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Piedmont College announces safety provisions fall semester

Jun 16th, 2020

As Piedmont College resumes in-person instruction for undergraduate students this fall, the college announced today that it is implementing several measures to help advance the safety and well-being of the campus community. These protocols will remain in effect until further notice.

  • The academic calendar will remain unchanged with the following exceptions: Fall break (October 12-13) has been eliminated and in-person classes will end November 25. After Thanksgiving, classes and final examinations will be administered remotely.
  • Faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be encouraged to social distance and wear face coverings while in class, attending events, conducting business on campus, and in densely populated common spaces. The college will provide face coverings for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Faculty, staff, students, and visitors may elect not to wear face coverings in singular offices, residential rooms, and in spacious indoor and outdoor settings.
  • The campus community should exercise social responsibility and kindness with respect to face-coverings. Those encountering faculty, staff, students, and visitors not wearing face coverings should be mindful that there could be clear and compelling reasons.
  • Classrooms and laboratories are being reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Classroom instruction, location, and teaching method may be revised to allow for physical distancing.
  • Faculty are encouraged to create a strong online community at the beginning of their courses regardless of the delivery platform. This will provide an enhanced experience for any students who may engage remotely due to absences or sickness.
  • With possible exceptions, large classes may be taught in a weekly alternating manner that would include both face-to-face and online formats.
  • Some college events and gatherings may be altered or cancelled to allow for these recommendations. Decisions regarding singular activities will be made by individual departments.
  • Chartwells will alter its food offerings to eliminate any self-serve and/or buffet stations.
  • Our facilities group has implemented enhanced disinfecting practices, which will remain in place and include reoccurring and thorough sanitizing protocols.
  • Broad-scale testing will be offered to students. Testing dates and location will be announced through campus e-mail and coordinated through Student Life.
  • Those testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine at their home or in their on-campuses residences.

These protocols and a Q & A have been posted on Piedmont’s COVID-19 webpage.