Western Carolina University classes are being held online or via other distance methods, university leaders do not expect face-to-face classes to resume before the end of the spring semester, and students should plan to continue online or alternative instruction as directed by their professors through May 8. Students who live on campus must either remain at their permanent homes or return to those homes unless an exception is granted by the university. In response to the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic, Western Carolina University is postponing all spring commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for May 8 and 9, and will announce by April 3 plans for rescheduling the events.
To Western Carolina University students:
We understand that many of you have questions regarding refunds for payments for on-campus housing and dining services that you are unable to access because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We now are beginning to receive guidelines from the University of North Carolina System on how to deal with the very complicated issues surrounding partial refunds for your housing and dining payments.
We are glad that we will be able to issue refunds to you. That said, the devil will be in the details. We anticipate that it will take us a few weeks to figure out the logistics, because there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Different students have different meal plans, and different residence halls have different room rates. Some students have received exemptions and have been allowed to remain in on-campus housing, with fewer dining options.