STAYING STRONG

2020-21

Protecting the health and safety 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. 

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.

Choosing vaccinations is the surest way our community can return to normal activities and interactions. Meredith continues to strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccinations of their choice.

Other guidance includes not gathering in groups, self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms using the CampusClear app, and compliance with all Community Standards. 

Visitors to campus are expected to comply with Meredith’s COVID-19 protocols. 

Download the free Campus Clear app and self-screen prior to coming to campus. Visitors who have not used CampusClear to self-screen will need to participate in a screening at the gatehouse before they will be permitted to enter campus. Use of CampusClear or screening is required for each person in the car. Visitors must display the CampusClear “good to go” screen to enter campus and wearing a face covering is required both at the gate and while on campus.

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.

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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

What is Meredith’s academic schedule for 2021-22?

The first day of classes for the Fall 2021 semester is Wednesday, August 18. Meredith’s full academic calendar is available on the registrar’s website.

Is Meredith returning to a full schedule of face-to-face classes this Fall?
The current plan is for classes to start back in face-to-face mode, with a few special exceptions made through the dean. Face-to-face is the term used for classes in a traditional classroom setting.

Is Meredith requiring face coverings in face-to-face classes for Fall?
As the semester starts, everyone (faculty and students) will be expected to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status. Classroom face covering expectations will be continuously monitored and revised as warranted. It is our hope that conditions surrounding COVID will allow us to lift this  requirement of wearing a face covering sooner rather than later.

What other COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in classroom settings?
Classroom occupancies will be based on students being a minimum of three feet apart. While Meredith is using three feet as a measure, the actual room capacities are being guided by calculations developed by scientists at MIT using modeling that takes a variety of parameters including virus strain, room size, air flow, masking protocols, etc. into account. Faculty will, again, be expected to stay at the front of the classroom, approximately six feet away. 

What is the status of Meredith’s study abroad programs for Fall 2021?
The Office of International Programs (OIP) has been consistently monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since January 2020. After extensive review, Meredith is reinstating study abroad programs to a limited degree in Fall 2021, with a semester program at Meredith’s site in Sansepolcro, Italy, Italy, and through vetted and approved affiliate programs.

Students choosing to participate in these study abroad programs will be required to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, including being fully vaccinated. Because the health and safety of our students and community members, including study abroad participants and faculty, are of paramount importance to Meredith College, OIP will continue to monitor conditions throughout the pandemic. Visit the OIP site for more COVID-19 Study Abroad Updates

Can students use the library for online meetings?
Meredith College students can use the Carlyle Campbell Library as a space to attend Zoom meetings. Students must wear face coverings while in the library. 

As a courtesy, students attending Zoom meetings in the library are asked to wear headphones and speak quietly. We ask students not to “attend” meetings on the library’s top floor, which is reserved for quiet study. 

Meredith has added air filters to each study room. Three study rooms will accommodate two individuals. Three others can accommodate only one. Room reservations can be made from the Library website. 

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

Visit the Library website for details on library hours.   

What are library hours for Fall 2021?
The library will resume normal operating hours when classes begin in August, including remaining open until 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday. Camcards will be required to enter the library after 9 p.m. Beginning the week before exams, the library will have a 24 hour schedule, except for Saturday night. You can get more information about the library at infotogo.meredith.edu

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 study. Please be sure to double-check the class schedule and occupancy limit, wear a face covering, and follow instructions on where to sit. Class schedules should be posted for each room on or near the classroom door.

Some courses are listed as face-to-face, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid courses. What do these terms mean?
Face-to-face is the traditional classroom setting. Almost all fall classes will be face-to-face. 

Other possible course types include

  • 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 a class with a mix of face-to-face and online (synchronous, asynchronous, or both) learning.

Is Campus Police 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. The Library now closes at midnight from Sunday through Thursday, and will close at 5 p.m. on Saturdays based on fall usage data. View full information about library hours for the building and its departments on the library website.

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. Visit shop-meredith.com to shop online. Current store hours are available at meredith.edu/campus-store

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

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.

Thank you to all who have adhered to our Community Standards. We are grateful for all of your efforts. With enhanced cleaning protocols, strict adherence to The Three Ws, and use of the Campus Clear app to support selfscreenings, Meredith has so far been able to successfully offer a healthy mix of online and in-person classes while avoiding large breakouts of COVID-19.  It is critical that we all continue to follow guidelines, avoid gathering in large groups, and promptly report any exposure to COVID-19.

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.

Why is Meredith requiring students to get a flu vaccine this year?
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for everyone to get a flu shot to help protect yourself and our campus community. Meredith is requiring all residential (residence hall and Oaks apartment) students to obtain a flu vaccine this year. Having two similar presenting viruses circulating at the same time can quickly overwhelm our campus systems and lead to unplanned pauses in the semester.

Medical or religious exemptions: Consistent with approved exemptions for North Carolina immunization requirements, Meredith College allows exemptions to the required flu vaccine for one or both of the following reasons: medical or religious. Information about obtaining exemptions is found on the North Carolina school immunization site.  Proof of exemption was due to the Health Center at healthcenter@meredith.edu by Tuesday, January 5 at 4 p.m. to waive the campus flu vaccination requirement.

Students who do not meet the flu vaccine requirement or the exemptions were required to move out of on-campus housing and will be barred from continuing to live in on-campus housing. The student’s campus Camcard is de-activated and they will not be permitted to gain access to their on-campus living space.

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 community. 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.

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 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.

COMMUNITY STANDARDS

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

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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

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:

  • 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