Updated for Fall 2021
Welcome to Stronger Together, a group of online resource pages that will help Ferrum College students and their families, faculty, and staff navigate the academic year due to the special circumstances caused by COVID-19. Here, you’ll find information about vaccines, testing, face coverings on campus, campus cleaning standards, arriving on campus, keeping campus healthy, key contacts, move-in information, online check-in, visiting campus, and much more!
Visit our COVID-19 Dashboard page for information about positive case reports and trends.
Life on campus is different than it has been in the past, and each of us must do our part to make sure we stay safe and healthy to have the best experience possible.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
August 5, 2021
I hope you are as excited as I am for a new year of connection, growth, and community. There are great opportunities for us in the months ahead, and I am eager to get underway.
As we navigate through this pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we work together to follow the guidelines I am sharing with you today. Many of these guidelines are familiar to us by now, and exercising them together with civility and grace will benefit us all as we continue to live with our new normal.
We are stronger together.
We are ready to welcome the entire Ferrum College family back to campus for the 2021-22 academic year–students, faculty, and staff. We’ll have some challenges along with our opportunities, to be sure, but as we have seen time and again, when we work together as one, we triumph as one.
Last year, our hard work and determination paid off. Together, we kept each other safe and healthy, and we upheld our motto: not self, but others. I am proud of how well we did last year, and while the world is making progress, we are not wholly through this pandemic. I wish we were, but we are not. Thus, we will need to continue caring for each other, so we can continue spending time together.
THE GUIDELINES BELOW ARE EFFECTIVE MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2021
I want to thank you all in advance for your help with these guidelines.
We all want to return to normal as quickly as possible, and we are nearly there — in person classes, athletics, campus events and activities; it is awesome to be back together! Let’s work together to squash this virus and maintain a campus environment that is safe and healthy for the entire Panther family. I strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated to help us avoid additional restrictions. We are always stronger together, and I am looking forward to a dynamic and rewarding academic year.
David L. Johns, Ph.D.
At this time, Ferrum College strongly encourages all members of our campus community to get vaccinated. We will host a vaccination clinic on campus soon, and urge all students, faculty, and staff (who are able) to get vaccinated. You can also find a vaccination location near you here. Vaccinations are available at no cost to you and they are our best defense in stopping the spread of this virus and getting back to normal.
If you aren’t feeling well, get tested for COVID-19 at a pharmacy or health care provider’s office. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please refrain from participating in campus activities and get tested. Find a testing location near you here. In the future, additional testing may be required.
As we begin to see and feel the impacts of Covid-19 variants in both vaccinated and unvaccinated community members: all students, employees, and visitors must wear face coverings while indoors at this time – regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are mandatory outdoors when social distancing is not feasible or realistic.
We will communicate adjustments regarding face coverings if they change; we are hopeful vaccinated students and employees will no longer need to wear face coverings in the future.
Continue to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19. If you notice symptoms, find a testing site near you right away and get tested. Students contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement. Employees contact Human Resources.
Most classes at Ferrum have returned to in-person instruction with some protocols from our previous semesters remaining in effect for the Fall. Some classes will be offered online or in a hybrid format. Reasonable accommodations will be available for those who cannot attend in-person due to quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.
Key protocols: Face coverings while indoors and continued practice of social distancing. Face coverings are strongly recommended outdoors when social distancing is not feasible or realistic.
The Dining Hall will be open for indoor dining and takeout options will be available. Dining Services employees and diners will need to follow College protocols regarding face coverings when not eating or drinking.
Everyone will be required to wear face coverings during indoor events. For outdoor events where social distancing is not possible, face coverings will be strongly encouraged.
Ferrum College welcomes prospective students and their families, alumni, friends of the college, and vendors to campus. Face coverings are mandatory for all visitors while indoors and are strongly recommended outdoors if social distancing is not possible.
All Ferrum Athletics teams will be competing as scheduled, and student-athletes and athletic staff will follow conference guidance. Currently, spectators are permitted to attend games and must follow Ferrum College’s visitor protocols.
Overnight guests: no overnight guests unless approved by the OSL&E (Office of Student Life and Engagement.
Ferrum College will continue to monitor and adjust protocols based on campus and regional COVID-19 activity, as well as recommendations from the CDC, local department of health, and the Governor’s Office.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
HOW TO STAY HEALTHY & STRONGER TOGETHER
MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING!
(a minimum of 3 feet)
when you or someone in your household are sick.
WEAR YOUR MASK PROPERLY
and disinfect surfaces regularly.
your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
COUGH or SNEEZE
into a tissue, sleeve, or elbow, not your hands.