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Remain at Catawba.

Spring 2021 Semester Information

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 remaining on campus in Spring 2021.

Catawba’s policies and protocols for responding to this pandemic are and will continue to be rooted in safety for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. Our primary goals are to protect Catawba’s community while meeting our Mission to provide students an education rich in personal attention that blends the knowledge and competencies of liberal studies with career preparation. 

This Remain at Catawba plan will remain aligned and in concert with the State of North Carolina’s Phased Reopening Model, Governor Cooper’s relevant Executive Orders, and guidance from local officials, the North Carolina Department of Public Health and other agencies, and Federal officials such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). 

Catawba’s knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve. Catawba will update these policies and plans as appropriate and as more information continues to become available.


Mandatory Testing Plan

In January, all students and employees were required to complete mandatory, COVID-19 entry testing on campus. In addition, all students, faculty (including adjunct instructors), and staff who either teach or are enrolled in a face to face or hybrid class are required to complete COVID-19 testing on campus as set forth in the document below (free of charge).


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Remain at Catawba Plan

The "Remain at Catawba" Plan

The key priorities in developing the Remain at 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.

Catawba students and employees are to comply fully with all policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in this Remain at Catawba plan. 




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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


Below are some key dates for the Spring 2021 Semester:

  • January 21: Orientation for Transfer, New, and Re-Entering Students / Residence Halls Open
  • January 22: Registration for New Students / Advising for Returning Students
  • January 25: Classes Begin

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Symptom Monitoring Requirement

Students and employees will be required to conduct a daily self-health monitoring prior to arriving on campus or engaging in on-campus activity. Catawba has developed a self-health questionnaire for students and employees to complete each day, also accessible through the COVID-19 icon on the Catawba app.


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 resources 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 continue to 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 is required to wear face coverings in hallways, common areas, classrooms, and other indicated areas. We acknowledge that this is an inconvenience; however, face coverings are our best tools for minimizing potential spread of the virus through respiratory droplets. Face coverings are not required in outdoor and personal areas.
We have implemented enhanced housekeeping procedures. Restrooms and work spaces are being cleaned according to CDC guidelines, and high-touch objects (i.e. doorknobs and handrails) will be cleaned frequently. Additional hand sanitizing stations are 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 FAQs regarding returning and remaining on the Catawba College campus.

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