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CNU Alert: CNU is conducting a test of the emergency notification systems. Testing is critical to our success in the event of a "real world" emergency. No further action is required. Thank you for your patience as we refine our capabilities. Christopher Newport University's Emergency Notifications System: There are two primary electronic communication methods. In the event of a real-time emergency where students, faculty and staff need to take immediate action, a text message will be sent via this alert system. Other system components such as, email, calls to landline and cell phones, social media, and internal computer overrides may also be used. This type of communication will go to all individuals registered in the cnualert system. In all other cases where there is not an emergency or immediate threat, information will be sent by email to Christopher Newport University students, faculty and staff via the cnu.edu email system. This notification is intended only for members of the Christopher Newport University community who attend classes or work on campus so that they may make plans regarding their daily activities. Thank you for your continued support in Christopher Newport University's emergency management and public safety programs.

Updated: 09/10/2020 10:35 AM


Important Health Notice - August 15, 2020

An email from Vice President of Student Affairs Kevin Hughes to students, faculty and staff:

Christopher Newport University has received unconfirmed reports that three students have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The university and the students, each of whom has no connection to the others, await verification from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding test results. This notice is being sent to provide information as well as to direct all community members to take appropriate and required precautions in preventing the spread of the virus.

Consistent with the university's approved reopening plan, each student is in isolation; all are at off-campus locations. The students did not interact with each other nor were they in the same location.

  • A commuter student was in the Freeman Center for less than 30 minutes during the week before feeling ill and leaving campus.
  • An asymptomatic resident was directed to seek a test after potential exposure to a non-university friend from back home.
  • A residential student experiencing no symptoms was on campus for less than two hours while moving into the residence hall.

The university has implemented community tracing procedures based on these cases. Any community members who may have been in direct contact with these students and who also meet the VDH guidelines for exposure risk (15+ minutes interaction, less than 6 feet apart, without masks, within 48 hours of symptom onset/test) have been notified and directed to quarantine. As appropriate, cleaning and disinfecting measures are occurring.

All members of the Christopher Newport University community are reminded of their obligations to help prevent the spread of the virus. These preventive steps have been shared in previous communications and include:

  • Completion of the required Return to Campus training found in the Knowledge Center (employees) or Scholar (students)
  • Completion of the daily symptom screener every day, regardless of your intention to be on campus
  • Wearing a mask while on campus
  • Practicing physical distancing of at least 6 feet
  • Limiting on and off-campus gatherings to the permissible numbers outlined in university policies and the commonwealth of Virginia orders
    • Physical distancing and mask requirements remain applicable in these gatherings
  • Informing the university immediately whenever a COVID-19 test is taken, a positive COVID-19 test result is received, and/or isolation/quarantine is ordered by a health professional or university official
    • Students must notify the Office of Student Affairs at dosa@cnu.edu or 594-7160
    • Faculty and staff must contact Human Resources (hr-tracker@cnu.edu) 594-7145 and their department chair and dean or supervisor
  • Cooperating with university officials if/when contacted regarding symptom screenings, contact tracing, and/or other university requests
    • The university will directly notify those students, faculty and staff who may have been exposed so that quarantining and other measures can be directed.

As a final reminder, we must all continue to follow the physical distancing, mask wearing, sanitizing, hand washing, and other guidance and directives from the university as well as the commonwealth through Executive Orders and the Virginia Department of Health.

We are notifying the campus under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. It establishes requirements regarding health and safety information that the University must share. In this instance, it is the first indication of an on-campus case in a pandemic.

Full details are available at cnu.edu/relaunch and cnu.edu/coronavirus.


Christopher Newport University's Emergency Notifications System:

There are two primary electronic communication methods.

In the event of a real-time emergency (tornado, shooter, etc...) where students, faculty and staff need to take immediate action, a text message will be sent via this alert system. Other system components such as, email, calls to landline and cell phones, social media, and internal computer overrides may also be used. This type of communication will go to all individuals registered in the cnualert system.

In all other cases where there is not an emergency or immediate threat, information will be sent by email to Christopher Newport University students, faculty and staff via the cnu.edu email system. This notification is intended only for members of the Christopher Newport University community who attend classes or work on campus so that they may make plans regarding their daily activities.