In less than three weeks, Davis & Elkins College will commence our Fall 2021 semester. While mask mandates and protocols for prevention of COVID-19 have evolved, we remain committed to keeping the D&E community healthy and safe. We remain optimistic but keenly aware of the ever-changing COVID landscape based on hourly updates on the DELTA variant. This is the plan as of TODAY and we will do our best to hold the line… but we need your help, commitment, and compliance.

Vaccinations & Prevention
For the Fall 2021 semester, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask on campus. While vaccination is not a requirement and we will no longer require COVID-19 health screening on campus, it is our hope students will take this important and proactive step to protect themselves and each other.

Non-vaccinated persons are required to wear a mask on campus and in all campus facilities and continue practicing social distancing. Travel restrictions will be imposed according to state and local guidelines.

If you are unvaccinated, you must present a negative COVID test no more than 72 hours old upon your return to campus. This is intended to ensure your safety as well as the safety of those within the campus community.

Throughout the Fall semester, D&E will continue to provide free vaccinations to any student. Testing will be administered to those who present with symptoms. Any unvaccinated individual who receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis requiring mandatory quarantine at the Byrd Conference Center will receive meal delivery, with any additional charges assessed to the student. Please note: online course delivery or participation is not an option for missed class time.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund checks available for qualifying students
Additional aid from the Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) will be distributed for the 2021-22 academic year.

It is important to note the amount of aid allocated to students will be dependent upon whether students are vaccinated for COVID-19.

The amount of aid distributed to students is as follows:
• PELL eligible with COVID-19 vaccination $2,000
• PELL eligible without COVID-19 vaccination $1,750
• non-PELL eligible with COVID-19 vaccination $1,500
• non-PELL eligible without COVID-19 vaccination $1,250

To qualify for the full amount listed above, you must submit proof that you have been fully vaccinated by presenting a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card by August 16, 2021. You may email a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to These funds will be disbursed on or before September 1, 2021.

This aid is in addition to other financial aid you may be awarded. Click here to access the “Election to Apply” form for you to complete, sign, date, and return so, if you choose, this aid can be applied to any unpaid balance on your account. Recipients of checks will be required to pick them up in person at the D&E Business Office located in Liberal Arts Hall.

As a reminder, please review the email sent to you on July 1, 2021, for additional information related to accessing the Self-Service Portal, Proxy Account instructions, and setting up a Payment Plan. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Samantha Rader at (304) 637-1323 or Laurie Chestnut at (304) 637-1981.

Fall 2021 Semester
Classes for the Fall 2021 Semester begin on Monday, August 16, 2021. Student housing opens the day before on August 15. Any student wishing to add or drop a class may do so by Friday, August 20, except for RN/BSN students, who have until Monday, August 23, to do so.

Be sure to watch for and read campus updates in the weeks leading up to the start of the Fall 2021 semester at D&E!