HPU Appoints Dedicated Task Force to Prepare for Future Semesters

New Health and Safety Task Force to assess and implement proper precautions for fall 2020 and beyond.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 30, 2020 – To prepare for in-person classes to resume in the fall, High Point University President Nido Qubein has commissioned a new Health and Safety Task Force to assess, develop and implement a plan to ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The task force will be chaired by Dr. Daniel Erb, founding dean of HPU’s Congdon School of Health Sciences and formerly a professor at Duke University, and includes leaders from the Office of Safety and Emergency Services, the Office of Student Life, facilities management, medical advisors, student leadership and many more. 

“Innovation is in the DNA of High Point University,” says Qubein. “Our team will continue to innovate and implement procedures and protocols that create the safest environment we can under these unprecedented circumstances.”

The Health and Safety Task Force will consider a number of measures, from physical distancing and health screenings, to event attendance and more.

“We have an incredible team at High Point University with leaders who have experience in many aspects of higher education, including medicine, public health, social sciences and operations,” says Erb. “Dr. Qubein has provided important leadership and support for this process as we develop a plan to welcome students to HPU in the fall. We are already recognized as one of the safest campuses in the nation, and we will continue to enhance safety and wellness measures for a variety of scenarios.”

Before the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in North Carolina, HPU implemented necessary precautions to enhance campus safety and support initiatives to flatten the curve.

“The university followed the lead of North Carolina to proactively introduce measures to minimize impacts of COVID-19,” says Erb. “From increasing cleaning across campus and changing dining protocols, to moving classes online, we shifted operations quickly. This new task force will use this same innovative and collaborative approach to continue to deliver exceptional educational experiences for our students, while ensuring their safety.”

For more information around HPU’s response to COVID-19, please visit http://www.highpoint.edu/studenthealth/coronavirus/.

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