Campus Updates

Emory & Henry College is constantly monitoring this evolving situation and the latest COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) updates will be posted here.

  • June 10, 2020-Emory & Henry College Announces Plans for Fall Semester

    Classes will resume on the Emory campus on August 17.

    Based on recommendations from the College’s COVID-19 Task Force, classes on the Emory campus will begin on Monday, August 17 and the semester will end on Tuesday, November 24, prior to Thanksgiving. 

    This amended calendar ensures that the College complete a full semester of instruction, meeting all requirements for class days and other directives of the Department of Education, and provides that students do not have to travel and return to campus after the holiday, avoiding the concerns over a resurgence of the virus in the late fall.

    The fall semester will be divided into two 7-week terms, based upon the student’s current class schedule. Details about daily class scheduling and distribution of classes between the two terms will follow. Every effort is being made to build in safe distancing and other health measures, in accordance with public health guidelines.

    The main goal is to provide the distinctive quality educational experience that Emory & Henry students value and have come to expect. In preparing for fall classes, faculty are taking into account the need to be flexible, adaptive and creative regarding the uncertain situation.

    The COVID-19 Task Force has been meeting regularly to consider the possible contingencies for operations going forward. In order to do so, the College has to ensure that every policy and practice on campus is thoroughly studied and is designed to guard the health and safety of all of those in the campus community; to that end, a number of working groups are exploring and making recommendations on a full range of scenarios on campus that must be considered. Emory & Henry will share these plans as they become finalized. 

    Emory & Henry continues to track and monitor information from public health officials and from the governor’s office that will help shape the ultimate plans for the fall semester. 

    Classes on the Marion campus will begin August 24; details of the School of Health Sciences calendar will be available separately.

  • June 10, 2020-CARES HERFF 30-Day Report

    Emory & Henry College (the “College”) acknowledges that on May 7, 2020 the college signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the college has and intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18001(a)(1) of the CARES act to provide Emergency Financial aid grant to students.

    The college’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding was awarded on May 12, 2020, and we received $631,120 to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance include such items as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. 

    As of June 12, 2020, $562,700 has been distributed to 1064 students under Section 18004(a)(1) to student to students either via paper check or e-check.  There are currently 1100 students that are eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency funds.

    The following method was used to determine which students received Emergency Financial Grants and how much they will receive:

    All Emory & Henry College students, both graduate and undergraduate, who were enrolled on March 13, 2020, and who have a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal student Aid) form on file with the College, shall receive $250.00 to help cover expenses related to the disruption of their education. Students ineligible to file a FAFSA form under federal law include international students, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, and those under 18 years of age who might be attending the College as part of a dual enrollment program. 

    Because the cancellation of in-person classes was especially impactful on residential undergraduate students who were living on campus and participating in a meal plan but were forced to move out and look elsewhere for food and shelter, residential undergraduate students will be awarded an additional amount depending upon their estimated family contribution (“EFC”) as determined by their FAFSA form. The following four bands (1 being the highest need and 4 being the lowest need) and amounts will apply: Band 1- $600; Band 2 - $400; Band 3 - $300; and Band 4 - $100. Thus, eligible undergraduate students will receive between $250 (base award) and $850 (base award plus band 1 financial grant for residential student). 

    The following information was shared with students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

    Please note that students who are not claimed by a parent or parents as a dependent for federal tax purposes, which should include most graduate students, are eligible for $1,200.00 in federal stimulus funds provided they filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. Visit www.irs.gov for more information. 

    In addition, the remaining CARES funds will be combined with a $33,333.00 grant received by the College from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (“VFIC”) to create an application-based pool of emergency relief funds totaling nearly $100,000.00 provide financial assistance to students demonstrating extreme financial hardship. 

    Qualifying undergraduate and graduate students may apply for emergency financial relief. To be considered, applications must be received in the Financial Aid Office (scblevins@ehc.edu or ehfinaid@ehc.edu) by JUNE 22, 2020. Examples of the type of emergency and extreme hardship financial relief available includes: 

    • Replacement textbooks, or e-book rentals, for students who were using library copies or sharing with friends, or were not able to retrieve from campus. 
    • Packaging and shipping or storage of personal items left on campus. 
    • Short-term support with food, rent, and or necessary personal items for displaced students. 
    • Short-term assistance with access to Wi-Fi service for students who do not (but could) have Wi-Fi at home. 
    • Providing laptops or Chromebooks for students who lack access to hardware for competing courses. 
    • Mental health assessment and counseling services with providers in students’ home communities. 

    For students returning next year whose family’s financial situation has been impacted by coronavirus or another change in circumstance, they are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to inquire amount the Special Circumstance Process, which could change the amount of financial aid awarded. 

    Emory & Henry College is committed to assisting students during these unprecedented times so that they may complete their education. For questions, please contact: 

    Scarlett Blevins, Director of Financial Aid
    Emory & Henry College
    P.O. Box 947
    Emory, VA 24327
    276-944-6229
    scblevins@ehc.edu ehfinaid@ehc.edu 


    The following letter was sent with paper checks(An email was sent to those students receiving an e-check:

    Dear Emory & Henry Student:

    In an effort to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our students and their families, we are pleased to provide you with a check to help with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the virus. 

    Emory & Henry received $631,120 as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act in order to provide emergency financial aid grants in the form of direct cash payments for such items as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. The Internal Revenue Service has determined that these funds will not be considered taxable income. It is not necessary to provide us with documentation on how you use your funds.   

    The College opted to distribute the federal funds using the following approximate numbers: 

    • 47% of the funds will be used to makeacross the board payments of $250 to qualifying graduate and undergraduate students. To qualify, a student must be a United States citizen and must have had a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form on file with the College as of March 13, 2020. The way the law is written, international and DACA students do not qualify, nor do dual enrollment students.
    • 42% will providerelief to qualifying residential undergraduate students who were most severely impacted by the cancellation of their room and board plans using a four-tiered ranking system ranging from $100 to $600 depending upon a student’s Estimated Family Contribution(EFC) on their FAFSA form. Undergraduate commuter students and graduate students are not eligible for this distribution.
    • 11% will be combined with monies provided by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) to providean application-based pool of just over $100,000 for graduate or undergraduate students demonstrating extreme financial hardship. The VFIC funds ($33,333) are available for all students, including those who did not qualify under the federal award criteria. Examples of the type of emergency and extreme hardship financial relief available by application includes: 
    • Replacement textbooks, or e-book rentals, for students who were using library copies or sharing with friends, or were not able to retrieve from campus.
    • Packaging and shipping or storage of personal items left on campus. (The College intends to pay shipping expenses for any undergraduate student who could not return to campus after spring break to collect their belongings because of travel restrictions using VFIC money. No application is necessary.)
    • Short-term support with food, rent, and or necessary personal items for displaced students.
    • Short-term assistance with access to Wi-Fi service for students who do not (but could) have Wi-Fi at home.
    • Providing laptops or Chromebooks for students who lack access to hardware for competing courses.
    • Mental health assessment and counseling services with providers in students’ home communities. 

    A link for applications for emergency and extreme hardship financial relief will be distributed by email to all students and must be submitted by June 22 to be considered. You may also contact Scarlett Blevins, director of financial aid, with questions atscblevins@ehc.edu, at ehfinaid@ehc.edu, or at (276) 944-6229. Depending on the number of applications received, those additional funds should be distributed later next month. 

    Students who are not claimed by a parent or guardian as a dependent for federal tax purposes, which should include most graduate students, should be eligible for $1,200 in federal stimulus funds provided they filed 2018 or 2019 taxes. Seewww.irs.govfor more information. 

    For students returning next year whose family’s financial situation has been impacted by coronavirus or another change in circumstance, you are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to inquire about the Special Circumstance Process, which could change the amount of financial aid awarded. 

    For more information about our federal COVID-19 distribution policy, please visit www.ehc.edu.

    As we’ve announced, we are planning to resume in-person classes this fall, but that is contingent on circumstances. We are hard at work making preparations for a safe re-opening. Until then, please reach out to members of the faculty, staff, and administration if we can assist you in any way during these challenging times. Stay safe! 


    Sincerely,
    Dr. John W. Wells
    President

  • May 15, 2020-Distribution Plan for CARES Act Funds Spring 2020

    Emory & Henry College (the “College”) is scheduled to receive $1.3 million in federal stimulus funds as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the terms of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (the “Act”), at least 50% of the funds, or $650,000.00, must be reserved to provide students with emergency financial aid grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance include such items as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. The Act provides institutions with significant discretion on how to award this emergency assistance to students. A college may decide to distribute the funds across the board to eligible recipients or prioritize distributing funds to students who demonstrate the highest financial need, or utilize some combination of the two methods. 

    Therefore, the College has adopted the following proposal regarding distribution of CARES Act funds: 

    All Emory & Henry College students, both graduate and undergraduate, who were enrolled on March 13, 2020, and who have a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal student Aid) form on file with the College, shall receive $250.00 to help cover expenses related to the disruption of their education. Students ineligible to file a FAFSA form under federal law include international students, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, and those under 18 years of age who might be attending the College as part of a dual enrollment program. 

    Because the cancellation of in-person classes was especially impactful on residential undergraduate students who were living on campus and participating in a meal plan but were forced to move out and look elsewhere for food and shelter, residential undergraduate students will be awarded an additional amount depending upon their estimated family contribution (“EFC”) as determined by their FAFSA form. The following four bands (1 being the highest need and 4 being the lowest need) and amounts will apply: Band 1- $600; Band 2 - $400; Band 3 - $300; and Band 4 - $100. Thus, eligible undergraduate students will receive between $250 (base award) and $850 (base award plus band 1 financial grant for residential student). Please note that students who are not claimed by a parent or parents as a dependent for federal tax purposes, which should include most graduate students, are eligible for $1,200.00 in federal stimulus funds provided they filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. Visit www.irs.gov for more information. 

    In addition, the remaining CARES funds will be combined with a $33,333.00 grant received by the College from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (“VFIC”) to create an application-based pool of emergency relief funds totaling nearly $100,000.00 provide financial assistance to students demonstrating extreme financial hardship. International and 

    DACA students are eligible to apply for VFIC funds. Qualifying undergraduate and graduate students may apply for emergency financial relief. To be considered, applications must be received in the Financial Aid Office (scblevins@ehc.edu or ehfinaid@ehc.edu) by JUNE 22, 2020. Examples of the type of emergency and extreme hardship financial relief available includes: 

    • Replacement textbooks, or e-book rentals, for students who were using library copies or sharing with friends, or were not able to retrieve from campus. 
    • Packaging and shipping or storage of personal items left on campus. 
    • Short-term support with food, rent, and or necessary personal items for displaced students. 
    • Short-term assistance with access to Wi-Fi service for students who do not (but could) have Wi-Fi at home. 
    • Providing laptops or Chromebooks for students who lack access to hardware for competing courses. 
    • Mental health assessment and counseling services with providers in students’ home communities. 

    For students returning next year whose family’s financial situation has been impacted by coronavirus or another change in circumstance, they are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to inquire amount the Special Circumstance Process, which could change the amount of financial aid awarded. 

    Emory & Henry College is committed to assisting students during these unprecedented times so that they may complete their education. For questions, please contact: 

    Scarlett Blevins, Director of Financial Aid
    Emory & Henry College
    P.O. Box 947
    Emory, VA 24327
    276-944-6229
     scblevins@ehc.edu ehfinaid@ehc.edu 

  • May 1, 2020-Summer Registration Open; Summer III Term Online Class Announcement

    Emory & Henry College Community,

    Summer III Online Classes Announcement
    At this time, we are announcing that the entire Summer III term will be online/remote. We are announcing this at this time in order to provide students, faculty, and staff time to prepare for transitioning those offerings completely online.

    If faculty wish to add additional online/remote course offerings for Summer III, please work directly with Provost Dr. Michael J. Puglisi and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Matthew Frederick.

    Summer Online/Remote Course Offerings Available for Registration Now!
    Please see the Summer Courses webpage which details a variety of courses that are available to the student body this summer.

    Summer registration is open here.Summer courses are a fantastic way to speed up your degree completion and save on educational costs.  

    Please let me know if there are any questions regarding this information.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost
    Dr. Matt Frederick, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

  • April 27, 2020-COVID Update to SHS Community

    Dear SHS Faculty, Staff, and Students,

    Emory & Henry College remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty. The E&H COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor the evolving pandemic to ensure the College’s COVID response aligns with the latest recommendations and guidelines reported by the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

    We are sending this email today to provide an update on the School of Health Sciences’ plans for the upcoming summer semester. We ask that you please read this email in its entirety to ensure you remain up-to-date on the College’s COVID-19 response.

    Update on Summer 2020 Semester
    Governor Northam’s Executive Order 55, which was issued on March 30, 2020, extended Virginia’s temporary stay-at-home order through June 10, 2020. This ruling specifically requires colleges and universities to “cease all in-person classes and instruction, and cancel all gatherings of more than ten individuals.” Based on this timeline, the E&H SHS summer term scheduled to start Monday, May 18th will begin on time with online/remote classes. Based on the COVID-19 prediction model and the current end date of June 10th for Virginia’s temporary stay-at-home order, we are hopeful that the School of Health Sciences will be allowed to return to limited, on-campus instruction starting on Monday, June 29th. With this in mind, we ask that SHS students return to Marion by Sunday, June 14th to allow for 14 days of isolation/quarantine prior to any face-to-face classes on the SHS Campus. Students currently on their full-time clinical/fieldwork rotations will receive detailed instructions from their Program Director and DCE/AFC related to their return to their rotation. 

    The SHS return to campus plan is contingent upon Virginia not experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 during May or early June and on Governor Northam lifting the Virginia stay-at-home order on or before June 10th. We anticipate that our return to campus will include strict adherence to: (1) daily COVID-19 symptom screening, including temperature assessment; (2) use of cloth face masks; (3) social distancing requirements; and (4) limitations on the size of groups allowed to gather (most likely 10 or less). Our priorities, as always, will be to ensure your continued health and safety, while also providing the quality, face-to-face learning experiences that are synonymous with an Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences degree program. 

    The E&H COVID-19 Task Force and the SHS Leadership Council will continue to monitor the pandemic between now and June 10th. Should we be forced to alter our back to campus plan, we will notify you promptly as these decisions are made.

    CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students
    The U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that funds will be distributed to colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. The funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Students will be able to apply for these funds through Emory & Henry College. Please stay tuned for additional application requirements, guidance and direction regarding these emergency cash payments. 

    Prevention of Community Spread of COVID-19
    Social distancing efforts are making a difference in “flattening the curve” and reducing the level of community spread of COVID-19. We ask that you do your part by:

    • Staying home and ALWAYS practicing social distancing. If you have to go out, stay 6 feet away from others.

    • Avoiding public spaces, public activities, and group gatherings (including parties with your classmates or neighbors). 

    • Putting distance between yourself and others if you are sick. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, contact your physician. Call ahead before seeking medical care.   

     

    Sincerely,

    The SHS Leadership Team
    Dr. Lou Fincher, Vice President of Health Sciences
    Dr. J.P. Barfield, Associate Dean of Health Sciences
    Dr. Jean Irion, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
    Dr. John Jackson, Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
    Dr. Christy McGhee, Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies