Community Updates

Dr. Stanley T. Wearden

March 17, 2020

To The Methodist University Community,

In an effort to keep students informed of how the University is responding to the evolving situation related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), please carefully read the following updates:

Guidance regarding student employment and community engagement:

All community service work is suspended effective immediately. Work study can continue for those students who are remaining on campus and who can be in the work area, while practicing social distancing. Work study students are not allowed to telecommute. Peer tutoring can continue one on one or in small groups under 10 while practicing appropriate social distancing.

Guidance regarding on-campus dining:

All on-campus dining options are open. Hours of operation can be found here¬† Per North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order, beginning at 5 PM today, all dining options at Methodist will convert to take-out only. Students will be able to pick up their food and take it out, but they will not be allowed to dine inside established dining facilities.

Guidance regarding off-campus visitors:

Beginning this evening, residential students will not be allowed to have any non-Methodist visitors in any residential facilities.

Guidance regarding usage of Nimocks Fitness Center:

Campus Recreation is only allowing 10 people in the Nimocks Fitness Center at a time in observance of the social distancing guidelines. The staff will collect IDs upon entrance and visitors will only be allowed 1 hour to work out. At the end of that hour, staff members will ask the visitor to leave. If capacity in Nimocks is at 10, we will not let anyone else in the facility at that point. Once capacity drops below 10, we will again allow visitors to enter the facility. We ask that students not congregate outside the Nimocks Fitness Center. If there are already 10 people inside when you try to enter, please leave and come back at least one hour later. Until further notice there will be no competitive basketball play (ie. one on one, two on two, or other competitive play). Additionally, there will be no fitness classes or intramural play until further notice.

Nimocks hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday – 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Friday – 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday – 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Guidance for University Employees

As the University is still currently open and operational, we understand that employees may have situations that we need to accommodate. Guidance has been sent out to supervisors regarding the University’s recommendations on balancing the work and needs of the department while also considering the needs, personal circumstances, and challenges of employees. If you haven’t already received communication, please reach out to your supervisor for guidance and direction. If you need additional assistance, please contact Human Resources.


Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D.

William H. Walker, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students