Information for Fall 2020 is available here. Students, faculty and staff should check their GC email accounts frequently for more information. Faculty and staff must self-monitor for COVID-19 before coming onto campus.
Greensboro College is committed to providing a full educational experience for our students in 2020-2021. A hard-working team of faculty and staff have met throughout the summer on plans to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread while still nurturing our close-knit campus community. We have researched and employed the most expert advice available and have adapted – and will continue to adapt – our guidelines as needed.
Fall 2020 Schedule
These are the key points and important dates for our August opening and Fall 2020 semester:
July 6 – Aug. 1: Staff working remotely return to administrative offices
June 21–July 29: Virtual sessions for new student orientation – Preparing, Advising and Welcoming Students (PAWS).
Aug. 8: Student Check-in begins. The check-in process is designed to reduce the number of students moving in at one time and to provide an alternative process for ID card photos, which can cause clustering of students in one place. Students will receive an email July 13 with instructions for signing up for specific check-in times. Students should check their Empower Pride Page to make sure they have completed all necessary steps to ensure a quicker check-in process.
Aug. 8-12: Check-In for fall athletes, theatre and band students. Specific teams will be assigned days and times, and on-campus students will also sign-up for specific time slots to move belongings into their rooms.
Aug. 15: New student check-in
Aug. 16-17: New student orientation on campus
Aug. 16-18: Returning student check-in
Aug. 19-Nov. 24: Fall Classes meet with no breaks until Thanksgiving. Nov. 30 is Reading Day. (Academic calendars)
Dec. 1-5: Fall exams taken remotely
Jan. 11: Spring classes begin
Health and Safety of the Campus Community
All of us – students, faculty and staff – must do our part to keep each other healthy to have a successful on-campus semester. Educational conversations will be key for all members of the community as we work to take care of one another and hold each other accountable.
We will move forward with plans for optimal 6-feet social distance spacing in classrooms and common areas. The expectation is that all of our community members will wear masks indoors except under specific circumstances such as dining in the cafeteria or in your personal residence hall room. Outdoors, masks are encouraged, but will be required when social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible. Students should plan to have a mask on their persons anytime they are on campus.
All students will be asked to sign a Social Responsibility Contract as part of check-in. It includes expectations for wearing masks, restricted access in residence halls, and other best practices for reducing campus exposure.
The college is developing a contact-tracing protocol for students and employees, using Health Department recommendations.
Conferences and events that invite the greater community to our campus – including alumni events, guest speakers, Lessons & Carols – will be limited or held virtually this year to minimize the risk of virus spread on campus. Advisory councils and boards will be encouraged to meet virtually.
We are fortunate to have a partnership with the Compass Group, an international company with a wide range of experience and guidance to employ best practices for facilities maintenance and cleaning, and safe dining services.
It is Greensboro College’s intent to offer a majority of classes on-ground this fall, and every effort is being made to optimize classrooms and other campus spaces to minimize risks in order to accomplish this.
The college will establish classroom caps based on the possibility of a 6-foot distance between and among students and faculty in each instructional area.
Dining: Our food service provider is working on revised and flexible dining options. The self-service we have enjoyed will not be possible this year.
Housing: Residence Life is working to reduce capacity and limit exposure in shared spaces such as common bathrooms, which will be on a frequent cleaning schedule.
This year, students will finally be able to enjoy the newly renovated Student Center (The Stu), completed in March 2020. With appropriate safety measures, we plan to offer a number of creative and vibrant options for student activities.
Also new this year, the Sankofa Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will offer minority student programs in the lower level of The Stu.
Chapel services will still be held on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. with safety measures in place.
The Pride fall athletic teams will follow the NCAA and USA South conference recommendations for activity protocols and setting up locker rooms, athletic training and gym facilities.
While it will be necessary to limit overnight travel, the conference and GC coaches are working to provide a fulfilling team experience for all student athletes.
Essential personnel are working on campus; others are available by phone. The college plans to have employees who safely can do so return to work on a staggered basis beginning the week of July 6, while observing social distancing, with the goal of having all employees who can safely return be back on campus by Aug. 1.
Information about the Fall 2020 academic schedule is available here.
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