The University of West Virginia’s spring semester 2022 will begin Monday, January 10, and many of the current COVID-19 campus health and safety protocols will remain in place while health officials monitor the emerging variant of the omicron.
COVID-19 protocols will be reassessed as more information becomes available regarding the omicron variant, FDA consideration of new therapeutic drugs, and infection and hospitalization levels as the semester approaches. of spring.
“It is important, although we may be weary of the pandemic, not to let our guard down,” said Dr Jeffrey Coben, dean of the School of Public Health and associate vice president for health affairs. âWe have been successful so far in mitigating the impact of the virus on our campuses because our faculty, staff and students have taken this threat seriously, and I urge that we continue to take care of ourselves and others. Please consider getting the full vaccine, including a booster dose if needed. “
At this time, masks will continue to be mandatory for everyone, regardless of immunization status, in all classrooms, laboratories, or any WVU system facility or building used as a classroom.
Masks are expected, but not mandatory, for those not vaccinated against COVID-19 in all indoor environments as well as outdoors where large groups are gathered. Additionally, masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status, for passengers on PRT and WVU buses until March 18, 2022, in accordance with updated federal guidelines from the Transportation Security Administration.
Masks may also be required in the Clinical Care and Patient Care areas of the Health Sciences Campus.
COVID-19 module for new incoming students
New students starting at WVU this spring must take the COVID-19 education module by January 9, 2022. Those returning this spring do not need to retake the module. Those required to complete the module will soon receive an email from [email protected] with more information on how to complete the module. Please check the spam and junk mail folders for any expected emails that were not directed to the inbox.
WVU continues to urge everyone to be fully immunized and receive a COVID-19 booster. Employees and students, especially new students starting this spring, are encouraged to check their immunization status at http://myhousing.wvu.edu.
Individuals on the Health Sciences Campus involved in patient care, including residents, fellows, and students, are required to follow separate policies of the WVU Health System or other clinical providers, including those related to COVID-19, such as masks, PPE and vaccinations.
Certain professors, staff, and students working on or in connection with certain federal contracts may be required by decree to be vaccinated. Questions can be directed to [email protected]
WVU Medicine Student Health has the Pfizer vaccine available for WVU students in its clinic in the Health and Education building. Walk-in appointments are offered during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
The Monongalia County Department of Health offers free vaccinations by appointment most days at their facility at 453 Van Voorhis Rd. Anyone wishing to be vaccinated can call the MCHD at 304-598-5119 to make an appointment. -you.
Vaccines will continue to be offered on the Morgantown campus one day per week in partnership with the MCHD. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.
Other vaccination possibilities can be found at vaccines.gov.
Testing and monitoring
Due to the high vaccination verification rates, WVU will not perform or require campus-wide COVID-19 testing at the start of the semester. Any sample / surveillance test during the semester will be based on situations as they arise.
Testing will be available in partnership with MCHD who will continue to provide community testing opportunities to the WVU community. Visit https://www.monchd.org/ for more information.
For personal safety and the safety of others, students and employees should not ignore the symptoms of COVID-19; those showing symptoms of COVID-19 should not show up on campus for work or school.
All members of the WVU community are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19 or are quarantined due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19. In Morgantown, students and employees should report their positive results to [email protected]
Testing and vaccination information for students and employees of WVU Tech is available on the Beckley Return to Campus website.
Likewise, testing information for students and employees of WVU Potomac State College is available on the WVU Keyser Return to Campus site.
Isolation and quarantine procedures
The University continues to implement isolation and quarantine procedures on campus. Students living in residences who have COVID-19 will be isolated at Gaskins House.
The WVU public dashboard will be updated to report the bi-weekly vaccination check rate for the Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser campuses. WVU’s COVID-19 case count and testing information will not be reported on the dashboard due to the change in testing strategy.
The spring semester 2022 will begin on Monday January 10 and will include a traditional spring recess from March 12 to 20.
Details on assigned seats and seating plans for contact tracing purposes will be shared with faculty and instructors in the coming weeks.
Teachers can obtain additional PPE measurements for classrooms through the Mountaineer Marketplace.
The University will be using a traditional grading scale again this spring and will not be offering a pass / pass / fail option.
WVU offers many resources such as tutoring, success coaching, and workshops to help students achieve academic success.
- WVU Tutoring Centers continue to offer in-person tutoring, walk-in virtual tutoring and virtual tutoring appointments. The tutoring.wvu.edu website provides links to the various tutoring centers in the WVU system as well as a tool to help students identify the most suitable center to contact for assistance.
- Student Success Coaches work one-on-one with students to improve their academic success in time management, note taking, reading, and learning. To request a Success Coach, visit the Studentsuccess.wvu.edu website.
- Over 50 on-demand (Student Lingo) workshops are available 24/7 and cover important topics such as exam preparation, taking online tests and staying motivated in online learning. For more information, visit https://studentsuccess.wvu.edu/services/seminars.
- MindFit is a program offering a range of services designed to help students overcome barriers to academic success, including enhanced academic support and coaching, as well as innovative brain-based interventions – such as cognitive training and neurofeedback – to improve attention span, memory and cognitive functioning. For more information, including the cost of these services, visit mindfit.wvu.edu.
The University continues to monitor current travel guidelines and global infrastructure and will follow federal and state guidelines. Students and academic advisers with questions regarding international study abroad opportunities should contact the Office of Global Affairs.
Accommodation, campus activities and support
The university residences will reopen on Saturday January 8 at noon. Students can move in or return to their space at their convenience.
WVU will continue with refreshment and other student activities and on campus will operate normally during the semester including the Recreation Center, Adventure WV, Craft Center, Sports Clubs, Student Organizations and WVUp All Night.
The Carruth Center offers a variety of counseling services while providing 24/7 emergency and crisis response to students. Healthy Minds University, operated by WVU Medicine and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, complements the Centre’s services and serves as additional counseling and psychiatric resource for students.
The University of West Virginia Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is a free service available to employees and their dependents. The FSAP is a confidential resource that offers professional staff three short-term counseling sessions to determine the best resources available to deal with any issues that arise. For an appointment, WVU employees can call 304-293-5590.
Updates are available on the Back to Campus website. New information will also be shared in future editions of MOUNTAINEER E-News for Unews employees and students.
COVID-19 and related issues can be submitted or emailed to [email protected] Visit the Return to Campus website for the latest information.
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