Last updated: Jun 25, 2020, 9:24:40 AM

The governor of Virginia has issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective until June 10.

Christopher Newport University administrators and health and safety experts are monitoring COVID–19 developments, meeting regularly and following the university’s policies and protocols. We receive frequent updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Public Health (VDH).

Newly admitted students can join us online for live chats and webcasts, individual enrollment consultation, a virtual tour, videos, and more at

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From President Trible emailed to students, families, faculty and staff

I am pleased to announce Christopher Newport's plans for the fall semester. Pursuant to guidance from the Governor and the Virginia Department of Health, we will reopen our campus August 3 when members of our staff begin to return. Our freshmen will move into residence halls the weekend of August 7, 8 and 9 and all other students will return the following weekend. In-person classes will begin Monday, August 17. There will be no fall break and classes will end Friday, November 20, the week prior to Thanksgiving. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving. Final exams will be online and will begin Monday, November 30.

The changes to the academic schedule will reduce the number of times students leave and return to campus during the semester and will also allow for completion of the semester before a possible second round of the virus or the flu season intensifies.

Life on campus will be different when we return. There will be significant adjustments to academic, student and athletic activities. Housing, dining, student programs, recreation, and the way we all work will be conducted with the goal of reducing risks and remaining flexible as circumstances change.

All of us will be asked to take steps to protect our own health and the health of all those around us. Health and safety protocols will be shared with the campus community over the next several weeks and will include expectations for health screening, sanitizing, face coverings and physical distancing. There will be special provisions for those who are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. Appropriate measures will be available for the detection of the virus and contact tracing. We will be prepared to isolate or quarantine students.

We invite you to visit for additional information. The site will continue to be updated as we prepare for our return to campus.

We will do this together and I look forward to seeing you soon.

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