The latest information regarding GC's COVID-19 health and safety planning, schedules 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. We require faculty and staff to self-monitor for COVID-19 before coming onto campus. 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 2020-2021. A hard-working 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.
2020-2021 Winter Break & SpRING SEMESTER
As we see a record number of COVID cases and hospitalizations in North Carolina, we are reminded it is the responsibility of ALL of us 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 remainder of the semester. Keep following our Pride in Prevention guidelines — wear a face covering, social distance, and wash hands frequently.
RETURNING FOR 2021 SPRING SEMESTER:
SPRING SEMESTER CLASSES WILL BEGIN ON JANUARY 20 ONLINE. In person classes on campus will resume on February 3. The residence hall move-in schedule will remain the same as planned for the week of the 11th and 18th of January for student athletes. All other students will move into residence halls on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2. Students who do not move into the residence halls until Feb. will receive a pro-rated credit against room and board charges for the semester. All students must attend their online classes from January 20 through February 2.
Orientation for new students – which was already scheduled to be online – will still be held January 14.
TESTING: All faculty and staff who will be on campus are now required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken between January 26 and February 1, or proof of a positive test within the past 90 days. Faculty and staff who will not be on campus during Spring Semester do not need to submit proof of a test. All students will be required to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID test result dated within one week of their return to campus prior to moving into the halls, participating in sports or attending classes. If a student has already taken their test and uploaded the results (through MAGNUS), but will not be returning to campus until February, we will provide additional guidance from Residence Life. The delay in moving in non-athlete students will allow more time for them to access tests where they live.
Additional directions for identifying testing locations and documenting your results will be emailed to you. Please check your GC email.
As a reminder, students are allowed to bring ONE guest on campus during the move-in process.
Visitors to Campus: The USA South Conferenceprohibits spectators from attending conference games this semester, whether indoors or outdoors. Students who attend classes on GC’s campus through the consortium, will have met testing requirements at their home institution, however, there will be no community students in classrooms (though may attend virtually). No alumni or community visitors may come to campus. Theatrical performances may have very limited seats for students’ families. Lectures may be offered virtually.
The college highly recommends that everyone get a flu shot. This year, more than ever, it is important to take every precaution, not only against COVID-19, but other seasonal viruses. Students, faculty and staff can email email@example.com to set-up an appointment.
For traveling out of state, we ask that students, faculty and staff be aware of any travel restrictions that their destination may have in place (e.g., some states are requiring quarantine periods, etc.) Plan ahead, so you can get to where you are going, and understand what rules may exist related to your return.
Prepare to travel safely. If using commercial transportation (e.g., planes, trains, buses), be sure to have a supply of face coverings and hand sanitizer. Take disinfecting wipes to wipe down the surfaces. Plan to make as few stops as possible. Consider packing food for a long drive to minimize stopping at public locations.
Individuals who are ill should not travel.
Once arriving at your destination, use caution for the first 14 days. Remember that you may have been exposed during your last days on campus or while traveling.
Strongly consider physically distancing from family and friends (particularly anyone who is high-risk); avoid close contact (e.g., hugging and shaking hands). Consider wearing a face-covering while in common areas at home and wash hands frequently.
Do not go to large indoor social gatherings. This will be difficult with various opportunities to gather over the holidays, though the virus will continue to spread and endanger you and those around you. Stay cautious and aware.
PURSUANT TO NCGS § 99E-71(b), PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY GREENSBORO COLLEGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 TO INDIVIDUALS PRESENT ON THESE PREMISES.
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 have set up 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.
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.
Conferences and events that invite the greater community to our campus – including alumni events, guest speakers, – 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.
Visitors to Campus: The USA South Conference prohibits spectators from attending conference games this semester, whether indoors or outdoors. Students who attend classes on GC’s campus through the consortium, will have met testing requirements at their home institution, however, there will be no community students in classrooms (though may attend virtually). No alumni or community visitors may come to campus. Theatrical performances may have very limited seats for students’ families. Lectures may be offered virtually.
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.
The college has established classroom caps based on the possibility of a 6-foot distance between and among students and faculty in each instructional area.
Information about the 2021 spring academic schedule is available here
As a reminder, the 2021 SPRING SEMESTER CLASSES WILL BEGIN on January 20 ONLINE. In person classes will resume on February 3
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.
Students can enjoy the newly renovated Student Center (The Stu), completed last March 2020. With appropriate safety measures, we will offer a number of creative and vibrant options for student activities.
Also new in 2020, 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 GC fall sports season was postponed until the spring 2021 semester because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Pride sports impacted at GC are football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. Winter sports, men’s and women’s basketball, were not currently included and decisions will be dependent on public health mandates of each institution and state, in addition to the NCAA and its guidelines. Swimming and wrestling are not USA South sports. Read more at https://www.greensboro.edu/2020/07/28/greensboro-college-fall-sports-season-postponed/
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.
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. 15: 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 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. As a reminder, students are allowed to bring ONE guest on campus during the move-in process.
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. 18 Residential students begin to return to campus
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