Our daily routines have changed as a result of COVID-19, and we are all doing our part to promote and participate in healthy practices.
There are several things we can continue to do together (such as wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and engaging in healthy cleaning habits). There are also resources available to assist students, faculty and staff as we move through this pandemic.
Wear a face covering, wash your hands, and keep your physical distance. Keep your interactions with others to a minimum. If what you need can be done in a virtual setting, then choose that option.
Maintaining a safe distance between you and others. The recommended distance is six feet.
Face coverings are mandatory indoors on the Gardner-Webb campus, including when seated in classrooms and during labs. Face coverings are to remain on in classrooms and labs, even if 6 feet of distance can be maintained. In addition, even though all persons will be wearing face coverings in classrooms and labs, they should stay at least six-feet apart in whenever possible.
Faculty members may refuse entry or temporarily remove from class students who fail or refuse to follow these simple rules. When violations occur, the faculty member should notify the Office of the Dean of Students and work with them to secure compliance or determine whether the student is entitled to refrain from wearing a face covering. There are certain circumstances where face coverings are not required, such as for documented medical reasons. In outdoor areas, everyone is strongly encouraged to wear face coverings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
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).
Traditional Undergraduate Residential Students are required to complete a COVID-19 screening form prior to moving into their residential facility. The COVID-19 screening form is issued through Housing and Residence Education. The University is exploring additional daily screening tools.
Avoid contact with others; seek medical care from a local healthcare provider; students may utilize the new Gardner-Webb Student Health Clinic at 148 Memorial Drive (let the provider know of your symptoms before arrival). If you are a residential student, you should contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Sarah Currie by phone at 704.406.4374 and email at [email protected]create new email. Commuter students and graduate students should report their symptoms to the Director of Safety, Barry Lane by phone at 704.406.2266 and by email at [email protected]create new email. Faculty and staff members should report their exposure to their immediate supervisor.
All faculty, staff, and students are expected to voluntarily self-disclose if they test positive for COVID-19 or have reason to believe they may have contracted the virus, such as being exposed to someone who has tested positive. Residential students should report their exposure to Dean of Students, Dr. Sarah Currie by phone at 704.406.4374 and email at [email protected]create new email. Commuter students and graduate students should report their exposure to the Director of Safety, Barry Lane by phone at 704.406.2266 and by email at [email protected]create new email. Faculty and staff members should report their exposure to their immediate supervisor.
The University will gather the facts and coordinate with local health authorities as necessary. They may conduct contact tracing to determine interactions with other employees and students. Students, faculty and staff who are exposed will be guided on protocols to follow soon after they report the exposure.
Depending on your situation you may be asked to self-isolate or self-quarantine.
In order to protect the health and safety of the University Community, all faculty, staff and students must follow the directives of campus authorities.
Gardner-Webb has established a COVID-19 Case Plan in consultation with the Cleveland County Health Department and established guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This plan includes assessing risks, coordination with local health officials for contact tracing and implementing strategies for continued education. The University also has a plan for safe-isolation quarantine housing, delivered meals for affected students, and healthcare support.
The University will continue to utilize email and community updates on the Gardner-Webb website to communicate any relevant Coronavirus-related information.
Some students may be quarantined or isolated in their current living quarters if secure isolation can be established. The University will provide quarantine or isolation housing for those unable to maintain secure isolation in their current living situation.
The University will assist students in coordinating alternative meal and educational plans.
The new Student Health Clinic provider, Atrium Health, will partner with Gardner-Webb throughout monitoring and assessment. If a student needs to be tested, students will be referred to Atrium’s primary clinic in Shelby, N.C., for official COVID-19 testing.
Self-Monitoring is the process of monitoring yourself for possible COVID-19 symptoms (any or several of the following could apply):
Isolation is the placement of an individual who has tested positive or is experiencing more severe symptoms of COVID-19. This individual will be placed in a secure location (any or several of the following could also apply):
Quarantined individuals are placed in a monitored environment once it has been determined that the individual has been in contact with a positive case through contact tracing (any or several of the following could apply):
Cleaning and disinfecting have continued to increase around campus throughout the last several months and will continue. We continue to monitor and adopt to new recommendations for cleaning physical properties.
Hand sanitizing stations will be placed as we bring buildings back to full occupancy.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19: What should I look for? They can be similar to the flu or cold: fever, cough, body aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea, or shortness of breath. For details on symptoms, health-related precautions, and information about the Coronavirus, you may visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A healthy and fit community is essential. There are numerous resources available for students, faculty and staff to support physical and mental health.
The new Gardner-Webb Student Health Clinic at 148 memorial Drive (in partnership with Atrium Health) is available for traditional undergraduate students and graduate residential students.
Students can seek help from the Counseling Center. Appointments can be scheduled by phone or in person. To schedule an appointment for individual counseling, call (704) 406-4563 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Emergency services are available on a 24-hour basis. After hours and on weekends students can call Gardner-Webb University Police at (704) 406-4444 or the on-call Counseling Center number, ()704) 406-2599.
The University offers several outdoor recreational opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community including (but not limited to) walking trails around Lake Hollifield, tennis facilities and an indoor walking track at the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center. Currently, those options remain available for fitness activities.
Currently, the Suttle Wellness Center is not open. It is considered a gym, and current North Carolina executive orders do not allow for facilities like this to open to the public at this time.
When the Suttle Wellness Center is open, students, faculty, and staff will have their temperature checked prior to entry. We will also enforce a reduced capacity in this facility.