Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Current Status 
  • -University Offices are open during normal business hours.
  • -Commencement 2020 will be held  in person on December 19, 2020.
  • -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.
  • -Chowan University is preparing to be open for fall 2020.

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.

Update XVI - May 28, 11:00 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. 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

Conference Carolinas has made the 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

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

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)

 

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 December 19, 2020.
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.