There are no known cases of coronavirus on the Piedmont International University campus at this time. The administration is monitoring the situation with COVID-19 closely and will keep this page updated frequently.
- NC Department of Health (NCDHHS)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- All on-campus classes will be taking place online for the remainder of the semester starting March 23rd.
- Students have moved off campus as of March 17th, and are on a second spring break for the week of March 16th.
- Our spring commencement ceremony scheduled for May 1st has been cancelled, although students eligible to graduate in May will still do so.
- The majority of faculty and staff members are now working from home and those on campus will be practicing social distancing requirements.
- All athletic events and large gatherings have been cancelled.
Update March 20th, 2:44pm
Financial Support for New Students
Piedmont International University is here to support employees and their families impacted by the COVID-19 virus and its economic influence. Employees in the airline, hospitality, food service, restaurant management, the education system (public, private, or higher education), medical, law enforcement, or a veteran apply to the first-year COVID-19 support funding.
The COVID-19 support is 50% off the first-year tuition, which could equal approximately $6,000. This is for any full-time online or on-campus student who is enrolling for an undergraduate or graduate degree. This tuition cut is still pairable with federal funding, student loans, grants, and any additional financial assistance the student receives from outside parties. Furthermore, a student may qualify for federal loans to help not only assist with tuition but also living expenses (note: PIU's general scholarship rule applies).
Piedmont International University is here to help provide future security to families through investment in education.
Update March 17th, 5:52pm
Faculty Staff Coronavirus Instructions
On Monday and Tuesday faculty and staff did everything in their power to assist on-campus students as they moved out of the residence halls to travel home where they will begin online classes on Monday, March 23. Now the University is turning its full attention to the well-being of faculty and staff and the desire to do everything possible to support the nationwide effort to slow and hopefully stop the community spread of COVID-19.
The CDC has stated that older people are twice as likely to have serious illness from the novel coronavirus, especially those with underlying health issues, such as heart or lung disease, diabetes, or compromised immune systems. As a result, the President instructed those who are sixty years old or older or at risk for other reasons to begin working from home immediately.
Beginning tomorrow, serious measures will be implemented across the entire campus in an effort to protect faculty and staff and do our part in preventing community spread of the novel coronavirus. This will be accomplished through a combination of work-from-home options and social distancing requirements for those who do work on campus. Every employee will communicate directly with Cabinet-level administrators for instructions and guidance and to ensure that all technological and other resources are in place wherever you may be working. For the vast majority of employees, that will be from home.
Update March 17th, 3:55pm
No one could have imagined two months ago when the semester started that an announcement like this one would have to be made. Piedmont International University commencement is only seven weeks away, but yesterday the CDC recommended that gatherings of more than fifty people should be halted for the next eight weeks. As a result, we are canceling our spring commencement ceremony that had been scheduled for May 1. This decision will not affect anyone’s graduation from PIU, as all students who are eligible to graduate in May will do so.
While we deeply regret having to cancel this momentous event, the circumstances are extraordinary, and we must err on the side of caution and do our part to preserve public health and the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff. Also, we decided that it would be inconsiderate to hold out hope only to have many students and families scuttle plans at the last moment.
We were eagerly looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments, the sacrifices of parents and others who helped you reach this milestone, and the beginning of Piedmont’s 75th anniversary. We know that this decision is very upsetting for many of our graduates and their friends and families. Our students work incredibly hard to earn Piedmont degrees and deserve to be celebrated with their friends, professors, families and loved ones. We still intend to find a way to make that happen, and a variety of alternative options are under consideration including the possibility of hosting this significant event at a later date. We again thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters together.
Update March 15th, 4:14pm
Taking All On-Campus Classes Online
Two days ago, United States President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 100 people and closing K-12 schools in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Today, President Trump and Vice President Pence said that the federal government is considering domestic travel restrictions. While PIU has no known cases of COVID-19 at this time and no federal, state, or local orders have been issued to close colleges, Piedmont International University has decided to take the following actions to ensure the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff and do our part to help limit community spread of the virus.
A second week of spring break will begin immediately for all classes (including both on-campus and online). All classes will resume beginning March 23, and all on-campus classes will be taken online through the rest of the semester. There will not be a separate Easter break. Main campus students who are not normally enrolled in online courses are encouraged to use this week to safely travel home, become familiar with the technology, and be ready to excel in the online environment beginning next week. You are required to check your email often for instructions, connection to faculty and advisors, and various other important information. Also, make sure that Piedmont officials have all of your home contact information before you leave campus.
All students who are currently living in the residence halls must remove personal items and move out by Tuesday at noon. Hopefully, this will give everyone a chance to go home before potential federal or state travel bans are implemented. We understand that some of you may have circumstances that make it difficult or impossible to return home. If you are an international student or believe you may have a situation that makes it impossible or impractical to leave the campus by noon on Tuesday, you may fill out an online form that will be emailed separately to request an exception. You may also reach out directly to Student Services. Permissions to remain are issued at the discretion of the University, and students who remain do so at their own risk acknowledging that facilities may be limited.
Student workers and RA’s will be relieved of all campus responsibilities by Tuesday at noon, and the campus will only be open to essential faculty and staff from that time. The Library may be open during restricted hours. Please check your email often for communications in this regard.
This is a quickly developing situation, and a task force is being established to stay on top of all aspects and make plans across a broad range of issues this crisis has presented. Your inevitable questions about work study funds, room and board, commencement schedule, etc. are very important and currently being discussed. Your patience will be appreciated as we work through this unprecedented pandemic together. Please check your email and the PIU website often for the latest information and answers to your questions.
Finally, at the very heart of Piedmont’s mission is a passion to be Christ centered, and nothing provides a better platform for living that mission than facing daunting challenges. While we may be tempted to run and hide or care only about ourselves, the example of Jesus Christ demonstrates something very different. His deep love drove Him to serve others even when it meant personal risk and total sacrifice. Everyone in the Piedmont family is encouraged to let that light shine during this unprecedented global crisis. Pray diligently, serve unselfishly, and be willing to sacrifice gracefully.
Update March 15th, 9:36am
Further Updates Coming Tonight
PIU officials have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and carefully following guidelines issued by government and healthcare authorities to best ensure the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff. The PIU Cabinet has another meeting scheduled this afternoon to discuss the latest developments and finalize plans. A statement will be released to the Piedmont family this evening.
Update March 12th, 4:49pm
Cancelling All Athletic Events and Large Gatherings
Two days ago, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency over the spread of the coronavirus. You can read the full statement here. Yesterday, the World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. Today, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) announced the first two coronavirus cases in Forsyth County.
There are no known diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the Piedmont International University faculty, staff, or student body, but PIU leaders are carefully monitoring developments and following applicable guidelines from government and health authorities. Currently, NC DHHS is “not recommending pre-emptive school closures.” However, they are recommending “that organizers of mass gathering events that primarily draw high-risk persons, including those that attract older adults, should consider cancelling or postponing these events.”
Consequently, Piedmont is immediately canceling all home and away athletic events and all large gatherings (over 20 people) until April 1 or until further notice. That will include chapel services, convocation programs, preview day, spring formal, etc. Check with Student Services for more information and updates.
Finally, PIU is requiring that all faculty, staff and students follow NC DHHS travel guidelines including their recommendation “that all travelers returning from countries and US states impacted by COVID-19 follow DHHS guidance on self-monitoring.” Details can be seen here.
Again, PIU leaders are committed to mitigating the coronavirus risk among the Piedmont family, are carefully monitoring developments and following government and health authorities’ guidelines, and will continue to update everyone as the situation changes.
Update March 12th, 8:15am
Initial Statement on COVID-19
Piedmont International University’s administrators have been closely monitoring novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) developments from the time its discovery became public. On February 25th, PIU’s President Charles Petitt addressed a gathering of faculty, staff, and students shortly after officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that it’s not a matter of if but when the new coronavirus will spread in the United States. In that address and subsequent emails, the Administration has kept the Piedmont family informed of best practices, latest updates, and who to contact if someone becomes ill, because nothing is more important than the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.
PIU leaders understand the importance of doing everything possible to help prevent community spread, and they stand ready to follow guidelines issued by government or health care authorities. The Administration has discussed various options in case the spread of SARS-CoV-2 begins to have an impact closer to the campus including the possibility of taking all classes online if that were to become necessary. Virtually all PIU degrees are already available online and on campus, and the transition to online-only could be carried out quickly. However, with only seven weeks left in the spring semester, Piedmont leaders are cautiously optimistic about not needing to take such drastic measures.
Everyone is being encouraged to stay calm and not panic. Infectious disease experts do not know if the spread of SARS-CoV-2 will be like the flu and begin to taper off as the weather warms, but for now everyone should act rationally and deliberately and avoid fear induced, knee-jerk reactions. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said during a dark time in America’s history, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”