COVID-19 Notifications

Notification of Symptoms Protocol ​

All students, faculty, and staff who report COVID-19 symptoms or who are exposed to the virus must follow the testing, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols established by Chowan University. 


If you feel ill or experience symptoms of COVID-19:

AVOID all contact with others. Stay at home or in your room. Do not go to class, work, dining halls, etc.
CALL to self-identify. 
Call the Office of Student Affairs at 252-398- 1227 between 9 am and 4 pm and our staff will assess you. 
If after hours or on the weekend, please call Public Safety at 252-398-1234. Please share your mobile number with them and Public safety will contact our health provider with your phone number and location. Our health provider will call the student and assess.
TRANSITION to a temporary self-Isolation space if you are directed to by our health provider. If so, Residence Life will coordinate the isolation space with you and the CARES Team will review services available to you while in self-isolation

Remember to protect yourself and others, you must ACT if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. 

If a student tests positive while on campus, and if they are able to travel home by personal vehicle, they will be encouraged to do so. The CDC warns against mass transportation for anyone testing positive. If they are unable to leave campus, they will be relocated to our quarantine residence hall. Our University nurse will provide the necessary care and monitor them daily. Students in quarantine will be provided their meals and access to any services necessary to include, counseling, pastoral care, etc. If a student tests positive we will begin contact tracing to test all persons they may have encountered in conjunction with the local health departments.  

Faculty & Staff:

If you feel ill or experience symptoms of COVID-19:

Employee reports Covid-19 exposure to supervisor 
Employee is sent home immediately if on-campus or remains at home if not on campus
Human Resources alerted to the situation by the supervisor and responds by contacting our health provider to being the exposure evaluation process. 
Human Resources completes a documented confidential log on the medical event, specifying date/time frame, event details, resolution.

Full Employee details are available at 

COVID-19 Case Alerts Protocol

Chowan University relies on the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, known commonly as the Clery Act, to guide communications decisions regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Per the Clery Act, Chowan University will post a campus notification when 1) a public health agency has confirmed via a COVID-19 test that a member of the community has the virus AND 2) the individual was recently on the campus. Chowan University will conduct contact tracing for student or employee cases that fit these criteria in conjunction with the local health department. Under HIPAA and FERPA regulations, Chowan University is unable to provide details about individual cases. 

Protocols may change. Please continue to check this page for updates.

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program

Chowan University is facilitating a COVID-19 surveillance testing program for our unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff. This is part of the University’s strategy to mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this testing program is to allow the University to monitor and address real-time trends and prevalence and make timely decisions on intervention and response.  

A surveillance testing program means that random samples of students, faculty, and staff will be selected and tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have a known exposure or are showing symptoms of COVID-19. This allows the University to make inferences about the level of spread in the student population and identify asymptomatic cases for isolation.    

The University will test a randomly assigned sample of 8% of students, faculty, and staff every week. Selection of students, faculty, and staff to be tested will be provided by the Student Affairs and Human Resources Offices. Testing will be conducted at White Crossing E Multipurpose Room on Wednesdays, 8:30 am -12:30 pm. Students, faculty, and staff selected for testing will be notified via their university email to schedule a time for the test on the preceding Monday.  Testing typically takes 15-20 minutes.

This is a required program. Failure to respond and schedule a test may result in a directive to quarantine until testing can be completed and/or loss of access to the university.

There will be no direct costs to students, faculty, and staff participating in this university-mandated testing. 

For more information, students please email Vice President Student Affairs, Montrose Streeter at or faculty and staff please email Human Resources Manager, Christie Morris at

Surveillance Testing Program FAQs

What is surveillance testing? – Surveillance testing helps to gauge the prevalence of a disease within a community by periodically evaluating samples from randomly selected non-symptomatic individuals within that community.

Who will be tested during surveillance testing?  Surveillance testing is now mandatory for:

-Unvaccinated students residing in campus housing.
-Unvaccinated students who live off-campus and have at least one in-person class.
-Unvaccinated faculty, staff, volunteers, and contract employees who are on campus
-Athletes are tested on a bi-weekly basis

If you are requested to participate in surveillance testing but do not live or work on campus, respond to the email and explain that you are remote.

What to expect if you’re selected for surveillance testing – This program which started with the resumption of the Spring semester, January 2021, focuses on testing people who are asymptomatic, meaning that they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19.  This helps the University monitor trends in the prevalence of COVID-19 and make timely decisions on interventions. In fall 2021, the program transitioned to surveillance testing of unvaccinated faculty, staff, and students.

The procedure for surveillance testing involves collecting a nasal specimen, a cotton swab is inserted into both of your nostrils for approximately 15 seconds.  Once a testing sample has been received you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes to receive the results of testing. 

A positive test for the individual could trigger additional testing of others that have close contact with this individual. Those people who are confirmed to be positive will be informed and required to isolate.

For students and employees called upon for surveillance testing, participation is now mandatory.  A high level of participation is important as part of Chowan University’s efforts to protect the health of the CU community.

How do I know I have been selected for surveillance testing? Students, faculty and staff selected for surveillance testing will receive an email requesting their participation.

Where will surveillance testing take place? White Crossing E Multipurpose Room

I am an athlete, and am getting tested by Athletics; do I still need to do the random testing? You are included if you are in a low risk sport (check with your coaching staff if you are not sure of your risk category)

I was tested last week and was negative, do I still need to be tested? Yes. Selection of individuals who are assigned to participate in mandatory COVID-19 surveillance is randomized and on-going throughout the semester. Individuals should report to any/all invitations they receive throughout the semester.

Can students refuse random testing? Students will have the option of being self-isolated on campus. Should you leave campus to self-isolate you will be tested upon returning to campus.  

Can employees refuse random testing?  Yes, but you may be asked to self-isolate and remain off campus for a two-week period.  You may also be subject to disciplinary action.

I’ve been selected for random testing but do not plan to come to campus until next week. Do I need to come to campus this week to satisfy my testing requirement?   If you are drawn as part of the weekly random sample, you need to participate during that specific week. Where necessary, we will work with individuals to determine an alternative method to acquire a test.

Can students volunteer for the testing protocol?   No, to get the full efficacy of the surveillance program, we must proceed with a true random sampling process.  

How will students be selected?  Random samples will be pulled on a weekly basis. Students and employees will be contacted directly to schedule their testing appointment.  

How will students be notified?  On Wednesdays, students will be notified via their university email account that they have been selected for testing the following week. The message will include instructions for testing, as well as contact information for Student Health Services if they have questions

What if a student has documentation that they have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies or have previously tested positive for COVID-19?  If they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, they may submit for exemption.  Exemption must be approved by the University Nurse. 

Spring 2022 statistics

Below are the cumulative statistics from January 2022 through May 2022. 

Employee cumulative positive confirmed cases on-campus


Student cumulative positive confirmed cases on-campus


Fall 2021 statistics

Below are the cumulative statistics from August 2021 through December 2021. 

Employee cumulative positive confirmed cases on-campus


Student cumulative positive confirmed cases on-campus


spring 2021 statistics

Below are the cumulative statistics from January 2021 through July 2021. 

Employee cumulative positive confirmed cases on-campus


Student cumulative positive confirmed cases on-campus


Fall 2020 Statistics

Chowan University was notified of the following COVID-19 positive cases of students and employees on-campus from March 2020 through December 2020.  The University began remote instruction after spring break in March 2020 through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.  On-campus, residential education resumed in August 2020 through November 2020 with the remainder of the fall 2020 semester completed virtually as pre-outlined in the academic calendar.

Below are the cumulative statistics from March 2020 through December 2020. 

Employee cumulative positive confirmed cases on-campus


Student cumulative positive confirmed cases on-campus


If you are contacted by Chowan University Medical Staff for contact tracing, please answer all questions to assist in this effort and help control the virus in our community. Under HIPAA regulations, Chowan University is unable to provide additional details.   

*On campus is defined as a person who resides or works on campus and has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined on campus. 
**Should an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 on campus choose to leave campus, the number is reflected in the cumulative positive, not active on campus counts. 
**These numbers did not reflect the number of students in quarantine out of the direction of medical staff but have not tested positive.