Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Virginia Wesleyan University: Response to COVID-19

Covid 19 Update

Virginia Wesleyan University officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, a rapidly evolving health situation in the United States and abroad. VWU is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

The University has developed, and continues to update as new information becomes available, a Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide. This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the “Higher Education Reopening Guidance,” which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.

Please refer to this site for information and updates as new developments about the outbreak and its potential impact on our campus community become available. The University will also send these updates via email.


University Messages

October 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

Dear VWU Community,

This past week, there have been no new confirmed cases of COVID-19. An overview of the University’s status is available through VWU CovidSafe.

With Halloween weekend upon us, while you may feel more comfortable as we adjust to our new normal, we caution everybody to maintain best practices by avoiding crowds, maintaining social distancing, wearing facial coverings, and practicing good hygiene. We continue to closely monitor student behavior and those violating safety regulations will be subject to disciplinary action. 

As a reminder, our last day of in-person classes is Friday, November 20, and then we will move to a remote format for the remainder of the semester.

We encourage all community members to continue utilizing the daily LiveSafe health screening to report symptoms and other concerns.

Sincerely,
The Emergency Response Team

Dear VWU Community,

One member of our community tested positive for COVID-19 during the past week and is now in isolation in accordance with University protocol and guidance from the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health. This is currently the only active case on campus. An overview of the University’s status is available through VWU CovidSafe.

Again, we appreciate your ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus and ask that you continue to wear your face coverings, practice appropriate social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and complete the daily health screening through LiveSafe.

If you have questions concerning your health, please contact your primary care physician, the Sentara Student Health Center, or covidsafe@vwu.edu.

Sincerely,
The Emergency Response Team

October 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Message From President Miller

Dear Students,

Please note that all Virginia Wesleyan students are required to conduct a daily health screening through LiveSafe prior to reporting to class. Please follow the steps below and utilize the below graphic guide as needed:

  1. Before you come to class each day, log in to the LiveSafe application (LiveSafe can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play).
  2. Select VWU Daily Health Screening from the LiveSafe homescreen.
  3. Review COVID-19 symptoms and respond to screening prompts on the Daily Health Questionnaire
  4. If you answer yes to any of the screening questions, you will be prompted to provide your name, email, and VWU affiliation.

You’re done! After completing the survey you will be brought to a verification screen indicating whether it is safe for you to come to work. If an individual identifies as symptomatic, confidential notification will be sent to the Student Health Management Team. If your screening result indicates it is safe for you to come to class but you are not feeling well, please stay home, monitor your symptoms, and notify the Student Health Management Team (covidsafe@vwu.edu) and your professors.

Health Screening Instructions

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Dear VWU Community,

We are pleased to report that over the past week no new members of our community have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, all prior cases have been cleared, and there are no active cases on campus at this time. VWU CovidSafe is updated weekly on Wednesdays, providing information on the University’s status.

While the reduction of cases is encouraging, we remind all members of the Virginia Wesleyan University community to remain vigilant in their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All current policies and practices remain in place and continue to be enforced.

Face coverings, appropriate social distancing, and good hygiene practices (like washing hands frequently) remain the best practice for stopping the spread. Please continue to closely monitor your health and complete the daily health screening through LiveSafe. Should you have questions concerning your health, please contact your primary care physician, the Sentara Student Health Center, or covidsafe@vwu.edu.

Sincerely,
The Emergency Response Team

Dear VWU Community,

Over the past week, 10 additional members of our community tested positive for COVID-19. While it would appear that we are experiencing higher numbers—as we have had 20 cumulative cases—only 7 of these are active at this time.

Safety measures instituted last week, including additional restrictions in residence halls and suspension of athletic activities, will remain in place as we continue to monitor the campus climate. Mitigation strategies may be altered as conditions suggest.

As a reminder, VWU CovidSafe has been created to provide information on the current number of confirmed cases. It will be updated weekly on Wednesdays to keep the campus informed.

Sincerely,
The Emergency Response Team

Dear VWU Community,

Since our last update on Saturday (September 19), the University has learned that seven additional members of our community have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals have been placed in isolation after consultation with the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health. Based on contact tracing and the advice of Public Health, individuals who may have been impacted have been informed and additional testing and quarantine accommodations have been made. These new cases bring the campus total to 10, one of which has since been cleared.

This uptick in cases is due to irresponsible behavior by some members of our campus community. This included the hosting of off-campus gatherings of a social nature, which put many members of the campus community at risk and required the University to respond with disciplinary action and stricter guidelines on social distancing and congregating.

These new restrictions include a pause on athletic practices for the immediate future; additional regulations to restrict visitors in the residence halls; and closing of all academic buildings after the conclusion of the last class each day to prevent congregation in classrooms or common spaces.

To keep the campus community informed, we have created VWU CovidSafe to provide information about the current number of confirmed cases impacting our community. It will be updated weekly on Wednesdays to keep the campus informed of our current situation. 

Sincerely,

The Emergency Response Team

Dear Students,

Virginia Wesleyan University has learned that one additional member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. In consultation with the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health, this individual, who resides off campus, has been placed in isolation. 

At this time, based on contact tracing and the advice of Public Health, any individuals who may be impacted have been informed and testing and quarantine accommodations have been made. Following protocols from Public Health and pending additional information, the University will update the community accordingly.

This brings our campus total to three confirmed cases, one of which has since been cleared. Out of an abundance of caution, the University has put additional restrictions in place for visitation within on-campus housing.

We are aware that social activity increases on the weekend. We are closely monitoring student behavior, and individuals who violate guidelines are subject to disciplinary action. Please note that while you may feel more comfortable among your peer group, relaxing social distancing and facial covering efforts, reports from other institutions show that these actions contribute greatly to the spread of the virus. 

In general the campus community has been vigilant in adhering to safety precautions, but we again ask that you do not let your guard down on weekends or otherwise. Continue to protect yourselves and your Marlin family.

Sincerely,
The Emergency Response Team

September 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Message From President Miller

Dear VWU Community,

Today, September 15, Virginia Wesleyan University learned that a second member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. In consultation with Virginia Beach Department of Public Health, the individual has been placed in isolation.

At this time, based on contact tracing and the advice of Public Health, any individual who may be impacted has been informed and accommodations have been made.

Please continue to monitor your health closely and complete your Daily Health Screening through the LiveSafe application.

Sincerely,

The Emergency Response Team

September 11, 2020

Good afternoon,

Last night Governor Ralph Northam lifted some restrictions placed on Coastal Virginia, and the region now joins the rest of the commonwealth in Phase Three of the “Forward Virginia” plan for social and economic recovery.

This news comes as the University completes its third week of face-to-face instruction. To date, we have had one confirmed case and this individual has since been released from isolation and may return to class. There was also a reported case earlier in the week that could not be confirmed. That individual is no longer reporting to campus. In total, the University has investigated 67 reports of symptomatic individuals or those who may have been exposed since August 20. Since then, 14 individuals have quarantined and seven remain in quarantine. All of these individuals are doing so from home off campus. As a precautionary measure, individuals that may have been exposed are required to quarantine, but this does not mean that they have or could have the virus.

While we are delighted for the opportunities that Phase Three allows, Governor Northam reminds us: “We cannot let our guard down—we all must continue practicing social distancing, wearing facial coverings, and following all public health guidelines. If we want to keep moving forward, we must stay vigilant and do the things that we know will keep our communities safe.”

The changes announced last night will have minimal impact on University practices other than the ability to provide limited seating in Boyd Dining Center (starting Monday) and relaxed restrictions on gatherings, which will aid in offering student activities. 

Please continue to follow the prevention guidelines in place and regularly reference the “Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide.” 

Thank you for your continued diligence and adaptability as we navigate this season together.

Sincerely,

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.
President
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

On Sunday, September 6, the University learned that a community member tested positive for COVID-19. The individual lives alone off campus and has self-isolated in accordance with recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health. The University is following protocols in collaboration with the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health. 

The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance, and we implore you to follow the prevention guidelines that have been published widely. Please continue to reference the “Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide.” 

We know each of you is doing your part to keep our community safe. It is visible every day through social distancing efforts, face coverings, and consideration for your fellow Marlins. 

Thank you for your continued care and caution.

 

August 26, 2020

Dear Marlins:

We are so pleased to have you back on campus, and grateful for the preparation it took you to get here. Your efforts--quarantining, social distancing, using face coverings, submitting test results--were vital to our Marlin community starting the academic year on a safe and healthy note. And now that we've officially begun the semester, our work is far from over. We need to remain vigilant all semester. 

Everyday, you will be faced with choices, big and small. The choices you make will directly affect not only you, but your roommate, classmates, professors, and others on campus and in our local community. That may sound like an exaggeration, but it's not. If anything, it is an understatement. 

We have already seen on the news several campuses that have been shut down only days after reopening. We are putting our faith and trust in each of you to help ensure this does not happen at Virginia Wesleyan. We are relying on you to uphold the protocols we have carefully put in place and communicated consistently to you. This is nothing to take lightly. It has never been more important for you to make good choices. 

The consequences for violating any of the protocols have direct and indirect consequences. Whether the violation is intentional or not, you will be suspended and sent home for failing to adhere to the guidelines put in place to protect you and our Marlin Family. The ultimate consequence is our campus being shut down, which as we've seen, can happen rapidly. This means you need to not only follow the rules in place, but encourage your peers to do the same. If you see something, say something. 

This ranges from face coverings, to social distancing, to sanitizing areas, to not sharing drinks or food, to refraining from attending parties. The list is expansive and has been shared with you repeatedly in our Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide. Please continue to reference this guide often on our COVID-19 resource page at www.vwu.edu/coronavirus. There is no excuse for not knowing the expectations. If you have questions, ask. 

We took the complicated and thorough steps of reopening campus because we want you to receive the face-to-face instruction you sought in a Virginia Wesleyan education. You told us you wanted to be here, and we want you to be here. Now we need you to follow the guidelines that are in place. If we stay safe and each do our part, we will be able to return to a more "normal" way of life in the future. 

Stay safe and be smart. We trust you, and we are asking you to honor that trust. We are all putting our health and well-being in each other's hands. Please be considerate, responsible, and respectful. Make good choices.

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.
President
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Dear Parents,

We know this is an unsettling time for many of you as students leave their homes and return to campus. Thank you for entrusting Virginia Wesleyan with your student’s safety. We strongly believe the measures we have put in place, with strict guidance from state and national health organizations, can keep our community healthy.

That said, we need our students to work with us to follow our protocols. We do realize that the last several months they may have felt isolated, and that they are anxious to see their friends and resume some semblance of a normal social life. We feel confident that we will get back to that place, but now is not the time.

We are doing all we can to encourage adequate social distancing, consistent use of face coverings, and vigilant handwashing and hygiene. In addition, under penalty of lost housing or possible suspension, we have put the following guidelines in place for students:

  • Individuals should neither host nor attend social gatherings on or off campus.
  • Individuals should maintain 6’ social distance whether indoors or outdoors.
  • All individuals on campus are required to wear face coverings indoors and outdoors, particularly if 6’ of social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • All students must complete the daily health screening process through the LiveSafe application.
  • No guests are permitted on campus, with the exception of immediate family members who will be positively identified by Campus Security upon entrance to the University.
  • Individuals must adhere to all policies posted throughout campus.
  • Individuals must follow the directives of University officials relative to quarantine, isolation and other mitigating efforts to include returning home to his or her permanent residence.

We share this information with you today in part to offer you comfort in knowing the expectations for your student and their peers, but also to ask that you—as one of the most influential figures in your student’s life—urge him or her to strictly adhere to these guidelines.

We have all processes and procedures in place to keep our community healthy and safe this semester, but we cannot do it alone. We are grateful for your support and thank you again for the trust you have placed in Virginia Wesleyan.

August 19, 2020 - President Miller: Coming Together as a Community This Fall

Dear Students,

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus. As we move into the fall semester it is extremely important that you understand and adhere to the guidance and regulations contained within the University’s Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide. All community members are encouraged to review this document regularly.

Under penalty of lost housing or possible suspension, all students must strictly adhere to these guidelines:

  • Individuals should neither host nor attend social gatherings on or off campus.
  • Individuals should maintain 6’ social distance whether indoors or outdoors.
  • All individuals on campus are required to wear face coverings indoors and outdoors, particularly if 6’ of social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • All students must complete the daily health screening process through the LiveSafe application.
  • No guests are permitted on campus, with the exception of immediate family members who will be positively identified by Campus Security upon entrance to the University.
  • Individuals must adhere to all policies posted throughout campus.
  • Individuals must follow the directives of University officials relative to quarantine, isolation and other mitigating efforts to include returning home to his or her permanent residence.

As a reminder, individuals who fail to submit a negative COVID-19 test by Thursday, August 20, will NOT be permitted on campus. Results should be sent to covidsafe@vwu.edu.

Each of you plays a vital role in keeping our community safe. Let’s all do our part and have a healthy semester.

Dear VWU Community,

With Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s recent order prohibiting public and private gatherings of more than 50 people in our area, Virginia Wesleyan Dining Services has had to make some modifications to our meal service plan. We will begin the semester with pick-up and carryout service only, with no dine-in option. This will be a temporary service model that will be adjusted as the Governor’s restrictions are altered. Please note the following and review the full dining plan in the Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide.

  • There will be one entrance and one exit in Boyd Dining Center.
  • No self-service food will be available. Food and beverage orders will be served in disposable, one-time use containers.
  • Floor decals will mark 6' distance at the entrance, exit, and carryout stations.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at entrance, exit, and carryout stations.
  • Station attendants will clean and sanitize stations every 20-30 minutes, and cleaning and sanitizing of all areas will be ongoing.
  • All Dining Services staff will change gloves and wash hands frequently.
  • Harbor Grill and Coastal Market will be open and available with all necessary precautions in place. These locations will be set up to limit customers and keep the social distance.
  • Community members will be encouraged to stagger pick-up times to avoid long wait periods.

More information is available on the University's COVID-19 resource page.

Sincerely,

Tim Lockett
General Manager of Dining Services
Virginia Wesleyan University
757.455.2120
tlockett@vwu.edu

Dear Students and Parents,

As you are aware, all students returning to campus for in-person instruction must submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to reporting. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.

Students who report to campus without a test result on record will not be allowed to move into their rooms or to attend class. These students will be accommodated with up to three weeks of remote instruction, after which they may be subject to administrative withdrawal and financial implications associated with the University’s refund policy.

Please review the following information carefully, particularly noting the 14-day pre-arrival quarantine timeline:

  • A scanned copy of official test results must be emailed to covidsafe@vwu.edu prior to a student's expected return to campus. Students who do not submit negative test results will not be allowed on campus.
  • Students should quarantine at home for 14 days prior to returning to campus (or from the time the test is taken) and remain vigilant in social distancing, use of face coverings, and frequent hand washing.
  • Please consider contacting your primary care physician as a first step in this process. PCPs are able to prescribe testing per CDC regulations that identify colleges and universities as congregate settings and quality students for testing. You may also visit the CDC website for more information about COVID-19 testing and to locate a testing site near you.
  • Students that test positive must self-isolate at home, consult a medical professional immediately, and notify the University by email at covidsafe@vwu.edu. Students may return to in-person classes after they have retested and can submit a negative result or after quarantining for at least 10 days beyond the first positive test or the onset of symptoms (if symptoms have improved and the student remains fever free without medication). Academic accommodations will be made and remote and/or synchronous instruction will be available for those unable to attend live classes.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The Virginia Wesleyan Facilities Management team has implemented many additional procedures to ensure that our campus buildings are healthy and safe. In alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we are working to provide a safe and sanitary environment for our community. You will see the following enhanced measures in place:

  • Daily cleaning using our Spacecare QL+ “Deep Clean Method.” This detailed cleaning includes high-touch surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, desks, and fixtures. EPA-registered products with a reduced dwell time are used (Virex II 256 and Oxivir TB wipes). Weekly cleaning has also been increased in communal areas such as stairwells and hallways—this will include blinds, wet cleaning floors, and dusting furniture.
  • Touchless sanitizers have been placed throughout buildings, and there are also sanitizers in each classroom partnered with disinfectant spray. Provided cleaning materials gives our community the opportunity to self-protect and clean spaces as desired in addition to the increased custodial services.
  • CDC flyers have been placed around campus to remind our community of the importance of social distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequent hand washing.
  • The Facilities Management team has worked with Residence Life and other departments to ensure that the process of moving students to quarantine quarters is seamless and effective.
  • To allow for adequate social distancing, each classroom has a reduced room capacity indicated at its entrance to ensure the maximum occupancy is not exceeded.
  • If you would prefer to service your own office space, to include removal of trash and vacuuming, please contact us directly at 757.455.3365 and we will alert housekeeping to respect your wishes.

Please utilize the TMA Work Order/Service Request form should you need assistance from the Facilities Management team. For emergencies, please call 757.455.3365.

This plan is also outlined in the "Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide" located on the University's COVID-19 resource page.

Sincerely,

Micaela Morris
Assistant Director of Facilities Management
Virginia Wesleyan University
757.455.3365
mmorris@vwu.edu

Please note: the following information applies only to students who will be physically present on campus during the fall semester. It does not apply to online students.

Dear Students and Parents,

In preparation for our students’ return, the Virginia Wesleyan Facilities Management team has implemented many additional procedures to ensure that our campus buildings are healthy and safe. In alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we are working to provide a safe and sanitary environment for the campus community. You will see the following enhanced measures when you return to campus:

Residence Halls and Restrooms

  • All Residence Hall rooms have been cleaned using our Spacecare QL+ “Deep Clean Method.” This detailed cleaning included high-touch surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, desks, and fixtures. EPA-registered products with a reduced dwell time were used (Virex II 256 and Oxivir TB wipes). Weekly cleaning will also be increased in communal areas such as stairwells and hallways—this will include blinds, wet cleaning floors, and dusting furniture.
  • Restroom cleaning measures have also been enhanced. A log sheet will indicate each time restrooms are sanitized and cleaned, and sinks will be taped off for 6’ social distancing.

Throughout Campus

  • CDC flyers have been placed around campus to remind our community of the importance of social distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequent hand washing.
  • All surfaces and high-touch areas (items such as light switches, doorknobs, desks, fixtures, rails, etc.) will continuously be cleaned with Virex II 256, an EPA-approved product for sanitizing and disinfecting spaces. The housekeeping team will also consistently empty trash and disinfect trash containers with Virex II 256, and sweep, vacuum, and mop floors using Virex II 256.
  • Touchless sanitizers have been placed throughout buildings, and there are also sanitizers in each classroom partnered with disinfectant spray. Provided cleaning materials gives our community the opportunity to self-protect and clean class spaces as desired in addition to the increased custodial services.
  • To allow for adequate social distancing, each classroom has a reduced room capacity indicated at its entrance to ensure the maximum occupancy is not exceeded.

TMA (Work Order/Service Request Form)
Please utilize the TMA Work Order/Service Request form should you need assistance from the Facilities Management team. For emergencies, please call 757.455.3365.

This plan is also outlined in the "Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide" located on the University's COVID-19 resource page.

Sincerely,

Micaela Morris
Assistant Director of Facilities Management
Virginia Wesleyan University
757.455.3365
mmorris@vwu.edu

 

Dear Faculty and Staff,

For the health and safety of our campus community, and per known best practices, all Virginia Wesleyan University community members are now required to conduct a daily health screening prior to reporting to classes or work. The University has selected LiveSafe and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its preferred self-screening method.

Please follow the steps below and utilize the attached guide as needed.

  1. Before you come to work each day, log in to the LiveSafe application (LiveSafe can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play).
  2. Select VWU Daily Health Screening from the LiveSafe homescreen.
  3. Review COVID-19 symptoms and respond to screening prompts on the Daily Health Questionnaire
  4. If you answer yes to any of the screening questions, you will be prompted to provide your name, email, and VWU affiliation.
  5. You’re done! After completing the survey you will be brought to a verification screen indicating if it is safe for you to come to campus. If an individual identifies as symptomatic, confidential notification will be sent to Karla Rasmussen in Human Resources. If you receive the "green light" to come to work but you are not feeling well, please stay home, monitor your symptoms, and notify your supervisor.

 

Please note: the following information applies only to students who will be physically present on campus during the fall semester. It does not apply to online students.

Dear Students and Parents, 

For the health and safety of our campus community, and per known best practices, all Virginia Wesleyan University community members will be required to conduct a daily health screening prior to reporting to classes or work. The University has selected LiveSafe and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its preferred self-screening method. 

Students, please follow the steps below and utilize the attached guide as needed.

  1. Before you leave for class each day, log in to the LiveSafe application (LiveSafe can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play).
  2. Select VWU Daily Health Screening from the LiveSafe homescreen.
  3. Review COVID-19 symptoms and respond to screening prompts on the Daily Health Questionnaire
  4. If you answer yes to any of the screening questions, you will be prompted to provide your name, email, and VWU affiliation.
  5. You’re done! After completing the survey you will be brought to a verification screen indicating if it is safe for you to go to class. If an individual identifies as symptomatic, confidential notification will be sent to the student health management team. If you receive the "green light" to go to class but you are not feeling well, please stay home, monitor your symptoms, and notify your professors.

 

Please note: the following information applies only to students who will be physically present on campus during the fall semester. It does not apply to online students.

Dear VWU Community,

Virginia Wesleyan Dining Services is prepared to meet the unusual circumstances presented by the COVID-19 while still offering delicious, varied, and healthy meal options for our community.

Keeping students and employees safe is our highest priority, and we've developed policies and procedures that follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Operational changes and dining flow modifications are currently as follows, but please note that these plans may change as more is discovered about COVID-19:

  • Dining set up will be based on 6' social distancing requirements. Floor decals will mark 6' distance at entrances and serving stations, and dining tables will be 6' apart with no more than four (4) people at each table.
  • There will be five 20-minute seatings per meal period—breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner—with 50 people at each seating.
  • To-go options will be available, giving students the opportunity to pre-order meals online from daily menus. Meals will be boxed, labeled, and delivered to a predetermined pick-up area. A brand new application called "BITE Plus" will be introduced shortly, allowing remote pre-order and payment and touchless access to all dining outlets. More information coming soon.
  • Attendants will serve all food items with disposable service ware. No self-service food will be available. Attendants will take beverage orders and serve in disposable, one-time use cups.
  • Station attendants will clean and sanitize stations every 20-30 minutes, and cleaning and sanitizing of seating areas will be ongoing throughout the meal periods.
  • All Dining Services staff will change gloves and wash hands frequently.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each serving station and entrance.
  • Cashier stations will have transparent acrylic partitions.
  • Harbor Grill and Coastal Market will be open and available with all necessary precautions in place.

This plan is also outlined in the "Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide" located on the University's COVID-19 resource page.

Keep up with the latest news on the Dining Services Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages. We look forward to having you back on campus.

Sincerely,

Tim Lockett
General Manager of Dining Services
Virginia Wesleyan University
757.455.2120
tlockett@vwu.edu

Please note: the following information applies only to students who will be physically present on campus during the fall semester. It does not apply to online students.

Dear Students and Parents,

As a reminder, in follow up to the more detailed information shared last week, ALL students returning to campus for any portion of the fall semester—day, evening and weekend students—must submit a negative COVID-19 test result. Please note:

  • A scanned copy of official test results must be emailed to covidsafe@vwu.edu prior to a student's expected return to campus. Students who do not submit negative test results will not be allowed on campus.
  • Students should quarantine at home for 14 days prior to returning to campus (or from the time the test is taken) and remain vigilant in social distancing, use of face coverings, and frequent hand washing.
  • Please consider contacting your primary care physician as a first step in this process. PCPs are able to prescribe testing per CDC regulations that identify colleges and universities as congregate settings and quality students for testing. You may also visit the CDC website for more information about COVID-19 testing and to locate a testing site near you.
  • Students that test positive must self-isolate at home, consult a medical professional immediately, notify the University by email at covidsafe@vwu.edu. Students may return to in-person classes after they have retested and can submit a negative result or after quarantining for at least 10 days beyond the first positive test or the onset of symptoms (if symptoms have improved and the student remains fever free without medication). Academic accommodations will be made and remote and/or synchronous instruction will be available for those unable to attend live classes.

Dear VWU Community,

We hope you are safe and healthy. As we approach the fall, we wanted to make you aware of the necessary steps you will need to take before you arrive on campus. These steps, along with all of our updated requirements, policies, and expectations, are vital to a smooth opening and a successful in-person fall semester. Please read this email in its entirety.

So, what do you need to do before arriving on campus?

  • Submit a negative COVID-19 test result (not an antibodies test): The result should be sent to covidsafe@vwu.edu. If you are having a hard time securing a test, we recommend speaking with your primary care physician. Should someone ask why you need one, one of the CDC criteria for being tested is returning to a congregate setting, such as returning to a college campus.
  • Quarantine at home for 14 days (or from the time of the test, whichever is longer) prior to returning to campus: While each person and family may have their own benefits or challenges around quarantine, please make every effort to quarantine completely or, if you must leave the home, take every available safety precaution so we can start the year off smoothly.
  • Residential students, sign up for a move-in time slot in the housing portal: Another email specifically to residential students will be coming out soon with more instructions. Incoming students will have time slots on August 20 and 21 and returning/transfer students will have time slots on August 23. These are to minimize the number of people on campus at any one time.

Thank you in advance for your careful attention to these important matters. If our community comes together as a Marlin family and takes the necessary steps to protect ourselves and protect each other, we can have a fall semester full of fun, learning, and many of the experiences so many of you have been yearning for these past months.

All the best and stay safe,

David Stuebing
Director of Residence Life
Virginia Wesleyan University
757.455.3295

July 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Testing Required for Return to Campus

July 21, 2020 - Virginia Wesleyan's Announcement on 2020 Athletic Seasons

July 14, 2020 - Returning to Campus Fall 2020 COVID-19 Guide
This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the “Higher Education Reopening Guidance,” which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.

June 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Fall Semester Schedule and Update

May 7, 2020 - COVID-19 Update for Fall 2020 Semester

Dear Student,

Thank you for your patience in collecting your belongings as we’ve navigated the COVID-19 recommendations for health and safety. We have worked to create a system for you to return to campus to move out of your housing over the coming days, weeks, and months. Only a limited number of students will be permitted to move out each day. These will be scheduled in advance.  Areas of campus where students have moved out will be sanitized every day.

All instructions must be followed, and only those students scheduled to move out on a given day will be allowed on campus. Each student may bring only ONE helper and that helper's name must be submitted to Residence Life in advance for approval (via the jotform or reslife@vwu.edu). If you already submitted the form and listed more than one person, when you receive your email approving your move-out day, please reply with the name of the person who will be helping you.  Please adhere to this one person helper guideline.

IF YOU ARRIVE ON CAMPUS ON A DAY OTHER THAN YOUR SCHEDULED MOVE-OUT DAY, YOU MAY NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER.

If you have not already done so, please fill out this form to request move-out dates. If we are unable to schedule you for the dates you list, we will contact you. Please include dates into late April and early May if possible. We will begin with students in the local area, as we do not want anyone to risk violating any inter-state travel restrictions.  If you choose not to come to campus in the coming days/weeks, we will work with you to the full extent of our ability.

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELED OR ARE EXHIBITING ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. We will work with you to reschedule for a time when it is safe for you to come.

  • When you arrive on campus, be prepared for the following:
  • Please stay in your vehicle at the gate and Campus Security will work with you to confirm you are scheduled for that day and let you know next steps as needed.
  • Proceed to your designated parking area (information will be included in the individual emails sent out).
  • Use only designated doors and stairwells to reach your room to minimize passing/interacting with others moving out in different stairwells (information will be included in the individual emails)
  • For your safety and the safety of others, we strongly encourage you to follow safety protocols including:
    • Wearing a mask (whether N95, medical, or simply cloth) completely covering your nose and mouth for the duration of your visit to minimize any opportunity for aerosolized droplets containing the virus to drift and land on other surfaces.  
    • Goggles can protect the eyes from any airborne viruses.
    • Gloves can also offer protection if worn and used correctly.
    • Bring your own trash bags and take all trash or items you are not packing to the dumpster for disposal.  No trash should be left in hallways as there is no good way to disinfect it before the next person moves out.
  • Move out completely in a 2 hour window - 9 to 11am or 1 to 3pm on your scheduled day.

You will NOT need your keycard. All keycards have been deactivated. We will prop open the necessary doors between your parking space and your belongings. Please do not touch any surfaces unnecessarily. Should a propped door swing shut, please contact security and they will reopen it. Please do NOT enter through other open doors as they may be reserved for other students moving out.

This is NOT a social visit. You are to only access your room and no other areas of campus.

We recognize this has been a challenging time for many of you, and we are hopeful that we can work together to carefully reunite you with your belongings.
Thank you in advance for working with us during this time.

Sincerely,

Residence Life

Dear parents,

If your student still has belongings in their campus residential space, they have received an email detailing how and when they may return to campus to move out of their space in the coming days and weeks. The directives of that email must be followed precisely, so please work with your student to ensure that you and they fully understand the process before making any plans to come to campus.

Students and helpers who arrive on campus on any date other than their scheduled move-out day will NOT be permitted to access campus. 

Here is some of the most crucial information: 

We will begin with students in the local area, as we do not want anyone to risk violating any inter-state travel restrictions.  If you choose not to come to campus in the coming days/weeks, we will work with you to the full extent of our ability.

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELED OR ARE EXHIBITING ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19. We will work with you to reschedule for a time when it is safe for you to come.

When you arrive on campus, be prepared for the following:

  • Please stay in your vehicle at the gate and Campus Security will work with you to confirm you are scheduled for that day and let you know next steps as needed.
  • Proceed to your designated parking area (information will be included in the individual emails sent out).
  • Use only designated doors and stairwells to reach your room to minimize passing/interacting with others moving out in different stairwells (information will be included in the individual emails)
  • For your safety and the safety of others, we strongly encourage you to follow safety protocols including:
    • Wearing a mask (whether N95, medical, or simply cloth) completely covering your nose and mouth for the duration of your visit to minimize any opportunity for aerosolized droplets containing the virus to drift and land on other surfaces.
    • Goggles can protect the eyes from any airborne viruses.
    • Gloves can also offer protection if worn and used correctly.
    • Bring your own trash bags and take all trash or items you are not packing to the dumpster for disposal.  No trash should be left in hallways as there is no good way to disinfect it before the next person moves out.
  • Move out completely in a 2 hour window - 9 to 11am or 1 to 3pm on your scheduled day. 

You will NOT need your keycard. All keycards have been deactivated. We will prop open the necessary doors between your parking space and your belongings. Please do not touch any surfaces unnecessarily. Should a propped door swing shut, please contact security and they will reopen it. Please do NOT enter through other open doors as they may be reserved for other students moving out. 

This is NOT a social visit. You are to only access your room and no other areas of campus. 

We thank you again for your patience in these challenging times as we sought to ensure that our move-out process is as safe as possible to avoid transmission of the virus. 

We wish you all health and safety during this time. 

Sincerely, 

Residence Life

Dear Marlin,

We hope you are healthy and adjusting to the new ways we are needing to complete the semester.  Thank you for your patience in this process.

Following the "stay at home" order from the governor's office today in order to minimize transmission of the COVID-19 disease, we regret that we are unable to allow residents to return to campus on April 6 to collect items as initially planned.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will let you know as soon as we are able to begin allowing students to return to campus to move out.

In the meantime, for those of you looking ahead to housing next Fall, please watch your email and our social media for updates coming soon.  We are adjusting our initial timeline, but will also be providing a Facebook live info session as well as a screen-shot walk-through to help you navigate the housing selection process entirely online.  We will also be available via email and phone for any questions not covered in the Facebook live info session or walk-through.

We believe those going through the housing selection process will find our new, fully-online process to be convenient and straightforward and are glad that the implementation of StarRez PortalX allows that part of our operation to remain largely unaffected by the current situation.

We wish health and safety to you and your family during this challenging time for our society.

All the best,

Residence Life

March 25, 2020 - Town Hall: Coronavirus Update (Video)

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Virginia Wesleyan officials have been monitoring developments closely, and continue to heed guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health, and Sentara Healthcare in order to make the best decisions for the health and safety of our campus community. Based on the most recent CDC recommendations, we have decided to shift to remote course instruction for the remainder of the semester. Our faculty members have been preparing for this possibility, and will contact students with specific course information by the end of the day on Monday, March 23.

The University will also shift to remote work for employees with supervisor approval. Certain essential staff will need to report as directed. Instructions from your Vice President will follow.

All campus events are cancelled through the end of the spring semester (May 8). This includes Spring Alumni Weekend, Port Day, Spring Honors Convocation, and all athletic events. It also includes the Marlins Day Open House scheduled for April 4, though the Office of Enrollment will continue in-person campus tours to small groups by appointment throughout the semester, as well as offering virtual tours. The May Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will be postponed to a later date.  We are communicating with senior student leadership about this and will announce a specific date soon.

The University will continue to offer on-campus housing to current residential students who apply and are granted special permission to reside on campus through the end of the semester. Permission will be granted on a case by case basis. For those who stay, all group gatherings and events will be cancelled, limited campus resources and services will be available, and no guests will be permitted on campus. Based on recommendations and guidelines from state and national health officials, students will not be permitted to return to campus to retrieve belongings until instructions for how to do so are communicated. Students will receive detailed information from the Office of Residence Life shortly.  Information will also be forthcoming regarding a prorated student account credit for room and board for those who do not return to campus housing.  

We thank our students for their flexibility and understanding, as we know this news is disappointing, especially to our seniors. We also offer our sincerest appreciation to our faculty and staff for keeping operations and instruction running smoothly during this time. We ask that you stay safe and continue to monitor your Virginia Wesleyan email and the VWU COVID-19 resource page at www.vwu.edu/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Dr. Maynard Schaus
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Virginia Wesleyan University President Scott D. Miller and members of VWU's Emergency Response Team will hold a COVID-19 Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. This virtual meeting will be more informational in nature and is meant to offer clarity on this evolving situation and next steps for the Virginia Wesleyan community.

To the Virginia Wesleyan University Community

March 19, 2020

I write to you this afternoon, not with instructions or processes, but with reflections from the heart on the challenges we are all facing. In my 30 years as a college president, I have never experienced circumstances quite like these. It is a learning curve for all of us, one that comes with many emotions.

Students: I am sad that your on-campus experience has been taken from you. I especially ache for our seniors, who must forgo their final moments with friends, classmates, professors, and athletic teams. Please know that the decision to move to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester was extremely difficult and made with your safety at the top of our minds. I can only hope that you are comforted in knowing that your sacrifice means a great deal and directly impacts the health of our community, country and world. We pledge to continue the top-quality education you are accustomed to, and we are here to support you in every way we can through this time.

Faculty and Staff: Thank you. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for your dedication and resolve over the past several weeks as we have navigated this seemingly unprecedented situation. From our faculty's swift development of remote course materials, to our staff's efforts to maintain normal administrative operations and keep our campus clean and safe. I know you have all done this with our students' safety and well-being at the forefront of your minds, and you've done it while taking care of your own families and keeping yourselves healthy. Thank you for being a part of this team and this family. We couldn't make it through this without you.

Parents, Alumni, Community Partners and Friends: I am overwhelmed by the support we have received from you. The phone calls, emails, and messages of encouragement have warmed our hearts and served as a valuable reminder that we are all in this together—and that we are always better when we work together. We are juggling a lot of decisions and working at break-neck speed to change our way of life. Our hope is that we share pertinent information with you in the most timely and efficient manner possible, but if you do have questions or concerns that are not being addressed, please do not hesitate to reach out. We will respond as soon as we can.

University Leadership: Whether we are celebrating successes or navigating challenges, I am consistently amazed at your strength and steady hands. Our gratitude is immeasurable for the guidance and support of our Board of Trustees, President's Cabinet, Alumni Council, President's Council, and Parents Council. I especially want to thank our Emergency Response Team, led by Vice President for Academic Affairs Maynard Schaus, Vice President for Campus Life and Operational Management Keith Moore, Vice President for Finance and Administration Jim Cooper, and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Seward. They have closely monitored breaking news and best practices from state and national health organizations and have responded appropriately and effectively to the challenges at hand. 

# # #

In the last several months, our world has changed in ways that are difficult to understand and process. We are frustrated. We are disappointed. But, we are Marlins, and we will face this unexpected challenge together—to the best of our abilities, and with strength and grace.

On Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., I'll be hosting a town hall with members of our Emergency Response Team. This virtual meeting will be more informational in nature and is meant to offer clarity on this evolving situation and next steps for the Virginia Wesleyan community. Please watch for more information coming soon.

I know anxieties are high, but let us take comfort in knowing that as a community we are taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of this disease and protect our most vulnerable. 

Be diligent, and be well.

With gratitude,

Scott

--
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.
President
Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Dear Students,

The email that was sent out to the campus community earlier this afternoon explains how Virginia Wesleyan is responding to COVID-19.  This follow-up email contains specific information for you as we move forward.

No classes are being cancelled. We will be shifting to remote instruction.  No classes will be held on campus; all instruction will be conducted through Blackboard, Zoom, Google Meet, and other virtual tools.  You will receive emails from your professors by Monday, March 23, providing information on how your classes are going to proceed. Our faculty members have been preparing diligently for remote delivery over the last two weeks and you will be able to complete your coursework on schedule.

As we shift to remote instruction, you need to continue to be diligent in your coursework.  Please pay close attention to course syllabi, schedules, and due dates, as there may be some necessary changes. Check your VWU email multiple times a day and check Blackboard on a regular basis.  Professors are going to choose strategies that best fit the course content and student needs, so there will be a variety of approaches. Some professors may choose to have class synchronously as scheduled via Zoom or Google Meet, whereas others may rely on asynchronous strategies such as voiceover PowerPoint, discussion boards, etc. to complete course objectives.  

If you have questions about any of your classes or assignments or feel overwhelmed, please reach out to your professors, your advisor, or any of the resources listed below.  This semester will be a challenge, but we are confident in your ability to succeed and are here to support you.  

The University will continue to offer on-campus housing to current residential students who apply and are granted special permission to reside on campus through the end of the semester. Permission will be granted on a case by case basis.  An email will be sent shortly from Residence Life with more information for residential students.

All campus events are cancelled through the end of the spring semester (May 8). This includes Spring Alumni Weekend, Port Day, Spring Honors Convocation, and all athletic events. It also includes the Marlins Day Open House scheduled for April 4, though the Office of Enrollment will continue in-person campus tours to small groups by appointment throughout the semester, as well as offering virtual tours. The May Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies will be postponed to a later date.  We are communicating with senior student leadership about this and will announce a specific date soon. 

We thank you for your patience during this challenging time, and ask that you stay safe and continue to monitor your Virginia Wesleyan email and the VWU COVID-19 resource page at www.vwu.edu/coronavirus. Additional contact information is below.

Sincerely,

Maynard Schaus
Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Dear student,

This email is in follow up to the notification you recently received from Dr. Schaus in regards to the University moving to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. With this change, University housing will be impacted.

The safety of our students and campus remains our top priority. Following guidelines and best practices from national and state health officials, students who did not remain on campus for spring break are not permitted to return until April 6, 2020, or later. As we navigate this difficult time, important information and instructions are below.  

Please click the link below which is specific to your current status.

Students currently on campus are asked to move out of residential spaces by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

We are sensitive to each student's individual situation and remain committed to assisting you and our campus community.

Students requesting to remain in residence

The University is allowing students to apply for special permission to remain in on-campus housing for the remainder of the semester. Please note, the University will operate with limited and extremely modified services available to students wishing to remain on campus. Effective immediately, the following policies are in effect: no alcohol, no guests, no gatherings of students. Additionally, the fitness center, pool, and other amenities will be closed. Dining services will provide food as needed, but menu options will be severely restricted.

Special permission will be granted on a case by case basis and is not guaranteed. Should you have extenuating circumstances requiring you to remain in residence, please complete this form. (link: https://www.jotform.com/build/200765781737060). Forms must be completed by Monday, March 23, 2020.

Students not receiving permission to reside on campus for the remainder of the semester will be issued a prorated credit of $1,000 for room and board. Credits will be applied to student accounts by March 30, 2020.

Should this result in a credit balance, we will apply that balance to your summer or fall 2020 charges.  For specific questions in regards to your student account or if you would like to request a refund of a credit balance, please contact Finance and Administration at finance@vwu.edu

Moving out of your residential space

Students not approved to remain in residence should plan to leave campus no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. You will need to officially check out of your room prior to leaving. To check-out, please click here and follow the directions for express check out (link: https://form.jotform.com/200774390757058).

We understand that various circumstances impact this request and ask that should you require additional time, please contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@vwu.edu.

Students NOT currently on campus: Accessing campus for immediate needs

Should you need academic materials or essential items (ie: medications, medical devices) currently in your residence space, please submit this form. (link: https://form.jotform.com/200765986422058). Unfortunately at this time, only items deemed necessary will be approved for retrieval. Upon approval, you will be contacted with next steps. All requests will be addressed within two days of submission.

Again, at this time, the University is not permitting students currently off campus to return to gather belongings.

Moving out of your residential space

Following guidelines and recommendations from national and state health officials, the move out process may begin as early as April 6, 2020. Students will need to officially check out of their residential space. A check-out appointment will be required for any student to access campus. To register for an appointment, please complete this form. (Link: https://form.jotform.com/200774188231151)

Please be advised that students returning for belongings will not be permitted to stay on campus overnight.

Housing for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Please continue to monitor your email and the VWU website closely. Additional information about housing for next year will be available in the coming weeks.

We understand that this change comes with challenges. Each student's situation is unique and we stand committed to supporting you and our campus community. Should you have any questions or specific requests not answered in the informational links, please contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@vwu.edu or by phone at 757.455.3295.

Sincerely,

Residence Life

Dear Campus Community,

We continue to assess the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at Virginia Wesleyan University and there are 30 documented cases in Virginia.  Governor Northam has declared a state of emergency and has closed K-12 institutions for 2 weeks.

  • All university-sponsored international travel has been suspended until further notice. University-sponsored domestic travel is being evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All VWU students studying abroad have been asked to return to the US.  Students returning from high risk areas would remain in a 2-week self-quarantine at home prior to returning to campus.
  • The ODAC athletic conference regular season league competition will be suspended indefinitely beginning Saturday, March 14 and will continue to be monitored closely in hopes of restarting league play. 
  • VWU is working toward continuing its athletic practice and competition schedule, including non-conference contests, as soon as opponents are available to resume competition in a safe and reasonable manner.
  • Campus events are being monitored, modified, or cancelled based on supporting information and the nature of the event.
  • University services and offices, including residential halls and dining services, will still be available to students during spring break. 
  • More information will be shared on Wednesday, 3/18 regarding details of operations for the 2 weeks following spring break.
  • Faculty have developed plans for remote course delivery, should that become necessary.  We do not intend to cancel classes outright.

The University continues to follow the recommendations for good hygiene and sanitation best practices and have encouraged members of our community to do the same.  Visit the CDC website to learn how the virus spreads, its symptoms, prevention and treatment, what to do if you think you're sick, and other related information. We frequently consult with Sentara Healthcare System, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health, and many other agencies regarding this outbreak. 

We remind you to monitor your email and the VWU website daily regarding updates.

Sincerely,

Maynard Schaus
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Parents,

Late this afternoon the NCAA shared with affiliated colleges and universities, as well as the general public, that all Division I, II, and III championships are cancelled. The University, unfortunately, was not aware of this announcement from the NCAA prior to its public posting.

At this time, VWU will continue to allow our student athletes to compete in accordance with safe practices during the remainder of the season. We are in contact with both conference and non-conference opponents and will update schedules accordingly.

We recognize that this situation is developing and as new information becomes available we will keep the campus community informed.

Sincerely,
Tina L. Hill Executive
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Maynard Schaus
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Students,

We are regularly assessing the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please read the following information carefully regarding University operations.

  • Classes will continue as scheduled today and tomorrow, (3/12 and 3/13) and all University operations will proceed as normal up to the start of spring break.
  • More information will be shared on Wednesday, 3/18 regarding operations for the two weeks following spring break.
  • Faculty have developed plans for remote course delivery, should that become necessary.  We do not intend to cancel classes outright.

Given the uncertainty of the situation, students may wish to take books or necessary items home for spring break.  The University continues to follow the recommendations for good hygiene and sanitation best practices and have encouraged members of our community to do the same.  

Please know that we frequently consult with Sentara Healthcare System, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Virginia Department of Health.  We also regularly receive updates from the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and many other agencies regarding the current status of this outbreak.  Leaders of the 31 private colleges in Virginia are actively sharing information and are in regular communication regarding this outbreak and implications for operations.

We remind you to monitor your email and the VWU website regarding updates.

Sincerely,

Maynard Schaus
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Students,

As we move toward spring break, Virginia Wesleyan University faculty and staff are also preparing for the possibility that the Coronavirus may impact our campus community.  Currently, there are 7 confirmed cases in Virginia.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health recommend the following:

Good Hygiene, including washing hands regularly for 20+ seconds, using a hand sanitizer with 60+% alcohol, and avoiding touching your eyes and mouth

Social Isolation, including staying at home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with people who are sick

Surface Sanitation, such as wiping surfaces with disinfecting wipes or a bleach solution.

As of this time, Virginia Wesleyan has:

  • Increased the frequency of surface sanitation by the Batten Center, housekeeping, and dining hall staff
  • Cancelled school-sponsored air travel, including 2 spring break trips, summer travel courses, and sports travel that requires an airplane to reach the destination
  • Asked faculty to prepare for the possibility that we (like other colleges) MAY have to shift to remote/online instruction for a portion of the semester.  IF this were to happen, it would not be a cancellation of spring classes, but if necessary, we could move spring class instruction online temporarily.Currently, the university is on a normal operating schedule.  We will send out regular email updates to keep you informed of any changes.  Please contact your professors if you are sick and are unable to come to class. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Schaus
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Campus Community,

The University is closely monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and is following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov), the World Health Organization (WHO.int), and the U.S. State Department (travel.state.gov).  In addition to published recommendations, we routinely dialogue with experts at the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health, and Sentara healthcare.

Our response will follow our campus Emergency Operations Plan (see Appendix D, pages 13-21) and CDC recommendations. Students studying abroad in countries with a CDC level 3 Health Notice (the highest level) have been recalled from their sites and we will continue to monitor the situation very closely for lower-level CDC Health Notices.

All of these agencies recommend good hygiene practices, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and disinfecting surfaces. Please see the attached sheet from the CDC for more information. Note that people infected with COVID-19 exhibit mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Additional information can be found on the LiveSafe app and the Sentara Mobile app.

We continue to monitor the situation and will update the campus community as needed.

Sincerely,

Maynard
Vice President for Academic Affairs