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Coronavirus Information

The health, safety, and well-being of all members of the Meredith community is always our top priority.

Key Points

  • In monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Meredith, like other institutions, has continued to evaluate and update decisions as new information becomes available. Decision-making has been guided by a commitment to ensuring the welfare of our community, especially students.The FAQs on this page will continue to be updated throughout the semester.
  • As of Monday, March 23, all Meredith classes have been moved online until further notice. Face-to-face instruction is not available. Read FAQs to learn more 
  • As of 5 p.m. March 27, the Faircloth Gate is locked until further notice and all vehicular traffic is directed to the Hillsborough Street entrance in order to discourage all non-essential traffic on campus. Any essential visitors must stop at the Gatehouse and show an ID card, preferably a Meredith CamCard. Please hold your card up without handing it to the officer on duty.
  • Meredith is limiting the number of people on campus — both students and employees. For students, this means only a limited number of students with special circumstances have been allowed to stay on campus in the residence halls and in The Oaks until further notice.  For employees, this means while certain essential staff and administrators may continue working on campus, most are working off campus. Staff have been asked to confer with their supervisors about making arrangements to work from a remote location when their roles permit.
  • Meredith’s academic leaders have approved changes to grading policies this semester, allowing undergraduate students the option of electing Pass/Fail Grading (P/F) for courses after grades are turned in.
  • Meredith College leaders have made the difficult decisions to postpone Commencement, Alumnae Reunion Weekend, Faculty/Staff Awards celebration, and many other activities. Others are being reimagined as virtual events, with students taking the lead on what they want to preserve and/or recreate. 
  • The Provost’s Office has been in constant communication with faculty, ensuring Meredith professors understand the need to offer flexibility to students and providing them the guidance and support to do so. 
  • Meredith’s leadership team and Human Resources are communicating with staff, providing guidance specific to employee needs. The College has committed that staff pay will not be negatively impacted by the pandemic by ensuring that work will continue to be available and staff will continue to be paid at least through the end of May. Student workers are also being paid for the remainder of the semester. 

Members of Meredith’s incident response team, including Health Services and International Programs, are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association, the North Carolina State Health Department, and Wake County Health and Human Services concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19). The college has a plan specific to pandemic conditions that has been activated.

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In this heartfelt short video message, President Jo Allen addresses Meredith seniors and graduate students, speaking on the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation and commending students for their resilience.

Message from President Allen to the Class of 2020

In this heartfelt short video message, President Jo Allen addresses Meredith seniors and graduate students, speaking on the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation and commending students for their resilience.

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FAQs for Meredith Students

FAQs are being updated throughout the semester.

  • Academics

    What instructional options are currently available?
    When classes resumed on March 23 after the extended spring break, all Meredith classes were moved online until further notice.  

    Has Meredith changed any of its grading policies for the spring semester?
    In recognition of the extraordinary disruptions COVID-19 has caused, Meredith’s academic leaders have approved changes to grading policies this semester.

    All undergraduate students will have the option of electing Pass/Fail Grading (P/F) for courses after grades are turned in. Seniors will have three days to make this election, and underclass students will have up to two weeks after grades are turned in for this election.

    Note that the P/F option may not be the best choice for students who plan to attend graduate school, since it is not yet known how graduate schools will look at pass/fail grades. In addition, VA (Veterans Affairs) students should not elect this option, as it is unclear at this time as to whether or not the VA will support this option. 

    More information on the process for electing this option will be added to the registrar’s office web page. Students who have questions about which grading option is right should consult with their faculty adviser before making the decision.

    The Pass/Fail Grading option does not apply to students in Meredith’s graduate or certificate programs.

    What’s happening with Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) day this year?
    Because of this unprecedented time, CSA Day will be turned into an asynchronous online experience, with presentations, performances, and awards ceremonies pre-recorded and uploaded onto a Meredith College CSA Day YouTube channel. Students interested in participating can record their presentations using TechSmith Relay or Zoom, and send their videos to the Undergraduate Research Program. Videos will be made public on Friday, April 24. The original date for CSA Day, Tuesday, April 14, will be used for instruction and will follow the regular Tuesday schedule. 

    Have there been any changes to the academic calendar because of the extension of Spring Break?
    Yes, there have been several changes to provide your professors the option of adding instructional time if it is needed. First, Tuesday, April 14, the day originally designated for CSA Day, will be used for instruction and will follow the regular Tuesday schedule. The semester has also been extended by two days. Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 will become regular instructional days. Only courses originally scheduled for a Thursday or Friday will meet on those days. Your professor may elect not to use these days if other arrangements have been made for making up missed class time. The two-day extension of the semester will necessitate a modification to the final exam schedule. Exams will now be held from May 4 - May 8.    

    Have there been any changes to the exam schedule?
    Yes. Because of the two-day extension of the semester, the exam schedule has been modified. Exams will now be held from May 4 - May 8.

    What does a student do if she has issues accessing online learning?  What resources are available?
    Several companies have made resources available for free or small fees to help people who need internet access. On March 29, Meredith shared a list of new and existing free or affordable high speed internet service offerings from vendors across the state of North Carolina. Compiled by the N.C. Department of Information Technology, visit ncbroadband.gov/covid19broadband/ for details.

    Meredith College is committed to providing alternative learning options to all students. Please be in touch with your faculty members about your individual circumstances.

    I do not have access to the books for my classes. Are there any resources available to help?
    In light of the ongoing disruption to on-campus learning, our Online Bookstore has partnered with our digital course materials platform, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch a program offering free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials with the rapid move to distance learning. Visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free ebooks through May 25. VitalSource provides access to tens of thousands of ebooks, but some content may not be available.

    Was the last day to Drop/Add been extended?
    Yes, the deadline was extended to April 2. To facilitate the process, the Registrar’s Office temporarily accepted virtual Drop_Add Requests. Email requests without the form were also accepted but requests must have been received directly from your academic advisor. 

    I’m having trouble completing my internship -- what should I do?
    Email your faculty internship supervisor for guidance on the best way to move forward. Faculty have been advised to take extenuating circumstances to their deans for consideration on a case-to-case basis.

    When will I be able to register for fall classes? 
    Yes. Registration was pushed out one week because of the extended Spring Break, but is now underway. The dates for the Fall 2020 semester are available on the Registrar’s Office webpage.

    Will Meredith have a commencement ceremony? 
    Meredith College has made the difficult decision to postpone — not cancel! —  all May 2020 Commencement Weekend activities. No decisions have yet been made about what the commencement will look like or when it will be rescheduled. The Class of 2020 will have opportunities to contribute their ideas on what the ceremony should be.

    I am eligible to participate in Meredith’s 2020 Commencement ceremony. Can I still order my cap and gown even though May Commencement Weekend activities have been postponed?
    Yes. Contact Emily Kelleher, campus store manager, at ekkelleher@meredith.edu to make arrangements to purchase regalia now and have it shipped to you. You will also have opportunities for purchasing when the physical store re-opens. 

  • Student Life

    Were students permitted to return to campus after the extended spring break or were they advised to stay home?
    Given new guidance issued in mid-March from the White House, the CDC, and N.C. Governor Cooper, it is in the best interest of our community to restrict the number of students who may reside on campus. However, Meredith recognized that not every student has an alternative place to go. Students with requests to remain in residence on campus were able to complete the Special Circumstances Housing Form

    I’m a resident student. How can I retrieve items I need that I left in my residence hall or apartment?   
    Students will either need to come to campus to retrieve their essential items according to the schedule from Residence Life, or contact their Residence Director or Oaks Manager to make other arrangements. A student may bring no more than one helper on to campus for this purpose. We encourage you to be prepared to take as many of your personal and essential items as possible on your designated day and time period as the timing of future building access is not known. Here is an essential item list that may be helpful.

    PLEASE NOTE: No person currently in self-quarantine, self-isolation, or experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 is allowed on campus for this purpose or at any time. 

    What precautions has Meredith taken in preparation for students who are approved to stay on campus?
    Meredith College has taken a number of precautions in preparation for students who are approved to continue in residence on campus. In addition, Housekeeping staff is deep cleaning campus, with a focus on surfaces in common spaces and high traffic areas during the extended spring break.  Read more about Meredith's prevention efforts

    Am I allowed to leave my vehicle and bicycle on campus if I am away from campus?
    Students are permitted to leave these items on campus as long as they are parked in approved student parking areas. PLEASE NOTE: access to campus may be further restricted in the future.

    Are students being allowed to live on campus?
    Students living in the residence halls and the Oaks apartments were contacted on March 18 and asked to remove essential items from their residential spaces by March 25. Students who wanted to stay on campus turned in applications by noon on March 20, 2020, and were notified of the College's decisions on those applications by Residence Life.

    I am a student worker at Meredith. Will I still be paid? 
    Yes. The executive leadership team announced on March 25, 2020 that student workers will continue to get paid through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  Whether you are working remotely or your supervisor does not have remote tasks for you, your pay will continue, making financial resources available as you cope with these trying times.

    Please know that if you are a student who has been able to continue working remotely, we are extremely grateful.  If you are a student whose job responsibilities have made you unable to perform them remotely thus far, we miss your support.  For all workers, it is important to understand that your supervisor may assign you different tasks that can be performed remotely.  We appreciate your flexibility. 

  • Campus Services

    Will Campus Police still be on duty?
    Campus Police will continue to provide 24/7 assistance to campus community members. 

    Will food service be available for students who stay on campus?
    Food service is available. Updates about food service availability will be emailed directly to students who are approved to remain on campus. 

    Will the Learning Center be available?
    Learning Center tutors will be available for virtual appointments via Zoom. Peer tutors from the Learning Center are also a resource for students who want to practice zoom meetings or who need support preparing for online learning. Appointments can be scheduled online on the Learning Center website. 

    Will health services be available?
    Health services and counseling are available through telehealth delivery. If students are transitioning out of state while remote learning occurs, Health Services and Counseling Center staff may provide information about services in the student’s local community.

    Will career planning services be available?
    The Office of Career Planning is open and offering virtual appointments. Schedule an appointment online from the Office of Career Planning website.

    What other campus resources are available?
    Meredith has an array of virtual resources available for prospective students and current students. most Meredith offices have adapted their offerings to a virtual model. Students should check department sites on MyMeredith for full details. Read this article for highlights
     

  • Financial Assistance

    What happens if I need to withdraw from a course, and it takes me to part-time? What will happen to my financial aid?  
    If you withdraw from a course and that withdrawal causes you to drop below the 12 semester threshold, you will not have to return financial aid as long as you remain enrolled in at least one class. This is not the case if you withdraw from the College completely. If you have any questions regarding financial assistance, please contact Financial Assistance at finaid@meredith.edu for assistance.

  • COVID-19

    How can I be tested for COVID-19?
    If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should call to discuss this with your health care provider and your local health department. Testing for COVID-19 can only be done in consultation with your health care provider or local health department. North Carolina is following the CDC's priority testing recommendations.

    Does wearing a mask keep someone from getting COVID-19?
    As of April 3, 2020, the CDC is now recommending wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain where there are areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.

    It is critical to emphasize that physical distancing, maintaining at least 6-feet between individuals, remains the most important measure to slow the spread of the virus. 

    How do I know if I have COVID-19 symptoms or just seasonal allergies?
    Seasonal allergies symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, red, watery, and itchy eyes.  People may also experience puffy eyes, nasal congestion, headache, post-nasal drip, throat irritation, and breathing through the mouth or wheezing. Symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.

    What can I do in my work space to decrease the risk of spreading any virus?
    Stay home! Talk with your supervisor about work from home options. Only essential employees should be working at this time. If you are considered essential, here are some things you can do to reduce the risk of viral spread in your space: 

    • limit areas of high traffic exposures by cleaning work spaces and common areas
    • remove unnecessary items that may promote the spread of germs such as common pen cups, sign in sheets, magazines, and remote controls
    • add antiseptic wipes to an area with shared tools and computers, etc. 
    • ensure hand sanitizer stations are near doorways for convenient access, and
    • make sure all bathrooms are stocked with soap and paper towels.

    What does it mean for a person to be isolated?
    When a patient is isolated, he or she has tested positive for the disease and is asked not to have contact with the public to help prevent its spread. The patient is also monitored by the local health department daily to check for any changes in temperature or overall health.

    What does it mean for a person to be quarantined?
    When a patient is quarantined, he or she has had potential or known exposure to someone else who has tested positive for the disease. The patient is separated from the public, and his or her movements are restricted. The level of monitoring from the local health department is based on the risk of exposure and the person’s potential to contract the virus.

    Could I have caught COVID-19 from a patient who tested positive?
    At the present time, the CDC has determined that people with COVID-19 are most contagious when they first become symptomatic. Therefore, public health officials are working to identify who came in close contact with a patient. Currently, “close contact” is defined as people who were within six feet of the symptomatic patient for 10 minutes.

    As these contacts continue to be identified, the Wake County Health Department can assess their risk of exposure and implement the appropriate public health recommendations.

    How do I know if I have been in close contact with an affected person if the Health Department will not release information on who they are, where they live, work, or travel?
    The Wake County Health Department will not share information that could impact the privacy of the person who has tested positive for COVID-19 – or anyone else being monitored. The individual being monitored will relay important information regarding those in close contact or places that they have been and the health department will reach out to those who could be affected.

News

Sara Andreini and family

MC Staying Strong in Italy

Sara Andreini, associate director of Meredith in Italy, shares an update on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life for her and others in Sansepolcro, where Meredith has offered study abroad programs for more than 20 years.

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Meredith Campus Resources Remain Available Virtually

As Meredith has moved to a remote learning model for the remainder of the semester, academic programs are not the only aspect of college life that have moved online. Meredith has an array of virtual resources available for prospective students and current students.

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Meredith Students Take On Virtual Learning With Resilience

As restrictions continue to increase in the wake of COVID-19, Meredith students are remaining resilient as they see their semesters end too soon.

Illness Prevention Tips

Meredith College has taken a number of precautions including the following enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices.

Housekeeping

  • Deep cleaning of public and common spaces in academic, administration, and residence buildings has been performed.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations have been placed around campus.
  • Signage is being posted in public restrooms as reminders about proper handwashing techniques.
  • Gloves and hand sanitizer stations are available for use in computer labs and the library. (Glove dispensers for critical areas on order)
  • Management daily review and implementation of updated coronavirus information and cleaning procedures provided by Aramark. 
  • Daily review of sanitizing procedures and proper PPE (personal protective equipment) with housekeeping staff at beginning of each shift
  • Using appropriate cleaning products and procedures (hospital-grade disinfectant)  
  • Daily routine, thorough environmental cleaning and disinfection with special attention to frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles, toilet flush handles, light switches, elevator buttons, keyboards, phones) with a disinfectant.  
  •  Added cup holders and disposable cups to Quench water machines to discourage use of personal bottles or containers.
  • Disinfected porous sofa and chair cushions in parlors and other common areas.
  • Cleaned and disinfected all empty resident hall suites and Oaks apartment suites.
  • Continue to clean and disinfect workspaces in offices and classsrooms. 
  • Continue inspections and rounds to ensure procedures and safety guidelines are being followed.
  • Practicing social distancing in all areas of Facilities Services.

Dining Services

  •  Because some dining locations are closed, staff are conducting focused and detailed deep cleaning of all areas and equipment.
  • Cleaning also includes a focus on “touch points” anywhere current students would come in contact with items.
  • Planning is ongoing for location specific reopening and preparedness for when students can return to campus.
  • Dining staff have increased the frequency at which gloves and serving utensils are changed. 
  • A temporary policy prohibiting use of reusable cups in campus dining locations has been instituted. Refills of drinks must use a new, clean cup each time.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located at entrances/exits and hand sanitizer pumps are available at register areas.
  • Students will swipe their own cards (self-swipe) rather than handing cards to personnel.
  • Seating areas in dining spaces have been reorganized to allow for more social distancing between tables.

In addition, Meredith community members are advised to follow CDC guidelines for illness prevention:

  • Avoid close contact.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits - get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
  • Wash your hands! If you cannot wash hands, then use hand sanitizer, especially in the dining hall after you set your tray down, use a little hand sanitizer after touching serving utensils used by others. Visit the CDC's Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives site for proper technique
  • If you cough, try coughing into your bent arm/elbow to avoid coughing in your hand/fist. This will lessen the transmission of germs on items that you touch, like door knobs/handles.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC also has specific guidance for travelers.