From Office of the President | July 14, 2020

Greetings Pacers!

With many things to consider as we prepare to return to campus in August, we are using a three-pronged approach that will address:

  1. health and safety,
  2. facilities, and;
  3. maintaining academic excellence.

We look forward to your return to campus and being with each other again. In case you missed it, you can view the previously announced dates for fall semester at a high level by clicking here. For the full academic calendar, visit this link.

We have received many questions from you and your families.  A Frequently Asked Questions section on the website is updated regularly and I hope you are checking this regularly as you and your family seek policy and procedure guidance for your return to campus.

For those of you who will live on campus this fall, Residence Life and Housing will implement a phased move-in process Monday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 15. You will be assigned a move-in time and date based on your housing assignment, and are permitted to bring two guests to assist you. Student and staff volunteers will not be deployed this year in order to limit the number of people during the move-in process. The full 2020 Pacer Residential Move-In Schedule is below:

Monday, July 20 – Thursday, Aug. 6: Pacer Essential Belongings Drop-Off

Residents will be able to sign-up to drop off essential belongings in their residential housing space ahead of time. A sign-up link and additional information will be in your housing assignment email that you will receive by Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

NOTE: This option is only available to students with no holds (academic, financial, etc.). We are aware that a larger than normal number of you have not yet renewed your FAFSA yet – and therefore don’t have all the financial aid for which you may be eligible.  You can renew here: and we encourage you to do so quickly.

Monday, Aug. 10: Soccer and Volleyball Move-In

Members of WPU’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Volleyball teams will be assigned specific move-in times based on their housing assignment.

Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Saturday, Aug. 15: Phased Residential Student Move-In

Remaining residents will follow a phased move-in approach over the course of four days. Students will be assigned specific move-in times based on their housing assignments. Returning students will be assigned a move-in time on either Friday, Aug. 14 or Saturday, Aug. 15.

The University’s decisions have been made with the well-being of our students, faculty, staff and greater Raleigh community at the forefront. We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County, and make adjustments to our policies, as needed.

I will continue to update you on a bi-weekly basis and as more details are confirmed. Meanwhile, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on our website and, should you have additional questions, reach out to

In Peace,

President Ralph

P.S. I know that many of you have family members who want to be kept in the loop. Please have them sign up for family communications here: