As we think about all of our student organizations and activities, including Greek life, leadership and volunteerism, student government association and more, we understand the critical role that they play in your WKU Experience. Many of us have felt isolated during the last few months. The WKU Student Activities team is here to help you join the group that best fits your personal interests while helping you make meaningful connections with your WKU Family.
We are continuing to develop plans for each of our more than 300 student organizations, and our student activities office is working with the leaders of each group to prepare in a way that allows students to make the important connections they need to the university and to each other, while embracing our new Healthy on the Hill norms.
Greek life is an important part of the WKU Experience for many students. As we prepare for in-person fraternity and sorority activities this fall, we know a number of changes will need to be made. We are carefully making plans to keep you safe, including the wearing of face coverings, practicing social distancing and limiting the number of individuals in recruitment events. As we continue planning, we will share all of this important details with you. Please check out www.wku.edu/wkugreeks.
With your help, we will do this while following important guidelines designed to keep us healthy on the hill. We look forward to engaging with you this fall. Go Tops!
General Operating Procedures for Programmatic Initiatives
- In designing and executing programmatic initiatives, employees will adhere to the provisions of WKU’s Big Red Restart plan.
- In-person programming will be restricted to the number of individuals advisable by public health officials, which may change during the semester.
- Key programs may need to be repeated to accommodate student and stakeholder consumption.
- In the event of a program with a speaker or artist, employees will ensure broadcasting online and/or the use of overflow rooms.
- Employees will create and execute a plan to disinfect programming spaces after each student event.
Events Sponsored or Hosted by Students
- Students are encouraged to adopt the University values outlined in the WKU Creed and the Student Code of Conduct when engaging with others in public campus spaces.
- Students will adhere to all CDC/KY guidelines for social distancing, sanitizing, hygiene, and self-screening.
- In-person attendance to all student events (including student organizations, clubs, Greek events, etc.) will be limited. Events should be individually evaluated to determine if the event can be offered virtually or through a combination of in-person and virtual modalities. Fall 2020 Campus Operational Norms (pages 8-13) apply to the activities of all registered student organizations regardless of the event/activity’s location.
- Students hosting events will clearly communicate to participants expectations of health safety, as well as inherent health risks associated with activities.
- Additionally, students will assist in minimizing congregating. Provisions include:
- Set time limitations or restrictions on use of public spaces
- Limit the number of people who are able to be in one space at a time
- Limit the available seating in public spaces and cut the number of spaces available for reservation by half
- University staff will limit student group reservations of on-campus spaces to reduce density. Students reserving space will work with employees to create and execute a plan to disinfect buildings and programming spaces after each student event.
Reintroducing standard programming is imperative to student engagement. This will be subject to the determination of what is possible in a restrictive environment and what needs to be delayed. We must think creatively; not every program will be able to happen like it used to. Further, programmatic engagement for each unit should be classified into one of four categories:
- Definite – programs that need to be available at the inception of the semester
- Delayed – programs that can begin later in the fall semester
- Deferred – programs that may need to be reintroduced in spring 2021 or later
- Delivery - programs that may need to be delivered in-person, in small groups and frequently repeated to meet student needs