In the event of a life-threatening emergency dial 911.

Misenheimer Police can be reached at 704-463-3000

For information regarding specific questions please call the Communications Center Information Line at 704-413-0876

Alert Updates

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FOR ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING PFEIFFER'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PLEASE VISIT https://www.pfeiffer.edu/covid-19-campus-faq

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, schedule an appointment with University Health Services, Jenny Carrick (NP-C) at 704-463-3425 to be evaluated.

Pfeiffer Cares  - COVID-19 Relief Fund

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Dear Pfeiffer Community,

If you are in a position to help, your gift to the Pfeiffer Cares COVID-19 Relief Fund will help a Falcon fly by providing for additional scholarship assistance and urgent student needs in this difficult and unusual time. Please know that every gift of any size makes a difference!

Pass/Fail Grade Policy - Spring 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Dear Pfeiffer Community,

As we navigate the rapid changes due to COVID-19, the Pfeiffer University Faculty Assembly has approved a Pass/Fail Grade option. The Pass/Fail option applies to the Spring 2020 semester only.

Please read through the entire policy and direct any questions to the Office of Academic Affairs or designated academic advisors. The policy can be found at https://www.pfeiffer.edu/emergency-grading-policy-april-17-2020.

We hope you are staying safe and healthy during this time and would like to encourage students to utilize the many academic resources available to you to finish this semester successfully.

Go Falcons!

Video Message to the University on COVID-19 - Commencement Exercises

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 5:00 PM

The May 9th Undergraduate Commencement Exercises are postponed until further notice. When a future date is identified it will be communicated to the entire Pfeiffer community. Listen to this update and more in this video message from Pfeiffer President, Dr. Scott Bullard.

Message to the University on COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Dear Pfeiffer Community,

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued a 30-day stay-at-home executive order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 PM. Given this information, Pfeiffer University has determined that Pfeiffer will deliver academic courses in an online format for the remainder of the semester.

Per section 2C, #17 of the executive order, institutions of higher education are deemed essential. As an essential business, Pfeiffer University residence halls and dining facilities will remain open (in their modified mode of operations) even as we deliver courses via an online format. Although the “stay-at-home” order has been given, because of the position taken by the Governor in conjunction with the Council of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, students are “at home” when they reside on university and college campuses. 

  • If a student chooses to stay-at-home on campus, they are to adhere to the stay-at-home order, only leaving campus for essential activities as defined by the Governor's executive order.
  • If a student wishes to leave campus and return to their previous residence, they are allowed to do so. If a student chooses to leave campus, they should not return until notified. Personal items may remain in the residence halls. 
    • Should you already be away from campus at this time, the Office of Residence Life will provide information on how to retrieve your personal items if you choose to do so. 
  • Just as Pfeiffer relayed in an earlier communication, commuter students are permitted to utilize campus resources such as the library. Check with individual campus offices before use. Many offices are requiring online alternatives or prescheduled appointments.
  • Just as Pfeiffer relayed in an earlier communication, employees are to work from a remote location unless deemed essential to campus operations. Work with your supervisor for detailed information regarding your duties.

Stay up to date with the latest information as it develops at pfeiffer.edu/alerts. For answers to specific questions, you may submit them through the Pfeifer COVID-19 FAQ webpage.

The University is continuously monitoring the ever-changing news and guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. It is Pfeiffer University's mission to make the best decisions possible for the health and safety of our entire community.

We thank you for your patience as we work together through these unprecedented times.

Stay safe, Falcons!

Video Message to the University on Coronavirus

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Message to the University on Coronavirus

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30 PM

This communication supersedes any previous communication that you have received from Pfeiffer University related to COVID-19.

Dear Pfeiffer Community,

With the President of the United States declaring a national emergency related to COVID-19, Pfeiffer University will continue to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

We remain confident that the Pfeiffer University Misenheimer campus is still one of the safest places to be. Out of an abundance of caution, the Pfeiffer University COVID-19 response team has decided to transition from in-person instruction to an online or hybrid format during the week of March 16. 

  • There will be no in-person classes the week of March 16 unless explicitly communicated by faculty to students in specific academic programs.

  • Classes will resume on Monday, March 23, and they will resume in an online format until at least Friday, April 3.

    The decision to deliver instruction exclusively through an online format will be evaluated weekly (beginning April 3).  Students will be notified of any changes.

  • Pfeiffer University will make accommodations for employees who have been impacted by COVID-19 including telecommuting or time spent during a self-quarantine.

    • Faculty – Contact the Office of Academic Affairs if you have impacted by COVID-19 and require additional accommodations. Faculty who need to work remotely because they have children or other dependents who have been affected by school or other cancellations should communicate with the Office of Academic Affairs
    • Staff – Contact the Office on Human Resources and your supervisor if you have been impacted by COVID-19 and require additional accommodations. Staff who need to work remotely because they have children or other dependents who have been affected by school or other cancellations should communicate with the Office of Human Resources.

Pfeiffer University will remain operational.

  • Residence halls and dining facilities will stay open.
  • The library and other facilities will remain open for all students who decide to stay on campus or for commuters who wish to continue using campus resources.

  • The Office of Student Development will communicate further information regarding changes overall student development programs and services to students.

  • All athletic competitions and practices are canceled. The USA South Conference Presidents have voted to cancel all conference and non-conference competitions and all tournament play for the remainder of the academic year.

  • Pfeiffer Athletics will continue to monitor COVID-19 information and will make determinations regarding recreational use of athletic facilities for students. Decisions will be communicated as details become available.

  • Facilities and housekeeping teams have and will continue to increase cleaning and sanitation operations as necessary across the University.

  • Events or gatherings of fifty or more persons in attendance will be modified or postponed.

Students

  • Classes will resume online beginning Monday, March 23.
  • If a residential student plans to leave campus during this time, they must notify their RA or the housing office.

  • During the transition week of March 16-20, students are expected to maintain individual course progress as determined by the current course syllabi.

  • Faculty will be available by phone, email, or Blackboard Collaborate during office and class hours so that they can address questions and concerns from students.

  • The Office of Academic Affairs will communicate all details regarding academic programs that do not transition entirely to an online format to faculty and students during the transition week of March 16.

  • Students are highly encouraged to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING as recommended by the CDC.

Faculty

  • Training to transition classes from in-person instruction to the online environment is critical. In order to assist faculty with this endeavor, the Office of Teaching Learning and Innovation will offer several Blackboard Collaborate sessions on various topics throughout the transition week of March 16-20.
    • A schedule will be developed and shared with faculty on Monday During the week of March 16-20.

    • Blackboard Influencers and other identified faculty will be available for individual or group consultation to assist you with specific needs during this time.

    • Our goal is academic continuity which includes little to no disruption in the learning process. 
  • Faculty are to be available by phone, email, or Blackboard Collaborate during office and class hours so that they can address questions and concerns from students.

  • Faculty are to use the week of March 16 to prepare to transition in-person courses to an online format.

  • Faculty will receive further information about resources and support from the Office of Academic Affairs during the transition week of March 16.

  • Faculty are highly encouraged to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING as recommended by the CDC.

  • Faculty who need to work remotely because they have children or other dependents who have been affected by school or other cancellations should communicate with the Office of Academic Affairs.

Staff

  • The Office of Human Resources, along with the designated supervisor, will determine if an accommodation is appropriate and what measures to ensure an employee can work effectively from a remote location. Staff who need to work remotely because they have children or other dependents who have been affected by school or other cancellations should communicate with the Office of Human Resources.
  • Staff are highly encouraged to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING as recommended by the CDC.

Travel

  • All non-essential University-related travel is canceled.
  • Per CDC guidelines, persons who have traveled to an affected area with a CDC level-3 or level-2 warning are required to self-quarantine for 14 days following their return to the United States and returning to campus.

  • Employees who travel domestically to areas where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 or feel they may have been exposed are asked to self-report to the Office of Human resources via Paycom. This information is confidential. The CDC has published specific factors to consider before traveling within the United States.

We understand the fear surrounding COVID-19 and encourage all to stay informed through local, state, and national health authorities and continue to utilize proven preventative measures:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Practice social distancing per the CDC’s recommendation

    • Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

    • Congregate settings are crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid sharing food, cups, or utensils.

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

  • Wash clothing and bedding regularly.

The safety, health, and education of our students is our highest priority. We will ensure that students receive a quality education this semester, even if learning outcomes are reached by alternative means. Access to campus technology and facilities will remain available. The Pfeiffer University COVID-19 response team will continue to monitor the constantly evolving information and regularly assess the steps we need to take to ensure the safety of our Pfeiffer community.

We thank you for your patience as we work to determine the best course of action possible during these times of uncertainty.

Pfeiffer Athletics and USA South Statement on COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Due to the ongoing spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), with the safety and well-being of students and campus communities being paramount, the Presidents Council of the USA South Athletic Conference has unanimously decided to cancel all remaining regular season, including non-conference contests, and tournament competition in all sports for all League members, effective Monday, March 16.

With the decision of the President's Council of the USA South Athletic Conference, Pfeiffer University will cease all athletic activities for the Spring semester. In early April, the decision to cease all athletic activities for the Spring semester will be reassessed to determine if non-competition athletic activities may resume.

Although Pfeiffer University and the Conference acknowledge the disappointment this decision creates for our student-athletes, families, and fans, it keeps the safety of those individuals and their communities at the forefront.

Message to the University on Coronavirus

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

This letter supersedes any communication that Pfeiffer University has sent out regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Dear Pfeiffer Community,

Yesterday afternoon, all college presidents in North Carolina shared a conference call, and the team assembled by Pfeiffer to address the COVID-19 situation and COVID-19-related communications met yesterday as well.

At this time, given that there are zero confirmed COVID-19 cases in Stanly County and only one suspected case in a contiguous county, classes scheduled for Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus will continue as scheduled. Some courses may be modified on a course-by-course evaluation.

Charlotte-based and Raleigh-based classes will meet in an online format until at least April 1st. However, because of the unique nature of the Marriage and Family Therapy program and pedagogical approach, classes are canceled until Wednesday of next week as professors and administrators related to that field evaluate and prepare for the best alternative course delivery methods. The MMFT program director will be in touch with students via email by the end of the business day on Monday, and a separate email will be sent related to the clinics.   

University operations will continue as usual, except for events and gatherings of fifty or more persons in attendance. There is a paragraph below about athletics. These events will be modified or postponed, and the university reserves the right to alter operations in order to enhance the safety of all students, including the alteration of course delivery, meal delivery, and other services. 

This decision comes after careful evaluation of local, state, and national circumstances with input from local and state health officials about Pfeiffer’s unique context. Pfeiffer University’s COVID-19 response team believes that – due to the size, geographic location, and other contextual matters characteristic of Pfeiffer and several similar North Carolina educational institutions in rural areas – Pfeiffer can provide a safe environment – particularly for students who would otherwise return to larger population centers and/or areas currently affected by COVID-19.​

Please know:

Students

Students who might be in the CDC defined high-risk population may request academic accommodations. If students believe they are in the high-risk population, they should schedule an appointment with University Health Services, Jenny Carrick (NP-C) at 704-463-3425 to be evaluated. The call will be received by University Health Services or by a health triage service. In some circumstances, existing medical documentation may supersede an evaluation.

Faculty

Faculty who identify in the CDC defined high-risk population have the option to move courses to an online format. Faculty who intend to transition a class to an online format should register with the Office of Academic Affairs and await further instruction.

Staff

Staff who identify in the CDC defined high-risk population have the option to work from a remote location. Staff who intend to request to work from a remote location must register with the Office of Human Resources. The Office of Human Resources will work with the appropriate supervisor to determine what arrangements will be made for the employee to work effectively from a remote location.

University Travel

To minimize the risk of exposure, we are suspending all non-essential University-related travel until further notice.

Per CDC guidelines, persons who have traveled to an affected area with a CDC level-3 or level-2 warning are required to self-quarantine for 14 days following their return to the United States and returning to campus.

Athletics

Currently, athletics-related travel is suspended until at least Friday, March 13, at 3 p.m. Presidents and Athletic Directors of USA South Athletic Conference member institutions (Pfeiffer is a member of the USA South) are participating in a conference call at that time on Friday afternoon, March 13. We are aware that athletic contests are scheduled for Saturday and will communicate with the university community again as soon as USA South presidents have concluded their meeting today. We want the community to know that we are communicating with NCAA officials regularly about everything from this weekend’s scheduled athletic contests to whether or not Spring athletes whose seasons have been canceled might receive another year of eligibility. We appreciate your patience related to the latter question, and ask that you continue to allow us to focus on health- and safety-related decisions in these early and turbulent moments.

We are monitoring the situation frequently at the local level and reserve the right to alter schedules given the swift evolution of COVID-19 and COVID-19 related information. 

Personal Travel and Potential Exposure

Employees who travel domestically to areas where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 or feel they may have been exposed are asked to self-report to the Office of Human resources via Paycom. This information is confidential. The CDC has published specific factors to consider before traveling within the United States.

We encourage but do not mandate, residential students to remain on campus this weekend. We encourage faculty, staff, and commuting students to use good judgment when thinking about traveling great distances for work or for leisure-related outings. The North Carolina Governor’s advice of avoiding gatherings larger than 100 persons is a good measuring stick, although the others recommend avoiding gatherings larger than 50 persons.  We note that the bishops of both North Carolina conferences of the United Methodist Church, along with the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, have asked their churches to cancel worship services and other public gatherings.

Please know during this time of uncertainty, the health and safety of our University community is always our top priority. University officials are staying in regular communication with local and state health authorities and will respond accordingly as the situation continues to develop.

Update: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Original Post: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The University is currently monitoring the cases of coronavirus in North Carolina, and the situation nationally and globally.

In light of the evolving situation, Pfeiffer University has taken additional action in some areas. Please review the information below. Know that all decisions have been carefully weighed and made in the interest of the long-term well-being of the members of our learning community.

What the University is doing

  • Instructing students and employees who have traveled to countries with a CDC level-3 or level-2 warning to self-quarantine for 14 days following their return to the United States.
    • If in February or March of 2020, you have traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, or Italy, before returning to the University, you are to self-quarantine for 14 days out of an abundance of caution. The self-quarantine should begin following the fulfillment of re-entry requirements at international borders and airports.  You are also subject to any re-entry requirements in place by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. State Department.
  • Canceling University-sponsored travel to affected areas: All University-sponsored trip to countries with a Level-3 warning from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been canceled. This includes China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. The University will not pay or reimburse for travel to these areas until further notice. No decisions have been made on travel to any other areas at this time. Please contact the Provost’s Office if you have additional questions at this time.
  • Continuing to monitor the situation: This is a fast-moving and fluid situation. University officials continue to monitor the situation locally and around the world. They are in contact with state officials and are tracking the information being released by the North Carolina Division of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. State Department. The group has been meeting regularly to monitor the situation and any next steps needed by the University.

What you should do

  • Avoid travel to the affected areas: You should avoid all non-essential personal and business travel to the affected countries (China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy). 
  • If you must travel to areas where the virus has been identified, be aware of the latest advisories, protocols, and re-entry requirements from CDC and the U.S. State Department.
  • Contact University Health Services: Anyone who must engage in personal travel to these areas or has already traveled to these areas should inform the University Health Services by contacting Jennifer Carrick, NP-C at 704-463-3425. The call will be received by University Health Services or by a health triage service. The traveler should identify that the  travel is personal (not University-sponsored). Everyone traveling to Level-3 countries will be asked by the University to self-quarantine upon their arrival back to the U.S. and may also be ordered to self-quarantine by health officials after screening in airports. You should prepare now for missed work and classes.
  • Understand self-quarantine: If you have traveled to affected areas, you may be ordered by public health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine for 14 days out of an abundance of caution. For your health and the health of the campus community, we ask you to comply with these requests. If you are ordered to quarantine by public health officials or need to self-quarantine per this memo, you must contact Jennifer Carrick, NP-C,  (704) 463-3425.
  • Students: If you are ordered by health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine, you should proactively contact your instructors to request an accommodation in addition to contacting Ms. Carrick. Documentation of travel to an affected area may be required. Instructors have been asked to provide maximum flexibility to any student who has been requested to self-quarantine in order for them to complete class requirements.
    • If you have traveled to an affected area:
      • ​Return to the United States
      • ​Complete re-entry requirements enacted by the CDC or other government officials.
      • ​Inform University Health Services at (704) 463-3425
      • ​Inform the Provost’s Office that you are beginning a self-quarantine (the Provost’s Office will work directly with you to facilitate your return and the completion of your academic work. In most cases, students will be able to continue their work in an online format without significant interruption of progress toward graduation).
      • ​Self-quarantine for 14 days
      • Inform the Provost’s Office that you are returning to classes
      • Return to on-campus classes 
  • Faculty: If you are ordered by health officials or asked by the University to self-quarantine, you should consult the Office of Academic Affairs and contact your department head to discuss alternative arrangements for course delivery. Additionally, you should contact your students to update them. If your student is ordered to quarantine, you will be notified by the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Staff: If you are ordered by health officials to self-quarantine, you should notify your supervisor. Missed time is forgiven. If you are asked by the University to self-quarantine and not ordered by health officials, you should notify your supervisor. Per policy, missed time should be accounted for through, sick leave or vacation time, or made up. In both situations, documentation of travel to an affected area is required. 

Know the facts

There is misinformation about the virus circulating. Make sure you have the facts by visiting these resources from the CDC: Share the Facts, Stop the Fear and Stigma Related to COVID-19.

Always practice good hygiene: Wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups, or utensils. This also helps prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other illnesses.

The University will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as needed.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 6:30 AM

With a growing concern surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Pfeiffer University recognizes the need to increase our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students and employees. A team of representatives from across the institution have met to determine the most appropriate course of action and will continue to meet regularly to assess the growing health concern. 

To receive all immediate emergency communication please download the LiveSafe app and check University alerts at www.pfeiffer.edu/alerts.

For coronavirus information specific to North Carolina visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

Stay up to date with coronavirus information by visiting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What the University is Doing

  • Facilities and housekeeping teams have and will continue to increase cleaning and sanitation operations as necessary across the University.
  • Additional cleaning and sanitation of athletic facilities.
  • Increased communication and education in classrooms and residence halls about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), how it spreads, what preventative action can be taken, and what to do if you may have been exposed and feel sick.
  • All University travel is pending and under review. Some travel has been canceled. Check with your specific program director for details.

How the Coronavirus Spreads

  • Through coughing and sneezing.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.

How to Prevent the Spread of Germs

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash clothing and bedding regularly.

The Symptoms of Coronavirus

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

If you have traveled to or from an affected area or have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks and develop symptoms, call your doctor.

What to do if you may have been exposed or feel sick

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to the doctor’s office, emergency room or urgent care, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Inform your local health department.
  • Don’t travel while sick.

If you think you may be sick, contact Pfeiffer University Health Services: Jenni Carrick, NP at 704-463-3425.

Residents in North Carolina with questions or concerns about coronavirus may call the newly established Coronavirus Line: 1-866-462-3821. The helpline number is staffed by North Carolina Poison Control 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

University officials are in regular communication with local health providers and with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. A protocol is in place to treat anyone who may be affected by the coronavirus. Any student who leaves campus due to feeling sick please inform Residence Life and/or Student Development.

The University will implement an action plan if there are any suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus on campus or in the local community. We will share the details of the plans if either of these situations arises.

LiveSafe App

Pfeiffer University utilizes the LiveSafe app, a mobile safety communications platform and enables users to provide actionable crowdsourced intelligence gathering for security officials and provides immediate emergency information for students, faculty, and staff. Download the app by clicking here.

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