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Covid-19 Campus FAQ

Is Carson-Newman Campus Open?

UPDATE April 2, 2020 - Under guidelines of Executive Order 23, Carson-Newman faculty and staff are working from home. Email is the preferred means of communication at this time. Take-out via the Cafeteria remains in place for residential students as well as other essential services. In accordance with this order, we remind all faculty, staff, and students to limit travel to and from and on campus doing so only for essential needs. 


Yes, the campus remains open. Residence halls remain open. Stokely Memorial Cafeteria remains open with pick-up options.

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. 

What Campus Services are Available?

Many campus services remain available (click to see list). 

What about my classes?

All courses have relocated 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.

Will Carson-Newman resume on ground classes?

No. Distance instruction will remain in affect until the end of the semester (April 30th, 2020).

How do I advise for the summer and fall?

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.

What is the current plan for graduation?

GRADUATION: Graduation is scheduled for May 1, 2020. This means that we will still grant degrees on May 1st for those who complete and fulfill all graduation requirements. However, it is uncertain currently if we can hold our commencement ceremony on the same day as originally planned. No decision has been made regarding the commencement ceremony.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY (Updated April 8, 2020): We look forward to celebrating commencement with you. Although we cannot celebrate as originally intended this May, our desire is to postpone and to celebrate with you this coming August 7th.

As can be imagined, there are many details to finalize, and many of these rely on significant changes regarding the current COVID-19 crisis. In particular, this proposed ceremony is contingent upon future events such as the lessening threat of exposure and spread of the disease, lessening of government restrictions on travel and social gathering, and other factors that cannot be determined at this time.

As we work towards this new proposed August 7th commencement, we’ll communicate details as soon as we are able.

When can students get items from Residence Hall?


Update April 2, 2020 - Gov. Lee has signed in to effect Executive Order 23 requiring Tennesseean’s to stay in place until at least April 14th. If you have previous arrangements to come to campus to retrieve belongings prior to April 14, we ask that you contact residence life to make alternative arrangements in order that we may comply with the Governor’s order.

At this time, Carson-Newman is not offering on campus residence for Mayterm. Decisions about summer housing availability to come in May. If you have questions, please email residence life.


Students may retrieve their belongings. We ask that students coordinate with Residence Life to schedule a time to retrieve their belongings   If a student is checking out, please remove all personal belongings and leave your key in your desk. Campus staff will collect these keys and consider it a complete check-out. Boxes and packing tape are available for your use in each lobby.


Who do I contact if I have specific questions about my course or major?

Students should maintain their primary contact with their assigned advisor and individual course instructors for questions related to their courses and majors. If a student is unable to contact their advisor, after two business days of initiating contact via an email or voicemail, students are encouraged to contact their department chair.

What about summer camps and bridge?

Regrettably, in response to the uncertainty of the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, Carson-Newman is cancelling summer camps which includes day camps and overnight camps for summer 2020.

Summer Bridge – Prospective students registered for C-N summer bridge will participate via an online experience. Additional information to come.


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