Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Updated March 16, 2020

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation had resulted in significant travel and meeting restrictions. In light of these changes along with recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control to limit gatherings and meetings, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining in-person NACADA Region Conferences.

Cancelled Conferences 

Emails about refunds have been sent to participants. For frequently asked questions about refunds, please visit

Updated: March 13, 2020

A lot has developed these past few days regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact around the world. NACADA leadership continues to monitor the situation for our upcoming programs and events. In response to the World Health Organization’s March 11 declaration of the coronavirus being a global pandemic, we made the decision to cancel the Region 1 conference, Region 8 conference, and Region 5 conference.

Information has been sent to all that registered for the conference. For more information about the cancellations and refunds, please visit here.

Cancelled Conferences 

We continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and are discussing the future of the upcoming regional conferences and NACADA drive-ins. The decision to cancel a NACADA conference comes from the Executive Office. We will be announcing any changes on the website, as well as on Facebook and on Twitter. Participants will also receive emails.

Posted: March 6, 2020

While the immediate health risk from novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is considered low at this time for the general public and in areas where upcoming NACADA events are scheduled, we continue to monitor developments related to the virus and its impact. NACADA is fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for conference attendees. We are working with conference venues to assure compliance with best practices and direction provided by the public health organizations.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is emphasizing that standard infection control measures continue to be the best way to avoid any respiratory disease, including COVID-19. According to the CDC, handwashing is the single most important infection control measure. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available (hand sanitizer is provided at registration tables and at stations throughout most venues). Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands.

Conference attendees should take common-sense precautions. We encourage hygiene etiquette for participants in any conference, including covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and placing used tissues in a waste basket, covering your cough or sneeze with your elbow or upper sleeve rather than your hands, washing hands after coughing or sneezing, and avoiding close contact. If you are feeling feverish, please exercise common sense and do not attend sessions that day, and if appropriate, get medical attention.

NACADA understands that COVID-19 may raise concerns among conference attendees and others. At this time, the Association is proceeding with upcoming events as planned. We will communicate updates with the membership and all event participants should the situation change. 

For information regarding the virus, please refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Academic Advising Responses to COVID-19 in the U.S. Online Discussion 

March 12, 2020

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The @AcAdvChat Community put together this document, Advising in Times of Disruption: