This page features resources of particular interest for students. More information will be added to this page throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
Reporting Known COVID Exposures
For the sake of individuals and the entire Meredith community, students must report their exposure to a known COVID positive or if they have symptoms to Student Health immediately. Reports of student exposures should be made via email to email@example.com. Not reporting is a violation of Meredith’s community standards.
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 COVID reporting, face coverings, cleaning, and hygiene. Review the student-focused Community Standards document for details on reporting and disciplinary processes. In addition to the Community Standards that are communicated by the College, students, faculty, staff, and visitors should also be attentive to local and state regulations and ordinances in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Follow all campus requirements for COVID-19 testing if planning to come to campus.
Meredith College is adding entrance testing to its COVID-19 prevention strategies for the Spring 2021 semester, like many other area colleges and universities. All employees and students are required to provide notice of negative COVID PCR test results before they are approved to return to campus in 2021. Review details about this policy on the Entrance Testing FAQs page
Flu Vaccine Requirement
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.
If you have not already done so, email your proof of vaccine documentation to the Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Tuesday, January 5 at 4 p.m. so that you will be confirmed as receiving the flu vaccine. You will receive a confirmation email following your submitting the proof of vaccination to the Health Center.
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 must be emailed to the Health Center at email@example.com by Tuesday, January 5 at 4 p.m. to waive the campus flu vaccination requirement.
If the health center does not receive proof of receiving the flu shot or an exemption by the deadline, the student will be 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 will be de-activated and they will not be permitted to gain access to their on-campus living space.
Staying Strong Pledge
All Meredith community members, including students, are also asked to take the Staying Strong pledge.
Policy on Guests
- Limit of one guest per resident per visit in a resident’s room; note that the visitor can only be another Meredith resident student.
- Meredith commuter students and off-campus visitors are not permitted in the residence halls or Oaks apartments until further notice.
- Overnight stays in residence hall rooms and Oaks apartments by other residential students (not assigned to the residential room or apartment), commuter students, or other individuals are not permitted until further notice.
Off-Campus Expectations for Meredith 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.
Available Campus Spaces
Of Special Interest to Commuter Students: Commuter students may want to use campus spaces to attend online classes or to study between classes. Meredith 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.
In addition to outdoor seating areas around campus, 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.
Outdoor patio spaces, the Cate Center, and Carlyle Campbell Library are also available for students who want to eat or relax between classes. Belk Dining Hall, the BeeHive, and Food For Thought are also operating this semester.
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