Frequently Asked Questions
Updates to this page are in progress. Please check back regularly as we continue to answer more frequently asked questions related to the fall semester.
Our Shared Responsibility
Will family visits be allowed?
No. Our goal is to limit the amount of off-campus exposure for students.
Will students who leave campus during the semester be allowed back on campus? How will off-campus travel restrictions be enforced?
Every trip off campus that a student takes increases the risk to their classmates, friends and mentors. We don’t have the capacity to monitor and regulate that kind of travel, but we reserve the right to require safety steps upon return, such as isolation.
How do travel restrictions impact faculty/staff and students living off-campus?
Our approach is to treat everyone as an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. That’s why we are requiring the simple but effective steps that have proven to help prevent infection: facemasks, handwashing, physical distancing and self-monitoring of health. Students, faculty and staff who live off campus will be under these same guidelines, as well as additional guidance, such as staying home if they feel ill.
How will expectations for behavior be enforced?
Everyone has to help. The college can’t oversee every facemask or six-foot gap. We have to commit to our shared obligation and help each other remember and look out for each other. We have to build within our community the obligation to follow these guidelines. But let’s be clear: those who refuse will not be permitted to stay.
Will we be allowed to leave campus to go to the grocery store?
We ask students to maintain all guidelines and expectations when they leave campus to go to the grocery store. Remember, every trip off campus that a student takes increases the risk to their classmates, friends and mentors.
Will there be repercussions for those who don’t follow the health guidelines (masks, etc.)? If so, who enforces those policies?
Students are expected to abide by Davidson College public health standards, and students who are unable or unwilling to do so will be removed from campus and not permitted to return for the remainder of the semester. We anticipate an initial learning curve as we all adjust to a new reality, and it will take the whole community. Reports of observed lapses of adherence to health guidelines can be reported to the Dean of Students Office via the COVID-19 Shared Responsibility Student Reporting Form.
If I leave at Thanksgiving, can I return for the spring semester?
Students who leave for Thanksgiving are leaving for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. The students can return to the residence hall based on the established spring 2021 return dates.
How will Davidson monitor and prevent off-campus parties or parties in senior apartments?
Off-campus gatherings will be addressed by municipal authorities. There will be no open consumption areas on campus this fall (with the exception of Summit Outpost in the area allowed by their permit); Martin Court apartment gatherings will need to comply with health guidance issued by local health officials. Parties will not be permitted and students who violate these instructions will no longer be permitted to live on campus. In this instance, no housing refund will be provided.
Health and Symptom Tracking
How do I access the symptom tracker?
The daily symptom tracker application can be accessed by any web browser at SymptomTracker.davidson.edu.
How do I log into the symptom tracker? What do I need to do to set up my account?
Please refer to the symptom tracker application article for information.
Who should use the symptom tracker?
All students who regularly come to campus or may come to campus should log into the application daily and answer the symptom tracker questionnaire. Employees should log into the application and answer the symptom tracker questionnaire on any day that they are coming to campus.
Each student who comes onto campus is required to fill out the symptom tracker daily. Each employee who comes onto campus is required fill out the symptom tracker on the days they are coming to campus. Use is required for both of these groups.
Who will see the data that I enter into the symptom tracker application?
Davidson staff members in the Center for Student Health and Well-Being and the Dean of Students Office will have access to student data. The college’s medical director will be able to see all symptom tracking data.
How often should I use the symptom tracker?
Once per day, every day (including weekends), and preferably at the same time of day.
What determines my risk level (red, yellow, green) status?
The logic behind the risk level calculation is driven by CDC guidelines and our medical director.
What should I do if I receive a yellow risk level?
Students contact the Student Center for Health and Well Being at 704-894-2300 for guidance.
What should I do if I receive a red risk level?
Please isolate yourself immediately, then contact the Student Center for Health and Well Being at 704-894-2300.
Some symptoms on the symptom tracker could be due to pre-existing conditions. What mechanism is there to indicate that a symptom is due to pre-existing conditions and not a viral symptom?
We understand that there are several common symptoms on the tracker. As people with pre-existing conditions report them, we screen them and let them know that if the symptom is normal for them and their pre-existing medical condition, they should only report it as a symptom if it changes pattern or gets worse. That way they are not reporting a "Yellow" or "Red" symptom every day.
Will I need to display my symptom tracker results to anyone?
Yes, to enter some buildings like Baker Sports Arena and Vail Commons you will be required to display your risk level for the current date.
I never come to campus. Should I use the symptom tracker?
No, if you will not be on campus for the semester, you do not need to track your symptoms.
Should I continue to track my symptoms if I have a positive COVID-19 test result?
No. You will resume symptom tracking once you are released by your medical provider to return to class and/or work.
Where will students go if they become infected?
Once a student is tested, they will be moved into an isolation room, which is a single room/single bathroom for the duration of the illness.
Who will keep track of students who become too sick to reach out for help but are not hospitalized?
The Student Health nurses will be doing daily remote check ins. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be “enrolled” in a virtual hospital that is monitored by Atrium Health system providers. Robert Lutz, M.D., will serve as the attending physician.
How will sick students get meals and meds?
Meals will be delivered to the students by our dining services staff. A nurse from the health center will deliver over-the-counter medications as needed.
Will students quarantine for 14 days if directly exposed? Where will that happen?
Our public health nurse conducts a contact tracing interview with all students who have tested positive for COVID-19. If a student has been identified as having been exposed and currently lives on campus, the student will be moved into a single room that has been designated as a quarantine space for 14 days. We will retest those students between days 5 to 7 to ensure that they have not developed COVID, however, they will need to continue their stay in quarantine for the full 14 days as symptoms could still develop during that period of time. Meals will be brought to these students. The student health nursing staff will check in remotely regularly throughout their stay.
Students who live off campus isolate and quarantine in their own off campus houses/apartments. The student who is positive is instructed to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test or onset of symptoms. The housemates/roommates will continue to be exposed while still living in the same house, and therefore, the quarantine time will extend 14 days past the date of last exposure, which equates to the day the positive student is finished with isolation and is no longer contagious. Health center staff will remotely check in with the students throughout their stay. Meals will not be delivered by the college.
If the college becomes a hotspot at any point or near the end of the semester, will students be required to quarantine in place?
We are unsure at this time.
Will there be regular temperature and pulse-ox checks throughout campus? Are there plans to have sufficient tests for students who are not displaying severe symptoms (because of the risk of asymptomatic spreaders)?
Thermometers have been made available to all students, who are asked every day if they have a fever through the symptom tracker.
The policies and procedures in place—masking in public spaces, social distancing, enhanced hand hygiene, limiting gathering size, and lower density/virtual classes—are all designed to prevent the spread from asymptomatic carriers of the disease. Every student who reports symptoms on the current CDC list will be evaluated by a licensed health care provider and will be referred for testing if indicated. They will be isolated until the test is conducted and results are available.
In addition, all students studying on campus are required to participate in regular testing. This requirement includes students living in off-campus housing.
What should students do if they have symptoms of illness?
Contact the student health center. The center is open Monday through Friday, with a nurse advice line able to help after hours and on weekends.
Will there be mandatory testing for students in November prior to leaving campus to go home?
Our plan for the fall is aimed at reducing risk on campus and maintaining that environment. Our symptom app and medical team allow us to require tests when needed. We plan to conduct surveillance testing during the semester. We will not be requiring mandatory testing prior to returning home. If a student is concerned about returning home and would like to have a test done prior to leaving school, they may contact the Student Center for Health and Well-being to arrange for a test.
Regular Student COVID-19 Testing
When does weekly testing end?
Regular weekly testing assignments will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Open testing will occur Monday, Nov. 16 – Thursday, Nov. 19 for those students with shifting testing needs prior to departure by Monday, Nov. 23.
Students are asked to notify the college of their planned departure date by the determined deadline to ensure appropriate testing protocols and accommodations.
Will mandatory testing continue for those who remain on campus?
Testing will continue for students who opt to remain on campus between Friday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Dec. 9.
What is the goal of regular COVID-19 testing?
Robust testing, along with contact tracing, are critical to maintaining the health and safety of the Davidson community by limiting the number of cases we have on campus in the fall. By identifying asymptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and limiting their interactions with others, the college can mitigate on-campus transmission of COVID-19.
We have a testing strategy that 1) tests frequently and 2) detects relatively small viral loads. This strategy allows Davidson to identify cases of COVID-19 on campus prior to reaching their peak infectiousness period (i.e., period of communicability).
Must I participate in testing?
Yes. All students studying on campus in the fall will be required to participate in the testing protocol. This requirement includes students living in off-campus housing. Students who refuse to participate in the testing program will not be allowed to be on campus or to use any on-campus services. These students must study remotely and take all courses virtually.
Where will the testing be administered and when will the center be open?
The on-site Davidson College Student Testing Center will be located outside the main entrance at Baker Sports Complex. The likely test dates will be Monday through Thursday to allow the laboratories receiving the test kits adequate time to process.
What can I expect when I arrive at the Testing Center?
All individuals will be required to wear face coverings when coming to the Testing Center. In addition, the Testing Center has been designed to allow 6 feet between individuals. Staff at the Testing Center will wear face coverings and other protective gear as appropriate. Please note, specific instructions and logistics are subject to change depending on the type of test kit being used at the Testing Center.
If you are feeling ill prior to your testing, do not come to the Testing Center during your assigned date and time. Please contact Davidson’s Center for Student Health and Well-being for assessment and further instructions.
Upon arrival, you will receive instructions for collection.
You will then swipe your CatCard to confirm that you’ve completed your test before giving your specimen and departing the Testing Center.
How long will testing take?
Once individuals are familiar with the testing protocols, we anticipate that the entire testing process for each individual will take less than 15 minutes. This time may vary slightly based upon how many other individuals arrive at the same time for testing.
How is testing scheduled?
Students have been assigned a testing time and day that corresponds with their August arrival date. Students will continue to be tested regularly throughout the semester. Students will remain in assigned testing groups throughout the fall semester.
What happens if I miss my scheduled testing time?
Students who miss their testing time will need to report to the Testing Center before it closes at 3 p.m. on your assigned testing day.
Students who miss their scheduled testing date will need to report to the Testing Center by 12 p.m. the following day to be tested.
Anyone failing to report for testing will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for not adhering to health and safety protective measures.
When is the Testing Center open?
The testing site is currently located at the main entrance to Baker Sports Complex with testing days being scheduled every Monday–Thursday between 10 a.m.–3 p.m. This information is subject to change at any time, so students will need to reference their weekly notifications for the most up-to-date information.
How and when will I get my results?
Students can expect to get notified of positive results of their test within 48 hours. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be notified by the Davidson Center for Student Health and Well-Being. Those who test negative will not get notified.
Who will see the results of any COVID-19 test?
A health care professional who works for the college.
Who is notified of my positive result?
The following individual/organizations will be informed of all individuals testing positive for COVID-19:
- The professional staff of the Davidson Center for Student Health and Well-Being
- North Carolina State and County Public Health authorities
Will my insurance be billed for the testing?
No. Davidson College is paying for all weekly testing done at the Davidson Student Testing Center.
What test is being used?
The test used is a sensitive RT-PCR test.
What do I do if I feel ill and think I might have COVID-19?
Any student who feels ill and thinks they might have COVID-19 should remain in their room and contact Davidson Student Health and Well-being immediately. Symptomatic individuals will receive further instructions and care from medical staff.
Ill individuals should not come to the Testing Center. The Testing Center will only test individuals who are asymptomatic.
Are you providing a constantly updated online "COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard" for students to see daily counts of how many tests are administered and how many show positive results?
Yes, the COVID-19 dashboard tracks statistics related to weekly on-campus testing.
Masks and Face Coverings
When are students expected to wear a mask or face covering?
Students must wear face coverings in all indoor spaces except a) when they are alone in an enclosed room where they do not expect to be disturbed, or b) in a private living space, or c) while eating in dining facilities. Students must wear face coverings outdoors on campus.
Students and scholar-athletes are not required to wear masks while exercising, due to college safety protocols and the testing regimen students are required to follow.
How will masks and face coverings work in classrooms?
Students will wear face coverings in classrooms. Faculty will wear face coverings in classrooms but when instructing in person, from the front of the room, and six feet or more away from students, faculty have the option of wearing a clear face shield instead of a mask.
What constitutes an appropriate mask or face covering?
Appropriate face coverings include either commercially produced or homemade cloth face-coverings, provided they fully cover the nose and the mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps, can be secured to prevent slipping, and do not have a valve or vent that releases exhaled air.
Will the college provide face masks?
Students were provided two, washable, masks with a Davidson logo at move in. Additional masks are available for purchase in the Davidson College Store.
What if a person has a disability that requires an accommodation?
Students with disabilities who would like to request accommodations should contact Beth Bleil, Director of Academic Access and Disability Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-894-2129. Employees with disabilities who would like to request accommodations should contact Kim Ball, Director of Human Resources, at email@example.com or 704-894-2213.
The revised, detailed 2020-2021 Academic Calendar has been posted.
When does the fall 2020 semester end?
All in-person class instruction concludes on Friday, Nov. 20.
What is the fall semester final exam schedule?
Reading days are Monday, Nov. 23; Tuesday, Nov. 24; and Monday, Nov. 30.
Finals will be held remotely Tuesday, Dec. 1 – Tuesday, Dec. 8.
When do spring semester classes begin?
Classes begin Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.
The following Q&A will help explain what a “13-Week Plus” calendar means and how that decision was reached.
What does “13-Week Plus” mean?
- No on-campus classes after Thanksgiving.
- Conducting exams remotely (students will be off campus).
- An understanding that faculty members will redesign courses for a 13 week class schedule.
- There are several modes of teaching options.
How did you reach this decision?
The Academic Calendar Design Team narrowed the calendar to two options, “13 Weeks Plus” and a “2 x 2” block schedule, and sought feedback from across the community. The “13 Weeks Plus” plan emerged as the clear preference and was presented to the Faculty Executive Committee.
Will students be given the workload of a 15-week course in one that is shorter?
Faculty have redesigned courses for the 13-week-plus semester.
Housing and Residence Life
When should students plan to leave campus for the fall semester?
Students who can go home after classes end on Friday, Nov. 20, are strongly encouraged to do so. This includes all students who leave Davidson College to go home or travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Students who plan to leave campus must do so by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, when their CatCard access will end.
Can students who leave campus return after Thanksgiving break?
Students who leave campus or their off-campus residence for Thanksgiving break cannot return to campus for the remainder of the semester.
Is it possible to remain on campus through final exams?
Students who do not plan to travel during Thanksgiving break and who need to stay on campus or in their local off-campus residence until the end of the semester must complete this form by Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Will CatCard access be interrupted during the break?
Completing this form is required to maintain access to fall 2020 assignments. After Monday, Nov. 23, only approved students (on campus and off campus) will continue to have CatCard access to available dining locations, academic buildings and administrative buildings until Wednesday, Dec. 9.
When do residence halls close for winter break?
Residence halls will close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9, for winter break.
All residents will receive information from their RLO Area Supervisors and RLO Student Leaders regarding residence halls closing procedures.
When do students return for the spring 2021 semester?
The arrival process is being finalized and information will be provided to students in the coming weeks.
What are the housing options for the spring semester?
Students have the option to be residential, off campus or remote for spring 2021. If students are not changing their housing status and plan to live on campus for spring 2021, no further action is currently required.
Are students allowed to change their housing option for the spring semester?
If a student is contemplating a change in their housing to either remote or off campus, the following survey must be completed by Wednesday, Nov. 10. Those considering the remote study option for spring semester, should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the financial implications that may come with the move from on-campus to remote study.
Are students allowed to live in off-campus housing?
Yes. Students should contact Walter Snipes, assistant dean of students and director of residence life, with housing questions: firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-894-2898.
I live off campus. What happens if my housemate tests positive for COVID?
Students who live off campus isolate and quarantine in their own off campus houses/apartments. The student who is positive is instructed to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test or onset of symptoms. The housemates/roommates will continue to be exposed while still living in the same house, and therefore, the quarantine time will extend 14 days past the date of last exposure, which equates to the day the positive student is finished with isolation and is no longer contagious.
Will the residence halls be double or triple occupancy?
Residence hall rooms will be double occupancy, with the exception of previously designated singles.
How will community bathrooms in the residence halls be used?
The use of community bathrooms will be similar to previous use; however, the frequency of cleaning will be increased and students will be expected to wear face coverings in community spaces, including community bathrooms.
If students are asked to leave campus in the middle of the term, will there be a similar policy to return a portion of the housing cost?
Yes. Similar to the response in the spring of 2020, if the college determines it is in the best interest of the campus community to move all classes to remote learning, room and board will be prorated and refunded to those who paid.
Students will not receive a room and board refund if they are instructed to leave campus for not following safety protocols or they decide to leave campus after the refund date. If a student chooses to leave campus for Thanksgiving break, no refunds will be provided for room or board for the portion of the semester following Thanksgiving break.
If I choose to stay home in the fall, is my on-campus housing guaranteed for the spring?
RLO will house students in spring 2021 based on availability.
How is the mechanical/heating system distributed in the dorms? Does the ducting distribution mix the air from one room to the next? Will there be in-duct UV-C air sterilization units?
All residence hall spaces (other than Martin Court) are configured as fan coil units with individual fan and temperature control, recirculating the air in an individual room. Hot water and/or chilled water are piped to each unit from the central plants. There is no mix with other rooms. The fan coil unit has MERV10 filtration, treated with a biocide, and is changed quarterly by maintenance staff. Additionally, each of these residence halls has a central fresh air makeup system, ducted to each room. This system is 100 percent outside air, conditioned by a central unit, then distributed to each room. There is no return for this system, only supply to deliver fresh air and create positive pressure, therefore, there is no crossover of this air delivery system from one room to another. The fan coil units do not have UV-C sterilization. The central fresh air makeup system has an ionization system incorporated. All of these residence hall rooms have operable windows.
Martin Court apartments have individual HVAC systems per apartment, with natural gas heat and split DX air conditioning (typical residential/ apartment system). The ductwork for the apartment is common, with a central return in the hallway. Additionally, there is a stand- alone dehumidification unit per apartment, located in the living room. Filtration for both systems is MERV12 in quality, are treated with biocides, and are changed quarterly by maintenance staff. Both systems are for one apartment only, no mix with other apartments. None of the systems in Martin Court have UV-C. Martin Court has operable windows in each bedroom.
For every residence hall and apartment space, the maintenance team spent the summer disassembling and cleaning every unit. Ductwork in the apartments and in the fresh air makeup systems were professionally cleaned. Fans, coils, filter racks and drain pans were disassembled and cleaned. All components were treated with disinfectant.
Do off-campus students have access to college-managed isolation and quarantine housing?
The college is unable to offer isolation or quarantine housing to students living off-campus. Like most college or university settings, our campus residence halls make up a densely populated, highly mobile residential community. That presents a distinct set of challenges for managing public health concerns, such as preventing the spread of illness among community bathrooms and other shared resources. Students living in smaller, less interconnected units, such as a single, off-campus apartment are less susceptible to the same spread issues. The individuals living together have more accountability to one another and more control over what happens in their space. In addition, the college has a limited number of spaces we can use for isolation and quarantine housing; if those beds fill up and we do not have enough beds when additional cases arise in on-campus housing, we will have to make decisions that would likely have a direct impact on all students living on and off-campus.
Will the college offer support for students living off-campus who get sick?
The college does offer some support for off-campus students who get sick, including daily phone check-ins with nursing staff in Student Health and access to phone triage whenever Student Health isn't open. Please contact the Dean of Students Office if you wish to strategize about how to talk with your apartment mates or discuss steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Will students be allowed to visit friends in other dorms on campus?
Refer to our rules for visitors.
Will dining facilities be open for the rest of the semester?
Dining Services will continue to provide dining and honor meal plans between Monday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Options such as Commons Market or Davis Café will be available until 11 p.m. each night. However, depending on the number of students who opt to stay, Dining Services may need to reduce the number of available venues.
What are my dining options on campus?
New procedures and information about dining options on campus are available on the Fall Semester Dining Services page.
Will there be any changes to the meal plan policy this fall?
This fall, recognizing that many students electing live off campus are doing so to limit their interaction with other students as much as possible, the college is allowing off-campus students to be exempt from the required meal plan. This policy change is only for fall semester and will be re-evaluated prior to spring semester. Details are available on the Meal Plans page.
Will the meal plan be modified for students leaving at Thanksgiving break?
There will be no refunds on meal plans for students that choose to leave at Thanksgiving Break. Depending on the number of students that choose to remain on campus, Dining Services may combine offerings at Vail Commons.
Will fraternities and eating houses be operating as options for dining? How will that work?
Davidson College Dining Services will be providing food to each Patterson Court house that has traditionally provided a meal option to its members. Food will be delivered to each house and members can choose to dine-in there or take food to go. House organizations will continue to charge its members for food. The college will bill houses on an aggregate basis.
Library & Technology
Will students be able to use the E.H. Little Library?
Yes, the library is open 24/7 with CatCard access for students. Research and digital learning support is offered virtually or by appointment. Library resources are available via online access or physical check-out. There are additional cleaning staff and safety precautions throughout the building.
How do I access library resources off-campus?
As long as you access resources from the library catalog or A-Z list of databases, you will be able to access our collection off campus. When accessing resources off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your Davidson username and password through the campus’ SSO login. If you experience any difficulty accessing library resources off campus, please email email@example.com and we can help troubleshoot.
How do I contact a librarian for a research question?
Librarians and library staff are able to meet with you virtually. Please schedule a time. In addition to meeting with a research librarian or research consultant, you can meet with an archivist about archival or rare book questions, or a digital media consultant about questions related to digital projects. You can also send questions to the Library Chat, text questions to 1-704-308-3732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I access library materials on course reserve this fall?
Your professor may have library materials selected for your course, which will either be posted electronically on Moodle (the College’s Course Management System), or can be found by searching by keyword, course number, or your professor’s name in the library catalog.
For more information about library resources, please refer to additional FAQs on LibAnswers: Remote Learning & Research.
How can I get Technology & Innovation support?
Please visit T&I’s COVID-19 resources page, which will be updated as more information and technical resources for the fall semester become available.
What options will international students have if the college needs to pivot to remote instruction?
This fall, Davidson plans to offer modes of instruction that range from fully online to face-to-face classes with online options for students who participate remotely.
Campus Life and Activities
What avenues will there be for recreation and stress relief?
Davidson Outdoors is working on ways to support students getting outside on and near campus. Many of the activities we offer can be done while maintaining social distancing, like fly fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, disk golf and mindfulness hikes; depending on local and federal regulations, more options may be available.
The Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness will offer classes that can be done in-person (reduced capacity) or on-demand via a newly created video library. This library will contain fitness classes, as well as classes that focus on nutrition, mental health and stress relief. In addition, with new intramural offerings, such as corn hole and e-sports, we hope to provide students with a variety of recreation opportunities.
Student Organizations will be working on offering an array of programs that offer opportunity for recreation and stress relief.
Will I be able to have a social life outside Zoom?
The Union Board and Student Activities team are working on creative programming. Additionally, the RLO Student Leaders will engage their community members on how to have a social life and meet safety standards.
Will Wildcat Weekend be held as planned?
Wildcat Weekend will not take place in person this year.
Athletics and Facilities
Which sports are impacted by the A-10’s decision to postpone fall sport competition seasons and championships?
Men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer, and volleyball. Additionally, the fall competition schedules for men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, women’s rowing, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and men’s golf are also postponed, as are non-traditional competition seasons for baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse. The Atlantic 10 Fall 2020 Sport Competition Postponement FAQ addresses common questions on issues related to this decision.
Campus Cleaning Standards
What is the protocol for cleaning common spaces?
Cleaning staff will clean common spaces multiple times throughout the day. For classrooms and many other common spaces, disinfecting wipes will be provided for occupants to additionally self-clean between corporate cleanings.
Will cleaning supplies be made available to students?
Cleaning supplies in common spaces will be provided for students to additionally self-clean the common element between corporate cleanings. Cleaning supplies will not be provided for individual student rooms. It is recommended that students obtain their own materials for cleaning individual rooms.
Admission and Financial Aid
Will you be allowing on-campus visits and tours for prospective students?
Until North Carolina has moved to Phase 3 and maintained that status for a number of weeks, all visits will remain as virtual. The dates and times of future on-campus information sessions and tours will be coordinated around classroom times, to minimize (eliminate) contact in high density areas, group sizes will be limited, and reservations will be required for participation.
Until we are able to welcome you to campus, we hope you will explore opportunities to learn more about Davidson through student-hosted campus tours, Q&A sessions with our staff and students, panels with faculty and campus partners, and by visiting Davidson 360.
Who should students contact about their plans to study abroad in the spring?
Please contact the Office of Education Abroad.
Student Employment and Internships
Will there be work study employment available to students? Other types of student employment?
The student employment process will operate the same way as in past years with one very important caveat—the health and welfare of our entire community will be the priority. Managers will be responsible for determining whether their student jobs can be done safely regarding the student’s health and the health of our staff, faculty and community. As with all employees, students will be required to follow the guidelines established by the college and the CDC, such as wearing a mask, six feet physical distancing, hand washing, etc. Managers will be working to determine which jobs can continue on-campus (in person), on-campus (remote), or fully remote, and be prepared to support all options. In addition, we know some jobs will go away completely due to COVID restrictions, so we are asking our campus partners to think creatively about student employment.
Is the Center for Career Development working to create internship opportunities?
Typically, there is not a lot of demand for internships during the academic year. However, with the announcement that students will be allowed to take three courses each semester this year, it is possible students might consider virtual internships and other types of experiential learning. We will strive to meet the needs of each student and develop relationships with relevant organizations. Students interested in pursuing an internship should set up an appointment with a CCD adviser as soon as possible.
Tuition and Fees
When is tuition due? Do I have tuition payment options?
We have posted a video on the Tuition & Fees webpage that highlights payment options and how to pay your bill.
What is the refund deadline?
Students have until the 10th day of classes to request a personal leave and receive a full refund. Refunds will not include used meal swipes.
If we choose to attend classes online, do we still pay for room and board or just tuition?
Only students living in the residence halls will receive housing charges. Students living off-campus or taking classes remotely will not receive a housing charge.
Is COVID-19 covered by the tuition insurance plan?
Yes. COVID-19 is covered by the tuition insurance plan, similar to other medical issues.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services SlowCOVIDNC App
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has adopted and recently released SlowCOVIDNC as its official COVID-19 Exposure Notification app. SlowCOVIDNC enables voluntary, anonymous notifications from those who have tested positive to other app users who may have had close contact in the last 14 days. Acting as a complement to traditional contact tracing, SlowCOVIDNC leverages anonymous Bluetooth technology on users’ devices to alert them of any COVID-19 community contact.
Does the College recommend downloading and using the SlowCOVID NC exposure notification app released by the State of North Carolina?
At this time, Davidson is not recommending the SlowCOVID NC app for on-campus or off-campus/in-town student use. Davidson staff, along with representatives from other colleges and universities in North Carolina, have been working with the Department of Health and Human Services over the summer to understand and review the app’s capabilities.
The current version of the app is not able to take into account the date of symptom onset or of a positive COVID test. For this reason, we believe that our current weekly testing of students and contact tracing protocols are a more effective way of tracking COVID within our residential community without creating unnecessary strain on isolation and quarantine housing demand.
An updated version of the app later this fall is expected to provide more targeted guidance based on the dates of exposure, and we may recommend widespread use of the app later in the semester once this is available. Individuals who are technology ‘early adopters,’ or faculty and staff who spend large amounts of time in the broader Charlotte community, may wish to consider using the app upon release.