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2020-2021 Calendar

Gardner-Webb may modify plans as needed for the fall semester. As we consider campus and community events, university tours and activities, we will be mindful of the existing health-related protocols, and act accordingly.   

As of August 13, 2020

Will Family Weekend and Homecoming go on as scheduled? 

Family Weekend has been rescheduled to coincide with the Hoopscoming Basketball activities in the spring semester; a date will be announced later.

Homecoming weekend is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 23-25. If those dates need to be changed, the University and alumni communities will be notified as soon as possible.

Will fall athletic events go on as scheduled? 

With the health and well-being of its student-athletes as its top priorities, the Big South Conference announced in August 12th, that it has delayed its fall sports seasons with the intent of playing in the spring. This includes the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. Additionally, fall competitions in the sports of men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis, and out-of-season competitions in spring sports have been suspended as well.  Football members will, however, be allowed to participate in up to four non-conference games in the fall due to contractual obligations.

“This is clearly not the fall we had hoped for or anticipated” said Gardner-Webb President Dr. William Downs. “I hurt for our student-athletes. I hurt for our coaches and for our loyal fans.  We are at least relieved to finally have some clarity regarding the upcoming semester as well as a potential pathway for salvaging seasons in the spring. We will continue to prioritize the health and welfare of our student-athletes, to protect their eligibility, and to support them when they are ready and able to compete at the high level to which we have become accustomed.”  

Our student-athletes will continue with permissible athletics activities, as defined by NCAA regulations and with the exception of fall sport competition, at their own discretion and in accordance with all applicable local and state regulations and procedures.

As of july 24, 2020

Is there a timeline for making decisions about the fall semester? If so, what is it? 

The fall semester master academic calendar has not changed. There may be some modifications to student schedules to accommodate shifting classrooms into larger spaces; if this occurs, details will be shared. The current plan is for face-to-face and/or hybrid classes distributed at no more than 50% capacity in interior spaces.

The University will continue to monitor local and state authorities for recommendations and/or modifications for educational institutions. Any decision to shift to an online-exclusive mode of education would only happen after thoughtful dialogue and consideration for faculty, staff and students’ well-being.   

The University will consider guidelines from the state, regional or local level regarding needed changes or modifications.

Will Student Orientation go on as scheduled, if so, how will Orientation and Student Move-In be different? 

Orientation is currently scheduled for Monday, August 17. Housing and Residence Education has created individualized check-in times for students to help minimize the number of students allowed to check in at one time. Students are able to self-select the time through their housing portal found in WebbConnect.

There will be other adjustments to the Orientation schedule announced soon, each of which will spread out students and families and thereby improve physical distancing.

If there are other questions or concerns relating to orientation, contact the Orientation Office by phone at (704) 406-4268 or email at [email protected]create new email.

What are some of the known calendar-related changes? 

Spring/Summer Commencement has been tentatively rescheduled for October 23, with plans for the event to take place outdoors in Spangler Stadium. Any health-related changes to that plan will be announced by October 1, 2020.  The University will share an update on plans for Family Weekend in early August.

Will Family Weekend and Homecoming go on as scheduled? 

A decision on Family Weekend will be made in early August. Homecoming weekend is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 23-25. If those dates need to be changed, the University and alumni communities will be notified as soon as possible.

Will fall athletic events go on as scheduled? 

At this point, we are preparing to have fall seasons in all of our sports. We have been in regular communication with the Big South Conference and all the member institutions as well as the NCAA. Gardner-Webb will participate in athletic events with fans present in coordination with health-related protocols and state, regional and local directives.

Although we have discussed attendance maximums and proper physical distancing, no final decision has been made. We will take our lead from the State of North Carolina and local health officials and follow recommendations concerning attendance and physical distancing.

Will Performing Arts programs be offered as scheduled? If so, will physical distancing (and face-covering) protocols change the look and feel of the events? 

The Theatre and Music Departments are working on plans currently. Announcements will be forthcoming. Any events will abide by pandemic-related protocols, including occupancy, face coverings and physical distancing.

Will (off campus) fall break, mission trips, academic field trips or student conventions still go on as scheduled for students to participate? 

Student Development and Christian Life & Service are not providing fall break trips. The University is not planning to participate in off-site face-to-face conventions. Virtual options may be made available as an alternative.

What other travel restrictions are in place this fall? 

No University-sponsored international travel will take place for students, faculty or staff. There will not be any scheduled study-abroad trips. University-sponsored domestic travel is still under review and depends in part on current pandemic geographic trends.

What would be the trigger to return to online-exclusive course delivery? 

The University will continue to monitor local and state authorities for recommendations and/or modifications for educational institutions. Any decision to shift to an online-exclusive mode of course instruction would be a product of input by public health authorities and extensive monitoring of local conditions by University officials.