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For details about Student Affairs operations, see the Student Affairs Covid-19 Response. Updated June 10, 2020 at 8:20 a.m.

Trailhead 2020

As with most things this fall, the Trailhead Experience will look a little different. This program, an initiative of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), is being re-conceptualized to meet the unique needs of all first-year students at App during the Fall 2020 semester. Rather than take place off campus for a smaller group of 200 students over 3 days, every first-year student will now participate in a revised version of Trailhead during their first day on campus after their assigned move-in date and time.

In a one-day program, small groups of new students- each led by 2 upperclass student leaders, will engage in a number of activities, dialogues, and sessions exploring themes of authenticity, identity, community, and transition in the context of their collegiate experience. Trailhead 2020 will serve as an important bridge between students’ virtual Orientation sessions this summer and Welcome to App programming just before classes start. The program will provide an extra layer of support and guidance for incoming students as they navigate complex social, personal, and academic transitions. Additionally, Trailhead will provide an opportunity to connect with peers, student leaders, and campus resources while practicing healthy behaviors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A Leadership Team has been assembled to plan and implement the program. Members include Beth Holcomb (Campus Activities), Clinton March (Orientation), Courtney Holder (Leadership Education and Development), Heather Jo Mashburn (ACT), Jeff Cathey (Student Engagement and Leadership), Juan Mendizbal (Leadership Education and Development), and Marco Fonesca Rodriguez (Intercultural Student Affairs). Many other staff across the division and campus will also be asked to help nominate potential student leaders, contribute to programming, and support this campus-wide initiative in various ways over the coming month.

For more information or questions about Trailhead 2020, visit or email

Jun 25
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Educating Students about Legal Issues during the COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 30, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 142 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; this Order contains important rights and protections for tenants and consumers. The Order put in place an eviction moratorium and extended the utility cut-off moratorium that had been issued earlier in the spring. What this means is that all evictions (called “summary ejectments”) in the court system are barred until June 20, 2020, and all utility shutoffs (covering electric, natural gas, sewer and water services) are barred until July 29, 2020. What’s significant about both moratoria is that they provide a six month period – beginning after the expiration of the moratorium -- for tenants/ consumers to catch up on any past due payments. So, although the eviction moratorium has ended, tenants should still be protected from negative legal action for another six months if they enter payment plans. In addition, during the moratoria and the six month repayment period, no late fees, interest, or other charges can be added to the amount due. While the underlying payments must still be made, these provisions provide a path for tenants/ consumers to work out reasonable payment plans and, hopefully, avoid legal action or negative impact on credit.

To reach students with this information, the Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services created a short Zoom presentation, which was streamed to Facebook Live. The Facebook Live was held at 4 p.m. on June 11 and has, to date, received 475 views. You can check out the 22 minute presentation on the Appstate Off-Campus Student Services Facebook page. Our next presentation (planned for some time in July, to be repeated during the fall semester) will be on debt collection and credit reports, another topic that we anticipate will be relevant as students and their families continue to navigate the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer students with legal questions to the Student Legal Clinic for free, confidential advice, information, and referrals!

Jun 25
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University Housing’s Fall 2020 Move-In Information

University Housing is busy preparing on-campus Housing assignments for students, and they are unable to accommodate any more roommate requests.

The priority deadline for University Housing applications was 11:59 PM on May 31. This means the roommate selection and search features in the Housing application are no longer available. At this time, all students are required per the housing application to provide lifestyle information, which is what will be used to match any new incoming student applications without a specified roommate.

All official housing assignments will be sent to each student's email address in mid- to late-July. This email will contain roommate information, as well as assigned move-in days and times.

To help ensure everyone's safety during the move-in process, University Housing will pre-schedule appointments to allow for physical distancing. Students must arrive and check into their room assignment on their assigned day and during their assigned time.  All new incoming Freshman and Transfer students will be assigned a move-in date between August 10 and August 13, 2020 and a time on their assigned day of either 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 4pm.  Your specific check-in time will be noted on your assignment notification email. Students and families will need to remain flexible in their plans as University Housing will be unable to accommodate requests for changes to move-in dates and times unless already approved as a special population (including Marching Mountaineers, some University employees, etc.). Due to physical distancing guidelines, students cannot arrive prior to their assigned time; they will be turned away and asked to return during their scheduled time. University Housing will not have keys or access cards available at check-in if students arrive outside of their scheduled time.

Students will be limited to one family member or move-in helper. This decision is based on guidelines for physical distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health, and the university's Emergency Management team. The one-helper limit will reduce the likelihood of crowded stairwells, elevators, common baths, and hallways.

Additional family members are welcome to come to campus but they cannot be in the building at the same time with the student. Once the move-in period ends for a student, only residents will be allowed in the residence halls.

Before coming to campus, all individuals should check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist provided with your assignment email. Anyone exhibiting symptom(s) should not come to campus and should consult their health care provider. You can read about screening and other resources on Appalachian's COVID-19 website.

Jun 25
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Exercise is Medicine Initiative

Appalachian State University is one of 166 universities and colleges around the world recently honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine® initiative for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.  Appalachian earned gold-level designation from the Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) program, one of only 77 institutions receiving this top distinction. Among the other schools honored, 62 received silver and 27 bronze.  Read More Here!

May 20
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