WVU issues additional guidance related to COVID-19 outbreak

WVU continues to work with the Monongalia County Health Department to investigate new cases of COVID-19 that have occurred in the past several days. Since testing results and contact tracing may require additional time to complete, we provide the following interim guidance to address situations that may arise while these investigations continue.

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STAR will be offline 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 9 for upgrade to improve registration experience

STAR and Schedule Builder will be unavailable 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 9 for important upgrades that will improve the class registration experience in both tools.

Once the upgrades are finished, students will be able to complete the registration process within the Schedule Builder app, rather than returning to STAR to submit a shopping cart. It also will be easier to search for courses, see more course details and update personal information.

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WVU students testing positive for COVID-19 confirmed

Monongalia County Health Department and WVU were notified that 13 new cases were reported today (July 2) with at least 10 WVU students who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Although investigations and contact tracing are ongoing, several of those students are known to have been on the WVU Health Sciences Morgantown and Eastern Campuses in the last seven days. No patients have been exposed to any of the affected students. 

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Tips for taking a 'safecation' this summer

With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July quickly approaching, the Division of Talent and Culture recognizes many faculty and staff are considering whether it is safe to take a personal trip or vacation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most states have reopened, which may provide some semblance of normalcy. However, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many areas across the country. 

If you travel this summer, be sure to follow some basic precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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New groups to ‘M-Power’ Mountaineers of Color

WVU is launching a mentorship program for students of color thanks to an ongoing partnership between the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Athletics, RISE WVU, LGBTQ+ Center and Student Engagement & Leadership.

Grounded in community and cultural engagement, M-Power will connect undergraduate students with one another – as well as to faculty, staff and graduate students of color – in dialogue and programming that promotes an inclusive academic community.

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WVU Marketing Communications presents Integrate Online: Career Boost 'Linkedin How-To' Session

Tuesday, June 30
Join us live at 12 p.m. ET

LinkedIn is a great tool to research companies and find job opportunities, but how are you perceived when a company or recruiter goes to find your profile? This session will guide attendees through how to optimize your personal profile to reflect your knowledge, experience and personal brand to companies and recruiters to land the perfect opportunity.

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Don’t buy into gift card requests or other email scams using names of WVU employees

Information Technology Services reminds you to be wary of suspicious-looking emails that may appear to come from a WVU official or employee seeking a favor. These are scams aimed at stealing money, gift cards or sensitive information.

Unlike generic phishing emails, these so-called spear phishing emails are harder to detect because they include details that are specific to you or your role on campus. They may seem like genuine requests, but there are usually clues they aren’t:

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Panel discussions examine what it means to live in an equitable society

Diversity Panel Discussion

The West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in partnership with campus leaders, is hosting a series of panel discussions this summer, exploring the structures of oppression and creating an opportunity for the Mountaineer community to re-examine and relearn what it means to live in an equitable society.

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Reminder: Login passwords are beginning to expire; new ones will be good for another year

While WVU Login passwords are now good for one year, those created last summer are now beginning to expire. To ensure continued access, follow the email instructions you will receive and take a brief cybersecurity quiz to create a new password good for another year. If you want or need to change your password sooner than one year, you’ll get five more questions to answer. Please direct questions to the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444.

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WVU Board OKs reduced budget for coming fiscal year

Anticipating a slightly smaller enrollment and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia University Board of Governors on Friday approved a budget for the coming fiscal year more than $23 million less than the previous year.

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WVU responds to petition wanting increased action on opposing racism

West Virginia University Thursday (June 17) issued the following response to a petition received on June 16 outlining various actions the University should take to fight racism:

West Virginia University has received a petition citing several areas for improvement and increased support in the University’s pledge to oppose racism in all its forms. The petition outlines multiple actions to rectify the shortcomings.

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Hough Street to be closed for campus renovation project

Hough St. closed Map

Hough Street will be closed from June 18 to Aug. 6 to safely install site utilities, emergency generator, mechanical equipment and concrete hardscape associated with the Hodges Hall Renovation project. The sidewalk on the Eiesland Hall side will remain open for pedestrian traffic.

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WVU outlines additional safety protocols for return to campus

As we look forward to returning to our campus this fall, your well-being – and the well-being of our communities – is our top priority.  In a letter to campus, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop provides updates on cleaning, building protocols, dining and transportation.

We’ll also share information about our Campus Safety measures with you at the  Return to Campus Conversation on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m.

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Students: eCampus will be offline July 23-27 for critical work to support scale-up of online instruction

eCampus will be offline from 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 23 until 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 27 for complex work that will ensure WVU can quickly scale up to a fully online learning environment if needed. The system will be moved from physical, on-campus servers to a more agile, cloud-based environment managed by Blackboard in time for the start of the fall semester.

Though there is never a good time for a mission-critical system to be down, these dates were approved as being disruptive to the smallest possible number of faculty and students. Instructors teaching during the second summer term should prepare for this outage, as this is the selected time frame available to both WVU and Blackboard before fall classes begin.

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Accelerate your career by participating in the Grad Career Festival

The WVU Alumni Association and WVU Career Services are committed to helping students launch and lead a successful career. Join the four-day career conference being held virtually and free to students and recent graduates, June 23-26, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day, to gain knowledge and skills to help you land a job.

The presentations will introduce 72 of the nation's top career authors and experts who will share TED-style talks to teach you how to create a career plan, how to manage a career, and how to use the latest job search techniques.

After registering, you can watch the recordings for two weeks following the festival. Also, access will be provided to valuable handouts and selected authors eChapters on career advice. For more info, go to https://careerservices.wvu.edu/events/grad-career-festival.

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2020-21 Student Health Insurance waiver is now available! Deadline for submission is August 1

All domestic students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours and all international students are required to carry health insurance. Eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the WVU-sponsored Aetna student health insurance plan at a cost of $1086 per semester, assessed to your student account. If you are already enrolled in a qualifying health insurance plan and would like to waive (opt out of) the student health insurance you can do so by completing the online insurance waiver prior to the August 1 deadline.

Be sure to check your MIX email for important updates!

Questions? Please contact the Student Insurance Office at 304-293-6815, or email to sio@mail.wvu.edu. Visit our website at studentinsurance.wvu.edu for additional information.

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Health Sciences community encouraged to complete Building Access Log and wear masks

To try and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, Health Sciences leadership is asking all faculty, staff and students to document their building access via the Building Access Log form. This process will take the place of our current building access approval processes within each Health Sciences school.

You may use this link to access the form, or for your convenience, Quick Response (QR) codes are located on all Health Sciences entry and exit doors. Simply scan the QR code with your cell phone, and you will automatically be directed to the building access form. The form contains only six questions and should take less than a few minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey as you enter the Health Sciences Center and at the end of each building visit so that you can document all locations within the Health Sciences Center that you have accessed.

In addition to wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a mask or face covering, an important aspect of keeping COVID-19 from spreading is through contact tracing -- a process in which public health staff work with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. However, under some circumstances, an unknowingly infectious individual may have been in a public location and is unable to identify all individuals that they may have come in contact with. That is why knowing who has accessed various areas of the Health Sciences Center on any given day is so important.

While the use of this system is voluntary, Health Sciences leadership strongly encourages all faculty, staff and students to document your building access in the event contact tracing is necessary. Also, all faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while visiting any area of the Health Sciences campus.

As we slowly start to reopen the Health Sciences campus, our main goal is to keep everyone healthy. Together we can help keep our Health Sciences family safe.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 preparations at the Health Sciences Center, you are encouraged to submit your questions to the Health Sciences Incident Command via email: HSIC@hsc.wvu.edu.

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Reminder: Most WVU Login passwords will be expiring on or around July 1

While WVU Login passwords are now good for one year, faculty, staff and students should expect passwords created last summer to begin expiring on or around July 1. To ensure continued access, follow the email instructions you will receive and take a five-question cybersecurity quiz to create a new password good for another year.

Remember, if you are using a WVU-owned computer to work remotely, please follow these instructions [https://wvu.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1976/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=103457]. This process requires extra steps when you are not on the campus network, and failure to complete it correctly may create problems with your account and your device. For help, contact the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444.

If you want to change your password again before one year is up, you’ll get five more cybersecurity questions to answer. This quiz is required for all WVU students and employees under the University’s Identity and Access Management policy [https://it.wvu.edu/policies-and-procedures/security/identity-and-access-management-policy].

If you are a shared user [https://wvu.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1976/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=81084] and log into WVU systems using a WVU Medicine account, you may disregard this message and await instructions from WVU Medicine.

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WVU awards emergency grants to students for spring, announces CARES Act Emergency Grants for summer

WVU has awarded $6.72 million in emergency grants to students from funds provided through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. 

8,003 students that met the eligibility criteria required by the U.S. Department of Education were awarded emergency grants of $750 for the Spring 2020 semester to assist with need due to COVID-19’s disruption to campus. Qualifying students who are also eligible for the Pell Grant received $1,000 for the Spring 2020 semester.

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ITS Service Desk adjusts hours for summer

The ITS Service Desk will begin its summer operating schedule on Monday, May 11. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Service Desk will be closed on holidays when the University is closed.

Emails sent to ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu and calls made to 304-293-4444 after hours will automatically create tickets, and the staff will begin addressing those upon reopening.

Summer hours will remain in place until shortly before the start of the fall semester. Details will be announced as those decisions are finalized.

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