Covid-19 Resource Page

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 should 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 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.

2020 Winter Break

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.

Important reminders:

    • We’re requesting that students get tested before they leave campus. The College will offer free, rapid results, COVID testing for students who do not have symptoms and are not currently in quarantine.
      • Tuesday, Nov. 17 – 10:30 am – 12:30 p.m., Tents will be set up on the patio near Greensboro/Hill hall
      • Wednesday, Nov. 18 – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Tents will be set up on the patio near Greensboro/Hill hall
      • Thursday, Nov. 19 – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Tents will be set up on the patio near Greensboro/Hill hall
      • Monday, Nov. 23 – 10:30 am – 12:30 p.m., Tents will be set up on the patio near Greensboro/Hill hall
      • Tuesday, Nov. 24 – 10:30 am – 12:30 p.m., Tents will be set up on the patio near Greensboro/Hill hall
    • Remember, a COVID-19 test is only accurate for that specific day and time of being tested. If a student tests negative prior to Winter Break but begin to display symptoms while at home, they should contact their healthcare provider to get tested again.
    • If a student develops symptoms at any point before they leave campus, they should contact Student Health Services to discuss options.
    • Symptomatic students or those unavailable at the above times can arrange testing by emailing
    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 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.
    • All Students, Faculty, and Staff will be required to have a negative COVID test result dated within one week of their return to campus prior to moving into the halls or attending classes.
    • Residential students may begin returning on Monday, January 18. Spring semester classes begin January 20.
    • Additional directions for identifying testing locations and documenting your results will be emailed to you.
    • As a reminder, students are allowed to bring ONE guest on campus during the move-in process.

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


Fall 2020 Schedule

These are the key points and important dates for our August opening and Fall 2020 semester:

  • June 1: Fall academic schedule is announced
  • June – August: Students register for fall classes
  • 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
  • Jan. 20: 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 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.
  • All students will be asked to sign a Social Responsibility Contract (Pride in Prevention) 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 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, 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.



  • 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 Fall 2020 academic schedule is available here


Residential Life

  • Dining: Our 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.


Student Life

  • 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 will 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 GC fall sports season has been 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, are 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
  • 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.

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

Employees who can safely return to work on a staggered basis are now on campus.

Greensboro College COVID-19 Resources Page.