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Faculty Common Questions

These questions supplement the What You Need to Know topic guides, where you can find more information.

Questions will be added and updated throughout the fall. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email returntocampus@mail.wvu.edu.

Are all classes online?

No, but nearly 60% of WVU Morgantown classes will be delivered online when classes begin Aug. 26. The other courses will be offered face-to-face or in a hybrid mode, which includes a mix of in-person and online elements. Visit Understanding Your Course Schedule for more about different types of online courses.

While the majority of upper-division undergraduate courses have been transitioned to online or hybrid delivery, some hands-on courses, such as laboratory classes, clinical and studio classes, will still be offered face-to-face, as determined by individual academic programs in consultation with the Provost’s Office.

As the University deems appropriate, based on the local situation with COVID-19, we may invite additional students back to campus this fall at a later date when it is safer to do so. That date will depend on the COVID-19 trends within Monongalia County and West Virginia, and students will have ample notice prior to returning.

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Are best practices available for instructors teaching in-person classes? For example, is it acceptable to provide handouts that are passed from student to student?

Yes. View COVID-19 Instructor Expectations and Best Practices on the Faculty website. In that example, instructors should hand out each paper rather than allowing them to be passed from student to student. Alternatively, instructors could put the handouts on the seats prior to the start of class or use electronic versions.

Are classes on campus ending early this fall?

Yes, in-person instruction will end on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Students will not return following Thanksgiving Break. The rest of the semester and final exams will be conducted remotely.

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Are clinical faculty who generally follow WVU Medicine guidelines required to do the daily wellness survey?

Clinical faculty, clinical fellows and health sciences residents are not required to complete the daily survey. They should continue to follow appropriate WVU Medicine guidelines on symptom monitoring.

Health sciences student learners, and health sciences teaching and research faculty and fellows are required to complete the daily survey.

Lastly, WVU Medicine and practice plan employees assigned to the Health Sciences Center campuses to provide support are required to complete the daily survey.

ITS is working diligently to ensure those not required to complete the survey do not receive the daily email. However, this will take some time to finalize. We ask for your patience in the interim.

Are faculty required each day to see the green pass on students’ phones?

No. Instructors are not required to check for passes. Faculty may use their discretion in determining whether this is necessary for face-to-face courses. That said, all students, faculty and staff should be prepared to present this pass, which has a date stamp, if requested. Displaying your pass when asked signals respect for others and your shared concern for the well-being of our campus communities.

Are hybrid employees required to complete the telecommuting agreement?

Yes. Any employee who is performing a combination of remote and onsite work this fall is required to complete the telecommuting agreement.

Are leased office spaces cleaned by outside agencies? If so, how often will they be cleaned?

Under WVU’s leasing agreements, if the University is not responsible for a building, we are not responsible for cleaning it. That said, we are working with building management for our leased spaces to address cleaning concerns.

Are masks required to be worn outdoors as well as indoors on campus?

Masks and face coverings are required on all WVU campuses at all times in all public places, except when eating.

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Are Morgantown, Beckley and Keyser campuses going to be monitored differently? That is, is there a possibility that one campus will have to go online but others will not?

Each campus is being evaluated separately. WVU is working closely with the local health departments in the communities where our campuses are located to continuously monitor the following indicators:

  • Percentage of tests that are positive.
  • County-specific incidence rates of COVID-19.
  • County-specific R-naught values (tracks the rate of transmission.)
  • Information on hospitalizations and hospital capacity.
  • We may also begin to generate University-specific R-naught vales and incidence rates.

This information will be regularly provided to University leadership to continually assess the situation and make decisions on what actions the WVU System may need to take.

Are nasal swab tests as accurate as the more intense tests?

Yes. These tests have been proven to be accurate while also being less invasive.

Are supervisors expected to be flexible when addressing the ever-changing school and childcare situations that caregivers face?

Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic alteration to patterns of work, transportation, family support, childcare, travel and other fundamental modes of life, we expect our leaders, managers, supervisors, faculty members and researchers to model flexibility and foster a community of wellness and awareness to the maximum extent possible.

Are the daily wellness surveys mandatory?

Yes. All members of the WVU community will participate daily to monitor for symptoms that could lead to potential community spread of COVID-19. Those who respond to the wellness survey and exhibit no symptoms will receive an electronic “pass” for that day on their personal device.

The electronic pass may be required to access certain areas/buildings on campus. For example, if the University feels it is safe to open the Rec Center in the coming weeks, anyone wishing to use the facility would be required to show their pass.

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Are WVU-branded masks required or may we wear personal masks?

You may wear your own mask as long as it adheres to CDC guidelines for face coverings and it does not display any offensive messages/language.

If you do wish to buy WVU-branded masks, we've compiled a list of vendors selling WVU-branded face coverings.

As an employee, will I be required to clean my office space on a daily basis?

While Facilities and Services will continue to clean offices and workspaces based on CDC guidelines, additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces. Before starting work and before leaving any room in which you have been working, employees must wipe down all work areas with EPA-registered 60% alcohol solution. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., copiers, printers, computers, A/V equipment, coffee makers, desks and table, doorknobs, etc.). Tissues, hand sanitizer and disposable wipes may be requested from your building supervisor. These items also are available for purchase in Mountaineer Marketplace (using the PPE Request Form).

As an instructor, am I allowed to ban face gaiters in my class?

No. Research from our health experts show the gaiter WVU is providing is effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. As such, these gaiters will be permissible in all classes.

As an on-campus instructor, should I encourage students to download the NOVID app?

Use of the app is completely voluntary, but encouraged. The NOVID app detects when a user is close to other NOVID app users. If someone reports as positive in the NOVID app, all other users who have been in close contact will receive a notification, encouraging them to self-isolate or get tested even before they experience symptoms. Although WVU will not receive any information from the app, it allows users to take precautions to keep themselves and those around them safe.

As an on-campus instructor, what should I do if my results from the daily wellness survey say I can’t come to campus to teach?

Consult with your department chair and let them know you are not able to come to campus. Through that consultation, you can make the decision to temporarily deliver your courses online or find coverage for your class.

Can student organizations have events after Thanksgiving Break since students aren't returning to campus?

Just as student orgs continued engagement and activities last semester and over the summer, student orgs can continue to meet virtually Nov. 24-Jan. 19 even though students will be away from campus.

Can we purchase WVU masks and gaiters so we have more than one?

Yes, we've created a list of vendors selling WVU-branded masks and gaiters.

Can you explain how eCampus cloud differs from the previous version of eCampus?

The system has been moved from physical, on-campus servers to an online, cloud-based environment. This allows faster access to new features and bug fixes, and round-the-clock system monitoring, which will ensure problems are either prevented or corrected quickly. However, the look and feel of eCampus has not changed.

CDC recommends masks when physical distancing is not possible. If students are in classrooms sitting 6 feet apart then why is there a need for masks?

Masks/face coverings combined with physical distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Whenever physical distancing is not possible, it's even more critical to wear a mask/face covering.

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Do contractors working on campus and other visitors have to complete the wellness survey? Do we have to notify someone if we expect a visitor?

No, contractors and visitors won’t take the survey, and the University strongly discourages all non-essential visitors. Contractors and visitors who are required on campus to perform certain services must follow recommended CDC and OSHA guidance, as well as federal, state and local guidelines. They are also required to comply with the University's COVID-19 policies and procedures.

All visits must be coordinated with the appropriate WVU host with as much notice as possible. The host is responsible for sending and ensuring completion of the Visitors and Contractors Self-Screening Checklist. See What You Need to Know: Visitors for additional details.

Do I have to complete the wellness survey on weekends or days I don’t work, or before I’ve clocked in?

Although it is not required that you complete the survey on days that you are not scheduled to work, we strongly encourage it. This is a daily survey that only takes about 1 minute to complete.

We appreciate everyone making a good-faith effort to complete this survey seven days a week, as illness can occur on days you don’t work, teach or attend class. Understanding the health of our community through current, comprehensive data will help guide decision-making, including when it’s safe to bring more people back to campus.

If you have an approved leave request with multiple days off, you won’t face discipline for failing to submit a daily survey. However, you should resume the survey on the day you return to work.

Do I really have to wear a mask in class?

Yes, research has shown that the virus can spread quickly in close quarters. Wearing a mask prevents you from spreading the virus. It is important to remember that carriers often spread the virus before they exhibit any symptoms. The University is asking for your cooperation for the safety of faculty, staff and students. Instructors can request clear masks to use in conjunction with the plexiglass shields in front of the lectern to improve intelligibility.

Instructors should refer to the guidelines for ensuring safe classroom behavior for the University's approved COVID-19 syllabus statement and guidance for setting classroom expectations and handling disruptions.

Students should review the Student Health and Safety Policies for additional expectations.

Related questions:

Does "out of state travel" apply to employees who live out of state?

Anyone traveling domestically outside of West Virginia is subject to a 5-day self-quarantine/self-monitoring period. This does not include commuting to work for employees who live out of state.

Does the wellness survey track my location?

No, the survey app does not track your location. WVU is not requiring the use of a location-tracking app and will instead rely on human tracers and traditional methods when contact tracing is necessary. The wellness data you submit in the survey will be kept confidential. It provides valuable insights that will help the University understand rates of infection and make appropriate decisions moving forward.

How are supervisors informed if one of their employees has been approved to work remotely?

Telecommuting agreements are submitted to the HR partners, who will work to provide copies and discuss approvals with the supervisors and leadership. Please contact your HR partner if you have questions or need clarification.

How can I avoid touching doors on campus?

After getting tested for COVID-19, you will receive a Welcome Back Kit that includes a safe touch tool. This will allow you to push buttons and open doors without touching a handle directly with your hand.

How can I meet with my adviser?

Meetings with advisers will be held remotely using teleconferencing tools.

How can I report an off-campus party?

To report a large gathering or a house party close to campus, you can notify University Police by calling 304-293-COPS. In addition, you can report the incident anonymously through the LiveSafe app. Click “report incident,” select “other” and include information in your tip such as the location, time, approximate number of people, etc. If more information is needed, University Police dispatchers may ask you follow-up questions through the app, as well.

Beginning Sept. 11, the City of Morgantown will prohibit parties and social gatherings at residential units in certain areas of the city. Off-campus gatherings outside these areas are limited to 25 people, but the limit does not apply to any essential activity, business or entity like religious services, weddings, group meetings and conferences.

All gatherings on the WVU campus are limited to 10 people.

How can instructors enforce the mask/face covering policy in class?

Guidelines for instructors have been developed to help ensure safe classroom behavior. The University also has established Student Health and Safety Policies that include requirements for mask-wearing and adequate physical distancing. While we trust students will understand, support and adhere to the classroom expectations, non-compliant students will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct, removed from the classroom and face disciplinary action.

How do I reschedule my COVID-19 test?

If you need to reschedule:

  • Log back into myhousing.wvu.edu.
  • Select COVID-19 Testing.
  • Select Continue.
  • Select Schedule an Appointment at the top of your confirmation page.
  • Follow the prompts to cancel and reschedule your appointment.

If you missed your appointment, please call Shared Services at 304-293-6006 for assistance. You will not be able to reschedule using the instructions above.

How do I take the COVID-19 education module?

Use your WVU Login to log into the COVID-19 education module.

All students and employees are required to complete the module by Aug. 22. Students with fully online course schedules are still required to complete the module.

Related questions:

How do we achieve six foot spacing with 50% classroom capacity?

Current CDC guidance is to maintain at least six feet of distance between individuals whenever possible. However, these physical distancing measures may be difficult to maintain in some public settings (e.g., certain classrooms). Along with enhanced cleaning measures, if students wear masks, practice good hygiene and occupy every other seat in a classroom, the potential spread of COVID-19 should be limited.

How is it not against HIPAA for people to be notified if someone tests positive?

Students, faculty and staff will be notified privately by the local health department if they test positive. Those identified as a close contact will be notified they have been exposed, but no personal, identifying information will be given.

WVU Student Health and WVU Medical Management are also notified of positive cases during the contact tracing process in order to aid in medical care and initiate cleaning and disinfecting processes.

How long will it take for test results to come back? How can I check them?

You should receive your test results within three to five days, depending on lab workload.

For step-by-step instructions for viewing your results, see:

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How often will employees and students get tested?

The University will provide ongoing testing throughout the fall semester, focusing on three major areas:

  • Rapid testing for anyone who exhibits any symptoms
  • Frequent, ongoing testing for groups that may be at higher risk (e.g., those living in residence halls, those participating in athletics and those in the performing arts)
  • Ongoing surveillance testing throughout the campus community during the school year

Recurring testing will be free.

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How soon will a new employee or a new student get the daily wellness survey?

It may take up to 24 hours for a brand-new employee or newly admitted student to begin receiving the daily wellness survey.

How will bathroom cleanings be handled?

Public restrooms in densely populated buildings will receive extra cleaning throughout the day. High-touch surface areas — such as water taps, handles, seats and cover flaps, wash basins, buttons and switches — will be disinfected every eight hours.

Within residence halls, communal restrooms will be cleaned once a day. High-touch areas in communal restrooms will be cleaned every 8 hours. High-touch areas in suite style restrooms will be cleaned once a day. Suite style restrooms also will receive a deep cleaning a minimum of once every three weeks.

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How will course requirements be met when a student has to quarantine/isolate for possibly a week at a time, in multiple instances?

WVU has amended its attendance policy to reflect the impact of COVID-19 and has instituted a new emergency leave policy that provides guidance if a student should be unable to participate in class for more than a week.

It is the expectation that during the next academic year, all course material necessary to meet the course learning goals will be available to students in the event of a mandated quarantine or isolation. Even in quarantine or isolation, a student will be able to keep up with class content, as well as any class requirements. Communication with instructors is key to continued success within the course, so please be sure to keep your instructor informed of any situation that may impact your class attendance.

How will group projects be completed?

As we continue to follow physical distancing guidelines, most group projects will be completed using the various technologies the university has invested in and supports, such as Zoom, Collaborate, eCampus, Google Meet, etc. However, in some select cases, group projects will be allowed to be completed in class while maintaining safe physical distancing and while wearing personal protective equipment. As always, please speak with your instructor regarding any specific course requirements, as well as any questions or concerns you have.

How will lab equipment be cleaned?

Cleaning supplies (e.g., wipes and disinfectants) will be available for faculty and staff to clean their own lab equipment.

How will physical distancing be maintained in lab classes?

We have reduced density based on seating capacity in a manner similar to our non-lab classes. Instructors will be working to maintain appropriate distances between students and between students and instructors. In addition, where needed for additional protection, we can deploy face shields to supplement the use of masks.

How will student organizations be responsible for ensuring that their members follow all necessary safety protocols at events/meetings?

In addition to the University's Student Health and Safety Policies, new guidelines for student organizations address wearing masks or face coverings and proper physical distancing. We are hopeful that students will hold each other accountable as Mountaineers to protect the health and safety of their members.

Student Life staff will provide guidance and support for the registered student organizations and club sports teams to execute their operations as regularly as possible. University Police and relevant Student Life staff will monitor events at random for policy enforcement.

How will the instructor know if a student tests positive?

It is the student's responsibility to let instructors know they will not be attending class and work with their instructors to develop alternative plans to allow the student to progress in the class until the student can physically return.

If the student has any in-person classes as part of their course schedule, the Office of the Provost will send a notification letter to their instructors informing them there has been a COVID-19 related event (without disclosing whether the student tested positive or is in quarantine).

How will the unexpected academic changes affect my evaluation for promotion and tenure?

BOG Faculty Rule 4.5 allows an extension of the tenure clock in some personal and/or professional circumstances. In rare professional circumstances, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, tenure-track faculty members will automatically be given an extension of their tenure clock.

To streamline this process, we are granting automatic one-year extensions to the tenure clock for all tenure-track faculty members. This extension excludes those faculty members who have already submitted their applications for promotion and tenure.

The Provost's Office also is making available an additional extension of the tenure clock for those who may be significantly impacted by providing home care for dependents due to COVID-19. Eligible faculty who face such a situation can submit the existing Request for Extension of the Tenure Clock form (PDF) on the WVU Faculty website.

How will use of large common areas like the Mountainlair be monitored and/or limited?

Much of the traffic in the Mountainlair is pass-through. As long as everyone in the building is wearing masks, the traffic flow will continue as normal. Seating areas and other large gathering spaces will be rearranged to allow for reduced occupancy and proper physical distancing. Seating will be expanded into other areas of the Mountainlair as will seating in buildings on Evansdale, such as Towers and Evansdale Crossing.

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How will we know how COVID-19 is affecting the University community as the semester progresses?

Our public health partners will work with our Public Health Task Force in identifying the number of positive cases and potential spread of the virus in the community. That information will inform the actions the University must take to keep campus safe.

You can follow WVU's testing results, self-reported positive cases and quarantine and isolation information at COVID-19 testing dashboard. You should remain alert to campus communication with critical information about COVID-19.

How would units that operate a common front desk area request a plexiglass guard?

The Facilities and Services team has surveyed each campus building to identify public areas that will require plexiglass installation. However, if you feel your area needs a plexiglass guard, contact AuxiliaryandBusinessServices@mail.wvu.edu.

How, when and where will tests for COVID-19 be conducted? Will I have to pay for them? How will I learn the results?

Since WVU completed its Return to Campus testing, we have been increasingly focused on testing anyone who reports symptoms of COVID-19, students who have been identified as close contacts of positive cases, and those living in residence halls or are involved in activities that may lead to a higher risk of spread (for example, activities involving singing or instrument playing or physical contact and athletics).

The University anticipates conducting between 2,000 to 2,500 tests a week.

For more about our ongoing testing, the testing procedure and how results are communicated, see What You Need to Know: Testing.

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I am a Health Sciences employee who works on campus for about one hour a week. Do I need to get tested?

Yes. All employees who have regularly scheduled hours on campus will be required to get tested.

I am a sufferer of allergies and sinus issues. Will that affect the test results for COVID-19?

WVU's testing providers (Quest Diagnostics and QLabs) will perform a nasal live-virus, anterior swab test, which is less invasive and results in less discomfort than sampling from other upper respiratory anatomical sites. The presence of other symptoms should not affect the test results.

I am an employee or instructor who will be working mostly or entirely remote. Do I really have to take the wellness survey every day?

Yes, everyone on the University payroll should make a good-faith effort to complete this survey seven days a week, regardless of how often you plan to be on campus. However, you don’t need to generate a pass unless you plan to be on campus that day.

If you have an approved leave request with multiple days off, you won’t face discipline for failing to submit a daily survey. However, you should resume the survey on the day you return to work.

This includes employees of Barnes & Noble and employees of Sodexo who have courtesy appointments and have been assigned WVU email accounts.

You should only receive one wellness survey link, and it is based on your primary role in MAP. If you are getting more than one, please notify the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444 or ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu.

I am taking a week of vacation, and my leave request has been approved. Do I have to complete the daily wellness survey while I’m on leave?

If you are on leave, you won’t be required to submit a daily survey. However, you should resume the survey on the day you return to work.

I answered yes on the wellness survey when asked if someone I know “has COVID19 or is suspected of having COVID19." I was denied a pass for the day. Does that mean I can’t go on campus? Will I be locked out of buildings or systems?

If you are denied a pass, you should stay home for now and contact your primary care physician (PCP) to determine next steps. If your PCP clears you, then you will be able to come to campus. You should ask your PCP for a clearance or excuse as needed.

Your pass is not electronically integrated with door locks or any other WVU systems. You would still be able to log in from home and work if you are well enough.

Each building has its own facility manager, and safety and security protocols, so you could be asked for your pass. All students, faculty and staff should be prepared to present this pass if requested.

I don’t have cell phone or internet service at my home. How do I complete the daily wellness survey?

You can call WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006, and a customer care agent will complete the survey for you. Agents will be available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Agents also will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

If you are an overnight or late-shift worker, please call Shared Services at the end of your shift (during Shared Services’ normal hours of operation) for assistance completing the survey. Your supervisor will get a copy of your electronic pass and can print one for you if desired.

I don’t have my email set up on my phone, and I don’t have access to a computer. Is there another way I can take the survey every day?

Yes, just visit wellnesscheckpass.wvu.edu using a web browser on your smart phone.

I don’t want online classes. What can I do?

If you would like to modify your schedule, please contact your adviser to discuss your options. Classes can be changed up to the end of the first week of courses.

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I have health conditions that make me more susceptible to serious effects of COVID-19. Are there extra precautions I can take part of to avoid exposure and limit contact with others?

Currently, medical conditions that necessitate reasonable accommodations related to COVID-19 are being addressed as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations. In accordance with the ADA Amendments Act, certain factors do not meet the definition of a disability. Reasonable modifications will be determined on a case-by-case basis. When applicable, other provisions may run concurrently with accommodations, such as FMLA, FFCRA, leave and other University programs. In these cases, employees will be referred to WVU Medical Management.

If you are an employee and have questions or need accommodations, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact coronavirusmodification@mail.wvu.edu. More information can be found at WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's ADA Coronavirus Modifications website.

Students with questions related to accommodations and the Coronavirus should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 304-293-6700. More information is available at Accessibility Services.

I know students are breaking the rules. What should I do?

We appreciate your concern that all members of our community do their part to keep everyone as safe as possible. You can use the COVID-19 incident report form to notify the Office of Student Conduct about students not following the University's policies.

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I think I was exposed; can I request a test?

Check What to Do If: You May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19 for guidance.

I was tested for COVID-19 and haven't received my results within 5 days. What do I do? Updated

Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics provides testing for WVU Morgantown students. For assistance accessing results from Quest Diagnostics, please contact Shared Services at 304-293-6006 or SharedServices@mail.wvu.edu.

Customer care agents will be available:

  • Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

QLabs

QLabs provides testing for WVU Morgantown employees. If you're trying to access results from QLabs, we ask that you attempt to use the Qlabs website for testing results in an alternate web browser, and double-check that you are entering the number correctly, with QL at the beginning of the number. If you still cannot access your results, please call WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200.

I’m a supervisor or administrator. Do I have to monitor whether my faculty, staff or student workers are doing the daily wellness survey?

Not at this time. Talent and Culture will handle compliance issues among University staff, while the Office of the Provost will manage faculty. The Office of Student Conduct will monitor and ensure compliance among students. The details of these processes will be announced in the coming weeks.

At WVU Tech at Beckley, employee compliance will be addressed by Human Resources and the Office of the Provost; student compliance will be managed by the Dean of Students and Student Life.

At Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser, employee compliance will be addressed by Academic Affairs and Human Resources. Student compliance will be handled by the Dean of Student Experience and Student Life.

I’m at high risk for COVID-19. Can I request a modification of my teaching assignments?

Faculty members who are at higher risk for COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, or who live with someone who is higher risk, may request a COVID-19-related accommodation for a set period of time within the basic contract period during which the faculty member’s work assignment or terms and conditions of employment may be changed to minimize risk of COVID-19 exposure.

For more information about the request process and possible scenarios of modifications, please see the COVID-19 Faculty Accommodation Request page.

I’ve just been hired by WVU, but haven’t been able to report to campus because of COVID-19. How can I get an ID card?

Newly hired employees who want an ID card created may submit a photo for consideration at idphoto.wvu.edu, using Mountaineer Card ID guidelines. This two-step process also requires submission of a legal photo ID to confirm your identity. Your request cannot be processed without that proof of identity.

If your photo is rejected, you will need to submit a new one that meets the guidelines. Once your photo has been accepted, you will receive an email update. To request an appointment to pick up your card at the ITS Service Center in the Mountainlair, you must contact the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444 or ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu.

Once that ticket is created, Service Center staff will coordinate the scheduling of an appointment to pick up your card, including instructions on how to enter the building.

If a student or employee has one mild symptom of COVID-19, should they make the decision not to go to class/work or consult with WVU Student Health or a primary care physician first?

Students and employees should follow the guidance at What to Do If: You Have a Minor Symptom and are Expected on Campus.

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If faculty are behind plexiglass, are they required to wear masks?

We want everyone to be as protected as possible, so instructors are encouraged to wear a face mask when standing behind a plexiglass shield for multiple layers of protection. If an instructor feels as though their teaching abilities will be hindered while wearing a face mask, they can opt to wear a face shield instead. If the instructor moves away from the plexiglass shield, they must wear a mask under the face shield.

If I am a student and also an employee who will be working remotely this fall, will I be required to get tested?

Yes. Students who also are employees and will be on campus this fall will be required to undergo testing.

If I am an at-risk employee who has been told to work on campus this fall, how can I request to work remotely instead?

You are encouraged to send your questions and concerns to coronavirusmodification@mail.wvu.edu.

If I am designated as a remote employee this fall, will I still be allowed to visit my office on rare occasion, as I did in the spring, without getting tested?

Yes. Remote employees may be on campus for limited periods of time as long as they wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and adhere to safety protocols.

If I am required to work from home this fall, can I opt out of paying monthly for my parking space until I return?

Transportation and Parking is offering a special temporary parking program for employees who are working exclusively remotely this fall. Remote employees’ parking permits were suspended effective Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. However, permits for remote employees will remain active in WVU’s parking database, which will allow WVU Transportation and Parking to share important parking updates and announcements with these employees. Further, remote employees’ permits and/or parking spaces will be guaranteed upon their return to on-campus work in January 2021. Parking fees that are included as an automatic payroll deduction were suspended beginning Saturday, Aug. 1.

If I am working alone in a room, office or vehicle, am I required to wear a mask?

No. If you are alone in a private space, you do not need to wear a mask/face covering. However, masks/face coverings must be worn by all faculty and staff working on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where physical distancing measures may be difficult to maintain.

If I am working completely off-campus this fall, can I receive a Welcome Back Kit?

No. Only on-campus and hybrid employees who are required to get tested for COVID-19 will be given a Welcome Back Kit.

If I’ve already been tested and can provide my test results, will I be required to get tested again?

Yes. Prior COVID-19 test results will not be accepted.

If one student in a class tests positive, will all students in the class have to quarantine?

Only those who have been within close contact of a person who tests positive will be asked to quarantine. A close contact includes:

  • Having been within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for a period of at least 15 minutes in any environment, regardless of the use of face coverings or masks; or,
  • Living in the same household as a person with COVID-19
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)

Related questions:

Language in the University’s new daily wellness survey has been updated to provide more clarity for people with pre-existing conditions whose normal symptoms may resemble those of COVID-19.

You are now asked whether you have experienced the new onset of a symptom that cannot be attributed to another health condition (such as migraines, allergies, etc.) or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise).

If you experience any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 and cannot be attributed to a pre-existing health condition or a specific physical activity, you should not come to campus. The first thing you should do is contact your primary care physician or WVU Student Health. They will determine if your symptoms warrant quarantining and will discuss next steps.

Is it true that if you have a common cold or very recently had a cold that you can test positive for COVID-19?

The CDC says there is a chance that antibody testing may produce a positive result if you have antibodies from another virus from the coronavirus family, such as the common cold. Some milder coronaviruses can cause illnesses like the common cold, while others cause more severe illnesses like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The COVID-19 viral test (which will be used to test WVU faculty, staff and students) tells patients whether they have a current infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Is the NOVID app mandatory?

No, but WVU is encouraging the voluntary use of NOVID, a symptom-monitoring mobile app that will allow users to proactively make decisions based on their risk of infection.

Is the University providing thermometers for self-monitoring?

The University is not providing thermometers to students, faculty or staff. However, we encourage individuals to use personal thermometers (and purchase a thermometer if they don’t have one) for monitoring their themperatures as part of the daily self-monitoring for symptoms.

Is there software or an automated way to record attendance?

iClicker or CBORD Mobile ID are great attendance tools available to instructors, and these tools are supported by the University.

May I opt out of the daily wellness survey? I don’t plan to be on campus at all this semester.

No. All students, faculty and staff need to complete this survey so we can monitor the overall health of our Mountaineer family, regardless of whether you have an onsite, online/remote or hybrid schedule. The information we collect will help ensure WVU is responding to your needs and making appropriate, data-driven decisions, including when it’s safe to bring more people back to campus.

My program requires community service hours but no schools, nursing homes, pre-schools, etc. are allowing visitors to their facilities. What am I supposed to do?

Please check with your adviser who can best guide you on how to address.

Students often like to congregate in certain areas on campus. Will there be any type of control over when or how long they can gather?

Large gatherings — before and after class — will be discouraged.

The survey indicates that if a student answers “yes” to one of the questions, they should contact Student Health. Can I ask the student to prove that they contacted Student Health?

No. Asking a student about their medical information in this context would not be appropriate. However, if a faculty member has a concern about an individual student, we encourage you to contact the CARE Team to discuss further. You can reach the CARE Team at 304-293-5611 or CareServices@mail.wvu.edu.

Under what circumstances would WVU go entirely online? Under what circumstances would WVU send students home?

There is no single metric, specific number or percentage that would trigger the University to change course. Rather, multiple factors are being reviewed in combination to determine if the University is trending in the wrong direction.

To determine if a trend is concerning, the University is frequently monitoring the following factors:

  1. Number of students, faculty and staff testing positive on a daily, cumulative and seven-day basis;
  2. Number of positive cases compared to total tests on a single day, cumulative and a seven-day rolling basis;
  3. Number of cases in Monongalia County per 100,000 people on a seven-day rolling average;
  4. R-naught values; which represents the spread of infection;
  5. The number of students in isolation and the percentage of isolation beds occupied;
  6. The number of students in quarantine and our ability to support those in quarantine;
  7. Information on hospitalizations and hospital capacity;
  8. State and county level data on the West Virginia DHHR’s website;
  9. Supply of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies; and
  10. The ability of University and local officials to effectively undertake case management and undertake contract tracing.

If trends indicate that community spread is moving too quickly, it does not mean the University will automatically move to solely online course delivery. Other options could be implemented, such as further reducing activities on campus, restricting travel on campus or moving more or all classes online for a certain number of weeks to reduce spread.

If the University and its partners in public health feel the community spread cannot be flattened or controlled, only then will the option of moving all classes online and halting all but essential operations on campus be implemented.

West Virginia has guidelines on how many people can gather. Is WVU going to use those as guidelines as well?

On Sept. 7, WVU reduced on-campus gatherings to 10 people or fewer until further notice. The University previously had observed West Virginia's statewide guidelines.

Additionally, beginning Sept. 11 the City of Morgantown will prohibit parties and social gatherings at residential units in certain areas of the city. The order goes into effect at 12 a.m. Sept. 11.

Protect yourself and others by avoiding the Three Cs: Close, continuous contact with others, Crowds and Close spaces. WVU encourages everyone stay physically distanced at least 6 feet, wear mandated face coverings and follow proper hand hygiene while around others.

What accommodations are you offering faculty?

The Office of the Provost is providing several options for faculty regarding the tenure clock, Student Evaluations of Instruction (SEI) and modification of duties for certain full-time faculty. Please visit faculty.wvu.edu for updates.

Related questions:

What are the ADA compliant alternatives for those who can’t wear a mask?

We are recommending face shields and surgical masks for students, faculty and staff who cannot wear a mask.

Related questions:

What are the expectations for classroom attendance for students who are isolated due to a positive diagnosis of COVID-19? What guidelines should faculty use for accommodations and leniency?

WVU has amended its attendance policy for University sanctioned absences to reflect the impact of COVID-19 and has instituted a new emergency leave policy that provides guidance if a student should be unable to participate in class for more than a week.

Faculty also should review the COVID-19 Instructor Expectations and Best Practices as they plan their courses and prepare syllabi.

What are the guidelines and expectations for meeting one-on-one with students in academic advising or career counseling sessions?

We do want to limit as many in-person conversations as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, wearing masks and/or face coverings and properly physical distancing will allow for these types of conversations this fall. These types of conversations can take place safely in a virtual format, as well.

What are the long-term effects from getting the disease?

Healthcare providers and scientists still aren't sure what the long-term effects will be for those who recover from COVID-19. Research is ongoing at many universities and academic medical centers around the country, including at WVU.

What are the University's overall COVID-19 test results?

We're providing updated WVU System test results every weekday.

What can I expect from the nasal swab when getting tested?

WVU's testing providers (Quest Diagnostics and QLabs) will perform an anterior swab test, which is less invasive and takes less than five minutes to complete. These anterior swabs are just inside the nose. You may tear up as a response to the sensation, but the feeling is minimal.

What consequences do faculty and staff face if they do not get tested and complete the education module within the established deadlines?

Faculty and staff will be subject to disciplinary actions until they get tested and complete the education module. These actions include (but are not limited to) being placed on an administrative leave without pay and/or being placed on administrative leave while using annual leave.

What consequences do students and employees face if they refuse to wear a mask or face covering on campus?

Failure of students to comply with the University’s Student Code of Conduct regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face coverings, may result in the following: written warning, meeting with the Office of Student Conduct, educational requirements, residence hall probation, deferred removal from residence halls, University probation, removal from course/s, campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, deferred suspension, suspension and expulsion. For more information, see the Masks/Approved Face Coverings section of the Student Health and Safety Policies.

Failure by employees to follow these safety protocols may result in counseling and/or disciplinary action — up to and including termination of employment — in accordance with WVU Board of Governors (BOG) Talent and Culture Rule 3.8 and BOG Faculty Rule 4.2.

Related questions:

What does “nasal live-virus” mean?

This means that the sample to be tested will be collected from your nose. WVU's testing providers (Quest Diagnostics and QLabs) will perform a nasal live-virus, anterior swab test, which is less invasive and results in less discomfort than sampling from other upper respiratory anatomical sites. Your test result will indicate that at the time of testing, you were either positive or negative for COVID-19. More information can be found on the CDC Testing site.

What does “phased" return to campus mean?

A “phased” approach means that not all students on the Morgantown campus will be returning to in-person instruction at the same time this fall. On Aug. 26, when classes begin this fall, we’ll have many students that have an online-only or hybrid schedule. As the University deems appropriate, based on the local situation with COVID-19, we may invite additional students back to campus this fall at a later date when it is safer to do so. That date will depend on the COVID-19 trends within Monongalia County and West Virginia, and students will have ample notice prior to returning.

What does “surveillance testing” mean?

Surveillance testing is when you test an ongoing population for a potential infection.

What happens if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19?

Students, faculty and staff with a positive test result will be notified by the local health department.

Morgantown students, faculty and staff with a positive test result will also be notified by the Student Health Services clinic. Students can refer to our What to Do If ... pages for more about what to expect. Representatives from the local health department will conduct a case investigation for all positive cases and initiate contact tracing.

The University will assist with contact tracing and also work with local health departments to determine if there is a need to decontaminate a specific facility or implement any additional mitigation measures.

Testing information regarding patients is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines and will be kept confidential.

What happens if I complete the survey and I am told to stay off campus?

If you experience any of the symptoms listed, please stay home and notify your supervisor. If you are experiencing these symptoms 24 hours later, you should contact your primary care providers or WVU Medicine’s COVID-19 phone number at 304-598-6000.

If your primary care provider requires you to stay home, then contact Medical Management at 304-598-5700 (Option 8) to discuss next steps and continue to notify your supervisor that you are unable to come into campus and may need a remote work assignment unless you are too ill to work.

Students in Morgantown will be directed to contact WVU Student Health at 304-285-7200.

Students in Beckley or Keyser will be directed to contact their local student health clinic, their local health department or the state Department of Health and Human Resources at 800-887-4304.

Any student who may need to miss class is expected to contact their instructor(s) for direction on how to keep up with the content and required work in your course(s). Note: If you are taking classes entirely online, this step may not be necessary.

What happens if I refuse to complete the wellness survey or forget to take it?

Leave-eligible employees who decline to complete the survey will not be permitted on campus and will be required to take the day off using annual leave. Workers who are not leave-eligible will be required to take an unpaid day off.

Employees who repeatedly fail to abide by this important part of the University’s safety protocols may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including warning, suspension, termination or other disciplinary action as appropriate.

Students who decline to take the survey are not permitted on campus and will be marked absent/unexcused for any course they were required to attend. Potential consequences for students’ failure to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols are outlined in the Student Health and Safety Policies.

Policies, procedures and information are likely to change as we go through the fall. It is important that all students and employees monitor their email, as well as this website, to keep up with the latest information. Compliance is part of your personal responsibility as a member of the WVU community.

What if I don’t or can’t wear a mask?

Students who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, which will be the only exemptions allowed, should contact the Office of Accessibility Services via email at Access2@mail.wvu.edu for possible arrangements. Faculty and staff who want to seek a modification should contact coronavirusmodification@mail.wvu.edu to discuss their needs

What information is available about vaccines?

For those with PEIA, flu vaccines will be available in early October. When a COVID-19 vaccine is available, additional information will be shared. WVU Medicine employees will be required to obtain a flu vaccine and will be notified by WVU Medicine Employee Health. Students can contact WVU Student Health Services, and employee should contact their primary care provider. Flu vaccines are also available at local drugstores, and flu clinics may be offered on campus during the fall and winter months.

What input have faculty had in the format classes are being offered in?

In some departments, faculty were consulted regarding which classes are best delivered online. The University chose to preserve certain courses in an on-campus delivery guided by reasons of discipline/professional accreditation, preserving the campus environment to enhance the success of our freshman students and ensuring optimal completion of learning outcomes.

Faculty who do not want to teach online have the option of filing an ADA accommodation or request exemption through Medical Management if they desire.

The Office of the Provost consulted with the academic leaders in each college to determine what remains in the classroom.

What is being done to improve air quality on campus?

To effectively manage the University's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to follow guidance from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Air Filtration Association. In general, this guidance fits the following categories:

  • Increase the amount of outside air being introduced when appropriate. We have increased the amount of outside air to the highest levels possible while still maintaining appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We have completed spot checks and will continue to monitor carbon dioxide (CO2) levels at random locations.
  • Utilize high-efficiency filtration where circulated air is utilized. We previously utilized MERV-8 air filtration; however, we are in the process of upgrading to MERV-13.
  • Continually maintain prescribed temperature and humidity levels. Unless special circumstances exist, we have adjusted HVAC systems to keep temperatures between 68- and 76-degrees Fahrenheit with relative humidity between 50% and 60% where possible.

For more details, see the July 17 Enews update on WVU HVAC systems and COVID-19.

What is going to happen when the flu and COVID-19 are here at the same time?

We recommend that students and staff receive the influenza vaccine to help prevent infection this flu season. The recommendations of wearing masks and social distancing also aid in the prevention of other illnesses.

What is in the Welcome Back Kit? Does it have a mask or gaiter?

Faculty, staff and students who go through initial on-campus testing will be able to choose a kit with either a gaiter or a mask.

  • Mask: 2-ply 100% cotton fabrics with probiotics activation finish (effective for approximately 20 washes) that encourages the growth of helpful microorganisms and antimicrobial to guard against bacterial odors. Contains metallic strip to fit the nose and reduce fogging of glasses, and adjustable straps for best fit around ears.
  • Gaiter: 100% breathable polyester interlock. Fabric content: 130 Gram/Mt2JERSEY 30/1. Can be folded or doubled to increase thickness when wearing.

Kits also will include 3 disposable face masks, 1.8 oz bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer gel with carabiner, 30 sanitizing wipes and a key touch tool with badge reel attachment.

Gaiter Effectiveness
Research from the University’s health experts shows the gaiter WVU is providing as part of the Welcome Back Kits is effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Our experts have conducted multiple tests and have concluded the gaiter reduces the spread of exhaled droplets. Assuming the gaiter fits snugly around the face, it will provide a respiratory containment comparable to a common cloth mask.

Related questions:

What is the final exam schedule for fall 2020?

An updated final exam schedule is available on the Office of the University Registrar's website.

What is WVU's policy on shaming those who wear or don’t wear masks?

WVU will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. For more information or to file a complaint, see the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reporting Form.

What process should faculty follow if they become sick or must quarantine and can’t teach their in-person class?

Faculty should follow the normal leave process if they become ill. They should contact their college to find coverage for their class or transfer instruction to an online format if possible. For more information on employee leave, review the Special Emergency Leave FAQs.

What protocols should faculty, staff and students follow while waiting for test results?

You should quarantine until you receive your test results. Wear a mask and avoid contact with others to the furthest extent possible. You should not be on campus for class or work.

What should a faculty member do if a student indicates that they forgot to take the daily survey when asked to show the pass?

Initially, the faculty member should ask the student to step outside and complete the survey. After doing so, the student should return and present their pass to the faculty member to continue to remain in the class. If the student indicates that they have a symptom and did not receive a day pass, they should be asked to leave campus and contact Student Health. Faculty should follow the classroom disruption guidelines should the student not immediately respond to the faculty member’s request.

What should a faculty member do if a student refuses to present their wellness survey pass or presents a pass that indicates that they should not be on campus?

The faculty may ask the student to leave the classroom and not attend class in-person for that day. Faculty should follow the classroom disruption guidelines should the student not immediately respond to the faculty member’s request.

What should employees expect after testing positive for COVID-19?

Employees will be contacted by their local health department and will be instructed to isolate. They will be encouraged to contact their primary care provider for additional care information.

What should I do if I completed the wellness survey in the morning, but later in the day, someone asks to see my pass?

If you successfully logged in and generated a pass earlier in the day, you should have received an email with the link to your pass. Be sure to use that email link to retrieve the pass, rather than the one in your daily invitation, or you will have to retake the survey.

You can also use this link: go.wvu.edu/pass

What vending/dining options are available at Health Sciences?

The Market (HSC Food Court) is currently open, with limited options. Please observe social distancing restrictions in this location. Vending areas are available in various department breakrooms throughout the building. The hospital cafeteria is open; however, access to the hospital is limited to the main entrance. Again, please observe social distancing restrictions in this location.

What's your response to the research showing face gaiters are ineffective?

Research from the University’s health experts shows the gaiter WVU is providing as part of the Welcome Back Kits is effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Our experts have conducted multiple tests and have concluded the gaiter reduces the spread of exhaled droplets. Assuming the gaiter fits snugly around the face, it will provide a respiratory containment comparable to a common cloth mask.

Read more about WVU’s research at WVUToday.

Related questions:

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?

The University uses the terms “isolation” and “quarantine” for those who have COVID-19 related matters.

Isolation is avoiding contact with others for at least 10 days after your testing date, as directed by the local health department. You are likely in isolation because you've tested positive for COVID-19, and this isolation period will separate you from others who may not be sick to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you live in a residence hall, you will move to Arnold Apartments. If living off campus, you stay away from others by using a separate living space. You should not leave this isolation space at all during the 10-day period. You are not allowed on campus for class or work at any point during this period, and you must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared.

Quarantine is avoiding contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department. You are likely in quarantine because you’ve been considered a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and this quarantine period separates and restricts the movement of those exposed to COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus. If you live in a residence hall, you will quarantine in your room and may only leave it to use the restroom throughout this time; meals will be provided. If you live off campus, you should stay away from others by using a separate living space. You should not be on campus for class or work at any point during this period. If you begin to feel ill and develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should call your primary care physician or WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200.

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When are plexiglass face shields acceptable replacements for masks/face coverings?

Face shields are acceptable replacements for people who have difficulty wearing masks/face coverings for a long period of time. If you are an employee and believe you need accommodations, contact coronavirusmodification@mail.wvu.edu. Students with questions related to accommodations and the Coronavirus should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 304-293-6700. More information is available on the Accessibility Services website.

When do classes end?

To maintain the number of instructional weeks for accreditation purposes, the week of Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 4 will now be considered an “instructional week/online” for programs with an Aug. 26 start date rather than a review week. The last day of “instruction” – regardless of start date – will be Dec. 4.

When does spring semester start?

For the same reason of reducing the possibility of spread, spring semester 2021 will begin a week later on Jan. 19. The semester will not end early and will conclude on April 30 (last day of classes) with finals being held on campus May 3-7.

When will students and faculty find out about the updated class schedule?

The Office of the Provost announced the finalized course schedule on Aug. 5. The schedule is accessible through the STAR system.

Students:

  1. Log in to the WVU Portal and select STAR.
  2. Click Student Services & Housing.
  3. Click Registration.
  4. Click Access Registration Tools.
  5. Click Look-up Schedule Details.

Faculty and Instructors:

  1. Log in to the WVU Portal and select STAR.
  2. Click the Faculty & Advisors tab.
  3. Select your preferred schedule view from the options listed.

When will we know if the spring semester is going to be online?

We likely will not have that answer until well into the fall semester. We cannot make a decision about the spring at this time and will continue to monitor the situation locally with COVID-19 this fall in an effort to make an announcement promptly about the spring.

Where can faculty get classroom seating arrangements in order to create seating charts?

Seating charts are available for all instructors based on their room assignments. They will be able to write the student’s name in each seat, and the charts will be adjusted for social distancing with chairs grayed out. For instructions, including where to submit completed charts, see COVID-19 Assigned Seating and Attendance Tracking.

Where can I review a copy of the Telecommuting Agreement before completing it electronically?

The Telecommuting Agreement is available under Remote Work on Talent and Culture's Phased Return to On-Campus Work for Staff page.

Where can I view the Return to On-Campus Work Playbook?

Most employees were sent information about their work assignments, which included a link to the playbook. You also can view and download the playbook on the Talent and Culture website.

Where do we get a mask if we forget one or don’t have one?

Classrooms will be equipped with a supply of extra disposable masks available at no charge to those who need them.

You can also purchase disposable masks for 5 cents each (Mountie Bounty accepted) from vending machines throughout campus.

Related questions:

Where should I go if I want to be tested?

Free testing opportunities are available through West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources partnerships. To learn more about upcoming testing opportunities, visit the Free COVID-19 Testing site.

The University has completed its Return to Campus testing and will be doing surveillance testing moving forward. If you are a student, contact WVU Student Health or contact your primary healthcare provider. If you are a faculty or staff member, contact WVU Medicine or your primary healthcare provider.

Who came up with the definition of a close contact?

WVU follows the guidance provided by the CDC on close contacts.

Who has access to the information I submit on the wellness survey?

Only select University administrators, including those in the Office of Student Conduct, WVU Talent and Culture, and Information Technology Services, have access to this data. Personally identifiable information will be kept confidential. Self-reported or provided information in this context is not considered Personal Health Information as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Who will contact me to let me know if I will be working remotely, on-campus or a combination of the two (hybrid) this fall?

You should have been contacted by your supervisor or HR partner. If you have questions, you should contact your supervisor. You also may contact your HR partner.

Why are classrooms reduced by 50%?

Classes are reduced to 50% capacity to follow physical distancing guidelines and reduce the possibility of spread.

Why bring any students back to campus? Why freshmen?

Our health experts tell us that we will all need to adapt our world while the threat of COVID-19 exists, especially prior to a vaccine or therapeutic is delivered. We know that it is possible to continue the education of our students at WVU with certain measures like masks/face covering, physical distancing, handwashing and more. With the hope that we will have all students return when it’s safe, we will slowly and safely bring select groups of students back to our campus with the hope that more can return later this fall. This will allow the University to make decisions with more accurate information and will assist our healthcare experts to not be unnecessarily overwhelmed at any point.

Why did WVU cancel spring break? Isn’t it too early to decide?

The University is taking all necessary precautions in accordance with public health guidance. Until there is a vaccine, departing and returning to campus poses a public health threat to the community by increasing the introduction of new cases of COVID-19. Keeping students on campus will help contain the spread and ensure classes can be conducted in-person. The same rationale was applied for fall break 2020.

Why do I have to take a COVID-19 education course to come back to campus?

In order to ensure the safety of our WVU community, we want to provide necessary education to every WVU student, faculty and staff member. The online module is fairly quick, engaging and full of useful information that we will all need moving forward to have a safer fall semester. And while not everyone will be returning to campus, our hope is that you will use the information here to keep you and your loved ones safe wherever you may be. Mountaineers go first, but they also go together. If you do feel like you were required to take the module incorrectly, email us at covidmodule@mail.wvu.edu.

Related questions:

Why do I need to be tested when I arrive on campus?

It's important that WVU establishes a baseline of disease prevalence on campus. The best way to do this is testing when students, staff and faculty return to campus. This will allow the University to monitor trends throughout the year as testing continues.

Why is a quarantine period longer than an isolation period?

WVU is following the CDC guidelines and timelines for isolation and quarantine. It can take a person anywhere from 2-14 days to experience symptoms or develop the infection, so a person must quarantine for 14 days. It has been found that a positive person is no longer contagious beyond the 10-day period, likely because they had it a few days prior to being symptomatic, so they must only isolate for 10 days.

Why is it safe for teachers to come back but not all students?

We have taken significant precautions to keep our faculty and students as safe as possible within the classroom, including plexiglass barriers, physical distancing and mask/face covering requirements. In addition, we’ve provided faculty with guidelines to assure that all students are following the necessary protocols. We understand that this situation is not ideal, but we know the importance of in-person instruction, and we are doing everything we can to continue that instruction.

Why is the University ending on-campus classes early?

Public health officials warn that late fall could become challenging with the onset of the flu season combined with COVID-19. WVU is taking this precaution of not having students return to campus to reduce spread and keep faculty, staff and students healthy.

Related questions:

Why were some students asked to be testers?

The University has provided WVU's health professions students with an opportunity to participate in a community service project to work alongside experienced medical personnel to collect anterior nasal swab specimen for COVID-19 testing in exchange for community service hours. This is a voluntary opportunity for students to gain community experience in the healthcare field. Volunteers will be outfitted in full PPE at N95 mask level, trained on technique and fit tested for mask use prior to duty days. They will be supervised by trained, medical professionals.

Will bus capacity be reduced to comply with physical distancing protocols?

Yes. WVU buses will be operating at approximately 50% capacity. Further, all bus riders will be seated in a checkerboard pattern to comply with physical distancing requirements. Riders are expected to follow the bus safety guidelines.

Visit the Transportation and Parking website for the WVU bus schedule and WVU bus routes that will be operating this fall.

Mountain Line bus schedules are available on busride.org.

Will club sports still be taking place?

Club sports teams will still be encouraged to recruit, practice and scrimmage with new guidelines for student organizations. Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the Morgantown area, club sports will be unable to travel during the fall semester. This will be revisited if circumstances change.

Will commencement be in-person?

Since students will not be returning following Thanksgiving, the University feels it is not in the best interest of the public’s health and safety to host an in-person commencement. A virtual ceremony will be held on Dec. 19 to honor WVU’s August and December graduates. More information will be posted in the coming weeks.

In addition, information regarding an in-person commencement for both the May and December 2020 ceremonies will be posted at a future date.

Will COVID-19 testing be free?

Yes, the COVID-19 test is free.

If you need to have symptoms evaluated by a physician, the physician visit will be billed to your insurance.

Will employees be required to use their accrued sick leave if they test positive for COVID-19 or are told to quarantine due to possible exposure?

Unless the employee is ill to the extent that they are unable to perform any remote work duties, most employees should be provided with an alternative remote work assignment while waiting for symptoms to subside or to get a negative test result. If you are ill due to COVID-19 and unable to perform work, you should work with your supervisor to apply for special emergency leave.

Will faculty who teach in person have an opportunity to get face shields?

Plexiglass screens in front of lecterns and other personal protective equipment (PPE) will be in place. If you can’t wear a face mask due to a health condition or you do not wish to wear one because you believe it affects your ability to teach, you may wear a face shield instead. Face shields will be provided to instructors upon request. You are not required to wear a face mask with the face shield when teaching behind a plexiglass screen. However, if you move from behind the plexiglass barrier, you must wear a mask under the face shield.

Will instructors be notified if a student is isolating or quarantining?

It is the student's responsibility to let instructors know they will not be attending class and work with them to make arrangements to keep up with classwork. If the student has any in-person classes as part of their course schedule, the Office of the Provost will send a notification letter to their instructors informing them there has been a COVID-19 related event.

Will keyboards, mice and peripherals in computer classrooms be professionally cleaned each day?

Yes, all high-touch areas like keyboards and mice will be professionally cleaned every 24 hours. Cleaning materials will also be available for anyone who would like to use them throughout the day in addition to the scheduled cleaning.

Will on-campus mail delivery be delayed because of COVID-19?

No. The mailroom returned to normal operations Aug. 3 with enhanced safety precautions.

Will operating hours change with fewer students coming back for fall?

The University will still be operating on the same hours. We do not anticipate any changes as a result of more classes being online.

Will revised plan for fall cause any further budget reductions or personnel actions?

No decisions have been made regarding any potential budget reductions or other personnel actions. However, WVU is still facing many budgetary uncertainties, and we continue to monitor our budget situation. We may have to make some difficult decisions if we are unable to return to and remain on campus this fall. That’s why it’s important for students, faculty and staff to take personal responsibility and follow the safety measures (e.g., wearing a mask/face covering, practicing physical distancing, exercising good hygiene, etc.) WVU has put in place. If any personnel actions become necessary, time would be needed to enact these programs. We will continue to be transparent and engage our entire campus community throughout the process.

Will staff supervisors be notified if their employee is isolating or quarantining?

Supervisors will be notified if one of their employees tests positive. Further, employees who may have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive will be notified through the contact tracing process.

Will students and employees be able to travel during the fall semester? Updated

WVU strongly discourages any student or employee from personal travel to locations other than their home and campus. The University also strongly discourage students and employees from hosting visitors from other locations. Visit What You Need to Know: Travel for current travel guidelines.

Will temperature checks be done at entrances to buildings, offices, classrooms, etc.?

Temperature checks will not be part of the everyday campus experience for most faculty, staff and students. Some units with unique risks associated with their operations, such as Dining Services, may establish more stringent access controls, including daily temperature checks and health status questionnaires before reporting to work.

Will the disposable plates and utensils used in dining halls be recyclable?

Yes. However, plates and utensils may need to be rinsed before they can be recycled. Further, all to-go containers will include a sticker with instructions for recycling.

Will the PRT be running?

The PRT will not be in service during the fall semester. The University will operate additional buses to transport our campus community between Downtown, Evansdale and Health Sciences areas of campus. Check Transportation and Parking's website for the finalized bus schedule and bus routes.

Will the Rec Center, Mountainlair, etc. be open?

The Mountainlair will be open. Residence halls will also offer programming and activities. Fraternities and sororities and other student organizations are actively planning programming. Student Life departments will offer services to students, though they may be delivered virtually rather than in-person.

The Rec Center will be closed for indoor events to begin the fall semester. The plan is to re-open in phases throughout the fall, as it becomes safe to do so. The Rec Center will offer some outdoor activities while the facility is closed.

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Will the University test new hires for COVID-19 as they come on board?

Any new hires who will be working on campus, including those working in a hybrid capacity, will be required to complete a COVID-19 test.

Will there be a reduction in tuition for online class schedules?

No, there will not be a reduction in tuition, as students will continue to receive quality instruction and will be earning college credit toward commencement.

However, students who are moved from in-person courses to receiving delivery of all courses in an online format will only be charged $220 in student fees, which is $440 less than the standard fee amount. The University is doing so in recognition that these students are studying remotely while other students will be studying on campus.

Will there be football this fall?

On Aug. 11, WVU and the Big 12 Conference released an updated 2020 football schedule with six home games and four Big 12 Conference road games.

WVU Athletics continues to work with University, local and state authorities for the potential plan for fan attendance at Milan Puskar Stadium this season. Once determined, the details will be shared with Mountaineer Athletic Club members and football season ticket holders. For the latest information on tickets, visit the 2020 football season ticket FAQ page.

Will undergraduate students be able to do research in labs this fall?

We have developed plans that allow undergraduates to work in research labs under the guidance of their departments/programs, both to support others' research and to conduct their own where it is necessary to their programs in their program. Each program/department will have information on exactly how this will happen. Please contact your instructor and/or program for more information.

Will WVU provide flu shots this year?

Yes. WVU Medicine (which includes WVU Student Health) will be providing flu shots. They also are looking at expanding the locations in which flu shots are offered. More information about flu shots will be shared later this fall.

With recent COVID-19 test shortages being reported, how can WVU ensure that they will have enough tests for students, faculty and staff?

The University’s testing partners (Quest Diagnostics and QLabs) have contractual agreements with WVU that were procured at the beginning of the summer. We have secured the number of tests needed to serve students, faculty and staff as they return to campus this fall and to provide ongoing testing throughout the semester.