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Update from the President

July 3

Dear Campus Community,

As we begin the month of July, recent national reports are showing Coronavirus infection rates are increasing in many states. What is most concerning is the spread of this virus has not slowed down.  I encourage everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and act in accordance with local and state regulations.

To help ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, the University will implement a face covering policy, effective Monday, July 6.  All persons on campus will be required to wear a face mask/covering in common spaces, such as hallways, classrooms, meeting rooms, in elevators and offices. I encourage everyone to be mindful and use a face covering in any space where you could come into contact with another individual. Additionally, all visitors coming to campus will be required to wear masks. The University will have masks available in the Admissions Office for those who do not have a mask of their own.  We appreciate the Wheeling family’s adherence to this new safety measure in an effort to maintain the health and safety of our employees, as well as, ensure the safe return of our students in the fall amid a global pandemic.

Additionally, the campus has developed a COVID-19 Safety Learning Module for all students, faculty, and staff.  The module provides video and written materials on CDC guidelines, as well as, an overview of the University’s Reopening Plan.  The module will be accessible through Blackboard, Wheeling University’s learning management system.    Upon completion of the module, faculty, staff and students will be asked to acknowledge their understanding of the materials and university policies that are in place to keep the campus safe.

A safe environment and adherence to social distancing guidelines are our utmost concern for the upcoming Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony.  This week the Wheeling-Ohio County Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio County Health Department reviewed our proposed setup and seating arrangements for both events  for approval. I am happy to report that both the agencies have approved our layout for the ceremony.  Our graduating class of 2020 will be the first commencement ceremony ever held on the Bishop Schmitt Field.  Students will be spaced six feet apart on the field and during the procession.  Family members and guests will also be socially distanced on the field and in the stands.  Further details will be communicated next week. 

We will continue to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.  I look forward to the coming weeks when students and families return to celebrate our graduates.  As always, I appreciate the work and support of all members of this Wheeling community, and wish all of you a happy and safe Fourth of July.

With gratitude,

Ginny R. Favede