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July 13,  2020

As Piedmont resumes in-person instruction for undergraduate students this fall, the college is implementing several measures to help advance the safety and well-being of our campus community. These protocols will remain in effect until further notice.

  • The academic calendar will remain unchanged with the following exceptions: Fall break (October 12-13) has been eliminated and in-person classes will end November 25. After Thanksgiving, classes and final examinations will be administered remotely.
  • Faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to social distance and wear face coverings while in class, attending events, conducting business on campus, and in densely populated common spaces. The college will provide face coverings for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Faculty, staff, students, and visitors may elect not to wear face coverings in singular offices, residential rooms, and in spacious indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Classrooms and laboratories are being reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Classroom instruction, location, and teaching method may be revised to allow for physical distancing.
  • Faculty are encouraged to create a strong online community at the beginning of their courses regardless of the delivery platform. This will provide an enhanced experience for any students who may engage remotely due to absences or sickness.
  • With possible exceptions, large classes may be taught in a weekly alternating manner that would include both face-to-face and online formats.
  • Some college events and gatherings may be altered or cancelled to allow for these recommendations. Decisions regarding singular activities will be made by individual departments.
  • Chartwells will alter its food offerings to eliminate any self-serve and/or buffet stations.
  • Our facilities group has implemented enhanced disinfecting practices, which will remain in place and include reoccurring and thorough sanitizing protocols.
  • Broad-scale testing will be offered to students. Testing dates and location will be announced through campus e-mail and coordinated through Student Life.
  • Those testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine at their home or in their on-campus residences.


Q:           How will move-in be impacted?

A:            Stay tuned. We’ll send you more information as we develop a plan. Move-in will be held over several days to allow for social distancing.


Q:           I am an athlete. Will I be allowed back on campus after Thanksgiving to participate in required games and practices? And will I have to wear a mask during training sessions?

A:            Yes, you will be allowed back on campus after Thanksgiving. The face-covering recommendation does not extend to training. Ask your coach.


Q:           What if my roommate is diagnosed with COVID-19?

A:            If that happens, you will be required to undergo testing and may be required to quarantine.


Q:           I am a student. Will I be allowed to come back to campus after Thanksgiving?

A:            Only those with special permission will be allowed to return to campus after November 25.


Q:           Will I have to complete a pre-screening survey upon returning to campus or when I report to class each day?

A:            If you plan to live on campus, you will be asked to complete a pre-screening survey.


Q:           Will the fitness center be open?

A:            Yes, it will be open with the state recommendations enforced.


Q:           If I am out of class due to COVID-19, will my instructor work with me on the studies I miss?

A:            Yes, your instructor will have a plan to help support you if you should need it.


Q:           Will the campus shuttle still run?

A:            Yes, but occupancy may be limited to allow for social distancing.

Q:           Will Piedmont provide sanitizing supplies to residential students?

A:            Yes. They will be available in the residential halls.


Q:           What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

A:             On the Demorest campus, contact Kimberly Crawford, Dean of Student Life,  through email ( or telephone (706-778-8500 ext 1050). On the Athens campus, contact Mitzi Heck, Director of Administrative Services, through email ( or telephone (706-548-8505 ext 8185).