Coronavirus Disease

Health Advisory: Coronavirus

Campus Communications

May 29


Dear Campus Community,

While Wheeling University is fully able to deliver a robust and supportive educational experience to students in any format--including remote/hybrid or fully asynchronously online--it's our preference and, overwhelmingly, the preference of our students, that classes be held in person unless public health conditions require switching to alternative forms of distance instruction.

In order to ensure that we're able to deliver this experience as safely and completely as possible, the university is planning multiple mitigation tactics for the Fall and has revamped the Fall 2020-21 Academic Calendar.

The highlights of the new calendar, which features 15-week semesters are as follows:

  • Undergraduate students will return to campus and move into the dormitories starting the week of August 17 in a staggered schedule to permit social distancing.
  • Fall 2020 undergraduate classes will begin on August 24.
  • Fall Break will not be recognized this year.
  • Students will return home on November 24 for Thanksgiving break and will then finish their classes online for the remainder of the semester.
  • Final exams will begin online on December 7-11.
  • An online Winter Session will start on December 12 – January 10 and be offered at a reduced tuition cost.
  • Undergraduate students will return to campus to move into the dormitories starting the week of January 4 in a staggered schedule to permit social distancing.
  • On-campus Undergraduate classes will begin on January 11.

We regret any disruption or inconvenience caused by these new calendar dates. We believe completing the semester at a rapid pace will help us avoid much more severe disruptions if a resurgent COVID-19 outbreak occurs in the late fall. Many public health care experts are predicting a new heightened outbreak to coincide with flu season. The new academic calendar should help us avoid that outbreak while minimizing students' travel between home states and the Wheeling area.

Beyond the calendar, the university is reviewing the following other mitigation options:

  • WU will provide all on-campus students, faculty, and staff with masks
  • Exploring the testing of students, faculty, and staff upon their return to either campus this fall, and exploring monitoring of symptoms
  • Enhanced cleaning of facilities
  • Scheduling multiple lunch periods
  • Minimizing gatherings
  • Utilizing larger classrooms to enhance social distancing

In this challenging time, please know that Wheeling University is highly committed and able to do everything possible to keep our community safe. Questions may be directed to We will continue to update you with more details as the situation evolves.

It's been generations since we, as a country and community, have weathered such disruption. With your help, we will emerge stronger and tell our future generations of the successes hard-earned through our collective efforts.

With appreciation,


Ginny R. Favede

President, Wheeling University


Student & Employee Hardship: Financial Support

Students and employees experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 related changes can apply for an emergency award.  Read more about eligibility requirements and examples of needs that may qualify.



Support Emergency Funding

To those in the Cardinal Family who are looking for tangible ways to help students and employees who may have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, gifts can be made to the President’s Fund of Excellence.  The President’s Fund of Excellence was created as a place where the Cardinal Family can make philanthropic gifts, allowing the University to respond to emerging needs at the University.




Who to contact if you have questions:

Student Concerns – contact the Office of Student Services

Daytime: 304-243-2350
Evening: 304-830-4683


Employee Concerns – contact the Office of Human Resources


Academic Concerns – contact the Office of Academic Affairs


Athletic Concerns – contact the Athletic Office


Media Calls/Concerns – contact Kelly Klubert


All Other Concerns


Cleaning/sanitizing – The University has increased its cleaning and sanitizing efforts across all University buildings. All pertinent surfaces are being cleaned multiple times a day. Students and employees should take care to clean their shared spaces such as door knobs, desks, keyboards, etc.  

Staying Healthy – There are a variety of resources available to help ensure that you stay healthy over the coming weeks. Recommendations include:

  • Maintain social distancing where possible, avoid unnecessary contact.


Check back to this page frequently for more updates.



Additional Communications

May 22 - Update from the President

May 15 - Campus Update from the President

May 8 - Campus Communication from the President

May 1 - Update from the President

April 30 - CARES Act - Higher Education Relief Fund Grant

April 30 - Federal CARES Act Guidelines

April 27 - Wheeling University Offers Academic Support Services to Students

April 27 - Health & Mental Health Assistance Remain Available to Students

April 17 - Campus Update from the President

April 11 - Update from the President

April 3 - President's Update

March 27 - Important Information for WU Students During the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 27 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 19 - NCAA Student-Athlete Q&A

March 18 - President's Update to Campus Community 

March 18 - Wheeling University to Close Residence Halls, Extend Online Instruction for Remainder of Semester

March 18 - President's Update

March 18 - Student Q & A

March 18 - President's Update to Campus Community  

March 17 - Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID-19

March 17 - Keep on Learning While Keeping Safe

March 13 - MEC Suspends All Activities Indefinitely

March 13 - President's Update

March 13 - Wheeling University to Begin Online Course Delivery March 16

March 13 - The Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling University

March 12 - Coronavirus Information

March 12 - Highlights of WV Governor Jim Justice’s Press Briefing on COVID-19 Response

March 10 -  Wheeling University's Coronavirus Task Force Announcement

March 6 - Residence Life: COVID-19