Captains Relaunch

For Students

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 adhere to the new rules and guidelines for our own health and to protect the health of those around us. We will get through this together.

Your responsibilities

Self-monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19. Testing will occur according to protocol.

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

Follow all guidelines and precautionary measures prescribed by the university.

Bring supplies to keep residence hall rooms clean.

The university will take many new steps to reduce the risk of viral spread, but we are asking you to be a partner in this effort.

Although Christopher Newport will supply cleaning products for library and classroom workspaces, you may bring your own cleaning products, provided that they are EPA-compliant.

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

Additional information

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

  • common indoor areas, including classrooms
  • outside, when physical distancing isn't possible
  • campus dining locations, except when eating

In order to adhere to state requirements and CDC guidance for responding to the COVID–19 pandemic, all residential students must follow the following move-in guidelines and procedures:

  • De-densification of the campus and residence halls necessitates that we assign freshmen a date and time of arrival on campus over a three-day period. Returning students will be required to register in advance for specific dates and times to occupy their room.
  • Residents must arrive at their designated move-in time in order to limit the number of people inside the residence halls. Due to physical distancing needs, we will be unable to accommodate early or late arrivals or changes to the schedule.
  • To speed up the unloading process, residents should pack lightly and efficiently, focusing on essentials. Consolidate items into bins and boxes so the vehicle can be unloaded in minimal trips. Residents should not bring additional furniture such as futons, sofas, chairs, etc.
  • Residents must unload in the assigned time frame and move their vehicle from the unloading area as soon as all belongings have been removed.
  • In order to maintain physical distancing, access to the residence halls will be limited. Residents may use no more than two helpers to assist with vehicle unloading; items should be quickly dropped in the room. After the assigned time block, only the resident will be permitted back into the room to unpack and arrange the space.
  • All residents and helpers are required to participate in a verbal health screening upon arrival.
  • Anyone entering the residence halls must wear a face covering.
  • Residents should bring personal disinfecting and cleaning supplies and protective equipment.

Students who purchase meal plans will have additional dining options this fall. We are also introducing expanded dining retail locations.

On-campus, we've created two new "pop-up" dining locations in the Peebles lobby of the Ferguson Center, and in the concessions area in the Freeman Center. Meal plans will be accepted at both locations.

Several nearby locations will also provide new opportunities to students who have Dining Dollars available as part of their meal plans. These locations will also accept Captains Cash:

  • Subway
  • Panera Bread
  • Tropical Smoothie
  • Subway Station
  • 7-Eleven (Sweetbriar Exxon on Warwick Blvd. and Warwick/Minton Drive)
  • Rita's
  • Food Lion

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, 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 that include:

  • Requiring students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face coverings while in common areas indoors and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be achieved. 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

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

  • Students and faculty should wear face coverings while in classrooms. If CDC and Virginia guidelines permit because there is adequate physical distancing, this expectation may be moderated.
  • Vulnerable students and faculty may seek options for remote learning and teaching.
  • Class sizes will be decreased to achieve physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Some classes may be held in nontraditional spaces at irregular times in order to permit de-densification.
  • We will use safety warning tape and other measures to facilitate distancing in classrooms, study rooms and common spaces, including in Trible Library and David Student Union.

In an Aug. 13 email, Provost Dave Doughty further outlined how teaching and learning will be conducted this fall:

From Provost Doughty emailed to students, parents, faculty and staff

Dear Captains,

As you make decisions about returning to campus and consider adjustments to your Fall 2020 class schedule, I would like to update you on developments and definitions that could guide your thinking. I also want to point you to the useful and regularly updated Schedule of Classes.

As of this writing, we expect that about 67% of our courses will be taught in-person. The experience will be similar to what you’ve previously enjoyed within the limits imposed by face coverings and physical distancing in learning spaces.

The remainder of our courses, including those with too many students to permit adequate physical distancing, will be delivered in a synchronous online format. In other words, students will participate in the class at the scheduled time and the format will allow interaction between the learner and the instructor.

Students living on or commuting to campus will be expected to attend all classes in the format designated on the Schedule of Classes. All other students should register for as many online classes as possible (section numbers that are taught remotely begin with the letter, ‘O’ in the Schedule of Classes). The Office of the Registrar will work closely with students who cannot attend classes in person, in order to keep them on a path to graduation.

Live streaming is intended for students who are sick, in quarantine, in isolation or unable to be on campus because of documented risks associated with COVID–19, as defined by the ADA and CDC. Most courses can be live streamed under these circumstances. Live streaming does not allow for interaction, is not recorded for later viewing, and the professor’s focus will be on the students physically in class, and therefore is not suitable for most courses for an entire semester.

Those of you not living on or commuting to campus who need classes for degree progress that are not available online should consult with the Office of the Registrar to determine if a needed course may be available via live stream for the entire semester.

As we have all learned, the virus is no friend to definitive planning. I ask you to be flexible and understand we are doing all we can to provide the best possible teaching and learning experience for everyone.

Dr. Dave Doughty

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.

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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