Healthy WPU – COVID Information

Case Count Notifications

The COVID-19 notifications are updated weekly. 

Spring 2022 COVID-19 Campus Data

DATEActive Confirmed Case CountCumulative Case Count
May 24125

Active Confirmed Case Count: any person who has a confirmed diagnosis and has an active infection of the COVID-19 virus and had any contact or access to campus.

Cumulative Case count: total confirmed cases since Jan. 4, 2022.

  • Data excludes students who are enrolled in online courses only and not living in University housing, and includes all current employees for the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Updates are added weekly.

COVID-19 Case Alerts Protocol

William Peace University follows the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, known commonly as the Clery Act, to guide communications decisions regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases.

General Information

COVID-19 Case Alerts Protocol

William Peace University follows the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, known commonly as the Clery Act, to guide communications decisions regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Therefore the University will post a campus notification when a public health agency has confirmed via a COVID-19 test that a member of the community has the virus. William Peace University will work with Wake County to conduct contact tracing for student or employee cases that fit this criteria. Under HIPAA and FERPA regulations, William Peace University is unable to provide details about individual cases.

Spring 2022 Mask Policy (Updated 2/28/22)

The COVID Planning team has reviewed the recent update by the CDC and other entities. 

First and foremost, we strongly encourage all members of our community to get the vaccine.

  • Masks will remain required in: 
    • Instructional spaces, including classrooms laboratories, and theater spaces, during instruction time. Please put on your mask before entering the classroom for instruction. 
    • The Wellness Center medical offices and COVID testing areas. 
    • Athletic training areas in Hermann.
    • In the office of a faculty or staff member, if they ask you to wear one. 
    • Indoor and outdoor spaces (for those who are recovering from COVID-19).

Masks are optional but encouraged (especially for those not vaccinated) in the following areas:

  • Academic spaces, such as the library, building hallways, and study areas. Classrooms are mask optional during non-instructional uses.  
  • Public spaces in the residence halls. 
  • Outdoors.
  • Dining halls and upstairs Belk.

This protocol will remain in place until further notice. We will continue to monitor the case data on and off-campus, as well as the vaccination rate of our student body, and we will re-evaluate this policy as appropriate.

Visitor Protocols

Masks are now optional, but encouraged, for visitors except where indicated by signage. Please bring a mask with you on your tour. 

  • Masks are optional outdoors but encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.
  • We will have hand sanitizing stations throughout we encourage you to use.
  • We ask that you do not touch any doors/handles; we will get those for you.
  • We will do our best to remain at a 6-foot distance throughout a tour.

What are some of the enhancements by the University to ensure a safe environment?

William Peace University has done extensive changes to enhance the health and wellbeing of the entire community. Including improved air quality in several buildings, heightened and increased cleaning schedules for common areas, reconfiguring of academic and office spaces to reduce density and elevate social distancing, changes in traffic flows (entry and exit points), installation of hand sanitizers across the campus, signage to ensure compliance and the importance of everyone doing their part, and additional cleaning supplies across campus.

We will continue to monitor and implement changes as we identify needs.

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Vaccination for COVID-19

The University strongly recommends that all students receive the COVID-19 vaccine before arriving on campus for the Spring 2022 semester.  Students who are *fully vaccinated will benefit by being excluded from:

  • Required pre-arrival COVID testing to be cleared to access campus
  • Surveillance/random COVID testing scheduled during the semester
  • Mandatory quarantine requirement if exposed to a COVID positive contact (details on quarantine requirements are outlined below).

When you receive the COVID-19 vaccine before arriving on campus, please upload a screenshot of your vaccine card to the Magnus Health portal (immunization section).  To find a convenient location to receive your vaccine, visit www.vaccines.gov.

Spring 2022 Recommendations

Students who have been sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19 must inform the Health Services immediately for further instructions.  Academic Affairs will work with students on COVID-related absences.  

Students who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 must abide by all guidelines provided by the health department and WPU staff including isolation and/or quarantine.

Students are responsible for practicing behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 including personal prevention practices such as wearing face coverings in all required areas, handwashing and environmental prevention practices such as disinfecting and sanitizing their bathroom space.

Spring 2022 Mask Policy

The COVID Planning team has reviewed the recent update by the CDC as well as the latest Executive Order by Governor Cooper.

First and foremost, we strongly encourage all members of our community to get the vaccine.

Regardless of your vaccination status, masks are required in all indoor spaces. This protocol will remain in place until further notice. We will continue to monitor the case data on and off-campus, as well as the vaccination rate of our student body, and we will re-evaluate this policy as appropriate.

  • Masks are optional outdoors but encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.
  • Social distancing should occur as much as you are able.
  • Residential students must comply with the current University requirements for face coverings and face masks while indoors in residence hall common areas such as restrooms, lobbies, lounges, elevators, and stairwells.
  • Residents are not required to wear a mask or face covering when inside their private residence hall room or apartment. 

If You Receive Positive Test Results

You are required to immediately notify The Wellness Center at HealthServices@peace.edu for guidance on your return to campus.

Students who test positive are required to remain home for 10 days of isolation (from the date of testing) per CDC guidelines.  

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work together to keep everyone healthy and our community safe.

Information for Residential Students

  • We will maintain increased cleaning and sanitization throughout our residential communities to provide a safe and healthy living environment for all.
  • For the health and safety of all residents, there will be no room changes for the Spring semester except for extenuating circumstances or emergencies.
  • Residential students must have an emergency plan that includes a location they may go to if the University’s residential status changes or if the student becomes ill and needs to leave campus.

Policy for Guests/Visitors in Residence Halls

  • The following guest policy will be in place for and will be re-evaluated based on the status of the virus. Changes to the guest policy will be communicated to the campus community. 
    • Students are not permitted to have guests from outside of the WPU Community in the residence halls, including their individual residence hall rooms. Outside guests include individuals who are not current WPU faculty, staff, or students. 
    • These restrictions may not apply to some people, such as personal care attendants for students with disabilities.
    • Students may have one additional WPU Community member as a guest in their individual residence hall space. WPU Community members include students and faculty and staff who are conducting official university business​. 
    • All students must abide by all community health guidelines and WPU guest policies, as well as maximum occupancy requirements.
    • Students may not have overnight guests in the residence halls.

Limitations on Indoor Gatherings

  • We look forward to providing more programming, services, and events for the Spring 2022 semester with in-person events that meet the campus safety and health protocols. We will continue to offer virtual events.
  • Occupancy limitations for common spaces and lounges will be re-examined and these spaces will remain open for use. Please review posted signage for occupancy limits for common spaces and lounges.

Counseling

COVID-19 has impacted our students in many ways. If you need to speak to someone, please email counseling@peace.edu or call 919-508-2163 to schedule an appointment. 

For Athletes

Pacer athletics is integral to the educational mission of William Peace University. WPU is an NCAA Division III institution and is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference. WPU and its conference partners have approved a full slate of games for league play for all sports during the Spring 2022 semester.

The athletic department will continue to follow NCAA and CDC COVID safety guidelines as it pertains to testing. A few key highlights from newly released CDC and NCAA guidelines as it pertains to participation include:

  • All in-season, unvaccinated student-athletes must be tested 3x a week on non-consecutive days.
  • Fully vaccinated students have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine but their vaccine status is not up-to-date until they receive a booster.  In order to update vaccine status, Moderna and Pfizer vaccinated students must get a shot if their second dose occurred more than 6-months ago. J&J vaccines must get a booster if their initial vaccination occurred more than 2-months ago.  The athletic department strongly urges student-athletes to update their vaccine status by getting a booster shot as soon as possible.  Be advised that all student-athletes who are actively participating in their sports season will be subject to quarantine if they are not up-to-date with their booster when a teammate tests positive for COVID.
  • Students whose vaccination status is up-to-date with a booster will be allowed to continue to participate if a teammate tests positive for COVID.  However, vaccinated student-athletes will be antigen tested for COVID by the Wellness Center or the Athletic Department within 3-5 days after teammate tests positive.

Athletes can expect future communication from the WPU Athletic Training Department and their respective coaches.

Please direct further questions to the Athletic Department by emailing coaches, or the athletic director at tocurle[at]peace.edu.

Campus Dining

Campus Dining

Campus Dining is eager to serve our students with increased dining options and enhanced safety protocols this academic year. Some of the changes and new options students can expect to see include:

  • During Lunch and Dinner, all stations will reopen all of the food stations including but not limited to the salad bar, the deli, the vegan and vegetarian station, a grill station with condiments and dessert area. We are also bringing back the action station.
  • A new Late Night Dining concept is open in the dining hall from 8-10. p.m.
  • The dining hall will be back to 75% seating capacity and meals can be consumed in the dining hall or can be taken to go.
  • The Dining staff will follow all applicable local, state, and national health authority guidance for COVID-19.
  • The Dining staff is taking every action to ensure the health and safety of employees, clients and the community by reinforcing existing rules for personal and hand hygiene, food safety, social distancing, wearing a mask per the guidelines and maintaining a clean and disinfected environment.

Tutoring for Spring 2022

Tutoring is available for many courses and will begin on Monday, January 24. Students can schedule tutoring appointments via WPUConnect. Peer Tutors will appear on their Success Network page. Tutoring appointments can be scheduled in person with virtual appointments upon request. In-person appointments will meet in the Center for Student Success space on the 2nd floor of the Library. Tutoring appointments will follow all health and safety guidelines in place at the time. Please contact Dr. Deanna Rogers if you have any questions or if you need help making an appointment at drrogers@peace.edu.

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services will continue to provide a wide array of services in a remote format during the Summer semester. Disability Services staff will work closely with students, faculty, and staff to ensure appropriate accommodations are in place. To contact Disability Services, please email Disability@peace.edu.

Telehealth Appointments

Health Services

Health, Counseling, and Disability Services staff will be meeting with students via secure telehealth platforms.

To schedule an appointment with a nurse, the doctor, or a counselor, please email the respective office:

Our University Nurse in Health Services can answer questions about COVID-19 test procedures.  If you have any of the above symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have received a positive test result, please contact Health Services immediately.

Previous COVID-19 Data

  • Fall 2021 COVID-19 Data

    Fall 2021 COVID-19 Campus Data

    DATEActive Confirmed Case CountCumulative Case Count
    Dec. 20141

    Active Confirmed Case Count: any person who has a confirmed diagnosis and has an active infection of the COVID-19 virus and had any contact or access to campus.

    Cumulative Case count: total confirmed cases since August 18, 2021.

    • Data excludes students who are enrolled in online courses only and not living in University housing, and includes all current employees for the Fall 2021 semester.
    • Updates are added as we are notified of confirmed cases daily (M-F) and weekend notifications will be added on the following Monday.

  • Summer 2021 COVID-19 Data

    DATEActive Confirmed Case CountCumulative Case Count
    Aug 1800

    Active Confirmed Case Count: any person who has a confirmed diagnosis and has an active infection of the COVID-19 virus and had any contact or access to campus.

    Cumulative Case count: total confirmed cases since May 10, 2021.

    • Data excludes students who are enrolled in online courses only and not living in University housing, and includes all current employees for the Summer 2021 semester.
    • Updates are added as we are notified of confirmed cases daily (M-F) and weekend notifications will be added on the following Monday.

  • Spring 2021 COVID-19 Data

    DATEActive Confirmed Case CountCumulative Case Count
    May 7020

    Active Confirmed Case Count: any person who has a confirmed diagnosis and has an active infection of the COVID-19 virus and had any contact or access to campus.

    Cumulative Case count: total confirmed cases since January 1, 2021.

    • Data excludes students who are enrolled in online courses only and not living in University housing, and includes all current employees for the Spring 2021 semester.
    • Updates are added as we are notified of confirmed cases daily (M-F) and weekend notifications will be added on the following Monday.

  • Fall 2020 COVID-19 Data

    DateActive Confirmed Case CountCumulative Case Count
    Dec. 18280
    Dec. 15279
    Dec. 14279
    Dec. 11279
    Dec. 10279
    Dec. 9178
    Dec. 8178
    Nov. 30077
    Nov. 24277
    Nov. 23375
    Nov. 201074
    Nov. 191274
    Nov. 181572
    Nov. 171369
    Nov. 162169
    Nov. 133367
    Nov. 123567
    Nov. 113765
    Nov. 103462
    Nov. 93055
    Nov. 82853
    Nov. 62448
    Nov. 51640
    Nov. 41134
    Nov. 3730
    Nov. 1527
    Oct. 301026
    Oct. 291426
    Oct. 281224
    Oct. 271223
    Oct. 261423
    Oct. 241221
    Oct. 21412
    Oct. 1418
    Oct. 718
    Sept. 3007
    Sept. 2317
    Sept. 1616
    Sept. 915
    Sept. 204
    August 2624
    August 1912
    August 1222
    August 422

    Active Confirmed Case Count: any person who has a confirmed diagnosis and has an active infection of the COVID-19 virus.

    Cumulative Case count: total confirmed cases since August 1, 2020. This case count is specific to Fall 2020 data and results. 

    • Data excludes students who are enrolled in online courses only and not living in University housing, and includes all current employees for the fall 2020 semester.
    • Updates are added as we are notified of confirmed cases (the change in notification process was modified on 10/24/2020).