COVID-19 Update, August 14, 2020

Dear Davis & Elkins College community,

The Fall 2020 semester is here! We want to do everything we can to make sure you are safe and healthy as you arrive on campus, and it’s important that you stay healthy after your arrival. Arriving students will be tested for COVID-19, which is required before they may attend classes. Students must complete a COVID-19 Screening Form to bring with them for COVID-19 testing. Students moving in are also required to wear face masks and practice social distancing, as are those family members accompanying them. We must all do our parts to help eliminate this virus, as we remind you that campus health and wellness is, ultimately, a shared responsibility. Your efforts will help keep you and your fellow members of the D&E community healthy.

Thank you, and welcome to campus!

URGENT: State changes to D&E student COVID-19 testing on campus

As a result of directives from the State of West Virginia, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and Governor Jim Justice, COVID-19 testing will be administered to all D&E students. A COVID-19 Screening Form must be completed by all students prior to screening. Note: Testing is required in advance of starting classes.

All students not previously tested, already moved in and residing ON CAMPUS as well as all commuters not previously tested must report to Halliehurst porch TODAY Friday, August 14 during these hours based on the following alphabetical segmentation (based on last name):  

A-F                  8:30

G-L                 9:30

M-R                10:30

S-Z                 11:30

Students arriving the weekend of August 15-16 will be tested on Monday, August 17.

Reminder: Again, a COVID-19 Screening Form must be completed by all students prior to screening. Testing is required in advance of starting classes.

If you are unable to report as required, please direct all questions to Ms. Megan Walters, Student Navigator, at

Move-in process for all residential students (new and returning): Limited visitors, face masks, and social distancing

All residential students (new and returning) will arrive on campus and move items into rooms according to the block of time you have reserved. During these blocks of time, only 5 students and their accompanying family members (no more than 2 additional family members) will be permitted in each residence hall to move in. Full details on the Phased Move-in process can be found here.

New student orientation and returning student check-in sessions August 15-16

New student orientation and returning student check-in sessions have been scheduled for August 15 and August 16, respectively. The sessions are as follows:

Orientation Check-in for New Students

  • Saturday, August 15; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Booth Library Bridge

  • Social distancing schedule according to first letter of last name:

    • A-F 8 a.m.

    • G-L 9 a.m.

    • M-R 10 a.m.

    • S-Z 11 a.m.


Check-in for Returning Students

  • Sunday, August 16; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Booth Library Bridge

  • Social distancing schedule according to first letter of last name:

    • A-D 8 a.m.

    • E-H 9 a.m.

    • I-L 10 a.m.

    • M-O 11 a.m.

    • P-S 12 p.m.

    • T-Z 1 p.m.

Saturday afternoon matriculation event postponed

D&E’s Matriculation Convocation event scheduled for Saturday, August 16, at 2:45 p.m. at the Outdoor Amphitheater has been postponed due to anticipated inclement weather. Matriculation Convocation is a time-honored and formal ceremony in which members of the Davis & Elkins College Board of Trustees, senior administrators, faculty, and staff welcome first-year students to the Davis & Elkins College community. The event is expected to be rescheduled for a date in early October and will be held in the newly renovated Myles Center for the Arts.

“No Party” Message

You can help our College continue to have on-campus instruction by making good choices and adhering to safety protocols. House/suite parties, going to bars, and gathering in large groups will very likely increase the community spread of COVID-19 and decrease the likelihood that we are back to normal anytime soon. These negative behaviors that could harm our community cannot be tolerated. Violations of the Davis & Elkins College Code of Conduct will be processed in accordance with the discipline policy (sanctions range from/include fines, residence hall suspension, and expulsion).

Mountain East Conference postpones fall sports until spring semester

The MEC announced Thursday afternoon that all fall sports would be postponed until the spring semester. Additionally, competition for winter sports will be pushed back, with no events occurring earlier than November 1, 2020. Read the full MEC announcement.

D&E student-athletes are encouraged to review the Athletics COVID-19 resource page by clicking here.

Video: The ‘new normal’ at D&E

As students arrive on the D&E campus for the Fall 2020 semester, you will get a glimpse of what life will be like during the COVID-19 pandemic. What will daily life be like? Different. The safety measures that will be part of your collegiate life are necessary to keep the D&E community healthy, but everyone will need to work together. Watch the video here.

D&E student health checklist: What you need to bring to campus

In order to make sure our students are healthy and safe, we have undertaken a number of measures over the last several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of our responsibility is to instill responsibilities in you, as a D&E student, to come to campus fully prepared in these unusual times. All Students are asked to come to campus with their own Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and over the counter (OTC) medication supplies. Those items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • thermometer (digital)

  • masks (medical grade if of high risk to infection due to comorbidity)

  • disinfectant wipes

  • hand sanitizer – large bottle for residence hall room and pocket size for carrying around campus

  • cold and allergy medications of choice

  • pain/fever reliever (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.)

By coming to campus prepared and with the appropriate supplies, you can decrease or even eliminate routine visits to Student Health. For a comprehensive list of items to bring with you to campus, please visit this link.

D&E Bookstore

The D&E Bookstore will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Students are encouraged to purchase their books online and pick them up at the D&E Bookstore during specified, in-store, pick-up hours. For online orders, click here.

Guide for Returning to Campus on the D&E website

D&E has released its Guide for Returning to Campus, a comprehensive plan assembled by the Davis & Elkins College Re-opening Task Force in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The guide is available on the D&E website and is accessible by clicking this link.

Check this weekly student update, the D&E Mobile App, and your email regularly for updates. The Emergency Notification System (nixle) will also be used as appropriate.


Please practice social distancing and stay well.

Dr. Rosemary Thomas

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement