Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

June 30, 2020 - From the President's Desk: Fall return to campus plan

Dear Wright State family and friends,

I hope you and your families are both healthy and safe. I have good news to share today.

Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 fall semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses.

As I have continued to enforce since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety and wellness of students and employees has been our number one priority and always will be as we make our decisions. We are taking extra precautions to keep our students, faculty, employees, and visitors safe. We will continue to monitor the pandemic in partnership with Greene and Mercer County Public Health Departments and the State of Ohio and we will comply with guidelines and mandates as they evolve.

We have had a dedicated team of faculty, staff, and students who have diligently worked with state and local health authorities, as well as the other higher education institutions in Ohio to develop comprehensive policies and protocols for a fall return to our campuses. I want to thank all of those who have worked so hard for their efforts and concern and for getting us to where we are today. Our faculty and staff have been flexible and innovative. And our students are amazing and resilient. I can’t thank you all enough for your patience.

Academics:

We will welcome our students who are able and who choose to participate in an on-campus experience for fall semester to do so. Our fall course offerings will utilize a combination of remote, hybrid-flexible, and safe, socially distant, in-person on-campus classes. Our aim is to ensure the best experience for our students, taking into account space, scheduling, pedagogical, and health concerns for all students and employees.

At this time, the university conservatively estimates that one-third of classes will have in-person components while the majority of in-person classes will also deliver all content remotely to provide flexibility to students who are unable or do not feel comfortable returning to campus. Details of which courses will be on campus and which will be remote are being finalized and will be communicated to the campus community in the coming weeks.

Fall semester will start on schedule August 24. Beginning November 25, the start of Thanksgiving break, all classes will move to fully remote delivery for the rest of the semester. Final exams will be taken remotely, and at this stage, Commencement is planned for December 12. Additional details about academics.

Residence Life and Housing:

All of our residential housing communities will be open for fall semester (with reduced occupancy) for students who want to live in one of Wright State’s residence halls or on-campus apartments. This includes Lake Campus.

Residence Life and Housing staff have been planning all summer long and are taking extra precautions during the 2020-2021 academic year to ensure the health and safety of all of our campus residents and will abide by public health and state mandates.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our usual Move-In Day but instead will have staggered arrivals over several days. Our housing staff have worked with Student Health Services and Wright State Physicians to monitor our students’ health and have thorough plans in place for self-isolation and quarantine in the event of a COVID-19 illness. Additional details about Residence Life and Housing.

Research:

Some researchers voluntarily began working in their laboratories in a phased approach this summer. All returning researchers will complete COVID-19 specific training and follow Environmental Health and Safety protocols, including face coverings, social and temporal distancing, hygiene, personal health assessments, and enhanced lab management. Only research that requires the use of campus facilities is currently being conducted on campus. General office activities, data analysis, and writing continue to be done remotely in order to minimize the number of staff in the research buildings at any time. Additional details about research.

Athletics:

Beginning July 6, Wright State will begin resumption of athletics practices. This will be conducted in a systematic and controlled nature, following strict public health protocols. Fall sports, along with basketball, will participate in the initial introduction phase. Spring sports will follow as the reopening progresses. Additional details about Athletics.

Facility safety and security:

The Wright State Facilities Management and Campus Operations team has worked hard to achieve a safe and clean learning environment for our students in anticipation of the start of fall semester. Our facilities team has been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects to reduce the risk of exposure. High-touch points, including door handles, elevator buttons, and handrails that are touched by multiple people will be frequently disinfected.

We will provide guidance to ensure a minimum of six feet distance between people. We will also provide transaction shields or barriers in campus areas where frequent person-to-person interaction occurs. Occupancy limits will be in place for restrooms and elevators. Additional details about facility safety and security.

Offices:

Our provost, deans, and other campus leaders are working on individualized plans to bring academic campus services and offices back as needed in a way that supports our students' success and keeps the health and safety for all students and employees as priorities. You’ll hear more about this as we get closer to fall semester.

Healthy protocols for those on campus:

Please understand when you come to campus, it will feel different. There will be new protocols that we all must follow to keep our campus community safe. These include social distancing, daily health assessments, hand washing, cleaning surfaces, and face coverings. These guidelines are in line with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health, Greene and Mercer County Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read Wright State’s health and safety protocols.

As we begin returning to campus, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are expected to comply with all safety policies, protocols, and guidelines to keep our Wright State family safe. We are all in this together, and I know I can count on you. I’m looking forward to fall semester and can’t wait to see students and colleagues on campus again!

Take care and stay safe,

Sue

 

On this page:

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Campus information

  • Are university events and student activities 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.

  • What is the status of spring 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How can students apply for assistance from Wright State's Student Emergency Relief Campaign? (added 4/6)

    The Wright State University Foundation created the Wright State Student Emergency Relief Campaign to raise funds for students negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of our donors contributed to the Katie Deedrick Student Support Fund. These contributions will be utilized to assist students with food, toiletries, medications, and other supplies and with travel expenses for students returning to their homes outside of the area.

    Students may now begin applying for assistance from the Katie Deedrick Student Support Fund. This fund provides one-time support to eligible Wright State students currently enrolled at the Dayton or Lake campuses with demonstrated financial need.

    Applications will be considered only while funds are still available.

    APPLY NOW

    If you have questions about the application process or the Katie Deedrick Student Support Fund, please contact Destinee Biesemeyer, associate director for student advocacy and wellness, at studentadvocacyandwellness@wright.edu.

Health, Wellness, and Prevention

  • 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)
  • How can I access Apple's COVID-19 Screening Tool?

    Download the free app from Apple’s App Store.

    Or access the screening tool online at www.apple.com/covid19.

    Apple Inc. – in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. The tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider.

    Read the CDC statement on the COVID-19 Apple App.

  • Should I wear a cloth face covering (mask) in public? How do I make one?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Americans wear cloth face coverings (masks) in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This recommendation is being made based on studies that show a significant proportion of people with COVID-19 lack symptoms and can transmit the virus to others in close proximity, through speaking, coughing, sneezing or other means.

  • What are the health and safety protocols required on Wright State's campus? (added 6/15)

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

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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