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University Updates on Coronavirus

Winston-Salem State University is closely monitoring the outbreak of a new coronavirus (COVID-19) and has activated our infectious disease response team. University leaders are in ongoing communication with local and state health departments and are monitoring guidance from the CDC. The ongoing concern of the university is for the health and safety of WSSU students, faculty, and staff.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a stay-at-home order for the State of North Carolina that will be in effect for 30 days beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30. This order is an effort to combat the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Under this order, any resident of the state of North Carolina should remain at their place of residence and leave only for the essential reasons outlined in the order. These include travel to necessary work functions and medical appointments and to purchase supplies at grocery stores, pharmacies, or other essential businesses. Outdoor exercise is also permitted.

This order does not significantly change the guidance for our campus community that is in place due to the City of Winston-Salem’s stay-at-home order, which began at 5 p.m. today.

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is establishing a plan for students and their families to return to residence halls to complete check out for the spring semester. Dates and times for this will be shared once the university is confident it can ensure the safety and well-being of students, families and HRL staff during this process. Students and families are asked not to return to the residence halls unannounced.

Frequently Asked Questions about how Gov. Cooper's order impacts the WSSU campus are attached.

As a reminder:

Coursework
Online and remote delivery of classes will continue uninterrupted. Students should continue with their coursework under the guidance of their faculty. Faculty are urged to be flexible and take into consideration the limitations students may have due to the stay-in-place order, social distancing protocols, and access to materials.

Students
Unless you were granted an exception by Housing and Residential Life to remain in a residence hall, you should not come to campus for any reason for the duration of this order.

Faculty
Unless you have an exception from the Provost, you should not come to campus.

Staff
Only staff who perform work in functions designated as mandatory should report to campus – and only if instructed by their supervisors to do so. Please check with your supervisor. All other employees should work remotely or be placed on COVID-19 Administrative Leave. Employees who are teleworking should continue to do so until further notice. Employees who are eligible to telework but choose not to must use appropriate vacation or bonus leave.

As a reminder, effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, no one other than the students who have exceptions to remain in the residence halls and mandatory employees should be on campus. All buildings will require a Ram Card to enter via swipe.

 

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