Regent University has developed a robust Regent Ready: COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to help ensure a safe and healthy campus amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Regent Ready: COVID-19 Resources

Regent University is carefully monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, and state and federal directives. Our goal is to safely educate by providing our students, faculty, and staff with state-of-the-art safety and sanitation measures. To that end, we have developed a robust Regent Ready: COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including extensive policies and procedures to help ensure a safe and healthy campus for the Regent community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan incorporates best practices identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health, and healthcare experts.

Our focus today, as always, is on providing world-class, Christ-centered education to equip Christian leaders to change the world. Now, more than ever before, we are committed to this mission. As we move ahead together, we must love our neighbors as ourselves, and care for each other to ensure the safest learning environment for all.

Highlights of the Regent Ready: COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Regent is preparing for an outstanding year. Since 1978, we’ve been providing world-class Christ-centered education. 2020 may look a little different than years past, but our focus on the LORD remains stronger than ever.

A Regent employee wearing a protective face mask.
A face mask with the Regent University emblem.
Social distancing floor stickers at the Regent University campus in Virginia Beach.

Here’s what you can expect from our state-of-the-art Regent Ready COVID-19 Preparedness Plan:

  • COVID-19 Agreement: A COVID-19 agreement will be distributed to all students and employees outlining expectations for safety, sanitation, and personal conduct. All students and employees are expected to sign and abide by the COVID-19 agreement.
  • Daily Self-Screening: A COVID-19 self-screening questionnaire will be completed daily by all students and employees. All students and employees are required to self-screen for COVID-19 every morning and log self-diagnosis results on the MyRegent portal before coming to campus.
  • Social Distancing: No handshaking, hugging, or close personal contact while on the Regent campus. We have carefully assessed classrooms to determine safe social distancing protocols. Seats will be spread apart and signs will mark off restricted areas to keep you a safe distance from others. Professors will also be teaching you from a safe distance. Please keep 6 feet between you and others.
  • Hand Washing: Regular handwashing and hand-sanitizing will be strongly encouraged. All students and employees should frequently wash their hands, sanitize surfaces, and practice good hygiene.
  • Facility Sanitation: In addition to our ongoing state-of-the-art cleaning and sanitation efforts, we have also hired an additional company to do even more deep cleaning, using hospital-grade cleaning agents to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students and employees are strongly encouraged to clean personal surfaces regularly throughout the day. Deep cleaning of common areas will be performed frequently by Regent facilities staff.
  • Air Filtration: Regent’s HVAC systems and processes exceed industry standards in terms of pressurization, filtration and maintenance. We’re cleaning the air in every building to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Testing: Every employee and student will be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus. These PCR tests are free of charge. If anyone tests positive, they must self-isolate for two weeks before being permitted back on campus. Faculty and staff will self-isolate at home, and Regent has designated a separate student housing space for any students who might need to self-isolate.
  • On-Site Healthcare Clinics: Regent will have two on-site healthcare clinics for student use centrally located in the Regent Commons and the Regent Village.
  • Healthcare Partnerships: Regent is partnering with industry-leading healthcare organizations. These partnerships provide us with access to the latest cutting-edge research, best practices, and medical consulting. We’re serious about safety, and we want to provide the best experience for each student and employee at Regent.
  • Travel Guidelines: International travel will be restricted. For those who do travel overseas, upon their return they will have to submit to a COVID-19 viral test and remain isolated until a negative test result is determined.
  • Protective Face Masks: All persons attending class, working on-campus, or conducting business on Regent’s campus must follow state directives regarding the wearing of protective face masks. All students and employees must wear face masks in common areas (e.g., hallways, public restrooms, conference rooms, etc.). Masks are to be worn outdoors only when 6-feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. All students and employees must wear face masks whenever distance between others is less than 6 feet, unless plexiglass, cubicle, or other solid barriers are in place. In most classrooms, students will be able to remove their masks when seated. Faculty may remove face masks when standing in designated safe zones in classrooms. In some classrooms, including the biology lab, masks are required at all times. Requirements for every classroom will be posted outside the classroom.
  • Modified Academic Calendar: To minimize the reintroduction of COVID-19 after students leave campus and return from breaks, the university is modifying the on-campus schedule by cancelling fall break, and ending on-campus attendance on November 25 prior to Thanksgiving. To maintain the 15-week instructional time, a virtual week from November 29 to December 5 will be used to administer online final exams or other virtual instruction. The academic calendar remains unchanged for online students. The last three classes for 8-week hybrid classes (part online/part on-campus delivery) in the fall semester will be completed virtually. For J.D. and LL.M. students, on-campus classes will end by November 25, and online final exams will be administered from November 29 to December 12. In the Spring 2021 semester, there will be no spring break for on campus classes. On campus students will continue in their classes during this time to reduce student travel and mitigate travel-related COVID-19 risk to the campus. For online classes, the break week between session C and session D – from March 6-15, 2021 – will remain.
  • Contact Tracing: Regent will be coordinating contact tracing efforts with the Virginia Department of Health and the local health department, according to HIPAA protocol.
  • Accommodations: All persons requesting an accommodation, based on high risk status (e.g., age or underlying medical condition) or other personal concerns must submit a request. Employees must contact Human Resources. Students must contact Student Services.
  • Stay Home If You’re Sick: All persons feeling symptoms associated with COVID-19 must avoid coming to campus. Employees must contact Human Resources. Students must contact Student Services. COVID-19 symptoms include but are not limited to:
    • Fever
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Dry cough
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

Regent Ready Checklist for Students

  • Daily self-screening: Complete the checklist in the MyRegent portal every morning before going to class
  • Wash your hands: Personal hygiene can stop the spread
  • Clean surfaces: Regularly sanitize surfaces
  • Wear a face mask: In accordance with state regulations
  • Social distance: Maintain at least 6 feet from others
  • Stay home if you’re sick: Self-isolate and seek medical care
  • Contact Faculty: Tell your professors if you can’t attend class
  • Contact Student Services: If you are high-risk or have any concerns

Regent Ready Checklist for Faculty & Staff

  • Daily self-screening: Complete the checklist in the MyRegent portal every morning before coming to campus
  • Wash your hands: Personal hygiene can stop the spread
  • Clean surfaces: Regularly sanitize surfaces
  • Wear a face mask: In accordance with state regulations
  • Social distance: Maintain at least 6 feet from others
  • Stay home if you’re sick: Self-isolate and seek medical care
  • Contact Human Resources: If you are high-risk or have any concerns
Regent University's Regent Ready: COVID-19 Preparedness Plan includes extensive policies and procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I need to do to come to campus?
A: First, you must self-screen for COVID-19 every morning before coming to campus and log your results in the MyRegent portal. On campus, you must maintain social distancing and wear a face mask when social distancing is not possible. Wash your hands frequently, and clean your personal surfaces throughout the day. Deep cleaning of common areas will be performed frequently by Regent facilities staff.

Q: When will employees return to campus?
A: 30% of employees will begin returning to campus on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Other employees will be phased back to campus in July and August. Additional details will be forthcoming from Human Resources.

Q: When will campus offices reopen?
A: Campus offices will reopen to serve students as outlined below:

Q: When will on campus students return to campus?
A: Face-to-face classes will begin on campus on August 24, 2020. A rigorous screening process will be implemented for students returning to campus for Fall 2020, including staggered return phases. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Q: How will I be tested for COVID-19?
A: All employees and students must be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus. Regent University has hired Mako Medical to perform COVID-19 PCR testing on Regent’s campus. You will receive email instructions from Mako Medical with the date, time, and location of your test.

Q: When will I receive my COVID-19 test results?
A: Mako Medical will provide your test results to Regent University within 24 hours. If your test result is positive, Regent University will contact you with instructions for self-isolation. You will not receive a notification if your test result is negative.

Q: Is there a fall break this semester?
A: No. Classes will take place on campus from August 24 – November 25, 2020. After November 25, students will stay at home and complete the fall semester online. For more information, see the Academic Calendar: https://www.regent.edu/programs/academic-resources/calendar/

Q: Does Regent University offer employees additional paid sick days for confirmed cases of COVID-19?
A: Yes. Up to 3 additional weeks of paid sick leave are available for employees who test positive for COVID-19. Contact Human Resources for more information.

Q: Who can I talk to if I have other questions?
A: Students can contact Student Services at 757.352.4927 or email stusrv@regent.edu. Employees can contact Human Resources at 757.352.4070 or email humanresources@regent.edu.

Q: Who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19?
A: Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill, which means that they may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe. For more information, click here.

Q: Are there any safety guidelines for athletes?
A: Click here to learn about Regent Royals COVID-19 Athletic Safety Guidelines

A member of the Regent University community wearing a protective face mask.
A member of the Regent University community sanitizes gym equipment.
A member of the Regent University community uses a hand sanitizer.

Contact Information

Student Services
Phone: 757.352.4927
Email: stusrv@regent.edu
Human Resources
Phone: 757.352.4070
Email: humanresources@regent.edu

 

Additional Resources

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/

Virginia Department of Health: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/

Contact Tracing Information: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/182/2020/06/VDH-IHE-and-Contact-Tracing_062320_final.pdf

This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be in compliance in containing the required components of the ‘Higher Education Reopening Guidance,’ which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.


Dr. Demetria Lindsay (MD)
District Director
Virginia Beach Health District
Pembroke Corporate Center III
4452 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
demetria.lindsay@vdh.virginia.gov
757.518.2700
Mr. Paul Brummond, MHA
Chief Operations Officer
Norfolk and Virginia Beach Health Districts
830 Southampton Avenue
Suite 200
Norfolk, VA 23510
paul.brummond@vdh.virginia.gov
757.683.2796
Ms. Laurie Shaw, RN, MHA
Nurse Manager
Virginia Beach Health District
Pembroke Corporate Center III
4452 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
laurie.shaw@vdh.virginia.gov
757.518.2673
Ms. Betty Rouse
Epidemiologist
Virginia Beach Health District
Pembroke Corporate Center III
4452 Corporation Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
betty.rouse@vdh.virginia.gov

Members of the Regent University community, wearing protective face masks, talk on campus.

Guidelines for Visitors to Regent University’s Campus

Vendors/Visitors Access to Campus

Regent’s return-to-operation strategy is premised on two foundational protocols: All faculty, staff, and students are 1) tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus and 2) required to complete daily health screenings to reduce the probability of an outbreak on campus. As mentioned, other safety, health, and sanitation protocols will also be put in place.

Regent’s default stance is to complete meetings and interviews remotely for the foreseeable future. The policies and protocols in this section were developed in the event that a face-to-face meeting is required.

As operations begin to reopen, the number of employees on campus increases, and students return to face-to-face classes, it is imperative that Regent continues to protect its campus and stakeholders from exposure. One area of concerns is the individuals who come to campus for any length of time who have not completed the foundational protocols mentioned above, mainly visitors and vendors. Regent recognizes that not all visitors should the follow the same protocols; therefore, Regent has created categories of visitors and vendors and the expectation for individuals within each category, which are described here.

The self-screening questions for all visitors (for events or otherwise) are the following; anyone answering “Yes” to any of these questions should not come to campus:

1. Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory problem)?

2. Have you been diagnosed or have had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

3. Have you returned from an overseas trip in the last 14 days?

For visitors who are arriving at Regent to attend events, the following are general protocols that should be followed at those events.

Pre-Event Communication

Provide ample communication ahead of the event to let individuals know that Regent is and continues to take steps to limit the transmission of COVID-19 on-campus. The communication should ask that event participants use discretion when coming to campus in order to protect others. This means performing a self-screening before arriving on-campus, and not coming to campus if:

1. They have experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory problem);

2. They have been diagnosed or have had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days;

3. Have returned from an overseas trip in the last 14 days.

The email or other communication needs to clearly state that we will be screening attendees, including temperature checks, and that to protect the campus community and attendees we respectfully reserve the right to exclude visitors who do not pass the screening. Finally, the communication must inform participants (“patrons” of an establishment per state law) that they must bring a facemask, as it is required by Virginia state law (Northam’s recent executive order).

On-Campus Protocols

First, upon arrival on-campus, participants will be screened as follows:

1. Their temperature will be taken with a non-touch instrument. Any person with temperature at 100 degrees or higher will be excluded from participating in the event and will be required to leave the campus immediately.

2. Each participant will be verbally asked the following two questions:

i. Have you been diagnosed or have had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

ii. Have you returned from an overseas trip in the last 14 days?

A response of “yes” to either question will exclude the individual from participating in the event and he or she will be required to leave the campus immediately.

Second, as per Virginia state law, participants will be required to wear facemasks. Regent will supply masks for those who do not have one.

Of course, social distancing protocols especially indoors must be followed.

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