Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. This act provided emergency funding in the form of emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The emergency grant funds will be provided to qualified students to be used for eligible expenses that are currently under a student’s cost-of-attendance budget. These funds are to be used for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. EVMS signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement in order to qualify for the Emergency Financial Aid Grant. According to the Allocation for Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, EVMS will receive aid, at least half of which EVMS will use to provide aid to qualifying students.

As of May 15, 2020; EVMS has not distributed any aid to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act; however, EVMS estimates it will disburse aid to 30-plus qualifying students. The methods used by EVMS to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they may receive is listed in the document Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund .

Available Printers for Student Use

To further support student needs with the closure of the library, the printers that were located in the Student Lounge have been moved to Lester 107. The space will open for student use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, again with precautionary conditions:

  • Students must wear masks in the room. Masks will be kept behind the security station in the Lester Hall lobby and the security officer will distribute them to students as they are ready to enter the room. Students are asked to recycle their masks, as appropriate.
  • Students will maintain physical distancing and hand hygiene in the room. In addition to the first floor bathrooms, a hygiene station with hand sanitizer has been placed outside of Lester 104.
  • Students experiencing any illness symptoms will remain at home

Please join me in thanking the Library, AV, and IT staff who have made this resource available for students. We also ask that students be thoughtful and understanding in their use of the printers:

  • Printers will be accessible and usage will be monitored via the PaperCut software that is already in use.
  • Printers will be checked by EVMS staff approximately once a day for maintenance and supplies. With limited on-campus staffing, please understand that more frequent checks are not possible.
  • Students are asked to use personal paper for large prints to avoid depleting the supply for other students prior to the next maintenance.
  • Students can contact Student Affairs (studentaffairs@evms.edu) with any problems or concerns.

The room will be sanitized each evening after 5 p.m. As always, we are tremendously appreciative of our housekeeping, facilities, and maintenance staff for their tireless efforts to make these resources safe and available for students.

Alternative Study Space Available

Last Updated 04-09-2020

To support student needs with the closure of the library, EVMS Administration has worked to provide an alternative study space on campus. Lester 104 will remain open for student study from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, with the following conditions:

  • Students must wear masks in the room. Masks will be kept behind the security station in the Lester Hall lobby and the security officer will distribute them to students as they are ready to enter the room. Students are asked to recycle their masks, as appropriate.
  • Students will maintain physical distancing and hand hygiene in the room. In addition to the first floor bathrooms, a hygiene station with hand sanitizer has been placed outside of the room.
  • Tables will remain where placed to maintain a six-foot separation. Only one chair will be allowed at each table.
  • Students experiencing any illness symptoms will remain at home.

The room will be sanitized each evening after 5 p.m. Again, please join us in thanking our housekeeping, facilities, and maintenance staff for their tireless efforts toward our campus safety.

For health reasons, no other interior spaces on campus are available for student use for the immediate future.

Virtual Events Still Require Approval

As always, EVMS students are demonstrating their creativity and commitment to our community by wanting to hold virtual events. Please remember that all new or altered events require approval by Student Affairs, even if the event was previously approved. Please contact Joann Bautti or Diane Dougherty with any questions.

Contacts for Key Student Resources

Last Updated 04-09-2020 6:35 p.m.

EVMS Student Primary Healthcare

757.446.5811

EVMS Student Mental Health

757.446.5888 option #3

EVMS Police & Public Safety

757.446.5911 or 5199

HealthAdvocate Student Assistance Program

855.384.1800

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800.273.8255

Contact Lifeline

800.262.9800

YWCA Sexual & Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline

757.251.0144

Alcohol and Narcotics Help Line

757.480.5210

Crisis Text line

crisistextline.org

LGBT Life Center

757.640.0929

LGBT National Help Center

800.246.PRIDE (7743)