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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. March 24, 2020 -

New FAQ Page released

 

UPDATE: 1:15 p.m. March 17, 2020 -

Classes

  • Carson-Newman will suspend all face to face instruction for the remainder of the semester. 
  • All courses will move to a distance education delivery model. Lecture courses as well as labs, studios, applied lessons, etc.) will move online where applicable or instructors will find alternative solutions. No face to face instruction for any course. This policy begins Wednesday March 18th until the conclusion of the academic spring semester April 30th
  • Carson-Newman University is committed to the successful completion of this academic term for all students. 
  • Decision regarding spring commencement is forthcoming.

Residence Life and Cafeteria

  • Carson-Newman campus remains open. 
  • Residence halls remain open. Any student who feels they need to go home may go home. We are committed to assisting all students in meeting their academic requirements for this semester.  
  • Dining at Stokely Memorial Cafeteria, Maples, Chik-fil-a, and the PODS remain open. Maples (8a-2p), Chik-fil-a (11a-3p) and the PODS (9a-2p) have new limited hours. Stokely Memorial Cafeteria will be open from 8 am-7 pm. Students who do not have an unlimited meal plans can seek assistance for meals not covered in their plan. Do not go hungry. See Rebecca Greenep in Stokely Dining. 
  • Students are strongly encouraged to be mindful of their gatherings in communal living spaces and other campus spaces. We ask that you carefully consider and take personal responsibility in the exercise of your choice if you socialize with others. As always, follow good hygiene practices. Avoid sharing food and drink. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid touching your face and commonly touched public areas (doorknobs, handrails, etc.) Make use of a tissue or sleeve to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. 

University Offices

  • Offices and operations will continue as regularly scheduled. Deans, directors, department heads, and others in supervisory roles should instruct staff to practice social distancing. Faculty and staff need to coordinate with their immediate supervisor if working from home is an option. 

UPDATE: 10:15 p.m. March 16, 2020 -

Classes

  • All lecture courses will resume online Wednesday, March 18th as previously announced. 
  • Faculty continue to update alternative options for non-lecture courses (labs, applied lessons, practicum, clinicals, and studio). In most cases, these non-lecture classes have suitable arrangements to go online or have been cancelled. A few will continue to meet face to face until further notice. Students, please check your email from your instructors to see how these changes apply to you. 
  • C-N Connect is a student’s official schedule. As we transition to online instruction, some professors may elect to use Edvance360. It is possible that some of the course rosters on Edvance360 are incorrect. Students may ignore an email from a professor if the email pertains to a class for which they are NOT enrolled. C-N Connect is your official schedule. 

Residence Life and Cafeteria

  • Carson-Newman campus remains open. 
  • Residence halls remain open. Any student who feels they need to go home may go home. We are committed to assisting all students in meeting their academic requirements for this semester.  
  • Dining at Stokely Memorial Cafeteria, Maples, Chik-fil-a, and the PODS remain open. Maples (8a-2p), Chik-fil-a (11a-3p) and the PODS (9a-2p) have new limited hours. Stokely Memorial Cafeteria will be open from 8 am-7 pm. Students who do not have an unlimited meal plans can seek assistance for meals not covered in their plan. Do not go hungry. See Rebecca Greenep in Stokely Dining. 

Campus Events, Activities and Athletic Competitions

  • CLW events have been cancelled. CLW requirements for students for this semester have been waived. For more details see the previous Update from March 14th
  • All athletic events and practice have been suspended. 
  • Eagle Experience (March 24th) is moving to an online format as a hosted webinar. More information to come.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to be mindful of their gatherings in communal living spaces and other campus spaces. We ask that you carefully consider and take personal responsibility in the exercise of your choice if you socialize with others. As always, follow good hygiene practices. Avoid sharing food and drink. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid touching your face and commonly touched public areas (doorknobs, handrails, etc.) Make use of a tissue or sleeve to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. 

University Offices

  • Offices and operations will continue as regularly scheduled. Deans, directors, department heads, and others in supervisory roles should instruct staff to practice social distancing. Faculty and staff need to coordinate with their immediate supervisor if working from home is an option. 

 

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m. March 16, 2020 -

Residential Students:

  • Below, please find and an updated list about the operating times of some key facilities during this time. We wanted to make sure you are receiving accurate information as we try to serve you as best we can. The times shown below are from now until April 14th. They, of course, are subject to change; but if they do change, we will communicate those changes to you as well.
  • Regarding your questions about classes, updated information about the status of non-lecture courses will be coming from the Provost’s Office soon.

MSAC, Intramurals, and Recreational Services

  • The MSAC building itself is still open.
  • The MSAC Facilities (weight room, cardio room, pool) are all closed until further notice.
  • The 3 – gym; however, will be open on an abbreviated schedule of 9 am – 11 pm.
  • Mail services is continuing to operate like normal and office spaces are accessible.
  • Chik Fila and the P.O.D. are also currently still open and operating as well on an abbreviated schedule currently of 11 am – 3 pm. They will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • All intramural events are currently suspended until April 14th at which point we will re-evaluate.
  • Recreational Service Trips are still on and will continue to happen with the next one being this Saturday, March 21st, to 865 Axe Throwing.

LIBRARY AND MAPLES

  • The Library is open 8am-430 pm today, March 16th, and tomorrow, March 17th.
  • It will then be open 8am-7pm during weekdays, but closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Maples Café in the Library will be open from 8 am-2pm each day the Library is open.

STOKELEY CAFETERIA

  • The cafeteria is open 8 am-7 pm each day.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at any time. The Student Affairs email address is studentaffairs@cn.edu and our main office number is 865-471-3235.


UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. March 14, 2020 -

Updated Community Life and Worship Requirements for Spring 2020 Semester
March 14, 2020

One result of the newly implemented Social Distancing policy of “No events larger than 50 people” is that all remaining CLW (Community Life and Worship) events for the rest of the semester have been cancelled. In response to that disruption, the following adjustments are being made to our students CLW graduation requirements:

ALL Students will be waived from the CLW Academic requirement for the Spring 2020 Semester.

May Graduates - All CLW requirements from your account have been lifted from your account. Therefore, your CLW requirement has now been fulfilled.

For All Other Students - Any earned CLW credits prior to today, March 14, 2020, will simply roll over towards your next semester’s requirement of 10 earned CLW credits.
For example: If you attended 7 events this semester, you will only be required to attend 3 events in the Fall in order to maintain the 10 per semester average

If you are a student who is currently in the CLW deficiency system, you will begin next semester at your current level of deficiency.

For example: If at the beginning of this spring semester you were 12 CLWs behind so that you needed to get those 12 plus 10 more this semester and you have attended 7 CLWs up to today, then in August you will only need 5 more plus the 10 for the Fall semester.

For all underclassmen, regardless of your status when you entered this academic year (freshmen, sophomore, junior, transfers, graduating in May or graduating in December 2020), essentially the total number of CLWs you now need to earn in order to meet the overall CLW Graduation Requirement has been reduced by 10.

In summary:

May Graduates- Your CLW Requirement has been fulfilled!
Everyone else-
The CLW credits you earned this semester will be “banked” toward next semester and toward the total number of overall CLWs you need to meet the Graduation
Requirement.


UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. March 13, 2020 - 

Summary of Recent Action

Carson-Newman has been closely monitoring the rapidly changing developments of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) since January 24, 2020.

In accordance with the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the TN Department of Health C-N prioritized the safety and mitigation of potential threat to the campus community by adopting immediate preventative strategies on campus. These strategies began prior to the University’s spring break, March 2-9, 2020. The timing of our spring break and associated student/faculty travel necessitated a different immediate strategy from many of other local area institutions whose spring breaks are in the weeks ahead.

In addition to addressing potential threat of campus contamination from students and employees returning to campus from spring break, Carson-Newman continues to develop additional policy to mitigate risk of exposure while minimizing disruptions to students’ successful completion of their Spring 2020 academic term.

Currently there are no reported cases among Carson-Newman students, employees, Jefferson City, nor Jefferson County with COVID-19. We thank God for this grace and provision.  C-N continues to follow the stated best practices for minimizing risk of exposure as published by the CDC and TN Dept. of Health.

In response to the continuing change of events in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19, Carson-Newman adopts these additional, precautionary measures beginning today, March 13, 2020.

Classes

All courses are suspended Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. All lecture courses will resume online beginning Wednesday March 18th. Also, on March 18th, labs, applied lessons, and studio courses will continue to meet until further notice. Where at all possible non-lecture courses should find alternatives to face to face instruction. Faculty for these non-lecture courses are to find suitable alternative means to delivering instruction, completion, and evaluation of student work.

As the situation continues to change in the larger community, off-campus learning is also affected by our educational partners. Students currently in internships, practicum placements, student teaching, and clinical placements will be advised by their respective course instructors to find suitable alternative means to complete these courses if, and possibly when, off-campus sites become unavailable.

Our hope is to resume normal classroom instruction following the Easter Holiday (April 14th). We will continue to monitor the situation and will publish updates regarding the temporary relocation of instruction to distance and alternative means.

Students may experience a decrease in available internet bandwidth between 8a-3p Monday through Friday with the increase use of online instruction. 

Advising

In person advising is strongly discouraged. Students, along with their faculty and staff advisors, should make use of email, telephone, and digital web conferencing services when possible in order to advise for summer and fall semesters.

Residence Life and Cafeteria

While Carson-Newman is opting to provide alternative instructional means for students, the campus remains open. Residence halls remain open. Students may elect to return home if desired and are strongly encouraged to work with their instructors to make appropriate arrangements as needed. Visitation remains open provided the availability of desk employees. For students living on campus, additional instructions will come from RAs and the Director of Residence Life.

Dining at Stokely Memorial Cafeteria will remain open until further notice, providing to-go options, pick-up orders, and seating dining. Carson-Newman University strongly encourages students to take to-go and pick-up orders for meals.

Campus Events, Activities and Athletic Competitions

In order to promote the recommended social distancing, all large campus events (where 50 or more people gather) are suspended effective March 13th through April 13th. We hope to maintain our rich tradition of key academic events as much as possible. Therefore, final decisions for each individual academic event (CLW, Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate, etc.) will be made for each individual event. Alternative approaches to these important events are to be considered. Exceptions to this policy require approval from the appropriate area Vice President. Updates to this policy will follow close monitoring of the ongoing situation.

We are committed to helping students complete and graduate on time.

All athletic events and practice have been suspended.

Carson-Newman will continue to host on campus recruiting events but will seek alternative arrangements as warranted to help promote safe social distancing and good hygiene practices.

Students are strongly encouraged to be mindful of their gatherings in communal living spaces and other campus spaces. We ask that you carefully consider and take personal responsibility in the exercise of your choice if you socialize with others. As always, follow good hygiene practices. Avoid sharing food and drink. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid touching your face and commonly touched public areas (doorknobs, handrails, etc.) Make use of a tissue or sleeve to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.

University Offices

Offices and operations will continue as regularly scheduled. Deans, directors, department heads, and others in supervisory roles should instruct staff to practice social distancing. Faculty and staff need to coordinate with their immediate supervisor if working from home is an option.

University Sponsored Travel

Effective immediately and continuing through May 31st, all University related travel, including domestic travel in excess of 50 miles and international travel is suspended. Exceptions to this policy require approval from the appropriate area Vice President.

All personal international travel is strongly discouraged. Persons traveling for non-University purposes to and or from abroad are restricted from returning to campus until a 14-day self-quarantine period has elapsed.

  


UPDATE: 6:50 p.m. March 12, 2020 - A message from President Charles A. Fowler


Please click here to read the following message regarding the Carson-Newman Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines. 

The Department of Public Safety is closely monitoring the 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and taking the appropriate actions to support and safeguard Carson-Newman University. For up-to-date resources you need during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak click here: https://www.livesafemobile.com/prevention-resources/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-resources-page/

Please use the CDC's respiratory/cough hygiene etiquette when in public and around campus.

As you are traveling at home and abroad, please use these helpful tips to avoid acquiring and spreading illness. The CDC recommends the following to reduce the risk of exposure to airborne pathogens such as the Flu, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), etc.:


• Avoid contact with sick people.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
• It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.


If you are currently experiencing flu like symptoms such as: fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please contact your doctor. DO NOT RETURN TO CAMPUS.

 

Use the QR Code below to access the LiveSafe App


Please see the newest feature to our LiveSafe mobile app. This will link you directly to the CDC's Coronavirus (COVID-19) information webpage.

 

 

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