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, which is why we have cancelled the fall family weekend.   

Will students who leave campus during the semester be allowed back on campus? 

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 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 to the fall 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 police 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?

Every trip off campus that a student takes increases the risk to their classmates, friends and mentors. We ask students to maintain all guidelines and expectations when they leave campus to go to the grocery store.

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 a reporting form that will be made available later.

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 and 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.

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Symptom Tracking and Health Practices

How do I access the symptom tracker?

The daily symptom tracker application can be accessed by any web browser at SymptomTracker.davidson.edu.

What if I have trouble logging into or using the symptom tracker?

Please refer to the Symptom Tracker Application article for information.

Who will see the data that I enter into the symptom tracker application?

A health care professional who works for the college.

Who will see the results of any COVID-19 test? 

A health care professional who works for the college.

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? 

We are working out the details of this now. If the exposed student is a roommate of a sick student, and the sick student has been moved to an isolation room, the exposed student will stay in their own room (as it is now a single). This will happen as soon as our public health nurse is made aware of an exposure.  

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)?

All students will be provided with a thermometer (by the end of August) and will be asked every day if they have had a fever.  

We are discussing options for surveillance testing and have not settled on a method at this time. 

The policies and procedures we are putting 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.

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.

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COVID-19 Testing Before Return to Campus

Before I arrive on campus, when will I take the test?

Students will be asked to take the test seven days before they are scheduled to be on campus. We are anticipating five days to ship and process the completed test, leaving time for many students to be notified before they've left for campus.

Why test seven days out? Doesn't that leave a window of time when a student could get sick after they've been tested?

There isn't one perfect way to do testing. Seven days out allows us enough time to process tests before a student returns, reducing the number of asymptomatic carriers coming into the community. Together, testing and the widespread adoption of community public health standards (like wearing masks in public spaces and physical distancing) will greatly reduce the potential spread by asymptomatic carriers. 

What is the expected turnaround?

The vendor for this test is reporting a 48-hour test return. We have put samples in several kits, and received results within 12-36 hours from arrival at the lab. With the exception of a kit sent via last pick up of the day on a Friday, all results have been within 48 hours of FedEx pick up. The kits are shipped to the lab via 1-day air, but there is not weekend delivery. This is with the vendor for the pre-arrival test for students. We will be working with multiple vendors for all of our testing needs so that we can pivot to whoever can provide the fastest results.

What type of test is being used by students before they arrive? 

The test for students is a pre-travel sputum test kit. 

How will I be notified of my results?

Students will be notified by text, phone or email when test results are available.

Do I need a medical provider to administer the test?

No, the test uses sputum and doesn't require the assistance of a medical professional to administer. 

How will the test be shipped?

The test is shipped through FedEx and students will be sent a tracking number. Students will submit the completed test through next day air FedEx.

Who is paying for the test? Will it be billed to my insurance?

Davidson College is paying for the test. Your insurance will not be billed for this test. If you are tested during the semester because you are symptomatic, we would bill insurance as part of that testing. 

Will parents who are bringing students to school be tested before being on campus?

The guidelines we have put in place for campus–from facemasks to intensive cleaning–are framed to presume that everyone around you is infected and asymptomatic. Everyone, including families, shares in the responsibility of reducing risk. Parents have to include factors such as their own health on move-in day when deciding whether to accompany a student to campus. A test requirement on someone visiting campus for a short period would provide little value and would be unenforceable.

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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.

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 will be 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 bebleil@davidson.edu or 704-894-2129. Employees with disabilities who would like to request accommodations should contact Kim Ball, Director of Human Resources, at kiball@davidson.edu or 704-894-2213.

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Classes, Schedules and Academic Standing

What are the modes of teaching for fall 2020?

This semester courses may be offered in one of three ways:

Online: Instructor and all students participate in the class online. Students who are physically on campus can take these courses using their personal computer. There will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences based on the course design. Any synchronous sessions will be recorded and made available to all students in the course.

Hybrid: Instructor is on campus. Some of the meeting hours for the class are designated for online and some for face to face. If the class meets face to face on campus, it is for only a portion of the designated course meeting hours. For example, if a course normally meets for two 75 minute sessions in a week, only one of those sessions would be face to face (or, to reduce density of larger classes, through multiple subsections of the class). The online portions can be delivered synchronously and asynchronously based on the design of the course. Lectures held face to face or synchronously will be made available to students via recording and the instructor will find ways to help students meaningfully interact with material.

Flex: This is recommended only for classes of 15 persons or fewer and for the very few classes that cannot be taught in a hybrid format. In this model, the instructor and students in the class meet face to face on campus. No hours are designated fully online. Instructors design and accommodate students who are remote by making recordings and material available to all students and design ways that remote students can meaningfully interact with the instructor, the material, and their classmates.

When will course registration be available to students through WebTree? 

WebTree is scheduled to reopen Monday, July 27, at 7 a.m. It will remain open through Monday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. Students’ class schedules will be available as soon as possible, but may take up to 48 hours to appear. Please refer to the Classes and Schedules section of our website for additional information.

Will a student’s enrollment status change or will it affect their academic standing if they become ill and have to withdraw? 

All regular policies are in place for withdrawals and personal leaves.

Can we take four classes if we want to? 

Yes. The three course load is just another option.

Will I still be able to take an independent study? 

Like normal, independent studies are an option if the professor is willing and able to conduct the course and the department chair approves.

How will research labs operate? Will students be able to continue their lab work?

Please contact the specific faculty member to find out how their particular lab will operate.

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The Calendar

The revised, detailed 2020-2021 Academic Calendar has been posted.

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 expectation that courses could be delivered either in person or remotely. Refer to the three modes of instruction.
  • An understanding that faculty members will redesign courses for a 13 week class schedule.  

 How did you reach this decision?

After students returned home in mid-March, President Quillen authorized the creation of seven design teams to analyze scenarios for how the college will operate in the fall. Students, faculty and staff volunteered for the teams.

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. The committee recommended that schedule to President Quillen, who is sharing it with senior leadership and the trustees. It is likely to be enacted within a few days. 

Will students be given the workload of a 15-week course in one that is shorter?

Faculty will redesign courses for the 13-week-plus semester.

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Housing and Residence Life

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: wasnipes@davidson.edu, 704-894-2898.

Do you have any guidelines for students living off campus?

Off-campus students will receive information about expectations regarding off-campus living the week of July 27.

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 health risks to travel or return to campus become untenable, will you have a cancellation policy for students who decide to stay home and take classes remotely? 

Students who choose to stay off campus for the semester will not be charged for room or board. 

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, 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.

Is there a possibility of the policy about no guests in dorms changing this year? 

The current residence hall guest policy is that each resident may have up to 1 (one) Davidson student guest (non-resident of the room or apartment) into their room or apartment, with the permission of their roommate or apartment-mates. Thus, the occupancy limit per space is as follows: singles up to 2 people, doubles up to 4 people, 4-person apartments up to 8 people, and 5-person apartments up to 10 people adhering to one guest per resident. Non-family members and non-Davidson student guests are prohibited. Students are not permitted in a residence hall where they are not assigned unless they are the one guest of a person living there. If not a resident of that building, the guest should be escorted by the person they are visiting. RLO will revisit this policy as necessary to meet guidelines and expectations.

Will students be allowed to visit friends in other dorms on campus?

Students are not permitted in a residence hall where they are not assigned unless they are the one guest of a person living there. If not a resident of that building, the guest should be escorted by the person they are visiting. 

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.

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. 

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.

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Move In and Orientation

How will new and returning students be notified about when they can arrive on campus? (staggered move-in dates for upperclassmen)

Move-in assignments were distributed in an email the week of July 16.

New students (incoming first-years and incoming transfers) who are not traveling internationally as part of moving to Davidson for the semester, were assigned to one of four move-in times on either the morning or evening of Thursday, Aug. 13 or Saturday, Aug. 15. Because of the requirements for move-in, students cannot switch their move-in period nor arrive at a different move-in period than what is assigned. Roommates cannot trade move-in periods.

For returning students, residents have been assigned to a move-in group that will move in August 16-19, 22, 23, 29 or 30.

Additional information and procedures are available on the Residence Life webpages. 

How many people will be allowed to help students move into their rooms?

Two.

What will New Student Orientation be like this year?

On campus Orientation begins on Sunday, Aug. 16 in the afternoon. The Parent & Family portion of Orientation will occur completely online.

Additional information is available on the New Student Orientation webpages. 

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Dining

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.

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Library

Will students be able to use the E.H. Little Library?

Yes, the library will be open 24/7 with CatCard access for students. Research and digital learning support will be offered virtually or by appointment. Library resources will be available via online access or physical check-out. We will be adding 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 library@davidson.edu 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 library@davidson.edu.

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.

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International Students

What options will international students have if the college needs to pivot to remote instruction?

This fall, Davidson plans to offer three modes of instruction that range from fully online to face-to-face classes with online options for students who participate remotely. This model provides flexibility to respond to the uncertainties of the pandemic while offering almost all students—domestic or international—an opportunity for face-to-face classroom instruction.

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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. The Student Activities Fair will happen early in the fall semester and offer students lots of ways to get involved.

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.

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Athletics and Facilities

When are athletes coming back?

Fall sport scholar-athletes will now return to campus during the general move-in period in August, with the exception of the scholar-athletes who could not change previously made travel plans.

If spectators are not allowed, will games and matches be broadcast?

We will livestream as many games as we can, but not all events will be streamed. Some of this will also depend on physical spacing in the press boxes. We will stream if we have the space for personnel.

Will travel be limited due to restrictions imposed by the NCAA or states that have imposed quarantine measures for out-of-state visitors?

We will follow all state, county and conference guidelines. 

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.

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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.

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Technology

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.

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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.

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Education Abroad

Who should students contact about their plans to study abroad in the fall? 

Please contact the Office of Education Abroad.

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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. Are there “new” jobs that students could do to help our campus community in the wake of the pandemic? At this writing, we do not know what those jobs might be, but we recognize some student jobs may look very different as we navigate the return to campus. 

Open positions will be posted to Handshake by July 22, and jobs will be live in Handshake from July 22 to Aug. 28, with priority hiring given to financial aid work study recipients. After Aug. 28, non-need students can be considered for open positions that remain unfilled.

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 recent 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.

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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.

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