It is nearly Thanksgiving, and I am filled with gratitude – you have worked incredibly hard during a very challenging season – and I believe we have had a productive semester because of your efforts. I appreciate how everyone worked diligently and thoughtfully to make this a safe and enriching semester — from our faculty, our staff, and our students. I stand amazed and thankful for everyone’s commitment to this community.
As you know, similar to the trends nationwide and particularly in North Carolina, our campus has seen a rise in cases in the past ten days. While our case load appears to be stabilizing, the planning team believes it is in the best interest of our students, faculty and staff to keep our instruction virtual for the remainder of the semester.
University offices and services, including residence halls, will remain open as scheduled. Dining will continue the current take-out services. All other future university-sponsored events will be shifted to virtual or postponed. A more detailed communication will be sent to traditional undergraduate students from Student Life by Friday at noon regarding residential fall semester departure plans and campus events.
While this is not how we had hoped to finish the semester, we were able to have the vast majority of our classes with a strong in-person component – which is a very good thing. I am proud that we have come together as a community and I thank you for your commitment. We are here to support you in any way we can as we conclude the semester both online and residential. I hope you all will have a strong finish to the semester and enjoy a well-deserved break.
We will provide additional communications between now and the start of the Spring Semester. Please be sure to continue to visit covid.peace.edu for updates – as well as check your WPU email regularly. We are looking forward to welcoming you back on campus in January of 2021!