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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Current Student Information

Updated: September 23, 2020

Information on this site may change frequently and without notice. Please check back often.

For parent and student questions regarding the Wright State response to COVID-19, please call or text Student Advocacy and Wellness at 937-260-0167.

On this page:

Overview

Welcome, Wright State University Raiders and Lake Campus Lakers!

We value the personal relationships you develop with each other during your time on campus. With your help, we can protect your friends and fellow community members who are most at risk of developing COVID-19 complications. Help us by following physical distancing, wearing a face covering, and avoiding face-to-face gatherings.

We are all in this together; success is in your hands.

How you can be safe on campus this fall:

  • Perform a daily self-assessment.
  • Wear your mask.
  • Keep hand sanitizer with you.
  • Follow posted guidelines in buildings and dining areas on campus.
  • Bring your own water bottles to campus.

In the classroom:

  • Use provided supplies to sanitize your desk and high touchpoints at the end of every class.
  • Avoid congregating in hallways.
  • Keep furniture where it is to ensure physical distancing.

Perform a daily self-assessment. Stay home if you or anyone in your household experiences:

Enjoy virtual activities and connect with each other online:

  • Use software like Cisco Webex, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams to hang out virtually and to meet with your classmates for group projects.
  • Check out Engage, or download the CORQ app to see details and RSVP to the upcoming virtual events.
  • Follow Wright State Student Involvement and Leadership, student organizations, and each other on social media for updates and more virtual events.
  • Use and follow the hashtag #WrightState on social media to connect with other Raiders and Lakers.

COVID-19 Protocol

In addition to other protocol in place, face coverings are required to be worn in public spaces by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors at Wright State University. Any exceptions must be documented.

Please contact your health care provider immediately if you have health concerns related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

Student Health Services (937-245-7200) is the preferred point of the first contact for Dayton Campus students. Student Health Services can conduct a tele-health appointment to assess symptoms and refer students for testing. Wright State University Physicians and Student Health Services offer limited COVID-19 testing on our Dayton Campus. View additional COVID-19 testing information.

Lake Campus students are also encouraged to call Student Health Services to schedule a tele-health appointment. Lake Campus community members needing testing will be referred to the Mercer Health testing facility or other local testing facilities.


Academics

We are planning for a full semester with both in-person and remote teaching and learning options. All classes will move fully to remote delivery on November 25 (at the start of Thanksgiving break) for the rest of the semester and final exams will be held remotely.

The university is delivering courses in the following ways:

  • Fully remote with no set meeting time (asynchronous; on-demand classes)
  • Fully remote with a set meeting time (synchronous; real-time classes)
  • In-person only
  • Flexible delivery where students can participate in person, remotely with live video conferencing, or via recording and other remote activities. For some courses, students will alternate attending in person and remotely, in order to accommodate social distancing.

Should local, state, or federal guidance change, a course's delivery format may be affected.

View health and safety protocol for student safety in the classroom.

Some classroom and computer lab spaces across campus are reserved for open study areas. View locations and hours.

How to Find Course Delivery Information

Course delivery attributes have been updated in WINGS Express. To view this information for a course you're already registered for, please view your Active Registration information in WINGS Express and click on a Course Title to bring up information about the specific class. Under Attributes, you will find your course delivery details.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Log into WINGS
  2. Click the WINGS Express icon in the upper-right corner
  3. Click on Student and Financial Aid
  4. Click on Registration & Records
  5. Select Active Registration
  6. Click on the Course Title hyperlink to find their attribute

How to Search Classes by Course Delivery Attribute

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Log into WINGS
  2. Click the WINGS Express icon in the upper-right corner
  3. Click on Student and Financial Aid
  4. Click on Look Up Classes
  5. Select at least on Subject, Campus, and Part of Term (select ALL subjects to see all matching options)
  6. Select the Attribute Type for the mode of course delivery (Face-to-Face, Flexible Delivery, Fully Online)
  7. Click the Class Search button; additional details are available from the HELP link
  8. The returning course list will display the selected Attribute Type; for more details, click the course title link
  9. See the WINGS Express Registration Guide (PDF) for more information.

Academic Support

All the services you depend on from the Division of Student Success continue to be available to support your academic and career needs through the Fall Semester. Advising, tutoring, math and writing centers, career services, and placement testing will be provided in a virtual format. Visit the Student Success Services website for updates and more information. 

Study Abroad

At this time, Wright State and the University Center for International Education (UCIE) has canceled all fall 2020 study abroad opportunities. This is to protect the health and safety of our community. We are currently offering study abroad in the spring, though this is subject to change to be compliant with state and federal regulations.

Students who would like a safe alternative to study abroad this fall can explore the variety of virtual study abroad courses and virtual internships abroad. These virtual programs are an innovative way to have real-time, cross-cultural experiences with experts in the field at international universities or companies abroad. View available options

Learn more about global learning options: The study abroad office in UCIE offers daily advising. Email studyabroad@wright.edu to set up a virtual appointment, or visit the UCIE website  for more information.

View the FAQ’s for more detailed information:

  • Can I plan for study abroad in the future?

    Yes, Wright State is offering study abroad options for spring 2021 and beyond. Browse possible program options. Please note: Safety is our top priority, so these options are subject to change. Students are advised not to make non-refundable payments at this time. Students enrolled in spring 2021 programs will be notified of any changes (if any) by October 2020. Please email the UCIE study abroad team at studyabroad@wright.edu for more information.

  • Are virtual study abroad courses or virtual internships abroad possible?

    Yes, Wright State offers a wide selection of both of these options across many disciplines. Virtual study abroad and internships are unique (and safe) options that can give students the credit/experience they need at a significantly lower cost. Virtual programs are an innovative way to have real-time, cross-cultural experiences with experts in the field at international universities or companies abroad. View available options.  

  • How do I learn more about all my global learning options?

    The study abroad office in UCIE offers daily advising. Email studyabroad@wright.edu to set up a virtual appointment, or visit the UCIE website for more information.

  • I am a Pell Grant Recipient; do I still have access to the Gilman scholarship which could award me up to $5,000 to use towards a study abroad program?

    Yes! This award is still available for all 2021 programs that are three weeks or longer. The next deadline to apply for summer 2021 programs is October 6, 2020. Learn more at Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. And please schedule an appointment to work on your application with our study abroad team—we can help!

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

    Unfortunately, all U.S. Passport Centers are closed to nonessential travel customers at this time, which includes the Passport Center at Wright State. Once it is safe to reopen operations, a notice will be posted on the UCIE website and on our social media pages.

  • How is Wright State responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Wright State University and UCIE are committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We are staying informed by accessing reliable data from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disease Control, and governmental health agencies worldwide, all of which are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Regularly updated information about the COVID-19 pandemic related to international travel is available on the following sources:

    The education abroad field is constantly looking for safe, innovative options for students to get the credit for all global learning and experiences. Here are some of our education abroad partners and their responses to study abroad and wellness in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information please contact UCIE Study Abroad at studyabroad@wright.edu or visit studyabroad.wright.edu.


In the Classroom

Classrooms are deep cleaned at least once per day by the cleaning staff. Cleaning solution, paper towels, and hand sanitizer are available in the classrooms. At the end of the class, all touched surfaces should be sanitzed thoroughly using provided cleaning supplies. Please call 937-775-4444 or email facilities@wright.edu if additional supplies are needed.

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear face masks in campus buildings unless they have a documented accommodation from the Office of Disability Services. Faculty must wear a face covering while teaching. The university is following CDC recommendations, and those state that a face shield does not provide as much protection as a mask does. As such, face shields may not be used in place of a face mask.

If a student arrives without a face mask, politely ask them to wear one if they have one, ask other students if they have an extra clean mask for the student's use, direct them to a location where they can obtain a mask, or give them one if you have an extra. If a student refuses to wear a face covering properly, they will be asked to leave the class. If a student refuses to leave, we encourage faculty members to consider dismissing the class and notifying the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct at 937-775-4240 or studentconduct@wright.edu.

To maintain physical distancing, stickers will be placed on the floors outside of classrooms to help students know where to stand when waiting outside of the classroom. Please call 937-775-4444 or email facilities@wright.edu if additional signs or stickers are needed.

Inside the classroom, facilities staff have removed extra seats and rearranged the furniture to allow appropriate physical distancing. View the adjusted classroom capacities.

View health and safety protocol for student safety in the classroom.

Some classroom and computer lab spaces across campus are reserved for open study areas. View locations and hours.


Events and Student Organizations

The university is now allowing some in-person activities. All in-person activity requests must go through a review process in order to be approved. The review process has been integrated into the previously established space reservation process. Learn more on the In-Person Activity page. All in-person activities will be categorized as low, medium, or high risk. Low-risk activities may be approved at the coordinator level; medium– and high-risk activities will require a risk mitigation plan and be reviewed by the activities review committee. Coordinators will assist event planners with the risk mitigation plan. Medium and high-risk activities may take up to 10 days to be reviewed.

Virtual events are encouraged to promote student life and engagement opportunities.


Dining on Campus

Dining is operational, but with an added level of safety and security. You are still able to visit campus dining locations, order a hot meal, and sit down and enjoy. Below is a list of safety features that have been put into place:

  • Floor stickers to encourage social distancing
  • Plexiglass shields at all ordering locations and registers
  • Signage to encourage handwashing and face masks
  • Mandatory mask wearing
  • Hand sanitizer station at entrances
  • One way in and out
  • Mobile ordering, which reduces time spent in the dining locations
  • Limited seating
  • Limited occupancy
  • Frequent cleaning of all high touch locations, e.g., fountain drink machines
  • Removal of all self-service options like salad bar, yogurt bar, etc.

While Hospitality Services is doing everything they can to ensure dining safely, you are encouraged to take your meals to go. Students can also use the GrubHub app for convenient on-campus mobile ordering to reduce the time spent in the dining locations.

For locations, hours of operations, menus, specials, and more, please visit the Hospitality Services website.


Parking and Campus Shuttles

Students must display a valid Fall Semester 2020 parking permit when they park on campus; parking enforcement will remain unchanged and citations will be issued to those who do not display a valid permit. Parking permits for Fall Semester 2020 will be sold at a reduced rate of $48, instead of the regular rate of $95. This includes both commuter and resident permits. Additionally, students may park in any non-reserved staff, faculty, or student spot on campus.

Order parking permit now.

Campus shuttles, Raider Ride, and the campus paratransit services will be reduced for Fall Semester to decrease risk of exposure. Please visit the transportation page for more information.


Housing

Residence Life and Housing is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of all of our campus residents. View residential living plans for this fall.

Student housing and dining will continue to be available after Thanksgiving break, as permitted by the state and local health departments. Residents who wish to remain in campus housing will simply need to complete a housing break extension request form.

Housing and dining rates have remained unchanged. Due to the apartment rates remaining unchanged from last year and free upgrades to single rooms in the residence halls (a $700 per semester upgrade), all housing residents will enjoy an excellent value for the same price. The university elected to keep meal plan rates the same as last year, even though there have been price increases for food, as well as added costs incurred to implement safety protocol precautions. As much as possible, the university is committed to absorbing these additional expenses and not passing those onto the students through additional fees.

Email housing@wright.edu with additional housing questions.


Internships, Co-ops, and Student Employment

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.

Students should consult their academic or experiential-learning advisors for additional guidance relating to internships and co-ops.


Re-opening Dates

As university services and facilities establish re-opening dates and times, that information is updated on the facilities section of the coronavirus response site. Days and times are subject to change. Locations will have limited capacity to accommodate physical distancing requirement, so you are still encouraged to conduct business online as much as possible.


Research

Students involved in research should consult their faculty member for guidance on if, when, and how they might be permitted to resume in-person research.

To the extent that it is possible under the public health authority directives, as access restrictions are relaxed, priority to return to research spaces should be given to those researchers who cannot work remotely and are under time constraints to complete degrees, term appointments (e.g., postdoctoral researchers), or for tenure and other career reviews.


Resources and Support

Virtually all Student Success services can now be accessed remotely. Visit the Student Success website for more information.

The Raider Food Pantry remains closed while the campus is closed to students. Students in need of emergency food assistance, please contact 937-260-0167.

If you are a student in need of mental health and welless services, please call Counseling and Wellness Services at 937-775-3407 and leave a voicemail. A staff member will return your call.

Students who need items from the Women's Center Personal Care Pantry should email nicole.carter@wright.edu.

Visit the emergency assistance for students section of the coronavirus website for more information and resources.


Student Life

We value the personal relationships you develop with each other during your time on campus. With your help, we can protect your new friends and fellow community members who are most at risk of developing COVID-19 complications. Help us by following physical distancing, wearing a face covering, and avoiding large face-to-face gatherings.

We are counting on everyone to make responsible social choices. We are all in this together.

Here’s how you can be safe on campus this fall:

  • Daily self-assessment
  • Wear your mask
  • Keep hand sanitizer with you
  • Follow posted guidelines in buildings and dining areas on campus
  • Bring your own water bottles to campus

Perform a daily self-assessment. Stay home if you or anyone in your household experiences:

Student organizations and offices have created many virtual activities for you to enjoy.

  • Student organizations use software like Cisco Webex, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams to hang out virtually.
  • Check out Engage, or download the CORQ app to see details and RSVP to the upcoming virtual events.
  • Follow Wright State Student Involvement and Leadership, student organizations, and each other on social media for updates and more virtual events.
  • Use and follow the hashtag #WrightState on social media to connect with other Raiders and Lakers.

The university is now allowing some in-person activities. All in-person activity requests must go through a review process in order to be approved. The review process has been integrated into the previously established space reservation process. Learn more on the In-Person Activity page. All in-person activities will be categorized as low, medium, or high risk. Low-risk activities may be approved at the coordinator level; medium– and high-risk activities will require a risk mitigation plan and be reviewed by the activities review committee. Coordinators will assist event planners with the risk mitigation plan. Medium and high-risk activities may take up to 10 days to be reviewed.

Virtual events are encouraged to promote student life and engagement opportunities.