The spring 2021 semester will be very similar to fall 2020, given the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes have been implemented and will continue to support social and physical distancing and provide our campus community with additional spaces and resources they can use outside of the classroom. Below you'll find information about changes to classrooms, dining, health services and the additional spaces provided outdoors.
To help accommodate social and physical distancing and provide additional spaces for use by students, faculty and staff, a series of large tents will be scattered across campus. Tents will be available for use beginning Monday, January 25th on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sanitizing wipes will be available at each tent location to allow for cleaning after each use. Students, faculty and staff are asked to please wipe down chairs after each use.
Consistent with COVID-19 prevention practices, dining locations will operate in special configurations to serve guests quickly while preserving a wide range of choices each meal. To help guests avoid as many contact surfaces as possible, all locations will be full-service only and utilize disposable to-go containers.
Health Services will require patients to call for an appointment for any healthcare services requested this semester. Walk-in appointments are not available. This will allow for individuals to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and directed to the most appropriate location to access Health Services.
For patients that are have been scheduled for COVID-19 testing, directions will be provided at the time of scheduling to either see a provider at Madison Residential Hall or at Bird in the Red Zone (the area at Bird with the red top tent).
Please refer to healthservices.wcu.edu for specific directions on how to arrive at your appointment.
Just as in the fall semester, classrooms have been reconfigured to ensure faculty and students can return to classrooms (including at Biltmore Park) while accommodating the need for physical distancing.
Every classroom was inventoried and classified by type to determine capacity and the methods necessary to meet physical distancing guidelines. Where needed, new furniture was ordered and new classroom layouts were designed. This project involved the removal of 3,000 pieces of classroom furniture.