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What You Need to Know: Student Life

We’re planning ways for you to make new friends and memories while maintaining the health and safety of all.

Important information

Important Updates

WVU Morgantown undergraduate courses that temporarily moved online Sept. 9 will resume in-person instruction on Monday, Sept. 28. The following guidance remains in place through Sept. 27:

Movement on Campus

  • Until further notice, on-campus students should avoid leaving the Morgantown campus area except under emergency circumstances.
  • Off-campus students should not visit campus and are asked to stay in your Morgantown area residence except when necessary.
  • Limit travel in the Morgantown community.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • If you do leave West Virginia, you must quarantine for 5 days upon return. This does not include commuting for work.

Residence Halls

  • Residence halls will remain open. Safety protocols remain the same.
  • If you are living in the residence hall, it is advised that you stay close to your hall and not travel unnecessarily around campus.

Dining

  • Dining locations will remain open. Safety protocols remain the same.
  • Students living off-campus who have a dining plan may come to campus to use their dining plan.
  • Residence halls will provide extra snacks and food during evening hours.

Activities and Events

  • Gatherings will be reduced to 10 people or less.
  • The majority of activities and events will move to a virtual experience.
    • WVUp All Night is canceled until further notice.
    • All student organizations must meet virtually through Sept. 27.
    • Intramural and club sports were not being held and will continue to be canceled.
    • Visit refresh.wvu.edu for a complete list of activities and programs.
  • Appropriate activity and physical distancing on the Rec Fields will be enforced, including those community groups who have used the fields in the past.
  • Outdoor activities that can be continued safely via physical distancing and reduced numbers will continue.

Campus Operations

  • Campus will remain open. Please verify hours of operation of a particular venue.
  • Campus libraries will also remain open. However, you will need to present your green pass from the Daily Wellness Survey to enter the library. The daily green pass will be required for entry.
    • Masks must be worn at all times and no eating will be allowed in libraries.

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Student Activities and Programs

Refresh

The University is offering a wide range of activities and events, including WVUp All Night, recreation and social events where you can gather safely and connect with others. Visit refresh.wvu.edu to see the types of activities and how to register.

Student Recreation Center

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.

  • Outdoor and live virtual fitness options are planned for students and employees. Check the Group Exercise Class Schedule for current offerings.
  • Softball, tennis, yard games and e-sports will be offered throughout the semester.
  • The campus walking track around the athletic fields and a marked 5K course are available.
  • Virtual personal training options and additional fitness opportunities may be available.

Service and Learning

The Center for Service and Learning is offering resources to help students develop civic responsibility and apply community awareness. Visit iServe for more information.

Honors College

If you're a member of the Honors College, you can expect a wide variety of events and activities – outside the classroom – throughout the fall semester.

WellWVU

Taking good care of yourself is important. WellWVU will offer programs on topics including stress management, alcohol and other drug prevention and sexual health.

  • Programs will be delivered in a hybrid model, with some smaller, in-person outdoor events and some online events, including social media challenges and livestreaming.
  • Watch for Wellbeing on Wheels around campus for free food, chances at raffle prizes, stress relievers and more.

Residence Hall Programming

Each month, programming in our residence halls will be based upon a specific theme:

  • August: Community engagement and getting to know your roommate.
  • September: Alcohol education, hazing prevention and sexual assault prevention
  • October: Job-seeking skills, including mock interviews and major exploration
  • November: Community service
  • December: Exam preparation

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Student Organizations

Opportunities for Student Organizations

  • Guidelines for student organizations have been developed so that groups can meet while maintaining health and safety protocols.
    • Student organizations will be expected to meet virtually. However, if the student organizational leadership determines that a meeting or event must be held in person, organizers and attendees must follow the guidelines.
  • Group travel will not be allowed during the fall semester for any social function.
  • Student organizations will be able to reserve space for events and activities; guidelines have not yet been finalized at this time. We anticipate groups can reserve space in early August. More information will be forthcoming.
  • 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.
  • International Programs: RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, is interested in connecting their student clubs with equivalent clubs at WVU for networking and other virtual opportunities.

How to Get Involved in Student Organizations

  • Fraternities and sororities will recruit new members this fall. Follow @wvugreeklife on Twitter and Instagram for details about upperclass student recruitment.
  • Weeks of Involvement: From Sept. 7 to Sept. 17, student organizations will host virtual interest sessions.
    • Each evening, we will focus on specific categories, such as college-specific organizations, cultural and international, politics and advocacy, religious groups, sports and recreation, service and more.

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Dining

Changes for Guests

  • Dining operation changes include physical distancing for customer lines, adjusted seating for physical distancing guidelines, expansion of delivery/pickup options, expansion of Grab-n-Go and retail offerings and elimination of buffets.
    • While dining halls still will be all-you-care-to-eat, food will be served by employees rather than self-serve.
  • Dining halls will have several items packaged and ready for grab-and-go (e.g., prepared salads and desserts).
  • To-go containers will remain available.
  • Disposable plates, cups and silverware will be provided if you wish to dine in.
    • Use a new plate or cup each time you visit a serving station or beverage machine.
  • Public-use items (e.g., toasters and microwaves) will be available, but employees will operate them for you.
  • Expanded takeout menus and Grab-and-Go options will feature on-trend and comfort-focused options.
  • Made-to-order items will be available to order in advance.

Employee Procedure Changes

  • Employee temperature checks before every shift.
  • All employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • The new Clean Team will wear bright yellow shirts and will constantly clean and sanitize dining areas, counters, machines, kitchens and serving areas.

Additional Safety Measures

  • Touchless payment
  • Table dividers separating diners
  • Directional flow signage at all dining locations to reduce crowding
  • Pickup areas for retail orders and groceries-to-go
  • New plexiglass guards and cleaning requirements for kiosk screens, drink machines, counters and other contact surfaces

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Operations

Where You Can Find Help

Academics

Libraries

Libraries are open to WVU students, faculty and staff.

Student Financial Services

  • The Mountaineer Hub is your complete source for assistance with all financial aspects of attending WVU, including student accounts and financial aid.
  • The staff is available to help virtually through online requests and by phone Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    • Walk-in visits currently are not available to minimize the number of people in Evansdale Crossing.
    • Online request and phone contact information can be found at Contact Mountaineer Hub.
    • Use Morgan, the chatbot on the Mountaineer Hub website, to find general information and answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Up-to-date account and financial aid information is available via the WVU Portal.

Student Health

  • WVU Medicine Student Health can assist you with a range of non-emergency health conditions and preventative care.
  • To make an appointment, call 304-285-7200.

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Psychiatry, Counseling and Support Groups

Crisis Response Services

The Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services Crisis Clinic provides same day virtual (or in some cases) in-person visits for students experiencing a psychological emergency. A crisis counselor will meet with the student via Zoom or phone and determine the type of care that best meets their needs, such as a:

  • Virtual same-day appointment with a clinician via Zoom
  • Phone call
  • Same-day, in-person appointment in a physically distanced clinical room where both the student and the clinician will wear masks
  • Scheduled triage appointment to be completed via Zoom on a different day for non-emergency services

Crisis Text Line

  • Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential, 24/7 service offered to WVU. Students can text WVU to 741741 to access support.
  • The Crisis Counselor will invite you to share what is happening via text and offer support and suggestions.
  • The Crisis Text Line is not a replacement for regular mental health services; it's a tool if you need some support and aren't sure what to do.

Counseling and Psychiatry Services

  • Short-term counseling is available for students via Zoom.
  • Students who are interested in longer term counseling can talk with a care manager by phone or over Zoom to help identify counseling resources in the community that can best meet their needs.
  • The psychiatry staff offers consultation as well as outpatient treatment and management for a wide range of emotional health and wellbeing concerns.
  • The Student Support Program, called My SSP, can help address day-to-day challenges before they become bigger issues. All services are 100% confidential and free of cost to out-of-state and online students.

Groups, Workshops and Events

  • Most support groups and workshops will be offered virtually.
    • Workshops: Stress Management/Self-Care, Anxiety 101, Manage Your Mood, Relationship 101 and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
    • Support groups will be offered for first-year, undergraduate, graduate international and BIPOC students.
  • Events will be both virtual and in-person, physically distanced outdoors.
  • Visit the Carruth Center website for updated information throughout the semester.

Collegiate Recovery Program

  • The Collegiate Recovery Program supports students in recovery through activities that center around health, wellness, community, adventure, service and fun – all with the goal of promoting a healthy, balanced and meaningful life on campus.
  • Daily activities are offered at Serenity Place and online, including meditation, book study, journaling and peer support groups.

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Education and Communication

COVID-19 Education Module

The education module provides specific COVID-19 information and elaborates on WVU policies, procedures and processes.

  • Access the education module with your WVU Login credentials.
    • All students and employees are required to complete the module by Saturday, Aug. 22.
    • Students with fully online course schedules are still required to complete the module.
    • If you have trouble accessing the module, please contact covidmodule@mail.wvu.edu.
    • You do not need to save or submit the completion certificate. The University is automatically notified that you have completed the module.
  • For students, failure to complete the module by Aug. 22 will result in a $250 fee being added to the student's account on Sept. 14.
    • A hold will be placed on the student’s account until the module is completed
    • In addition to the fee, the University may deactivate the student’s identification card and/or the student may face sanctions under the Student Code as necessary and appropriate, including additional educational requirements.
    • The fee will not be removed, even for those who take the education module after that date.
  • Employees who do not complete the module by Aug. 22 will not be permitted to work and may be subject to employee actions until they complete the module.
    • These actions include but are not limited to being required to use their annual leave and/or being placed on unpaid, unauthorized leave and disciplinary action (if the employee does not have any annual leave available) until they complete the module.

COVID-19 Dashboard

  • Every week, the University will share the latest information regarding COVID-19 on campus through a variety of news channels.
  • A dashboard is available with the most current statistics on positive COVID-19 test results.

Signage and Communication

  • Moving around our campuses this fall will be different. To help you follow the established protocols, the University will post relevant health and safety information on signs across our campuses.
  • Throughout the year, watch for a variety of messaging, as well as additional campus conversations, that reinforce key safety guidelines.

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Health and Safety Measures

Daily Wellness Survey

All students and employees are required to complete the daily wellness survey.

Cleaning

Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (e.g., tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface. Follow label instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product, including precautions you should take when applying the product.

Policies and Guidelines

Students are expected to follow WVU’s guidelines, as well as ordinances established by the City of Morgantown and Monongalia County, including mask-wearing, appropriate physical distancing, keeping your hands and environment clean and limiting the number of people at gatherings.

Consequences for not complying with the Student Code of Conduct for Personal Protective Equipment or any other COVID-19 related guidelines include one or more of the following: written warning, removal from class, probation, suspension and/or expulsion from the University.

Reporting Violations

If you see a violation of University, local or state health and safety guidelines (e.g., large gatherings, failure to wear personal protective equipment), follow the steps for reporting violations.

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Stop the Spread

Personal accountability is the key to our safe return to campus. Do your part to keep everyone safe.

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We’ll be adding information on different topics throughout the fall, so check this site frequently for updates. If you can’t find the answer to your question, email returntocampus@mail.wvu.edu.

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