WSU on campus apartments | Photo by Daniel Delgado | The Wright State Guardian
Wright State University released a communication email earlier this evening for new requirements and guidelines in an effort to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
On-campus residents can stay
According to a communication email that was sent at 5 p.m. on March 13, students in the dorms can stay.
Several other universities such as Ohio State University and Ohio University have dismissed students in campus dorms.
“Students may choose whether to continue to live on campus or move out. We also have a number of students who rely on the services provided by Residence Life and Housing and we want to continue to be supportive of those students,” according to the email by Interim Provost, Douglas Leaman.
Study abroad suspended
According to the email, the study abroad is suspended for those that were planning to leave before May.
“Out of an abundance of caution, Wright State University is making the difficult—but necessary—decision to suspend all summer 2020 Ambassador Programs departing on or before May 31,” the email stated.
Interim provost Leaman said in the communication email that there will be slight changes to dates and times for the university calendar.
Extension to withdraw has been changed to March 27.
“We have extended the last day for students to drop Spring 2020, B Term classes and receive a 100 percent refund to Friday, March 20 (from March 13). Please note that this is for B term classes only,” Leaman said.
Student gatherings: What’s allowed
All events and meetings have been cancelled and prohibited.
However, small groups need to meet for a critical reason, it was asked to include maintaining a six-foot distance between one another.
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness spread between people in close contact with each other or through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. To protect yourself and those around you, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)
President Sue Edwards also sent an email thanking everyone for their flexibility during this time.
“This week has brought a global health issue to our doorstep, and it is in such challenging times that I see the true Raider Spirit,” said Edwards. “The sudden and difficult changes we’ve have had to impose to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community have and will continue to cause measurable disruption. I understand that deeply, and I know that the success in tackling these challenges is seeded in the strength of our university family.”
According to a campus-wide communications email, the final date to withdraw from classes with a grade of “W” has been extended until March 27.
Refunds will not be automatically granted as classes will be back in session on Monday, according to the email.
All official university events, receptions, gatherings, and student activities are suspended until further notice.
Any face-to-face classes scheduled to meet for the rest of this week are suspended as of midnight tonight, March 10.
Faculty members are encouraged to use the rest of this week to prepare their courses for remote learning starting Monday, March 16.
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