COVID-19 Update, June 12, 2020

Dear Davis & Elkins College community,

As we get ready to officially welcome summer next week on the Davis & Elkins College campus, you can see much activity to ready the campus for the fall semester. From ensuring that we provide a clean and healthy environment to working on new and exciting academic offerings to watching the last phase of construction on the newly renovated Myles Center for the Arts and Myles Plaza, students have a lot to look forward to in August!

Student Housing Update

Returning residential students received their housing assignments via D&E email on Monday, June 1. If you have not yet received your housing assignment, please contact Kate Garlick, Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX & Section 504 Coordinator, in the Office of Student Life at Returning residential students with holds on their accounts will not receive their housing assignments until the hold is resolved.

As of 1:00 p.m. today (Friday, June 12, 2020), new residential students began to receive their housing assignments via email. Housing assignments will be sent on a weekly basis until all residential students are housed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, housing assignments may be temporary or change, as necessary. D&E does not guarantee specific halls, rooms, or roommates, and reserves the right to assign or reassign residents to other rooms and halls, as necessary.

Fall 2020 Move-In and Check-In Procedures

To follow the release of the housing assignments to/for the new residential students today (Friday, June 12, 2020), you will receive details of D&E’s phased move-in and check-in process next week.  Being a part of Senator Nation means each of us must take extraordinary steps to stay well and persistently protect each other, on campus and in the community.  Accountable together, we pledge to take responsibility for our own health, the protection of others and help keep the D&E community safe from spread of COVID-19 and other infections.

To help minimize risk of asymptomatic spread when you return to or arrive on campus, we ask that you observe the recommendations below:

  • Follow physical/social distancing, face covering, and handwashing guidelines – especially while in transit

  • Self-isolate at home 7 days prior to return to campus. Interaction with immediate family members is fine, but community exposure should be discontinued.

  • Check for the symptoms of COVID-19 daily prior to leaving for campus.  Do not leave for campus if you or another family member is sick.

  • Avoid large gatherings and crowds when possible.

Reporting phase of Re-opening Task Force

As you know from previous student updates, D&E has formed the Re-opening Task Force to address various facets of welcoming students back to campus. President Chris Wood formed the task force to take a comprehensive approach to reopening and said subcommittees are working on their reports. Subcommittees will continue to meet throughout the summer in preparation for the return of students in August. Guidelines, protocols and schedule modifications will be put into place to protect the entire campus community.

Compressed Fall 2020 academic calendar

As a reminder, D&E has adopted a compressed academic calendar for Fall 2020. The first day of classes will be Monday, August 17, and the last day of classes will be Friday, November 20. Finals will run Saturday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 25.

Mountain East Conference announces plans for fall competition

The Mountain East Conference has submitted its plans for athletic competition during the Fall 2020 semester. The MEC’s Return to Competition Plan is contingent upon state and local public health guidelines and any potential adjustments made by the NCAA. “Due to the one-year NCAA mandated reduction of maximum contests in all Division II sports, the MEC’s plan for 2020-21 includes the elimination of non-conference play for football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball,” the MEC wrote. “Additionally, the league announced the start dates for practice for football (August 17) and all other fall sports (August 24), with competition for MEC fall sports beginning as early as Sept. 10.” Read the full MEC update for Fall 2020 competition here.

Please practice social distancing and stay well.


Dr. Rosemary Thomas

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement