Coronavirus Update

Classes will be held remotely for the remainder of the spring semester, and all official university events and student activities are suspended until further notice. While the Dayton and Lake campuses remain open, access to campus is restricted to personnel who have been identified as essential. Read more.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Special message from President Edwards

If you feel sick and have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), CALL your health care provider in advance.

Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, or other health facility without calling first.


March 23, 2020

Our Raider pride and spirit are unshakable. Raiders are resilient, especially in times of adversity such as these. Always remember: We are Wright State—We are #RaiderStrong and #LakerStrong.

Please watch this special message from President Edwards:

 

You can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19. Social distancing, keep 6 foot between you and others when possible. Avoid croweded publis places were close contact with other may occur. Avoid mass gatherings

 

Overview

To protect the health and well-being of the Wright State University community, we are monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. This website provides information about the situation and Wright State’s response.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Wright State and Student Health Services at Wright State Physicians are responding to the situation, along with the Ohio Departments of Health and Higher Education and the Greene County Public Health Department. Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ohio.

 

On this page:

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Students, Faculty, and Academics

  • What are some practices students should follow when learning online? (added 3/18)

    While there are many benefits to taking online courses, there are also challenges. Balancing both is key to your success as a student.  Here are some tips to help you get the most from your online courses. It’s important to make sure you’re checking your Wright State email for communications from professors, verifying deadlines for assignments and exams, accessing Pilot, and reaching out to your professors for clarification if you need it. Get more Tips for Online Learning.  

  • What is the status of Commencement?

    Commencement is how we come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors and graduate students. The current COVID-19 situation, which has resulted in statewide executive orders limiting large gatherings, has disrupted much of our planning around our May 2, 2020, traditional commencement ceremony.

    We must, therefore, postpone the ceremony until the situation resolves to the point that such events are permitted. To be sure, the university WILL hold a graduation celebration for the class of 2020, on a date yet to be determined.

    To that end, the Dayton Campus is seeking thoughts and ideas from Student Government and will formulate more detailed plans moving forward. The Lake Campus is also coordinating plans to seek student input.

    Caps and gowns

    Any online order of caps and gowns that have already been placed by a student, as well as orders going forward though the Wright State’s Barnes & Noble Bookstores can be fully refunded in the event that a physical graduation does not occur. In addition, there is no need for a student to pre-order a cap and gown because Wright State’s bookstores will carry a supply of caps and gowns up until graduation.

  • When will the university communicate about refunds? (added 3/18)

    University Leadership is currently reviewing all policies related to credits and refunds, so expect an official communication to come out soon regarding this. 

  • What support is the university providing to students? (updated 3/19)

    March 19, 2020

     

    Academic Success Centers

    All academic support has moved to remote service, in an effort to significantly minimize groups gathering on campus. We will not conduct face-to-face academic support sessions until further notice. 

    All student appointments will be offered remotely. Delivery methods may vary by service.

    Student staff should report to work remotely only.

    Student Success Suites (University Academic Advising and Career Services)

    All academic and career advising has moved to remote service, in an effort to significantly optimize social distancing. We will not conduct face-to-face academic and career advising sessions until further notice.

    Academic and career advising appointments will be conducted via video conferencing, email, or telephone.

    Placement Testing

    All math placements tests scheduled for the Dayton Campus are canceled until further notice. Alternate online remote testing will be announced by March 25. Thank you for your patience as we create secure placement testing opportunities for students.

    Writing placement testing continues as normal through remote online submission.

  • What resources are available to student in need of academic support or advising?

    Beginning on March 16, Student Success Services will move to fully remote delivery. This means that instead of in-person appointments, we will offer a variety of connection options to help maintain the health and safety of students and staff. Please be assured, our goal remains to get students the academic help and support they need Student appointments will be offered as follows:

    Additional instructions on using the technologies described above are available at Student Success Services – COVID-19 Updates.

  • What resources are available to help faculty teach remotely? (updated 3/27)

    The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is gathering easily accessible resource materials and tutorials to support all faculty, whether you are an experienced Pilot user looking to move your in-class activities online in some capacity or someone just looking to get started. Learn more

    CTL also offers Remote Tips & Resources.

    The University Libraries offers resources and services to support remote instruction.

  • Will remote delivery of course materials extend beyond the current two-week period? (added 3/13)

    Wright State University has extended the remote instruction timeframe through the end of the spring semester. This is in line with nearly every other state institution and will provide clarity on expectations going forward through the final six weeks of the spring semester. Students should therefore factor this new information into their decision-making processes.

  • Will on-campus instruction of any type occur or be required? (added 3/13)

    We strongly recommend that every attempt be made to avoid any face-to-face instruction or meetings of any kind. Some exceptions may be necessary, and in those rare instances, students will be contacted by their instructor.

  • How can faculty and staff get access to files and software while working remotely?

    Systems for Remote Access and Collaboration 

    1. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI Desktops)
      1. For individuals who routinely access sensitive data, such as SSNs, health care information, bank account information, etc.
      2. Require access to network storage (H, K, and R drives)
      3. Call the CaTS Help Desk to request a VDI be setup for your use.
      4. Instructions for VDI use: https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/blog/article/installing-the-vmware-horizon-client
         
    2. WSU VPN
      1. For individuals who need access to non-sensitive business documents located on network storage (H, K, and R drives)
      2. Instruction for setting up the VPN client can be found here: https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/security/access-your-network-files-from-your-home-computer
      3. All faculty and staff have access to the WSU VPN.  There’s no need to request special access to the use the WSU VPN.
         
    3. Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive
      1. For individuals who need to collaborate on non-sensitive business documents that are not stored on network storage.

        https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/services/office-365-overview
         
    4. WebEx
      1. For general use to facilitate business meetings. 
        https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/services/cisco-webex-meeting-center

    For questions about any service CaTS provides, contact the CaTS Help Desk at helpdesk@wright.edu.

  • Can student employees work at home? (updated 3/26)

    Students, like professional staff, can be offered remote work where possible. Supervisors, in consultation with their leaders, are to determine roles that can work virtually at home or another location. Supervisors have been asked to be creative to limit any impact on student workers.

  • Can students check out a laptop to use at home? (added 3/23)

    It is our priority for students to be able to access their courses online. CaTS has a limited supply of PC laptops that are available for active students to check out for the remainder of the Spring Semester. These laptops are available on a first come, first serve basis. CaTS will email students with the place and time that they can pick up their laptop. Find more information here.

  • Can I make a donation to help students? (added 3/24)

    The Wright State University Foundation established the Student Emergency Relief Campaign to assist students during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The campaign includes emergency relief-related funds that can make an immediate impact in critical areas of need for students. Give Now.

    Details on how students can apply for assistance will be announced soon. Assistance will be based on funds available.

  • When is the Nursing application deadline for Fall 2020 admission? (added 3/25)

    Due to the current COVID-19 public health issue, the Wright State University College of Nursing and Health is extending its deadline to submit the fall 2020 nursing application for its pre-licensure programs from May 15, 2020 to June 15, 2020.

    It is our hope that this extension will allow students to complete all admission requirements by June 15 (prerequisite courses, background checks, Hesi-A2 score reports). However, since no one knows how long this situation will last, the college encourages any student interested in starting the nursing program this fall to submit an application even if not complete by the new deadline of June 15. An explanation of why the application is not complete must be submitted.

    Please note that priority admission will go to applicants who have met all requirements with incomplete applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis. It is anticipated that admission offers for fall will be mailed out in late June.
    Until this situation is resolved, complete applications should only be submitted via email to: theresa.haghnazarian@wright.edu. The nursing application is available at:

    https://nursing.wright.edu/sites/nursing.wright.edu/files/page/attachments/Application%20BSN%20update%20040419.pdf

    Questions of concern? Please contact Theresa Haghnazarian, director of Student and Alumni Affairs, College of Nursing and Health, theresa.haghnazarian@wright.edu or (937) 775-2592.

  • What is the deadline to withdraw from a spring semester course? (added 3/26)

    Wright State has extended the deadline to withdraw from spring semester classes by three weeks to April 17, 2020. 

    See the Academic Calendar.

  • Do undergraduate students have the option to convert grades to Pass/Unsatisfactory grading for Spring 2020 Semester? (added 3/26)

    Effective immediately, all Wright State University undergraduate students will be permitted to convert grades of courses to Pass/Unsatisfactory for the Spring 2020 Semester.

    This does not apply to grades awarded before March 9, 2020. At the end of the semester, all faculty will submit their course grades (A, B, C, D, F, X, or NR) no later than noon on May 6, 2020. All grades of F will convert automatically to U. Students will then have until noon on May 15, 2020 to move one or more courses to Pass/Unsatisfactory if they elect to do so.

    There will be no limit on the number of courses that students can convert to Pass/Unsatisfactory. Students will be able to make their decision on a course-by-course basis. All grades of C or higher for a course for which a student elects the Pass/Unsatisfactory grade will convert to P. Students can elect to convert a grade of D to U.

    Students should consult with their advisor to consider the impact that converting to P/U grades has on financial aid, program requirements, and post-graduation opportunities for licensure, graduate school, and employment. More details will be provided at a later date on the process for requesting the conversion of grades to P/U and whether or not similar provisions will be made for graduate students.

    Read Frequently Asked Questions here

  • How should campus supervisors of student employees reach Student Employment? (added 3/26)

    Email non-confidential documents to studentemployment@wright.edu. Confidential documents can be sent using Filelocker.  Voicemail message are welcome at (937) 775-2556.

  • What if my student job is off-campus? (added 3/26)

    Some Wright State on-campus student employees also have off-campus work, which they have been laid off from, in some of these cases those off-campus employers are advising the worker to file for unemployment benefits indicating separation is due to COVID-19 circumstances and using the separation code 7691 (the COVID-19 code for unemployment claims).

  • Are student employees eligible to apply for unemployment? (added 3/26)

    Student Employment is currently not eligible for unemployment compensation based on ORC 4141.01 http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4141.01

    Student Employment does not include service in the employ of an educational institution or institution of higher education, including those operated by the state, if such service is performed by a student who is enrolled and is regularly attending classes at the educational institution or institution of higher education. Therefore, on-campus student employees are not advised to apply for unemployment, as they are not currently eligible.

  • How can supervisors of student employees best help now? (added 3/26)

    The university advises employing units of on-campus student employees (both work-study and regular-pay) to keep on-campus student employees working remotely where possible, and/or assign other forms of meaningful and productive work where possible.

  • What can faculty do if a student reservist or member of the Ohio National Guard is deployed? (3/26)

    Recently some 300 members of the Ohio National Guard were activated. There are approximately 110 students in the guard/reserve that are enrolled at Wright State University, and about 40 who are on active duty. At least one Wright State student has been activated so far, and that number could rise.

    The Excused Absence Guidelines includes Military Activation as an excused absence. The policy states:

    Faculty members are encouraged to work with students who experience legitimate and verifiable absences in such a way that both the faculty and students' educational goals are met. The faculty member determines if an accommodation is feasible and the appropriate form of alternative work or education experiences. In some cases, the only viable option is for the student to withdraw from the course.

    Deployment, even locally, can be all encompassing for the service member.

    Here is what you can do if a student reaches out to you in this situation.

    1. Please make students aware of this guide that provides a step by step process for students to follow: https://www.wright.edu/sites/www.wright.edu/files/Military%20Active%20Duty%20Withdrawal%20Policy.pdf
       
    2. If approached by a student to make accommodations for this reason, please inquire as to whether the student has received “orders” or has been placed on Standby. We want to discourage students from withdrawing until they receive orders.
       
    3. Please evaluate the student’s progress in reference to your own course requirements and objectives. You are the ultimate arbiter of the student’s grade and requirements to complete your course.

    Some possible strategies employed in the past include:

    • Granting the student the grade they had earned up to the point of activation.
    • Granting an incomplete (if you can) with a possible extended timeline to complete.
    • Creating alternative assignments that can be completed.
    1. Students who need to withdraw can receive a “W” even past the final deadline.

    If you have questions or need assistance with a solution, please reach out to the Veteran and Military Center at vmc@wright.edu or call (937) 775-5550.

 

University Operations and Events

  • Are university events suspended?

    Wright State has canceled or postponed all university events and student activities until further notice. All Wright State athletic competitions are also suspended indefinitely.

    View a non-exhaustive list of events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus precautions. Contact the Social Media team for any additions.

  • Are Wright State’s libraries closed? (updated 3/17)

    University Libraries buildings are closed effective March 17, and the physical facilities will not be available. 

    However, the University Libraries staff continue to support research and instruction remotely, using the Ask a Librarian and Ask an Archivist services. Millions of electronic resources will remain available through our website. Other services will be modified or suspended. Learn more.

  • Are Wright State’s computer labs open?

    All Wright State University computer labs located on the Dayton Campus and Lake Campus will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17.

    With the closure of on-campus libraries and computer labs, certain students may be in need of technology to continue their remote online learning. CaTS is making laptops available and more information may be found here.

  • Will student housing remain open? (updated 3/26)

    While housing on the Dayton Campus and Lake Campus is now closed for the spring semester, a limited number of students have been granted waivers to remain in on-campus housing. Residence Life and Housing is conducting daily wellness checkups for those residents by e-mail. 

    Residents who left on-campus housing without packing up their residences may leave their belongings in their rooms until they can come back and get them before the end of the semester.

    The Residence Life and Housing office is still operating and providing limited services and can be reached at 937-775-4172 or housing@wright.edu.

  • Are most Wright State employees now working from home? (added 3/24)

    Wright State University has fully transitioned to remote operations for faculty and staff until further notice.

    Only personnel who have been identified as essential are permitted on the Dayton Campus. Employees not identified as essential should work with their supervisor and make every effort to be prepared to work from home or another remote location. Senior administration remains onsite and available to campus and the community.

    Lake Campus personnel should look to receive additional information from interim Dean Dan Krane.

  • What guidance does Human Resources offer for remote work during COVID-19 (updated 3/13)

    Wright State University is committed to safely and effectively meeting the public health challenge presented by COVID-19. This extends to ensuring, where possible, that university employees can work from home or another remote location whenever necessary in the coming weeks. Working remotely (a Flexible Work Arrangement) is not new, but because employees may be unfamiliar with them and managers may not have encountered the use of these yet, this resource was developed to l help you and your team navigate potential remote work scenarios.

    Included in these new resource pages, you will find guidance for supervisors, employees, and departments designed to help set up temporary remote work quickly and successfully.

    Learn more

  • What remote library services are available? (added 3/17)

    Ask A Librarian online chat and email service: Open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Ask An Archivist online chat and email service are open Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Research Guides: start your library research using a custom guide for your discipline or class and contact your subject librarian for assistance.

    Research Toolkit Workshops: Our online workshops explain some of the foundational concepts of information literacy that help students in their library research. A variety of videos are also explaining different library processes and procedures available at https://libraries.wright.edu/selfhelp.

  • Does Wright State’s health insurance include online doctor visits? (added 3/17)

    LiveHealth Online is a convenient and cost-effective way for you and your family to connect face-to-face with a doctor using a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. You can have live, instant or planned visits with doctors seven days a week, 24 hours a day from anywhere you have Internet access. This service is available to all employees and their dependents who are enrolled in a Wright State medical plan.

    With LiveHealth Online, you get:

    • Immediate doctor visits through live video
    • Your choice of U.S. board-certified doctors
    • Private, secure and convenient online visits

    Cost: PPO 80/20 $20 copay; HDHP pays $49.

    Enroll for free at livehealthonline.com or on the app, and you’re ready to see a doctor.

    To watch the LiveHealth online video, CLICK HERE.

  • What resources does Wright State offer to help me cope during this difficult time? (added 3/17)

    We know that the changes made state and nationwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been stressful for our employees. We care about your health and well-being and want to make sure you are aware of some resources available to you.

    IMPACT Solutions, Wright State University’s Employee Assistance Program, offers confidential support for all employees—regardless of benefit eligibility. Additionally all members of an employee’s household, employee’s dependents (in and away from home), as well as parents/parents-in-law are eligible to use any of the IMPACT services at no cost. Professional phone support is available around the clock, on an unlimited basis, offering you and your family members peace of mind that there is always someone to talk to, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • How is the Office of the Controller providing core services?

    Use the entire body of the email as the answer, but change the first line to "began working" instead of "will begin working." So the answer begins like this:

    On March 18, 2020, the Office of the Controller began working remotely. Accounts Payable, Payroll Services, Procurement Card Services, and General Accounting will be on campus as needed to continue to provide core services.

  • Does Wright State have a freeze on external hiring? (added 3/19)

    Due to the significant budgetary implications caused by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Wright State University is implementing a partial freeze on all external hiring.

    Specific points:

    • Any offers that were fully executed by March 18, 2020, will be honored.
    • All other requested offers in progress, searches in progress, and requested positions are postponed.
    • Positions funded 100% through external funds may continue.
    • Internal searches and approved promotions or search waivers may continue.
    • Requests for exceptions to the above must be approved by the Interim Provost for academic positions and by the Chief Operating Officer for staff positions.

    All in-person New Employee Orientations have been suspended until further notice. Individuals who had received fully executed offers by the above deadline will go through a limited orientation. They will meet briefly with their HR Operations Analyst on their first day to complete their employment forms (we must verify hard copy forms for I-9 purposes). In addition, they will receive an electronic copy of the orientation slides prior to their start date and be required to sign off that they have reviewed all videos and materials.

  • Is the Raider Food Pantry open? (updated 3/27)

    The Raider Food Pantry is closed through April 6, while Wright State's Dayton campus is closed to non-essential personnel. If you are student in need of emergency assistance, please call (937) 260-0167.

    Other local food resources include:

    • The United Way 211 Helplink (dial 211) can also assist in finding local food pantries that are able to remain open.

    Note: Things are changing rapidly, so please contact or visit the page of the organizations that are listed for the most current information.

  • How can I receive support from Counseling and Wellness Service? (updated 3/24)

     

    Counseling and Wellness Services are being conducted remotely. The office will NOT provide in-person mental health services. All services will be provided via telephone or other electronic means.

    If you are a current client or on the waitlist, you will be contacted by a therapist. If you are a new client, please call (937) 775-3407 and leave a voicemail and a staff member will return your call.

  • How can I reach the Women's Center and the Personal Care Pantry? (added 3/20)

    Women's Center staff are working remotely until further notice. Students who need items from the Personal Care Pantry should email nicole.carter@wright.edu.

    Questions or concerns for the Women's Center staff should be sent to nicole.carter@wright.edu and cindy.vanzant@wright.edu. The Women's Center will continue to update its social media pages and website with pertinent information.

  • How can I reach RaiderConnect? (added 3/20)

    RaiderConnect staff will begin working remotely on Monday, March 23. Services will continue virtually to support to students, parents and alumni.

    Students and parents can leave a voicemail message at 937-775-4000 with a request for a return phone call.

    They may also email us at raiderconnect@wright.edu with questions or requests for a phone or video conference.

    Emails and phone messages will be returned as quickly as possible, with every effort to respond the same business day. Raider Connect staff will monitor documents received via fax and U.S. mail twice daily. Staff have either forwarded their extensions to their personal phones or will check messages frequently.

  • How can faculty and staff get access to files and software while working remotely?

    Systems for Remote Access and Collaboration 

    1. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI Desktops)
      1. For individuals who routinely access sensitive data, such as SSNs, health care information, bank account information, etc.
      2. Require access to network storage (H, K, and R drives)
      3. Call the CaTS Help Desk to request a VDI be setup for your use.
      4. Instructions for VDI use: https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/blog/article/installing-the-vmware-horizon-client
         
    2. WSU VPN
      1. For individuals who need access to non-sensitive business documents located on network storage (H, K, and R drives)
      2. Instruction for setting up the VPN client can be found here: https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/security/access-your-network-files-from-your-home-computer
      3. All faculty and staff have access to the WSU VPN.  There’s no need to request special access to the use the WSU VPN.
         
    3. Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive
      1. For individuals who need to collaborate on non-sensitive business documents that are not stored on network storage.

        https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/services/office-365-overview
         
    4. WebEx
      1. For general use to facilitate business meetings. 
        https://www.wright.edu/information-technology/services/cisco-webex-meeting-center

    For questions about any service CaTS provides, contact the CaTS Help Desk at helpdesk@wright.edu.

  • What precautions should I take when using my personal computer for work?

    CaTS understands that many faculty and staff have been, or will be, working remotely during these difficult times. Ideally, all university business should be conducted on a university-owned computer. However, during the current crisis that isn't always possible or realistic. If you must use a personally-owned computer, please keep the following in mind:

    • Make certain you have up-to-date antivirus software installed on your computer
    • Keep your system up-to-date by installing operating system updates
    • NEVER save university data locally
    • If you routinely deal with sensitive data, use VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) rather than VPN

    If you have questions about keeping yourself secure remotely, contact the CaTS Help Desk at helpdesk@wright.edu

  • What is included in Ohio’s Stay at Home Order?

    The Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a state order that everyone in Ohio stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23.

    Read or download the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Stay At Home Order issued on March 22, 2020.

    Learn more by reading the Stay At Home Order Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Is Campus Recreation closed? (added 3/24)

    Campus Recreation and the fitness center in the Student Union are closed until further notice. Campus Recreation has extended the rental period for locker rentals and will provide ample time for locker renewals or for patrons to retrieve items left in lockers.

  • When can I pick up mail from the Mail Room on Dayton campus? (added 3/24)

    As of Tuesday, March 24, on-campus mail and packages will be sorted and available for pickup in 014 Millett Hall, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Off-campus mail deliveries and pick up will be done on Mondays and Fridays.

    Facilities is dedicated to maintaining this essential service. If you have any questions or needs, please email Joe Dick, Mail Room manager at joseph.dick@wright.edu or you may call the Mail Room directly at (937) 775-2907.

  • How can I contact Human Resources? (3/24)

    Currently, Wright State University remains open and campus operations continue, though some in a modified capacity. Human Resources is maintaining normal work hours by working remotely and will have limited in-person office hours due to COVID-19.

    HR staff members working remotely have forwarded their extensions to their personal phones. Emails and phone messages will be returned as quickly as possible, with every effort to respond within 24 hours.

    The HR office located at 2455 Presidential Drive, Suite 221, will operate Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, March 25, staffed by essential personnel.

    Keeping everyone’s safety and well-being in mind, please contact a HR staff member directly by phone or email for questions:

    Carmon Baker, HR Operations Analyst: carmon.baker@wright.edu, 937-775-4223

    Brittany Barrett, HR Operations Analyst: brittany.barrett@wright.edu, 937-775-4975

    Aaron Bock, HR Operations Analyst: aaron.bock@wright.edu, 937-775-2373

    Brenda Williams, HR Operations Analyst: brenda.williams@wright.edu, 937-775-4220

    Kevin Evans, HR Operations Manager: kevin.evans@wright.edu, 937-775-2723

    Monica Mack, Benefits Manager: monica.mack@wright.edu, 937-775-3299

    Sylvia Brockman, Dir., Total Rewards: sylvia.brockman@wright.edu, 937-775-2567

    Sherri Maxwell-Nickel, HR Business Partner: sherri.maxwell-nickel@wright.edu, 937-775-4217

    Bill Whaley, HR Business Partner: bill.whaley@wright.edu, 937-775-2121

    Meltem Kokaly, Talent Acquisition Lead: meltem.kokaly@wright.edu, 937-775-2122

    Emily Hamman, Dir., Talent Mgt/Staff Labor Relations: emily.hamman@wright.edu, 937-775-3843

    Teresa Bedwell, Assistant to CHRO: teresa.bedwell@wright.edu, 937-775-2507

    Shari Mickey-Boggs, Assoc. VP, Human Resources/CHRO: shari.mickey-boggs@wright.edu, 937-775-2507

    Tony Whack, HRIS Manager: tony.whack@wright.edu, 937-775-4161

  • How should campus supervisors of student employees reach Student Employment? (added 3/26)

    Email non-confidential documents to studentemployment@wright.edu. Confidential documents can be sent using Filelocker.  Voicemail message are welcome at (937) 775-2556.

  • What services are the University Libraries providing to faculty and staff? (added 3/27)

    The University Libraries are here to support you.  Here is a recap of the services we currently have available and a couple of new ones, too: 

    Ask a Librarian/Ask an Archivist - live chat or email with our talented librarians and archivists

    Electronic Resources - Millions of full-text scholarly resources available through our website

    Support for remote instruction - links to online resources to support your instruction.  This list is updated regularly as new publishers open up content.  Many eTextbooks are now available.

    CORE Scholar:  Did you have an event cancelled and would still like to showcase the work of your students and/or presenters? Are you hosting a virtual conference and need a place to disseminate the proceedings?  You can use CORE Scholar to post posters, papers, videos that can no longer be presented in person.  Contact Jane Wildermuth for help – jane.wildermuth@wright.edu .

    Document your story – Our Special Collections and Archives will be collecting and preserving the stories of the Wright State University community (students, faculty, and staff) and Miami Valley residents. The goal is to preserve the stories of our daily lives during the crisis and to provide future historians, researchers, and students with information and data on life in the Miami Valley during the Pandemic.

 

Campus Efforts to Guard Against Disease


  • What is Wright State Facilities doing to prepare for a possible pandemic?

    Facilities is watching and monitoring the CDC website for updates related to the virus.  Facilities is participating weekly with a team of university leaders to stay up to speed on the spread of the virus.  The CDC doesn't recommend anything more than routine cleaning at this time. Facilities is making a concerted effort to sanitize handrails, door handles, etc. in high volume areas more frequently. 

  • What should I do if I notice a hand sanitizer container, soap dispenser, or paper towel dispenser that is empty?

    Call x4444 to report or send an email to facilities@wright.edu and the deficiency will be taken care of immediately.

  • Are university resources adequate to provide services in the event of a widespread outbreak?

    Facilities has made and is currently making contingency plans to provide additional services as needed. The goal is to ensure campus operations and classes are not impacted.

  • Who can I contact if I have a facilities-related question or concern?

    Javan Conley, AVP Facilities Management and Campus Operations. Any questions or concerns should be directed to our facilities email: facilities@wright.edu.  This email address is monitored by our department and will ensure a timely response.   

 

Travel Restrictions and Guidance

Wright State Travel Restrictions

  • Does Wright State have any travel restrictions? (updated 3/16)

    All university-sponsored foreign and domestic travel is suspended until further notice. This includes travel that has received Chrome river pre-approval as well as routine in-state university travel involving personal vehicles. Virtual meetings are encouraged.

 

STUDY ABROAD


  • I was planning on doing study abroad this summer. Has anything change about that? (updated 3/13)

    Out of an abundance of caution, Wright State University is making the difficult—but necessary—decision to suspend all summer 2020 Ambassador Programs departing on or before May 31. Given the fluid nature of the situation, we will continually monitor to see if any cancellations should be made to future study abroad programs.

    Faculty leaders and students enrolled in these programs should contact the Study Abroad office at studyabroad@wright.edu for further details.

  • I am a student on a Spring 2020 Study Abroad Program. What should I do?

    In accordance with guidance issued by our partners at every level of government, Wright State University is making the difficult, but necessary decision to suspend all current spring semester 2020 study abroad programs. Students currently abroad should contact the Study Abroad team at studyabroad@wright.edu immediately if you have not been in contact already to discuss plans for returning. Be reminded that a self-quarantine period is being recommended by the CDC for a minimum of 14 days following your return. Learn more at, cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.

  • I am a faculty member planning a Summer 2020 Ambassador Program. Will our programs be cancelled?

    Given the nature of the current global pandemic and recommendations from the CDC and the U.S. State Department Level 3 Global Travel Advisory, the University Center for International Education is cancelling all Summer Study Abroad Programs, including Summer Ambassador Programs through May 31, 2020. All questions should be directed to our study abroad advisors at studyabroad@wright.edu. All faculty members should make every effort to recover all payments made for Ambassador Program expenses. All other international travel at Wright State University is suspended until further notice. 

  • Who should I contact about my airline ticket for the program Wright State has cancelled?

    Work directly with the original agency, company, or airline through which you purchased your ticket. Unfortunately, Wright State cannot assist you with your flight.

  • I am a student wanting to apply to, or already applied to, a Summer 2020 Ambassador Program. Do I continue the application or make purchases related to travel?

    If you have not yet purchased the airfare for your program, please hold off in doing so until you receive a directive from your program faculty leader or your study abroad advisor. If you still have payments to be made toward your program fee, please continue to make these payments according to the payment deadlines outlined on the program brochure. Should the UCIE cancel the program, all payments made to the UCIE (application fee and program fees) will be fully refunded to the student.

  • I am a student who has applied or has been accepted into a cancelled Summer 2020 Study Abroad Program. Can I get reimbursed?

    Since UCIE has canceled the program, all payments made to the UCIE (application fee and Wright State fees) will be fully refunded to the student.  

  • Are Fall 2020 and future Study Abroad Programs cancelled?

    No, Study Abroad Advisors are on hand to provide advising for all study abroad programs for Fall 2020 and beyond. However, we highly recommend given the changing nature of the global pandemic that you do not make any non-refundable purchases at this time. 

  • Is the Wright State U.S. Passport Center open?

    No, the Center is temporarily closed until further notice.

 

Health, Wellness, and Prevention

  • Has COVID-19 spread through the community of Ohio? (updated 3/16)

    Public health experts have estimated up to 1% of the population could be infected after identifying multiple cases of community spread of coronavirus. The estimates consider that:

    • Testing is limited.
    • Most individuals that have the disease are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
    • The incubation period can be up to 14 days so people are incubating the illness and aren’t showing symptoms.
    • We know that this virus is highly transmissible.

    Based on how quickly the virus multiplies and infects people and based on the modeling, we can extrapolate that there are thousands of Ohioans who may already have been infected. We know that sounds extremely scary but please consider that the majority of people who have this illness will experience mild or moderate symptoms. They won’t require testing. And they will be prescribed treatment to help ease their symptoms. For fever, we will give Tylenol or acetaminophen. For coughs, they likely will take cough medicine and cough drops.

    A smaller number of cases will have severe infections that will require hospitalization. That’s why individuals need to be vigilant in monitoring symptoms and reach out to a healthcare provider if symptoms worsen. Individuals with shortness of breath or a high fever should see a provider.

    That healthcare provider will use clinical judgment combined with a medical evaluation and history to decide if testing is necessary. Testing requires a doctor’s order.

    Not everyone needs to be tested.

    As part of efforts to stem the spread of the virus, the state of Ohio has implemented multiple preventive measures including: Closing schools, limiting mass gatherings, encouraging proper cleaning and handwashing, etc. to help reduce the impact of coronavirus. These measures will slow the spread of the virus and will reduce the impact on our healthcare system. Read more.

  • How likely am I to catch COVID-19?

    The risk depends on where you are – and more specifically, whether there is a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak unfolding there.

    For most people in most locations, the risk of catching COVID-19 is still low. According to the Centers for Disease Control, older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

    However, there are now places around the world (cities or areas) where the disease is spreading. For people living in, or visiting, these areas, the risk of catching COVID-19 is higher. Governments and health authorities are taking vigorous action every time a new case of COVID-19 is identified. Be sure to comply with any local restrictions on travel, movement, or large gatherings. Cooperating with disease control efforts will reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19.

    COVID-19 outbreaks can be contained and transmission stopped, as has been shown in China and some other countries. Unfortunately, new outbreaks can emerge rapidly. It’s important to be aware of the situation where you are or intend to go.

    The World Health Organizations publishes daily updates on the COVID-19 situation worldwide.

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19? (Updated 3/27)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information about symptoms, including a Coronavirus Self-Checker at cdc.gov/COVID19-symptoms.

    This chart from the Ohio Department of Health compares the symptoms of COVID-19, colds, and flu.

  • What should I do if I have respiratory symptoms?

    If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, you should: 



    • Call your primary health care provider or Student Health Services before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 


    • Wright State University students may call Student Health Services at (937) 245-7200, Option 1, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or contact their preferred primary care provider. Lake Campus students, faculty, and staff may contact Health and Wellness Services at beth.wells@wright.edu, or reach out to their family physician, local health department, or pharmacy for more information.
    • The Greene County Health Department may also offer advice by phone and can be contacted at (937) 374-5600. For Lake Campus personnel or students, the Mercer County Health District can be reached at (419) 586-3251.
    • Avoid contact with others. 


    • Do not travel while sick. Please do not get on public transportation or just arrive at a clinic or doctor’s office. Student Health Services offers advise by phone to help save students a trip to Wright State Physicians or the emergency department. Call Student Health Services at (937) 245-7200.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60% if soap and water are not available.
  • What should I do if I feel sick?
    • Stay home.
    • Monitor your symptoms closely. Take your temperature daily.
      • If you have a fever, call a health care professional.
      • If you live in Dayton campus housing, contact Student Health Services or your preferred primary care provider. Lake Campus faculty, staff, and students may contact Health and Wellness Services or reach out to their preferred primary care provider.
      • Stay home from school and work until at least 72 hours after your fever ends, without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you must go out of the house or be around others, wear a mask and avoid close contact. Be especially careful around people who have compromised immune systems, underlying health conditions and/or are age 60 and older.
    • Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Practice good hygiene:
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash your hands if visibly dirty.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • 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.
  • I may have been exposed to COVID-19, but I do not have any symptoms, what should I do?

    If you had close contact* with a person with confirmed COVID-19, but you do not have any symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath):

    • Stay at home for 14 days after your last contact with the ill person. Do not go to school or work. Avoid public places.
    • During the 14 days, monitor your health for fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
    • Notify your supervisor that you are ill and will not be able to work.
    • Seek medical advice from a medical professional by calling ahead before visiting a health facility.

    *Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) without wearing personal protective equipment.

  • I may have been exposed to COVID-19, and I have respiratory symptoms, what should I do?

    If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 infection — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — within 14 days of your return from travel to a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice (China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy as of March 9, 2020) OR have been in close contact* with someone who has confirmed COVID-19, please take the steps listed below.

    Call your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

    If you live in Dayton campus housing, contact Student Health Services or your preferred primary care provider. Lake Campus faculty, staff, and students may contact Health and Wellness Services or reach out to their preferred primary care provider.

    *Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time, or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) without wearing personal protective equipment.

  • I have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?
    • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These can be symptoms of other respiratory illnesses as well as COVID-19.
    • If you are in a high-risk category, and have symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider for advice. If you are at risk for serious illness, your healthcare provider may arrange a test for COVID-19.
    • If you do not have a high-risk condition and your symptoms are mild, you do not need to be tested for COVID-19. Do not go out when you are sick, practice excellent hygiene, and wear a facemask when you are around other people if you can.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes. Avoid sharing personal household items. Clean your hands often. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces like doorknobs often.
    • Monitor your symptoms and call your health care provider if symptoms worsen.
    • Stay home and avoid others for 72 hours after your fever goes down and symptoms get better.

    *High Risk – older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease).

  • How do I help prevent the spread of viruses, including coronavirus?
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash your hands if visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • 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.
  • What's the difference between symptoms of COVID-19, colds, and flu? (added 3/20)

 

Research 

  • What is the status of human subject research? (added 3/19)

    Wright State University placed temporary restrictions on human subject research effective March 18 through May 1, 2020. The university will continue to re-evaluate this timeframe and make necessary adjustments.

    The only studies that may continue are ongoing studies that offer direct therapeutic benefit (drug or device) to participants and ongoing studies that do not involve face-to-face interactions with subjects.

    Information about the restrictions (and exceptions) and other guidance to assist in creating a study-specific plan, may be found at: https://www.wright.edu/coronavirus/article/investigator-guidance-for-conducting-human-subject-research-during-the-novel-coronavirus-emergency

  • I'm an undergraduate student. Can I continue my research on campus? (added 3/19)

    Undergraduate students are not permitted to be on campus to carry out any research activities under any circumstances. If undergraduate students are in the process of finishing research projects such as senior or honors research, they must complete their projects remotely, focusing on analysis, writing, experimental design, and predicted results.

  • Can graduate student researchers continue to work in campus labs? (added 3/19)

    No graduate students should continue coming onto campus to work in research labs. However, if there are no other means of maintaining degree progress other than being physically present in a lab, exemption requests should be communicated to the dean of the appropriate college or school, and are subject to the approval of interim Provost Leaman.

    Research groups should make every effort to implement mechanisms and/or shift activities to conduct research remotely wherever possible (e.g., computational work, research of online resources and databases, data analysis, etc.). When it is absolutely necessary to conduct research activities on campus and in associated research facilities, additional practices should be adopted to ensure health and safety. Please see wright.edu/coronavirus/article/research-planning-during-the-novel-coronavirus-emergency.

  • Should researchers start planning for contingencies? (added 3/19)

    All researchers must be prepared for the possibility of a complete shutdown of research laboratories. No new experiments should be initiated, and plans to halt work with little notice should be developed.

 

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • What is a Coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are common throughout the world, and while most are known to cause mild to moderate illness, two have been known to cause severe illness. The elderly, people with underlying health problems, and people who have compromised immune systems are at greater risk than those who are younger and healthier.

    The CDC website includes detailed information about coronaviruses, how they spread, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

  • Where can I call to get more information about COVID-19? (added 3/26)

    If you have questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19), call:

    • Ohio Department of Health's Call Center toll free at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health's COVID-19 Hot Line at (937) 225-6217. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Prevention Tips


Practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and not overwhelm our health care system:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Keep six feet between you and others
  • Avoid group work settings and large meetings
  • Avoid crowded public places where close contact with others may occur
  • Avoid large gatherings

Anyone remaining on campus is encouraged to actively practice preventive measures, including appropriate social distancing and good hygiene practices. Please continue to employ these preventive practices to help curtail the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash your hands if they are visibly dirty.
  • 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.

Talk to your doctor or nurse if you feel seriously ill, especially if you have a fever. Avoid contact with other people while you are sick.

 

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