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STAYING STRONG
2020-21
Information focused on the health, safety, and well-being of the Meredith community.

Staying Strong and Staying Safe at Meredith College

Keeping Meredith College students, employees, and all community members safe is a shared responsibility. On the Staying Strong site, you will find the most updated information you need to know in order to do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone who lives, learns, or works at Meredith or who visits the Meredith campus must adhere to the Three Ws: Wear a face covering, Wait six feet apart, and Wash hands frequently. Other guidance includes not gathering in groups, self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms using the CampusClear app, and compliance with all Community Standards. 

Meredith leaders continue making decisions that are based on the latest guidance and directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of North Carolina. All decisions are made with the health and safety of our community as the highest priority. Please visit this site regularly for updates.

How do I report COVID-19 exposures?

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Wear A Mask

Wear A Mask

Wearing a face covering is an important part of the Three Ws. These three standards -- Wear a Face Covering, Wait Six Feet Apart, and Wash Hands or Use Hand Sanitizer Frequently -- work together to keep the Meredith community healthy. For more information on Meredith’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, visit meredith.edu/staying-strong.

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Student Faqs Student FAQs
  • Academics

    Does Meredith anticipate making changes to its Fall 2020 plan?
    In an August 24 message to campus, President Jo Allen stated that Meredith College's  plans for remaining on campus include daily reviews of numbers, conditions, and healthcare guidance, and these plans look different for Meredith than for other larger institutions.  For example, Meredith is significantly smaller than these other institutions and has far fewer students and more land area per student, meaning students have more outdoor opportunities to socially distance and work on studies or be with friends, wearing masks and sitting apart. 

    If Meredith College were to have a significant outbreak, a likely scenario would be a pivot to a temporary, two-week online instructional period that would allow us to re-assess after a 14-day “isolation” period. Students could anticipate a return (provided the data show that a return is safe) to complete the semester.

    Does Meredith require face coverings in face-to-face classes?
    To help keep our community more safe, Meredith is requiring the use of face coverings for all employees, students and other community members when in common areas including classrooms. Our Health Services and HR Directors have approved drinking through a straw with your mask in place while in class.

    Studies have shown that wearing a face covering greatly reduces the probability of transmitting the virus that causes COVID 19. All individuals should maintain at least a six foot distance, regardless of the use of face coverings. Read more about Meredith's Community Standards

    Can students use the library for online classes?
    Meredith College students can use the Carlyle Campbell Library as a space to attend online classes. Students must wear face coverings while in the library and must bring their Meredith ID to enter the library. Guests are not permitted.

    As a courtesy, students attending Zoom classes in the library are asked to wear headphones and speak quietly. We ask students not to "attend" class on the top floor of the library, which is reserved for quiet study.

    The library does have a limited number of study rooms that are available on a first come/first served basis. Stop at the Borrow desk to check for availability. 

    The library patio has good Wi-Fi access as well as tables and chairs.

    Can students use an empty classroom to study or do classwork?
    In addition to outdoor seating areas, the library, and first and second floor Cate Center, students may use unoccupied classrooms to do work or to study. Please be sure to double check the class schedule and occupancy limit, wear a face covering, follow instructions on where to sit, and wipe down your area afterwards. Class schedules should be posted for each room on or near the classroom door.

    How are Meredith classes being taught during the Fall semester?
    Meredith is offering a mix of face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses. The College has invested in technology to help ensure students receive a well-designed, engaging experience regardless of course format. Read more about these preparations.

    The Fall 2020 semester schedule includes face-to-face, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid courses. What do these terms mean?
    Face-to-face is the traditional classroom setting.
    Online synchronous is an online class that has real-time course meetings. 
    Online asynchronous is a true online class with no real-time meetings. 
    Hybrid is is a class with a mix of face to face and online (synchronous, asynchronous, or both) learning.

    Meredith's Registrar sent a detailed message to students explaining these terms and how they are represented in WebAdvisor. 

    How has Meredith adjusted its academic calendar for 2020-21?
    Meredith College has made several adjustments to the Fall 2020 calendar. 

    Changes are as follows:

    • Fall classes began on Monday, August 17, which is two days earlier than originally planned. 
    • Monday, September 7 (Labor Day), will be an instructional day instead of a holiday.
    • Fall Break is being moved to Tuesday, October 6, as a single day event. 
    • The last day of classes will be Tuesday, November 24. 
    • Virtual academic activities may be scheduled from Monday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020. 

    Fall Semester Exams: Online final exams will be held from Tuesday December 1 through Tuesday, December 8.

    The Spring 2021 calendar is unchanged.

    The amended academic and exam calendars are posted on the Registrar’s Office website.

  • Campus Services

    Is Campus Police still on duty?
    Campus Police continues to provide 24/7 assistance to campus community members. 

    Is the Carlyle Campbell Library open?
    The Carlyle Campbell Library is open to the Meredith community, with some changes to the facility and to library operations. An email was sent from Dean  of Library Information Services Laura Davidson summarizing many of these updates. Visit the library's Staying Strong library guide for more information and links to services. 

    Is the Learning Center available?
    Learning Center tutors are available for virtual appointments via Zoom. Appointments can be scheduled online on the Learning Center website

    Will health services be available?
    Health services and counseling are available through telehealth delivery. Email counselingcenter@meredith.edu or healthcenter@meredith.edu for more information.

    Are career planning services available?
    The Office of Career Planning is open and offers virtual appointments. Schedule an appointment via Handshake or email career@meredith.edu. Opportunities to connect with employers virtually are available throughout the summer, visit Handshake regularly for event updates. Recent graduates are invited to sign up for a four week coaching program, Unstuck, to move forward on career or professional goals. Contact career@meredith.edu with questions. 

    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.

    Meredith’s Campus Store is currently open Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Admissions: Small private tours can be scheduled with Admissions. Prospective students can also explore Meredith through the Virtual Welcome Center.  

  • Student Life

    What actions can students take to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
    Students, as well as employees, are asked to follow Community Standards that have been established to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Meredith. These include requirements regarding face coverings, cleaning, and hygiene. Review the student-focused Community Standards document for details on reporting and disciplinary processes.

    How do I report a known COVID exposure?
    Students must report all exposures with a known positive or symptoms to Student Health immediately. Reports should be made via email to healthcenter@meredith.edu. Not reporting is a violation of Meredith's Community Standards. 

    Where can I find comprehensive information about Meredith's COVID-19 prevention plans?
    Detailed information about Meredith's COVID-19 prevention efforts are available in the Staying Strong guide.

    Where can students go on campus to eat or for a place to relax between classes?
    In addition to Belk Dining Hall, the BeeHive, and Food For Thought (located in the library), students can eat or relax at any outdoor patio space, in the Cate Center, or in Carlyle Campbell Library. Please remember to wear your face covering (when not eating or drinking) and maintain appropriate six feet physical distance from others. When in Belk Dining Hall, please limit time spent at a table to 30-45 minutes.

    What are off-campus expectations for students?
    Meredith College students are required to adhere to the College’s Community Standards and mandates from the State of North Carolina both on campus and off. It is the responsibility of all students, including those who live off-campus, to adhere to the currently posted Community Standards to protect Meredith College community members and the community at large.

    In addition to the Community Standards that are communicated by the College, students should also be attentive to local and state regulations and ordinances in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

    Off-campus students are required to comply fully with the restrictions on gatherings and requirements for face coverings and physical distancing put in place by the governor, the College, and public health authorities. Failure to do so can result in disciplinary action.

    Current guidance from the State of North Carolina includes a limit on gatherings (currently 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors).  Individuals or organizations found in violation of the state’s limit on and off campus are subject to disciplinary action. This includes both hosts and all attendees of gatherings.

    These Community Standards have been established to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and to promote the health, safety and well-being of Meredith College community members and the local comunity. Students should also review the student-focused community standards document for information on disciplinary actions that will result from noncompliance with these standards. 

    Health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is a shared responsibility of every member of the Meredith community.

    Can I change a housing request?
    Please contact Residence Life at reslife@meredith.edu with housing requests or concerns. The office will be maintaining a waiting list for anyone who requests changes, though changing is not guaranteed this semester.

    I have a question about living on campus - who do I contact?
    Questions about living on campus should be directed to the Office of Residence Life. Residence Life staff can be contacted at either reslife@meredith.edu or (919) 760-8633. Voicemail messages will be returned as quickly as possible. Emails will be responded to within 48 hours.

    Has the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 been rescheduled?
    Celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 is important to Meredith College. A committee of faculty and staff continues to work on plans for a rescheduled celebration. After careful consideration, it has been determined that Spring 2021 is the earliest that an in-person celebration can be scheduled. Read the August 2020 update that was sent to the Class of 2020 for more information.

  • Tuition and Financial Assistance

    My financial situation has changed because of COVID-19. What should I do?
    We understand that the shifts in the economy have personally affected many of our students and their families. As always, students should be in touch with the Office of Financial Assistance to discuss any changes to their income status. Contact finaid@meredith.edu or (919) 760-8565.

    All of my Fall 2020 classes are online. Will I still pay full tuition?
    Yes, tuition will be the same regardless of the mode of instruction. Though many courses have been adapted for online this year, the value of a Meredith education stands strong. We’ve taken a number of steps to ensure students still receive the highest quality of instruction from home or on campus.

    Our expert faculty and staff spent the summer training and developing their skills in online instruction, and are prepared to offer the same quality of teaching and support they always have. This additional training, combined with the hybrid learning technology we’ve invested in, allows us to continue providing a highly valuable learning experience worth the full cost of tuition.

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Community Standards

Meredith College has established Community Standards for the campus in response to COVID-19.

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Safety Protocols

Meredith College took many precautions to safeguard the health of our community for the 2020-21 academic year. 

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Campus Clear

Using the CampusClear app to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms is another important part of the College's efforts to keep the Meredith community healthy.

Remember the Three Ws

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Wear a face covering, especially when safe distancing isn't possible.

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Wait six feet apart. Avoid close contact.

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Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

COVID-19
Daily Screening Checklist

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. All employees, students, and campus visitors should self-screen for the following factors:

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  • Close contact (longer than 10 minutes within 6 feet) with someone with a known positive COVID-19 case or who is sick with fever and cough
  • Fever (above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea