On March 18, WVU President E. Gordon Gee announced the next steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
Students having technical computer issues can call the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444. For course-specific questions, students should first contact their instructor.
Information specific to each of the Health Sciences Schools can be found below:
Health Sciences students having technical computer issues can call or email the HSC Help Desk at 304-293-3631, option 1, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For course-specific questions, students should first contact their instructor.
The Health Sciences Library will be closing its physical space, including swipe card access, after 5 p.m. on March 19. The Library will still be providing online reference service and filling ILL requests, and all electronic resources will remain available.
Due to the University’s transition of all course delivery to distance learning platforms, the Offices of the Provost and the University Registrar have released a revised schedule for Spring 2020 final exams. The revised schedule is for all WVU-Morgantown undergraduate courses. Beckley and Keyser campuses are not impacted by this schedule.
The revised schedule was created to manage the load on eCampus as well as to minimize student conflicts arising from having multiple exams during the same time slot. The new schedule is available the WVU Registrar’s website and is searchable by course name. All undergraduate students on the Morgantown campuses should review the schedule and make note of the new exam times.
Important details to keep in mind:
Students should direct questions about their final exams to course instructors.
With the unexpected WVU campus closure and rapid shift of all face-to-face instruction to distance learning format, the Office of the Provost is working diligently to address areas of concern among our faculty and students and weighing myriad options to determine the best solutions for our campus community.
We know students are concerned about some of the current academic policies and how they will apply during this unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. A global pandemic certainly isn’t something any of us anticipated, but we are moving quickly to make the necessary adjustments to help our students be successful this semester and into the future.
Along those lines, WVU is implementing changes to some of our academic policies. Below are the highlights:
Students are strongly encouraged to read the complete details about each of these policies online. They should direct their questions to their academic advisor.
The switch to online delivery WILL NOT affect your visa status. The Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance allowing universities to accommodate the switch given the unprecedented circumstances.
This change will not have any impact on your academic progress as your courses will be taught to completion on-line through various remote deliver methods, as defined by your course instructor.
If you intend to depart the United States for the remainder of the semester, please keep in mind that your courses may choose to meet synchronously (at a specific time over the internet, live). Please keep in mind challenges that may arise from internet connectivity and time differences in making this decision.
The Office of Global Affairs will be teleworking for the foreseeable future, and not able hold in-person appointments. Our advising will be conducted via email and video conferencing, and letters will be sent via mail service.
If you’re leaving the country and need a travel signature, you will not be able to get one before you depart. Please complete the Replace an I-20 request if you require a new I-20 with travel signature mailed to your international address.
Travel signatures are valid for one year – if you have a valid travel signature at the time of your return, please email email@example.com to check your status in SEVIS status prior to your return to the United States.
As classes move online, faculty will rely more on written content, online examinations, web meetings, recorded lectures and other media content. For students with disabilities, this presents unique challenges. Therefore, it is important that instructors work with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) to ensure that those students receive equal access to course instruction.
Additional information about testing and additional accommodations can be found on the OAS website. For questions about utilizing academic accommodations in the online classroom, or if you need assistance, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 304-293-6700.
There will be no tuition refunds. While the modes of delivery have changed, instruction is still being delivered and credit is still being earned.
In response to the devastating effects the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is having on our nation, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package on Friday, March 27. Included in the package were resources to assist higher education institutions and their students. West Virginia University is expecting further guidance from the Department of Education on how those dollars can be used to provide assistance to our students. We anticipate being able to announce a plan by Friday, April 3. We know this is a stressful and frustrating time for all; we appreciate your patience as we continue to work through this together.
These meetings may take place, but only through remote access to avoid person-to-person contact. The Graduate/Professional Catalog allows remote participation in defenses with Dean’s Office approval. The chair of a thesis or dissertation committee planning a defense with remote participation should email the appropriate Dean’s Office administrator to describe the plan for the defense and to request approval. Dissertation defenses should continue to be posted to the University calendar, with an added comment that community members who wish to observe the defense should contact the committee chair to arrange remote access (which can be provided through live streaming, a conference call, or other strategies). Note that faculty and graduate students have access to both Zoom and Microsoft Teams to facilitate meetings with remote participation. Note that ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations) will still be due on May 1 for May graduates.
The Robert E. Stitzel Emergency Fund for graduate and professional students assist those who experience an unexpected and documented financial hardship that negatively impacts their academic life and progress.
Contact the Office of Graduate Education and Life (GradEd@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-7173) with questions or requests for assistance specific to graduate education.
In light of the continued concerns around the coronavirus COVID-19 and minimizing community spread, the University is asking everyone to drive down their lab work to absolute minimal presence by close of business on Thursday, March 19, only to allow for instrumentation maintenance, cell/animal lines.
Fred L. King, Vice President for Research, has provided additional guidance.
The Provost’s Office has asked professors to consider a variety of methods to deliver instruction, some of which do not necessarily involve the internet.
Some other options include:
The University has taken steps to continue making higher education affordable.
WVU will reduce the minimum grade point average to 2.75 for all merit-based scholarships, making it easier for students, parents, faculty and staff to know the renewal requirements. However, students will still need to earn 30 hours per academic year.