Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: Mar 31, 2020, 6:46:17 PM


By order of the governor, all university offices are closed to the general public until further notice.

Encourage anyone who is feeling ill to contact their health care provider, initially by telephone.

Daily information sessions and campus tours are canceled until further notice. The Admitted Freshman Day scheduled for April 4 is canceled. Campus visit restrictions will be reassessed and communicated prior to the Admitted Freshman Day scheduled for April 18.

The Ferguson Center for the Arts has suspended public gatherings until May 15, 2020. As a result, all performances at the Center are postponed. We are working to reschedule the shows affected, and will share those details as they become available. Once new performance dates are confirmed, ticket holders will be contacted by our ticket office staff. In the meantime, patrons should keep their tickets, as they will be valid for the new date.

Our ticket office remains open for phone and online sales only by calling (757) 594-8752, or at As a courtesy, convenience fees will be waived until May 15.

Any forthcoming updates will be posted on our website and social media channels. Christopher Newport continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and is following the guidelines from the CDC and local and state public health authorities. Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented circumstances.

All on-campus interviews for candidates are suspended.

The Trible Library is closed until further notice. For updates on hours and what online services are available go to:

Contact Mary Sellen at if you need further assistance.


Yes, and the academic calendar is unchanged. Classes are canceled the week of March 16-20, and resumed online March 23.

Every student is allowed two additional courses for which they may earn a pass/fail grade this semester. These are not limited to elective courses. These courses could be in their major, second major, concentration and/or minor, a writing intensive course, or in the Liberal Learning Core -- essentially any two courses in which a student is enrolled during Spring Semester 2020. These two additional courses are for Spring 2020 semester only. The deadline to submit electronic forms for Pass/Fail and Course Withdrawals has been extended to April 10 at 5 p.m. If students are considering graduate school, it might be to their advantage to get a letter grade rather than a P grade. A P grade does not calculate into a student's GPA.

Students on a spring break trip to Italy were rerouted to England.

All trips leaving in May and June have been canceled.

Yes, with all courses taught online.

Housing selection will take place on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 9 a.m.The time tickets issued to you will stay the same, but will be moved to April 4.

A tutorial for students who may be unfamiliar with this process is now available on the CNU internal site (login required). University Housing has set online office hours daily this week (see your CNU email for links). These office hours will allow for general questions related to the Housing Selection process. If you have a more specific question about your individual housing arrangement, please contact

Given Gov. Northam's "stay-at-home" directive, we have suspended the move-out process effective immediately (March 30, 2020). At this time, students may not return to campus to retrieve their belongings. The "stay-at-home" directive is in place through June 10. We will reassess the move-out process as that date approaches.

Students should remain vigilant in checking your campus email regarding important updates during this period.

We are aware of your concern and Christopher Newport will do all it can to determine a fair resolution. At the moment the University is focused on making sure everyone in our community is healthy and safe and resuming classes. As soon as the University can, a plan will be developed and we will communicate that to you quickly.

The Captains locker will be offering free shipping return labels for rental textbooks and also will be extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns of rental textbooks by mail. More detailed email messages will be going out to students via the Captains Locker and related information will also be posted on the Captains Locker website.

Given the uncertainty of continuing impacts of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Captains Locker is considering how to best manage textbook buy-back and will provide more details regarding textbook buy-back as their plans for textbook buy-back are determined.


Employees who are sick should stay home. Call your health care practitioner and then notify your supervisor. Employees who think they may have been exposed to the virus are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The CDC recommends you call before visiting any medical office or hospital in person.

All employees are now eligible for Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL). This benefit applies to all full-time and hourly employees. When medically necessary due to COVID-19, it provides up to 80 hours of paid time off to take care of yourself or a family member. HR will provide additional details on the use of PHEL, sick leave, and other leave options.

Supervisors must report employee absences related to medical conditions so that we can identify specific areas of concern and adjust our operations accordingly. The employee absence tracking form will be emailed directly to supervisors.

If you have questions about time off, leave or telework, please ask your supervisor. Human Resources is also available to assist with questions.

Employees will need to use their CNU ID card to enter the building in which they work.

The Trible Library will be card access only for faculty, staff and students. Students will have card access only from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

David Student Union doors will remain unlocked from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Regattas is serving meals 10:30 am to 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm every day. The Commons and all retail dining operations are closed.

IT Services has provided a series of frequently asked questions on how to set up remote access to your work computer and phone available at

University-related travel by airline and train is prohibited in the U.S. and abroad, even if your travel was previously approved. Travel by personal vehicle is permitted, but we strongly discourage all university travel for non-essential purposes to large gatherings greater than 100, and to areas experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Employees who obtained approved travel priors and booked airline or rail tickets, conference registration fees or hotel accommodations should first pursue obtaining a full refund from the vendors. If only a partial refund can be obtained documentation must be submitted to substantiate the initial cost and the reduced refund received in order to be reimbursed for the difference.

In the instance of airfare or rail tickets where the vendor supplies a voucher to be used by the traveler at a later date, the original documentation of cost and a copy of the voucher must be submitted to the Business Office in order to obtain full reimbursement. The original voucher must be given to your departmental admin so that it may be used for future business travel.

Please contact Andrea Moore at (757) 594-7214 or Erin Gray at (757) 594-7293 with questions.

All full-time, hourly and student employees are eligible for Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL). When medically necessary due to COVID-19, it provides up to 80 hours of paid time off to take care of yourself or a family member. Contact Human Resources for more information.

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