This page features resources of particular interest for students. More information will be added to this page throughout the 2021-22 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 healthcenter@meredith.edu. Not reporting is a violation of Meredith’s community standards.

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.

Quarantine/Isolation Guidance for Students 

Keeping Meredith College students, employees, and community members safe is a shared responsibility. During the academic year, students may receive guidance from health providers to quarantine or isolate for a number of days because of exposure or a positive COVID test.

  • Students asked by an on-campus or off-campus health provider to quarantine or isolate MUST IMMEDIATELY report their exposure or positive test to Student Health using the email healthcenter@meredith.edu.

  • Failing to self-report is a violation of Meredith’s Community Standards and will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for review.

The student must take steps to notify the student’s instructors that they have been required to isolate or quarantine for a specific period of time. This may be accomplished in one of two ways:

  1. The student may forward the email the student received from the campus Health Center with the quarantine/isolation directive, or

  2. The student may contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@meredith.edu to inform the office of the directive and provide supporting documentation from a health provider for verification purposes. The Office of the Dean of Students will notify the student’s instructors and academic advisor that the student has been approved to isolate or quarantine for specific dates.

The student should immediately make arrangements with the faculty member of each class to stay current in the class. Please note that the length of the student’s quarantine or isolation period may vary, depending on the student’s specific situation.

Quarantine/Isolation Changes for Spring 2022
The College has reviewed the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine and in balancing what we know about the spread of the virus, the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses, and the risk associated with being part of a residential college campus, updated some of our COVID guidance. 

Information Sheets have been created to give an overview of Quarantine and Isolation guidelines:

 

Changes to Quarantine
Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or are displaying COVID-like symptoms. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a known positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes over a period of 24 hours).

Unvaccinated or vaccinated but have not received a booster
Individuals who are unvaccinated or individuals who are vaccinated but not “up-to-date” with their COVID vaccine (more than five months out from their second Pfizer dose, six months out from their second Moderna dose, or more than 2 months after their single Johnson & Johnson/Janssen dose and have not yet received their booster dose) are required to quarantine for 5 days, proof of a PCR test between days 4 and 5 after exposure, and then practice strong mitigation measures such as distancing when possible and masking in public settings during days 6-10 after the exposure. Students must be asymptomatic and have a negative PCR test in order to be released on day 6. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. An on-campus residence hall has been designated as a quarantine/isolation space for residential students unable to return home to quarantine. 

Vaccinated with a booster or vaccinated recently and not yet eligible for a booster
Asymptomatic individuals who have been recently vaccinated or have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure and instead should self-monitor, using the CampusClear app, proof of a PCR test between days 4 and 5 after exposure, and continue strong mitigation measures such as distancing when possible and masking in public settings for 10 days after the exposure. The date of your exposure is considered day 0.

Testing after exposure
For all those exposed, the college will require proof of a PCR test between days 4 and 5 after exposure. For the health and safety of others, exposure and symptomatic testing may not be done through the College’s weekly surveillance testing program. We encourage those seeking testing after exposure or symptomatic testing to use a “non-contact” testing option such as a drive-thru testing location. If an individual needs testing because of symptoms or exposure, they can obtain a test off-campus or work with Student Health to set up an appointment time for on-campus testing. If symptoms occur within 14 days of the exposure, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative PCR test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Changes to Isolation
Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection/positive test and applies to both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Based on new guidelines from the CDC, Meredith is updating its isolation protocols for those who test positive for COVID-19.

Students who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are followed closely by the college physician. 

  • All individuals who are symptomatic, unvaccinated, and vaccinated but not “up-to-date” with a booster must continue to isolate for 10 days to protect others who could become infected. “Up-to-date” means that if you are eligible for the booster (more than five months out from their second Pfizer dose, six months out from their second Moderna dose, or more than 2 months after their single Johnson & Johnson/Janssen dose) you have received another dose.
  • If a fully vaccinated individual who is “up-to-date” including booster doses, has completed the first 5 days of isolation and has remained asymptomatic, they may be able to leave isolation as early as day 6 but must continue strong masking mitigation efforts for days 6-10 to minimize the risk of infecting others. Students should not end or change isolation without being directed to do so by Student Health.

Those who work with children or participate in athletics may have different quarantine and isolation guidelines. These individuals should consult with their employer or athletic trainer for guidance specific to their area. An on-campus residence hall has been designated as a quarantine/isolation space for residential students unable to return home to complete their isolation period.

Both quarantine and isolation requirements are overseen by our campus health professionals in concert with local and state health agencies and are individualized and based on our current campus environment. These guidelines are subject to change based on local and campus conditions. Students should not end or change their quarantine or isolation without being directed to do so by Student Health.,

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Meredith College now requires all students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As of January 2022, Meredith College is not requiring boosters, but strongly recommends boosters for eligible individuals. Learn more about Meredith’s vaccination requirement 

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.

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.

Staying Strong Pledge

All Meredith community members, including students, are also asked to take the Staying Strong pledge.

Policy on Guests

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.

 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.

Student Pick Up Protocols

We take seriously the care and safety of our students, which is why we have prepared a clear set of protocols to help guide parents and families in the event they have to pick up a student who is symptomatic or ill with COVID-19. (Leer en español)

Please Note: It is critical that your student inform Health Services via email at healthcenter@meredith.edu as soon as she starts to show symptoms of COVID or is exposed to someone known to be positive or whom she has reason to suspect is positive.

Thank you for following these procedures when picking up your student:

  • Meet your student outside at a mutually-agreed-upon location that you designate beforehand. We want to avoid creating opportunities to interact in a crowd or requiring you to search for her on campus.
  • Like all visitors to campus, parents and family members must wear masks.
  • Please pick up your student during daytime hours. Barring an emergency, please do not pick her up at night, as it is disruptive for other students and potentially anxiety-provoking for your daughter and other residents.
  • Your student must email reslife@meredith.edu that she is going home to quarantine or isolate and when she expects to return following quarantine or isolation.

Sports Spectator Policy Update

In keeping with a February 24 Executive Order by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Meredith College updated its sports spectator policy. Please note that policies can be changed at any time because of local, state, and campus conditions, as well as conference decisions. Meredith family and friends should check for any updates in policy before planning to attend any home contest. (Updated 2/26/21)


Find more answers to your COVID-19-related questions about your student on our Student FAQs and Student Information pages.