Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information
Frequently Asked Questions
HEALTH AND PREVENTION
Guilford College recommends all members of our community get their information on COVID-19 from official public health organizations and health information sources. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a reliable source of information that the College is using to respond to the challenges of the virus.
The CDC says that older adults and those with serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are at the greatest risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19. However, everyone should be diligent in following these best everyday health practices, as recommended by the CDC, to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus, which include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. See here for more on frequent and effective hand washing.
According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed to the virus, you should contact a medical provider immediately.
GUILFORD PLANNING, COMMUNICATION AND RESPONSE
Appointed by President Jane Fernandes, the Guilford College COVID-19 (coronavirus) Task Force is meeting regularly to monitor developments and to develop contingency planning related to College operations and activities, should anything emerge that necessitates adjustments.
For several weeks now, Guilford has been seeking information from official public health and government agencies on best practices associated with preparing our campus for disruptions associated with the virus. Officials from Guilford have been partnering with official local public health professionals, attending meetings to coordinate efforts, and sharing information on our own Task Force.
GUILFORD ACADEMIC SCHEDULE AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING
Guilford College is committed to doing everything we can to support all students in completing their studies in light of the virus and its impacts. We are providing support and resources to faculty to ensure that teaching and learning can continue, even if disruptions occur or restrictions prevent classes from meeting face-to-face in the future.
“Guilford College is reviewing and assessing all our programming involving travel for risks associated with the virus. We would encourage all our community members to consider the CDC advice for traveling in light of what is known at this time.”
We are here to support each student in making any alternative plans to complete their coursework or to withdraw from a course. The usual deadline for requesting a W grade in a course has been extended two weeks from March 20 to April 3. We will continue to monitor our student needs in the weeks ahead to ensure our withdrawal policies meet the needs of our students. Should students need to withdraw completely from the college due to medical complications, please contact Dean of Students Steve Mencarini. You can learn more about the process for voluntarily withdrawing in the Guilford College Catalog.
The COVID-19 Task Force is working with partners in Hege Library, IT&S and Faculty Development to support the continuity of instruction in light of possible disruptions and restrictions associated with the virus.
DAILY LIFE AT GUILFORD
Our campus food service partner, Meriwether Godsey, has developed a tiered service continuation plan that reflects modified food service practices to address the needs of our community. The Task Force is confident that this plan will meet the needs of our community in the weeks ahead and will work with Meriwether Godsey if we need to modify this plan based on future developments.
The COVID-19 Task Force is working in partnership with our Athletics Director, coaches and others to ensure that we support our athletic schedule in light of guidance from official public health agencies. We are also monitoring the NCAA and other national organizations for their guidance. At this time, we are not recommending any cancellations of athletic events or travel, and we will update the community if this recommendation changes with as much advance notice as possible.
The COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor, coordinate and prepare efforts to ensure that all events at Guilford reflect the best guidance available for mass gatherings from official public health agencies. We are not recommending any cancellations of college-wide programming at this time. If this recommendation changes, we will update the community with as much advance notice as possible.
At Guilford College, diversity and inclusion is grounded in our core values. Guilford’s perspective on diversity is broad-based that requires affirming and emphasizing the identity and experiences of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, and encompassing race, religion and spirituality, age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sex and sexual orientation, immigration status and national origin.As a community, we join with the efforts of those around the world that seek to challenge any personal or institutional bias, racism or xenophobia associated with the virus.
Guilford College supports any member of our community in reporting any bias incident using this resource. Additional support and programming is available through the Intercultural Engagement Center at Guilford College. Please also consult this CDC resource for preventing any stigma associated with the virus.
If you are exhibiting symptoms of the virus or have a confirmed diagnosis of the virus, do not come to work. If you have a household member who has been diagnosed with coronavirus, do not come to work and you must remain self-isolated for 14 days.