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What You Need to Know: WVU Keyser

Together, we're looking out for the health and safety of everyone at Potomac State and in our community.

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WVU Potomac State College has resumed weekly COVID-19 updates through the Keyser test results dashboard, which features testing information as well as vaccination rates.

Monitor www.potomacstatecollege.edu and your MIX/WVU email for the latest information about health and safety protocols, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

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Health and Safety Protocols

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors in all WVU System buildings and facilities through Oct. 6, when public health conditions will be reevaluated.

The new requirement supersedes a temporary revision announced on Aug. 17 for classrooms and labs.

Everyone entering campus buildings and facilities must wear a mask properly above the nose and keep it on while inside. Members of the WVU community do not need to wear a mask indoors when in personal office spaces, in small gatherings of 10 or less on residence hall floors and rooms, in personal vehicles, when eating or drinking, or while engaging in fitness activities.

Masks continue to be required on the PRT and WVU buses across all campuses through March 18, 2022, under federal transit guidelines.

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COVID-19 Vaccination

WVU strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated and to verify their vaccine status at myhousing.wvu.edu.

Free vaccine sites in Keyser include:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 45 South Mineral Street, 304-788-3443
  • Med-A-Save Pharmacy, 818 South Mineral Street, 304-788-6010
  • Walgreens Pharmacy, 839 South Mineral Street, 304-788-5931
  • Walmart Pharmacy, Located in the Walmart Supercenter, 148 US Route 220, 304-788-8170

Other vaccination opportunities can be found at vaccines.gov. Vaccines continue to be readily available across the country.

Verify Your Vaccination Status

If you have not already done so, be sure to verify your COVID-19 vaccination status with the University at myhousing.wvu.edu.

Follow these instructions to verify your status. A video tutorial also is available to guide you through the process.

Those who are not fully vaccinated or did not verify their vaccination status by Aug. 1 must:

  • Comply with random sample testing until they become fully vaccinated.
  • Quarantine for at least 14 days following close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Obtain testing if symptoms develop.
  • Quarantine for five days following out-of-state travel.
  • Wear a mask indoors and when outdoors and around others.

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Testing

Community Testing

The local Mineral County Health Department is offering the community free COVID-19 testing as follows:

Mondays
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Church-McKee Arts Center parking lot

Wednesdays
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Mineral County Health Department
541 Harley O. Staggers Drive
Keyser WV 26726

Community testing through the Mineral County Health Department is open to WVU Potomac State College students, employees and residents of Mineral County. Individuals who wish to be tested must bring identification (a driver's license or proof of address) to the testing site. Face masks and physical distancing are required.

Sample Testing

To quickly assess and limit the potential spread of COVID-19 this fall, Potomac State College will continue to conduct weekly random sample testing among certain groups of students, faculty and staff who are on campus and have not been vaccinated or have not verified their vaccination status with the University.

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Academics

The fall semester began as scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 18 — view the full academic calendar.

Classroom Protocols

Classrooms will be at 100% capacity this fall. The University will follow a regular academic calendar, grading scale and attendance policies. Seating charts and seat assignments will still be required to assist in contact tracing when necessary.

Check the WVU System mask requirements for current classroom guidance.

Grading Scale

As with the spring semester, the University will implement a traditional grading scale and will not offer a high pass/pass/fail option.

Study Abroad

The University will continue to evaluate study abroad opportunities on a case-by-case basis.

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Student Life

Dining Services

Dining Services will open at 100% capacity with safety measures and enhanced cleaning procedures in place. Plexiglass dividers will be available in dining facilities for those who would like to use them.

Student Activities and Programs

  • Student organizations can organize and gather without limitations. It is highly recommended that these gatherings take place outdoors. Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear a mask at these events.
  • Activities such as information fairs, club meetings, recruitment events and social gatherings may be held if health and safety guidelines are followed.
  • The Student Experience Office will have additional information before classes resume.

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Additional COVID-19 Campus Protocols

Visitors on Campus

Departments and units will be responsible for sharing University policy and practices with visitors they invite to campus. All visitors, including vendors and contractors, will need to continue to follow University safety guidelines while on campus.

Departments and units should continue to use good judgment when determining when to bring visitors to campus (e.g., interview job candidates via Zoom before bringing final candidates to campus).

Admissions is open for normal capacity tours and visits. Guests must follow University safety guidelines while on campus.

Travel

Fully vaccinated individuals may resume non-business travel activities. However, they should note travel restrictions and safety guidance in the area of intended travel.

University-related business travel will remain limited and require prior approval from a unit vice president or dean. Travel related to externally funded projects does not require vice president or dean approval.

Events

In-person events resumed on campus at 100% capacity on June 20. The Health and Safety Committee does not need to approve events, but does recommend organizers use best practices. It is recommended events take place outdoors if possible, and plated or pre-packaged meals are preferred if food is served. Hand sanitizer should be made readily available at the event. Masks are expected for those who have yet to be vaccinated.

Athletics events will also be held at 100% capacity, and PSC Athletics will separately announce details relating to sporting events as needed.

Workplace Accommodations and Modifications

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective treatments, vaccines and state and federal guidelines, WVU is reviewing the need for employee Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations and non-ADA modifications specific to COVID-19 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Reasonable ADA accommodations and non-ADA modifications will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Employees requesting an ADA accommodation or a non-ADA modification for the fall semester were asked to submit the application and updated medical documentation by June 1.

Note: Employees who previously had an accommodation or modification should be aware that future adjustments may differ from past or current accommodations. Visit go.wvu.edu/coronavirus-modifications for more information. Contact coronavirusmodification@mail.wvu.edu with any questions.

Work Arrangements

In addition to following health and safety protocols, all meetings must continue to include an option for remote participation (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, conference line, etc.) to accommodate remote and hybrid employees and promote physical distancing. Employees should use personal discretion when deciding whether to attend a meeting in-person or remotely.

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Return to Campus Conversation

Watch a recent conversation with Potomac State College leaders.

August 10 Campus Conversation: Discussion of Keyser's Fall Semester Plans

Tuesday, August 10

This conversation for the WVU Keyser campus included information about the return to campus and the fall 2021 semester, including testing, the move-in process, Welcome Week and other events, academics, behavior expectations, personal safety and more.

Panelists:

  • Beth Little, Dean of University Relations and Enrollment Management (Moderator)
  • Greg Ochoa, Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Jennifer Orlikoff, Campus President (Host)
  • Lucas Taylor, Dean of Student Experience
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