To find out what each of our departments are doing in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), please see below
The Academic and Career Development Center is still dedicated to serving students during these challenging times. All students from ACDC have been notified that their appointments will take place via Zoom, phone, or email. In addition, staff will reach out to students multiple times over the next couple of weeks via phone, email, and postcards. We will also be conducting large Zoom meetings with AW/AP students to address questions and concerns.
Tutoring is still available through ACDC. Individual appointments are available through Zoom to all students. PASS will continue via Zoom as well.
Our Career Services staff all stands ready to assist students. Postcards will be going out to graduating seniors letting them know the ways they can interact with Career Services staff. Staff are also doing practice interviews via Zoom and Resume and Cover Letter review over email.
Campus Recreation and Wellness hopes that you were able to take part in one of their many offerings during Week One of your time away from campus. CRW has created a landing page with quick links and answers to questions that you may have about their programs, services, and facilities
Also here’s a list of the CRW “Be Safe and Stay Healthy” offerings for the coming weeks:
- Virtual Fitness Classes (Monday – Mind and Body; Wednesday – Strength Training; Friday – Cardio)
- Earn WellU credits the week of April 6-12 through exercise and nutrition. Complete an exercise offering and create a healthy recipe
- Join Hilltopper Nutrition on an Instagram live event schedule for Thursday, April 2
- Join Health Education and Promotion for “Quarantine Bingo” during the weeks of April 6-24 by completing events related to the dimension of wellness. Get WellU credits too
- Don’t forget the register for the Esports Tournaments by April 5 on IMLeagues. For more information check out the Intramural Sports website
- ORAC has created a track your activity app through Strava
The Counseling Center will remain open this semester but we will NOT be offering face to face counseling sessions in our center. All counseling will be done by phone or computer applications. Students will still be able get quality counseling but we are not scheduling in person or face to face sessions. This allows students and staff to continue social distancing and reducing their exposure to the virus. Our staff counselors will be working from home as well. We encourage students that want to begin counseling call our center to make an appointment. We will take some information from you over the phone and then connect you with a counselor who will call you.
The ID Center will be closed until further notice. However, we are still here for you. You can still call the office. If you don’t get an answer, please leave a message and someone will get right back to you. We may not be in the office but we are still here to take care of your needs or concerns.
The Intercultural Student Engagement Center will continue to provide student services remotely via the following: WKU email, website, social media outlets, ISEC staff member and navigator phone conferences, and ZOOM meetings.
No specific group, race, or ethnicity is more likely than another to test positive for COVID-19. This includes international students and those who have traveled to high-risk countries within the past month(s). During the Covid-19 crisis, WKU will protect the rights of all students and employees. Adverse or hostile actions against any member of our campus community (student, staff, or faculty) based on assumptive risks will not be tolerated.
If you need to report an incidence of bias, you may do so here. If you have an immediate concern about the health or safety of a student or employee, please contact the WKU Police Department at 270-745-2548.
To assist in the food security needs of our WKU campus community, the WKU Food Pantry, housed in the Office of Sustainability, is available Monday-Friday, by appointment. Individuals seeking to donate to the pantry may also do so by contacting Dr. North. The Office of Sustainability will continue to post informative and activity-based posts on social media, so followers can engage in sustainability while learning and working from home. A virtual version of our ‘WKU Green Tour’ of campus is under development and will also be made available soon. Our staff will remain available via email to discuss projects and opportunities for collaboration in the fall semester.
During this time, if a student has access to his/her unofficial transcripts, we will accept a screenshot of those in order to process an admission decision.
TOP will still occur, however the experience will be virtualized for students through at least the end of May. As that virtual experience is developed, we will communicate details with affected students.
Currently, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan is still scheduled to take place as planned in August.
Unfortunately, we are not conducting in person campus tours at this time. However, students may participate in WKU’s virtual tour. Additionally, we are developing live Zoom tours of campus, which will be dependent on WKU student tour guide availability.
Our Admissions Counselors are hosting Zoom and Facebook Live events for admitted students by region to replace the spring admitted student sessions that would typically take place in high schools. Additionally, all Admission representatives are still available by phone, text, web chat, and email, and Admissions Counselors have set up virtual offices to host one on one sessions with students, families, and high school counselors. The Admissions Office is working with the President’s Office to host a virtual admitted student reception. Also, we are participating in any virtual college fair opportunities that are developed to allow us to continue communicating with prospective students and families about all that WKU has to offer.
Since the housing application is completely online, the priority housing deadline has not changed.
At this time, all on campus events have been suspended in order to protect the Hilltopper family, including future Hilltoppers like you.
WKU’s financial aid counselors are available by phone, email, and virtual appointments to discuss college financing with families.
The Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) is available to students to help them with this transition from face-to-face classes to remote modalities. If you are a student and need assistance adapting to the new format of classes, let us know. As always, SARC is available to help students when they are in need of additional support in the classroom, and this will be the case even if you're working remotely.
Student Activities and Unions are working to engage our students on several levels. We are working from the platform that Social Distancing does not mean Social Isolation. Through our various groups, we are working to add programming that can be done on line. We are working with a 2 degrees framework, that our staff and student leaders should be in contact with at least 2 persons within our groups and circles that we have not communicated with during the last 7 days, each day. Programming and content is being promoted on-line to add to the on-line coursework. We are looking for new and exciting ways to engage out students.
In an effort to continue providing support services to our student-athletes, the Student Athlete Success Center will be transitioning from face-to-face study hall to virtual study hall and all tutoring/mentoring/organizational appointments will be via Zoom. Virtual study hall will ensure that our student-athletes are managing their time properly and are completing their work at the designated times. Additionally, virtual study hall will increase student engagement with one another and the academic staff including our athletic tutors and athletic mentors. These changes are effective today, March 23rd and will last throughout the remainder of the spring semester. As far as advising appointments, the SASC staff will be completing advising appointments via phone or Zoom if needed so that our student-athletes are registered for the fall semester in a timely manner.
WKU’s Department of Student Financial Assistance is more accessible than ever before. With minimal on-site staff, our office remains open during regular business hours to walk in traffic. We are also offering accessibility via Zoom appointments, telephone, and email. Staff who are currently working remotely have access to all necessary systems, databases, and information necessary to ensure students continue to receive the communication and services necessary to ensure their success. In response to changes the students are encountering as a result of the COVID-19 situation, we have increased outreach and monitoring of high risk populations to aid in their successful completion of the current term and to help with encouraging and facilitating retention into the Fall 2020 semester through email, text, and hand written communication campaigns.
Tryouts have been temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. New dates will be added soon!
WKU Restaurant Group has on campus locations open to serve those that need to be on campus during this time. Locations that are open offer to-go food only, including Hilltopper Hub, located on the ground floor of Hilltopper Hall. All meals currently served at Hilltopper Hub are only $6 plus tax.
In addition to enhanced sanitizing procedures already in place, we are also following the social distancing guidelines asking guests to remain 6 feet apart while inside the restaurants.