In preparation for the arrival of more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students to West Virginia Wesleyan College, the College’s Supervisor for Security and Safety released a comprehensive ‘Arrival on Campus Plan,’ which outlines safeguards, precautionary policies and mandatory protocols to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus. The plan was crafted in accordance and compliance with requirements and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of West Virginia and the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department. To read the full plan, go to wvwc.edu/arrival-on-campus.
“The policies and protocols outlined in the Arrival to Campus Plan are purposefully crafted to help lower the incidence of COVID-19 on campus,” said John Bohman, Supervisor for Security and Safety at WVWC. “The plan is solid and now, we need partners – students, faculty and staff alike – to adhere to the requirements.
“We can achieve a successful semester on campus if, and only if, our entire campus community comes together, instills a strong sense of both personal responsibility and community concern, and abides by the mandatory policies and protocols,” Bohman added.
Key items for students to note prior to their arrival on campus:
A negative COVID-19 test is required
A influenza (flu) vaccination for the 2020-2021 flu season is required
A mandatory, universal mask policy will be enforced (both indoors and outdoors while on campus property); this applies to local community members who visit campus to exercise or sightsee
Social distancing protocols will be in effect
A COVID-19 hotline (text or call) – (304) 473-8274 – has been established to support students and the campus community at large.
Students should expect changes across campus including in the classroom, residence halls and dining hall, to name a few. While there will be in-person instruction, students should expect that the majority of co-curricular activities will take place virtually, to support the public health guidelines set forth in the Arrival to Campus Plan.
Students are expected to return to WVWC as early as December 27, 2020. A January residency to complete the Fall 2020 semester requirements (e.g. labs, clinicals, etc) will begin on January 4 and conclude January 22, 2021. First-year students move into the on-campus residence halls on January 23 and returning students arrive on January 24. The first day of classes for the Spring 2021 Semester is January 25. The Spring 2021 Academic Calendar is available here.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.