Captains Relaunch

For Faculty and Staff

Life when we return to campus will be different. We will rely on and care for our community. We will practice empathy, respect and openness. We will get through this together.

Your responsibilities

Act responsibly and be mindful of the health risks to yourself and all members of our community if you are going to off-campus destinations.

Wear a face covering in compliance with university requirements (listed below). One face covering will be provided for you.

Eliminate physical contact with others

No handshaking

No stopping/standing at someone's workstation unless maintaining social distancing

Refrain from using other employees' items such as a stapler, phone or pen

Avoid touching surfaces touched by others to the extent feasible

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to clean their own workspace multiple times throughout the day with special attention to the most used surfaces, such as keyboards, monitors, chair arm rests, desks, mouse and phone, among others.

Although Christopher Newport will supply cleaning products, employees may bring their own cleaning products to the office, provided that they are EPA-compliant.

Be mindful of others around you when it comes to scented wipes and hand sanitizers.

Higher risk employees

Employees who are at a higher risk of severe illness if exposed to the virus will be given the opportunity to work remotely.

Higher risk faculty: In order to give students an experience that most closely approximates in-person instruction, all remote instruction must be delivered synchronously, in the time slot in which the class was scheduled, using Scholar Collaborate.

The university will continue to accommodate those with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act. Those who wish to seek ADA reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Human Resources.

The Centers for Disease Control regularly updates the list of conditions that indicate an increased risk for severe illness if exposed to COVID-19. Please click the link below for the most up-to-date information.

Employees who are part of this high-risk group (or if you live in the same residence with a person with high risk factors as defined by the CDC) and who seek to continue to teach and/or work remotely should self-identify by sending an email to with the details of your request. Human Resources will notify your supervisor of your submission for a modification.

If you fall into the higher risk group but do not choose to continue working remotely at this time, you may discuss other possible modifications of your work environment with your supervisor or chair. High-risk employees are not required to seek a temporary work modification. It is optional at the employee's discretion and may be submitted later should your health or other conditions change.

Temporary workforce modifications may remain in place through June 30, 2021.

Any employee requesting a temporary workforce modification for a health condition, must also provide documentation from your physician. The forms below may be used by your physician to confirm your increased health risk due to COVID-19.

You may also have your physician submit a confirmation specifically stating the following: "I confirm this patient has one or more of the health conditions identified by the CDC that places the patient at higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19."

Medical information will not be released to your supervisor.

Campus Operations: November 20, 2020 - January 4, 2021

  • November 20 – Last day of on campus classes
  • November 23 – Classes conducted remotely for those classes scheduled to have met on 11/3
  • November 24-29 – Thanksgiving break
  • November 30 – Classes resume online
  • December 11 – Classes end
  • December 12, 13 – Reading Days
  • December 14-19 – Exams conducted remotely
  • December 23 – Final grades due at noon
  • December 21 through January 3, 2021 – winter break (university closed)
  • January 4, 2021 – University reopens
  • January 11, 2021 – Spring semester begins

Main campus residence halls will close for the fall semester on Saturday, November 21. Students on main campus should make plans to vacate the residence halls at this time and complete their academic requirements for the fall semester at an off-campus location. Students residing in units with 10- or 12-month periods of occupancy may stay on campus through the winter break unless otherwise instructed.

Main campus residence halls (James River Hall, Potomac River Hall, Santoro Hall, Warwick River Hall and York River Hall) close for Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. Residents may not reside in their room but may leave their belongings in their rooms over break. CNU Apartments (Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Washington), CNU Landing, CNU Village (Taylor, Tyler, Wilson), Greek Village and Rappahannock River Hall remain open during all break periods. See the residential calendar for specific dates and times of hall closings.

Should the university decide to evacuate or otherwise close based on an emergency or other unforeseen circumstance, all residents must vacate regardless of their room assignment.

Operations from November 30 through December 19:

  • Commons will remain open with reduced hours (Regattas closed)
  • Brunch served 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; dinner served 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Take-out only
  • Einstein’s reduced hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; closed Sundays
  • All other dining operations close at 5 p.m. on November 20

Dining operations resume January 4, 2021

  • Einstein's reduced hours: Monday, January 4 - Friday, January 8, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Saturday, January 9; Semester hours resume Sunday, January 10

  • Closed November 19-28
  • Maintain current hours beginning November 29 through December 19, 2020 (Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sunday 1-10 p.m.). Hours may be reduced based on use.
  • Entry is by card access only
  • January 4-8, 2021: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, January 9 - closed
  • Semester hours resume Sunday, January 10, 2021

Appointments, either for in-person or virtual assistance are required. We anticipate that the majority of appointments from November 30-December 19 will be virtual.

University Health and Wellness Services will continue with current operations, and students should schedule an appointment for either telehealth or in person. Only well students are allowed to attend in-person counseling sessions. During break and when classes are not in session, 24/7 crisis response remains available, but the center is closed for appointments. It will reopen for appointments once the spring semester begins.

The Pavilion will be closed November 21-29. Building hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday from November 30-December 19 and access is by appointment only. The facility will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

From November 21-December 19 and January 4-10, 2021, the David Student Union will be open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and closed Sundays. The Captains Locker will be closed.

All academic buildings will be open with card access from Nov. 21-Dec. 19

Additional information

Face coverings are required to be worn in the following situations unless you are unable to do so for medical reasons:

  • all indoor areas with the exception of private offices
  • outside on the Great Lawn and Trible Plaza and throughout campus except when 6’ of distance from others can be maintained
  • campus dining locations, except when eating or drinking

Removal of the face covering during the work day should be limited to when you are more than 6 feet away from another person and you are:

  • sitting at your private desk or work station
  • eating or drinking

With rare exceptions, Christopher Newport’s facilities, including grounds and buildings, are open only for official university business and are not open to visitors or the general public. The host must fulfill important obligations summarized in this checklist:

Host checklist

  • Obtain approval from the provost or appropriate vice president at least a week in advance.
  • Provide Christopher Newport’s COVID–19 requirements to the visitor prior to the visit. If arriving from an international location, the visitor must be instructed to quarantine off campus for 14 days prior to the visit.
  • Confirm their consent to notify the University host and cancel the visit should they not feel well, experience COVID–19 symptoms, or learn they may have been exposed to the virus in the past 14 days.
  • Insist they wear a cloth face covering at all times while on campus (inside and outside), practice physical distancing of no less than six feet from others at all times, and follow proper handwashing hygiene.
  • Confirm they will be notified by the visitor if that person tests positive for COVID–19 or develop symptoms within 14 days following their visit. The visitor must also agree to participate in contact tracing should the need arise.
  • Sanitize and disinfect all tables, chairs, door knobs and other items used during the visit.
Hosts must also administer a health screening and temperature check to the visitor upon their arrival. Hosts should request use of a contactless thermometer in advance of the visit. They are available at multiple locations including the DSU Information Desk and the CNH Welcome Desk.

The host must ask the visitor:

  • For medical reasons, have you been directed by a Christopher Newport official or a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine?
  • Have you been directed by a health professional to get tested or have you had a positive test result within the last 14 days?
  • Have you developed any of these symptoms, that cannot be attributed to another health condition, within the last 24 hours? Fever; cough; difficulty getting enough air, loss of smell or taste, sore throat; muscle aches.
If the answer to any question is “yes” or the temperature is 100.4 or above, the visitor must immediately leave campus. Visitors who will not wear face coverings or comply with other protocols may also be asked to leave.

Requirements regarding Admissions, vendor and family visits and a link to the official visitor policy are available on the For Visitors page. A downloadable version of this information is available below.

We are developing measures to ensure on-campus events (including athletics if possible) take place with everyone's health in mind.

Everyone who visits our campus and all of us who call it home will have new, shared responsibilities. These protocols will promote health in our living, learning and work environments.

The university will provide:

  • Supply kits for students, faculty and staff, including a washable face covering, hand sanitizer and thermometer
  • Hands-free temperature screening stations at several convenient campus locations
  • Facilities cleaned more often and more thoroughly with a focus on high-touch surfaces.
  • Cleaning supplies available for faculty and staff

The university will take steps to prevent viral spread, including:

  • Requiring students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face coverings while in classrooms, shared offices and common areas indoors. This requirement may be relaxed as changing conditions and guidance from the Virginia Department of Health allow.
  • Limiting special events that bring visitors to campus
  • Limiting visitor access to buildings, including Trible Library
  • Limiting events featuring shared food
  • Using plexiglass barriers and other measures to reduce face-to-face contact in offices

Diamonstein Concert Hall, Peebles Concert Hall, Gaines Theatre, the DSU Ballroom and Freeman 201 will be used for larger classes for the fall 2020 semester.

Moving larger classes into these spaces will free up other classrooms to "upsize" smaller classes, meaning that most faculty will be teaching some classes in different rooms than they typically use.

The academic deans are already working with their chairs and faculty to handle these classes. 

All faculty must be prepared to teach synchronously using Scholar Collaborate. In the cases of exposure and self-quarantine, faculty members must pivot quickly to synchronous online instruction.

Students who must self-quarantine must still be able to access their classes. The university has ordered cameras for classrooms in order to make each live class presentation available to students who cannot be in class.

Remote training sessions for faculty on the use of Scholar Collaborate are being scheduled. This expanded online training will include:

  • Weekly instructor-led offerings (some offered after 5 p.m.)
  • Scholar 101
  • Scholar Collaborate
  • How to record lectures

Self-paced online training via Scholar will be available beginning on July 1.

Classes will be conducted in-person as much as possible.

  • Students and faculty should wear face coverings while in indoor common spaces on campus and in classrooms.
  • Vulnerable students and faculty will have options for remote learning and teaching.
  • Class sizes will be decreased to achieve physical distancing.
  • Some classes may be held in nontraditional spaces at irregular times in order to permit de-densification.

The ability to accurately identify faculty, staff and students who are infected with the virus, to isolate them and to trace their close contacts, is critical to reopening campus. The commonwealth and Riverside Health System will be key partners in providing these services and in determining how they should be conducted.

  • Faculty, staff and students should have ready access to thermometers, including no-touch temperature taking stations on campus.
  • Health providers, including Riverside Health System, will administer diagnostic testing for COVID-19 to symptomatic individuals and those potentially exposed to infected individuals.

Prior to returning to work on campus, all employees must acknowledge the following:

  • The serious nature of COVID-19
  • The importance of each individual's knowledge of the risks presented by the virus, to include:
    • Their monitoring of their own health
    • Their need to notify appropriate personnel if they are symptomatic and/or exposed, and to be tested if necessary

To ensure adequate time for thorough daily cleaning and disinfecting measures, the hours of operation for the library will be reduced. The capacity of study rooms will be reduced and distancing practices will be observed.

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