2020–2021 FAQ Archive

What You Need to Know About Being on Campus Now and in Fall '21

Are we still testing?

Yes. Please show up for your assigned days this semester, even if you received a shot. Students are expected to continue testing until they are fully vaccinated and receive an official exemption notification from the testing team. Athletes who are fully vaccinated will continue to test in accordance with NCAA guidance.

Am I fully vaccinated immediately after my last shot? 

No. Fully vaccinated is defined as beginning two weeks following the final dose of a vaccine. Please submit your documentation of vaccination to the Student Health Portal. This step is required in order to receive an exemption from testing once you meet the definition of being fully vaccinated.

Can we stop wearing masks now that people are getting vaccinated?

No. Keep wearing them. Keep social distancing. Keep washing your hands. Here’s what the CDC says:

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more.

Can we start having parties at Armfield?

Parties and outdoor consumption areas remain prohibited. Here’s why: The biggest risk factors for infection include the number of people with whom you come in contact, the duration of that contact and your proximity to them. Parties mean lots of people, longer conversations and less distance because you’re talking over the music.

What we are doing: weekly food trucks and events, Live Thursday has returned and actually is live and in person, Battle of the Bands, Trivia, Cardio Dance block party and PCC Week. We’re also supporting semi-formals for organizations (outdoors, ​no more than 50 people, with no alcohol.) Commencement will be on campus, and we will have a senior class party.

Will campus be operating the same in the fall?

We plan to be fully in-person in the fall – working, teaching and learning. Students taking classes should plan to be in residence in the fall. We recognize that circumstances could change between now and August, but our expectation is that all students will be in residence. Students may not elect to be remote for the fall semester. The college will contact and work with international students if COVID-19 travel restrictions impact students’ fall travel plans.

Why are some classes in the course catalog for the fall listed as remote?

We expect nearly all classes will be taught in person. We understand that the current course catalog still lists remote and hybrid courses. Those listings have been changing, and the percentage of courses with at least some in-person component have been increasing, rapidly. Those numbers will continue to rise as COVID vaccines are rolled out and faculty are, then, positioned to ensure in-person instruction.

Will we be able to have large public gatherings, go to sporting events and have guests on campus in the fall?

In the past few weeks, we have been able to: expand the number of people at outdoor gatherings, allow a limited number of students at some sporting events and plan an on-campus commencement ceremony. This greater capacity to gather resulted from continually changing circumstances, specifically executive orders from the Governor of North Carolina and guidance from federal public health officials. Those circumstances likely will be different in the fall, but we don’t know how. Our hope is that campus will be much closer to the unrestricted gatherings we long for, but we won’t know how much closer until August.

Will we be required to have a vaccine in the fall?

We’re working on that question. Right now students have shown an eagerness to get the vaccine, in keeping with the distinctive strength of our community. We held two on-campus vaccination clinics and have provided resources to find other vaccine providers. Students have begun to upload their vaccine documentation to the student health portal, and data on COVID cases continues to change. These all are factors we have to consider as we continue to think about what may be required of our community in the fall.

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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.

Are policy violations received in fall erased?

No. Any COVID-19 Shared Responsibility violation incurred by a student in the fall for failing to adhere to our guidelines, such as violating the guest policy or not wearing a mask in a required area, stands. Violations are not "erased." Any student who has already received a formal warning and incurs another violation this semester will be considered for removal from campus. Students who refuse to follow the guidelines will not be allowed to stay. Please note: if a student is removed from campus they will not be able to complete any "fully in person" classes that they have. Our deep desire is that all students are able to remain on campus.

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 semester (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.

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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 to 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 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 Student 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 Student 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 and Well-Being. 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 May prior to leaving campus to go home?  

Our plan for the spring 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 Student Health and Well-being to arrange for a test.

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Regular Student COVID-19 Testing

When does weekly testing begin for the semester?

Weekly testing will begin as soon as a student arrives on campus for the spring semester

When does weekly testing end?

Weekly testing for students will continue throughout the duration of the spring semester.

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 spring. 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 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.

Do you anticipate the same testing protocol we saw in the fall?

All students are expected to participate in weekly testing protocols unless otherwise instructed by the campus medical team. The frequency of testing may increase during given time frames as the medical team monitors the community spread. All instructions regarding testing protocols will be communicated to a student’s Davidson email account from covid-student-testing@davidson.edu.

How is testing scheduled?

Students have been assigned a testing group and will continue to be tested regularly throughout the semester. Students will remain in assigned testing groups throughout the spring 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 9 a.m.–2 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.

Does the college have a plan for distributing a vaccine on campus or will that be left up to individuals?

We do not expect the college to be a vaccine site. We currently expect that most vaccinations will be provided at sites set up by county health departments and/or healthcare networks, and possibly at pharmacies. We will provide more specific information about locations as it becomes available. North Carolina has a vaccination plan that outlines the phases of vaccine distribution. College students, faculty and staff who do not have underlying health conditions and are not older than 65 fall into the latter part of that plan.  

We know that many in our community are understandably anxious to understand how and where vaccines will be administered. The state is figuring this out now, and we are in regular contact with state health officials and other schools in the state and are following this closely. We will continue to communicate regularly when we have new information to share.

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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 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 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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The Calendar

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

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?

  • 13 weeks of instruction
  • Two, two-day mini breaks—one in March and one in April
  • Reading and reflection days prior to final exams
  • Conducting exams remotely (students will be off campus) 

Just as in the fall, there are several modes of teaching options for the spring semester.

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.

When does the spring 2021 semester end?

  • All in-person class instruction concludes on Thursday, April 29. 
  • The Verna Miller Case Research & Creative Works Symposium is Friday, April 30.

What is the spring semester final exam schedule?

  • Reading, Writing, Reflection Days: May 3-5
  • Reading Day: May 6
  • Final Exams, Projects, Papers — Seniors: May 7-10
  • Final Exams, Projects, Papers — Returning Students: May 7-12

In light of the success of the fall semester, will there be more in-person classes in the spring?

Just as in the fall, there are several modes of teaching options for the spring semester.

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Housing and Residence Life

Why is it safe to move everyone in during one weekend when last semester it wasn’t?

There was no precedent for last fall’s move-in. We had to prepare for a wide variety of scenarios, so we instituted the staggered arrival last semester to ensure that, at any given time, we had the resources to care for those who developed COVID and those who needed quarantine. We were doing something we had never done before, and the lessons we learned were included in the plans for returning this semester.

Our semester’s worth of experience in operating in the pandemic guided us that we have the resources in place so that a majority of students can move in on the same weekend. (More than a quarter of students already are here: athletes, RLO and international students.)

If students are currently planning to live on-campus during the spring semester, what is the deadline to decide to go remote or off-campus?

Students will have until Friday, February 5, 2021 to inform RLO of their decision to go remote or to request off-campus housing.

Will students be allowed to stay on campus through exams in the spring? 

The Residence Life Office will begin the process to allow students to depart campus for the spring 2021 semester starting on May 1, 2021.  Information about the departure process will be posted in the residence halls, on the RLO website, and sent via email.

If there is a Covid spike or the restrictions are at a point where a student chooses to stay return home and learn online, is there a plan for their belongings that are in the dorm room?

RLO will work with students to retrieve their belongings. RLO is not able to provide student storage. 

When should students plan to leave campus for the spring semester?

Students who can go home after classes end on April 29, 2021, and the Verna Case Symposium on April 30, 2021, are strongly encouraged to do so. As students are eligible to depart campus prior to final exams, students will need to request permission to remain on campus. RLO will send out information about how students can request to remain on campus during final exams.

Can students who leave campus after classes end return?

Students who leave campus after April 30 cannot return to campus for the remainder of the semester.

Is it possible to remain on campus through final exams?

Students who can go home after classes end on April 29, 2021, and the Verna Case Symposium on April 30, 2021, are strongly encouraged to do so. As students are eligible to depart campus prior to final exams, students will need to request permission to remain on campus. RLO will send out information about how students can request to remain on campus during final exams.

Will CatCard access be interrupted during the break?

Students can maintain access during the scheduled spring break periods. They do not need to request permission for continued access.

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 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.

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?

Please refer to our rules for visitors.

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What are my dining options on campus? 

Dining Services will continue to operate all of the locations that were open during the fall semester—Vail Commons, Davis Cafe, Wildcat Den and Commons Market. Dining Services will continue to provide the dining solution for Patterson Court houses. To find more details about Dining Services options and special measures taken for COVID-19, visit the Dining Services COVID-19 webpage.

Am I required to be on a meal plan spring semester if I am living off campus?

Ordinarily all enrolled students are required to be on a meal plan (a full plan for first-year students and at least a 75-Block for upperclassmen). This fall, recognizing that many students were choosing to live off campus to minimize their contact with fellow students and staff of the college while still being able to take advantage of in-person classes, off-campus students were exempted from this requirement. This exception will be extended for off-campus students in the spring semester. The CatCard Services Office will assume that any student living off campus does not wish to have a meal plan, unless they lived off campus in the fall and opted to have a meal plan then.

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 & 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, including InterLibrary Loan materials, are available via online access or physical check-out. Contactless pick-up of print materials is available via our portico pick-up service. 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 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 spring?

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.

How can I access digitized materials from Archives & Special Collections?

Digitized materials from Archives & Special Collections can be found on our Research Guides and on Digital Davidson. Items that have not been digitized can be located in the library catalog (rare books) or the archives catalog (college records and manuscripts). For access to these materials, please email archives@davidson.edu.

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 semester become available.

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International Students

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

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. 

Do you foresee any travel restrictions that might prevent international students from traveling back to campus for the spring semester? 

There remain in place several Presidential Proclamations that restrict travel of non-U.S. citizens coming to the U.S. from China, Brazil, Iran, the Schengen Area of Europe, the UK and Ireland. A national interest exception is in place allowing entry to students holding valid F-1 visas traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK and Ireland.

On Jan. 12, 2021, CDC announced that beginning January 26, ALL travelers to the U.S. must show proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19.

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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 a variety of classes that can be done in-person (reduced capacity), live via zoom, 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.

  • The Dance Studio, Baker Main Lobby Fitness areas and several rooms in the Baker Sports Complex are available for 45 minute reservations during certain times.  Check the Physical Education, Campus Recreation and Wellness page for hours, equipment available in each space and the SignUp Genius Link.  Masks are required at all times and reservations are limited to 2 people per scheduled time.
  • A  large tent is set up in the College Union Parking lot.  The tent will function as an Outdoor Fitness Center with cardio equipment such as stationary bikes, spin bikes, rowers, and ellipticals as well as benches and dumbbells for lifting. The hope is to begin operation in early February.  Hours and sign up details will be posted in the Student Activities portal in WildcatSync.
  • On demand and livestream fitness classes will be available through SWEATnet. Details on how to set up a SWEATnet account and a list of classes and resources can be found here.

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. 

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Athletics and Facilities

Which sports will be competing during the spring semester?

In addition to men’s and women’s basketball, which started competing in late November, the remainder of Davidson’s athletic programs will compete during the 2021 spring semester. 

For the latest on Davidson Athletics, including schedules, how to follow, results and much more, please visit DavidsonWildcats.com.

Will fans be able to attend athletic events?

Based on North Carolina State Guidelines, fans will not be permitted to attend competitions that take place indoors.

A limited number of family/fans will be permitted at outside venues with the exception of visiting team family/fans.

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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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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 spring? 

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.

Is the Betty and B. Frank Matthews II ’49 Center for Career Development (Matthews Center) 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 Matthews Center adviser as soon as possible.

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Tuition and Fees

When is tuition due? Do I have tuition payment options?

The Tuition & Fees webpage 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.

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services SlowCOVIDNC App

This spring, we are encouraging each of you to take one more, voluntary step to help protect each other and yourself. The college encourages all student, faculty and staff smartphone owners to download and use the SlowCOVID NC app, available at no cost from the Apple App Store and Google Play (Android) app stores.

What does SlowCOVID NC do? 

This app alerts you if you were in close proximity for 15 minutes or longer to other, anonymized app users who later have a confirmed positive test for COVID-19. And, if you test positive for COVID, you can use the app to anonymously alert others. Many colleges and universities (including Queens, Catawba and CPCC in the Charlotte area) are encouraging the use of this app by their campus communities.

What does it NOT do? 

The app does not track anyone. It does not collect or share personally identifiable or location data, or share COVID exposure information with the college, public health officials or Apple or Google, whose technology it uses. 

Is this another app I have to activate each day? 

No. Once the app is installed and set up, you’re done. You will only interact with it if you test positive for COVID or if you were a close contact of someone who tested positive. 

Who developed this app? 

The app was developed by North Carolina’s Health and Human Services Department, using technology developed by Apple and Google together. 

How does this app alert me to a COVID exposure without identifying me? 

  • The app exchanges anonymous IDs between phone users that are in close contact (6 feet or less for more than 15 minutes). 
  • After a confirmed positive COVID test, an app user can receive a PIN code from a public health authority and should enter it in the app. Other app users who were close contacts receive a notification on their phone that they may have been exposed to COVID. (Specifically, your phone regularly checks the anonymous IDs of app users who have confirmed positive tests against the anonymous IDs you have had close contact with.)
  • These notifications are anonymous, both between app users and with authorities (the college, public health officials, Apple/Google, etc.)

Does this app take the place of the Symptom Tracker that we have been using?  

No, the two apps do different things.

  • SlowCOVID NC provides anonymous warnings of possible COVID exposure between individuals after a positive COVID test. No data come to Davidson, and the use of this app is voluntary.
  • The symptom tracker prompts you to think about whether you have any symptoms and, if you report that you do, gives you instructions about what you should do next. You are required to use the Symptom Tracker on any day that you are going to come to campus, and if you have symptoms you must follow the instructions and confidentially let the college know your status. 

Why is Davidson recommending SlowCOVID NC? 

This app is one step among many to help reduce COVID transmission by helping potentially exposed community members take preventative steps early, hopefully before they may become infectious to others. Research from Oxford University and Google highlights that exposure notification apps can significantly reduce infections over time within communities.

What do I need to do? 

After installing and setting up the app, please keep these three things in mind:

  • Continue all other precautions: Wear masks, keep social distance, complete the daily symptom tracker, wash your hands and notify Student Health & Well-Being or Human Resources if you are ill. SlowCOVID NC is one additional step we encourage you to take.
  • Remember to keep Bluetooth on: The app doesn’t track your location, but does rely on Bluetooth to determine exposure risks.
  • Take action if you’re notified: If you receive an exposure notification message on your phone, please contact Student Health & Well-Being or Human Resources and follow the instructions you receive.
  • Take action if you test COVID positive: If you receive a positive test result, follow the instructions you receive from Davidson or public health officials and enter into the app the PIN code that will be provided to you. Only when you do this will others who may be at risk receive an anonymous notification.

If you need help downloading and installing the app, please contact the T&I Support Center (ti@davidson.edu, 704-894-2900).  If you have other questions, please contact Student Health and Well-Being if you are a student and HR at 704-894-2020 if you are an employee.

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