COVID-19 Communication Hub

Fisk University Reopening Plan

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About the Fisk COVID-19 Communication Hub

The Fisk Covid-19 Communication Hub is the centralized resource of all Covid-19 related information for Fisk University.  Covid-19 is a fluid, complex public health pandemic.  Much like the events of the spring semester, circumstances change rapidly.  Fisk University is committed to clear and rapid communication dissemination through this website, email, and social media outlets.  The Fisk Covid-19 communication hub will remain the official communication mechanism for ALL  Covid-19 related communication.  However, updates will be shared across all communication channels.
Official Communication handles:
Facebook:  Fisk University
Instagram: fiskuniversity

About the COVID-19 Taskforce

The Covid-19 Taskforce is a university-wide task force composed of the Vice Presidents, Staff representatives from respective areas, and other leaders across campus.  The taskforce is a deliberative body that seeks to make the best recommendations on a path towards establishing Fisk University's new normal. The primary consideration of the task force is the help and welfare of students, faculty, and staff.

Our Committees 

The Covid-19 Taskforce is the primary committee for Covid-19 related matters.  Two Subcommittees,  Resumption of Normal Activities (RONA) and the Risk Management Committee, were formed to specifically address academic matters and legal matters respectively pertaining to Covid-19.
RONA Activities (Led by Covid-19 Taskforce Co-chair ClarLynda Williams-DeVane, Ph.D.):
  • Development of the Fall 2020 Hybrid Structure
  • Development of the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar
  • Identification of Key Policies and Procedures for the academic success of Fall 2020
  • Identification and Implementation of Training for Faculty and Students to support the Hybrid Structure
Risk Management Committee (Led by Covid-19 Taskforce Chair Dr. Natara Garvin ) Policy

Coronavirus COVID-19

Our Committee Members

Covid-19 Taskforce 

  • Dr. ClarLynda Williams-DeVane (Associate Professor, Chair Data Science and Bioinformatics)-Co-Chair
  • Willie Hughey (VP for Finance and CFO) 
  • Mickey West (Chief of Campus Safety)
  • Dr. Natara Garvin (Associate Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students)
  • Dr. Arnold Burger (Vice Provost for Faculty Initiatives)  
  • David Cobb (Director of Facilities Development)
  • Brian Garner (Director of Information Technology Systems)
  • Dr. Sajid Hussain (Associate Vice Provost for Information & Technology (CTO) and Discipline Coordinator of Data Science)
  • Dr. Antwain Leach (Interim Assistant Dean, School fo Humanities)
  • Laura Purswell(HR Consultant)
  • Jermaine Fisher (Executive Coordinator, Shared Services) 
  • Madeline Guinee (Director of Marketing and Communications) 

Resumption of Normal Activities (RONA) 

  • Dr.ClarLynda Williams-DeVane (Associate Professor Computer Science; Chair Data Science and Bioinformatics)-Chair
  • Dr. Antwain Leach (Interim Assistant Dean, School fo Humanities)
  • Dr. Holly Hamby (Associate Professor of English; Chair, Arts and Literature) 
  • Dr. Shelia Peters (Associate Professor of Psychology)

Communication Updates

June 29, 2020 COVID Update

As we move closer to the reopening of Fisk university read below to learn what’s new:

  • Faculty and Staff have been trained on COVID19 preparations, policies, and procedures. 
  • Fisk blue and gold face mask have been ordered.
  • New directional signs have been ordered to provide ease of flow throughout our beautiful campus.
  • A tentative phased reopening schedule has been implemented driven by very specific safety criteria.
    • Phase 1 – July 6
    • Phase 2 – July 20
  • A  screening location/testing location has been established on campus
  • New technological developments have been made to reduce or even eliminate the need for students, faculty, and staff to visit offices in person.  We are closer than ever to becoming a paperless campus. 
  • A very exciting partnership has been developed with Meharry Hospital/University to ensure that the best medical guidance is being followed on campus. 
  • New course schedules have been developed to accommodate our new academic calendar.

As we have seen over the last few weeks, the COVID19 pandemic is quickly changing.  We expect more changes to come.  However, we are making substantive changes that will allow Fisk to survive the pandemic and thrive in the future.  Please do your part by wearing your mask, social distancing, and staying home when at all possible.

HEERF Quarterly Report Quarter End 09/30/20

HEERF Quarterly Report Quarter End 12/31/20

Key Contacts/Authorized Information Sources

Wendel Brown

Director of Financial Aid

Hilda Enriquez

Budget Director



Dr. Christopher Duke & Dr. Natara Garvin

Director of Residental Life (Dr. Christopher Duke) 615-329-8505

Associate Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

(Dr. Natara Garvin) 615-329-8635

Dr. Vann Newkirk

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mickey West

Chief of Campus Safety

Laura Purswell

Human Resources Consultant

Brian Garner

Director of Information Technology Services

David Cobb

Director of Facilities Development


Yes, students will be in single rooms. We are unable to adequately socially distance with having more than one student per room.  Communal Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on a heightened schedule and will include anti-virus applications following CDC Guidelines.

Per our current rates, on-campus students will be charged for the full 14 weeks for Room and Board for SP-21. No accommodations will be made for a 7 week stay.

Extensive cleaning is done in all common areas throughout the day. We increased our cleaning schedule and will continue adhering to CDC guidance on how to clean and which products to use.


The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority. The safety measures put into place for students include but are not limited to socially distanced classrooms, one student to a room in the residence halls, a larger percentage of online classes, one-way directional flow of buildings, available personal protective equipment, rearranged high touch areas, reduced seating capacity, reconfigured office spaces, etc. We will continue to add to the safety measures as we know more.

Yes, If someone is concerned about being residential on campus, they must communicate that to Residential Life. Since this process is more complicated we need greater coordination so that we can ensure we note and replace the on-campus spot.

During the spring 2021 semester, all on-campus residents will be housed in single room accommodations for 14 weeks.  Please refer to the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar found here for a breakdown of the semester schedule.

staff phone numbers are now listed on the COVID-19 website.

Move-in date is January 21, 2020, for all students

  • Jubilee Hall and New Livingstone- 9 am-12noon
  • Crosthwaite Hall and Shane Hall – 1 pm-4 pm
  • Please note that Resident Assistants (RA’s), international students, athletes, and other special populations will be contacted directly by Residence Life for their additional instructions.
  • The university reserves the right to change the move-in schedule and the buildings occupied based on the needs of the university.

Yes, at times. We will segment the hours students are able to eat in the cafeteria. There will be other times it would solely be take out available because of the need to clean. These plans must be made in sync with the academic schedule to ensure we maximize the time students have to eat in the cafeteria.

The first step is to call Human Resources and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team. We would then immediately isolate that person, and if staff, ask them to leave campus as quickly as possible. We then would need to contact the local health department to notify them of the positive case. At that point, we would follow their guidelines on how to proceed. Typically, that means we would immediately begin contact tracing and requiring quarantine by the impacted individuals. The entirety of this plan is still being solidified.


Both. We will require students to bring masks and we will provide masks for students, faculty, and staff. We are still determining where the centralized supply will be located on campus.