Student FAQ’s

Health + Safety

When will students be moving back to campus for Fall 2021?

Residence Life and Housing will implement a phased move-in process:

  • Fall 2021 Move-in will occur over several days to allow for social distancing. Students will be assigned move-in dates and times similar to how move-in operated for Fall 2020. More details will be provided at a later date.
    • First-Year Move-In will be staggered over August 12th and 13th
    • Upperclassmen & Transfer Move-In will be staggered over August 13th and 14th
    • Student-Athletes and other student leaders will be accommodated as needed.
  • All COVID-19 guest visitation policies and guidelines remain in place for residential students. Students should review and ensure they are familiar with the changes to campus policies.

What are the current health and safety recommendations when students return to campus for Summer 2021?

Students who have been sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (direct contact, travel, or community exposure) must inform the Wellness Center and self-isolate in their residence hall room or at home for 14 days. Accommodations will be made for the student to continue to participate in class, possibly virtually, and complete assignments. Students will not be penalized for COVID-19 related absences.

Students who become sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or have know exposure to COID-19 must not attend classes, meetings, etc. and will immediately quarantine in their residence hall room or at home for 14 days from the onset of . Students must abide by social distancing guidelines and abide by all restrictions posted in residential common spaces.

Students who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 must abide by all guidelines provided by the health department and WPU staff including isolation and/or quarantining.

Students who develop symptoms and/or have known exposure, will be required to get tested for COVID-19 and report their test results to the Wellness Center at HealthServices@peace.edu.

Students are responsible for practicing behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 including personal prevention practices such as wearing face coverings in all required areas, handwashing and environmental prevention practices such as disinfecting and sanitizing their bathroom space.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days at home or in an isolation space on campus if they are not able to return home. 

Are there any limits on indoor meetings and gatherings?

Yes, indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 or less participants with proper social distancing and mask wearing. Keep in mind that although the State of NC now allows gatherings of this size, the University may not approve all requests for events of this magnitude. Each space/room has a capacity limit that will not change. To ensure that we get to “stay” on campus, we must minimize the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 to our students and employees. This includes continuing to follow best practices which may limit group sizes and activities. See the general Community Health Standards for additional information.

Are there restrictions on outdoor gatherings?

Yes, outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 participants with proper physical/social distancing and mask wearing. Keep in mind that larger group gatherings can present more risk so while the State of NC allows gatherings of this size, the University may not endorse these types of events. The priority must be to minimize the spread of the virus so that we can stay on campus.

Are these health and safety policies of WPU just for campus?

WPU is following the state mandated rules and expect you to follow these protocols off campus to ensure the health and safety of our community on your return from off-campus activities.

We have implemented additional health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID and ensure that we can maintain our in-person, residential experience and have necessary personnel onsite. Our priority is always the health and safety of our community campus and we will continue to monitor and respond to needs. 

Some of these safety policies are specific to the WPU campus community. 

What are some of the enhancements by the University to ensure a safe environment?

William Peace University has done extensive changes to enhance the health and wellbeing of the entire community. Including improved air quality in several buildings, heightened and increased cleaning schedules for common areas, reconfiguring of academic and office spaces to reduce density and elevate social distancing, changes in traffic flows (entry and exit points), installation of hand sanitizers across the campus, signage to ensure compliance and the importance of everyone doing their part, and additional cleaning supplies across campus.

We will continue to monitor and implement changes as we identify needs.

What is the plan for the Pacer athletic teams?

William Peace University athletic teams will continue to follow NCAA and USA South guidelines as it prepares for a return to full competition in the Fall of 2021. The Pacers persevered and all athletic programs were able to compete during the Spring semester. The University will continue to provide athletic competition opportunities, but student-athletes must also maintain compliance with all recommendations and protocols. These include but are not limited to, masking, COVID testing, distancing, and hygiene considerations. In addition, WPU athletics strongly urges all athletes to be vaccinated prior to participation. Full vaccination will have a positive impact upon the overall athletic experience for athletes, spectators and parents. The Fall of 2021 brings us great hope for the future of Pacer athletics but our primary concern remains the health and safety of our students. All returners and recruits will receive information from the athletic department administration and the athletic training staff prior to their arrival on campus. Students should contact their coach, athletic trainer or athletic administration if they have any questions or concerns about NCAA or WPU athletic communications. Personnel and contact information can be found here:
https://gopeacepacers.com/sports/general/staff

You can learn more about the NCAA resocialization of sports here: http://www.ncaa.org/sport-science-institute/core-principles-resocialization-collegiate-sport

What do students do if they need counseling?

Please email counseling@peace.edu or call 919-508-2163.  Counseling services will be providing limited remote counseling for students located in the state of North Carolina only.  We are unable to provide these services to students physically located outside the state of North Carolina due to licensing requirements. We can however help you with a referral to another provider if needed.

Residency + Student Life

When will students be moving back to campus for Fall 2021?

Residence Life and Housing will implement a phased move-in process:

  • Fall 2021 Move-in will occur over several days to allow for social distancing. Students will be assigned move-in dates and times similar to how move-in operated for Fall 2020. More details will be provided at a later date.
    • First-Year Move-In will be staggered over August 12th and 13th
    • Upperclassmen & Transfer Move-In will be staggered over August 13th and 14th
    • Student-Athletes and other student leaders will be accommodated as needed.
  • All COVID-19 guest visitation policies and guidelines remain in place for residential students. Students should review and ensure they are familiar with the changes to campus policies.

What is the plan for the Pacer athletic teams?

William Peace University athletic teams will continue to follow NCAA and USA South guidelines as it prepares for a return to full competition in the Fall of 2021. The Pacers persevered and all athletic programs were able to compete during the Spring semester. The University will continue to provide athletic competition opportunities, but student-athletes must also maintain compliance with all recommendations and protocols. These include but are not limited to, masking, COVID testing, distancing, and hygiene considerations. In addition, WPU athletics strongly urges all athletes to be vaccinated prior to participation. Full vaccination will have a positive impact upon the overall athletic experience for athletes, spectators and parents. The Fall of 2021 brings us great hope for the future of Pacer athletics but our primary concern remains the health and safety of our students. All returners and recruits will receive information from the athletic department administration and the athletic training staff prior to their arrival on campus. Students should contact their coach, athletic trainer or athletic administration if they have any questions or concerns about NCAA or WPU athletic communications. Personnel and contact information can be found here:
https://gopeacepacers.com/sports/general/staff

You can learn more about the NCAA resocialization of sports here: http://www.ncaa.org/sport-science-institute/core-principles-resocialization-collegiate-sport

Academics

What are the summer hours and resources of the library?

The current plan for the library is as follows (based on in-person and residential on-campus semester plans):

  • M-TH | 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Fri | 9:00am – 3:00pm

Chrome books can be checked out at the service desk on the first floor.

Email: library@peace.edu or nate.hellmers@peace.edu

Phone: 919-508-2302 (service desk) or 919-508-2303 (Nate)

Google Meet: scheduled with Nate Hellmers via email (nate.hellmers@peace.edu) or phone (919-508-2303)

All online library resources are available 24×7 through the library’s website (http://library.peace.edu).  Journal articles that are not available in full text through the library’s online resources can be requested via email (library@peace.edu).  99% of the time we can request these from other libraries at no cost.

Books that the library owns can be checked out during regular business hours (when the library is open).  Books that the library does not own can be requested via email (library@peace.edu).  Books can be requested from other libraries and have them shipped to the library at no cost and the library will notify the student when they arrive. When the library request articles and books from other libraries, they do not know the how long these requests will take as many factors are involved. Articles usually take a day or two.  Books usually take five to ten days to arrive.

WIFI, desktop computers, and printers are available when the library is open.

How can I access academic resources?

Academic and support services remain available.

  • Tutoring for Math and English (writing) is available in Summer 2021.
  • Advising Services is scheduling appointments through WPUConnect. Quick questions can be emailed to advising@peace.edu.
  • The Office of the Registrar will be open and available to assist students. Virtual appointments are also available. (registrar@peace.edu, Main 108, 919-508 -2311)
  • Library services will be available. Visit MyPacerNet for resources, database, and assistance. Email library@peace.edu for assistance.
  • Career Design Center appointments can be scheduled via WPUConnect. Computer labs and classrooms remain available for students to use for academic purposes, following all community and health guidelines.

SPS Student Specific

What is the registration deadline for Summer 2021 Courses (SPS)?

The registration deadlines for the different summer sessions are listed below.

  • Session I & 14-Week Session ( 7 & 14 weeks): Friday, May 14, 2021 at 4:00pm
  • Mini Session I (3 weeks): Friday, May 21, 2021 at 4:00pm
  • Mini Session II (3 weeks): Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4:00pm
  • Session II (7 weeks): Friday, July 2, 2021 at 4:00pm
  • Mini Session II (3 weeks): Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 4:00pm

Note for SPS Students: The fall term begins on Monday, August 23, 2021. While the add/drop registration deadline for Session I & 14-week courses is 4:00pm on Friday, August 27th, new students are encouraged to apply by August 13th to ensure that adequate time is available to complete the enrollment process.

How will Summer 2021 classes be offered?

Vast majority of Summer 2021 1 classes will be offered fully online in an asynchronous format. There will be a very limited number of online courses that will have a scheduled synchronous meeting time. It is not on the summer schedule any course that have a scheduled synchronous meeting time.

When can I register for Fall 2021?

Course registration for Summer and Fall terms is open and students can register via Self-Service, as usual. Registration occurs via Self-Service as usual. Remember to update your emergency contact information, resolve any holds, and consult with your academic advisor.

How can I access academic resources during this time?

All academic and support services are available. 

  • Tutoring will be offered virtually during the Summer term. The tutoring schedule will be shared at the start of classes in May. Continue to utilize WPUConnect to make tutoring appointments.  
  • The Office of the Registrar will be open and available to assist students. Virtual appointments are also available. (registrar@peace.edu, Main 108, 919-508 -2311)
  • Library services remain available. Visit MyPacerNet for resources, database, and assistance. Email library@peace.edu for assistance.
  • Career Design Center appointments can be scheduled via WPUConnect. Appointments will be conducted either virtually or over the phone.
  • Computer labs and classrooms remain available for students to use, following all community and health guidelines.

Archived FAQs

All of my classes are offered fully online, do I need to get tested for COVID-19?

SPS students who are enrolled in an on-campus course but will visit campus, are required to get tested prior to their return in January.  For more specific details and requirements, please see the Health & Safety FAQs.

Any student who wants to visit campus prior to January 25th must follow the posted return to campus policies and procedures.  If visiting campus prior to this date, students are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to visiting campus. These policies and procedures apply to SPS students who wish to visit the WPU bookstore to purchase textbooks.

If you will not be visiting campus, you are not required to participate in COVID-19 testing.

SPRING 2020: Which facilities will remain open during the week of March 16? How about after classes begin on-line?

The Belk Dining Hall hours are 10:30am – 1:30pm &  4:30pm-7:30pm for pick-up only. The Wellness Center in Joyner House will be open, but to maintain the health and safety of the community, we are asking students to either call 919-508-2502 or email HealthServices@peace.edu before visiting Joyner House  If you believe you are infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821.  The Pacer Pantry will remain open while supplies last. Please fill out a request form here.

SPRING 2020: Will all students who want to stay be allowed to stay? How will those decisions be made?

No. In fact, we are trying to limit the number of students on campus, but also meet the needs of those with special circumstances. We have strongly encouraged students to move off campus and back to their permanent residence. We have received a number of requests and those are currently being evaluated and decisions will be made on Wednesday, March 18th.

Please note that for those who are approved to remain on campus, the following will apply:

  • You may be required to relocate to another building on campus;
  • All Community Code of Conduct policies will apply;
  • Students will observe the following guidelines set by the CDC:
    • Social distancing (approximately 6 feet between others)
    • Washing hands often (for at least 20 seconds)
    • Sanitizing living space regularly (in addition to what the University will do)
    • Stay home if you feel sick and call/email Health and Wellness services
    • Cover coughs and sneezes (elbow or tissues) and immediately wash hands
  • Gatherings of more than 5 people in residential spaces are prohibited until further notice to protect the health and safety of our community;
  • No guests are allowed in the residence halls during this time;
  • If a student is found to have violated these important items, the student could be subject to discipline, up to and including eviction from University housing.
  • Dining and other campus facilities and services will operate on a limited schedule and this schedule may be reduced as needed.
  • Students need to develop their own emergency plan if WPU needs to close due to federal, state or local mandates.
  • The current housing assignment is only applicable through the end of the Spring 2020 academic semester. At this time, no decision has been made regarding summer housing.

SPRING 2020: I am a student worker. Can I continue to work? Do I still use Paycom to record hours?

It is possible, however you will have to work remotely and not all offices can accommodate this option. Please contact your supervisor to see if working remotely is an option for you.In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the University is having the vast majority of employees work from home.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a Federal Work Study employee (FWS), the government has informed us that you will continue to be paid while residing at home and taking classes remotely/online.

SPRING 2020: Will I receive a refund for room and board if I am no longer in university housing? How much will that be? (updated 3.26.2020)

We are exploring a variety of options to best support our students and families. By the end of next week (week of 3/30), we will begin crediting accounts for room & board, starting with Pacers who moved out on or before March 22. Room charges will be prorated based on the number of weeks that remained in the semester (April 29) when you moved out.

  • If you moved out on or prior to March 15, you will be credited for 7 weeks;
  • If you moved out on or prior to March 22, you will be credited for 6 weeks;
  • Board credits will be based on the type of meal plan and either the number of weeks remaining in the semester or the number of meals not used (for 150 block plans);
  • The credit will be applied first to any current balance due on your account, after which a refund will be issued for the remaining credit balance.

We anticipate refunds to be issued on April 6th for those of you who moved out on or before March 22. If you have specific questions in the meantime, please contact student accounts at studentaccounts@peace.edu.

SPRING 2020: When is advising and registration for Fall 2020 courses?

Advising is ongoing and will continue through registration for traditional students. The Fall 2020 registration dates have been moved back one week to the following schedule:

  • April 6: Seniors and Priority Groups
  • April 7: Juniors
  • April 8: Sophomores
  • April 9: First-Year students

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