The health, safety, and well-being of all members of the Meredith community is always our top priority.
In monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Meredith, like other institutions, has continued to evaluate and update decisions as new information becomes available. The FAQs on this page will continue to be updated throughout the semester.
The first presumptive positive COVID-19 case reported to Meredith is a graduate student who traveled abroad and has not been on campus since early March.
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 we will limit the number of students who are allowed to stay on campus in the residence halls and in the Oaks until further notice. For those students with special personal circumstances, please submit the special circumstances housing form to request permission to reside on campus.
For Employees, this means while certain essential staff and administrators may continue working on campus, most will be 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.
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.
Meredith College has taken a number of precautions in preparation for students who are returning to campus. In addition, Housekeeping staff will do a deep cleaning of the 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
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.
FAQs are being updated throughout the semester.
Q. When Meredith classes resume on Monday, March 23, what instructional options are available?
When classes resume after the extended spring break, all Meredith classes will move online until further notice.
Q. 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.
Q. 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.
Q: Has the last day to Drop/Add been extended?
Yes, the deadline has been extended to April 2. To facilitate the process, the Registrar’s Office will temporarily accept virtual Drop_Add Requests. Email requests without the form will also be accepted but requests must be received directly from your academic advisor.
Q: 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.
Q: When will I be able to register for fall classes?
Registration is being pushed out one week because of the extended Spring Break. The dates for the Fall 2020 semester are available on the Registrar’s Office webpage.
Q: 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.
Q: Can students return to campus after the extended spring break or are they advised to stay home?
Given new guidance issued this week 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 starting this weekend. However, Meredith recognizes that not every student has an alternative place to go. Students with requests to remain in residence on campus should complete the Special Circumstances Housing Form.
Students who live on campus will also be receiving an email from Residence Life (email@example.com) with a questionnaire asking if a student is planning to return to retrieve essential items. Students should complete and return the questionnaire by the deadline so that residence life staff can establish a schedule and provide designated times for students to retrieve items.
Q: 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.
Q. 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
Q: 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.
Q: 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.
Q. 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.
Q. Will Campus Police still be on duty?
Campus Police will continue to provide 24/7 assistance to campus community members.
Q. Will food service be available for students who stay on campus?
Food service will be available. Updates about food service availability will be emailed directly to students who are approved to remain on campus.
Q. Will the Learning Center be available?
Learning Center tutors will be available for virtual appointments via Zoom starting on Monday, March 23. 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.
Q. Will health services be available?
Health services and counseling will be 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.
Q. 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.
Q: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Q: How can I be tested for COVID-19?
Currently, all testing for COVID-19 is performed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Testing is done only under specific circumstances. Only those who meet all of the following criteria should request testing:
1) Recently traveled to a country with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19, 2) experiencing fever, and 3) experiencing respiratory symptoms. Individuals who meet all three criteria should contact their doctor or local health department. A clinician and public health officials will decide if a COVID-19 test is appropriate. Other health groups such as hospitals and clinics will have the capability in the coming days and weeks to run their own tests, but again only for patients who meet criteria.
Q: Does wearing a mask keep someone from getting COVID-19?
Currently, if you are healthy there is no additional benefit to wearing a mask yourself. If you are sick with fever and cough, you can wear a surgical mask to prevent transmission to other people.
Q: 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.
Q: What can I do in my work space to decrease the risk of spreading any virus?
Limit areas of high traffic exposures by cleaning work spaces and common areas, and by removing unnecessary items that may promote the spread of germs such as common pen cups, sign in sheets, magazines, and remote controls. Consider adding antiseptic wipes to an area with shared tools and computers, etc.
Q: 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.
Q: 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.
Q: Could I have caught COVID-19 from the 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.
Q: 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.
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.
As restrictions continue to increase in the wake of COVID-19, Meredith students are remaining resilient as they see their semesters end too soon.
As COVID-19 continues to impact the daily operations of Meredith’s campus, faculty and staff are working hard to ensure students still receive a strong education.
Meredith College has taken a number of precautions including the following enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices.
In addition, Meredith community members are advised to follow CDC guidelines for illness prevention:
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC also has specific guidance for travelers.