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ARCHIVE-A Student’s Guide to Returning to Campus

Alteration of Fall Undergraduate Calendar Announced on May 28:

Here is a visual summary of Fall Calendar changes for undergraduate students. The start of graduate classes may vary by program.


You can view the Spring 2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar by clicking here. 


Designated Move-In Times
We’re excited to welcome our families back to campus. Arriving at your designated move-in time will allow for physical distancing. Review your move-in times based on residence hall, room number, and roommate number given in your housing assignment. Your housing assignment was emailed to you previously by the Office of Student Life and is your key in coordination with your move-in chart. If you have further questions, contact the Office of Student Life at 336-841-9231 or studentlife@highpoint.edu

Find your designated move-in time here:


Sign the Updated Housing Contract before you arrive to campus:

All students living on campus must sign the updated housing contract, now available at www.highpoint.edu/myhome, before returning to campus for the fall semester. Instructions are below, and a visual guide is available here.

  1. Sign onto www.highpoint.edu/myhome by selecting “Login” at the top left corner.
  2. Select “Contracts/Forms” located at the top of the menu bar.
  3. Select “Housing Contract 2020-2021” from the drop down menu and select “Save & Continue” at the bottom of the page.
  4. Select “Continue” on the Term Selector page.
  5. You will now advance to the Contract page. This is High Point University’s housing contract that all students must agree to when living on-campus. Please read through this and then sign off at the bottom of the page by entering your 7-digit Student ID number (this does not include the 01, 02, etc. that is on the end of your Student ID number). Next, click Save & Continue.
  6. Congratulations, you’ve successfully completed your housing contract for the 2020-2021 academic year!

Complete your self-health assessment within 24 hours of arriving to campus:
As one of many measures High Point University has implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all students, faculty and staff are completing required, regular self-health assessments. According to health care officials, taking a self-health assessment can answer basic questions that inform your decision to proceed with your daily routine, stay home, or seek medical attention, for the sake of your health as well as the health of others. Taking your temperature and answering questions regarding symptoms related to COVID-19 are small measures we can all take to ensure the safety of the campus community.

As classes prepare to resume, students will complete this self-health assessment within 24 hours of returning to campus. After being cleared to return to campus, students will complete self-assessments daily. This frequency may change based on the national situation as the academic year continues.


Touchless Check-In Process, Temperature Checks and Complimentary Face Coverings

All students will go through a touchless check-in process during their designated move-in time that includes showing their self-health assessment status upon arrival and having their temperature taken. Freshmen will receive a key in an envelope, have their temperature taken and be checked in without getting out of the car at the welcome center specified in their move-in email. Upperclassmen will complete their check-in process, including having their temperature taken and receiving their key, at the Slane Student Center until Aug. 12. After Aug. 12, upperclassmen will complete the check-in process inside the main lobby of their residence hall. Each student and their parents will also receive their complimentary HPU face coverings at the welcome centers when they arrive on campus during their designated move-in time. Read about the guidelines for cloth face coverings on campus by clicking here. To find designated move-in times, see the above section, titled “Designated Move-In Times.”


Welcome Week Guests
In order to mitigate the spread of the virus, we ask students to consider only traveling with parents and/or immediate family members considered essential to the move-in process. As a reminder, the university is not allowing visitors who are not students, parents of students, faculty or staff until further notice. However, this policy does not apply on Move-In Days between Aug. 13-17 when essential family members will be welcomed to campus to assist in their student’s move-in process.


Welcome Week Website
For more information, visit www.highpoint.edu/welcomeweek or
Download the Welcome App www.highpoint.edu/welcomeapp


Frequently Asked Questions

When do graduate classes begin?

The start of graduate classes varies by program. Please contact your specific program director. You can find graduate school contacts and information by clicking here.

Where can I find the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar?

You can view the Spring 2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar by clicking here. 

This alteration of the fall calendar was announced on May 28.

  • Fall semester will begin one week early.
    • Freshmen will move in August 13-15. Instructions on finding your designated move-in time are near the top of this website.
    • Upperclassmen will move in August 16-17. Instructions on finding your designated move-in time are near the top of this website.
    • Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 18.
    • Labor Day (Monday, September 7) is a mandatory class day. This is not new, but reducing travel is critical to help diminish the spread of coronavirus. Faculty will teach and students are expected to be in class on this day.
  • Fall Break is being removed from the academic calendar this year.
    • Removing fall break reduces the need for students to leave campus. Reducing travel, particularly widely dispersed movement throughout the nation and world, is critical to managing virus spread. Having this week for standard instruction also allows students to complete the entire instructional days required to adhere to academic standards.
  • The final day of classroom instruction will be Tuesday, November 24 (Tuesday before Thanksgiving). Students will then return home for reading days and to take exams online.
    • Reading Days: Monday, November 30, 2020, and Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
    • Exams Dates: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – Friday, December 4, 2020, and Monday, December 7, 2020 – Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
    • Because reducing travel is so critical, if students want to take exams in person, they will be required to stay on campus through Thanksgiving (not go home) until their exams are completed. International students will operate under this plan.

Here is a visual summary of Fall Calendar changes:

Where do I pick up my complimentary HPU face covering?

Each student and their parents will receive complimentary face coverings at the welcome centers when they arrive on campus during their designated move-in time. Read about the guidelines for cloth face coverings on campus by clicking here. After Move-In Days are completed, students will receive an email letting them know when and how to pick up additional face coverings as part of their HPU Welcome Back Gift.

Are there scheduled events for parents and students between Move-in Day Aug. 13 to Aug. 16?

Events for Move-in Weekend are still being planned! The best place to stay tuned for updates is our Welcome Week website.

When and where do I check in?

All students will go through a touchless check-in process during their designated move-in time that includes showing their self-health assessment status upon arrival and having their temperature taken. Freshmen will receive a key in an envelope, have their temperature taken and be checked in without getting out of the car at the welcome center specified in their move-in email. Upperclassmen will complete their check-in process, including having their temperature taken and receiving their key, at the Slane Student Center until Aug. 12. After Aug. 12, upperclassmen will complete the check-in process inside the main lobby of their residence hall. Each student and their parents will also receive their complimentary HPU face coverings at the welcome centers when they arrive on campus during their designated move-in time. Read about the guidelines for cloth face coverings on campus by clicking here.

How will you screen students moving in?

All students will be required to complete this self-assessment tool and show their “cleared” status at the entrance to campus when they arrive for move-in.

Will a health care professional be available onsite for students and parents with questions or concerns?

Yes – we will have a number of health care professionals onsite throughout Welcome Weekend. During the school year, HPU Student Health Services provides onsite comprehensive health services with two full-time providers and a robust medical staff inside of a newly renovated and remodeled student health facility.

What about Convocation?

While Convocation is a cherished event for new students and their families, sadly, the proliferation of challenges has grown so high that we are having to cancel the Convocation Ceremony planned for August 16. We will host a virtual ceremony that students and parents may watch online at a later date after parents are able to return home. This is not a decision that we made lightly. In fact, we’ve been planning for months to implement the necessary safety precautions required to host thousands on the lawn of Roberts Hall. Ultimately, the health and safety of our entire student body, HPU parents, and HPU faculty and staff must come first. As important as this tradition is, Convocation is secondary to ensuring that the entire HPU campus population is best positioned to begin classes and complete a successful fall semester in a safe and healthy way.

How will you stagger fall move in?

First-Year move-in will occur over three days on August 13, 14 and 15; Upperclassmen move-in will occur on August 16 and 17. Room numbers and floors will be staggered to permit physical distancing. Staggering is detailed below:

Upperclassmen Move-In

Freshman Move-In

Early Decision Move-In

What about tuition, room and board fees?

HPU fully intends to move forward with an on-campus, in-class experience, as so many students have requested. Unfortunately, HPU can’t guarantee, nor can any school, a 100% risk-free experience or that we can continue the semester as planned on campus. Unless the unique challenge of transferring to virtual learning because of COVID-19 is forced on us, we will stick with our current plan of the full experience for all on campus.

Regardless of the learning environment, tuition and fees will remain the same. The tuition and fees students provide are in exchange for learning, academic credit, and certain non-academic services that will continue to be provided whether in person, in a hybrid environment, or entirely remotely.

Rooms are reserved by students prior to the start of classes and must be properly maintained and serviced year round, whether they are occupied or vacant. Additionally, our investment with COVID-related safety precautions is in the millions, yet we are not passing those costs along to families. The housing contract states that there will be no accommodations for refunds with regards to housing in the event the university is required to move to a completely virtual format. If an executive order were issued that prevented in-person learning, we would communicate plans and information to you based on that situation.

In the unlikely event we are forced to move to an online-only scenario, a pro-rated food allowance will be credited to the next semester.

What do I do if I can’t make my assigned move-in time work?

Move-in is structured to allow best physical distancing practices, so we do ask that everyone come at their scheduled time and date. However, if you cannot, we can work with you to find a time. Any further questions can be sent to studentlife@highpoint.edu. Staff are on standby to assist you!

Who should I contact if I have unique circumstances that interfere with the updated academic calendar?

Upperclassmen should connect with their individual professors and Freshmen students should contact their Success Coach to discuss options.

What does HPU’s Conduct Code say about how students should uphold these new policies?

The Code of Conduct says, “As citizens of global community, we shall act responsibly, both on campus and off, governing our actions not only by our personal needs and desires but also by a concern for the welfare of others, for the general good of humankind, and for the environment upon which we mutually depend.”