Coronavirus Disease


Health Advisory: Coronavirus

Campus Communications

 

 

March 27

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

The Wheeling University Counseling Center understands that this is a challenging time for all of us. In an effort to continue to provide support to our students, the Counseling Center will be adapting the way it provides mental health counseling services by transitioning to provide telehealth counseling, support and check-ins to our students via a HIPAA compliant platform.

If you have questions about this or would like to schedule a distance counseling session via telehealth, please contact Tina Tordella, Director of Counseling Services, at ttordella@wju.edu or 304-243-2081.

  

 

March 18                                                                                                                                                         

President's Update to Campus Community                                                                                                                                             

Dear Wheeling University Students,

Late yesterday on Tuesday, March 17, Governor Jim Justice announced the first confirmed case of Coronavirus in West Virginia. The disease has now hit all 50 states and continues to spread rapidly. Additionally, Governor Justice took measures towards containment by mandating the closure of all restaurants, bars and casinos in the state.

Due to these changes, we are taking additional steps as described below that are reflective of our commitment to the safety and interest of our students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community, as well as the rapidly evolving state and federal directives to flatten the coronavirus transmission rate.

In light of the escalating federal, state and local efforts to slow the transmission of the Coronavirus, all students should now plan to leave campus as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, to ensure the highest possible safety for everyone.  The Wheeling University administration, faculty and staff will be available to assist students in an effort to efficiently and quickly move students to environments where social distancing can be successfully implemented.

In an additional effort to safeguard students and the campus community, Wheeling University is implementing the following measures and procedures:

  • Students are required to move out of their assigned residence hall room by 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22. Moving boxes will be available for students in the lobby of each residence hall.
  • Students who have already left campus, should make every effort to return before 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, to gather their belongings and properly check out of the residence hall. Students who are unable to return, must contact Malek Stewart at mstewart@wju.edu as soon as possible.
  • Students with extenuating circumstances, who need to stay on campus, must complete the Extended Stay Form by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 19. Students who are approved to stay on campus will be notified no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 20. 
  • All students who are approved to stay on campus will be moved to Kirby Hall to consolidate usage of buildings and staff resources.
  • At this time, Aladdin Food Services will remain in operation offering carry-out dining in the Benedum Room and the Coffee Shop. Questions or concerns can be directed to Terry Baker, Director of Dining Services at tbaker@wju.edu.  
  • When checking out of the Residence Halls, students are asked to follow these procedures:
    • Please obtain and complete an Express Check-out Envelope from your residence hall lounge.
    • Enclose your room keys in the envelope and drop the envelope off at your residence hall front desk. 
  • Students who need transportation to the airport, are asked to contact Andrew Lewis at alewis@wju.edu
  • Current students can apply now for housing assignments for the Fall 2020 semester via eRezLife. Please check your email regularly for updates.   
  • Essential facilities (e.g., dining hall for take-out, Student Health Services, Student Services, the Counseling Center and Public Safety) will remain open.

 

All course instruction will continue online through the end of the semester and final exams will be administered online. Further information about exams will be provided by the course instructor. 

The Bishop Hodges Library, Student Success Center, computer labs, classrooms and all athletic facilities will be closed as of Sunday, March 22 at 5:00pm.    All University Offices will remain open.   Student employment is suspended at this time until further notice. Campus events, campus visits and other conferences are cancelled until further notice. This was a very difficult decision and not done without the knowledge that many have worked hard to prepare for various events on- and off-campus. However, it was made after carefully weighing the safety of the entire Wheeling University community and the surrounding communities.

Questions concerning residence hall procedures, can be directed to Malek Stewart at mstewart@wju.edu or 304-243-2350.  For all questions concerning academics and online instruction, please contact Dr. Jackie McGlade at jmcglade@wju.edu or 304-243-2321.  General questions and concerns can be sent to covidquestions@wju.edu

Due to these extraordinary circumstances, commencement and its surrounding activities must be postponed.  As we work through these devastating times we will look to reschedule a date sometime over the summer. I know these are difficult times for you, there is one promise I will make – you will have a commencement. It is possible that the date, format, etc. may have to change but there will be a day that I will proudly, and with great joy, hand each one of you your well-earned diploma. You are all in my heart, please know it aches for you.

Wheeling University’s top priority is to protect and safeguard our greatest assets – our students, faculty and staff.  We appreciate the patience, flexibility, and partnership of the Wheeling University community during this challenging time. Wheeling University remains committed to protecting the well-being of all members of the campus community.

We will continue to provide updates from the University on a regular basis as conditions evolve. Please refer to the Coronavirus Information FAQ web page for updated information on COVID-19 and for updated answers to frequently asked questions.         

These events remind us of the importance of remaining strong as a community and caring for one another. Our prayers are with the individuals in West Virginia and around the globe who are directly impacted at this time. 

           

Sincerely,

Ginny R. Favede
President                                                                           

 

Who to contact if you have questions:


Student Concerns – contact the Office of Student Services

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

Email: reslife@wju.edu

Employee Concerns – contact the Office of Human Resources

304-243-8152
Email: hr@wju.edu

Academic Concerns – contact the Office of Academic Affairs

304-243-2321
Email: jmcglade@wju.edu 

Athletic Concerns – contact the Athletic Office

304-243-2365
Email: athletics@wju.edu

Off-Campus Event Concerns – contact the Office of Conference Services

304-243-2414
Email: dwhite@wju.edu 

Media Calls/Concerns – contact Kelly Klubert

304-243-8165
Email: kklubert@wju.edu

All Other Concerns
Email: covidquestions@wju.edu

 

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

March 27 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 19 - NCAA Student-Athlete Q&A

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