COVID-19 Update, June 5, 2020

Dear Davis & Elkins College community,

While temperatures and breezes feel like summer on the Davis & Elkins College campus, we also see our nation enveloped in the cloudy darkness of racial violence and injustice. In leading a positively charged institution that strives to be free of any discrimination, President Chris Wood delivered a statement this week on the death of George Floyd, social injustice, and D&E’s role in helping to right society’s wrongs. You may read that full statement here.

Compressed academic calendar announced for Fall 2020

D&E will adopt a compressed academic calendar for the Fall 2020 semester. The first day of classes for the semester will be Monday, August 17, and the last day of classes will be Friday, November 20. Finals will run from Saturday, November 21, through Wednesday, November 25. Students will depart for home after final exams and will not return until the Spring 2021 semester. By adopting this revised schedule, we hope to both meet our academic goals and increase the chances for a healthy and safe semester. (Campus access and move-in details will be provided soon)

Summer enrollment still open

There is still time to enroll for Summer Term B and Summer B Alternate Term courses. Summer Term B courses run from June 15 through July 10, while Summer B Alternate Term courses will be held June 29 through July 24. Please speak with your academic advisor if you have any questions.

Randolph County sees spike in COVID-19 cases

There has been an increase of COVID-19 cases in Randolph County, West Virginia, with approximately 100 new cases over the past two weeks. These cases have primarily been reported at Huttonsville Correctional Center and have affected mainly the inmate population of this prison. Huttonsville Correctional Center is approximately 21 miles from the Davis & Elkins College Campus. Randolph County is geographically the largest county in the state of West Virginia, encompassing approximately 1,040 square miles, and is one of the largest counties east of the Mississippi River. Although the spike is concerning, Randolph County and the State of West Virginia still have among the lowest number of COVID-19 cases. We will continue to monitor this pandemic.

Housing assignments delivered

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 Ms. 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. Starting Friday, June 12, new residential students will begin 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.

Counseling and Wellness Services will be closed in June and July

The Office of Counseling and Wellness Services will be closed in June and July. For all non-emergency/non-urgent Counseling and Wellness Services-related questions during this time, please contact the Office of Student Life at 304-637-1211. The Office of Public Safety is available 24/7 and can be reached at 304-704-9111. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Please practice social distancing and stay well.


Dr. Rosemary Thomas

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement