Visit the Academic Affairs site for more information.
Health Sciences Campus Information
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.
Health Sciences Library
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.
Online Classes and Disability Accommodations
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.
Thesis, Dissertation Defenses, Small Group Meetings Related to Student Progress
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.
Lack of Broadband Access
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:
- Sometimes you can use your cell phone as a WIFI hotspot.
- There are some options for people for whom cost has been an obstacle to having internet service. Here are a few:
- There is a federal government program to provide a discount on the cost of basic internet connectivity, subject to financial need qualification. Details are available at this link.
- Comcast offers an introductory offer of two months free service that the company serves. Check this link for information.
- Altice, parent of Suddenlink, is also offering a free 60-day service to its service area. Follow this link for more information.
- Charter also has a offer off two free months: Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
- AT&T offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers and $10/month plans to low income families: AT&T COVID-19 response.
- Several carriers are following an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots. Those include Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Each has slight differences.
- Xfinity WiFi hotspots in out-of-home locations will be available for free to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet customers.
- Check with other internet service providers in your area for similar programs.
Adjustments to Merit-Based Scholarships for Returning Students
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.