Campbell University will pause all in-person on-campus classes and shift to online/remote learning for two weeks beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, President J. Bradley Creed announced in a statement today.
The move comes as the University reported a surge in positive cases of COVID-19 over the last week. According to Creed, half of the new cases are within on-campus housing, with affected students currently in isolation.
“To further contain this spread, additional action is necessary,” said Creed, who added that the two-week pause, while disruptive, will give the University “the best opportunity to prevent further spread of the virus and allow us to finish our semester together.”
The move affects undergraduate students and undergraduate programs only. Graduate and professional programs will proceed with their regularly scheduled instruction methods.
Students will not be required to move out of their on-campus residence halls or leave campus. According to Creed, CDC guidance suggests students should avoid extra travel at this time to protect them, their families and the Campbell community once in-person instruction resumes. Residence Life, he said, will communicate details to on-campus students. The University is asking those students to continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings and avoid large group gatherings.
In addition, athletic practices will be paused over the next two weeks, food service at the Oscar N. Harris Student Union will remain open only for carry-out only, fitness facilities will be open by appointment only, and the Wiggins Memorial Library will remain open in designated areas to students wearing masks and socially distancing.
For more information about Campbell University campus health measures, visit https://www.campbell.edu/coronavirus/campbell-ready/