FAQs

We know you have questions. We hope many of them are answered below, but we recognize these FAQs may not address all of your concerns. We will continue to update this page frequently as more information becomes available.

For more detailed information in regards to policies and procedures specific to Emory & Henry College’s response to COVID-19 please review the Return to Campus Reopening Plan document.

For Students

  • Are counseling services still available?

    The Powell Resource Center at Emory & Henry College remains committed to supporting you in achieving your academic, personal and professional goals.

    While the PRC located in Wiley Hall will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., services will be on an appointment-only basis, with the majority happening virtually unless there is a crisis or urgent need. You can schedule an appointment:

    • by filling out the form online
    • by phone at 276-944-6144
    • by emailing Administrative Assistant Ashley Gardner at abgardner@ehc.edu
    • Support after hours is available by contacting Campus Police or reaching out to the Resident Advisor on duty who can reach the counselor on call
  • I still have questions, who can I contact?

    We have a new email address where you can send questions: studenthelp@ehc.edu. We are creating this email as part of a new process that will allow us to respond to questions as quickly as possible. The email account will be reviewed by a team of Student Life and Student Success staff.

  • What about Lyceum credits for the semester?

    In light of the pandemic cancelling many Lyceum events such as music and theater events, Arttalks, and special guest visits to campus, the College has decided to award all students with 5 Lyceum credits for the Fall 2020 semester. Therefore, you will not fall behind in Lyceum credits if you choose not to participate in any virtual Lyceum events. 

    More information about virtual Lyceum events can be found here.

  • When do classes resume?

    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. The fall semester will be divided into two 7-week terms, based upon the student’s current class schedule.

  • Will everyone be required to wear a face covering?

    All individuals are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while on College property, whether indoors or outdoors, and in public. Additionally, face coverings must be worn while inside a College-owned vehicle, whether alone or with others, and while inside a College-hired vehicle and with others. Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering at all times while off-campus and in public.

  • Will the library be open for use?

    Kelly Library building is open only to current College faculty, students, and staff.

    Community patrons and the general public are welcome to borrow materials through their home library (WCPL, King University, or TCPL) and are welcome to call or ask for reference assistance via Library Help.

    Only current college faculty, staff, and students may enter the building. For the most recent updates in information and building hours visit the E&H Library web pages.

For the Community

  • Are events at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts still happening?

    The McGlothlin Center for the Arts will be canceling and tentatively rescheduling events for fall 2020.

  • What about athletic events?

    Amidst continuing health and safety concerns due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Emory & Henry College and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) have announced plans to postpone conference competition and championships for fall and winter sports through the end of the 2020 calendar year (December 31).

    For more information from Emory & Henry College Athletics please continue to check GoWasps.com.

  • Will everyone be required to wear a face covering?

    All individuals are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while on College property, whether indoors or outdoors, and in public. Additionally, face coverings must be worn while inside a College-owned vehicle, whether alone or with others, and while inside a College-hired vehicle and with others. Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering at all times while off-campus and in public.

  • Will the library be open for use?

    Kelly Library building is open only to current College faculty, students, and staff.

    Community patrons and the general public are welcome to borrow materials through their home library (WCPL, King University, or TCPL) and are welcome to call or ask for reference assistance via Library Help.

    Only current college faculty, staff, and students may enter the building. For the most recent updates in information and building hours visit the E&H Library web pages.

  • Will there be Homecoming?

    The E&H Alumni Office has announced that Emory & Henry will not hold traditional Homecoming activities on campus in 2020. 

    Plans are in the works for creatively celebrating the E&H spirit that keeps us safely distanced. Stay up to date with the latest events being planned on the Homecoming web pages.

For Faculty 

  • Can faculty use all campus facilities to teach their classes remotely?

    If faculty deem it necessary to use their offices or other facilities to deliver their courses we will certainly allow it. We do ask that the facilities be used efficiently and that faculty not congregate in the buildings. You are strongly encouraged to minimize time inside the office and practice social distancing.

  • How will we get physical materials to our students that are needed to complete remote coursework?

    We will work with students individually to meet them where they are all while delivering the highest quality content.

  • Will everyone be required to wear a face covering?

    All individuals are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while on College property, whether indoors or outdoors, and in public. Additionally, face coverings must be worn while inside a College-owned vehicle, whether alone or with others, and while inside a College-hired vehicle and with others. Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering at all times while off-campus and in public.

  • Will the library be open for use?

    Kelly Library building is open only to current College faculty, students, and staff.

    Community patrons and the general public are welcome to borrow materials through their home library (WCPL, King University, or TCPL) and are welcome to call or ask for reference assistance via Library Help.

    Only current college faculty, staff, and students may enter the building. For the most recent updates in information and building hours visit the E&H Library web pages.

For Staff

  • Am I eligible for paid leave under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  Please contact Tracy Perry tpeery@ehc.edu in Human Resources if you have questions or need to submit a leave request.

  • How will student employment work?

    The student employment (work study) process will be altered significantly for the 2020-2021 academic year.  In consultation with College administration, The van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development has compiled the Student Employment (Work Study) Guidelines for Academic Year 2020-2021.

  • How will this affect employees and their work?

    Employee’s work locations may be impacted as employees are strongly encouraged to work from home and practice social distancing.

    Employees should be working with their direct supervisor and/or manager to develop a work schedule that meets both the needs of the employee and the College. 

    Employees that must perform some or all of their work on campus should coordinate their schedules to minimize contact with other employees as much as possible.  Alternative work schedules might include options such as four 10 hour days, or four 9 hour days and one 4 hour day, or five 8 hour days, or flexible schedules created by the employee and approved by the supervisor and/or manager. 

  • What guidance can the college provide for balancing work and parenting when we are working from home and caring for our children at the same time?

    We have several resources available to help employees navigate their “new normal” through the Employee Assistance Program.

    In addition, the College encourages employees to work with their direct supervisor and/or manager to develop a work schedule that meets both the needs of the employee and the College. Alternative work schedules might include options such as four 10 hour days, or four 9 hour days and one 4 hour day, or five 8 hour days, or flexible schedules created by the employee and approved by the supervisor and/or manager. 

  • When do non-exempt employees need to submit time cards?

    Non-exempt hourly employees must submit their time cards on a bi-weekly basis no later than Saturdays at 11:59 p.m.  Failure to submit a time card will have a negative financial impact on those employees.

  • When do supervisors need to approve time cards?

    Supervisors must approve time cards on a bi-weekly basis no later than Mondays at 11:59 a.m.  Failure to approve time cards results in a negative financial impact on those employees who have submitted their time cards on time.

  • Where can I check my sick leave or vacation?

    Employees can view their annual leave and sick leave balances by logging into Self-Service and selecting Employee > Leave. 

  • Will everyone be required to wear a face covering?

    All individuals are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while on College property, whether indoors or outdoors, and in public. Additionally, face coverings must be worn while inside a College-owned vehicle, whether alone or with others, and while inside a College-hired vehicle and with others. Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering at all times while off-campus and in public.

  • Will my benefits be affected?

    No, employees who are still actively at work will not have any impact on their benefit eligibility. 

  • Will the library be open for use?

    Kelly Library building is open only to current College faculty, students, and staff.

    Community patrons and the general public are welcome to borrow materials through their home library (WCPL, King University, or TCPL) and are welcome to call or ask for reference assistance via Library Help.

    Only current college faculty, staff, and students may enter the building. For the most recent updates in information and building hours visit the E&H Library web pages.

General

  • What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

    Symptoms* of Coronavirus include:
    Patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
  • How can I help protect myself from COVID-19?

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of flu and respiratory illnesses, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Wash your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Where can I go for medical advice?

    Emory & Henry maintains an outpatient health center and provides outpatient medical treatment for minor illness and injury. Members of the Emory & Henry community with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the College Health Center at 276-944-6219.

    You can also view outside resources in the direct area for more information.

  • What will happen if there is a confirmed case on campus?

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols will be followed in the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on campus. Individuals who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted and monitored by the Washington County Health Department/Mount Rogers Health District with E&H’s full support.