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. Other guidance includes not gathering in groups, self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms using the CampusClear app, and compliance with all Community Standards. If you have traveled or been around anyone you do not live with, we recommend quarantining off-campus and then obtaining a COVID PCR test 5-7 days into your quarantine period. Wait for your results to be returned and only return to campus if your PCR test is negative. Unlike Entrance Testing, negative test results do not need to be shared with Meredith College officials.
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. View Meredith’s sports spectator policy
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.
- Vaccine Clinic Updates (4/8/21)
- What to Expect at Meredith in Fall 2021 (3/26/21)
- Pre-Spring Break COVID-19 Safety Reminders (3/11/21)
- Building Closure Notice (3/11/21)
- Staying Strong Update (2/11/21)
- Safe Spring & Spring Break (1/29/21)
- Building Closure Notice (1/6/21)
- Spring 2021 Entrance Testing Message #3 (12/17/20)
- Additional Info: COVID-19 Entrance Testing for Spring 2021 (12/11/20)
- COVID-19 Entrance Testing for Spring 2021 (12/9/20)
- Message to Meredith Parents and Families (11/24/20)
- Thanksgiving travel guidance/Limited Number of COVID-19 Tests Available for Resident Students (11/16/20)
- Spring 2021 Update #2 – Winter Break, Spring Calendar & Spring semester questions (11-11-20)
- Fall 2020 Update #11/Spring 2021 Update #1 (10-05-20)
What is Meredith’s academic schedule for Spring 2021?
Meredith began spring semester classes on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. We also intend to hold spring break from Monday, March 15 through Sunday, March 21, but that could change depending on disruptions from COVID-19. Consequently, circumstances may require revising the academic calendar at any time during the year, so we strongly encourage not making non-refundable travel plans for spring break. In fact, we strongly discourage any travel over spring break. The College will not be sponsoring any spring break travel. The spring academic calendar is available on the registrar’s website.
The 2020-21 academic year course schedules include face-to-face, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid courses. What do these terms mean?
Much like the fall, Meredith is offering a mix of online asynchronous, synchronous, hybrid, and face-to-face classes for spring 2021. Our goal is to maintain a high quality academic experience while offering maximum flexibility for faculty and students.
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.
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.
Meredith has added air filters to each study room and is restoring the room reservation system that the Library was using prior to March 2020. Three study rooms will accommodate two individuals. Three others can accommodate only one. Room reservation forms are available on the Library website.
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.
What is the status of Meredith’s study abroad programs for 2021?
The Office of International Programs (OIP) has been consistently monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and safety of our students and community members, including study abroad participants and faculty, are of paramount importance to Meredith College. Because global conditions remain unstable and we cannot not mitigate the ongoing health and safety risks for our study abroad students, the Office of International Programs has cancelled all spring and summer 2021 study abroad programs. Decisions about fall 2021 study abroad feasibility will be announced by the end of June. Decisions about the feasibility of remaining summer programs will be made no later than mid-March. Visit the OIP site for more COVID-19 Study Abroad Updates
REMEMBER THE THREE WS
Wear a face covering, especially when safe distancing isn’t possible.
Wait six feet apart. Avoid close contact.
Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
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)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting