COVID 19 Updates

Brevard College, in an effort to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the wider community, will take the following measures in an effort to address the concerns about the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus. These decisions are based on available data and careful analysis of the risk, requirements, and possibilities concerning COVID-19. The goal is to determine the best strategies moving forward in light of an ever changing and dynamic situation.

 

Admissions Office and Admissions Event Updates

  • The Admissions Office is open and is scheduling virtual meetings with students and families. Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, all campus visits have been suspended until Friday, May 1. New students can contact the Admissions Office at admissions@brevard.edu or 828.641.0641.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS UPDATES

  • Withdrawing from Classes.
    • Brevard College will allow students to withdraw from courses at any time before 4:00 pm on the final day of exam week, which is Friday, May 8. Students may withdraw from any course on or before that date following the Registrar's Office's new virtual withdrawal procedure. This policy is applicable only for Spring 2020 courses. Half-semester courses completed in the first half of the semester are not subject to this provision.
  • Pass/Fail Grading.
    • Friday, May 8 is the last day to designate a class for Pass/Fail Grading. Juniors and Seniors may select a total of two elective courses to be graded as Pass/Fail. These courses cannot be general education requirements or requirements within your major, minor, or emphasis/concentration. Email registrar@brevard.edu if you would like to request to change a course to pass/fail.
  • Students will complete the remainder of your Spring semester 2020 classes online beginning on Monday, March 23.
  • Jones Library and the Experiential Learning Commons (ELC) will remain open to faculty, staff, and students.
        • The Library and ELC is closed to the general public.
        • Please keep 6 feet of space between yourself and other patrons, per CDC recommendations
  • Graduation information.
    • We will have an in-person graduation for our seniors. We are planning a full schedule for our graduates on Family Weekend, September 18-20, 2020. Brevard College diplomas will be mailed to our graduates as soon as they complete their academic requirements.

CAMPUS & RESIDENCE LIFE UPDATES

  • Students requesting to return to campus for any reason must email campuslife@brevard.edu to receive permission and guidance before returning to campus.
  • Move-Out Notice - Do to rapidly changes circumstances concerning COVID-19, we are asking students who are on campus or planning to travel to campus this weekend to go ahead and complete your move out form the residence hall.
    • For those that cannot move this weekend, we will continue to allow you to move out as long as travel is permitted by the government.
  • For Students Unable to Travel to Campus - Students will receive guidance from Brevard College about move-out dates, based on national and local developments. Dates are highly variable and may be several weeks to several months away, subject to developments and guidance concerning COVID-19.
    • To uphold social distancing requirements, the Housing Office will plan to assign move out dates on a rolling basis once more information becomes available.
  • Ann Garren, Post Office Manager, has requested that you change your mailing address on all mail/packages to your home address. If you have packages that will be arriving, please contact Ann at garrena@brevard.edu.
  • Myers Dining Hall will offer “take-out” only.
    • Myers Dining Hall: 7 days a week.
      • Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      • Dinner 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Bill's Boiler House: closed.
    • Faculty and Staff’s five (5) meals per week benefit will remain in effect. Be sure to bring your ID.
  • In order to respect the safety and well-being of the residents at College Walk, the bridge and path will be closed to all walkers, cyclists, etc. until further notice.

ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES

  • Many of you have reached out with questions about charges related to room and board. We are working to issue refunds and/or credits to students for their room and board fees for the period following the extended spring break until April 30.
  • Unnecessary travel for faculty and staff has been canceled unless approved by the Vice President of your department.
  • Brevard College will pay all Work Study students for the month of March. Payment is based on the average number of hours completed during the weeks of February 23-29 and March 1-7.
  • The Guest House is closed until further notice.

ATHLETIC UPDATES

  • The Presidents’ Council of the USA South Athletic Conference has unanimously decided to cancel all remaining regular season, including non-conference contests, and tournament competition in all sports for all League members, effective Monday, March 16. Although the Conference acknowledges the disappointment this decision creates for our student-athletes, families and fans, it keeps the safety of those individuals and their communities at the forefront.
  • Athletic facilities are closed until further notice.

UPDATES FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

  • All students, faculty and staff that have been to a level 3 country, Europe, cruise, or exposed in any way, must self-quarantine for 14 days. (You must also report to your Vice President.)
  • Faculty and staff who meet the criteria for high risk are advised to consult with their area Vice President to develop a plan to ensure personal safety.
    • The CDC notes that individuals over the age of 60 with preexisting medical conditions should avoid attending events with large crowds because they have a greater risk of complications related to COVID-19.

 

We would like to emphasize that Brevard College will remain open during this time. Brevard College leadership will continue to monitor the situation and provide further instructions, as needed.

Students, faculty, and staff should continue to check their Brevard College email and www.brevard.edu for updates.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We realize this plan is dynamic presents challenges for students, faculty, and staff. Brevard College thrives on experiential learning experiences that involve social interaction. We are committed to ensuring all of our students, especially our graduating seniors, can meet their academic requirements. We must also be cautious and do our part to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

 

Updated on 4.8.2020 at 1:46 p.m.