Last Updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus.
  • There will be no face-to-face instruction for the rest of the spring semester. All courses will be taught remotely.
  • Commencement has been postponed.
  • All University events and athletic competitions have been postponed until further notice.
  • Averett’s Office of Admissions now offers virtual tours.
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This site is updated throughout the day as information is decided. The most recent information will be labeled as NEW.

Academics and Classes

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  • State and federal agencies have strengthened their guidance to college leaders to drastically reduce the numbers of students – and the faculty and staff who serve them – on college campuses to prevent the spread of the virus. Based on these recommendations, Averett University will continue remote instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • In order to ease any anxiousness about continuation of classes remotely and online through the end of the semester, all grading for Spring 2020 traditional courses will default to Pass/Fail (P/F) grading, with the option for students to opt back in for letter grading (A, B, C, D, F).
    – Students will be given the option to choose to remain with letter grading (A, B, C, D, F) and will be allowed to choose that option by noon on      Reading Day, April 23.
    – Students will have plenty of time to see how they are doing to make this decision in consultation with advisors, instructors, Student Success staff and coaches, but once a student chooses to have a letter grade, they will not be allowed to change back to a P/F grade.
    – Faculty will continue to grade assignments as they normally do in order to determine a pass or a fail, and so that they can assign a letter grade if a student so chooses to have a letter grade.
    – A student doing well in a class and/or trying to raise his or her GPA will still be able to do so by choosing to opt back into the letter grade system. Wait until later in April (deadline is noon on April 23) to choose this so they can see how they are doing in the class.
    – While adopting P/F is meant to take away some anxiety about grades during an extraordinary time, this is not a license for students to ease up or disengage from their course work with a false belief that everyone will automatically pass—if a student fails a class in the P/F system, they will receive an F.
    – Nursing classes will stay on the letter grade system and will not have the option to adopt P/F grades.
  • Advising for summer and fall classes continues. Students not yet registered should make phone appointments with their advisors immediately. Courses for summer and fall are now available for view on PC Self-Service. Before calling or emailing their advisor, students should create a tentative schedule by referring to their official evaluation to determine specific courses for which to register during the upcoming terms. Once contacting their advisor, students may put their selections in their cart and submit them for advisor approval. A quick tutorial video on registering for classes can be found here.
  • Students who are eligible to graduate at the end of the Spring 2020 semester will still graduate with a graduation date of May 2, 2020 and must submit a graduation application by April 4. Graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail. Click here for more important deadlines and frequently asked questions that may help you with your graduation process.
  • Tutoring will continue during this time. Students can schedule a tutoring appointment through Zoom or NetTutor by clicking here.
  • Faculty should continue taking attendance using the “check-in” method on any normally scheduled class days. This will also serve as the way attendance will be taken in PC Self-Service, which will continue.
  • Faculty should fill out a CARE report as quickly as possible if students do not check in or submit assignments.
  • The University will exercise flexibility for students in educational programs that require external certification and regulation, like flight instruction and internships. These activities might be curtailed later as the situation is fluid and these external partners may be making their own decisions about continuation at some time. Nursing clinicals have been suspended.
  • Students should be logging into their Canvas app every day to see updates and new assignments and continue checking Averett email.

NEW: Campus Operations and Student Support

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  • NEW: Due to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s stay at home order effective April 1-June 10, 2020, we are postponing all move-outs of students’ belongings until further notice. We will work to develop a check-out system for all students to retrieve their belongings once Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s order is lifted. Students who were previously registered for a time slot will need to reschedule their appointment once we are able grant access to campus again. We are aware that some students have important items remaining on campus, so the Office of Housing and Residence Life will be hearing these cases on an individual basis. Items such as medicine and academic resources will be considered; all other items are not deemed essential at this time. Students should submit all concerns or requests about essential items to their building email address: maincomplexrl@aumail.averett.edu; fugaterl@aumail.averett.edu; or commonsrl@aumail.averett.edu.
  • We are working to ensure that all students for whom it is safe to do so return home. We recognize that some students may have to remain on campus because they cannot return home to a safe location.
  • The physical campus Bookstore location is closed, however the campus store website remains open and is extending free ground shipping to avoid disruption. Team members will be available to fulfill orders and answer phone calls.
    Here are a few additional Bookstore items of note:
    RedShelf Update – Follett is partnering with RedShelf, to provide free digital access to students. The student can find the link on our bookstore website and must use their .edu email account to get access.
    Lumen – Our partners at Lumen are offering Waymaker and OHM, available at no cost for courses currently in session.
    Efollett Website – Free shipping for all online purchases. There will be a Customer Note and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) added to all store websites. The FAQs will be updates as needed.
    Rental Returns – Rental grace periods will be extended to 15 days. This does not change current Last Day of Finals date which is the due date for student check-ins. This grace period extension will allow more time for in-transit rental check-ins to be processed before non-return collateral charges process.
  • All staff and faculty who can continue their daily job functions and have the appropriate tools in place to work remotely are working from home until further notice. Averett will remain fully operational in all of our areas.
  • Employees taking home any Averett computer equipment during this time cannot leave campus before completing the Temporary Office Technology Equipment Relocation Form. Once completed, it should be submitted to their area President’s Council (PC) member.
  • All campus tours scheduled through the Spring 2020 semester will be 100% interactive and virtual. In these tours, prospective students and families will virtually walk around campus, meet with their admissions counselors and get their questions answered. In addition, Averett just launched an official virtual tour of its campuses here.
  • Campus mail services will continue during this period.
  • Averett’s usual shuttle service through Danville Transit is not operating at this time.
  • Students needing emergency food supplies or hygiene products during this transition can utilize the Cougar Cares program by emailing bwooten@averett.edu to arrange a time to access the Shed. Pantry items have been restocked to help accommodate potential additional need.
  • Dining services will continue to serve students staying on campus with take-out options on a condensed schedule. The cafe is not open to the public during this time. Jut’s Café is also closed.
  • All Bon Appétit catering is suspended until we resume normal operations.

Credits and Refunds

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  • Prorated housing credits will be placed on student accounts for the period of time students are unable to return to their campus housing. These credits will roll over to the next academic year for returning students. If the student will not be living in University housing during fall 2020, the credit will be applied to tuition charges for the next academic year.
  • Balances of both General Meal Plans and Jut’s Bucks will roll over to the next academic year. The University is waiving all current limitations on the amount that may be rolled over.
  • Those students who were granted approval to remain on campus during this time and continue to live in University housing will not be eligible for the credit and/or roll over.
  • Seniors graduating in May will receive a prorated housing and meal plan credit on their student account. The credits will first apply to any outstanding balance owed to the University. If the account balance is paid in full at graduation, the University will issue a refund to the student in the weeks following.
  • There will be no financial credit provided for tuition since faculty instruction continues on a remote basis.
  • The housing credit and meal plan rollover is null and void if the student does not return in fall 2020; this excludes graduating seniors.
  • All financial credits will be applied in the July 2020 billing cycle.
  • For questions, contact Carl Bradsher at 434-791-5646 or cbradsher@averett.edu.

Information Technology

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  • Faculty and staff can forward their office phone calls to their cell numbers with the following instructions:
    – Hit light blue button.
    – Hit Call Forwarding.
    – Enter 9 and your cell number with area code.
    – Hit activate button.
    – Your office calls will now go to your cell phone.
  • Faculty, staff and students can click here for Zoom support resources, tips and tricks and Zoom FAQs.
  • For University email support services, like troubleshooting remote email issues and configuring the Outlook app for Office 365, faculty and staff can click here.
  • Faculty and staff can click here for Canvas faculty support resources, a Canvas tutorial video series and Canvas FAQs.
  • For students currently without internet connectivity, one or more special COVID-19 internet connection deals or plans from various external vendors may be of help. Click here for info.

Travel

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  • We know that the rapid and unprecedented actions by governments around the world present special hurdles and uncertainty for our international students, who represent an important part of our campus community. The University is committed to ensuring that those students who are unable to return to campus due to illness, hardship or travel restrictions can continue participating in their courses remotely through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Spring and summer study abroad has been suspended. Students currently registered for travel (or planning to apply) can postpone or transfer their application, depending on the destination and program provider (refunds may also be an option). For questions, contact Study Abroad Director Dr. Catherine Clark at coclark@averett.edu.
  • All domestic University related travel needs to be approved by an employee’s President’s Council member.
  • All international University related travel has been suspended until further notice.
  • While these guidelines apply to university related travel, we ask you to apply similar judgment in considering personal travel commitments, both internationally and domestically.

University Events

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  • All University events will be postponed until further notice, including:
    – Monday, March 23: TRUTH Talk in Blount Chapel, 5-8:30 p.m.
    – Monday, March 23: Equestrian Banquet in MPR, 6-9 p.m.
    – Wednesday, March 25: Understanding Cancer Talk in MPR, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    – Wednesday, March 25: SET Open Mic Night in Jut’s, 7-10 p.m.
    – Thursday, March 26: SET Movie Night in Blount Chapel, 7-11 p.m.
    – Tuesday, March 31: Spring Career Fair in MPR, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    – Wednesday, April 1: Hitting Cancer Below the Belt on Student Center Lawn, 4-7 p.m.
    – Thursday, April 2: ENGAGE Showcase in Frith Fine Arts Center, 3-7 p.m.
    – Friday, April 3: Alumni Reception at Schoolfield Restaurant, 5-7 p.m.
    – Sunday, April 5: Atlanta Alumni and Friends at College Football Hall of Fame, 3-5 p.m.
    – Tuesday, April 7: Coffeehouse Lecture Series in the MPR, 7-9pm
    – Wednesday, April 8: Nutrition and Exercise – Putting It All Together in MPR, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    – Wednesday, April 8: Scholarship and Donor Reception at President’s Home, 4-5:30 p.m.
    – Tuesday, April 14: Honors Recognition Program in Frith Fine Arts, 5:15 p.m.
    – Wednesday, April 15: Nursing Mock Disaster Drill at Riverview, All Day
    – Saturday, April 18: Averett Ladies Tea at the Country Club of Virginia, 2-4 p.m.
    – Friday, May 1: Nurse Pinning Ceremony in Frith Fine Arts Center, 11 a.m.-noon
  • Given current guidance around large-group gatherings in the coming months, we are considering alternative options for our Spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. Our graduates and their families are so important, and we are committed to celebrating their significant accomplishments and will be in touch as new decisions arise.
  • Averett Athletics events:
    – All remaining regular season events, including non-conference contests and tournament competition in all sports, are canceled.
    – The NCAA has approved a blanket eligibility waiver for all spring sports student-athletes. Student-athletes with questions can contact Associate Director of Athletics Danny Miller at danny.miller@averett.edu.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that Averett has taken and prevention measures you can take. This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.


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