RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Students at Saint Augustine’s University returned to in-person classes Wednesday after moving to remote learning last week.
The provost, Dr. Josiah Sampson III, said it was a drill to prepare if there’s ever a spike in COVID-19 cases. He said there was never an increase in cases.
The university’s COVID-19 dashboard hadn’t been updated since the spring semester. Sampson said that is due to departures from the staff. New people are being put in position and St. Aug’s plans to have a dashboard that is updated every Friday.
The university said it will continue to require masks and visitors are not allowed in campus buildings.
In a letter on Sept. 28, Sampson explained the reasoning for the switch to virtual classes.
He said that classes will be moving online as part of the university’s “ongoing efforts to protect the welfare of our campus community.”
“The health and safety of the Saint Augustine’s University community is our number priority,” Sampson wrote. “Since opening the campus for the Fall 2021 semester, the University has been engaged in promoting and following CDC mandated COVID-19 guidelines.”
The move to virtual classes came right after the university held a week-long homecoming celebration and hosted Chowan University for a football game. Despite university policy regarding no guests on campus, thousands were in attendance at the game and at a celebration and concert afterward.
Masks were required at all of the events, but it’s unclear if guests who paid to attend the events had to show a negative test or proof of vaccination. All students, faculty, and staff at Saint Augustine’s are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a statement this week, Saint Augustine’s says it will continue to require masks, and visitors are still not allowed on campus.
The university is also hosting several upcoming vaccine and testing clinics.
Oct. 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 (8 a.m. – Noon, Emery Gym)
Nov. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 (8 a.m. – Noon, Emery Gym)
Vaccination Dates (9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Emery Gym)