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. 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. 11: Spring classes begin
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, 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
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.
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 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.
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