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Two Two U.S. senators, business and law leaders, philanthropists, television writer and others to join graduates for WVU Commencement ceremonies

Thousands of West Virginia University graduates will celebrate their successes Commencement Weekend May 10-12 alongside eight honorary degree recipients and two speakers during nine ceremonies at the Coliseum.

“It is important for our graduates to see and hear from those who have successfully followed their own paths of purpose,” President Gordon Gee said. “Our esteemed honorary degree recipients and speakers, representing fields from politics to performance to philanthropy and more, are making the world a better place. Our hope is our graduates can find inspiration as they take important steps in their own lives.”

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University Police holding self-defense training open to campus and local community

Faculty, staff, students and Morgantown community members are invited to join University Police for a P.R.O.T.E.C.T. training to learn valuable self-defense techniques from 5-9 p.m. Monday (April 22) in the Student Health Building, Room 101.

P.R.O.T.E.C.T. is an immersive training that uses hands-on demonstrations to provide participants with the skills needed to recognize a threat, escape an attack and get to a safe place to call for help.

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Community Health Expo

The Health Sciences & Technology Academy, Minorities Association of Pre-Healthcare Students, and the Student National Medical Association will sponsor a Community Health Expo on Sunday, April 28 from 1-5 p.m. outside the Student Recreation Center.

The event is free, open to the public and will offer complementary health services and health and wellness-related information including, but not limited to, the following:

• Oxygen screenings and healthy vs. unhealthy lung display by the WVU Medicine Children’s’ Transport Team

• Blood pressure and nutritional screenings by Project REACH

• Diabetes Prevention/ Exercise Promotion Education by the WVU Student Nurses’ Association 

The 2-mile Community Health Walk/Run will begin at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

“Our goal is to provide an inclusive event where people can enjoy the festivities while receiving services and information that will be helpful to their personal health and wellness,” said Dr. Gregory Epps, who advises the sponsoring student organizations.

Inclement weather location is inside the Student Rec Center. 

The Expo is supported by, the WVU Health Sciences Center, WVU Medicine, and the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium, among other campus and community partners. 

For more information, contact Epps at gdepps@hsc.wvu.edu

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Students must reauthorize access to view their records starting Monday, May 20

The current Proxy process that lets WVU students give others permission to view and discuss their records is being updated. The location and link names in Banner/STAR will be the same. However, starting Monday, May 20, all students will need to reauthorize access or proxy holders won’t be able to see anything when they log in or discuss your information with University employees.

This is a critical step in updating the student information system to the most current vendor-supported software. Another key change with this upgrade is that the previously separate Midterm and Final Grades pages will be combined into a single page, “Disclose Midterm Grades, Final Grades, and Academic Progress.”

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Check email for Gallup student experiences survey

WVU is partnering with Gallup, a globally recognized analytics and advisory firm, to conduct a survey of student experiences.

This survey is one of many initiatives from the WVU Purpose Center to understand and improve student experiences at WVU. The results of this survey will help us better recognize the strengths of our students, and the effectiveness of programs and initiatives around campus.

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Free electronics recycling event at Student Rec Center April 17

As part of Earth Week 2024, the WVU Office of Sustainability reminds students, faculty and staff to recycle personally owned electronics from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday (April 17) at the Student Rec Center.

Collection boxes will be set up in the lower gym, and individuals are asked to enter from the side door near parking Area 49.

Acceptable electronics include computers, laptops, printers, toner and inkjet cartridges, cell phones, cables and wires, etc. Televisions, CRT monitors, lamps, vacuums and appliances/white goods (i.e., refrigerators, washing machines) will not be accepted.

This is one of many activities planned to celebrate Earth Week this week. Visit our website for complete Earth Week event details.

Contact us at sustainability@mail.wvu.edu with any questions, and be sure to follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/LetsConserveWVU), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/wvusustainability/) and Instagram (https://twitter.com/letsconservewvu) for the latest WVU Sustainability news and information.

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University Police self-defense training open to campus, local community April 22

Students, faculty, staff and Morgantown community members are invited to join University Police for a P.R.O.T.E.C.T. training to learn valuable self-defense techniques on Monday (April 22). 

P.R.O.T.E.C.T. is an immersive training that uses hands-on demonstrations to provide participants with the skills needed to recognize a threat, escape an attack and get to a safe place to call for help. Participants will learn striking techniques, takedowns and escape holds and will gain information on developing situational awareness.

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University releases new details ahead of July 1 implementation of Campus Self-Defense Act, Campus Conversation planned

Following Friday’s (April 12) Board of Governors approval of BOG Rule 5.14 — Deadly Weapons, Dangerous Objects and the West Virginia Campus Self-Defense Act — the University is moving into the next phase of the campus carry implementation process.

Passed by the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice in 2023, the Campus Self-Defense Act allows a person to carry a concealed pistol or revolver on the grounds of an institution of higher education, with some exceptions, if that person has a current and valid license to carry a concealed deadly weapon.

The University must comply with the law and BOG Rule 5.14 details what the law will look like in practice on WVU Campuses once the law goes into effect on July 1.


Watch a video providing additional information about campus carry at WVU.

To continue the discussion with the University community, a Campus Conversation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday (April 18) via Zoom.

Join the Campus Conversation.

Presenters include:

    • Corey Farris, dean of students and co-chair of the Campus Safety Steering Group,

    • Travis Mollohan, associate vice president for government relations and collaboration, and chair of the Campus Carry Sub-Group

    • Kevin Cimino, deputy general counsel

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Community Notice: University Police recaps results of recent campus community survey

After reviewing the results of the latest survey, conducted every three years to gauge our community’s perception of safety at West Virginia University, the WVU Police Department is sharing its key findings and specific actions it plans to take to continue to improve the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

A total of 1,080 individuals participated in the survey (503 students, 339 staff, 107 faculty, 49 parents and 82 community members).

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Reunion, fundraiser planned to mark WVU Rugby golden anniversary

The oldest recognized club sport, WVU rugby is turning 50 this year — a milestone that will be celebrated with a reunion and fundraising event in Morgantown. The reception will take place at 6 p.m. April 19 at the Erickson Alumni Center, and alumni rugby matches will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (times are approximate) April 20 at the Rec Center Fields.

More than 120 rugby alumni and 50 current players from both the men’s and women’s teams are scheduled to be part of the celebration weekend.

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WVU community invited to Earth Day on the Green April 19

The WVU Sierra Student Coalition is inviting all WVU students and community members to attend their third annual Earth Day on the Green to celebrate Earth Day and bring together the local community around our wild and wonderful environment and organizations. The event will take place on Friday, April 19, from 4-8 p.m. on the Lair green and will feature live music acts, student org and artist vendor tabling, free food, giveaways from local businesses, petitions and info on environmental issues in WV, and much more. 

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Student parking permits on sale

On Monday, April 8, at 9 a.m., the WVU Parking Management Office will begin selling student parking permits for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Students can purchase a permit online by visiting the Parking Portal. Select “Get Permits” and log in with your WVU credentials.

Permits will be available for all three areas of campus on a first-come, first-served basis. They are valid for one year from August 1, 2024, to July 31, 2025.

To be eligible to purchase a permit, students must have all unpaid parking citations paid. Incoming freshman students are not eligible to purchase a permit until they have registered for classes and completed New Student Orientation.

For any questions about the permit process, call the Parking Management Office at 304-293-5502. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

For the latest transportation and parking news, follow @WVUparking on X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook. For information and updates on the PRT, follow @WVUPRTstatus on X. You can also visit our website (https://transportation.wvu.edu/) for more information.

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