Safe Reopening | Health & Wellness

We have expectations to be embraced and practiced on a consistent basis by our students, faculty and staff. These expectations will guide us as we move into the fall semester. Each person’s full commitment to their own well-being and an effort to maintain the safety and health of others are at the heart and soul of these expectations. University leadership will define the expectations and modify them as necessary.

Safety Practices

Self-care
Before returning to campus, all students must complete a self-health evaluation. Thereafter, faculty, staff, and students are expected to self-monitor daily.  If any member of the Chowan family becomes ill, that person must refrain from interacting with others and report potential COVID-19 like symptoms to Chowan healthcare professionals. All community members must practice good hygiene.

Welcome and recognition 
A simple nod or “good morning/afternoon” will suffice as a cordial greeting.

Face Masks

Face masks or face-coverings must be worn by all students residing in the residence halls when in the presence of others in the hallways, lounges, laundry rooms, recreational rooms, and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. Students could spread COVID-19 to others even if they do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing. 

Chowan will provide each student, faculty, and staff member with two cloth washable masks to augment any masks you may bring from home.  We want to ensure all University patrons have a mask at their disposal to adhere to the face-covering mandates by the University and allow for general laundry upkeep to ensure cleanliness of the masks.  We encourage students to bring their own masks to ensure comfort.  The masks to be provided by the University may not meet individual taste and comfort requirements. 

Hygiene
Basic health standards including washing hands, covering coughs, not shaking hands, and not touching one’s face will be considered basic health standards.

Social distancing
Public spaces (classrooms, lobbies, the library, the dining hall) will be set up for social distancing, and signs will be posted as a reminder and encouragement to maintain a healthy distance where possible. Effective social distancing requires that people acknowledge the need and maintain an awareness of positioning in order to help promote consideration of others.

Campus Events 
All events will be held with social distancing, as required by the type of event.

Community
Training and education will be provided to uphold these expectations. We invite all members of the Chowan community to adhere to these behavioral standards, as a way of supporting the well-being of the entire Chowan University community.

Self Identification and Quarantine Protocol ​

All students, faculty, and staff who report COVID-19 symptoms or who are exposed to the virus must follow the testing, contact tracing, and quarantine protocols established by Chowan University. 

Students:

If you feel ill or experience symptoms of COVID-19:

AVOID all contact with others. Stay at home or in your room. Do not go to class, work, dining halls, etc.
CALL to self identify. 
Call the Wellness Center at 252-398- 6248 between 9 am and 4 pm and our health provider will assess you. 
If after hours or the weekend, please call Public Safety at 252-398-1234. Please share your mobile number with them and Public safety will contact our health provider with your phone number and location. Our health provider will call the student and assess.
TRANSITION to a temporary self-Isolation space if you are directed to by our health provider. If so, Residence Life will coordinate the isolation space with you and the CARES Team will review service available to you while in self-isolation

Remember to protect yourself and others, you must ACT if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. 

Faculty & Staff:

If you feel ill or experience symptoms of COVID-19:

Employee reports Covid-19 exposure to supervisor 
Employee is sent home immediately if on-campus or remains at home if not on campus
Human Resources alerted to the situation by the supervisor and responds by contacting our health provider to being the exposure evaluation process. 
Human Resources completes documented confidential log on the medical event, specifying date/time frame, event details, resolution.

Full Employee details are available at chowan.edu/hr. 

Personal Protection

Face Masks/Cloth Face-Coverings
Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all on-campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Chowan will provide each student, faculty, and staff member with two cloth washable masks to augment any masks you may bring from home.  We want to ensure all University patrons have a mask at their disposal to adhere to the face-covering mandates by the University and allow for general laundry upkeep to ensure cleanliness of the masks.  We encourage students to bring their own masks to ensure comfort.  The masks to be provided by the University may not meet individual taste and comfort requirements. 

Social Distancing
Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Staff at work on-site must follow these social distancing practices: - Stay at least 6 feet (about two arms-length) from other people at all times - Do not gather in groups of 10 or more - Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

Handwashing
Student, staff, and faculty should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, after touching frequently used items or surfaces, or after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, employees should use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, covering all surfaces of their hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Staff and faculty should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. According to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene
If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Meals
Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. If dining on campus, you should wear your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward. Eating establishments must meet requirements to allow at least 6 feet of distance between each customer, including lines and seating arrangements. 

Signage and Posters
Building occupants are expected to follow signage on traffic flow through building entrances, exits, stairwells, elevator usage, and similar common use areas. Entry to and exit from buildings will be regulated. You may not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person

Daily Personal Monitoring

As part of our comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus, we are deploying #CampusClear, a daily self-screening application. All students, faculty, and staff are required to complete CampusClear whether or not you are on campus (this includes students and faculty learning/teaching remotely). This is necessary, so we can adequately report and provide services to those in need.  It only takes a few seconds to self-screen, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Likewise, please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms. 

If you are unable to access the application on your device you may use the web app address below to access the web application https://web.ivy.ai/app/campusclear. 

If you answered no, report to class or work! 

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program

Chowan University is facilitating a COVID-19 surveillance testing program for our students, faculty, and staff. This is part of the University’s strategy to mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this testing program is to allow the University to monitor and address real-time trends and prevalence and make timely decisions on intervention and response.  

A surveillance testing program means that random samples of students, faculty, and staff will be selected and tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have a known exposure or are showing symptoms of COVID-19. This allows the University to make inferences about the level of spread in the student population and identify asymptomatic cases for isolation.    

The University will test a randomly assigned sample of 5% of students, faculty,and staff every week. Approximately 60 members of the Chowan University community will be asked to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test weekly.   

Every Wednesday the list of students, faculty, and staff to be tested will be provided to the testing team to ensure that testing kits are available to meet the needs for the following week.   Selection of students, faculty, and staff to be tested will be provided by the Student Affairs and Human Resources Offices. 

Testing will be conducted at White Crossing E Multipurpose Room on Wednesdays, 8:30 am -12:30 pm.

Students, faculty, and staff selected for testing will be notified via their university email to schedule a time for the test.  Testing typically takes 20-30 minutes.

This is a required program. Failure to respond and schedule a test may result in a directive to quarantine until testing can be completed and/or loss of access to the university.

There will be no direct costs to students, faculty, and staff participating in this university-mandated testing. 

For more information, students please email Vice President Student Affairs, Montrose Streeter at mastreeter@chowan.edu  or faculty and staff please email Human Resources Manager, Emily Terry at evterry@chowan.edu 

Surveillance Testing Program FAQs

What is surveillance testing? - Surveillance testing helps to gauge the prevalence of a disease within a community by periodically evaluating samples from randomly selected non-symptomatic individuals within that community.

Who will be tested during surveillance testing?  Surveillance testing is now mandatory for:

  • Students residing in campus housing.
  • Students who live off-campus and have at least one in-person class.
  • Faculty, staff, volunteers, and contract employees who are on campus
  • Athletes that are involved in a low risk sports

If you are requested to participate in surveillance testing but do not live or work on campus, respond to the email and explain that you are remote.

What to expect if you’re selected for surveillance testing - This program which started with resumption of the Spring semester, January 2021, focuses on testing people who are asymptomatic, meaning that they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19.  This helps the University monitor trends in the prevalence of COVID-19 and make timely decisions on interventions.

The procedure for surveillance testing involves collecting a nasal specimen, a cotton swab is inserted into both of your nostrils for approximately 15 seconds.  Once a testing sample has been received you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes to receive the results of testing. 

A positive test for the individual could trigger additional testing of others that have close contact with this individual. Those people who are confirmed to be positive will be informed and required to isolate.

For students and employees called upon for surveillance testing, participation is now mandatory.  A high level of participation is important as part of Chowan University’s efforts to protect the health of the CU community.

How do I know I have been selected for surveillance testing? Students, faculty and staff selected for surveillance testing will receive an email requesting their participation.

Where will surveillance testing take place? White Crossing E Multipurpose Room

I am an athlete, and am getting tested by Athletics; do I still need to do the random testing? You are included if you are in a low risk sport (check with your coaching staff if you are not sure of your risk category)

I was tested last week and was negative, do I still need to be tested? Yes. Selection of individuals who are assigned to participate in mandatory COVID-19 surveillance is randomized and on-going throughout the semester. Individuals should report to any/all invitations they receive throughout the semester.

Can students refuse random testing? Students will have an option of being self-isolated on campus. Should you leave campus to self-isolate you will be tested upon returning to campus.  

Can employees refuse random testing?  Yes, but you may be asked to self-isolate and remain off campus for a two-week period.  You may also be subject to disciplinary action.

I’ve been selected for random testing but do not plan to come to campus until next week. Do I need to come to campus this week to satisfy my testing requirement?   If you are drawn as part of the weekly random sample, you need to participate during that specific week. Where necessary, we will work with individuals to determine an alternative method to acquire a test.

Can students volunteer for the testing protocol?   No, to get the full efficacy of the surveillance program, we must proceed with a true random sampling process.  

How will students be selected?  Random samples will be pulled on a weekly basis. Students and employees will be contacted directly to schedule their testing appointment.  

How will students be notified?  On Wednesdays, students will be notified via their university email account that they have been selected for testing the following week. The message will include instructions for testing, as well as contact information for Student Health Services if they have questions

What if a student has documentation that they have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies or have previously tested positive for COVID-19?  If they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, they may submit for exemption.  Exemption must be approved by the University Nurse. 

The Wellness Center

A Registered Nurse (RN) staffs the Wellness Center. The university also enjoys a relationship with Northampton Family Practice and Murfreesboro Primary Care, which offers a full range of basic medical treatment. The tuition and fee charges cover the cost of seeing the nurse in the Center. The cost of receiving services at Northampton Family Practice is borne by the student or his/her personal health insurance

The University maintains a close relationship with Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital which is located in nearby Ahoskie, NC, and emergency medical technicians are available at all hours. Students should contact a residence life staff member in their residence hall or call Public Safety at 252.398.1234 for emergency needs during the hours the Wellness Center is closed. The University believes students with serious illnesses or contagious diseases are best served at home or in the hospital. 

Hours of Operations: 
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Be advised that occasionally during the semester the campus may experience inclement weather, division events, or other campus issues which may vary our hours of operation. Changes in hours will be communicated via Chowan email.

Contact Information

Joy Taylor, RN
1st Floor Penny Hall
tayloj2@chowan.edu
252-398-6248