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Returning to Campus

The path may be challenging, but together, we will transform our campuses and forge new ways of delivering the West Virginia University experience — helping each other and our community.

Check this website weekly for updated information.

What You Need to Know: Employee Expectations Read Letter
Previous Announcements

Communication Timeline

To provide as much information as we can — as quickly as possible — we’ll release details by topic every Tuesday, followed by a Return to Campus Conversation on Thursday at 10 a.m.

  • June 3: An Overview
    Phased reopening, personal safety and accountability, campus safety, academics, student life and future communications
  • June 8: Academic Affairs
    Academic calendar, class density, class scheduling, safety in the classroom, teaching modalities
  • June 16: Campus Safety
    Cleaning, building protocols, dining, housing and transportation
  • June 23: Student Life / Move-in
    Move-in, residence halls, apartments, student activities and resources
  • July 7: Public Health and Safety / Testing
    Testing, symptom self-monitoring, contact tracing, hygiene, physical distancing, how to seek medical care and self-quarantine, education module, new policies and signage
  • July 14: Employee Expectations
    Testing, personal protective equipment, work from home, meetings, visitors, travel, health risks
  • July 21: Student Support and Services
    Tutoring, dining, transportation, mental health and health services, financial aid, recreation, student organizations, testing
  • July 28: Preparing for Fall
    Testing, move-in, roommates, behavior expectations, welcome back kits, welcome week, classes, teaching modalities, personal safety, campus safety and other new information
  • August 4: Final Welcome Back Announcement

Fall Academic Calendar

Date Event
August 19 On Campus First Day of Classes
September 7 Labor Day Recess: University Closed
November 3 General Election Day: University Closed
November 24 Last Day of Face-to-Face Instruction
November 25-29 Fall Recess
November 30 First Day of Remote Instruction
December 4 Last Day of Classes
December 7-11 Final Exam Week (Remote)
December 19 Commencement

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Return to Campus Conversations

Let’s talk. We’re holding webinars to discuss plans and connect you with WVU leaders who can answer your questions.

Return to Campus Conversations - Employee Expectations

July 16, 10 a.m.

This live session will address testing, personal protective equipment, physical distancing, meetings, vendors, visitors, health risks, travel, what to do if you're sick, work from home, ordering supplies, etc.


  • Cris DeBord, Vice President for Talent and Culture
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Do Your Part

We’re all in this together. Our safe return to campus relies on everyone taking responsibility.

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Maintain Good Personal Hygiene

The safety of our community depends on our commitment to simple day-to-day hygiene measures, like physical distancing and frequent hand-washing.

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Sanitize Surfaces

Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, such as tables, door knobs, desks and light switches.

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Wear a Mask

When you’re on campus, you’re required to wear a mask in public spaces. Wear your mask to protect others, and they’ll wear their mask to protect you.

More About Masks

Self-Monitor for Symptoms

Know the symptoms of coronavirus — and stay home if you’re experiencing any of them.

More About Self-Monitoring
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Wearing a mask or face covering will be a requirement on campus this fall. This unique initiative is an opportunity not only to share your "WHY" for wearing masks in order to help protect others, but also to encourage our community to do the same.

By signing up to be a Mountaineer Maskot, you're becoming a mask ambassador for the University. We'll be sending you a WVU-branded mask and asking you to share on your social media platforms the reason why you wear your mask. Through your social media platforms, we hope to get to know YOU, the people behind the masks and watch you inspire all within the WVU community to wear a mask while on campus this fall.

Where do I sign-up? Due to the response to this initiative exceeding our current supply of masks, we will be placing a hold on new submissions to become a Mountaineer Maskot. We appreciate your enthusiasm to support our efforts to encourage our Mountaineer community to wear masks and ask that you continue to monitor this space for when we re-open the Mountaineer Maskot sign-up.

Community and Media Contacts

Are you a faculty or staff member or a student? Please send questions to

Are you a member of the media? Visit the WVUToday Media Center for more resources.