Health + Safety
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.
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.
No, we are 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 actives.
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.
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)
What are the current health and safety recommendations when students return to campus? (updated 6.18.2020)
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.
What is WPU’s plan if a student cannot isolate at their parents’ home? Will they be able to do that on campus?
Residency + Student Life
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Residence Life and Housing will work with students on an individual basis to provide on-campus housing as capacity allows if they are unable to return home.
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.
Yes, Peace Perk will be open. We are exploring creative options to manage the traffic flow for Peace Perk.
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.
The majority of classes are offered in-person. Classroom spaces have been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing and some courses have moved to larger spaces to allow for in-person instruction. Courses have been assigned an instruction method. You can read more about instruction methods and classroom information for Fall 2020 at https://covid.peace.edu/academic-resources/
You can find the revised Academic Calendar here: https://peace.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-calendar/
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
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?
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.
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)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 6: Seniors and Priority Groups
- April 7: Juniors
- April 8: Sophomores
- April 9: First-Year students
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.