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Return to Catawba.

We are excited to welcome you back to our beautiful campus in the Fall.

The health, safety, and well-being of our Catawba Family is our highest priority.

With this in mind, we have developed extensive plans to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our community returning to campus in Fall 2020, with the following considerations:

  • Input of campus stakeholders
  • Recommendations from local and state authorities
  • Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association
  • Strategies being deployed at other colleges and universities.
  • Collaboration with our major regional healthcare providers, Novant Health and Atrium Health

These plans will be revisited and revised as needed over the coming weeks and months as the status of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.



The Plan

The key priorities in developing the Return to Catawba Plan are:

Protect ourselves – daily self-monitoring; frequent hand washing and sanitizing

Protect others – maintain physical distancing, stay home if sick or symptomatic, wear face covering

Protect the Catawba community – keep academic and work spaces clean, participate in testing and contact tracing, follow traffic pattern, stairwell, and entry/exit signs.





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Current Status:


Factors & Descriptions

"Go Remote / Re-Exit Plan"

The College will continuously evaluate the rapidly-evolving situation presented by COVID-19, and has developed a decision plan for transition to remote learning, if necessary. The decision schema will consider factors that are internal to campus, as well as external factors under the guidance of state and local authorities and our local healthcare providers.

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Help Slow the Spread - Protect yourself, your loved ones and your community - simply by using your phone.  It’s easy. All you have to do is download SlowCOVIDNC and you can help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

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Academic Calendar Updates


Due to a possible second wave of COVID-19 in late fall or early winter, we are shifting our Fall 2020 academic calendar to end in-person classes before Thanksgiving. NOTE: The Evening / Adult Academic Calendar is not affected by this shift.

  • August 14-21: Fall Welcome Week
  • August 14: New Students Arrive
  • August 16: Returning residential students who have not already arrived with their athletics teams or leadership groups return (coaches and campus leaders communicate directly with these students).
  • August 17: Opening Convocation at 7:00 p.m. in Shuford Stadium (weather permitting).
  • August 18: First Day of Classes
  • November 24: Last Day of On-Campus Classes 
  • November 30 - December 4: Final Exams (held remotely)

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Update on Fall 2020 Musical Performances:

Required Self-Health Monitoring

Catawba College requires all students and employees to monitor their health daily. In order to assist with self-health monitoring, Catawba has developed a list of questions for students and employees to review and complete every day before entering campus. 


New Resources for Students

Download the SlowCOVIDNC App and help slow the spread by simply using your phone.



We recognize that some of our students may need additional time and space before returning to campus:

  • For returning students, we will have an enhanced selection of online courses. Students may work with their advisors to explore options that are available to them to make satisfactory progress in their degree programs.
  • For first-time students that need the option, we will offer Catawba At Home – the Fall semester courses completely online. Cat@Home Scholars will take a special section of First-Year Semester, as well as several general education courses online. Students will take these courses as a cohort, while participating in enrichment activities that help them connect to our campus community and college experience.
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The New Normal: Keeping You Safe

To mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus, we will work together as a community to adhere to public health recommendations for hygiene, personal protection, and physical distancing.

Daily screening procedures will check for the presence of COVID-19 symptoms. If you experience any symptoms, we want you to stay home or self-isolate. Faculty and staff will work with students to make up work.
Doors, staircases, and hallways may be marked with directional signage to help with flow of foot traffic and allow for physical distancing.
Class sizes may be adjusted, based on recommendations for safe occupancy and physical distancing. We are also exploring options for classes in larger venues, including outdoor spaces.
Everyone will be required to wear masks in hallways, common areas, classrooms, and other indicated areas. We acknowledge that this is an inconvenience; however, masks are our best tools for minimizing potential spread of the virus through respiratory droplets. Masks will not be required in outdoor and personal areas.
We will implement enhanced housekeeping procedures. Restrooms and work spaces will be cleaned according to CDC guidelines, and high-touch objects (i.e. doorknobs and handrails) will be cleaned frequently. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be available in all buildings.
Our Proctor Health Center is staffed by two registered nurses and offers on-campus physician hours for our students. 

Frequently Asked Questions

View the Return to Catawba FAQs regarding returning to the Catawba College campus in Fall 2020.

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See You Soon!