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Hollins University is taking appropriate action in relation to the global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We are actively monitoring the outbreak and working closely with local and state public health authorities regarding response protocols if required.
This page is intended to provide information about our preparations for the coronavirus, steps that members of the campus community can take to protect themselves from illness, and resources for the latest precautionary measures, travel advisories, and other important news. This is of course a fluid situation that changes on a daily basis, and updates will be issued as circumstances warrant.
Update January 29, 2021
President Hinton shared a brief video message with the campus community in anticipation of the beginning of spring term. Here is a transcript:
Hello. I have missed you, and I’m so excited that in a little more than a week, we will begin to welcome you back home. I know I speak for the faculty and staff in expressing our great excitement for having you back on campus. For those who will be studying remotely, we will miss you, but we honor your decision and look forward to the day when we can all be fully reunited, safely, in community.
Our top priority for this spring remains doing everything we can to be together throughout the spring term. With that in mind, I would like to share a couple of very brief reminders. As you know, this winter has seen a massive surge in coronavirus cases here in Roanoke and across the nation. Therefore we ask, if at all possible, that you self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. While we recognize that this may be more difficult for some than others, we know that the greatest exposure for risk comes from off-campus activities. If you haven’t already done so, please begin your self-quarantine now.
Likewise, please know that our Culture of Care, which was so essential to our success last fall, will remain in effect in all ways for the coming spring term. If you’ve not already done so, please complete the Culture of Care agreement that you received by email last week. As we did last semester, we will continue to require masks at all times, physical distancing in our interactions, no visitors in rooms, and limited sizes for in-person gatherings. While we regret to have to continue these approaches, we know that they are essential, and it is a small price to pay to be together. We will also continue our testing regimen each week, as it was very helpful to us in containing and mitigating the spread on campus.
Again, we look forward to the coming term and to seeing so many of you once again. I’m excited to be in community with you, whether it’s in person or remotely.
Update January 15, 2021
While we continue to monitor closely the constantly changing circumstances of this pandemic, there are certain aspects of our approach to the spring term that we know will remain firm.
First and foremost, we will continue to rely upon our Culture of Care guidelines to help reduce risk through mutual accountability and collective responsibility. The wearing of masks on campus, maintaining six feet of physical distance for interactions, and daily monitoring of symptoms will continue to be a part of daily life at Hollins. While we know people are tired of COVID-19, we saw last fall how incredibly effective these public health protocols can be in mitigating risk to our broader campus community.
Second, we will again expect all those who plan to return on campus—be it students returning to live in residence or faculty and staff who will work regularly on campus—to sign a Culture of Care agreement for spring term. Furthermore, all students will be asked again to self-quarantine for a total of 14 days prior to returning to campus. While we recognize that this may be more difficult for some than others, we saw last fall and know from research that the greatest risks to our being in community come from activity away from campus, and the fewer individuals who return to campus testing positive, the better our chances of having a full term as planned.
At present, spring term courses will begin on Wednesday, February 10. Phased move-in for all students who have chosen to be in residence for the term will begin on Thursday, February 4. Should anything in the coming weeks affect these plans, we will update the community as soon as possible.
Update December 11, 2020
As Hollins began its Winter Break, President Hinton shared this message with students, faculty, and staff:
With a full and grateful heart, I thank you for all you have done to make this semester possible. Your commitment to the Culture of Care has been remarkable, enabling us to have one of the lowest rates of COVID positivity among colleges and universities. We have remained a close-knit community, fueled by love, whether we were together on campus, or spread across the globe.This video shares some of the many amazing accomplishments of Hollins. Here is an infographic with many of the stats shared in the video.