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Updated: 03/18/2020 4:15 PM

COVID-19 Update - June 12, 2020

An email from President Paul Trible to students, families, faculty and staff:

I am pleased to announce Christopher Newport's plans for the fall semester. Pursuant to guidance from the Governor and the Virginia Department of Health, we will reopen our campus August 3 when members of our staff begin to return. Our freshmen will move into residence halls the weekend of August 7, 8 and 9 and all other students will return the following weekend. In-person classes will begin Monday, August 17. There will be no fall break and classes will end Friday, November 20, the week prior to Thanksgiving. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving. Final exams will be online and will begin Monday, November 30.

The changes to the academic schedule will reduce the number of times students leave and return to campus during the semester and will also allow for completion of the semester before a possible second round of the virus or the flu season intensifies.

Life on campus will be different when we return. There will be significant adjustments to academic, student and athletic activities. Housing, dining, student programs, recreation, and the way we all work will be conducted with the goal of reducing risks and remaining flexible as circumstances change.

All of us will be asked to take steps to protect our own health and the health of all those around us. Health and safety protocols will be shared with the campus community over the next several weeks and will include expectations for health screening, sanitizing, face coverings and physical distancing. There will be special provisions for those who are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. Appropriate measures will be available for the detection of the virus and contact tracing. We will be prepared to isolate or quarantine students.

We invite you to visit for additional information. The site will continue to be updated as we prepare for our return to campus.

We will do this together and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Full details are available at and

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 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.