CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES

Return to Campus

07/31/2020

Message from the President

As we look forward to returning to campus please refer to the following guidelines and safety practices.  I encourage each of us to do our part in keeping West Liberty University safe.  Doing those extra things to make others safe is the West Liberty way, and I am thankful for cooperation.

Highlights

  • Face coverings must be worn in university buildings, including during class and when out of personal workspaces and residence hall rooms. 
  • All employees and students will be provided with one face mask. 
  • Vending machines will be placed in buildings around campus to distribute a limited amount of free disposable masks, gloves and sanitizer to faculty, staff and students. 
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet is to be observed at all times.
  • Students and employees must conduct symptom monitoring and not report to class or campus if ill.  
  • Cleaning and disinfection of facilities will be done in accordance with protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using Environmental Protection Agency-approved products effective against the COVID-19 virus.  
  • Student failure to comply with the University Guidelines is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
  • Employee failure to comply with University Guidelines will result in corrective action up to and including termination.  For additional Employee Guidelines, please refer to Return to the Workplace Guidelines and Expectations.  

Campus Safety

Personal Safety Practice

Stay at Home if you are Sick. Monitor your symptoms daily. 

Wash Hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout university buildings. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 

Social Distance. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and others. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. 

  • Avoid shaking hands. 
  • Do not enter other employees’ personal workspaces. 
  • Reduce high-touch exposures by propping open interior doors where feasible. 
  • Do not gather in groups. 

 

Wear Face Masks. Face coverings must be worn indoors at all times in classrooms, labs, and studio spaces.  Face masks must be worn at all times in offices when more than one person is present.  They are also to be worn outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing. The face covering is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. You could spread COVID-19 even if you do not feel sick.  Students with health issues wearing a mask should contact Mr. Chris McPherson, ADA Coordinator, at [email protected]  Documentation would be required for accommodations.

The University will provide every employee and student with one cloth face mask. Face masks for students will be distributed in the Housing Office, located in Rogers Hall, in conjunction with the parking hangtag distribution (students must complete the on-line form prior to picking up parking hang tag). Employee masks will be distributed by their supervisors.

Vending machines will also be located throughout campus that will permit employees and students access to a limited amount of additional masks, free of charge, using their Topper cards.  Additional information to follow. 

Employees and students may also bring their own face coverings from home, if desired. The CDC currently recommends that cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering. Do not use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. N95 and similar respirators should be reserved for medical workers and employees in areas with task-specific hazards. 

Student failure to comply with University Guidelines regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings, will result in one or more of the following measures: written warning, removal from class, probation, suspension and/or expulsion from the University. 

Employee failure to comply with University Guidelines regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings, will result in corrective action up to and including termination.  For additional Employee Guidelines, please refer to Return to the Workplace Guidelines and Expectations.

Track Monitor and Report Health Conditions

Students: Students must conduct symptom monitoring every day before reporting to class.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS, REPORT TO CLASS, OR BE AROUND OTHERS if you have a fever(100.4° F [38.0° C] or greater), symptoms of acute respiratory illness (i.e. dry cough, shortness of breath), and/or a lack of taste and or smell. If you experience any of the above symptoms, contact your health care provider for medical advice.  Student Health Services is available by appointment for consultation, referral, and treatment of illness.   Providers are also available at Doctors Urgent Care of Wheeling.

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS, REPORT TO CLASS, OR BE AROUND OTHERS if you are sick (with any illness), you are currently being tested for COVID-19,  you received notification from public health officials (state or local) or University contact tracers that you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, or you are caring for or live with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Employees and students are required to self-report a positive COVID-19 test result or report if they have been asked to quarantine/isolate by health officials as a result of a direct contact with a COVID-19 positive case.  Please report here https://westliberty.edu/residence-life/positivecovid/.

UPDATE 09/11/20: Quarantine/Isolation- As a reminder, if you have been asked to quarantine/isolate by health officials or by University staff, please be advised of the following protocols in place to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Individuals required to quarantine/isolate are not permitted on campus or in any University building (exception: Residence Hall students permitted in their designated Residence Hall room only.)

Residence Hall Students: Residence Hall students are not permitted to leave their designated dorm room unless it is to seek medical attention.  Students are not permitted in any other University building until they have been released from quarantine/isolation.  Guests are NOT permitted in quarantine/isolation rooms. 

It is vital that you comply with the protocols in place for quarantine/isolation.  Any violation of University guidelines and protocols related to quarantine/isolation will result in immediate removal from campus housing. Additionally, students will be placed on interim full restrictions pending the outcome of a student conduct administrative meeting.  Student Code of Conduct violations can result in expulsion from the University. More information related to COVID 19 Violations and Sanctions may be found at https://westliberty.edu/conduct/covid19/

TRAVEL:  All non-essential University travel will be extremely limited. Prior approval must be obtained, in advance, by the appropriate Cabinet level administrator. 

Academic Affairs

Fall Academic Calendar

August 17: Main Campus classes begin (remote or virtual).

UPDATE 08/11/20: Due to COVID-19 testing of all students and employees, all classes, both graduate and undergraduate, will now be remote or virtual for the first week.

August 22: In-seat classes begin at the Highlands.  

August 24: In-seat classes begin on Main Campus.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 in our community and make necessary adjustments to course instructional format that are in the best interests for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  

September 7: Labor Day, no classes held.

October 16: Fall Holiday, no classes held.

November 24: Last day of classes. 

November 28 – December 4: Online final exams.

COURSES 
A number of courses have been changed to online, remote, or hybrid delivery to increase safety and provide flexibility for students and faculty.  Due to restrictions on room capacity, students registered for in-seat classes may be directed to attend class remotely or be provided online instruction on certain days.  Further changes may be necessary during the course of the semester.  Students should communicate with individual instructors with any questions regarding plans and expectations for their classes.

CLASSROOMS
Classroom seating capacity will be at 50% or less to create adequate distancing between students and students and faculty.  In certain instances, plexiglass shields have been installed to assist with this separation.   Face shields are being provided for all faculty members and for students in certain situations where distancing is difficult or impossible.

Faculty are to use assigned seating for all classes, using every other seat when possible, and are expected to record attendance using Sakai at each class meeting.  Should there be a need, these steps will assist contact tracers in determining who may have been exposed to the virus.

Do not share equipment or materials with anyone without proper cleaning.

Adhere to all COVID-19 signage instructions.

TEACHING AND ADVISING
Advising and faculty office hours will be conducted remotely whenever possible.  

Study abroad has been canceled for the fall semester.  

The Learning and Student Development Center will be open with multiple formats to help meet the needs of students.   

Student and Residence Life

Student Services Offices and the Business Office will be open Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

ORIENTATION: Orientation events will be limited.  Students should frequently check their WLU email accounts for updates.  

STUDENT ACTIVITIES: Student activities will be limited the first month of the semester.  Students should frequently check their WLU email accounts for updates. 

STUDENT RECREATION: Open recreation will not be available on the gym floors until further notice.  The Wellness Center and Krise Fit will be open by September 1, 2020.  

RESIDENCE HALLS MOVE IN PLAN: West Liberty University, and the Office of Housing & Residence Life, are committed to keeping our students and guests safe during the move in process in August 2020 during the current global pandemic.  We have developed a move in plan with limitations and guidelines to keep students and their families safe as they move in their belongings and prepare for the start of the new academic year. Residence Hall students should check their WLU email account and https://westliberty.edu/residence-life/ for specific information regarding move in procedures.

Operations

CLEANING
The university’s housekeeping staff will operate in accordance with cleaning and disinfection protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, using Environmental Protection Agency-approved products that are effective against the COVID-19 virus. 

This includes daily disinfections of high touch points (elevator buttons, stairwells, horizontal surfaces), bathrooms, kitchens, and common areas.  In the residence halls they are doing twice daily cleanings of bathrooms. Common areas are cleaned  seven days a week.  They are cleaning offices once a week and we are providing supplies for supplemental cleaning if needed.  In addition, we are also contracted for emergency additional cleaning in case of infected students.

Hand sanitizing stations will be located at key areas within all campus buildings.

FACILITIES
RESTROOMS: The use of restrooms should be limited based on size to ensure at least 6 feet of distance between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.

ELEVATORS: Due to physical distancing requirements, the number of elevator occupants is limited to two (2) in most cases. Elevators that can accommodate more people will be marked with signage. Please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear a face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other occupants. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer upon exiting the elevator.

CAMPUS VISITORS: All non-essential visits to campus are strongly discouraged. Visitors whose physical presence is required on campus to perform certain services must follow recommended CDC and OSHA guidance as well as federal, state, local and WLU guidelines. All visits to campus must be coordinated with the appropriate WLU host with as much advance notice as possible. The host is responsible for communicating WLU COVID-19 Guidelines and further ensuring visitors compliance with the guidelines. 

Faculty, staff and students are not are not permitted to have children on campus or in any campus buildings at this time.  

Interviews with Job Candidates:  All initial candidate screenings will occur via telephone or video conference (e.g., Zoom or Microsoft Teams). In-person interviews will be limited to final candidate pools and follow the appropriate guidelines.

Suppliers, Contractors and Vendors: All non-essential visits by suppliers, contractors and vendors to WLU’s campus are strongly discouraged. If essential, suppliers, contractors and vendors must check in at the Myers Maintenance Building upon arrival.  Discussions or interviews for bid proposals will be conducted via telephone or video conference and continue to follow procedures outlined by WLU procurement guidelines. 

Contractors/Construction Workers: Contractors and construction workers engaged in new construction, renovation and capital improvement projects who have been approved to continue work onsite must follow WLU’s guidelines for visitors on campus. 

EVENTS AND GATHERINGS: All campus events will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Events that are officially approved will meet all university, state and health department safety and health guidelines, including but not limited to group and individual visits to campus, social distancing, capacities and use of face coverings. Hours of occupancy for facilities and spaces may be modified or staggered to limit group sizes and ensure proper distancing.

Athletics

The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff are paramount. Athletics will follow an approach that relies on a diversity of expertise and broad collaboration with the NCAA, MEC, university leadership, health experts and others, and will adhere to local public health guidelines and protocols, as well as university specific mandates. Communication to our athletes regarding specific protocols and procedures will be forthcoming.