Message from VP Kuster and SGA President Harris - Updates for WKU Students
- Author: Brian Kuster
- Author: Thursday, March 12th, 2020
To All WKU Students:
As previously announced, the University has extended Spring Break until Sunday, March 22nd. Beginning, Monday, March 23rd, face-to-face classes will be taught in an alternative manner until April 5th: www.wku.edu/covid19 .
All WKU Housing will reopen as scheduled on Sunday, March 15th, at noon. WKU recommends that students, who are able,should remain at home while classes are taught in an alternative manner. However, all residence halls will be open for those students who choose to return to campus.
Though housing will be in operation, we encourage students who return to campus to practice social distancing. Campus activities and housing visitation will be severely limited during this time.
The WKU Restaurant Group will be open at the locations and times below, but will not have inside seating to ensure social distancing.
• Fresh Food Company
o 7am-10am Breakfast
o 11am-3pm Lunch
o 5pm-8pm Dinner
• Starbucks: 8am-2pm
• Subway Bates: 11am-9pm
• POD: 11am-5pm
• Fresh Food Company
o 11am-3pm Brunch
o 5pm-8pm Dinner
• All other locations closed
The Counseling Center
The health and well-being of our students is our main priority. WKU recognizes that the current situation and the transition toalternative teaching methods are difficult for many students. Social distancing can also leave students feeling isolated from others. The Counseling Center will be open for appointments in their offices or by other individual arrangements. Contact (270)745-3159 or visit www.wku.edu/heretohelp .
Computer labs in Cravens Library and in Jody Richards Hall will remain open. More may become open at a later date. To view a list of computer lab locations and computer availability, visit https://www.wku.edu/its/labs/locations-hours/.
Preston Health & Activities Center / Campus Recreation & Wellness
The Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities Center will be closed effective Friday, March 13th at 4:30 pm thru Sunday, April 5th.
All programs, services, and rentals will be cancelled through April 5th.
The Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness Office and the Health & Fitness Lab located in the Preston Center will be open “For Business Only” Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm during this time period. All activity spaces, meeting rooms, and locker rooms will also be closed.
The Health Education & Promotion Office, Student Wellness Office, and Hilltopper Nutrition Office will be open during their normal business hours. Please visit theirwebsite www.wku.edu/crw for their daily operating hours.
GGC@WKU (Health Services) will remain on Spring Break Hours through April 5th (Monday thru Thursday 8 am to 3 pm; Friday 8 am to noon; closed on Saturday and Sunday). Please visit the health services website www.wku.edu/healthservices for more information.
As we continue to think about the most prudent steps to limit COVID-19 exposure for our students, faculty, staff, and communities, we have elected to implement a new policy for on-campus events. Therefore, all in-person student activities and organizational meetings scheduled between Monday, March 16th, and Sunday, April 5th, on any of our campuses, must be postponed, cancelled, or moved to an online format. It is important for all students to practice social distancing andimplement the practice into all activities.
We understand that many students depend on their on-campus work-study jobs to meet their financial needs. Please contact your supervisor for direction. Student Financial Assistance is maintaining a list of students who wish to work but whose office may not be able to utilize them in their current setting. If you have questions after contacting your supervisor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All University offices will be open with their regular hours of operation.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. As a reminder, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular
household cleaning spray or wipes.
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, contact Graves Gilbert Clinic at WKU or your healthcare provider.
For further information about COVID-19, you may visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Student Body President
Brian W. Kuster
Vice-President for Enrollment and Student Experience