judgment, believes that such action is warranted.

If the student believes that the allegations of the instructor regarding Academic Dishonesty, or the proposed penalty to be imposed, are unjust or not warranted, the student should contact their academic adviser and the SNR Director to discuss the matter. This process must be initiated within one month of the class grade assignment. If a student facing a sanction due to academic dishonesty in an SNR course wishes to appeal the sanction, the following process must be followed. First is an appeal to the chief instructor of the course. Failing this appeal, next is an appeal (in writing) to the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate student) or Graduate Committee (graduate student), then to the SNR Director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may then appeal through the appropriate CASNR, CAS, Graduate Studies, or UNL appeal process, subject to the process and requirements of those bodies.

Approved by SNR Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculum Committees - 09/13/2013

Approved by SNR Faculty - 10/03/2013


Welcome to the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! It has a long, rich history in the University. The administrative staff consists of the following people:

  • Director - John Carroll
  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson
  • Associate Director for Conservation and Survey - Matt Joeckel
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs
  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen

Welcome to the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! Our success as a unit depends on your success and contributions as an individual. The information contained in this website will help you get an overall understanding of our programs, activities, organization, and policies and procedures.

The School of Natural Resources has a long, rich history in the University. Many of the components of the School began as stand-alone departments. In an effort to promote collaboration and service to the University and the State of Nebraska, several of these stand-alone departments merged in 1997 to become the School of Natural Resource Sciences, and later became the School of Natural Resources in 2003 with the addition of several more units. A number of other centers and divisions are associated with the School. They include:

  • Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT)
  • Conservation and Survey Division (CSD)
  • Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (GP-CESU)
  • High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC)
  • National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)
  • Nebraska Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit (NFWCRU)
  • Nebraska State Climate Office (NSCO)

John Carroll serves as the School's director. The SNR director reports to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the three deans for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) which are the following:

  • Agricultural Research Division (ARD)
  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)
  • Extension Division

The director is supported by the following people:

  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson
  • Associate Director for Conservation and Survey - Matt Joeckel
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs
  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen
  • Faculty Coordinators:
    • Community Engagement - Dennis Ferraro
    • Faculty Mentoring - Pat Shea
    • Teaching - Drew Tyre
  • Mission Area Leaders:
    • Applied Climate and Spatial Science - Martha Shulski and Brian Wardlow
    • Applied Ecology - Larkin Powell
    • Environmental Science - Steve Thomas

The SNR Organizational Chart shows the layout of the administration of the School as well as its many components. An abbreviated version of the chart is also available.

Advising - Undergraduate Students


  • Natural Resources majors - Sara Winn:,  102d HARH, EC 0981   Phone: 402-472-0636


  • Advise undergraduate students majoring in Applied Climate Science, Environmental Restoration Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, Grassland Ecology and Management, Pre-Forestry, Water Science, and Undeclared Natural Resources.
  • Serve as liaison for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and international students.
  • Maintain course plans that show courses for each semester of a 4- or 5-year program.
  • Coordinate and track internships.
  • Maintain information for the Current Student website.

Faculty are expected to do career advising with the students.

Building Hours


  • Events Manager - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Hardin Hall's exterior doors and hallway doors are unlocked from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are locked evenings, weekends, and University Holidays.

Door schedules are adjusted to accommodate classes and events scheduled through SNR staff.

If there are after-hours access issues that require immediate attention, contact the UNL Police Department at 402-472-2222.

Please do not prop doors open.



  • IT Manager - Tri Tran:,  226b HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-8289

UNL Computer Use Policy


Employees and students will claim their university computer ID and password through UNL's Information Service Department. The IT Manager will use that information grant access on any SNR computer in Hardin Hall, e.g., the 24/7 computer lab (HarH 162), the computer teaching classrooms (HarH 141 and 142), the conference rooms (HarH 202, 207, 209, 901), the teacher's podium in the classrooms (HarH 163 and 228), teaching wet labs (HarH 023 and 024), and the Auditorium (HarH 107).

Internet and Email Services

As part of the SNR Hiring process, supervisors will be asked to provide computer and software needs to the SNR Information Technology (IT) Manager. The IT Manager or an assigned computer technician sets up the computer and will assist new employees with access to the internet, email, and printers.

After a new employee has been entered into the payroll system (SAP), the new employee will be asked to activate a UNL email account. Anyone with an appointment 6 months in length or greater must have a UNL email account. A supervisor may request that an employee with an appointment less than 6 months in duration have a UNL e-mail account.


All members of SNR with a computer login have access to a common network. This network allows us to share files and for our computers to be backed up.

All computers in classrooms, conference rooms and the auditorium are connected to the same network. When logging onto those machines, the same drives are accessed, based upon the login.

Each person has access to a P drive (personal drive), which only they can access by logging on with their ID/password and a Z drive, which all SNR Employees access; the Z drive is erased every Monday morning. Regular employees will have access to an S drive, which is used by SNR administration to provide employees with their job description, training records, course evaluations, etc.

Files saved to any networked drive, except the Z Drive, are backed up nightly. To recover a backed up file, contact the Information Technology (IT) group.


To provide optimum efficiency in computer support, SNR will require that all computer purchases be made through SNR Computer Support personnel and will be eligible for Tier 1 service. SNR Computer Support will maintain 99.9% or greater security for P drive, S drive, and network drives. Computers purchased without involvement of SNR Computing Support will be eligible for Tier 2 services; it is recommended that an outside business/person is used for software purchases and installation.


Computer purchased through SNR Computer Support (Tier 1)

  1. Computers will be chosen from a few select makes and models, determined by the SNR IT Manager.
  2. SNR Computer Support will provide data security with the P drive and network drives and offer a monthly backup of the C drive on each system.
  3. Full hardware support will be provided/available on each system.

Computers purchased without involvement of SNR Computer Support (Tier 2)

  1. SNR Computer Support will provide the following software for the user to install and configure:
    • Symantec anti-virus
    • Outlook/Office 365
    • Office 2013
    • VPN software, userid, and password for accessing network resources
  2. No additional software support. User is responsible to maintain copies of all software purchased and installed, in case it's needed later for reinstallation.
  3. No backup support. This is entirely the user's responsibility. If/when the system crashes; it is the user's responsibility to restore the system back to factory original specs. The user will have to reformat the hard drive and restore it to the day it was purchased, reinstall the software, and restore data from their backups.
  4. No mapping of network drives. Instructions, however, will be provided for the users to do it themselves.
  5. No hardware support.
  6. No trouble-shooting. If there is a problem or question, the user will deal directly with the factory and/or authorized service center.


  • Services
    • Hardware: computers, printers, color lasers, scanners, etc.: order, install/set up, maintain, update.
    • Software: Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2013/2016, Symantec, Windows Update, etc.: order, install, maintain licenses, update.
    • Network: activate ports; register Ethernet cards; assist wireless access; set up on UNL network; set up network laser printers; maintain login scripts; personal and group drives.
    • Servers: file servers - personal and group drives; print servers - audit, track and restrict printing; web servers - host School and School-related web sites; backup servers.
  • Pricing
    • There are no charges for basic computer and audio-visual support services for SNR personnel during regular University hours.
    • AV service during non-regular hours are billed at cost.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Contact the Information Technology (IT) group to get that setup on your computer.


Contact the Information Technology (IT) group to help you set up your computer.

Course Evaluations


  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson:,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

SNR will coordinate Faculty and Teaching Assistant evaluations for all courses in majors coordinated by SNR.

Course Syllabus


  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs:,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120
  • Adminstrative Associate - Maria Hansen:,  909 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-9873

Each course is required to have a syllabus that is distributed to students and emailed to the SNR Administrative Associate no later than 5 PM the first Friday of class. SNR shall maintain a database of all NRES and WATS home courses, and all other courses taught by SNR faculty.

UNL Faculty Senate Syllabus Policy: All courses must have a syllabus and all syllabi must include specific information about the instructor, course requirements, grading policy and schedule for examinations. This policy may be found at

CASNR information for teaching may be found at

Each syllabus must include:

  • The name of each Teaching Assistant (if applicable)
  • A Late Assignment Policy with a clear statement regarding penalties for late work
  • The following language: “Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic accommodation. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide flexible and individualized accommodation to students with documented disabilities that may affect their ability to fully participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. To receive accommodation services, students must be registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, 132 Canfield Administration, 402-472-3737 voice or TTY.”
  • If the course is ACE-approved, syllabus must include the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) that will be achieved, a brief description of the opportunities the course provides for students to acquire the knowledge or skills necessary to achieve the SLO(s), and a brief description of the graded assignments that will be used to assess the students' achievement of the SLO(s).
  • Academic Dishonesty, Policy Appeals, and Grade Appeals Policy

Crime Prevention and Safety

In an effort to raise awareness for safety of individuals, university property, and personal property, the University of Nebraska Police Services Department and the Division of Student Affairs invite all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to review UNL policies on:


SNR is primarily housed in Hardin Hall on east campus at UNL (at the northeast corner of the intersection of 33rd and Holdrege Streets). Faculty, staff, and laboratories are also located in the CSD Annex, East Campus Service Building, Kiesselbach Crops Research Laboratory, Natural Resources Research Annex, and the Water Sciences Laboratory. Outside of Lincoln, we have faculty in the research and extension centers in Scottsbluff, North Platte, and Norfolk. Off-campus field sites include the Barta Brothers Ranch, Nine-Mile Prairie, and Prairie Pines. We conduct research at a variety of locations throughout the state. For more information about SNR's facilities see Location & Facilities on the SNR website.

Five Year Review - 2009

Each academic department is required to undergo a periodic review. The review process consists of several documents, the first, of which, is the internal self-study.

2009 SNR Five Year Review

The UNL Academic Program Review Guidelines may be found at:

GIS/Graphics Service Center


  • Develop and maintain survey-related GIS databases.
  • Develop GIS databases for faculty and staff research and projects.
  • Provide GIS support for faculty and staff research and projects.
  • Develop maps and graphics using GIS databases. Provide technical support for GIS software.
  • University contact for ESRI software/technical support.
  • Provide general and technical assistance for GPS.
  • Maintain handheld GPS units for general use.
  • Large format scanning and plotting.
  • Produce maps, graphics and high-quality illustrations and drawings.
  • Produce posters and slide presentations for professional meetings.
  • Produce flyers, brochures, hand-outs and displays.
  • Flat-bed scanning, slide scanning, lamination, foam board mounting and comb binding.


The GIS/Graphics Service Center is required to charge fees to cover the cost of operating expenses, equipment, materials and supplies. An hourly rate for these services has been determined based on equipment costs, depreciation, licensing fees and replacement needs. The hourly fee covers such expenses as phone lines, Internet connections, computers, large format plotter, large format scanner, laminator, printers and software and licensing fees. Additionally, all materials are charged at cost with no markup. The cost of materials covers such expenses as plotter paper, foam board, laminating film and other miscellaneous supplies. The following is a list of all fees charged through the GIS/Graphics Service Center.

  • Hourly rate – $6.00/hr.
  • Large format plotting
    • Plain, coated paper – $1.00/ft.
    • Glossy paper – $2.00/ft.
  • Color laser prints – $0.25/pg.
  • Lamination (glossy) – $ 0.30/ft.
  • Lamination (satin) (large format) – $ 1.50/ft.
  • Foam board
    • 30" x 40" (adhesive) – $7.00/ea.
    • 48" x 72" (adhesive) – $22.00/ea.
    • 40" x 60" (non-adhesive) – $5.00/ea.
  • Mylar – $2.00/ft.

Note: For long term projects, a customer may be referred to CALMIT to make use of their services.

Talk with the Graphics Specialist to get information on UNL logos and policies for appropriate use.

Go Green


  • Sales and Events Manager - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Environmental stewardship, preservation, and sustainability are important in SNR. We participate in recycling and energy conservation programs.


Unwanted equipment, books, etc., are to be reused within the department whenever possible. If we cannot find a new use and the item was purchased with University funds, it must be sent to Inventory. Complete the Surplus Equipment Pickup form, and send to Inventory Coordinator.


Recyclables are collected in Hardin Hall, Recycle bins are serviced on an as-needed-basis.  The collection locations are:

1st Floor Lobbies North and South
2nd Floor Lobby North and South
138 - Dock Area
9th Floor Lobby

Self-Serve Recycle bins are located in the Tower floors 3-9 and in the graduate student areas in the 2nd floor north and the Tower basement.

We do single-stream recycling; meaning, all recyclables we collect may go in the same container. We collect non-food paper products, non-food plastics (plastic drink bottles are acceptable, but not plastic food wrapping), glass bottles, and metals (aluminum, tin, and steel cans). No Styrofoam.

Corrugated cardboard boxes should not be put in the SNR Recycling Bins. Write "Trash" on them and set them in the hallway for Custodial Staff to pick-up and take to the outside cardboard recycling bin or take them directly to that outside bin yourself.

Contact the Sales and Events Manager with questions.


SNR makes every effort to reduce consumables and waste. We use print-on-demand printing to generate all letterhead and envelopes.

Energy Conservation

Within Hardin Hall, SNR has worked with Facilities to reduce energy usage by removing one light bulb from each overhead light. Occupants in the tower have agreed to use only the "after hours" mode for day-to-day lighting, which reduces the number of overhead lights that are in use.

Occupancy sensors were installed in Hardin Hall in 2009, with additional sensors being installed in 2010. Occupancy sensors are located in tower offices, conference rooms, lobbies, and labs with fume hoods. These sensors control the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting for each room. Lighting for offices is optional, based on whether the occupant turns on the lights when he/she enters the room. Because the conference rooms have dimmer switches for lighting during presentations, the occupancy sensors were set to control only the HVAC system, so lighting in conference rooms continues to be controlled manually. Most rooms are set on a 10 minute timer, but lobbies and tower restrooms are set at 5 minutes. After 5 or 10 minutes of motion not being detected, the HVAC and lights, if set, will be turned off. When the occupant returns, the HVAC system and lights will turn on. Generally, HVAC sensors recover costs in 3 years and light sensors in 5 years.

SNR employees have the opportunity to participate in the energy conservation program by turning off their computer at night. This is not an option for employees who use remote access to connect to their work computer outside of regular work hours.

Huskers Email Account


  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson:,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

Due to the size of file attachments that are sent to graduate students, it is requested that you establish and maintain a Huskers email address. You can do this after you have received your Certification of Admissions from the Office of Graduate Studies. You will request a Huskers email account through Information Services which can be reached through You will need to use your NU ID number and password that were sent to you via email by your Graduate Admissions Evaluator and TrueYou. We recommend that you create an email address that uses your first name and last name, separated by a period (i.e.

Once you have an email address, please provide it to the Office Associate for Student Services.



  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs:,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

Work-related injuries and illness may occur. When this happens, if an employee has a paid appointment with the University, he or she and the supervisor need to report the work-related injury or illness as soon as possible to the UNL Benefits Office. Emeritus faculty*, retired staff, visitors, guests, and students** are not eligible for Worker's Compensation. If they are injured while on University property, they must use their personal funds/insurance to cover any medical expenses.

* Emeritus faculty who sustain a work-related injury or illness while doing a paid assignment for the University will qualify for worker's compensation.

** Students who are employees (e.g. on paid assistantships or student workers) and sustain a work-related injury or illness will qualify for worker's compensation, for that specific injury or illness. If they are injured while walking to class, that injury is not covered under worker's compensation.

Links to the forms are avaialable on the SNR website at Accident/Injury forms.

Additional information about work-related illnesses and injuries may be found at


Health Insurance

Students are required to carry health insurance. They may have their own or participate in the UNL Healthy Option Student Plan. UNL's student health insurance is provided by Aetna Student Health. Coverage includes medical, dental, and prescription medications. You can enroll yourself and dependents online via MyRED or in person at the University Health Center, located at 1500 U Street on City Campus. Further details are available from the University Health Center ( and from Graduate Studies (

Students on assistantships are automatically enrolled in student health insurance. However, if you have other insurance or wish to waive this benefit, you must complete the waiver request form every semester by the fourteenth (14th) day of classes. Insurance for the Spring semester provides coverage through mid-August.

International students are required to show proof of insurance upon arrival to campus.

Travel Insurance

Students, faculty and staff traveling on University sponsored trips, including student field trips, etc., should be made aware of the following information:

  1. Students should have health insurance coverage. They can get coverage through the following methods:
    • Through their own private health insurance coverage
    • Through their parents health insurance coverage
    • Through the UNL Student Health Insurance Program
  2. Regardless of whether students have health insurance or not, they must enroll in the Student Trip Insurance Program before they travel on University sponsored trips. The UNL Student Trip Insurance Program (available through the UNL Benefits Office), covers students with $2,500 of accidental medical and $30,000 of accidental death for 25 cents per student, per day. Faculty and staff may opt to take this coverage as well. The Student Trip Insurance form is also available with SNR forms website.
  3. Students are not covered by any other University insurance coverage, such as Workers Compensation, on any trips. Their own medical coverage or Student Trip Insurance will be the coverage.
  4. Faculty and staff traveling abroad should consider having international medical insurance. In the event of an emergency this would cover emergency medical evacuation. Air Ambulance and FrontierMedex are two providers used by the University.
  5. Students, faculty and staff who are participating as volunteers on trips are not covered by the University's liability program. However, faculty and staff who are participating as a part of their job function are covered by the University's liability program.
  6. Faculty and staff who volunteer for trips are not covered by workers compensation and will rely on their own medical coverage should there be an injury. Faculty and staff who go on trips as a part of their job would be covered by workers compensation.

Before planning a trip, please contact the UNL Benefits Office (402-472-2600) so they may help you with required release forms and insurance information.

Library Services

The NCard (University ID) provides authorization to use the Library facilities. Library locations are below; additional information can be found at

UNL Libraries Location
(City Campus unless otherwise noted)
Love 13th & R Street
Architecture 308 Architecture Hall
C.Y. Thompson 38th & Holdrege (East Campus)
Engineering W203 Nebraska Hall
Geology 10 Bessey Hall
Mathematics 14 Avery Hall
Music 30 Westbrook Music Building
Schmid Law 152 McCollum Hall (East Campus)

Lost and Found


  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

The School of Natural Resources will hold Lost and Found items in Room 101 Hardin Hall (Nebraska Maps & More Store), for a period of 30 days. Items not claimed after 30 days will be forwarded to the UNL Police Department or disposed of in accordance with UNL Policy.

See UNL Campus Police Lost and Found policies.

My.UNL (Blackboard)


  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson:,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355

My.UNL is the academic portal for the University. Instructors use this site for their classes to share relevant class information, notes, post grades, etc. To access the site follow the link Help guides and tutorials are available on the site.The University Help Desk is also available to assist with problems. They can be reached 402-472-3970.

  • After the instructor's payroll actions have been processed, the Office Associate for Student Services (OASS) will request the instructor be added to Blackboard for the class he/she is teaching. Instructors are expected to become familiar with Blackboard and use it to support student learning. Students are accustomed to using Blackboard and often expect to use it in combination with in-class activities.
  • Instructors are encouraged to establish the OASS as an administrator of the course so that they may assist in posting announcements to the students.
  • Instructors are not authorized to use private websites for teaching purposes. Only Blackboard, which is University sponsored, is approved for use in teaching.
  • Blackboard is a useful tool to send announcements or respond to the entire class. Sometimes a student will e-mail an instructor with a question about an assignment. If an instructor believes the answer is relevant to other students, he or she can send an e-mail (through Blackboard) to the entire class.
  • All course handouts, information on Blackboard, or other course-related materials (whether the materials are placed on Blackboard or distributed in class) must meet the professional standards of the School, College, and University.
  • Simple instructions for accessing Blackboard can be found on the Blackboard website. User-friendly tutorials for Blackboard can be found on the same website. If additional instruction is needed, the Instructional Technology Group through UNL's Information Systems offers faculty/staff training workshops on My.UNL Blackboard course management system.
  • The Alumni Coordinator can assist in determining your username and password.

NCard (Photo ID)


  • Office Associate - Operations - Karen Gilbert:,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-8197
  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson:,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • HR Personnel General - Natural Resources Business Center - Leo Masek:,  237i HARH, EC 0972   Phone: 402-472-0833

Your NCard is your student ID at Nebraska. It is used for identification, access to certain buildings and labs, and educational discounts. It also offers the optional service of purchasing items on campus.

To obtain your NCard, first register for classes and then take a current photo ID and your NU ID number to the NCard Office located in Room 121 of the Nebraska Union, 14th and R Streets, City Campus. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a $20 issuance fee, which will be charged to your consolidated account. You will receive an e-mail notification that your consolidated account statement is available online for you to access via MyRed. If you were a UNL undergraduate, you do not need a new NCard.

Once your NCard is issued, you will be authorized to access Hardin Hall. Student authorization is established by the Office Associate for Student Services (OASS) in conjunction with the Alumni Coordinator.

The NCard is the Photo Identification for University employees, students, visiting personnel. Visiting personnel and others who require an NCard for building access or library use, but are not paid by the University, will receive an Affiliate NCard, which is white in color. NCards are used for identification, door/building access, library, obtaining parking permits and/or bus passes, campus recreation center, NCard charge account, Wells Fargo banking, and educational discounts at area businesses. For a list of discounts, go to

Once your NCard is issued, you will be authorized to access Hardin Hall. Employee authorization is established by the Alumni Coordinator.

The NCard charge account can be used as a credit card at City and East Campus food vendors (a special application is required).

If your card is lost or damaged beyond normal wear-and-tear, a replacement fee of $20 is charged. A reduced replacement fee will be charged for stolen cards if accompanied by proof of theft, such as a police report or insurance claim form.

You are encouraged to get your NCard as soon as possible as it will be needed to obtain your parking permit, etc. To learn more about the NCard or credit card option, go to


If you are an employee, your NCard application will be provided by the Natural Resources Business Center (NRBC) HR Generalist, after you have been entered into our payroll system (SAP). If you are a visitor (not paid by UNL), your NCard application will be provided by your supervisor or the Alumni Coordinator after you complete a volunteer-affiliate form.

Troubleshooting for Building Access Problems

The NCard is based on proximity to the card reader. Most of our card readers can read the magnetic information through a purse, wallet, or backpack. Once the card is recognized and authorization is approved, a beep will sound, the reader light will turn green, and the door will unlock. If your NCard is recognized but not authorized, the reader will beep and the door will not unlock. If your NCard is not recognized, the reader light will continue to show red. This usually means the NCard has gone bad or someone has changed your NCard authorization. For problems, alert the Alumni Coordinator. Provide the door number, date, and approximate time you attempted to use your card, and they can check the system. You can also take your card to the NCard office to have them check it. Oftentimes, the card has "gone bad" and needs to be replaced, which can only be done at the NCard Office. This is considered normal wear-and-tear and will be replaced at no cost to you. If you have not completed your degree but are not registered for classes, your NCard access may be affected. Contact the Alumni Coordinator to resolve this.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The School of Natural Resources adheres to UNL's policy regarding non-discrimination. The policy can be found at

Notary Service


Notaries in Hardin Hall.



  • Event Manager - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550
  • Office Associate for Sales - Lisa Greif:,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3679

On Campus Parking

There is no free parking on campus. If you will have a car, purchase your parking permit from Parking and Transit Services online or in person in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Parking permits are issued annually at the beginning of each academic year (Fall Semester) and are valid through the following August. However, per semester, month, and day are also options. A map of available student lots can be at

There is no free parking on campus. If you wish to park your car on campus, purchase your parking permit from Parking and Transit Services online or in person in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Parking permits are issued annually at the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1) and are valid through the following June. Faculty on 9-month appointments may purchase a 9 month permit which is valid during the Fall and Spring semesters. A map of available lots can be at

Parking and Transit Services can issue temporary handicap parking permits. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can help with longer terms special parking needs; contact the Equity, Access, and Diversity Programs office to setup an accommodation.

If you are driving a rental car or other vehicle and are using your hangtag to park on campus, be sure to register that vehicle with Parking and Transit Services.

A free bus pass (valid for both campus and city bus systems) is also available for all registered students.

Service and Delivery Permits

Service Delivery Permits are available for occasional use by faculty, staff, and students for business purposes only. The Service Delivery Permits are valid in the following University parking areas only if placed in a vehicle with a valid University of Nebraska - Lincoln parking permit (other than "P" permits): City and East Campus Area A, any Service and Delivery spaces and spaces marked for the use of our department. Check out Service Delivery Permits at the Nebraska Maps & More Store.

Off Campus Parking

Street parking available on the streets surrounding East Campus. When parking in the neighborhoods be courteous to those in the neighborhood. Watch for snow emergency information following snow storms.


Remember to register your bicycle, if you plan to bike to campus. Secure bikes only on bike racks.


Guests/Visitors, persons other than students, employees, and vendor/contractors who occasionally visit UNL for scholarly work, pleasure, or business, may park in the designated Visitor Parking. If no Visitor Parking spaces are available, visitors may park in unmarked spaces and obtain a Departmental Guest Permit from the Office Associate for Operations in the Nebraska Maps & More Store.

If you are hosting an event which may have more than five visiting vehicles, you must request Conference Permits, available for $8.00 each from UNL Parking & Transit Services. See the Sales & Event Manager for assistance with Conference Permit orders.

Parking permits from UNK, UNO, and UNMC may be used on the UNL Campus. However, any University of Nebraska faculty, staff, and students who are primarily assigned to the UNL campus must purchase a permit from UNL's Parking & Transit Services Office and may not use permits from other campuses.

State of Nebraska vehicles do not need parking permits to park on campus and may park in any unmarked or non-metered spaces. Government vehicles (except State of Nebraska vehicles) require Departmental Guest Permits to park on campus or may park and pay in a metered space.

For additional information see the Parking & Transit Services website.

East Campus Weekend Parking

Parking Services does not monitor University parking lots on East Campus after 4 p.m. on Fridays through 7 a.m. on Mondays. You may park an unregistered or non-permitted car on campus during those times.

Even though the lots are not monitored, all departments on East Campus are to provide event/parking information to Mackayla Kelsey in the Vice Chancellor's office via a Weekend Events Log at least 10 days before a scheduled event. The Vice Chancellor's office will provide that information to the Special Events staff in Parking and Transit Services. If the event is within 10 days, the department is still required to complete/submit the log form. If the special event on the UNL East Campus requires more than parking space (i.e., parking attendants, reserved parking or covered meters), the unit hosting the event will be responsible for paying the additional costs.

If SNR Event Planning staff is working with you on an event, they will complete/submit the log for you. If you are not working through SNR Event Planning staff, you are responsible for completing and submitting the form.

Printing Information


  • Information Technology Manager - Tri Tran:,  226b HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-8289

Work with your adviser to determine your printing needs. Then contact the Information Technology (IT) group to request access to the needed printers.

Public Image Policy

To assist the School in achieving its vision of international recognition, a Public Image/Branding Policy has been implemented. All employees and students are asked to follow it whenever possible.


All publications and electronic and hard copy communication shall adhere to the University's branding efforts. SNR employees shall utilize University-approved logos in hard copy and electronic communication and will maintain a positive public image in their communications.

Any SNR employees or students using UNL-supported e-mail (Huskers, Outlook/Office 365) shall refrain from expressing personal opinions through the inclusion of quotes, jokes or other statements added to their signature block.

Procedures include consistent use of email signature block, letterhead, PowerPoint templates, and maintaining current information on the SNR website.

Faculty/staff using Outlook/Office 365 shall select letterhead within policy allowance.

Faculty/staff email signature block is to include:
First Name Last Name, Title
(optional:) Center or program area, i.e., Nebraska Maps & More, Conservation & Survey Division, High Plains Regional Climate Center, Tern & Plover Conservation Partnership
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Room # Building
Street Address (Hardin Hall is at 3310 Holdrege Street)
Lincoln, NE 68583-0989 USA
(intentional blank line to distinguish address)
phone: 402-472-XXXX
(optional) phone: 402-472-3471 (SNR main phone)
fax: 402-472-2946
Optional: individual website, center website, work-group website, other (must be work-related)
SNR web site:
Optional: UNL-related website

Sample Signature Block

Jane Doe, Office Associate
School of Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln, NE 68583-0961 USA

phone: 402-472-5555
fax: 402-472-5555
SNR web site:

Scheduling Conference Rooms, Classrooms, and Other Resources


  • Event Manager - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550
  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson:,  102b HARH, EC 0921   Phone: 402-472-5355
  • SNR Webmaster - A/V Computer Wallpaper - Mark Mesarch:,  229d HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5904

If you need to make use of a Hardin Hall conference room or resources that are available for check out, contact the Sales and Event Manager. If you need to use a classroom, contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator to make arrangements.

SNR room and resource reservations are available through the Outlook/Office 365 calendar. Availability of rooms/resources can be checked as well. Click here for reservation instructions.

Reservations for Classrooms, Teaching Labs, and the Auditorium require approval from the SNR Resources approvers. You will be notified if/when your request is approved or rejected, usually within 24 working hours. Researvations for uncontrolled rooms will be system approved upon entry if the space is available. Jacki Loomis is the primary approver for conference rooms and resouces. Patty Swanson is the primary approver for classrooms.

The table below shows that rooms available for reservation and their features.

Hardin Hall Conference Room Seating Capacity A/V Features Phone Line
107 128 main floor with tables, 242 balcony Networked computer, overhead projector, laser pointer, lavalier microphone, hand-held microphone None
202 10 Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype 402-472-7571
207 20 Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype 402-472-6664
209 20 Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype 402-472-8724
228 27 (seminar style) Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype None
901 40 Networked computer, overhead projector, Skype 402-472-6730
Faculty Collaboration Room
6 None None
919 4 None None

NOTE: The following rooms must be reserved through the personnel listed or approval will be sought from them:

Room Personnel to contact about a reservation
023 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
024 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
141 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
142 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
162 Graduate Admissions Coordinator
163 Graduate Admissions Coordinator

All computers in classrooms, conference rooms and the auditorium are networked. When logging onto those machines, the same drives are accessible as on their office computer. Audio/Visual and computer wallpaper can display SNR related activity pictures and information. Please contact the SNR Webmaster to submit information/images to post.

SNR Calendars


  • Events Coordinator - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550
  • Communications Associate - Shawna Richter-Ryerson:,  911 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-6515

Today in SNR, the daily SNR calendar, is displayed on the monitors in the lobbies, posted near each elevator throughout Hardin Hall, and appears on the SNR Employee Information web page.

The SNR Calendar is intended to highlight events that the public is welcome to attend. It is also included in the College of Arts and Sciences calendar.

Information that is of a personal nature or not work-related may be posted in the Employee Lounge (204 Hardin Hall) and Student Lounge (239 Hardin Hall).

Students in the Academic Community

Students are encouraged to review what it means to be a student in the academic community at

In addition to a narrative description of The Student in the Academic Community, this site links to:

Teaching Philosophy

The School prides itself on high quality teaching. Faculty believe courses should be rigorous with up-to-date information from an informed instructor. Faculty members are responsible for helping students reach the desired outcomes in the course description. They have high expectations for students and plan quality instruction and active learning opportunities which will enhance a student's achievement. Sound educational principles must be followed. Faculty in the School will be expected to abide by these expectations, plus the following:

  • Set, post, and keep regular office hours or to be easily accessible to students for course consultation.
  • Meet all classes where and when scheduled.
  • Conform to the departmental course description for each course assigned.
  • Prepare a syllabus, which clearly specifies course requirements and grading policies.
  • If the course is approved as an ACE (Achievement-Centered Education) course, syllabus must be updated to include the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) that is to be achieved, a brief description of the opportunities the course provides for students to acquire the knowledge or skills necessary to achieve the SLO(s), and a brief description of the graded assignments that will be used to assess the students' achievement of the SLO(s). Throughout the course, collect samples of student work on key assignments that demonstrate how well they are achieving the SLO(s). At the end of the course, submit via BlackBoard the samples and a one-page reflection statement that describes the sampling strategy, how the student work demonstrates achievement of the learning outcome, and any changes that could be made to improve student learning. Adhere to deadlines for submitting reports.
  • Distribute the syllabus to the Alumni Coordinator no later than the first day of class.
  • Distribute the syllabus to the students no later than the end of the first week of class.
  • Conduct end of semester course evaluations for faculty and teaching assistants in all sections.
  • Manage course paperwork, including grades, in a timely manner.
  • Respond to email and phone messages within 48 hours of receiving them.
  • Participate in an annual performance evaluation.
  • Notify students and the Director's Office if a class is cancelled due to faculty illness.

Courses will be based on the course description which is made public in the University bulletin. A copy of the course description and sample syllabus (if the course has been taught previously) is available to new teaching faculty.

It is critical that courses reflect both our Doctoral/Research Extensive status and Land grant mission and are research-based and practical whenever possible and appropriate. Instructors must know and use the theories related to their content. Personal or anecdotal stories or examples can be used but must illustrate a theory or known best practice.



  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs:,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

Anyone receiving a paycheck from UNL and all students or volunteers working in Hardin Hall are to complete two sessions of safety training from Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) as well as complete the UNL/SNR Youth Activity Training. All three can be done online.

Click here to access the two sessions online.

Your advisor may determine that additional training is needed based upon the work you are doing. These include:

Supervisors must attend Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Training for Supervisors, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Training, and Human Resources (HR) Training for Supervisors, and be familiar with SNR's Expectations of Supervisors.

Training Website for Information
EHS Supervisor Training
ADA Supervisor Training
HR Supervisor Training
SNR Supervisor Expectations See Supervising - Faculty and Staff

Once any training is completed, provide the SNR Training Coordinator with completed notification. Any time job duties change, training needs should be reviewed, and any new training should be be promptly completed.

Vending Machines


  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

Vending machines are available in the Tower Lobby of Hardin Hall and in 148 Hardin Hall (just north of the Hardin Hall North Wing Lobby).

Contact the Office Associate for Operations to reports problems with the vending machines and to receive monetary refunds when a product is not dispensed, due to a machine malfunction.

Video Recording & Production Capabilities


  • SNR Media Room Contact - Larkin Powell:,  419 HARH, EC 0974   Phone: 402-472-6825
  • SNR Videographer - Gregg Hutchison:,  226 HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5436
  • SNR Communications - Shawna Richter-Ryerson:,  911 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-6515

Equipment & Facilities

SNR Media Room

Room 153a in Hardin Hall

This room is equipped with a variety of equipment and software and serves as a very basic recording studio for video recording & production. The room will be available for checkout on the Outlook Calendaring system similar to other conference/classrooms. The key can be checked out from Nebraska Maps & More during regular business hours.

Who can use the room? The room is available for any SNR faculty, staff or graduate student that needs to make videos for class, research, presentations or community engagement.

Equipment Available

  • Digital video cameras (2– One should always be assigned to the room. The another can be used for recording outside of room
  • Tripods (2)
  • Headsets (5)
  • Computer with recording and editing software
  • Green screen (Courtesy of Dave Gosselin)
  • Light (Courtesy of Dave Gosselin)
  • White Board

Software on Computer

Other Equipment

Mekita Rivas - Digital Camera (DSLR) with Video Capability and a video camera . Mekita will allow people to check out camera and give a basic tutorial of how to use the camera. She has Final Cut Express on her Mac for video editing.



Camtasia Relay – Very basic video recording software with limited edit capabilities. Can request this from SNR IT to be installed on individual's computers. See details at:

Camtasia Relay vs. Camtasia Studio

With Relay, the key is how simple it is. You open the recorder, pick a profile, hit record, and then hit Submit. The profile then determines the format and location the presentation is saved. You can set it so presenters just get an e-mail when everything is done, and they can go get the file then, to do whatever they want with it.

The processing in Studio takes place on the computer, while in Relay it takes place on the server, leaving the computer less taxed. You can also create a profile to save the recording to be edited in Camtasia Studio. You must then find a place to house the video such as MediaHub or YouTube if you want to share it with others.


Handbreak – HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.


SNR Options

SNR IT Services - Gregg Hutchison can record, edit and produce videos for SNR related projects. Projects that are worked on during regular business hours may be free of charge. Projects requiring production outside of the regular business hours will be subject to an hourly fee of roughly $60/per hour.

SNR also has hardware to live stream, but there is a cost of $55 plus cost for bandwidth from IANR/UNL to provide the stream.

Shawna Richter-Ryerson can also record, edit and produce videos for related SNR projects.

University Options

The university provides sources for video recording options and information. Some options and information are free of charge while other are fee based.

Mike Kamm, Electronic Media Specialist, IANR Media, , 402-472-9716

Dave Fitzgibbon, Director of Video Services, Office of University Communications,, 402-472-8520

Best Practices: UNL Branding, Accessibiltiy and Hosting

UNL Communications presented a short presentation on best practice guidelines for branding videos, creating accessibility features (such as close captioning) and hosting sites. You can view this video at

Youth Activity Safety Policy


  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson:,  904 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-7762
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs:,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120

SNR shall comply with the UNL Youth Activity Safety Policy and shall consider this part of employee training. SNR shall distribute the UNL and SNR policies to each paid employee and graduate student, and shall require that they sign an acknowledgement form indicating that they have read and understand them.

SNR shall collect forms on a calendar-year basis, January 1 through December 31. The forms shall be retained following the UNL Record Retention policy. If an employee/graduate student is involved in a youth activity that is coordinated by another department during the calendar year, he/she may notify the SNR Associate Director or Alumni Coordinator via email and request that his/her signed acknowledgement form be provided to the other unit. The UNL Museum and SNR have agreed to a reciprocating agreement to accept/receive these forms.

Associated Documents and Forms

  1. UNL Youth Activity Safety Policy,
  2. SNR Youth Activity Safety Policy and Procedure
  3. UNL-SNR Youth Activity Safety Policy Acknowledgement Form
  4. Activity Director Checklist
  5. Activity Worker Guidelines,
  6. SNR Activity Worker Acknowledgement Form
  7. Sample Parent/Guardian Information form, under Associated Files. To be incorporated into existing event registration form. Work with the SNR Associate Director or his/her designee to make the form event specific.
  8. SNR Parent/Guardian Information to be posted at events (coming soon)
  9. Youth Activity Safety Policy FAQ,