Faculty and Staff Coronavirus Update

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Update as of 5.1.2020

Check this page for updates, advisories, precautionary measures and guidelines regarding the Coronavirus and its potential impact on the campus community as it relates specifically to students. For general campus updates about Coronavirus, please visit this page.

Will Gardner-Webb offer face-to-face classes on the fall?

GWU’s Administration announced May 1st that planning is underway to return the University to normal on-campus instruction and residential life for the Fall 2020 semester.  “Nobody knows exactly what the future holds for the pandemic that has already disrupted higher education across the country,” noted President William M. Downs.  “However, at this point we are doing everything in our power to prepare for the return of our students, faculty, and staff in August.” A taskforce has been established to provide direction and oversight as plans to welcome students back to campus in the fall move forward.

GWU has announced that details will be made available soon regarding a new onsite Student Health Clinic that will greatly expand our efforts in prevention, detection, and treatment.

According to President Downs, “Gardner-Webb will follow the recommendations of federal, state, and local authorities as we make our plans for Fall 2020.  But let me be absolutely clear, we have every intention of welcoming our Runnin’ Bulldogs back to Boiling Springs and back to campus at the earliest possible date.  Our staff are working tirelessly right now to make sure that we plan for adjustments where they may be needed, that we have all the tools necessary to keep our living spaces clean, and that we are proactive in protecting the health and safety of the entire Gardner-Webb community.”

What are some frequently asked questions in regards to N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s “stay at home” executive order 121?

What does “Stay at Home” mean?

It means people should stay at their residence and limit social interactions and travel for essential activities or essential business purposes.

This Order is mandatory, and all persons are required to comply with these restrictions. Governor Cooper is seeking voluntary cooperation from all residents to ensure the health and safety of our communities. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, state and local law enforcement officers have the authority to enforce the Order.

When is the Executive Order 121 in effect?

This Order is valid through May 8, 2020, but it can be revised or extended.

Can I still use university facilities?

Yes, the University is still open, and you may use your ID card to gain entrance to buildings, such as the Tucker Student Center and the Dover Library (during operating hours). The Gardner-Webb Cafeteria is also open for take-out service, and other buildings across campus continue to be accessible.

Can I leave my home to visit friends or family members?

Individuals may leave their homes to care for a family member or friend, or to help their family member or friend get essential goods or receive necessary health care. Individuals should not visit with friends or family members if there is no urgent need.

Can I still get groceries, medical prescriptions or gas for my car?

Yes. Grocery stores, take-out eating establishments and convenience stores and gas stations are still permitted to operate under the Executive Order 121.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Yes, at the current time, there are no restrictions for exercise outside a residence. People are encouraged to maintain healthy lifestyles, including outdoor recreational activity, such as walking pets and jogging. While exercising, individuals should maintain physical (social) distancing and continue to take protective measures to maintain their personal health and wellbeing. 

Does Executive Order 121 prohibit outside group exercise?

As long as the group abides by the mass gatherings provision in the Order (no more than 10 people) and maintains adequate physical (social) distancing, this activity is not prohibited, but it is strongly discouraged.

Is the Gardner-Webb campus shop open during the exclusive online learning time period?

Yes, but in keeping with safe practices as a retail store, the Gardner-Webb Campus Shop has transitioned into an online store.  Shopping will continue for individuals and departments through the  opens in a new windowwebsite.  Details for making personal and departmental purchases are below.

Personal purchases for those currently on-campus:

  • Access the shop through  opens in a new windowcampusshop.gardner-webb.edu.
  • Make your selections, enter credit card information and choose in-store pick-up.  In-store-pick up fees will be waived at this time.
  • You will receive an email when your items are ready; they will be available for pickup at the Post Office window.

Department purchases:

Once your order is filled, it will be taken to the Campus Post office and placed with your department mail/packages.

If you have further questions, you may reach out to Jane Powell at  opens in a new window[email protected]create new email.

Should I come to work on campus when face-to-face classes are transitioned to exclusive online delivery?

Gardner-Webb’s main facilities are not closed at this time. You will be notified if that changes. Faculty and staff are expected to continue to work as usual unless notified differently from their supervisor. Graduate Assistants are considered staff and should come to work if not in a self-quarantine situation or directed differently from their supervisor. All faculty and staff who must self-quarantine will be paid for normal working hours.

  • Faculty ordered by health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine should contact your department head to discuss alternative arrangements. Then, you are welcome to contact students to update them. If a student under your instruction is ordered to quarantine, a representative of the Dean of Students Office will notify you. 
  • Staff ordered by health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine should notify their supervisor.

What are the library hours now that classes have transitioned to exclusive online delivery?

Currently the John R. Dover Library building is only open for students, faculty, and staff of Gardner-Webb. It is not open to the public at this time. Students, faculty and staff, who are on campus, should make sure to bring a Gardner-Webb ID to gain admission to the building. 

Building hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Reference chat is available during these hours and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. This may change based on future circumstances or directives from local, regional, state or national healthcare resource directors.

All databases and electronic books are available from off campus for students, faculty and staff.  Simply enter your GWU username and password (the same as your email and Blackboard credentials) to access the  opens in a new windowLibrary databases.  You are welcome to use the online Chat feature to talk with a librarian if you have questions.  You can schedule in-depth reference consultations via Zoom by completing the form on the library’s webpage.  Also, the library is waiving any overdue fees during this time.  You are welcome to return or renew the books when you come back to campus.

Will classrooms be available during a time of exclusive online delivery of classes?

In an effort to improve security for university property, the classrooms on campus will be secured. If you need access to a classroom, please contact University Police (704.406.4444), and they will be glad to assist.

Is the Suttle Wellness center open during a time of exclusive online delivery of classes?

The Suttle Wellness Center will remain closed until April 1 for all faculty, staff and students.

What dining services (and hours) are offered during this time?

In keeping with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s March 17th executive order concerning sit-down dining, Gardner-Webb has reoriented dining options for “to go” orders only for students, faculty and staff.

Dining Services are available in the Dover Campus Center Cafeteria only at this time; other food court options are temporarily suspended.

Preventative sanitary measures are being taken to ensure the continued wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. These measures include, though are not limited to: all food served by Sodexo staff, prewrapped servings of desserts, prepackaged condiments, use of plastic utensils and plates, continuous cleaning, and the availability of hand sanitizer.

The dining hours are listed below for “take out services”; however, the seating area is closed to everyone.

Dover Campus Center Cafeteria

Monday-FridayBreakfast: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday and SundayBrunch: 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Access Options include: 4 swipes per day (4th swipe available during dinner hours) Flex Points, Cash, or Credit Card accepted

**Note: During the dinner dining hours, options will be available for additional take-out meals. These options cover late-night meal swipes (Monday-Friday) or pre-swiped breakfast items (Friday & Saturday). More details will be available in the Dover Campus Center Cafeteria.

The University will continue to monitor Dining Services and adjust schedules and delivery options as needed. 

Is there a new date scheduled for the May 9th commencement ceremony since it was postponed?

Our Spring Commencement, originally scheduled for May 9th, has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for August 1st. Students completing their degrees in Spring 2020, as well as during the Summer 2020 term, will be invited to participate.

We fully appreciate how hard our students have worked to get to this crowning moment, and we look forward to celebrating with them.