The top priority of the University is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and campus community.
The University will continue to develop and revise guidelines that address the expectations of all members of the community, personal safety practices, staffing options, workplace environments, emotional wellbeing, on-campus visitors, modification of facilities, and workplace education as we continue on-campus life for fall 2021. Now more than ever, it is imperative that the Chowan University community live and abide by the core values of the University.
This webpage is the source of information for on-campus living and learning. These published plans are continuously evolving. Please check back frequently as details and announcements are made. The University has also created firstname.lastname@example.org as a method to ask questions related to the reopening of the University that cannot be found on the reopening webpages.
Update as of 7/21/21:
Chowan University's administration communicated our intent to return to a more vibrant traditional campus experience for Fall 2021. Vaccinations are an essential tool in accomplishing this goal. We strongly encourage our students, staff, and faculty to get vaccinated.
The research and data have demonstrated that vaccines were very effective in earlier trials and appear to be as effective in real-world use limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the severity of symptoms among those who may become infected. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) urges individuals 12 years and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Students who choose to become vaccinated may submit documentation providing proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to the Wellness Center, prior to August 1, 2021, preferably. The fax number is 252-398- 6446 or you may scan and send it to email@example.com.
Students, staff, and faculty who have not provided proof of vaccination will be required to take a COVID-19 entrance test when returning to campus. Also, members of the Chowan campus community who are unvaccinated will be subject to weekly surveillance testing as well.
Vaccination information is protected medical information and can only be discovered on a voluntary basis. Please be considerate and empathetic with fellow campus community members who may choose not to share this information.
We acknowledge this is a very sensitive stage of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and policies may continue to change. We are appreciative of everyone who has contributed to the success we have experienced thus far and hopefully into the future. The sanitizing processes put in place last year will continue.
We continue to plan for a traditional on-campus experience in August and our health experts will monitor COVID-19 variants and the potential impact for the Chowan community. However, given an increase in the incidents of positive COVID 19 throughout our country, to include North Carolina, and because the Delta variant is resulting in new cases and disruptions, we are updating our safety guidelines as follows:
The following face-covering requirement becomes effective August 1.
CU requires face coverings in the following indoor situations to protect against a possible COVID-19 surge upon return to full density on campus:
- Classrooms, teaching laboratories, studios, and other spaces where instruction occurs, unless a safety plan has been submitted and an approved exception has been issued
- Any indoor setting where social distancing of at least 3 feet cannot be maintained
- Other spaces identified per the current Governor’s Executive Order.
On CU’s campus, no face covering is required outdoors. However, all unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear a face-covering when social distancing of at least 3 feet cannot be maintained. This face-covering restriction will be re-evaluated on or before September 15, 2021.
While the governor’s latest update reflects the great strides that North Carolina has made against COVID-19, the CU community must continue to do our part to protect ourselves and others. Vaccinations are strongly encouraged and available at most pharmacies and local health departments. (More detailed information on this is forthcoming.)
Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep the Hawks community safe. The senior staff monitors what is happening in North Carolina and in our immediate area. We will make adjustments for the campus as deemed appropriate.