William Peace University response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Jul 23, 2020

William Peace University is closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

For additional information and resources regarding WPU’s response to COVID-19

Stay up-to-date with Campus Communications

All WPU campus communications, information and resources can be found on our Covid Information site.

OLDER CORRESPONDENCES [2020]

[July 23, 2020]

William Peace University students (traditional undergraduate students) were sent information related to changes in course schedules and the variable delivery methods that will be utilize to ensure the health and safety of all. All schedules and course formats are subject to change as we navigate health and safety guidelines. Full communication can be found on the  COVID-19 Information Center under Communications for Students.

[July 14, 2020]

William Peace University students (traditional and School of Professional Studies) were sent communication on information for the return to campus, including a three-pronged approach to address: health and safety; facilities; and maintaining academic excellence.  Full communication can be found on the  COVID-19 Information Center under Communications for Students.

[June 26, 2020]

William Peace University was notified on the afternoon of Thursday, June 25, that two members of our campus community have tested positive for COVID-19. We are happy to share that there has been no risk of exposure to other members of our community. Both individuals are recovering well at home and continuing to self-isolate to prevent spread of the virus. Additional information available at Student FAQs, Health + Safety | June 26, 2020 on the  COVID-19 Information Center. 

[June 18, 2020]

William Peace University’s senior leadership and Fall Planning teams are developing new health and safety protocols that will be implemented for the return to campus. In order to provide the best on-campus experience that prioritizes the health and safety of the Pacer community, these measures will include hygiene best practices, gathering size limitations, and increasing the availability of single-residency rooms for the fall. Additional information available at Health and Safety Protocols to be Implemented for Return to Campus at WPU and for the scheduled move-in date assignments and plans for Fall 2020, please read the Communications For Students | June 18, 2020 on the  COVID-19 Information Center. 

[June 3, 2020]

William Peace University announces Fall 2020 start dates and information on their continued developments for health and safety measurements.  Additional information available at Fall 2020 Fall Start Dates Announced and for continued information, coverage, and Q & A’s associated with COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Information Center. 

[May 22, 2020]

William Peace University provides intent to welcome students, faculty and staff back on campus to resume classes this fall, continuing their commitment to the immersive learning experience. Additional scenarios and modifications will be considered and implemented to address changes that may arise in order to meet the safety and wellbeing of the entire WPU community. Additional information available at WPU Announces Fall 2020 Plans.

[May 13, 2020]

William Peace University has notified students of available funding for those who have incurred hardship or financial challenges due to COVID-19. WPU in conjunction with the United States Department of Education is pleased to offer an opportunity to request financial assistance. Students who were enrolled in at least one in-person course at WPU as of March 13, 2020 are encouraged to submit a request to be considered for grant funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund/ HEERF. Additional information on Communications to Students.

[April 14, 2020]

William Peace University was notified Tuesday, April 14, that all summer term courses will be delivered online. WPU offers a broad range of courses during the summer that include accelerated options across a variety of disciplines.  The University continues to monitor the situation and is hoping for a fall semester filled with engaging immersive learning experiences and will keep the community abreast of any changes. Additional information on Communications to Students.

[March 27, 2020]

William Peace University was notified Thursday, March 26, that a member of our campus community may be infected with COVID-19. The individual was exposed to a person outside the campus community who is believed to be infected. Our community member has not been on campus since Friday, March 13. The WPU community member was asymptomatic while on campus. Because neither of these individuals falls within the high risk category, they were not tested for the virus. Additional information on Communications to Students.

[March 26, 2020]

William Peace University notified students and families that it will begin crediting student accounts for room & board. Additional information under  Student FAQs 

[March 18, 2020]

William Peace University has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 2, 2020 and the Baccalaureate Service that was scheduled for May 1, 2020. No future dates have yet been selected for these events, however, additional communications will be shared once decisions are made.  Read News Story

[March 12, 2020]
Responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

William Peace University leadership continues to closely monitor information regarding the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases on the campus at this time.  As of March 12, there are 14 positive cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency.

Based on the current situation, and concern for the health and safety of the campus community, the University has determined the following:

  • Traditional Students:  All on-campus classes will be suspended beginning Monday, March 16. Online/remote instruction for all classroom-based courses will begin the week of March 23 and continue for the remainder of the semester. Students’ last campus-based classes for the semester will conclude on Sunday, March 15.
  • School of Professional Studies Students: Current on-line classes will continue as scheduled.  Campus-based, seated classes will move to on-line instruction on Monday, March 23.
  • Faculty and advisors will be communicating further details directly with students.
  • Residential students are encouraged to return home after their campus-based classes conclude. Students who wish to remain on campus can work with Student Life, who will reach out to all residential students. Business operations will continue, including health and wellness services, public safety and modified dining services.
  •  All Student Life and Athletic events and activities are cancelled for the remainder of the semester, as Thursday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. Student Life will send out additional communications to students.
  • The campus will remain open and operational unless otherwise notified.
  • We will be postponing or cancelling large events for the immediate future. No decisions have yet been made regarding Commencement.
  • We are still evaluating the status of summer courses and May Term and will communicate decisions regarding those in the future.
  • William Peace University is ceasing non-essential travel for all employees.

This is a fluid and quickly-changing situation. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide frequent updates on the website.

Message from the President

[March 11, 2020]
Campus Risk Remains Low – Stay Informed.

William Peace University leadership is closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association, the North Carolina State Health Department, and Wake County Health and Human Services concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is using their guidance and recommendations to inform our own campus. We remain focused on the health, safety, and well-being of the entire WPU community.

There are currently seven known cases within North Carolina, however, there are currently no known cases within our WPU community and we encourage everyone to follow best practices for health and safety.

We are asking the WPU community to remain vigilant and knowledgeable to help avoid the spread of misinformation.

The situation continues to be fluid; as in all emergency situations, we have developed plans to adjust the operations of the University, if necessary.

How can I best protect myself and members of the general community?

The CDC recommends following the same guidelines as flu prevention:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you are not feeling well, please visit either Health Services in Joyner House, your local medical provider, or urgent care.  If you see an off-campus provider, please email HealthServices@peace.edu and let us know.

The University will continue to provide periodic updates unless more frequent communications become necessary. Students are encouraged to check their email regularly for additional information and guidance.

Additional Resources:
[March 5, 2020] 
This situation is rapidly changing and we are working closely with the Wake County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Our goal is to remain vigilant and assess the risks posed to the health and safety of the University and the broader community, and to respond accordingly. We are aware that many are concerned about COVID-19 and encourage all to remain proactive and prepared.

We are making conscious efforts to eliminate the spread of germs and encourage best practices across the University.

Preventive measures by WPU:

  • Additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout campus, specifically in our academic buildings;
  • Out of an abundance of caution, we have increased our efforts and cadence to deep clean our common spaces and academic buildings on campus;
  • Educational posters and flyers have been distributed throughout the residence halls with prevention strategies and tips for students;
  • The Wellness Center staff is available to talk with students who may be experiencing anxiety due to the situation.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates and additional communications as appropriate. Students who have international travel planned through the University will receive additional information from their faculty as we are currently engaged in discussions with our travel partner about our May term trips.

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