D&E continues its reputation as a model campus across West Virginia and the nation, even as the rate of positive cases has spiked upward in the state and U.S. The college wrapped up its second week of random testing this week, a testing sample that must constitute 10 percent of the student population. The PCR test, which is recognized as the “gold standard” of COVID-19 tests, is utilized on our campus and all tests came back negative! This is certainly a tribute to the diligence of students and their commitment to following established safety protocols.

However, while all of the random tests were negative, four students tested positive after going to health facilities following suspected/known exposure or feeling symptomatic. Additionally, at least two of the positives stemmed from off-campus sources. Since some of the positive cases are student-athletes, the appropriate teams have been quarantined in addition to other safety measures.

And while we should feel great about this continued commitment to safety and health on the D&E Campus, every day is a battle with COVID-19. We all must remain strong in our health practices that include wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and staying away from crowds and parties. The continued, normal delivery of courses depends on everyone’s continued efforts to be careful and conscientious. Campus health is a shared responsibility.

Student activities schedule: Food Truck Friday and the return of axe throwing!

The following is the schedule of FREE activities for this weekend and next weekend. Be sure to wear your face mask, keep your hands clean, and practice social distancing.

Friday, October 16

Food Truck Friday; Halliehurst (small lawn facing Roxanna Booth Hall); 8-11 p.m.

Senator Entertainment, with support from D&E Dining Services, is proud to host another Food Truck Friday! Davis & Elkins College is happy to offer the culinary delights of Mr. Elijah Cordle. Aspiring Chef Cordle is preparing tasty treats for you to enjoy Friday evening. The best part is that the cost is covered by Senator Entertainment!

Saturday, October 17

The Return of Axe Throwing; Front Campus Lawn; 3-6 p.m.

Due to the overwhelming response (and positive student feedback) to Axe Throwing last month, Senator Entertainment is happy to host this event once again. If you missed it the first time, here is your chance to participate or just watch. Safe demonstration and COVID-19 precautions. Presented by Appalachian Axe Company.

NOTE: These activities/events are FREE! Be sure to wear your face mask, keep your hands clean, practice social distancing, and follow D&E COVID-19 safety policies. And have fun!

Two on-campus events postponed

Two group activities scheduled to be held on campus have been postponed for precautionary reasons. The D&E Greek Formal and ISO (International Student Organization) Picnic have been postponed due to an increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide. Ultimately, the health of those on campus is the top priority. Information will be communicated as to whether these events will be rescheduled or canceled entirely.

The deadline for required online training on ‘Bystander Intervention’ is next week

D&E students will receive an email from Safe Colleges containing the link to “Bystander Intervention for Students.” This training is required for students and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The deadline for students to complete this training is October 23 at 5:00 p.m. A hold will be placed on the account of any student failing to complete this required training.

Your COVID-19 behavior impacts the entire D&E campus

Students are reminded that they will be held accountable for their actions, and measures will be taken for violators. 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). Serious disciplinary actions have already been taken for violation of safety protocols on campus. If you see a violation of the College Code of Conduct, you can report it using this form. We all share the responsibility of keeping D&E healthy and safe.

Fitness areas remain open on campus

Students are reminded that fitness areas are open on campus, including the Myles Ahead Walking Track. Using these facilities means that you should practice safety guidelines outlined by D&E.

Spring 2021 schedule available; registration November 3

The Spring 2021 course schedule is available. All students should review the course offerings and make an appointment with your faculty advisor soon to discuss your plans for the upcoming semester and progress toward graduation. Registration for the Spring Semester will take place on Tuesday, November 3.

Academic schedule reminders

November 3 – Register for Spring 2020 courses

November 4 – Last day to withdraw from a course with a “W”

November 20 – Last day of classes

November 21 – Final exams begin

November 25 – Last Day of Final Exams

December 1 – All grades are due by 1:00 p.m.

Reminder: Non-essential travel protocol

D&E continues to strongly discourage travel outside the 90-mile commuter zone. If you engage in non-essential travel, a strict process has been put in place to protect the D&E community. For pre-approved “essential travel” designation, students must consult with the Campus Nurse, the Dean of Students, or the Academic Dean before travel occurs. Essential travel will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

If you choose to travel and your travel is deemed non-essential, your return to campus will be processed in the following manner, including assessed fees for specific services during your quarantine period.

  1. You must check-in with the D&E Office of Public Safety. From there, you will be escorted to a private quarantine room in the Byrd Center.
  2. Quarantine begins the day you arrive back to campus – Day 0. You will be tested for COVID-19 on Day 4 by the Campus Nurse. You may not leave quarantine until your test results are received and they are negative. COVID testing is self-pay (you provide your health insurance information to the nurse).
  3. Quarantine means you may not leave the room and you may not have visitors.
  4. Your classes will be delivered in an online format. It is your responsibility to communicate with your faculty.
  5. Food will be delivered to you. You must fill out the meals form before meals will be delivered.
  6. You will be assessed a meal delivery charge, a cleaning fee, and a COVID testing fee.
  7. If you test positive for COVID, quarantine continues for 10 more days, provided symptoms do not manifest.
  8. Failure to report to the Office of Public Safety after a travel excursion is in violation of the college’s code of conduct, which will result in sanctions (ranging from/including fines, residence hall suspension, and expulsion).

Help keep our campus safe. Stay out of large crowds and practice safety protocols that include wearing a face mask, social distancing, and washing your hands. By following safety guidelines, the campus stays open.

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 wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and stay well.