Campbell University will pause all student activities outside of the classroom and in-season athletics beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, through 8 a.m. on April 5, in response to a recent surge in the number of positive COVID-19 cases of students.
Total student cases — both on-campus and off-campus residents — have risen from 16 on March 12 to 62 as of March 23. To combat the upward trend, on Wednesday the University will implement the following proactive measures:
- All undergraduate student activities outside of the classroom and labs (or any other academic coursework) will be put on pause through 8 a.m. on April 5, pending the successful reduction of cases both on and off campus. All classes, labs and related academic coursework will continue to be held in-person and on a normal schedule for undergraduate and graduate students, following current guidelines regarding facemasks and social distancing.
- All in-season intercollegiate athletic teams that are participating in NCAA-mandated testing protocols will be permitted to continue with regularly scheduled practices and events. No spectators will be permitted at these events during this period. All athletics currently not in season (such as football, wrestling and basketball) will discontinue practices or planned events until April 5.
- The Oscar N. Harris Student Union will remain open to the campus community, but all dining services will be carry-out only. Gathering and eating at the student union during this time will be prohibited.
- Wiggins Memorial Library will remain open in designated areas under its current operational schedule. Students will be required to wear facemasks and practice social distancing in the library.
In his statement to the University on Wednesday, President J. Bradley Creed asked Campbell students, staff and faculty to “remain diligent” during the pause by limiting large group gatherings, wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
“I recognize that another pause in face-to-face activities may be disruptive,” Creed said. “However, these measures give us the best opportunity to let us finish out the year together.”
For more information about Campbell University campus health measures, visit https://www.campbell.edu/coronavirus/campbell-ready/