Student FAQ’s

Health + Safety

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.

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 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.

Is anyone being tested for coronavirus on campus? What are we doing if a student has been exposed to the virus? (updated 6.26.2020)

William Peace University was notified on the afternoon of Thursday, June 25, that two members of our campus community have tested positive for COVID-19. One individual was last on campus on June 9 and while there, was wearing a mask and practicing recommended physical distancing. It has been confirmed that at that time, the individual had not been exposed to the virus. The second individual has not been on campus for several months. We are happy to share that there has been no risk of exposure to other members of our community. Both individuals are recovering well at home and continuing to self-isolate to prevent spread of the virus. If you believe you are infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821.

What is the status of opening Herman Fitness Center? (updated 6.18.2020)

The Center will follow university and state mandates for the number of people who can gather at an indoor facility.  Currently that number is no more than ten.  Hermann Fitness area can accommodate up to 6 people at any one time.  Fitness machinery will be reconfigured to accommodate social distancing.

What are the current health and safety recommendations when students return to campus? (updated 6.18.2020)

Students who have been sick with symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive for 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 must not attend classes, meetings, etc. and will immediately self-isolate in their residence hall room or at home for 14 days. 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 will be 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.

Residency + Student Life

What is the plan for the Pacer athletic teams? (updated 7.28.2020)

As an athletic department, our first consideration is for the health, wellbeing and safety of the William Peace Pacer student-athletes. Our final decisions are guided by the CDC, state and county laws, as well as NCAA and USA South Conference guidelines. On 7/28/2020, USA South Athletic Conference announced they will postpone conference competition for fall sports through the end of 2020 due to the concerns of COVID-19: READ STORY .

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

How will dining be handled in light of COVID-19? (updated 6.18.2020)

The Dining Hall will be redesigned with a physical layout that allows for social distancing, appropriate barriers and directional signage, sanitizing stations overflow seating, and safety measures provided by Sodexo, our food service provider. We will also be providing additional to-go options as well as encouraging students to take advantage of other seating arrangements, including the 2nd floor of Belk as well as outdoor seating.

When will students be moving back to campus? (updated 6.18.2020)

Residence Life and Housing will implement a phased move-in process August 10, 2020-August 15, 2020. Students will be assigned move-in times and dates based on their housing assignment. Students will be allowed to bring 2 guests to assist them with move-in. We will not utilize student and staff volunteers this year as we are attempting to limit the amount of people on campus during this process to ensure the health and safety of our entire WPU Community.

What do I do if I wish to have a private room? What is the cost for this?

Newly deposited students will receive access to the Housing Application upon completion of their deposit. The Housing Application email will include your general application and the private room request form. You must complete both documents. For Returning Students or New Students who have already submitted a Housing Application, housing assignments will be emailed to your WPU email address by Tuesday, July 14, 2020. If you have any questions, email residencelife@peace.edu.

    • Private rooms can be up to $750.00 more per semester dependent on the residence hall to which you are assigned. WPU understands that each individual student’s health and financial needs are unique and we are working to ensure every Pacer is assigned to a space that allows them to feel safe and at home.

Will parents be able to visit students on campus?

We understand that students’ parents and family members want to visit during the semester. However in an effort to prioritize the health and safety of everyone on campus, visitors outside of the WPU Community will not be allowed in the residence halls or at VIllage Green. We encourage family members to limit their visits to open, outdoor spaces.

Can students still go home on the weekends?

The risk of exposure to COVID-19 grows with each interaction. To minimize the risk of spreading illness both on and off campus and at home, we strongly discourage residential students from leaving campus unless absolutely necessary.   If students must leave campus, safety precautions should be followed, including wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, frequent hand washing, and avoiding contact with anyone who is ill or is possibly ill.

Will there be a quarantine period for out-of-state families?

At this time, we are not requiring a quarantine period for out-of-state students or families. However, we encourage all members of our community to get tested if they are symptomatic or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. If you have access to testing prior to departing leaving home, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity.

How will a student in isolation receive meals?

Sodexo will prepare meals for students in isolation and these meals will be delivered to the student’s door for any student with a meal plan and living on main campus.  We are working on options for students living at Village Green.

Will Peace Perk be open?

Yes, Peace Perk will be open. We are exploring creative options to manage the traffic flow for Peace Perk.

Financial Matters

FALL 2020: Will federal financial aid be affected?

It is the intention of the University to complete the semester through remote/online learning. As long as the University is able to achieve this objective, we do not see any effect on federal financial aid.

Academics

Where can I study or participate in a virtual class this semester?

Each classroom in Flowe and Pressly will have a sign listing the class meeting times in that room. Outside of those times, rooms are available for academic work and for faculty/student meetings. Please be sure to maintain distancing, wear your mask, and use earbuds in public spaces. These rooms will be frequently available:

  • Finch Library First Floor Computer Room (10 computers available)
  • Finch Library study rooms and common space
  • Flowe 104
  • Flowe 208
  • Pressly 101
  • Computers have also been relocated around campus for student use.

How will the University create safety in classrooms?

Classroom instruction have been modified to meet WPU Health Standards, as well as local, state, and CDC guidelines. This includes face coverings, appropriate social distancing, reconfiguration of classroom spaces, and adjustment of classroom capacities. For more information, please visit Academic Affairs for the description of each delivery method.

SPS Student Specific

What is the registration deadline for Session I of the SPS’s Fall 2020 semester?

The registration deadline for Session I and 14-week Session courses in the School of Professional Studies is 4 p.m. on Friday, August 28. Current students can register via Self-Services in MyPacernet.

Note for SPS Students*: While the add/drop registration deadline for Session I & 14-week courses is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th, new students are encouraged to apply by August 17th to ensure that adequate time is available to complete the enrollment process.

As a student in WPU’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), most of my classes are online. However, will I still have the option to take select on-campus SPS courses typically offered in the fall?

As a University that deeply values in-person instruction, we plan to welcome students, faculty and staff back on campus to resume classes this fall. This includes on-campus instruction for our traditional undergraduate students as well as for those who partake in our select on-campus SPS courses. Leading with excellence and integrity we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County. Therefore, while our intention is to return to an on-campus experience this fall, we are prepared with contingency scenarios, should the threat of COVID-19 impact our current plans.

Archived FAQs

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

SPRING 2020: Will we hold Commencement?

Yes, but unfortunately we have to postpone the event. On March 16th,the CDC asked that no gatherings of 50 or more people occur for the next eight weeks, which extends beyond our May 1 Baccalaureate Service and May 2 Commencement Ceremony. We have made the decision to postpone until a later date (to be determined).  We will continue to monitor the health and safety considerations in the coming weeks.

SPRING 2020: How will an ‘incomplete’ grade affect when I receive my degree?

Degree Conferrals

Degrees are typically conferred for graduating seniors at the end of each term in May, August, and December. This year, WPU will provide additional degree conferral dates in Summer and Fall 2020 to accommodate students who complete their requirements at different times due to Incomplete grades and other factors. This will assist graduates who need official transcripts noting that the degree has been conferred  for employment and graduate school applications.

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