Captains Relaunch

We're sailing for home. The campus experience is going to be different than we left in March because of the COVID-19 crisis.

This much hasn't changed: we are better when we are together and we will be together. This website will be a hub of resources and information as that day draws near.

Important Dates

August 1-16

Returning student move-in
  • 12-month occupancy: August 1 through 16
  • 10-month occupancy: August 10 through 16
  • Presidents Hall: August 15 and 16 only

August 3

Offices reopen
  • Telework will continue in some situations.

August 7-9

Freshman move-in
  • Freshman students move into residence halls.

August 17

Classes begin
  • No fall break
  • Election Day will be a university holiday

November 20

Classes end / move-out
  • Students return to campus when spring semester begins

November 30

Exams begin
  • Final exams online after Thanksgiving

Latest Communication

From President Trible emailed to students, faculty and staff

On June 11, 2020, the Governor issued Guidance and direction to institutions of higher education for reopening while the coronavirus pandemic continues. Pursuant to that Guidance, a Campus Restart Team and twelve sub-teams across the University engaged in detailed planning in preparation for bringing our community together again for a return to in-person instruction and the operations that support that central endeavor. These efforts were focused on identifying and adopting measures that will limit as much as possible the risk to our students, faculty and staff of exposure to the virus.

Christopher Newport University is a strong and resilient community where we care deeply about one another and put others before self in service to our students. Our values demand that we move forward cautiously, making every effort to reduce exposure. Employees and students (with identified exceptions) will be required to wear face coverings when outside their office or residence. Work areas, classrooms, dining spaces and other functions will be reconfigured to allow required physical distancing. Additional cleaning and hygiene practices will be in place. Protocols will be adopted for students, faculty and staff to adhere to the sound public health principles identified by the Governor’s direction, the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC. The details of these measures, and protocols for students, faculty and staff, are included in the plan for Reopening Christopher Newport University.

You will receive more detailed information and instructions as the reopening of campus and the start of classes draws near. For now, please wear face coverings, wash your hands, stay six feet apart and stay home if you are sick. A successful reopening of Christopher Newport in August depends on what we do in July. It is up to each of us to protect every one of us.

Reopening Christopher Newport

These will be our touchstones as we prepare for and execute a return to in-person education at Christopher Newport for the fall:

Put people first

We are a student-first campus. In these new and unique circumstances, this value must extend to all of our people. It includes the responsibility to care for our own and the responsibility of each of us to care for ourselves and all the people we encounter during the course of a day. Each of us is responsible for every one of us.

Be curious

We will explore and share new ways of learning, living and working. We must be innovative and agile, turning our current situation into an opportunity for intellectual and personal growth.

Offer inspiring leadership

Reflecting on how we have overcome challenges in the past we will be inspired by the courage and optimism of our Captains working to overcome obstacles. We will inspire each other and the community around us with our commitment, tenacity and heart.

One Christopher Newport

These circumstances require us to rely on and care for our community. We will practice empathy, respect and openness and we will get through this together.

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