Covid-19 Resource Page

The information regarding GC's COVID-19 health and safety planning, schedules, recorded COVID cases on campus, and other resources can be found on this page. We ask that students, faculty and staff check their GC email accounts frequently for more updated information. Please read the GC Notice of Steps Taken to Protect Against the Spread of COVID-19.

Greensboro College is committed to providing a full educational experience for our students in 2021-2022. A team of faculty and staff have met throughout the year 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.

2021-2022 Fall SEMESTER

Update: 8/19/21

Based upon data developing in the past 24 hours, recommendation of senior GC staff and the trend of test results on campus, the college has made the difficult decision –  out of an abundance of caution – that GC must avoid taking the risk of large (200 plus) indoor gatherings.

Therefore, the Pride ROAR session scheduled for 8/17 is cancelled.
The Fall New Student Convocation Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, 8/19 at 11:30 a.m. is postponed.

As the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations in North Carolina continue to rise, we are reminded that it is the responsibility of ALL of us to continue to protect each other, our community, and vulnerable family members at home.

We are asking our campus community (especially our students) to do everything they can to minimize exposure over the next academic year. We ask that everyone continues to follow our Pride in Prevention guidelines.

The following are our mask requirements beginning August 1, that are consistent with the state, local and NCAA guidelines:
  • Wearing of masks is required indoors in all campus buildings except while eating, or alone in the dorm room.
  • Masks are required in all classrooms.
  • In residence halls, masks are required in hallways. Residents may have up to two guests in their rooms and we highly encourage all to be masked if some are not vaccinated.
  • Masks are not required outdoors except in large gatherings of 200 or more.
  • Prospective students on tours may sit in on a class if masked. They are required already to be masked at all times indoors, but may remove masks while outdoors on the tour.
  • If theatre performers are vaccinated, they may perform onstage unmasked, however, audiences will still be required to wear masks.

Questions related to COVID-19 may be directed to a dedicated email account:


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 no longer require 6-feet social distance spacing in classrooms and common areas.
  • All students will be asked to sign a Social Responsibility Contract (Pride in Prevention 2.0) as part of check-in. It includes expectations for wearing masks if not vaccinated, restricted access in residence halls, and other best practices for reducing campus exposure.
  • The college has developed contact-tracing protocol for students and employees, using Health Department recommendations.
  • Wall-mounted, hands-free thermometers have been installed throughout campus, in hallways and other spaces within our buildings. They are automated so that the user can just walk up to it, lean in and point their forehead to the front sensor for a reading.
  • 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.
  • Visitors to Campus: The campus is open to all visitors. Safety protocols will be announced closer to the start of the 2021 fall semester, but we anticipate for fall check-in/move-in ALL students and guests will be required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • The college is requiring students to submit proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours or positive test within 90 days. Everyone must submit prior to their official check-in date with the College. Traditional students and/or athletes upload their tests through Magnus, and all other students may submit proof through Unvaccinated students will be subject to random testing by Student Health and the Athletic Trainers throughout the year to monitor COVID-19 spread on campus.


  • The college is offering a majority of classes on-ground this fall, and every effort is being made to optimize classrooms and other campus spaces to minimize risks.
  • Information about the 2021 fall academic schedule is available here
  • As a reminder, the 2021 FALL SEMESTER CLASSES WILL BEGIN on August 18, 2021

Residential Life

  • Dining: GC’s food service provider has revised dining options that are more flexible for students this semester. The self-service we have enjoyed will not be possible for the time being.
  • Housing: Residence Life has taken measures to reduce capacity and limit exposure in shared spaces such as common bathrooms, which will be on a frequent cleaning schedule.

Chapel on Campus

  • 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 including practices and game management.
  • Athletes will be tested according to requirements from NCAA and USA South conference. Athletics staff has attended an NCAA rules Resocialization of Collegiate Sport fall training and completion training.
  • Employees are encouraged to get vaccinated and may submit photos of their vaccination cards to which is monitored only by Lauren Childrey in Health Services, Shana Plasters in Student Development and Sonia Hoffman in HR; or proof of vaccination may be hand-delivered to Human Resources or sent through campus mail. These documents are all treated highly confidentially. Employees who have not provided proof of vaccination will be subject to weekly random testing by Student Health and the Athletic Trainers throughout the year to monitor COVID-19 spread on campus.


Fall 2021 Schedule

  • June 1: 2021-22 academic calendars are posted on the Greensboro College website
  • June – August: Registration for Fall 2021 classes continues through August 24, 2021 – register for fall classes
  • June 25–July 26: Virtual new student orientation – Preparing, Advising and Welcoming Students (PAWS).
  • August 11: Football players check-in
  • August 16: All NEW students and fall athletes check-in
    • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Odell (Theater) Building Lobby
      – All New Traditional Students
      – Men’s Soccer Players
      – Women’s Soccer Players
      – Volleyball Players
  • August 17: All other returning students check-in
    • 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
      Odell (Theater) Building Lobby
      Returning Students
Move-in Requirements

Prior to your return to campus for the Fall semester starting the week of August 18, each student is required to provide via upload of a photo to the Magnus portal (just like you do with your insurance card) one of the following:

  1. Proof of full immunization for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19); or
  2. Proof of infection with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) within the last 90 days; or
  3. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 4 days (96 hours) of your of arrival

You will not be allowed to move-in back into the residence halls, attend any in-person classes, athletic practices, or arts rehearsals until this requirement is complete. 

This requirement is part of our continued efforts to keep our campus community safe. If you test positive, you cannot return to campus until you have completed your isolation period.

Football players check in Wednesday, August 11th. All new students, returning volleyball and soccer players check-in Monday August 16th and returning students check-in Tuesday August 17th

  1. If you have tested POSITIVE within 90 days of August 16th (May 18, 2021 on), you are not required to test again.  Simply upload proof of your positive test.
  2. All students will upload a picture of your vaccine card OR test results into Magnus. Returning students, your previous COVID-19 testing information will be cleared from Magnus before you upload your updated information.
  3. Make sure your COVID-19 test is within 4 days (96 hours) of your return date!  We also ask that you then quarantine to the best of your ability until your return to campus to make your results valid.

Students authorized to return PRIOR to August 16th for athletics or other GC sponsored programs will still need to provide proof of a negative test within 4 days (96 hours) of your return date. Your coach, trainer or faculty/staff contact will provide more information for you about how to provide documentation.

If you are having trouble please contact us so we can assist you.

  • 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 the week of August 1 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. On-campus students will also sign-up for specific time slots to move belongings into their rooms.

Students should watch for emails about a Pride Pass, once they have completed all check-in tasks. This pass will help expedite check-in. Safety protocols will be announced closer to move-in dates, but we anticipate for fall check-in/move-in ALL students and guests will be required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status

  • Aug 11: Football players check-in
  • Aug. 16: All new students and other fall athletes check-in
  • Aug. 17: All other remaining students (returning) check-in
  • Aug. 16-17: New student orientation on campus
  • Aug. 18: Regular fall classes begin
  • Oct.  11-12: Fall Break
  • Nov. 24-28: Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes
  • Students will not return to campus – After Thanksgiving break, classes and exams will take place virtually. 
  • Dec. 1:  Virtual Reading Day. (Academic calendars)
  • Dec. 2-7: Fall exams – all virtual/online
  • Jan. 8: Halls open for residents at noon, first meal dinner on 1/9
  • Jan. 10: Regular spring 2022 classes begin
Greensboro College will wrap up on-campus classes and activities before Thanksgiving break. After Thanksgiving break, classes and exams will take place virtually. There are three main reasons for this decision:
1. Not requiring students to travel back to campus after Thanksgiving reduces the chance of virus spread
2. This provides IT a nearly two-month window to install new equipment
3. It provides most faculty and staff a nearly two-month break from the stress of managing COVID-19
Making this announcement now at the beginning of September, provides ample time for professors to adjust syllabi. The deadlines to submit grades will remain the same. Now that Moodle and Empower are hosted in the cloud, IT work on campus on the new equipment will not affect virtual learning or administration.

COVID-19 Basics

  • COVID-19 can affect anyone. People of all ages can get COVID-19 — and many young people have died or developed serious health problems because of COVID-19.
  • As of July 2021, more than 600,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States. In 2020, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer.
  • COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms. Some people have cold-like symptoms — like coughing, running a fever, or feeling tired and achy. Other people have more serious symptoms, like having trouble breathing or thinking clearly. Researchers are working to find out why some people get sicker than others.
  • People can spread COVID-19 without having any symptoms. Some people with COVID-19 feel totally fine. But even if you don’t feel sick, you can still spread the virus to other people.
  • COVID-19 mainly spreads through the air. People with COVID-19 can spread the virus to other people around them when they talk, cough, sneeze, sing — or even just breathe.
  • Some people develop long-term health problems from COVID-19 — called “long COVID.” Researchers are working to find out why this happens to some people who get COVID-19.
  • You can get COVID-19 more than once. Researchers think that after you get COVID-19, you may have a short period of so-called “natural immunity” — but they’re not sure how long it lasts.
  • Get vaccinated. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and is marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. 

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