HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 27, 2021) — One of the chief responsibilities of Hampton University is to ensure the health and safety of our students and other members of the Hampton community. The manner and methods that the Hampton team has utilized in approaching and dealing with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic have been successful and are nothing short of amazing. Despite the many adjustments that have been made because of the pandemic, this academic year has gotten off to a great start, and we are glad to have students and faculty back on campus. In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Hampton University is giving students a Wellness Day on Friday Nov. 5, 2021 to focus on self-care.
“The health, safety, and well-being of the Hampton University community remains our top priorities. Just as I did last year, I am authorizing a Wellness Day for students on Friday, November 5, 2021,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President. “Classes will not be held on this date. It is my hope that this gives students and faculty an opportunity to take some time for self-care. It is my hope that you will use this time to reflect on the first half of the semester and mentally prepare for the remainder of the semester.”
This is the latest example of Hampton University assisting its student body in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August of 2021, Dr. Harvey announced the University would provide assistance to its returning students by utilizing funds received from the Federal Relief Act and pay the outstanding balances owed by continuing undergraduate students who were enrolled at the end of the Spring 2021.In May, Hampton University announced it is are providing each graduate in the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021, who has a federal student loan, the sum of $500 toward repayment of that loan. These payments were sent directly to the U.S. Department of Education loan servicer that was the holder of the student loan. Those students who did not have student loans were reimbursed their graduation fee of $150. In April of 2020, Dr. and Mrs. Harvey made a $100,000 matching donation of their own money to a $100,000 gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to provide each on-campus student $100 to assist with travel costs to retrieve their belongings from campus or to return to school this past fall.