COVID-19 Update, May 15, 2020

Dear Davis & Elkins College community,

There are new Senator alumni out there in the world, and we couldn’t be happier! Congratulations to our new D&E graduates and best wishes for their future plans to positively impact our world!

Regular student updates to continue through summer

We will continue to send you an update every Friday to keep you abreast of what’s going on at D&E. Staying in touch with students is essential during these unique times. The global pandemic has interrupted the normal flow of planning as we look ahead to the Fall 2020 semester and it is more important than ever that you stay updated. We look forward to providing you with this vital information.

Task force formed to prepare for reopening of campus

President Chris Wood has formed a task force whose charge is to prepare for the reopening of the D&E campus. The task force will be comprised of 11 administrative officials from across campus in a comprehensive approach to meeting student expectations for the fall. “I am forming a task force to prepare all aspects of our campus life to reopen as safely as possible during this pandemic. The work of this task force is of the utmost importance,” Wood said. “March 17 was the date we sent students home and moved the campus to Level II of the Pandemic Protocol necessitating all non-essential employees work from home. Since that time, we have been anticipating the return of employees and students as the campus reopens to fulfill our purpose of transforming the lives of students.” The task force’s first meeting was held via video conference this week, with meetings expected to continue through July. The D&E Board of Trustees has also formed a Pandemic Response Task Force to assist, as necessary. 

D&E pluses in a COVID-19 world

The world of higher education was not immune to the global health crisis and, as colleges and universities around the world look ahead to reopening their campuses, it becomes clear that D&E has some things working in its favor.

  • D&E is located in West Virginia, which has among the fewest COVID-19 cases in the nation. West Virginia ranks 47th* in the number of coronavirus cases among the 55 U.S. states and territories.
  • D&E has advantages of a smaller campus population and small classroom sizes with low student-to-teacher ratios.
  • D&E continues to collaborate and coordinate with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services (DHHR), and the Randolph County Health Department.

* Source: Statista, as of May 14, 2020

Housing updates

Housing sign-ups for the 2020-21 academic year are now in full swing. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors must complete a Housing Request Form via the Online Housing Request Form. Please remember that single occupancy rooms are limited and are assigned on an availability basis. Each and every resident desiring a single room must complete a separate Single Room Application by accessing the Online Single Room Application. You must sign in and use your D&E email address when completing this form and you may only fill out this form once. Each request is reviewed and determined on a case-by-case basis. The cost of a single occupancy room is $4,000 per semester. Should you need to make changes to your submission or if you require a single room for medical reasons, please contact Ms. Kate Garlick, Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX & Section 504 Coordinator, in the Office of Student Life, at

Commencement plans for Homecoming Weekend

Our new graduates voted to hold commencement exercises during D&E Homecoming Weekend, which will be held Sept. 18-20. The process of planning commencement is under way, and it is our goal to give our new graduates the proper recognition they deserve.

Please practice social distancing and stay well.


Dr. Rosemary Thomas

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement