COVID-19

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).

Latest Update

The spring 2021 academic calendar is now available but is subject to change if circumstances related to the pandemic require it. You can find it at the link below. The spring term will begin January 11. Spring break has been shortened and is now March 18-19. Classes end April 21 and exams begin April 23, concluding April 29.

An email sent Friday night about an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 has led to questions about our protocols. Pursuant to our protocols, when there is a suspected or positive case involving an employee, non-student employees and student employees who live off campus are directed to stay off-campus until they complete the isolation period.

Student employees who reside on campus are required to enter isolation. In either event, the university’s community tracing process also begins. Those members of the CNU community identified as “close contacts” who have been actually exposed will be notified and expected to quarantine. In most cases, employee cases will not prompt a university-wide communication. They will be reflected in the numbers posted on our Relaunch dashboard and also reported to the Virginia Department of Health.

Facilities undergo rigorous daily cleanings; in addition, a space that may be affected by an employee-related case will undergo a thorough, intense cleaning. The reopening report describes cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

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