Averett University’s 2020-2021 Plan for Reopening

The Averett experience is a valued one, and while we knew this academic year would be different for us all as we worked through health and safety precautions, the fall 2020 semester was a success. We remain committed to providing that same, memorable on-campus experience this spring.

Averett University implemented a phased, on-campus reopening for its fall 2020 semester, and spring will continue with many of those same best practices we implemented in the fall. We are confident in our plans for a safe and enriching semester with the help of each person on campus.

Below is a glimpse of some major highlights of our spring plan, and a more comprehensive and detailed plan can be found here. This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the ‘Higher Education Reopening Guidance,’ which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.

We invite you to check this page regularly, monitor LiveSafe and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the most recent news, alerts and updates.

To read past communications distributed to the University community regarding Averett’s response to the coronavirus, click here.


COVID-19 Data Dashboard

In an effort to keep our campus informed, we have developed a dashboard that will track any COVID-19 activity on Averett’s campuses. For the latest information, click here.


Looking Forward to the Spring 2021 Semester

Just as we worked so hard to do in the fall, we are committed to serving our students with the same personalized, Averett experience they’ve come to expect in the spring 2021 semester – again with our health and safety protocols in place.

While many of our plans remain from last semester, the most notable addition includes COVID-19 testing for our students before returning to campus. Details can be found below.

We continue to closely monitor local, statewide and national trends of the health data and are prepared to pivot should the need arise for adjustments in our plans.

Academics and Classrooms

We are excited to welcome students back for a new semester. Like the fall, classrooms are smaller, distanced and some instruction is hybrid, and we will follow the published academic schedule.

Despite the differences, we are committed to keeping our students on a seamless path toward graduation. This spring, the high-quality, personalized attention students expect from Averett remains the same with an emphasis on health and safety protocols.

A Safe and Healthy Campus

As Averett University works toward reopening this spring, our number one priority is to provide a safe and healthy living, learning and working environment; and to protect and support the health, wellness and safety of our entire Averett family.

Much like the fall, we will be taking these extra measures across our campuses to make sure everyone will be as safe as possible: wearing appropriate face coverings, keeping a safe social distance, keeping hands and surfaces clean, avoiding large gatherings, completing the daily self-health checks and staying home when sick.
Guiding Principles

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

HEALTH MONITORING AND RESPONSE

COMMUNITY SPACES

Welcoming Back Averett Students

We are excited to be together again with our students soon for another successful semester. We are focused on ensuring our support of students as they transition back to campus life after winter break.

Students have received health and safety information in advance of their arrival, and will need to undergo testing before returning to campus this semester.

HEALTH ASSESSMENTS AND EDUCATION

STUDENT QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION

RESIDENTIAL LIFE AND HOUSING

CAMPUS EVENTS AND VISITORS

Welcoming Back Averett Employees

The wellbeing of the Averett community is paramount as faculty and staff plan to return to campus this spring. Faculty and staff have been asked to continue their daily self-health checks over the winter break to ensure the health and safety of all as they return in January. Averett is offering flexibility in responding to its employees’ individual circumstances.