App State Operations Update — January 13, 2023

Posted 01/13/23 at 4:09 p.m.

A progress report to campus providing the latest operations information.

App State Operations Update

Welcome to App State’s spring 2023 semester!

App State sends periodic operational updates that include information about key university operations, health and safety protocols, and other important campus information for students and employees.

Chancellor Sheri Everts sends weekly messages covering university progress on key initiatives and items of importance for the university community. Read these messages here.

Keep reading for helpful resources and the latest campus operations updates as the university welcomes students, employees and visitors back to campus for spring 2023.

General information and resources for students and employees

Classes for the spring 2023 semester at App State begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Review the 2022-23 Academic Calendar.

Resources for students:
Academic AffairsAppCares ResourcesCampus DiningCareer Development CenterCase ManagementCounseling CenterDean of StudentsMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreOff-Campus Student ServicesOffice of Disability ResourcesOffice of Student SuccessStudent Health ServiceStudent Learning CenterUniversity HousingUniversity LibrariesUniversity RecreationWellness and Prevention Services

Resources for employees:
Academic AffairsCounseling for Faculty and StaffEmployee Assistance ProgramHealth Promotion for Faculty and StaffOffice of Human ResourcesUniversity Ombuds Office

Winter weather reminders

Sometimes, adverse weather affects the university’s regular operations. Decisions about universitywide changes to class or work schedules will be communicated via:

Messages are also distributed to campus and local media outlets. 

Under the campus Adverse Weather and Emergency Closing Policy, all public safety operations and essential campus operations, including but not limited to University Housing, Campus Dining, Student Health Service and Plemmons Student Union, continue regardless of weather delays or cancellations.

  • During adverse weather, faculty are encouraged to shift to online teaching methods.

  • Students should check with faculty directly if they have questions about course attendance and assignments during winter weather delays and cancellations.

Campus safety resources

In case of an emergency

In a medical or other emergency, call 911 or App State Police at 828-262-8000 for the fastest, most reliable means of getting emergency assistance. 

  • If you have not already done so, add App State Police to your mobile phone contacts:

    • Emergencies: 828-262-8000
    • Main line: 828-262-2150 

Mountaineer Safe Walk

Mountaineer Safe Walk is a free and secure safety escort service operated by App State Police and available to students in any main campus building or parking lot who may feel uncomfortable walking alone after dark.

  • Mountaineer Safe Walk service will begin operating for the spring 2023 semester on Saturday, Jan. 14.

  • The service area is limited to university properties only (parking lots, residence halls and academic buildings).

  • The service also offers secure transport to and from the following locations:

    • Mountain Laurel Hall (formerly Appalachian Panhellenic Hall)
    • Leon Levine Hall
    • 105 Parking Lot
    • State Farm Parking Lot
    • View the Safe Walk map layer for transport service locations (select a location from the menu for details).

Emergency preparedness

App State’s Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management team works in coordination with other departments across campus to build a safe and prepared campus. Review App State’s Emergency Preparedness page for tips on how you can prepare for and respond to specific types of emergencies.

  • AppState-ALERT is the university’s 24/7 emergency messaging system that uses texts, voice messaging, the siren warning system, desktop alerts, email and web alerts.

Health and wellness reminders

Get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19

  • COVID-19 primary vaccine series and booster appointments continue to be available at Student Health Service for students, employees and community members. Call 828-262-3100 for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

  • Flu vaccines for students are also available through Student Health Service. Call 828-262-3100 for more information.

  • Visit to Find Flu Vaccines or Find COVID-19 Vaccines near you.

Stay home if you feel sick

  • Students may call 828-262-6577 if they would like to make an appointment with Student Health Service.

  • AppHealthCare serves all community members and continues to offer free at-home COVID-19 test kits. Check your symptoms to determine if testing is needed or call 828-795-1970 to schedule a sick visit.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Stay home for at least five days, isolate yourself from others and follow CDC guidance for isolation and precautions for people with COVID-19.

  • Students living in residence halls are strongly encouraged to complete COVID-19 isolation at home but may choose to isolate in their residence hall rooms, if unable to return home, leaving only to receive medical care.

    • During the isolation period, students living in residence halls can arrange for Wellness Meal Pick-ups — view instructions on Campus Dining’s Meal Plan page

COVID-19 resources:

Get your COVID-19 vaccination recordNorth Carolina’s COVID-19 Information HubNC Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 Test Location Finder