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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.

How to Report a Case

Employees who are experiencing COVID–19 symptoms or have tested positive should contact their Human Resources at or (757) 594-7145 and their department chair and dean or supervisor.

Students who seek a diagnostic test due to symptoms or possible exposure should immediately notify the Office of Student Affairs at or (757) 594-7160.

COVID-19 Dashboard



Christopher Newport does not wait for verification from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) before responding to a report of a positive test. The numbers shown here include positive tests reported to us - as required - by students and employees. Students reporting a case with a positive test result are immediately placed into isolation/quarantine and community tracing on campus begins as outlined in the University's reopening plan.

To protect individuals' private health information, Christopher Newport will not identify or provide identifying information about students or employees diagnosed with COVID-19.

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