Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Current Status 

  • -University Offices are open during normal business hours.
  • -Commencement 2020 will be held in person on May 8, 2021
  • -Prospective students: The Admissions Office will remain available to serve you during normal business.  Campus visitors must adhere to CDC and government guidelines.  We understand this is a challenging time for individuals and communities across the world. We are here to support you in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 252-398-6230 or enroll@chowan.edu. Please click here for Admissions and visit details. 
  • -A Coronoavirus FAQ  page has been designed to assist you in answering questions you may have related to how the University is adjusting admit the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Fall 2020 Safe Reopening webpage has been created as a resource for the fall 2020 reopening. 
  • All campus guests must complete the #CampusClear survey


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting

Student Funds

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020 provides funding and flexibilities for higher education institutions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the CARES Act, colleges and universities received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The first portion of funding requires institutions to provide emergency cash payments to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  This includes, but is not limited to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.  The Department of Education identifies eligible students to receive funds as those who completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or were eligible to complete a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Under the guidelines and suggestions outlined by the Department of Education to get HEERF funds to students as quickly as possible with consideration of financial need, Chowan University has elected to base the student cash distribution amounts on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is a reflection of financial need.  The lower the EFC resulting from your FAFSA, the higher the financial need. 

To ensure a comprehensive and fair approach, Chowan developed a matrix (see below) based upon the total student cash payment amount allocated by the government ($1,307,163), the total number of eligible students (1,024), and each student’s respective EFC.  Students who were actively enrolled at the conclusion of the first spring break date (Sunday, March 15, 2020) were deemed eligible students. 

Group Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) Range Amount Per Student

Tier 1 EFC Range: 0 = $1,749.00
Tier 2 EFC Range: 1 - 200 = $1,549.56
Tier 3 EFC Range: 201 – 1,200 = $1,349.00
Tier 4 EFC Range:1,201 – 2,200 = $1,149.00
Tier 5 EFC Range: 2,201 – 3,200 = $949.00
Tier 6 EFC Range: 3,201 – 6,200 = $749.00
Tier 7 EFC above $6,201 or FAFSA not filed = $545.00 

These funds may be used as you deem appropriate to cover costs you incurred associated with the disruption of educational services created by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Eligible students were notified of the emergency relief funding via their Chowan University email on Monday, May 11, 2020 and paper checks were mailed between Wednesday, May 13, 2020 and Monday, May 18, 2020.  To date, Chowan University has expensed $1,307,163.12 in emergency cash payments to eligible students.

Institutional Funds

In response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Chowan University recently received an additional $1,307,163 for the second allocation of funds deemed Institutional Funds.  These funds can be used by institutions to cover any cost associated with significant changes to the delivery of instructions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  This may include equipment and software purchases, online licensing fees, and other expenses associated with moving class to an online delivery model. We are happy to announce that Chowan University has elected to use nearly 90% of the funds allocated to provide credits to student accounts.

COVID-19 Pandemic Related Credit for Spring 2020 Residency Fees
Approved by the Chowan University Senior Staff May 2020

Methodology for Credit Eligibility/Calculations 

The following represents the criteria and eligibility requirements employed to calculate individual student Residency Fee (meal plans and/or residential rooms) Credits resulting from the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.

Eligibility for Consideration:

Students actively enrolled (not withdrawn nor suspended) at Chowan University as of Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Students whose Residential Fees were fully covered by Chowan University institutional aid (including Athletic Grant in Aid) grants/scholarships will not receive credit consideration.
Students who stayed on-campus in their residence hall and/or consumed meals from Sunday, March 15, 2020 through the end of the Spring 2020 semester will not receive credit consideration for room usage and meals consumed.
Students who were ineligible to submit and complete a Free Application for Student Financial Aid are excluded from credit consideration as mandated by the Department of Education.

Meal Plan Factors:

Meal Plan calendar for the Spring 2020 semester consisted of a total of 103 days.
Fifty-four (54) of the 103 days were served as scheduled resulting in a maximum of forty-nine (49) days affected by the Pandemic.
Each student meal plan calculation is subject to the meal plan selected and charged to your student account factored by the meal plan percentage of institutional aid awarded.

The unused meals remaining were used as the basis of your meal plan credit calculation factored by the number of meals you consumed beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020 until the end of the Spring 2020 semester which was extended to Friday, May 15, 2020 through the supper meal.

Room Factors:

Residency calendar for the Spring 2020 semester consisted of a total of 116 days
Sixty-three (63) of the 116 residential days had passed before Sunday, March 15, 2020 resulting in a maximum of fifty-three (53) residential days affected by the Pandemic.
Each student residential calculation is subject to the type of Residential Fee selected and charged to your student account factored by the residential percentage of institutional aid awarded.
The unused residential days remaining (53) were used as the basis of your residency fee credit calculation to include a percentage for cleaning/sanitizing factored by the number of days you tapped into your room greater than 3 days after Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Students who tapped into their room in excess of three (3) calendar days after March 15, 2020 were charged for each day they accessed their room.

Graduating Seniors – Credit Guidelines:

Impacted graduating residential students meeting all requirements for graduation by May 2020 (as confirmed by the Registrar) will receive a credit based upon the credit eligibility/calculation factors above to their student account.

Students will have the credit applied to any balance remaining on their student account first.
Graduating students with a resulting credit balance on their student account will receive a refund check mailed to them on, or before, June 1, 2020.

Eligible Returning Students – Credit Guidelines:

Impacted returning students will receive a “CU Cares Credit” for the Fall 2020 subject to the eligibility/credit calculations criteria above.

Students will have the “CU Cares Credit” matching the calculation above applied to any balance remaining on their student account first with any remaining portion of the “CU Cares Credit” to be added to the student’s Fall 2020 account.
Students with an existing zero balance on their student account who are deemed eligible by the above eligibility/guidelines will receive their Residency Fee credit calculation in the form of a “CU Cares Credit” added to the student’s Fall 2020 account.

Eligible Returning Students Who Do Not Return Fall 2020 – Credit Guidelines:

Impacted eligible returning students who do not return for the Fall 2020 semester will receive a “CU Cares Credit” for Spring 2020 subject to the eligibility/credit calculations criteria above awarded after the Fall 2020 census date (September 2020).

Students will have the “CU Cares Credit” matching the calculation above applied to any balance remaining on their student account first.
Should your “CU Cares Credit” result in a credit balance on your student account after Fall 2020 census, the credit balance will be issued as a refund to the student in October 2020.
Students who have a credit balance on their student account that are not returning or have been suspended for the Fall 2020 semester may petition to have their credit balance on their student account refunded prior to October 2020 by completing this form

Chowan University understands the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic and trust that the significant efforts taken to arrive at these charge reductions will provide a measure of financial relief.  Should you have any questions, please contact the Business Office at (252) 398-6290.  We ask for your patience as our typical call volume may be elevated, but know that your questions are important to us.  We will address every inquiry as quickly as possible.  May God continue to bless you and your family.  Together, we are Chowan strong!

CARES Act HEERF Funds Update as of August 7, 2020:

On April 14, 2020, Chowan University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Funding Certification and Agreement Form noting a total grant amount of $2,614,325.  Students enrolled in a traditional class setting at Chowan University on March 15, 2020 meeting the criteria established by the CARES Act were eligible to receive consideration for the Emergency Grant Assistance.

On April 28, 2020, Chowan University received $1,307,163 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) identified as Student Funds which were distributed to eligible students as “Cash Payments.”  To ensure a comprehensive and fair approach, the University developed a matrix based upon each student’s respective Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA ranges employed to determine the amount of a student “Cash Payment” is listed below:

Tier 1: Eligible Students with an EFC of 0 received $1,749.00
Tier 2: Eligible Students with an EFC range of 1 – 200 received $1,549.56
Tier 3: Eligible Students with an EFC range of 201 – 1,200 received $1,349.00
Tier 4: Eligible Students with an EFC range of 1,201 – 2,200 received $1,149.00
Tier 5: Eligible Students with an EFC range of 2,201 – 3,200 received $949.00
Tier 6: Eligible Students with an EFC range of 3,201 – 6,200 received $749.00
Tier 7: Eligible Students with an EFC range above 6,200 received $545.00

Eligible students were notified of the emergency relief funding via their Chowan University email account on Monday, May 11, 2020.  Paper checks were mailed to student home addresses between Wednesday, May 13 and Monday, May 18, 2020.  To date, Chowan University has expensed a total of $1,307,163.12 in Student Emergency Cash Payments to 1,024 eligible students.  All HEERF Student Emergency Financial Grants have been exhausted.

On May 6, 2020, Chowan University received the second half of the HEERF grant ($1,307,162) deemed Institutional Funds.  These funds can be used by the University to cover cost associated with significant changes to the delivery of instructions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This may include equipment and software purchases, online licensing fees, and other expenses associated with moving classes to an online delivery model.  Chowan University elected to provide eligible student credits to their accounts receivable for missed meals and a percentage of unused boarding dates beginning on Sunday, March 15, 2020 with the supper meal.  To date, Chowan University has expensed $1,026,398.38 through the application of a CU Cares Credit to a respective 949 student accounts of the eligible 1,024 students.    

Students were notified via their Chowan University email account of the disbursement amount of the CU CARES Credit to their respective student account.  Student accounts resulting in a credit balance were handled via the following:

  • -Graduating Students received a refund of their credit balance upon confirmation from the Registrar’s Office of meeting all graduation requirements.
  • -Students who identify themselves as not returning for the fall 2020 semester via a web form provided by the University requesting a refund of their credit balance was approved and refunded upon confirmation of not returning by the Academic Success Office.
  • -Students expected to return for the fall 2020 semester who have not identified themselves as not returning will have their credit balance available to offset fall 2020 cost of attendance.   

CARES Act HEERF Funds Update as of October 1, 2020:

Chowan University has processed and is preparing to distribute by mail refund checks for the students who have a credit balance on their account due to the CU CARES Credit from Spring 2020 and who did not return to Chowan University for the Fall 2020 semester. 

 


Update XXIX - September 30, 5:00 pm

Today NC Governor Roy Cooper "North Carolina will ease cautiously some restrictions while continuing safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as the state’s metrics remained stable in September."  The state will move into phase III begins Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. and continues for three weeks through October 23. The full release can be found here.  All current Chowan University guidelines remain in place.

Update XXVIII - September 7, 7:00 pm

Many steps to protect the health and safety of our campus have been taken, but it takes the effort of the entire community to protect our campus.  With the return of employees and students, the likelihood of positive COVID-19 tests increases. We have expectations to be embraced and practiced on a consistent basis by our students, faculty, and staff. These expectations will guide us as we move through the semester. Each person’s full commitment to their own well-being and an effort to maintain the safety and health of others is at the heart and soul of these expectations. 

In order to effectively communicate, Chowan University has created a notification page (chowan.edu/covid19notifications). On this page, the campus community will find information on positive cases, alert protocols, and contact tracing.  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. These protocols can be found on the chowan.edu/reopening webpage under “Safety Practices > Self Monitoring and Quarantine Protocol."

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to wear the face masks correctly, practice social distancing, wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, and practice basic health standards and CDC guidelines.  Chowan University protocols surrounding COVID-19 are posted online at chowan.edu/reopening.  It is imperative that the University community complete the daily #CampusClear survey on the app or online.  Responsibility to follow the University policies falls to individual faculty, staff, students, and campus guests in order to promote a good social order with mutual care and respect for others.

We are “Chowan Strong - Safer Together.” 

Update XXVII - September 3, 12:00 pm

Chowan University’s Provost, Dr. Danny Moore released the revised Spring 2021 Academic Calendar along with the announcement that the in-person Commencement for the Class of 2020 has been postponed a second time to May 2021. Read the full information here

Update XXVI - September 1, 4:00 pm

Today NC Governor Roy Cooper "North Carolina will take a modest step forward move into Phase 2.5 starting this Friday, September 4th at 5pm. Mask mandates and other prevention methods remain in effect and are even more important to contain the virus."  The full release can be found here.  All current  Chowan University guidelines remain in place.

Update XXV - August 17, 5:15 pm

As part of our comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus, we are deploying #CampusClear, a daily self-screening application. Everyone in our learning community is required to use #CampusClear to gain access to campus. It only takes a few seconds to self-screen, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Likewise, please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms. 

Click here to install it on your device. If you are unable to access the application on your device you may use the web app address below to access the web application https://web.ivy.ai/app/campusclear. 

Update XXIV - August 5, 4:30 pm

Today NC Governor Roy Cooper "announced that North Carolina will remain paused in Safer At Home Phase 2 for another 5 weeks as students and staff return to schools, colleges and universities and the state doubles down on efforts to decrease COVID-19 numbers." The full release can be found here

Update XXIII -July 28, 10:00am

An email was sent to all students from our health care professionals. It includes the following notifications: 

  • -Given the increase of COVID 19 cases throughout the country, we are also requesting our students throughout the United States to self-monitor for at least 10 days prior to coming to campus.
  • -When you arrive on campus, you will be required to participate in a health screening before you check-in. The screening will include having your temperature checked and answer pertinent questions. The Chowan community will be expected to complete a daily self-health screening prior to attending classes, or beginning your day on campus.}
    Students will be required to sign the community compact, Chowan Strong- Safer Together. The compact is our agreement to care for self, others and this place. In addition, students will be given two face masks during check-in. Face masks are required in all public spaces.
  • In an effort to better meet the needs of our students, the Wellness Center has extended its hours from 9 am – 4 pm when classes are in session. 

Update XXII -July 21, 12:00pm

While extensive research and planning for protecting the health and safety of our campus are behind efforts to resume in-person classes and other aspects of the on-campus experience for fall, we know that this situation is ever-evolving and we will continue to provide updates as new information and guidelines are finalized. Chowan officials want to be available for you to answer any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have.

We will host a weekly Zoom meeting through check-in week on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM EST (July 28th, August 4th, 11th, & 18th). To join these meetings click here - you may join up to 5 minutes prior to start time. 

Update XXI -July 15, 5:00pm

Today NC Governor Roy Cooper extended the state's Phase II for three more weeks, sharing his "re-opening priority is the school building doors, and in order for that to happen we have to work to stabilize our virus trends.” The full release can be found here.  

Update XX -June 29, 4:30pm

The University will continue to develop and revise guidelines that address the expectations of all members of the community, personal safety practices, staffing options, workplace environments, emotional wellbeing, on-campus visitors, modification of facilities, and workplace education.

The University has a coronavirus information page (this page) to share updates with the campus community. In addition, the University will soon launch a fall 2020 reopening webpage to include the academic calendar, personal safety practices, modified campus events, guidelines for campus visitors, and information on academic life, residential life, student/campus life, and athletic life.

The University is preparing a public health plan that includes COVID-19 testing and tracing protocols, quarantine guidelines for students diagnosed as positive and for students who had contact with a diagnosed individual, and self-isolation guidelines for an employee who is diagnosed as positive or who has been exposed to or come in contact with an individual who has tested positive.

Academics: 

The University has released a modified fall 2020 academic calendar and will modify the spring 2021 the academic calendar, and continue to modify as needed to respond to the constantly shifting landscape of COVID-19.

To facilitate social distancing, University faculty will employ a mix of instructional delivery methods to include in-person, hybrid, and remote, while maintaining instructional excellence in all courses.

Health and Safety Practices:

The University is developing a be kind and be vigilant campaign to promote the monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms, wearing face coverings, practicing good personal hygiene and handwashing, and practicing social distancing.

To provide safe spaces where learning, teaching, serving, engaging, living, playing, and working together can thrive, the University will modify facilities to include limiting capacity in spaces; closing, where possible, informal gathering places; creating visual cues to direct community members where to enter, exit, stand, etc.; installing, where possible, barriers to ensure physical distancing; and removing furniture in public spaces.

To provide meaningful, safe and healthy experiences for all members of the community, the University will reimagine every dimension of the Chowan experience, including student organizations, residential life, dining services, athletic events, special programs, performances, exhibitions, admissions events, commencements, alumni and philanthropic activities, etc.

The University will implement standards, processes, and responsibilities for routine cleaning and disinfecting high-touch points and public spaces, such as classrooms, lobbies, and restrooms, etc.; for identifying areas to be deep cleaned following a presumptive for confirmed COVID-19 case; for distributing cleaning and disinfecting supplies to employees who have the responsibility of disinfecting their workspace on a regular basis several times per day; and for installing hand sanitizer dispensers at strategic points throughout campus. 

The University will develop written guidelines and protocols to address the return to work and accommodation for staff who may have underlying conditions that put them at a greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The University is working diligently to implement the above recommendations as well other recommendations that will flow from the Task Force working groups – Health and Safety, Academic Procedures, Facilities, and Social Distancing, Communications and Events, Student Life and Services, Athletics – while remaining nimble and flexible to changing conditions.

Update XIX -June 24, 6:00 pm

Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina would remain in Safer at Home Phase 2 for three more weeks and made mandatory that face coverings must be worn when people are in a public place. See the full state update here.

Faculty, Staff, students, and any campus visitors must follow University and state guidelines on face masks.  University personnel must continue to follow the “Campus Reopening Guidelines.”

Update XVIII -June 1, 3:00 pm

Chowan University continues to monitor current public health information and review guidance issued by a variety of public health agencies. With the assistance of the dedicated members of the University community, we have developed scenarios for how Chowan will provide an education to our students this fall that focuses on our mission of teaching, learning, engaging, mentoring, serving, and advising.

Today we are announcing revisions to the fall semester academic calendar. Below are the highlights of the revised calendar:

  • Classes will begin Tuesday, August 25, as already scheduled.
  • To complete as much of the semester before Thanksgiving as possible, we will NOT hold a Fall Break and the Thanksgiving Break will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25.
  • The last week of instruction, November 30-December 4, will be held online as Study Days. On a Study Day, instructors may hold study sessions, conduct labs, require presentations, etc., remotely. These days are designed to review and reinforce previous course work. No new material is introduced on a Study Day. A Study Day is also used to study for exams, complete papers and projects, make remote presentations, etc. 
  • An online Final Examination period will begin Monday, December 7, and end on Monday, December 14. Reading Day is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9. No exams will be given on December 12-13.

Read more. 

Update XVII - May 29, 9:00 am

Chowan University's Vice President for Athletics, Patrick Mashuda, announced Thursday the formation of a small working task force within the athletic department in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  "The overall health and safety of our student-athletes and staff are our number one priority so forming this task force will help prepare for a hopeful return to play in the Fall semester," stated Mashuda.  Read more.

Update XV - May 21, 11:00 am 

Yesterday evening, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will move into a “safer at home” Phase II of reopening beginning Friday, May 22nd at 5 pm. 

For staff and faculty currently performing duties remotely, the University has asked respective Vice Presidents to strategically phase employees return to campus to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community. Those who are on campus and those who return are required to continue to adhere to the CDC safety protocols and the Chowan Campus Reopening Guidelines.

Update XIV - May 12, 12:30 pm 

As the global understanding of COVID-19 evolves, it is imperative that the University research and recommend safe, effective, and efficient ways to reopen for fall 2020. On Monday, May 11th, Dr. Peterson named thirteen key personnel who will lead a task force that will coordinate the University's preparedness, operational effectiveness, and continuity as it relates to the reopening.   The team will be guided by safety, science, health officials, and Chowan's educational mission, with a priority to balance the significant value of on-campus living and learning with an equal responsibility to protect community health and safety. Read more here. 

Update XIII - May 4, 2020, 3:00 pm

Chowan University is preparing to be open for fall 2020.

President Peterson shared with the Board of Trustees in a virtual meeting on April 30th that the University intends to safely resume in-person teaching and residential life for the fall 2020 semester. Along with the senior team, he has been working through various scenarios to resume on-campus operations this fall. The plans are contingent upon the situation surrounding the pandemic and guidance from Governor Cooper and, state and local health officials.  

On April 23rd North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended the state’s stay at home order through May 8th and introduced his plans for a three-phase lifting of restrictions based on virus trends.  The University will continue to operate as it has since the stay-at-home order took effect in March with faculty and staff working primarily remotely and classes delivered online. For staff currently performing duties remotely, the University plans to follow state recommendations and announce a plan to strategically phase employees return to campus to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community. Summer courses, as they have been historically, will be delivered through online instruction. 

The overall theme across all sectors throughout the pandemic has been uncertainty and transformation.  As a primarily residential campus, Chowan students have adapted to a new way of learning and engaging with peers, most, including faculty, citing that they are eager to return to campus. The University recognizes that while the plan is to resume classes in person, it will be under a “new normal.” The top priority of the University is and will remain, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

“As we have throughout this ever-changing situation, we will keep you informed on procedures and decisions as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic” reassured Dr. Peterson.  The administration is planning and preparing to ensure a safe return for students, employees, and visitors.  The University will provide additional return-to-campus information updates as soon as possible. 

 

UPDATE XII- April 24, 2020, 12:00 pm

Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended the state-wide "stay-at-home" order through May 8th.  The University will continue to operate as it has since the stay-at-home order took effect in March with faculty and staff working primarily remotely and classes delivered online. Those who remain on campus and those who come to perform essential services are required to continue to adhere to the CDC safety protocols.  

The University remains focused on continuing business operations as well as online academic support through the rest of this semester, as well as our on-campus housing and dining services to students who need them.  As the semester comes to an end, students are reminded to follow the Residence Life check out process created to ensure we follow best practices. 

As a reminder, we have an FAQ page that includes best practices and protocols. 

UPDATE XI- April 17, 2020, 9:00 am

In order to prioritize the health and safety of all of our campus residents and staff, while also maintaining social distancing guidelines, students who are not currently on campus will be required to follow the outlined process for Residence Life end of the year checkout. 

UPDATE X- March 27, 2020, 5:30 pm

This afternoon, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced a state-wide "stay-at-home" order requiring all non-essential businesses to cease operations beginning Monday, March 30th at 5 pm. Chowan University's leadership anticipated this development and has enacted the changes to comply. The Executive Order allows institutions of higher education to continue to maintain certain on-campus activities throughout the stay-at-home time period.  Within this context, we remain focused on continuing business operations as well as academic support such as delivering classes and academic services online that are scheduled for the rest of this semester and our on-campus housing and dining services to students who need them. 

All faculty and staff will continue to follow the guidelines provided by your respective Vice President/Supervisor this past week regarding telework. Students will receive additional updates from Residence Life before the stay at home order takes effect.

Those who remain on campus and those who come to perform essential services are required to continue to adhere to the CDC safety protocols. This includes, but is not limited to social distancing, working in isolation, frequent handwashing, and frequent disinfection of surfaces. Chowan University’s custodial services remain proactive in ensuring that areas and surfaces are clean daily. While this order takes effect on Monday, we encourage the Chowan University community to adhere to the governor’s directives beginning today. 

Students will receive additional updates from Residence Life before the stay at home order takes effect.

 

UPDATE IX- March 25, 2020, 1:11 pm 

Message from Dr. Kirk E. Peterson, President:

In consultation with the Board of Trustees and senior leadership, Chowan University has become a virtual university, completing the remainder of the spring 2020 semester in an online learning setting. At this time, the University is not closing campus operations, but taking the necessary precautions to protect the campus community. Many offices and resources have or will move to remote assistance.

While we are in unprecedented times, the University maintains its commitment to her students. Central to our mission is maintaining the most sacred ceremonies, such as commencement. We recognize this event happens but once in a lifetime. Accomplishing this task is monumental in the current state of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commencement 2020, originally scheduled for May 9th, has been postponed until December 19, 2020. The December 19th Commencement will honor candidates for graduation from December 2019, May 2020, July 2020, and December 2020. However, on May 9th, the University will hold a virtual celebration for those who were slated to receive their diploma that day.

We also understand there is frustration, disappointment, and fear of the unknown. As President, I can assure you that Chowan University has a dedicated faculty and staff, and our students are remarkable at overcoming adversity. Like many higher education institutions, we are doing our best to navigate these uncharted territories amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our goal is to do our best in responding to questions and be prepared for the unexpected, but the reality is this is an ever-evolving situation, and frankly, we may not have all of the answers to some of your questions at this time.  

The University will soon communicate additional information to students regarding campus operations and procedures. In the meantime, questions that we are able to answer at this point can be found at chowan.edu/coronavirus-faqs. This page will be updated as warranted. Please know we have a moral obligation and have made it a priority to assist students who have no other place to go. We realize that for some of our students, we are not just an educational institution, we are their home—a provider of a place to sleep, meals, and health care.

As I have stated before, Chowan has successfully overcome many challenges throughout her history. By working together and supporting one another, we will overcome these circumstances.

With continued faith in our future,
Kirk E. Peterson, President 

UPDATE VIII - March 23, 2020, 3:00 pm  (Spring 2020)

Out of an abundance of caution and following the executive order from North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, beginning at 3 pm today, the Jenkins Center will be closed until further notice.

UPDATE VII - March 20, 2020, 4:00 pm (Spring 2020) 

Message from Dr. Montrose Streeter, Vice President of Student Affairs:

As we end your extended spring break and transition on remote learning on Monday, please review the important guidelines as they relate to residential living. 

Students may return to campus from spring break to learn remotely, should you desire. Due to the current state and federal government restrictions along with recommendations from the CDC, all students should be aware of the following steps that the University has implemented to those who remain on-campus during this period of remote instruction:

  • -In order to be allowed to return to campus, students must register via the Google survey sent by Residence Life. Students who stay on-campus should follow the guidelines of the CDC, especially in regards to sanitation and avoiding groups of more than ten people. Please practice social distancing at all times (at least 6 feet).
  • -No overnight non-student visitors are allowed on-campus during this period of remote learning.
  • -The state of North Carolina has limited food services to take-out and delivery. This restriction applies to Chowan dining services. Therefore, dining services will offer only limited take-out/grab-and-go options, with no seated dining until the restrictions are limited. 
  • -The Hawk’s Nest and Jenkins Center are open.  
  • -Students who have returned home and do not plan to return during the remote learning period may request to have paychecks forwarded to their home address. 
  • -Public Safety will continue services, however, due to staffing limitations and in order to follow guidelines, Public Safety will not be able to offer courtesy rides during this period.
  • -The Wellness Center is asking students seeking care to first contact them by phone rather than visiting in person. During normal hours,  Monday- Friday from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm contact 252-398-6248. After hours, students should call 252-398-1234.
  • -The Counseling Center is open.   You can reach Yolanda Majette at majety@chowan.edu during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm).  As always, crisis counseling is available 24/7 by calling Public Safety at 252-398-1234.   Please see her message below. 

Message from Yolanda Majette, University Counselor: 

This has been a difficult time for us as a community and a nation.  I want to offer support to our campus community as we cope with this difficult time.  It is common to experience frustration, fear, anger, anxiety and many other emotions during times of uncertainty.  

Dealing with this health crisis can have an impact on your emotional and mental health, so I wanted to provide you with a list of resources to assist you over the next few weeks.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has provided resources on how to take care of our mental health during a stressful situation. Please utilize these resources if needed.

Hotlines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741
Self-Harm Hotline 1-800-366-8288
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency 1-800-622-2255

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
Managing Anxiety and Stress During COVID-19 Outbreak (CDC)
Taking Care of Your Emotional Health (CDC)
Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak (SAMHSA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide

Apps for anxiety

Breathe2Relax
Headspace
Mindshift

If you would like to search for a therapist near you, PsychologyToday and PsychCentral can provide you with a list of therapists in your area.  

I hope this information is helpful.  We will get through this with continued prayer and support of one another.

UPDATE VI - March 17, 2020, 3:52 pm  (Spring 2020)

The top priority of the University remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community.

As of 5:00 pm today (March 17, 2020) and extending until further notice, Thomas Dining Hall will provide take out service to students, faculty, and staff.  Patrons will be able to go to the dining hall, get their meal and then leave the facility.  Meals in Thomas Dining Hall will be served as scheduled.  Murfs will remain closed.

This action follows North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper’s, executive order effective this afternoon.  As a result, we are able to minimize the number of people gathering in this facility. Social distancing is increasingly important and the University is following state, local, and CDC directives in this regard.   

The University administration will continue to monitor the situation and provide further instructions, as needed. Students, faculty, and staff should continue to monitor their Chowan email for additional updates.  

Today, Conference Carolinas has made the difficult decision to cancel its spring championships and the remainder of its athletics competitions through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

Originally Conference Carolinas desired to keep open the possibility of returning to athletics competition and host its spring championships in April, but it has been determined that this is no longer viable due to the continued evolution of the COVID-19 public health threat. Read more here.

 

UPDATE V - March 17, 2020, 9:15 am (Spring 2020) 

The University has been carefully following the developing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in conjunction with medical experts, in close coordination with the state and local public health experts. To date, we have had no reported cases or self-reports of exposure.  Decisions made are based on available data and careful analysis of mandates and guidelines concerning COVID-19. 

  • -University Offices will remain open during normal business hours.
  • -Housekeeping and maintenance staff are providing extra sanitation measures and distributing educational pieces around campus.
  • -Chowan University will transition all courses to online learning beginning Monday, March 23, at 8:00 a.m. All classes will be held online through Sunday, April 5th. Should the University decide to extend the end date for online learning, faculty and students will be notified no later than Monday, March 30.
  • -Thomas Dining Hall is serving students having enacted their restricted service which helps reduce the number of touchpoints in the dining hall. 
  • -Residence Halls remain open. Residence Life emailed a residential student survey, please complete this survey as soon as possible, it is required for you to return to campus. Contact reslife@chowan.edu with questions regarding the completion of the survey.
  • -The Hawks Nest, Jenkins Center, and Whitaker Library remain open but may be under altered hours. 
  • -To minimize the risk of exposure, the University has eliminated non-essential travel for faculty and staff.

We realize this situation presents challenges for many students, faculty, and staff and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. We are committed to ensuring all of our students, especially our graduating seniors, can meet their academic requirements. 

We encourage everyone to continue to be diligent in following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to help decrease the spread of the virus. We would like to emphasize that Chowan University remains open during this time. 

The University administration will continue to monitor the situation and provide further instructions, as needed. Students, faculty, and staff should continue to check their Chowan email for additional updates, and monitor the website at chowan.edu/coronaviru, and CUHawkAlerts.  The top priority of the University remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. 

 

UPDATE IV - March 13, 2020, 4:15 pm (Spring 2020) 

Chowan University's top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty and the University community. 

The decisions announced by the University yesterday, allow the time to take additional measures to protect the health and safety of our campus community. 

University Operational Decisions as of March 13th:

  • -Spring break for students is extended through March 22, 2020, with a return-to-class date currently set for Monday, March 23rd.|
  • -Faculty will report back on Monday, March 16th. 
  • -University Offices will remain open during normal business hours. 
  • -All athletic events are suspended until further notice.
  • -For the approved students who remained on campus during break, Thomas Dining will begin serving students Sunday, March 15th at dinner under limited operation. 
  • -Altered Hawks Nest and Jenkins Center hours will be communicated via Chowan email.
  • -Whitaker Library will continue spring break hours next week. Any alterations will be sent via Chowan email. 
  • -At this point, we are still planning to hold commencement. If this changes because of COVID-19 conditions, we will notify candidates for graduation immediately.
  • -Residence Life emailed a residential student survey, please complete this survey as soon as possible (sent from reslife@chowan.edu on 3/12/20 at 12:49 pm).
  • -Housekeeping and maintenance staff are providing extra sanitation measures and distributing educational pieces around campus.
  • -In accordance with CDC recommendations, we do not recommend anyone travel to or from any country with a Level 2 or 3 advisory issued.
  • -To minimize the risk of exposure, the University will eliminate non-essential travel. 

The administration will continue to respond and work proactively for the health and safety of our campus community and we ask that our constituents do the same. Communications will be delivered to the campus community regarding decisions made by the University in a timely manner. 

Current Students: 

Check your Chowan email as it is our primary notification system in case of a campus emergency and for class cancellations. You are strongly encouraged to register for Chowan University’s HawkAlert system at chowan.edu/cuhawkalert.

Residential students, please respond to the Residence Life survey titled: REQUIRED: Spring Break 2020 EXTENDED Residential Survey.

Prospective Students 

The Admissions Office will remain open during normal business hours, but we encourage families to visit at a time when we can offer a full campus-visit experience. We understand this is a challenging time for people and communities across the world. We are here to support you in any way we can and encourage you to reach out to us at 252-398-6230 or enroll@chowan.edu

Community Members:

Chowan University will continue to use the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  For up-to-date information, please visit their website at the CDC Coronavirus Update.  This situation changes almost daily.  Please continue to visit the Chowan University website for updated directives or protocols related to campus activity. 

All updates will be sent via email, posted on the website at chowan.edu/coronavirus, and sent via CUHawkAlerts. 

Community-related questions should be directed to news@chowan.edu, faculty should contact Dr. Moore, students should contact studentaffairs@chowan.edu, and staff should contact their supervisors/area Vice President. 

 

UPDATE III - March 12, 2020, 8:55 pm (Spring 2020) 

Conference Carolinas has made a difficult decision due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat to suspend all athletic competitions until further notice.  The suspension goes into effect immediately and includes both home and away competition happening as early as Friday, March 13th and extending until further notice.  

The CIAA made the tough decision to cancel this weekend's CIAA Bowling Event III in Richmond and the CIAA Bowling Championship which was to be held in Virginia Beach, March 21-22.

For the full athletic update, please click here

UPDATE II - March 12, 2020, 10:30 am (Spring 2020) 

Chowan University's top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty. The University has been carefully following the developing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and it is clear that the virus is spreading. We have had no reported cases or self-reports of exposure at this time. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our campus and community.

Though the risk remains low to our campus, in response to developments in our state, Chowan University has decided to extend spring break for students for another week, through March 22, 2020, with a return-to-class date currently set for Monday, March 23, 2020. Faculty should report to work next week on their regular schedules. Staff will continue with normal business. 

At this time, in-season athletes will maintain their current schedules, subject to possible changes as warranted by the health situation or decisions by the Conference Carolinas, CIAA, or opponent schools.

These decisions allow the University the time to take additional measures to protect the health and safety of our campus community. Another update will be sent this evening. 

All updates will be sent via email, posted on the website at chowan.edu/coronavirus, and sent via CUHawkAlerts. 

 

UPDATE I - March 10, 2020, 5:00 pm (Spring 2020)

Chowan University's top priority is the health/safety of our students, staff, and faculty. 

At this time, Chowan University is continuing normal operations. However, following a request to all universities and colleges by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to consider suspending study abroad programs, the University completed a careful review of its travel study trip to Portugal and Spain in May and made the decision to cancel it.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website to assist in educating the public on the virus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.   Below is information on the virus from the CDC:

What is the virus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and has since spread to multiple other countries, including the United States.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Read more from the CDC.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • -Fever
  • -Cough
  • -Shortness of breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

Recommendations for people with respiratory symptoms:

  • -If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days:
  • -You traveled to/through China.
  • -You traveled to any of the countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning.
  • -You had close contact with someone who has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset.

How do you prevent COVID-19 spread?

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • -Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • -Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • -Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • -Stay home when you are sick.
  • -Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • -Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • -Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
  • -Unless you are sick with cough, sneezing, and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.

What should you do if you show symptoms?

The CDC recommends:

  • -Stay home except to get medical care
  • -Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • -Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • -Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • -Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • -Clean your hands often
  • -Avoid sharing personal household items
  • -Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
  • -Monitor your symptoms

As the University returns from Spring Break on March 16th, we recommend the following if you show symptoms:

Residential Students

  • -Stay in your residence hall room and do not go to class, Thomas Dining Hall, or other shared spaces on campus.  The University will make arrangements to deliver meals to you.
  • -Call the Student Wellness Center at 252-398-1227 Monday-Friday between 10 am and 2 pm, and they will advise you on resources and next steps.  If you experience symptoms after hours or over the weekend, please call 252-398-1234 to get in touch with the  Professional On-Call Staff Member.
  • -The Wellness Center or the Professional On-Call Staff Member will notify the Registrar’s Office should your condition warrant communication to your professors regarding missed coursework.

Commuting Students

  • -Stay home and do not come to campus.
  • -Call your primary healthcare physician and they will advise you on resources and next steps.
  • -Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 252-398-1227 or via email at studentaffairs@chowan.edu who will contact Registrar’s Office should your condition warrant communication to your professors regarding missed coursework.

Employees

  • -Stay home and do not come to campus.
  • -Call your primary healthcare physician and they will advise you on resources and next steps.
  • -Inform your supervisor that you will be away from the office and return when your physician has confirmed you are well.
  • -Supervisors should contact their area Vice President upon notification of a sick employee

In accordance with CDC guidance for travelers returning from China, Italy, South Korea, Iran or any other country that is subsequently designated by CDC as Level 3 for coronavirus while you are traveling, please be aware that you will be required to self-quarantine — at your permanent address or away from Chowan's campus — for at least 14 days before returning to campus. If this applies to you, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 252-398-1227 or via email at studentaffairs@chowan.edu

These flyers will be around campus to assist in the education of our students, faculty, and staff:

Facts About COVID-19
What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Stop the spread of germs 
What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

CARES Act HEERF Funds Update as of October 1, 2020:
 
Chowan University has processed and is preparing to distribute by mail refund checks for the students who have a credit balance on their account due to the CU CARES Credit from Spring 2020 and who did not return to Chowan University for the Fall 2020 semester. 
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs | 252-398-1227 | studentaffairs@chowan.edu

Posts from March 2020

March 18, 2020
Chowan University, like many other institutions, has decided to shift classes to a temporary virtual format through the remainder of the semester. We made this decision in order to keep our students, faculty, and staff members safe.
March 10, 2020
Current Status  -University Offices are open during normal business hours. -Commencement 2020 will be held in person on May 8, 2021
March 6, 2020
On Saturday, February 29th, 2020, Chowan University’s Rotaract Club hosted East Carolina University’s (ECU) Rotaract Club at the Rotaract 2020 Nurture and Grow Summit. Rotary District Governor, Mrs.
March 3, 2020
On February 25, 2020, Chowan Athletics raised awareness and research funding for cancer at the 11th Annual Play 4 Kay Women’s Basketball game. All athletic teams participated with more than 400 student-athletes recognizing 20 different cancers.