Longwood’s Fall 2021 Semester

Building on the success of a full academic year with students on campus and in classrooms, Longwood is approaching the Fall 2021 semester with a full slate of in-person classes.

This academic year, Covid-19 immunization has been added to the list of required vaccinations for students. For more information, please read the original message to students and the update. For the safety and health of the Longwood community, students who claim a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement are subject to additional guidelines while on Longwood’s campus. 


Current Covid-19 Requirements

If not vaccinated, you must:

  • Wear a face covering in every classroom and anytime you are around others in any indoor or outdoor area of campus
  • Isolate or quarantine for up to 14 days if contact exposed or following a positive test
  • Agree to random testing if asked by the University
  • Have limited participation in club sports and other student events and activities, dependent on the activity.

If vaccinated:

  • Please practice good hygiene and wash hands regularly.

Note: More information will be added below as it becomes available. The latest changes were made on Wednesday, July 28, 11:25 AM.

Information for Students

Student Health

Is Longwood requiring students to be vaccinated?

Longwood is including Covid-19 among its vaccination and health requirements for the coming academic year.

Every student must either confirm you have received the vaccine, or claim a religious or medical exemption and agree that you will follow certain guidelines based on state and other official guidance (a link to this form will be emailed to every student by the end of July). 

 

If a student claims a medical or religious exemption and is not vaccinated, will they face additional restrictions on campus?

 

Yes. All current restrictions in place will appear at the top of this page in the blue box. These may be updated as the academic year unfolds and guidance from the state and health officials change. Following them will be required by the Student Code of Conduct.

 

Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?

Currently, if you are a student and not vaccinated, you must wear a face covering in every classroom and anytime you are around others in any indoor or outdoor area of campus.

If you are vaccinated, you may but are not required to wear a mask.

What is a proper face covering?

Face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Be washable and machine dried without damage or change to shape

I am not vaccinated and am unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition. What do I need to do? 

Please contact the Office of Disability Resources at (434) 395-2391.

Are all students, faculty and staff being tested before returning to campus?

No, Longwood is not requiring students, faculty, and staff to complete surveillance testing before returning to campus.

What should I do if I am at home and have symptoms of Covid-19 or feel sick?

Do not return to campus. Call your primary care physician at home to discuss whether you need to be tested for the virus. Also, inform the University Health Center of your status at 434-395-2102.

What should I do if I am on campus and have symptoms of Covid-19 or feel sick?

Call the University Health Center at 434-395-2102 or your medical provider, and they will discuss whether you need to be tested for the virus. Do not go to class, and contact your professors to discuss completing classwork.

I'm on campus and think I may have been exposed to Covid-19. What should I do?

If you are not vaccinated, you need to take immediate steps to isolate yourself from roommates and friends while on campus while you call the University Health Center at (434) 395-2102.

If you are vaccinated, you need to call the University Health Center at (434) 395-2102 so they can determine if contact tracing is appropriate.

What happens if I or someone else on campus tests positive for Covid-19?

Students who test positive for Covid-19 will be required to quarantine to contain the spread of the virus. When a student tests positive, health staff will determine whether they can safely quarantine in their own room or if they need to move to a room in ARC Hall for the duration of their quarantine period. 

Students temporarily staying in ARC will have meals delivered and will be able to work with professors to stay on pace with their classes. 

For privacy reasons, Longwood will not release the names of students, faculty, or staff who test positive for Covid-19. 

 

What happens if I am not vaccinated and have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus?

 

You will be required to quarantine for up to 14 days.

 

Can I get tested for Covid-19 at the University Health Center?

Yes, the University Health Center can administer both PCR and Antigen Covid-19 tests to the university community. Since the testing is generally in conjunction with a visit to the UHC there is the normal co-pay. Make an appointment to be tested by calling 434-395-2102.

PCR tests are sent to LabCorp for processing and the turnaround time thus far has ranged from 24 hours up to a week, depending on the lab’s volume.

If the University Health Center is closed, there are local health care options. Centra operates both Southside Community Hospital and a primary care facility located near campus on Main Street that accepts walk-in patients. That primary care facility is open until 8 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays.

If I test positive at a health care provider other than the University Health Center, what should I do?

Do not return to campus. Contact the University Health Center at (434) 395-2102 to let Longwood staff know about your status.

Can I get vaccinated at the University Health Center?

No. Vaccination clinics and sites are plentiful, however, and you can find local places to receive a vaccine at vaccinefinder.gov.

Academics

Building on the success of a full academic year with students on campus and in classrooms, Longwood is offering a full slate of in-person classes in Fall 2021.

What are in-person classes going to look like in Fall 2021?

We are planning to be as close to normal as possible with fully in-person classes. There will likely still be some classroom precautions in place based on the guidelines and overall public health situation. We plan for classroom capacity to return to normal levels.

Will students have the option of taking fully online classes in Fall 2021 if they wish?

Undergraduate students have the option to search and register for classes with different meeting times and methods, though there are typically very few online-only classes. We will not make accommodations in the fall for a student to attend their scheduled in-person classes remotely. If you would like to talk with someone about your concerns, please email questions@longwood.edu.

Will students still have to wear masks in classrooms in the Fall?

Currently, vaccinated students are not required to wear face coverings in classrooms this Fall, though we support any student who wishes to continue to do so. 

Students who are not vaccinated are required to wear face coverings in all classrooms.

Can I participate in a Brock Experience?

Brock Experiences are planning to resume in 2022.

Housing

Are face coverings required in residence halls?

The current campus Covid-19 guidelines are that fully vaccinated individuals may, but are not required to, wear a mask and individuals who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask whenever they are around other people.

Events

What can I expect in Fall 2021 in regards to campus life and some of the traditional events that students look forward to?

We are planning for the GAME, Oktoberfest, Family Weekend, and some of the other events we traditionally hold in the Fall to take place in-person. Specific communication about any restrictions on these traditional events will be sent to students ahead of the event. We will place extra effort next year on making the most of those opportunities, ensuring those traditions go forward more strongly than ever. The same is very much true for clubs and organizations, where we’ll be much closer to the normal experience when it comes to meetings and gatherings.

Financial Aid / Student Employment

My family’s finances have changed due to Covid-19. Do I qualify for more financial aid?

Longwood understands that some family finances have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and are here to work with you. Contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@longwood.edu or 434-395-2077 to request a “Change In Income” form to reflect your current financial situation.

Can I still do work-study in the fall?

If you have been awarded a work-study and have a job, you may complete the work-study.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act

Who will receive a CRRSA grant?

All Longwood undergraduate students who had a valid FAFSA on file and received federal Pell Grant funding for Spring 2021 before April 6, 2021 will receive a CRRSA grant.

How much money was distributed to students through the CRRSA?

Longwood received approximately $1.6 million from the CRRSA to support students with financial need related to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of which is being distributed to students.

How will the money be distributed?

Students who are returning for the 2021-22 academic year will have their funding applied directly to their student accounts, unless they opt to receive a check. Graduating seniors or other eligible students not returning for the 2021-22 academic year will receive a check in the mail.

Are graduate students eligible for CRRSA funding?

Graduate students can apply to receive CRRSA grants if they meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a campus based graduate program in spring 2021 as of add/drop deadline for full-term
  • Have a current FAFSA on file with Longwood as of April 6th
  • Have demonstrated need
  • Experienced an emergency cost that arose due to coronavirus such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental), childcare

To apply for this graduate school funding, please email graduate@longwood.edu for more details.

Is the grant money taxable?

No, the grant funding is not includible in your gross income.

How is CRRSA funding different from CARES Act funding that was distributed last spring?

The federal government has approved three separate relief packages with funds appropriated for students in higher education. They are:

  • CARES Act. Approximately $1.6 million was distributed to qualifying students in Spring 2020.
  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. Approximately $1.6 million is being distributed to qualifying students in July 2021.
  • American Rescue Plan (ARP). Approximately $4.4 million will be distributed to qualifying students. We are still working to determine eligibility and distribution plans for ARP funding and will communicate when those are finalized.

Are there different qualifying students for each round of funding?

Yes. Part of the difference is that the federal government allocates portions of the money for specific populations of students, and we follow those guidelines.

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

Who will receive ARP funding?

All Longwood undergraduate students will receive funding through the American Rescue Plan. 

How much money was distributed to students through the ARP?

Longwood received approximately $4.5 million from the ARP to support students with financial need related to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of which is being distributed to students.

Are graduate students eligible for ARP funding?

Some Graduate students are eligible for separate grant funding, and those who are have been contacted by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies about applying for those grants.

Is the grant money taxable?

No, the grant funding is not includible in your gross income.

How is ARP funding different from CARES Act and CRRSA funding that was distributed previously?

The federal government has approved three separate relief packages with funds appropriated for students in higher education. They are:

  • CARES Act. Approximately $1.6 million was distributed to qualifying students in Spring 2020.
  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. Approximately $1.6 million is being distributed to qualifying students in July 2021.
  • American Rescue Plan (ARP). Approximately $4.5 million will be distributed to qualifying students. We are still working to determine eligibility and distribution plans for ARP funding and will communicate when those are finalized.

Are there different qualifying students for each round of funding?

Yes. Part of the difference is that the federal government allocates portions of the money for specific populations of students, and we follow those guidelines.


Campus Operations

What is the academic calendar for the Fall 2021 semester?

You can find the current academic calendar for 2021-2022 here.

Dining

Is Dorrill Dining Hall and other food options open?

Yes, D-Hall and other food options in Upchurch, Greens To Go, the Pod, Chick fil-A, and Moe's are open.

Are food service workers required to wear PPE?

Yes, all food service workers are currently required to wear face coverings and gloves.


Information for Faculty & Staff

Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?

Consistent with Commonwealth of Virginia employment and health guidance, Longwood University requires employees to do the following:

  • Fully-vaccinated individuals may, but are not required to, wear masks on campus, including inside University buildings.
  • Those who have not been vaccinated, or have not been fully vaccinated, should wear masks when they are around other people, indoors or out. Employees who have not been vaccinated, or have not been fully vaccinated, are not required to wear masks in their private work space.
  • All visitors to campus should follow University face covering requirements if they are unvaccinated.

What is a proper face covering?

Face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Be washable and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Are all students, faculty and staff being tested before returning to campus?

Longwood is not requiring surveillance testing before students and faculty return for the Fall semester.

Should faculty and staff continue to telework?

Employees requesting accommodation including flexible work schedules or modified offices, should contact Human Resources. Telework agreements continuing beyond August 1, 2021 must be reviewed and approved by your supervisor.

Who determines if I’m eligible for telework?

The vice president in your area will determine which employees are eligible for telework.

My job cannot be done via telework and I have health concerns about coming onto campus. What do I do?

Contact HR at hrCovid19@longwood.edu.