Campus Response and Preparedness for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread, a cross-section of the West Virginia Wesleyan College community, in concert with local health officials and the board of trustees of the College, came together to develop a plan of action to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community and the world at large. Communities around the world are interconnected to a greater degree than ever before. West Virginia Wesleyan College, its students, faculty, and staff continue to be engaged in this interconnected world.
After thorough deliberation, West Virginia Wesleyan College has decided to transition to online course instruction beginning Wednesday, March 18th. Face-to-face classroom operations will be suspended at the end of class day today, Thursday, March 12th . Students should make plans to return home by Sunday, March 15th at 5 pm. For those who are unable to move out by that time, continuing accommodations on campus will be provided upon application to Campus Life https://form.jotform.com/200707996737973. Food service will continue to be provided.
Please note these additional details regarding college operations for the remainder of the semester.
- Classes through March 12 Thursday evening classes will be held as usual.
- No classes will be held March 13th through March 17th to allow faculty time to alter courses and students time to familiarize themselves with the online platform.
- Beginning March 18th, all classes will move to online/alternative course delivery. Online/Alternative course delivery will continue through the end of the 2020 Spring semester.
- Students will receive information and instructions from faculty members regarding individual courses. Please check your email and your blackboard accounts.
- The community should use March 13-17 to prepare for online/alternative course delivery. The Office of Academic Affairs (304-473-8042/ email@example.com), Center for Teaching & Learning (304-473-8606/Brissey_c@wvwc.edu (304-473-8676/Probst_t@wvwc.edu), and IT Helpdesk (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be available to assist.
- Current online classes are unaffected and will continue as scheduled.
- Laboratory and performance classes are being evaluated and more information will be provided in due course. Students with clinical rotations, student teaching and internship courses will also be provided additional information.
- Students are strongly encouraged to be out of their residence hall rooms by Sunday, March 15 at 5 pm. For students who are unable to move out, continuing accommodations on campus will be provided upon application to Campus Life at https://form.jotform.com/200707996737973
- For students remaining on campus, housing will be consolidated, allowing for closure of residence halls. Food service will continue to be provided and hours will be announced when available.
Students should be prepared for the eventuality that we may need to implement reduced or alternate dining service as we move forward.
- WVWC participation in all intercollegiate athletic competition including NCAA and Mountain East athletic competition will end on March 12. Wesleyan will be informing the Mountain East Conference of our decision this morning.
- All May-Term and summer international travel trips are cancelled.
- All non-essential College-related travel will be suspended.
- The College will remain operational. Essential employees will be required to report to work. Further direction will be provided by supervisors.
- At this time, the College does not plan to cancel commencement weekend.
- Prospective students are still welcome to visit the campus. The Admissions Office staff will be available to provide campus tours, answer questions and assist students with the selection of their college home.
Events surrounding COVID-19 are unfolding quickly. We will be assessing the situation on an on-going basis and learning and adapting as we go. We will continue to do our best to gather your input, answer your questions, and remain in communication with you on a regular basis. Wesleyan’s decisions continue to be made out of an abundance of care and concern for the health and well-being of our community and the broader world.
I have watched the Wesleyan community come together around this issue over the past several weeks as we have dealt with the disruption caused by this health crisis. Wesleyan is, and always has been, a strong caring community. We appreciate your patience and flexibility in the days and weeks ahead.
Thank you for all you do for West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D.
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How are classes to be taught when on-campus activity is suspended?
A. Beginning March 18, all classes will move to alternate/online delivery methods. Alternate delivery methods will continue through the end of the 2020 spring semester. Students will receive information and instructions from faculty members regarding course delivery methods. These methods may include recorded lectures, online discussion groups and posts, and other means.
Q. What if I have questions about course delivery methods?
A. There are several resource centers ready to help. These are:
Office of Academic Affairs 304-473-8042 email@example.com
Center for Teaching & Learning 304-473-8606 firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-473-8676 email@example.com
IT Help Desk 304-473-8877 firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Are current online classes affected by the change in academic calendar?
A. No, online classes will continue as scheduled.
Q. What about laboratory and performance classes, clinical rotations, student teaching, and internships?
A. Laboratory and performance classes are being evaluated and more information will be provided in due course. Students with clinical rotations, student teaching and internship courses will also be provided additional information.
Q. Is graduation cancelled?
A. We will be evaluating graduation as the situation evolves. Currently, commencement weekend will continue as scheduled.
Q. Can prospective students visit the campus during the suspension of activity?
A. Yes, the Admissions Office will be open as usual. Students who wish to schedule a campus tour should call 304-473-8510 or go online at www.wvwc.edu.
Q. I know residence halls are closed. What if it is a hardship for me to return home?
A. For students who fall in this category, continuing accommodations will be provided upon application to Campus Life https://form.jotform.com/200707996737973. Housing for students remaining on campus will be consolidated, allowing for closure of residence halls. Food service will continue as provided. Hours will be announced when available.
Q. Will I be eligible for a refund of tuition, room, or board?
A. As instruction is moving online and continuing, and financial aid and scholarships are not being reduced, the College will not refund tuition. For similar reasons, room will not be refunded. The College is evaluating board.
Q. Will College offices remain open during this time?
A. The College will remain operational and all offices will be open and fully staffed. Beginning Thursday, March 19, supervisors will determine if an alternate plan for remote staffing will be implemented.
Q. What about preregistration, and the housing lottery for next semester?
A. Preregistration and the housing lottery will still occur, and will be conducted online. During this time it is essential that students check their Wesleyan email for regular updates. The College is working through these issues and will be in communication as plans are determined.
Q. Will the library be open during this time?
A. We are evaluating library hours on an ongoing basis. Our full compliment of digital resources will be available to students off campus or anywhere they are. We will determine physical library access for those students who must remain on campus. The library will be closed to off-campus individuals for the duration of this event.
Q. How does this decision affect events scheduled on campus by outside groups?
A. Wesleyan facilities are closed to the non-campus community through April 30. We will contact those organizations with current reservations in a timely manner.
The housing lottery will still occur. Students should mail lottery payments via check to:
West Virginia Wesleyan College
ATTN: Student Accounts
59 College Ave
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Please ensure the student name, ID number, and ‘housing lottery’ are referenced with the payment. Lottery payments may also be made via credit card by calling 304-473-8438, or in person at the Student Accounts office between 8-4pm Monday-Friday. We cannot accept online lottery payments at this time.
This FAQ is an evolving document. Please check the College’s website (www.wvwc.edu) for regular updates.