Coming to Campus

Many students will be setting foot on campus for the first time; other students and faculty will return after a long break away from the University.

Here are some general awareness items to consider as you prepare for the fall semester at Gardner-Webb.

Do first-year and returning students have to go through a health screening before entering classrooms or residence halls? If so, what are those protocols? 

All residential students are completing a COVID-19 screening prior to moving in. Student Development staff are working on implementing the same process for commuters.

Will students have to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire to determine potential cases prior to arrival on campus? 

Housing and Residence Education will be sending a COVID-19 questionnaire to students several days prior to their scheduled on-campus arrival. This will allow the University the opportunity to delay the return of students presenting symptoms or to those who have been recently exposed to COVID-19 cases.

Will residential students have appointment times to check in to assist with physical distancing? 

Yes, Housing and Residence Education has created individualized check-in times for students to help minimize the number of students allowed to check-in at a time. Students are able to self-select the time through their housing portal found in WebbConnect.

Will personal face coverings, and/or health kits be provided to students when they arrive on campus? 

Yes, through New Student Orientation and Housing & Residence Education, residential students will receive a face covering, hand sanitizer, and other health-related items. Additionally, Disposable face coverings may be obtained from the following locations: University Police, Campus Shop (Tucker Student Center), Student Development Office (Tucker Student Center), College of Health Sciences (front office).

Will the University offer an educational module (or session) to students providing information about campus health protocols and resources? 

Yes, the Student Development Division is offering educational components relating to COVID-19 for traditional undergraduate students. Students will be made aware of this procedure. There is an education folder for COVID-19 resources (for students) through WebbConnect, or students could call the Office of Housing and Residence Education at (704) 406-4244.

Where should I go to find answers to general COVID-19 health-related questions during the semester? 

Check the University’s COVID-19 website, community updates, or the WebbConnect Covid-19 designated folders for students, faculty and staff.

Do returning faculty members (who haven’t been on campus during the summer) have to go through a health screening before entering classrooms or residence halls? If so, what are those protocols? 

Returning faculty should self-monitor for symptoms, and check out the COVID-19 folder designated for faculty/staff within WebbConnect for other details.