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. 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.
2022 Fall Semester
- Beginning of student move-in on campus: Saturday, August 6, 2022
- The Greensboro College Community is excited to welcome all our new, incoming and returning students to the fall 2022 semester. We are glad you are here!
- In celebration of this new academic year, the Fall Convocation is scheduled for Thursday, August 11, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Finch Chapel. Only new students will be required to attend this year due to attend due to seating capacity in Finch Chapel.
In order to allow faculty and students to assemble in time for this event, 9:45-11:15 a.m. classes that morning will be dismissed by 11:10 a.m. This event is a wonderful way for the GC community to mark the beginning of a new year, welcoming new students to campus. I look forward to seeing you there.
2022 Spring Semester – Students back on campus
Update: March 13, 2022
With spring break ending last week, GC students are back on campus and in the classrooms. As of March 14, Greensboro College will be mask optional for all on-campus spaces with the exception of the Student Health Center.
The College has a number of N95 masks available, and research has shown that N95 masks provide significant protection to the wearer even if others are not masked. N95 masks will be available for those who need them at the Student Health Center.
Remember: If you feel sick or have symptoms (fever, headache, sore throat, congestion, runny nose) please stay home and test for COVID.
Tests are readily available in the Student Health Center (M-TH, 9 am to 3 pm), at local pharmacies, or at home test kits. If you have a COVID positive diagnosis, you should isolate for a full five days AFTER your symptoms start or your test date (whichever is first) and then wear a mask around others for an additional five days.
2022 Spring Semester – Going Virtual until January 24th
Update: January 4, 2022
Given the impact of the rapidly increasing positive COVID-19 tests in our community as well as the impact on staffing levels on campus, Greensboro College will begin the 2022 Spring semester with virtual classes from January 10th until Monday January 24th.
In addition, students who live in residence halls on campus will be asked to delay moving in until the weekend of January 22 -23, with the understanding that there will be a limited number of students living on campus due to requirements for athletics, international students, student teachers and theater majors.
- New GC students who plan to live on campus in residence halls will come to campus on Friday, January 21.
- Returning students who plan to live on campus can come back to campus, starting on Saturday, January 22nd at 10 a.m.
The GC Business Office is working on how to structure and administer refunds for those students who planned (and paid) to live in the residence halls for the spring 2022 semester, but won’t be returning to campus until the weekend of January 22. Information will be sent to students and their parents/guardians in the coming day.
Students should communicate directly with their faculty members regarding the requirements of this two week conversion from on campus to virtual instruction.
Prior to Returning to Campus – COVID-19 Test Results:
Given the increased spread of the Omicron variant, even among vaccinated and boosted individuals, and the significant percentage of positive tests within NC, ALL faculty, staff and students, regardless of vaccination status, must have a negative PCR test within 96 hours of their return to campus OR 2 negative antigen tests (rapid) taken 24 hours apart within 96 hours of their return to campus. GC will not accept home tests. GC employees can also provide proof of a positive test result (not a home test) within the past 90 days and can return if they are no longer symptomatic and their isolation period has ended.
Students who return to campus and move-in without providing this test result will need to pay $25 for testing on-campus, will have a minimum Health and Safety Violation Fee of $50 added to their student accounts, and will not be allowed to attend class or participate in any on-campus activities until they can verify a negative test result.
GC Employees scheduled to return to campus will need to have a negative COVID test within 96 hours prior to returning and/or should plan to arrange with their supervisor to work remotely until they have negative test results. Essential personnel who still do not have a test result should consult with their supervior. After scheduling a test, GC staff should advise their supervisor of their expected return date. For GC employees, proof of a negative COVID-19 test should be uploaded to Paycom by clicking on Checklists > COVID-19 Test Results.
2022 SPRING Schedule
The 2022 spring semester will being virtually with online classes starting January 10th through January 24th
Information about the 2021-22 academic calendars can be viewed here
Brand new students for spring 2022 will attend a VIRTUAL orientation on January 7. Please check your emails for information about how to attend the virtual orientation. Residence halls will open at 10 a.m. on January 22 for all other residential students. However, meals won’t begin until Sunday, January 23 with dinner.
Winter Athletes, student teachers, etc will move in at a various times and should check with their coaches or the Res Life office.
Prior to your return to campus for the remainder of the Spring semester (starting the week of January 24th), unvaccinated students for COVID-19 will be required to provide, via upload to the Magnus portal (just like you do with your insurance card), one of the following:
- Proof of full immunization for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19); or
- Proof of infection with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) within the last 90 days; or
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 4 days (96 hours) of your of arrival
Students 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.
Students who have already uploaded their full immunization card for COVID-19 prior to or during the fall 2021 semester will not be required to show proof in the portal. If you were fully vaccinated over the winter break, you will need to upload your immunization card onto the Magnus portal prior to arriving to campus.
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.
- If you have tested POSITIVE within 90 days of January 10th (October 12th, 2021 on), you are not required to test again. Simply upload proof of your positive test.
- 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.
- 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 January 10 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 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.
- Wearing of masks is required indoors in all campus buildings except while eating, or alone in the dorm rooms regardless of vaccination status. This includes all guests to the campus.
- 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: [email protected]
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.
- The college no longer requires 6-feet social distance spacing in classrooms and common areas.
- 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.
- Visitors to Campus: The campus is open to all visitors though the college requires that they be masked inside all buildings.
- The college requires GC 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 [email protected]. 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.
- Employees are encouraged to get vaccinated and may submit photos of their vaccination cards to [email protected] 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.
- 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 spring athletic teams will follow the NCAA and USA South conference recommendations for activity protocols including practices and game schedule management. Please continue to check the GC Athletics website for the most recent updates.
- Athletes will be tested according to requirements from NCAA and USA South conference. Athletics staff has attended an NCAA rules Resocialization of Collegiate Sport spring training and completion training.
- 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.
- 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.