What You Need to Know: Academic Affairs
Classes look and feel a little different this fall. Use this information to navigate new procedures and find the resources you need.
The 2020-2021 Academic Calendar has been revised with the goal of keeping students on campus to reduce their risk of exposure and potential virus surge in our communities.
- Fall break is canceled.
- Classes will be held on campus through Tuesday, Nov. 24.
- Students will not return to campus following Thanksgiving Break. One week of online instruction will follow Thanksgiving break (Nov. 30-Dec. 4).
- Finals will be conducted online Dec. 7-11.
- The spring semester will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
- Spring break will be canceled, but campuses will schedule non-instruction days throughout the semester during which no instruction takes place.
- Last day of classes will be April 30, with finals week being held on campus May 3-7.
- Complete the daily wellness survey before coming to campus.
- Finish snacks before class. No food or drink is allowed in classrooms this fall.
- Wear a mask/face covering at all times on campus.
- Extra disposable masks will be available in classrooms.
- You also can purchase masks from vending machines across campus.
- Arrive at your classroom on time. Please don't congregate in hallways.
- Remain outside the building until the previous classes have finished and students from those classes have exited the building.
- Assigned seating and recorded attendance is required for each meeting of face-to-face, on-campus classes — including hybrid courses.
- Seating charts are provided to a central unit for use in contact tracing, if the need should arise.
- Instructors will maintain attendance records for each class meeting, whether or not attendance figures into course grading.
- Students are required to wear masks at all times.
- Instructors are required to wear masks at all times, with one exception:
- Instructors may wear a face shield without a mask while they are behind a plexiglass barrier. If the instructor moves away from the plexiglass barrier, they must wear a mask under the face shield.
- Extra disposable masks and cleaning supplies are available in classrooms.
- Students and instructors are required to observe the University’s physical distancing guidelines.
- Cleaning supplies, such as sanitizers and wipes, will be available throughout all buildings.
- Spray bottles or disinfectant wipes will be available at all classroom lecterns.
- Tabletops, desktops and other hard and non-permeable surfaces will be disinfected at a minimum of once daily.
- Horizontal and vertical surfaces, including high-touch areas, will be wiped and disinfected using products approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- All classrooms will be deep cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.
Academic Support and Instruction
- The HP/P/F (Pass/Fail) grading mode is currently not an option for the fall semester.
- Advising and faculty office hours will be conducted remotely whenever possible.
- WVU Libraries are open; check library hours for availability.
- The Office of Student Success offers free services like success coaching, mentoring, tutoring and seminars.
- Online courses are delivered either synchronously or asynchronously.
- Check WVU Online’s Student Resources for a collection of helpful links and tips for success in online courses.
- Understanding Your Course Schedule
- Course Delivery Options
- Tutoring.wvu.edu is a one-stop-shop to find the academic support you need.
- In-person and virtual drop-in and appointment-based services will be offered.
- Drop-in tutoring hours will be available on the website, along with login information.
- No appointments are needed for drop-in tutoring hours. Tutors will be on standby to help as needed.
- Tutoring appointments must be pre-scheduled. Sign-up instructions will be listed on the website.
In additional to the usual study areas across campus, we've added outdoor spaces to accommodate more students while allowing for physical distancing.
Tents with WiFi connectivity:
- Mountainlair Plaza
- outside the Student Recreation Center
- outside the Evansdale Residential Complex (Towers)
If You Are in Quarantine or Isolation
Check the What to Do If ... scenarios for further guidance on quarantine and isolation.
- WVU has amended its attendance policy for University sanctioned absences that reflect the impact of COVID-19.
- Students in isolation or quarantine are not to be penalized for physical absence but may be expected to complete class work and activities as assigned.
- Instructors are expected to be flexible in allowing students to make up work missed due to university sanctioned absences.
- Please refer to the full attendance policy for complete details.
- An emergency leave policy has also been added to provide guidance if a student is unable to participate in class for more than a week.
Contacting Your Instructors
- Whenever the University has identified or received notice of a COVID-related event, the Provost's Office will notify your instructor that your absence from class will be excused due to a COVID-19 related event.
- You will be required to present your instructors with documentation demonstrating your clearance to return to class.
- You should contact your instructors and work with them to make arrangements so you can keep up with your classwork.
- If you need assistance reaching instructors or completing classwork, please reach out to the department chair and then college or school dean, if needed.
Faculty Resources and Support
- COVID-19 Syllabus Statement
- COVID-19 Instructor Expectations and Best Practices
- When planning courses, refer to the Adjustments for COVID-19 section of the WVU Faculty website.
- Visit the Teaching and Learning Commons website for course planning tools, teaching institutes and many other resources.
Classroom Technology Support
- If you have a question about your course or classroom, Teaching and Learning Commons offers drop-in consultations.
- You can also submit a ticket to request instructional support.
- Check TLC's Classroom COVID Response webpage for updates on TLC's technology classrooms.
Illness and Accommodation Requests
- Faculty and instructors who are at higher risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC, or who live with someone who is at higher risk, can request accommodations and review the COVID-19 Modification of Duties Flowchart to understand possible scenarios.
- Faculty who are sick with COVID-19 should follow the Special Emergency Leave Plan and work with their supervisors to make alternative work arrangements.
Evaluation, Promotion and Tenure
For guidance on the faculty evaluation process for the period covering Spring 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21, please see the COVID-19 Revised Annual Evaluation Guidelines.
Stop the Spread
Personal accountability is the key to our safe return to campus. Do your part to keep everyone safe.Do Your Part
Return to Campus Conversations
You’re welcome to join live discussions — or watch recordings of previous conversations whenever it’s convenient.Conversations