Communications

From the Office of Communications | November 6, 2020

Pacers:

In compliance with the Timely Notice provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, WPU is giving notice that in the last 24 hours a number of individuals tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in three clusters of COVID-19. A “cluster” is defined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as five or more cases within 14 days that are deemed to be in close proximity or location, or are epidemiologically linked. 

We are working quickly to complete contact tracing with direct communication to anyone known to have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. All students who have tested positive as part of the three clusters are isolated and close contacts are being quarantined.

Out of an abundance of caution, the University will move to a modified schedule for the next week. University offices and services, including residence halls, will remain open; however, we have made the decision to move to virtual instruction for one week effective Monday, Nov. 9. Student activities will continue virtually and dining will move to carry-out only beginning with brunch on Saturday, Nov. 7. All university-sponsored in-person events scheduled for next week will be shifted to virtual or postponed.

Each of the latest cases are a direct result of individuals not following the CDC and WPU health and safety guidelines. We must continue to diligently work together to help control the spread of the virus:

  • Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth
  • Wait 6 feet apart and avoid close contact with others 
  • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer

Any students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately contact their medical provider or the WPU Wellness Center at HealthServices@peace.edu or 919-508-2502.

Employees who experience symptoms or believe they may have been exposed to the virus must follow the guidelines previously shared that require notification to Human Resources. If it is determined that an employee has potentially been exposed to the virus in the WPU community, they will be contacted as soon as possible and provided with guidance regarding their work and presence on campus.

We remain committed to the health and safety of our campus community, and are making the changes noted above out of an abundance of caution. We are continuing to closely monitor campus, county and state data, and will provide an update regarding the one-week adjustments on Friday, Nov. 13 by 2:30 p.m.

Thank you for your continued vigilance.

William Peace University