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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
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.