With safety as our foundational priority, planning for the fall 2020 semester is guided by values of access and equity, community and connection, continuity, flexibility, quality, intentionality and transparency, and feasibility. 

It is expected that these protective measures will be practiced by everyone every day to help safeguard our community:

  • Wear face coverings or shields
  • Abide by physical distancing rules
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Gatherings of any size will be strictly limited

What’s going to make this work is a very deep sense of personal accountability. We all have to agree to do these things and to help each other remember these things.

Guest Policy

For health and safety reasons, access to residence halls will be restricted. Only persons living in a residence hall will have access to that building. Students living off campus will not have access to residence halls. No over-night or off-campus guests will be allowed in the residential spaces. For their safety and the safety of everyone, we would discourage family visits.

Leaving Campus

We will ask you to avoid overnight trips and to plan to remain in the Davidson area. We ask that you base your decisions, how you approach each day, on how it might affect the people around you on campus and off. Courses are designed so that any in-person meetings end before Thanksgiving. Students may leave campus at this time and they may not return until the spring semester. Some students may need to remain on campus through final exams. If this is your situation, please contact the Residence Life Office.

Caring for Your Health

For purposes of monitoring the health of the community and providing students with care, a Symptoms Tracker App has been developed for daily self check-ups. The app complies with health information privacy laws. Any information you enter into the app will be viewed by a doctor or nurse at the college. All personally identifiable information gathered by the app will be deleted and discarded at the end of the semester. 

Values Guiding Our Decisions

We acknowledge that all members of our community will continue to face difficult decisions this year as we respond to COVID-19. Additionally, those decisions will be challenged by on-going developments and the course of the pandemic that may require quick shifts of direction. We share these guiding values as a framework through which members of our community view their decision-making processes, with the hope that it will ground us in the shared determination to safeguard the well-being of all.