With safety as our foundational priority, the 2020-2021 academic year is guided by values of access and equity, community and connection, continuity, flexibility, quality, intentionality and transparency, and feasibility. 

What’s going to make this work is a very deep sense of personal accountability. We all have to agree to follow health and safety protective measures to help safeguard our community.

We will need everyone to do their part. Those who are not able or unwilling to adhere to these guidelines will not be allowed to remain on campus. 

  • Wearing a mask or face covering everywhere except: indoors when you are alone in an enclosed room and do not expect to be disturbed, in a private living space, or while eating in dining facilities; outdoors when you are eating (masks must otherwise be worn outdoors on campus regardless of how far you are from others). 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. 
  • Frequently washing or sanitizing hands.
  • Physical distancing in all spaces.
  • Participating in regular testing, as directed by the College.
  • Staying at home if you don’t feel well.
  • Completing the Symptom Tracker truthfully every day you are on campus.
  • Limiting gatherings of any size deferring to occupancy numbers posted in individual campus spaces. No parties are allowed.
  • No outdoor consumption of alcohol anywhere on campus, including the Armfield Courtyard, the Patterson Court area, and personal residence patios.
  • Residents are not permitted to have visitors or guests (including other Davidson students) in their rooms or apartments -- as of Sep. 18, we are experimenting with a modification to this rule.   

I Promise, I Pledge

Students, faculty and staff play a critical role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. We need every member of our community to make a commitment to health, to community, to Davidson. Use the “I Promise, I Pledge” assets to share your commitment with others.

Caring for Your Health

With safety as our foundational priority, it is expected that health and safety protective measures will be practiced by everyone to help safeguard our community.

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

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 starting Tuesday, August 11.

Read the FAQs for more details on the Symptom Tracker.

Parties and Alcohol Consumption on Campus

Students are not allowed to host any parties or consume alcohol in any outdoor areas including the Armfield Courtyard, Patterson Court area, and private residential patio spaces.  Alcohol can only be consumed inside personal residences by students 21 years of age and older. Given the risks that such gatherings present to the campus community during the pandemic, violation of this policy may result in removal from campus for the semester or academic year.

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, family visits are not allowed. Our goal is to limit the amount of off-campus exposure for students, which is why we have cancelled the fall family weekend.

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.

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.

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.

COVID-19 Shared Responsibility Reporting

If you are concerned about a student who is not following our community health and safety practices, such as wearing face coverings and refraining from hosting large gatherings, we invite you to report your concerns to the Office of the Dean of Students by submitting this form.

COVID-19 Shared Responsibility Student Reporting Form