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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.
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.”
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.
This Order is valid through May 8, 2020, but it can be revised or extended.
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.
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.
Yes. Grocery stores, take-out eating establishments and convenience stores and gas stations are still permitted to operate under the Executive Order 121.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Suttle Wellness Center will remain closed until April 1 for all faculty, staff and students.
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.
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.
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.