WPU Information Center for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
William Peace University continues to closely monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and is developing plans and scenarios to reduce the health risk to students, faculty, staff and their families.
Below you will find the latest information regarding this issue and contact information for more questions.
Be sure to review the latest information on our news feed page.
Health + Safety
- Will students have the opportunity to learn more about the plans for fall and ask questions? (updated 6.18.2020)Yes! We are working on hosting a couple of virtual events later this summer and will provide a full overview of our plans as well as respond to questions. Please check your WPU email regularly. We are also working with a smaller group of students in the planning phase to assist us and offer feedback.
- What are the current health and safety recommendations when students return to campus? (updated 6.18.2020)Students who have been sick with symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19, or who have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (direct contact, travel, or community exposure) must inform the Wellness Center and self-isolate in their residence hall room or at home for 14 days. Accommodations will be made for the student to continue to participate in class, possibly virtually, and complete assignments. Students will not be penalized for COVID-19 related absences.
Students who become sick with symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend classes, meetings, etc. and will immediately self-isolate in their residence hall room or at home for 14 days. Students must abide by social distancing guidelines and abide by all restrictions posted in residential common spaces.
Students who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 must abide by all guidelines provided by the health department and WPU staff including isolation and/or quarantining.
Students will be responsible for practicing behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 including personal prevention practices such as wearing face coverings in all required areas, handwashing and environmental prevention practices such as disinfecting and sanitizing their bathroom space.
- What do residential students need to know before moving to campus? (updated 6.18.2020)The Office of Residential Life is finalizing plans. Complete guidelines will be distributed to students before the return to campus.
- What is the status of opening Herman Fitness Center? (updated 6.18.2020)The Center will follow university and state mandates for the number of people who can gather at an indoor facility. Currently that number is no more than ten. Hermann Fitness area can accommodate up to 6 people at any one time. Fitness machinery will be reconfigured to accommodate social distancing.
- Is anyone being tested for coronavirus on campus? What are we doing if a student has been exposed to the virus? (updated 6.26.2020)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. One individual was last on campus on June 9 and while there, was wearing a mask and practicing recommended physical distancing. It has been confirmed that at that time, the individual had not been exposed to the virus. The second individual has not been on campus for several months. 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. If you believe you are infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821.
- Is anyone being tested for coronavirus on campus? What are we doing if a student has been exposed to the virus?There are no confirmed cases on campus at the present time and no one is currently being tested on campus. We will follow CDC guidelines should we discover that a student or employee has been infected. If you believe you are infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821.
- What do students do if they need counseling?Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-508-2163. Counseling services will be providing limited remote counseling for students located in the state of North Carolina only. We are unable to provide these services to students physically located outside the state of North Carolina due to licensing requirements. We can however help you with a referral to another provider if needed.
Residence + Student Life
- When will students be moving back to campus? (updated 6.18.2020)Residence Life and Housing will implement a phased move-in process August 10, 2020-August 15, 2020. Students will be assigned move-in times and dates based on their housing assignment. Students will be allowed to bring 2 guests to assist them with move-in. We will not utilize student and staff volunteers this year as we are attempting to limit the amount of people on campus during this process to ensure the health and safety of our entire WPU Community.
- How will dining be handled in light of COVID-19? (updated 6.18.2020)The Dining Hall will be redesigned with a physical layout that allows for social distancing, appropriate barriers and directional signage, sanitizing stations overflow seating, and safety measures provided by Sodexo, our food service provider. We will also be providing additional to-go options as well as encouraging students to take advantage of other seating arrangements, including the 2nd floor of Belk as well as outdoor seating.
- Will athletic teams be allowed to practice and compete? (updated 6.18.2020)Yes, student-athletes will be able to practice and compete. The NCAA has made recommendations regarding the resocialization of sports. WPU will utilize the NCAA document as a guide for reintroducing practice and competition. Protocols and procedures for facilities, practice, and competitions will be established by the NCAA, USA South, William Peace University, and state and local regulations. WPU will communicate directly with the Town of Cary regarding local protocols and site availability.
- Will all students who want to stay be allowed to stay? How will those decisions be made?No. In fact, we are trying to limit the number of students on campus, but also meet the needs of those with special circumstances. We have strongly encouraged students to move off campus and back to their permanent residence. We have received a number of requests and those are currently being evaluated and decisions will be made on Wednesday, March 18th.
Please note that for those who are approved to remain on campus, the following will apply:
- You may be required to relocate to another building on campus;
- All Community Code of Conduct policies will apply;
- Students will observe the following guidelines set by the CDC:
- Social distancing (approximately 6 feet between others)
- Washing hands often (for at least 20 seconds)
- Sanitizing living space regularly (in addition to what the University will do)
- Stay home if you feel sick and call/email Health and Wellness services
- Cover coughs and sneezes (elbow or tissues) and immediately wash hands
- Gatherings of more than 5 people in residential spaces are prohibited until further notice to protect the health and safety of our community;
- No guests are allowed in the residence halls during this time;
- If a student is found to have violated these important items, the student could be subject to discipline, up to and including eviction from University housing.
- Dining and other campus facilities and services will operate on a limited schedule and this schedule may be reduced as needed.
- Students need to develop their own emergency plan if WPU needs to close due to federal, state or local mandates.
- The current housing assignment is only applicable through the end of the Spring 2020 academic semester. At this time, no decision has been made regarding summer housing.
- Which facilities will remain open during the week of March 16? How about after classes begin on-line?The Belk Dining Hall hours are 10:30am – 1:30pm & 4:30pm-7:30pm for pick-up only. The Wellness Center in Joyner House will be open, but to maintain the health and safety of the community, we are asking students to either call 919-508-2502 or email HealthServices@peace.edu before visiting Joyner House If you believe you are infected with the Coronavirus, please contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-866-462-3821. The Pacer Pantry will remain open while supplies last. Please fill out a request form here.
- I have had expenses directly related to COVID-19. Is there any assistance? (updated 6.3.2020)Yes, there are some additional resources available. William Peace University has funds provided by the federal government to assist students with direct expenses as a result of COVID-19. See application https://peace.edu/admissions-aid/costs-scholarships-financial-aid/scholarships-and-awards/ and scroll to COVID-19 Related Support to learn more and access the application.
- Will federal financial aid be affected?It is the intention of the University to complete the semester through remote/online learning. As long as the University is able to achieve this objective, we do not see any effect on federal financial aid.
- Will I receive a refund for room and board if I am no longer in university housing? How much will that be? (updated 3.26.2020)We are exploring a variety of options to best support our students and families. By the end of next week (week of 3/30), we will begin crediting accounts for room & board, starting with Pacers who moved out on or before March 22. Room charges will be prorated based on the number of weeks that remained in the semester (April 29) when you moved out.
- If you moved out on or prior to March 15, you will be credited for 7 weeks;
- If you moved out on or prior to March 22, you will be credited for 6 weeks;
- Board credits will be based on the type of meal plan and either the number of weeks remaining in the semester or the number of meals not used (for 150 block plans);
- The credit will be applied first to any current balance due on your account, after which a refund will be issued for the remaining credit balance.
We anticipate refunds to be issued on April 6th for those of you who moved out on or before March 22. If you have specific questions in the meantime, please contact student accounts at email@example.com.
- Will my tuition be refunded?Tuition will not be refunded because we plan to complete the semester and you will receive credit for your classes.
- I am a student worker. Can I continue to work? Do I still use Paycom to record hours?It is possible, however you will have to work remotely and not all offices can accommodate this option. Please contact your supervisor to see if working remotely is an option for you.In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the University is having the vast majority of employees work from home.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a Federal Work Study employee (FWS), the government has informed us that you will continue to be paid while residing at home and taking classes remotely/online.
- Where is the revised Academic Calendar? (updated 6.18.2020)You can find the revised Academic Calendar here: https://peace.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-calendar/
- How will the University create safety in classrooms? (updated 6.18.2020)Plans are being made to adjust classroom instruction to meet the WPU Health Standards, as well as local, state, and CDC guidelines. This will include face coverings, appropriate social distancing, reconfiguration of classroom spaces, and adjustment of classroom capacities. Additional details will be available closer to the start of Fall 2020 classes.
- How does Pass/Fail work?Pass/Fail Grading Option
Students may elect to take one or more courses on a Pass/Fail basis.
- Passing (P) grades will be final grades of A, B, C, or D.
- The instructor will enter a final letter grade and will not be informed if a student elects the Pass/Fail grading option. The student may choose to inform the instructor.
- For courses elected on a Pass/Fail basis, the final grade on the transcript will be changed to P or F.
- Grades of P will count as attempted and earned credits and will not affect the GPA. Grades of F will count as attempted credits, and will be calculated in the GPA.
- If a course taken on a Pass/Fail basis is a prerequisite for another course, the reported final letter grade will be used to determine if the student may progress into the next course.
- How will Spring 2020 grades affect my scholarship? (updated 4.14.2020)If you remain in Good Academic Standing this semester, you will retain your institutional merit scholarship. You may elect to take courses on a Pass/Fail basis and retain your scholarship as long as you remain in Good Academic Standing.
- How does Pass/Fail affect Dean's List?Dean’s List Recognitions
Recognitions will still be awarded in Spring 2020 with the following additional guidance. A student will be eligible for Dean’s List recognition (Dean’s Scholar, Dean’s List with Distinction, Dean’s List) if he/she meets the GPA requirements and earns a minimum of 12 credits on a letter grade scale, even if additional credits are elected as Pass/Fail. Dean’s List GPA requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog.
- Are incomplete grades an option?Incomplete Grades
Incomplete grades may be given according to usual policy. A student may request that the faculty member consider granting an Incomplete grade. The deadline for completion of work for Incomplete grades will be extended to September 30, 2020.
- How will an 'incomplete' grade affect when I receive my degree?Degree Conferrals
Degrees are typically conferred for graduating seniors at the end of each term in May, August, and December. This year, WPU will provide additional degree conferral dates in Summer and Fall 2020 to accommodate students who complete their requirements at different times due to Incomplete grades and other factors. This will assist graduates who need official transcripts noting that the degree has been conferred for employment and graduate school applications.
- Are we checking out chrome books?Yes, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Library for any equipment check out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Will we hold Commencement?Yes, but unfortunately we have to postpone the event. On March 16th,the CDC asked that no gatherings of 50 or more people occur for the next eight weeks, which extends beyond our May 1 Baccalaureate Service and May 2 Commencement Ceremony. We have made the decision to postpone until a later date (to be determined). We will continue to monitor the health and safety considerations in the coming weeks.
- What are we doing about classes with lab options?All courses that were meeting face-to-face, including labs, are moved online effective March 23, 2020. Faculty are modifying the courses and will contact students to share the details for each course.
- What do I do with my textbook rentals at the end of the semester?Students should hold on to and use textbooks for their current courses and will receive instruction from the bookstore about the return process.
- I have an internship. Can I continue to work?Please contact your supervisor or the Career Design Center (email@example.com) as appropriate. We are ready to assist you. Students completing internships through the PDS-490 course will work with their instructors and the Career Design staff to fulfill expectations for the internship course.
- What should students who have off-campus academic related assignments do?Please email Academic Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Will the University offer virtual tutoring and advising services?Academic support services will be offered virtually through the end of the semester. Peer tutoring appointments can be scheduled through WPUConnect. Schedule an appointment with your advisor through WPUConnect or via email. Appointments with the Career Design Center staff can also be made through WPUConnect.
- How can I withdraw from a course?The course withdrawal deadline for traditional courses and SPS 14-week courses has been moved to March 27, 2020. There may be financial aid implications for course withdrawal, please contact Financial Aid at email@example.com to understand any potential implications. Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request course withdrawal and do not need to submit a form. The Registrar staff will secure all necessary approvals.
- When is advising and registration for Fall 2020 courses?Advising is ongoing and will continue through registration for traditional students. The Fall 2020 registration dates have been moved back one week to the following schedule:
- April 6: Seniors and Priority Groups
- April 7: Juniors
- April 8: Sophomores
- April 9: First-Year students
- How do I have questions answered about technology and/or taking an online course?All traditional undergraduate students will receive an email outlining resources and support options to assist with the transition to online instruction. Also, students can expect to hear from individual faculty members about specific course items.
Fall 2020 Semester for TUG Students
- What is the plan for Fall 2020? Will classes be held in-person or via remote instruction? (Updated 6.3.2020)Traditional undergraduate students will resume on-campus classes on Wednesday, Aug. 19. To accelerate the semester with everyone’s health and safety in mind, the previously scheduled Fall Break (Oct. 1-2) will now be instruction days. Face-to-face instruction will end on Tuesday, Nov. 24, prior to Thanksgiving break. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, courses will shift to virtual instruction through the end of the semester. Final exams will be administered virtually Thursday, Dec. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 9.
- As a University that deeply values in-person instruction, we plan to welcome students, faculty and staff back on campus to resume classes this fall. Our charge is to create an on-campus learning and residential experience with additional health and safety measures that protect our students, faculty, staff and guests. Leading with excellence and integrity we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County. Just as Governor Cooper created a three-phase plan for reopening the State, our approach will be both methodical and data-driven. Therefore, while our intention is to return to an on-campus experience this fall, we are prepared with contingency scenarios based on our mentoring and immersive learning philosophy, should the threat of COVID-19 impact our current plans.
- What is the registration deadline for the Fall 2020 semester?While we encourage students to register as soon as possible, registration is ongoing through Drop/Add dates.
- When is the first day of classes for the Fall 2020 semester? (Updated 6.3.2020)Traditional undergraduate students will resume on-campus classes on Wednesday, Aug. 19 as originally planned.
Just as Governor Cooper created a three-phase plan for reopening the State, our approach to reopening WPU will be both methodical and data-driven. Our senior leadership team has been meeting daily to prepare to return at full capacity, and has now been joined by several other leaders across campus to create a Fall Planning Team. While we plan to follow the previously published academic calendar for Fall 2020, we are preparing contingency timelines, should the threat of COVID-19 impact our current schedule. We are committed to keeping our students, faculty and staff safe and informed, and will release more information, should things change.
- Will I be able to live on campus in the fall? If so, when will I be allowed to move in?Yes, we are planning for a residential experience in the fall. We will share updated information as we finalize next steps for implementing additional health and safety measures in our residence halls, including maximizing the number of single-occupancy spaces.
- Will New and Transfer Student Orientations still take place on campus this summer? If so, when?Two dates are scheduled for Virtual New Student Orientation for First Year students: June 19-20 and June 26-27. Communications will be sent directly to students with additional information and registration links. More information for Transfer Transitions will be sent to transfer students directly.
- How will WPU practice and enforce social distancing and sanitation efforts when students, faculty and staff return to campus in Fall 2020?Our charge is to create an on-campus experience with additional health and safety measures that protect our students, faculty, staff and guests. the University will follow CDC and governmental guidance to protect the safety and wellbeing of all. This includes rigorous cleaning protocols, social distancing requirements, directional and hygiene practice signage, the closure or reduced occupancy of some shared spaces, and more.
- I have a vulnerable medical condition. What steps is WPU taking for students at high-risk of contracting COVID-19?The Wellness Center is working with state and local agencies to identify vulnerable populations and will work with individual students to find reasonable accommodations.
- WPU has mentioned it will maximize the number of single-occupancy spaces for the Fall 2020 semester. Will these accommodations come at a reduced cost to students, due to the threat of COVID-19?WPU Residence Life is currently considering a variety of revised space and pricing options, due to the impact of COVID-19 on shared spaces. We expect to have more details to share prior to our first New Student Orientation on Friday, June 19.
- If WPU is forced to move to online learning for the Fall 2020 semester, will my classes be larger than a typical in-person instruction?No. Regardless of the instructional mode, WPU is focused on delivering on what makes the WPU experience so unique – our small class sizes, interpersonal connections with students and experiential curriculum.
- What adjustments will WPU be making to its on-campus health and wellness services in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic?The physical and mental health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff is our priority. With that in mind, we are closely following the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County to ensure the safe operations of our Wellness Center. We will be making some physical and operational changes to the Wellness Center to ensure it can operate safely and effectively.
- When returning in the fall, what new limitations can I expect regarding extracurricular activities (sporting/campus events and gatherings, etc.)?We remain committed to the health and safety of our students, and will be following social distancing recommendations and good sanitation practices as directed by the CDC. The Student Involvement Office has been hard at work planning a variety of smaller on-campus group activities as well as fun virtual options for larger groups, ensuring our students receive an experience that remains true to our values and rooted in our commitment to their wellbeing.
- Will I be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) on campus?Our senior leadership team meets daily to prepare to return at full capacity, and has now been joined by several other leaders across campus to create a Fall Planning Team. Our charge is to create an on-campus, in-person experience with additional health and safety measures that protect our students, faculty, staff and guests. The protocols for PPE (such as face masks and gloves) are currently being developed by the Fall Planning Team. More information will be shared as available.
Fall 2020 Semester for SPS Students
- As a student in WPU’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), most of my classes are online. However, will I still have the option to take select on-campus SPS courses typically offered in the fall?As a University that deeply values in-person instruction, we plan to welcome students, faculty and staff back on campus to resume classes this fall. This includes on-campus instruction for our traditional undergraduate students as well as for those who partake in our select on-campus SPS courses. Leading with excellence and integrity we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County. Therefore, while our intention is to return to an on-campus experience this fall, we are prepared with contingency scenarios, should the threat of COVID-19 impact our current plans.
- What is the registration deadline for Session I of the SPS’s Fall 2020 semester?The registration deadline for Session I and 14-week Session courses in the School of Professional Studies is 4 p.m. on Friday, August 28. Current students can register via Self-Services in MyPacernet.
Note for SPS Students*: While the add/drop registration deadline for Session I & 14-week courses is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th, new students are encouraged to apply by August 17th to ensure that adequate time is available to complete the enrollment process.
View past WPU communications.
- From Office of the President | June 18, 2020
As senior leadership and the Fall Planning team continue preparing for your return to campus in August, we look forward to being in community with each other again. In case you missed it, you can view the previously announced dates for fall semester at a high level by clicking here. For the full academic calendar, visit this link.
Upon return to campus, all students, faculty and staff, and visitors will be required to follow our new health and safety protocols. This includes, but is not limited to, following hygiene best practices as outlined by the CDC, wearing face coverings indoors and social distancing. Furthermore, while virtual meetings will continue as much as possible, all indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 or fewer participants. All classroom settings will observe social distancing and be reconfigured under new guidelines. Outdoor gatherings are currently limited to 25 participants. These limitations are established by the State of North Carolina and are subject to change. We are planning information sessions later this summer for you to better understand our health and safety protocols and to answer your questions.
For those of you who will live on campus this fall, Residence Life and Housing will implement a phased move-in process Monday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 15. You will be assigned a move-in time and date based on your housing assignment, and are permitted to bring two guests to assist you. Student and staff volunteers will not be deployed this year in order to limit the number of people during the move-in process. The full 2020 Pacer Residential Move-In Schedule is below:
- Monday, July 20 – Thursday, Aug. 6: Pacer Essential Belongings Drop-Off
Residents will be able to sign-up to drop off essential belongings in their residential housing space ahead of time. More details will be provided after housing assignments are communicated.
- Monday, Aug. 10: Soccer and Volleyball Move-In
Members of WPU’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Volleyball teams will be assigned specific move-in times based on their housing assignment.
- Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Saturday, Aug. 15: Phased Residential Student Move-In
Remaining residents will follow a phased move-in approach over the course of four days. Students will be assigned specific move-in times based on their housing assignments. Returning students will be assigned a move-in time on either Friday, Aug. 14 or Saturday, Aug. 15.
Additionally, in an effort to provide the best on-campus residential experience that prioritizes the health and safety of the Pacer community, we are significantly increasing the availability of single-residency rooms this fall. The Office of Student Life is communicating directly with residential students about options, but to learn more, email StudentLife@peace.edu.
The University’s decisions have been made with the well-being of our students, faculty, staff and greater Raleigh community at the forefront. We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County, and make adjustments to our policies, as needed.
I will continue to update you on a bi-weekly basis and as more details are confirmed. Meanwhile, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on our website and, should you have additional questions, reach out to StudentLife@peace.edu.
Thank you for your perseverance during this challenging time. We want this fall to be an exciting new chapter in your William Peace University story and look forward to seeing you in August.
P.S. I know that many of you have family members who want to be kept in the loop. Please have them sign up for family communications here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/gY62bfq/PFPSignup
- From Office of the President | June 3, 2020
William Peace University’s (WPU) senior leadership and Fall Planning teams have been meeting regularly to prepare to return to campus in August. In order to create an on-campus, in-person experience with additional health and safety measures that protect students, faculty, staff and guests, the University has determined the following schedules:
- Traditional undergraduate students will resume on-campus classes on Wednesday, Aug. 19 (our originally scheduled date). To accelerate the semester with everyone’s health and safety in mind, the previously scheduled Fall Break (Oct. 1-2) will be replaced with instruction days. Face-to-face instruction will end on Tuesday, Nov. 24, prior to Thanksgiving break, with the last day of classes taking place remotely on Monday, Nov. 30. Final exams and/or projects will be completed remotely Thursday, Dec. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 9.
- For our School for Professional Studies (SPS) students, the fall term will begin on Monday, Aug. 24 (Session I), with Session II beginning on Monday, Oct. 12. The SPS Thanksgiving Break will still be observed Monday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 27. While the vast majority of SPS courses are always online, select in-person SPS courses will also shift to virtual instruction on Monday, Nov. 30. Session I will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 10, with Session II ending on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Our decision to end on-campus instruction ahead of Thanksgiving was made with the wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and greater community at the forefront. Leading with excellence and integrity, we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County. Just as Governor Cooper created a three-phase plan for reopening the State, our approach to reopening WPU is both methodical and data-driven.
Furthermore, we are prepared with contingency scenarios that all will reflect our mentoring and immersive learning philosophy, should the threat of COVID-19 impact our current plans. Additional details about WPU’s fall semester will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, for more information and frequently asked questions, visit www.peace.edu/covid-19-info-center.
- From Office of the President | May 22, 2020
Many things make William Peace University (WPU) a special institution, particularly our commitment to immersive learning experiences for our students. As a University that deeply values in-person instruction, we plan to welcome students, faculty and staff back on campus to resume classes this fall, continuing our commitment to what makes the WPU experience so unique – our small class sizes, interpersonal connections with students and experiential curriculum.
Our senior leadership team has been meeting daily to prepare to return at full capacity, and has now been joined by several other leaders across campus to create a Fall Planning Team. Our charge is to create an on-campus, in-person experience with additional health and safety measures that protect our students, faculty, staff and guests, including steps ranging from staggered staffing to maximizing the number of single-occupancy spaces.
Leading with excellence and integrity we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County. Just as Governor Cooper created a three-phase plan for reopening the State, our approach to reopening WPU will be both methodical and data-driven.
We are prepared with contingency scenarios that all will reflect our mentoring and immersive learning philosophy, should the threat of COVID-19 impact our current plans. For more information and frequently asked questions, visit www.peace.edu/covid-19-info-center.
- From Office of Financial Aid | May 13, 2020
The entire William Peace University community understands that issues related to COVID-19 have caused hardships on many of you and your families. We want you to know that we are here to help and work with you so that you can achieve your goals here at WPU. If you are or have experienced hardship or changes in your finances, there may be financial support available.
In conjunction with the United States Department of Education, William Peace University is pleased to offer you the opportunity to submit a request for financial assistance for consideration of grant funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Eligibility will be reviewed on an individual basis with the completion of the application.
If you were enrolled in at least one in-person course at the University as of March 13, 2020 and have a hardship or expense that was/is related to COVID-19, please complete this form (COVID-19 Emergency Relief Application) so we may determine your eligibility for emergency support from this Federal Program.
Looking forward to assisting you in achieving your college success.
From the Office of Financial Aid
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- From Office of the President | April 14, 2020
I am proud of what our Pacer community has accomplished this semester at William Peace University.
We have faced unprecedented challenges and yet we have persevered. We have come together, we have extended grace and understanding, we have had some fun in the midst of struggles, and we have pushed forward.
And yet, I suspect we all are feeling a bit “robbed” right now – this semester isn’t anything close to what we had hoped (especially for our students) and I know there are experiences we were anticipating and excited about.
Just like many other universities, we are working hard on a variety of possible scenarios but certainly hope we will be as close to business as usual this fall. We have a lot of exciting plans for next year and we hope that our country will be quickly getting healthy: physically, mentally, emotionally, and fiscally.
We are hoping for a fall semester filled with engaging immersive learning experiences, Pacers living on campus, our talented students performing in theatre productions and competing in athletic events, and our community serving others and just “being” Peace.
But I acknowledge that we have a lot to learn between now and this fall and a variety of circumstances could cause us to change our plans. My promise to you is that we will keep the lines of communication open and inform you of decisions we make along the way. A few important notes:
We will now be delivering our entire summer course offerings online only. This is a great chance for students to continue their hard work (or even get ahead) here at WPU. We offer summer courses at a very reasonable rate to make them as accessible as possible. You can see the available courses by clicking this link: /
North Carolina is currently under a stay-at-home order through at least the end of April. Because we don’t have clarity on when this order will be lifted or how the COVID-19 spread will change over the next 15-30 days, we will not make any decisions regarding changes to the fall semester at this time.
Thank you for working so hard during this difficult transition. I have been humbled by the efforts demonstrated by our students, their families, our faculty & staff, and our alumni, donors and friends.
- From Office of Academic Affairs | April 6, 2020
I want to thank you for the extraordinary efforts being made to finish this semester and your courses in the best way possible. This disruption is not easy, and we appreciate your hard work during this extremely challenging time. Many of you have voiced your questions and concerns, some of which we will address here. I know that I speak for the entire WPU community when I say we are committed to you and your success.
To that end, we have made some adjustments to academic policies and processes for the Spring 2020 semester. Please see descriptions below, and read this Spring 2020 Academic Policy document for important details on these items. As you evaluate these changes, I strongly encourage you to talk with your academic advisor, faculty, and others to determine the best options for your current circumstances.
- Pass/Fail Grading Option for Spring 2020 graded courses: Students may elect to take one or more course(s) on a Pass/Fail grading scale. Be sure to talk with your advisor and note that there may be a few courses that cannot be taken Pass/Fail. The request must be made by April 22, 2020.
- Extension of Incomplete Due Date: If an Incomplete grade is given, students will have until September 30, 2020 to complete the work.
- Update to Dean’s List Recognitions: Dean’s List recognitions will be given to students who earn the required GPA and have earned a minimum of 12 credits with a letter grade (not Pass/Fail grading option).
- Timelines for Degree Conferrals: Seniors who complete all degree requirements will have their degrees conferred. Typically this is done at the conclusion of every term (May, August, December). WPU will add additional conferral dates to accommodate students as they finish work for courses with Incomplete grades.
- Transcript Notation: A notation will be placed on all official transcripts for Spring 2020 noting the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is our sincere desire to continue to support you and your success. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions at AcademicAffairs@peace.edu. This communication as well as Q & As to help you navigate important information can be found on the COVID-19 Information Center.
Charles Duncan, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
- From Office of Communications | March 27, 2020
Dear Campus Community,
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.
Now that community spread has been confirmed in North Carolina, it is an unfortunate reality that the number of individuals in our region and within our community who will be impacted by COVID-19 in some manner will likely increase. As you know, the University has taken significant steps to protect the health and well-being of all members of the campus community, and we will continue to do so as we weather the storm of this pandemic. University administrators remain in close communication with local health officials to obtain critical information about any additional steps that may need to be implemented, including potential contact tracing, to ensure that we are doing our part to “slow the spread” of this illness.
In addition, there are a number of counties and municipalities—including Wake County—that have implemented “stay-at-home” orders. Please follow the directives from your local community, as well as information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up-to-date guidance for how to remain safe and healthy during this challenging time. For information specific to the WPU community and the University’s response to this dynamic situation, please be sure to check WPU’s Coronavirus Information Center and your WPU email on a regular basis.
Thank you for supporting each other during this challenging time.
- From Office of Residence Life + Housing | March 26, 2020
Dear Pacers and Families,
We are writing to provide an update on our decision regarding room and board refunds. We know these are extraordinary times for everyone, and we thank you for your patience as we work hard to help our students as you all face a variety of challenges. We’ve worked with many of you as you transitioned out of University housing, and we’ve continued to work with Sodexo, our food service provider, for those of you who have remained on campus.
We know many families are struggling with the impact of COVID-19 and we will be providing a partial refund of room and board. By the end of next week, we will begin crediting accounts for room & board, starting with Pacers who moved out on or before March 22.
- Room charges will be prorated based on the number of weeks that remained in the semester (April 29) when you moved out
- If you moved out on or prior to March 15, you will be credited for 7 weeks;
- If you moved out on or prior to March 22, you will be credited for 6 weeks;
- Board credits will be based on the type of meal plan and either the number of weeks remaining in the semester or the number of meals not used (for 150 block plans);
- The credit will be applied first to any current balance due on your account, after which a refund will be issued for the remaining credit balance.
We anticipate refunds to be issued on April 6th for those of you who moved out on or before March 22.
We certainly are disappointed for all of you that your semester is concluding in the manner that it is, and campus sure does not feel the same. But we are as committed as ever to your experience and look forward to new ways to engage for the remainder of the semester.
- From Office of Academic Affairs | March 19, 2020
As this situation continues to evolve, we’re writing to you to help you achieve academic success. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority. We are working diligently to allow you to continue your education and complete this semester. As your face-to-face classes move to a new delivery format on Monday, March 23, we hope you will find this information useful.
Faculty are redesigning courses to move to online learning environments. Some will use technology like Google Hangouts at your regularly scheduled class meeting time. Sometimes you will have instructional content available in Moodle for more independent work. Your instructors will communicate with you about the course format and expectations.
Click here for strategies to succeed in online courses.
Important Dates and Updates
The Course Withdrawal Date for traditional and SPS 14-week courses will now be March 27 (instead of March 20). There may be financial aid implications for course withdrawal; please contact Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org to understand how this may affect you. Email email@example.com to request a course withdrawal. The Registrar staff will secure all necessary approvals for you.
The Fall 2020 registration dates have been changed to the following:
April 6: Seniors and Priority Groups
April 7: Juniors
April 8: Sophomores
April 9: First-Year Students
Academic Support Services
Services remain available to you remotely.
Peer Tutoring (firstname.lastname@example.org): Signup for appointments via WPUConnect. Tutors will use Google Hangouts.
Academic Advising (email@example.com) is ongoing for Summer and Fall 2020. Contact your advisor to set up a virtual appointment.
Registration (firstname.lastname@example.org): Fall 2020 course registration will begin on April 6 according to the schedule above. Please be sure to update your emergency contact information and resolve any holds prior to your registration time. Summer 2020 course registration is already open and ongoing.
In case of problems with account access, students may request technology assistance by emailing email@example.com. Click here to be directed to the IT page on MyPacerNet for student resources and short videos to assist you. You will find information about:
Downloading a free copy of Microsoft Office 365
Using Google Hangouts
Completing course work in Moodle, such as uploading assignments and creating discussion posts
Accessing free broadband and WiFi for those without internet
Using apps on your smart phone for Moodle, Google Hangouts, and Google Drive
Students may check out Chromebooks from the library on a first-come basis.
Communicate with us regularly. Reach out to your faculty and advisor. It is more important than ever that we support each other and stay connected!
Utilize support services.
Check Moodle daily.
Check your WPU email daily.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any other academic questions.
Thank you for your patience and engagement. We are committed to you and your success.
Carolyn Blattner, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
- From Office of the President | March 18, 2020
William Peace University Students,
15 E. Peace Street is absolutely not the same right now. We are living through challenging times, yet my confidence in each of you has never been higher. You are ready for this – to tackle the remainder of the semester in new and exciting ways. These next several weeks are not about “just getting across the finish line” or “just surviving.” We are committed to your educational growth and development and are expecting these last several weeks to be enriching and rewarding.
Those of you in the School of Professional Studies are accustomed to taking classes online through WPU, but many of you are now juggling with K-12 school closures, working remotely, job changes and challenges, etc. Make no mistake – we are with you.
Traditional students are now going to experience online education in totality, and for some of you, for the very first time. Make no mistake – we are with you.
We are committed to helping each of you finish strong. Will it be different? Absolutely. But the amazing faculty and staff that you all know and adore are working tirelessly to make the rest of this semester a powerful experience.
Many of you have sent us some terrific questions and we have now published a first set of Frequently Asked Questions for your review.
Please keep the questions coming. If you have a question that is not answered on the FAQ page, please let us know by submitting to one of the two addresses below:
Academically related questions: email@example.com
All other questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- From Residence Life | March 13, 2020
Thank you for the many good questions and comments we have received over the last 12 hours regarding housing options for the rest of the semester. Please read this email in its entirety for clarification of the next steps.
We have extended the deadline date to check out of on-campus housing, including Village Green, until Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Each student MUST fill out a Residential Student Housing Plan form so that we can assess all student needs. Your completion of this form will allow us to make the best decisions for all students. No decisions have been made yet. Please fill out the form no later than March 16 at 9:00 a.m. We will be reviewing all requests and making decisions within 24 hours of this deadline.
If you have already moved out, made arrangements to leave campus, hope to remain on campus for the remainder of the semester, OR need a temporary extension to check out later than March 22, please fill out the Residential Student Housing Plans form by clicking the link below.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. We will continue to keep you updated with information and as decisions are made.
- Partial refunds for room & board will be calculated at a later date.
- The condensed check out process is listed below:
Pack your belongings, clean your room, clean your bathroom, and lower your bed.
Do a final check of your room and bathroom to make sure you have all your belongings.
Drop your key/s and Village Green access card, if applicable, off at the Residence Life and Housing Office located on 1st floor Browne McPherson.
Normal Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9a-4p
Saturday, March 14 from 9a-2p
Sunday March 15 from 10a-2p
If you plan to leave outside of the above hours, please complete a check-out form located outside of the office door of the Residence Life and Housing Office, drop your key/s and Village Green access card, if applicable, into the envelope, and slide the envelope under the office door.
You are done!
Dining Services will operate on a modified schedule during this time. Beginning Saturday, March 14, dining hours will be:
- Belk Dining Hall: 10:30am-1:30pm and 4:30pm-7:30pm daily
- Peace Perk: Closed
- Sandella’s: Closed
We thank you for your flexibility during these unexpected times. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Residence Life staff member at ResidenceLife@peace.edu or 919-508-2078.
- From Health Services | March 10, 2020Dear Pacers,
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.
We are asking the WPU community to remain vigilant and knowledgeable to help avoid the spread of misinformation.
Due to the fluidity of the situation, changes may be necessary to address any safety concerns and we will update policies and practices as needed.
There are currently no confirmed cases within our WPU community and we encourage everyone to follow best practices for health and safety.
How can I best protect myself?
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.
William Peace University Health Services
- From Student Life | March 5, 2020Dear WPU Community,
Dr. Hardin-Lee, University Physician, and other university officials continue to stay current on coronavirus updates and are working closely with Wake County Health Department as there has been at least one confirmed case of coronavirus in Wake County.
People infected with the coronavirus can experience symptoms that range from those of the common cold to more serious respiratory illness. Reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The spread of the virus is thought to occur from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
Even though infection is unlikely, there are some everyday steps you can take to prevent the spread of viruses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water;
- Use hand sanitizer- stations that are set up around campus;
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose if you haven’t washed your hands;
- Do not share food or drinks.
If you are not feeling well, please visit either Health Services in Joyner House, your local provider or urgent care. If you see an off-campus provider, please email HealthServices@peace.edu and let us know. We continue to monitor the prevalence of illnesses in our community.
If you are sick, Health Services can provide you with a thermometer so that you can monitor for a fever. If you become ill while you are off campus or traveling, please visit a health care provider before returning to campus.
Please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.
What prevention methods is the University taking?
- WPU has installed multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout campus, specifically in our academic buildings.
- WPU has an external cleaning company coming to campus to deep clean our common spaces and academic buildings on campus.
- Residence Life and Housing staff will be distributing posters and flyers throughout the residence halls with prevention strategies and tips for students.
- The Wellness Center staff is available to talk with any student that may be experiencing anxiety or stress as it relates to the coronavirus.
What prevention methods can you take?
- Follow the everyday steps listed above from Health Services
- Utilize disinfecting wipes and/or spray on surface areas within your residence hall rooms including door knobs.
- Remember to Cover, Toss, and Clean
- COVER: When you cough or sneeze: cover your nose and mouth with a tissue OR cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- TOSS: Toss your used tissue into the trash.
- CLEAN: Clean your hands with soap and warm water OR an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
If you are feeling sick, please visit the Wellness Center immediately and follow all guidance and directions given to you. If the Wellness Center is closed, please visit an urgent care or the emergency room.
- From Health Services | Feb. 26, 2020Dear WPU Community,
Dr. Hardin-Lee and other university officials continue to stay current on coronavirus updates. Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted Americans to begin to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, saying it’s not clear when it will arrive and how severe an outbreak could become. The CDC advised that disruption to everyday life could be significant and suggested that businesses, schools and families have discussions about the potential impact.
Wellness Center staff are available to answer questions and can be reached at HealthServices@peace.edu.
The following is from our University Physician, Dr. Hardin-Lee:
Traveling for Spring Break- How do I protect myself from coronavirus, influenza, the common cold?
- Get plenty of rest – skipping sleep lowers your immune system.
- Get travel size hand sanitizer- use before eating, after touching common areas
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose
- Avoid touching face and mouth without washing your hands first
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
- Vitamin C- 1000mg, probiotics, airborne- any supplement may be helpful
- Limit overindulgence in alcoholic beverages- lowers your immune system
- Get a thermometer to take with you- if you are feeling ill monitor temperature
- If you are sick stay away from others- stay in your room- use over the counter meds to treat symptoms. If you find your symptoms worsening despite these over the counter medications or if you feel that you have gotten sicker more rapidly than expected then seek medical care.
Protocol for what to do if you are feeling ill? Information to share with your medical provider:
- What are your symptoms- sore throat, cough, head congestion, shortness of breath or chest congestion, nausea, rash, headache, fever/chills, body aches?
- When did it start? What symptoms did you have first?
- Have you traveled? Did you fly or drive or take a cruise?
- Any travel to China, Asia (South Korea, Japan, Thailand all with cases) Virus also now in Italy.
- Any exposure to people who have had Flu? Strep? Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea?
Symptoms of the coronavirus are same as symptoms of influenza (FLU) so the difference is the history- travel and sick exposures. If you have travel history or exposure to coronavirus then need to call ahead to hospital. Wear a mask if you experiencing fever and cough.
NC Poison Control taking state calls about coronavirus
The toll-free number to the Coronavirus Line is 1-866-462-3821. Nurses and pharmacists answer the calls 24/7.
People infected with the coronavirus can experience symptoms like those of the common cold to more serious respiratory illness. Reported symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The spread of the virus is thought to occur from person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
Even though infection is unlikely, there are some everyday steps you can take to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water;
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose if you haven’t washed your hands.
You can also visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.
Please stay safe and well, Pacers!
- What is a coronavirus? What is COVID-19Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. Human coronaviruses commonly circulate in the United States and usually cause mild illnesses like the common cold. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now spreading throughout the world. Learn more about COVID-19 from NCDHHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- How does it spread and what can I do to prevent it from spreading?Coronaviruses like COVID-19 are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact (including touching and shaking hands) or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses.
Follow these common-sense measures to protect yourself and others from spreading viruses, including COVID-19:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
Everyone in North Carolina should follow the latest recommendations from NCDHHS to reduce and slow the spread of infection.
- Should I worry about opening packages from places that have experienced an outbreak?Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.
- Can you get COVID-19 from touching contaminated objects/surfaces?Possibly, if you touch a surface with the virus on it, and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes. However, this is not likely to be the main way the virus spreads.
- Is a vaccine available for COVID-19?Currently there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself from respiratory diseases like COVID-19 is to take common-sense precautions. These include frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your face, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and making sure you have gotten your annual flu shot. There is work underway to develop a vaccine.
- Is it safe to go out in public areas?Stay home if you are sick. Practice social distancing by remaining six feet (about two arm’s lengths) apart to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. They are:
- Shortness of breath
COVID-19 typically causes mild to moderate respiratory illness. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, although there have been reports of severe illness with a small percentage resulting in death. Respiratory symptoms alone are not an indicator for COVID-19.
- Can COVID-19 be spread before someone has symptoms?We know that people are most contagious when they have symptoms. Whether the virus can be spread before someone has symptoms is currently being evaluated. More on how COVID-19 spreads is available from the CDC.
- What treatments are available?Most people with illnesses due to coronavirus recover on their own. There are no specific treatments for COVID-19, but treatments to bring down fever or alleviate other symptoms may help. For people who become severely ill, hospitals can provide care. There is more to be learned about COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve, and treatment options may change over time. Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Am I at risk? Who is considered a high-risk individual?The immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public who has not traveled to an area with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 nor had contact with a confirmed case is considered low at this time. However, everyone should take precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.
People are most at risk if they’ve had contact with a symptomatic person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have traveled to an area affected by a COVID-19 outbreak.
No one group, ethnicity or population in the U.S. is at a higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 infection than others. Older people and those with underlying health conditions are considered to be at high risk because they are more likely to experience serious illness if they become infected.
Monique Delage, Director of Integrated Marketing & Communications