The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our campus community and represents an ever-changing situation. As we look to the fall, we will act to put the academic mission and campus community well-being at the forefront of all pandemic planning efforts. Our plans will be grounded in our core academic mission and our main reason for being – our students.
Western Carolina University is moving forward with plans to resume as close to normal operations this fall, given the current COVID-19 trends and projections, and as WCU’s clinic is helping to vaccinate the Western North Carolina region.
The resumption of ‘normal operations’ will include an increase of in-person classes, fall sports, campus events and activities, community engagement, and a return to full occupancy residential living. All buildings and facilities, including dining operations, the library and the recreation center will return to normal hours and increased capacity.
WCU will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and adhere to the Catamounts Care Community Standards and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the governor’s executive orders for a successful return to ‘normal operations’.
Shared community standards remind us that we each have personal responsibility for actions that may affect our own health and the health of our friends, colleagues, and the broader campus community. Our collective acceptance of this shared responsibility will be the most effective strategy we will have at our disposal in the challenging months ahead. We know that Catamounts Care and we have developed a set of standards to encourage everyone to put the well-being of themselves and others top of mind.