- Updated: May 11, 2020, at 3:50 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
- Updated: May 8, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. (addition: a letter from the President)
- Updated: April 27, 2020, at 11:10 a.m. (addition: a letter from the President)
- Updated: April 22, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
- Updated: April 17, 2020, at 2:45 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
- Updated: April 16, 2020, at 3:10 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
- Updated: April 8, 2020, at 2:04 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
- Updated: March 30, 2020, at 3:50 p.m. (edited to add a letter from the President; updates to policies; campus restrictions; and updates to FAQs)
- Updated: March 21, 2020, at 10:50 a.m. (addition: a letter from the President)
- Updated: March 18, 2020, at 5:15 p.m. (addition: a letter from the President to the Class of 2020 regarding commencement)
- Updated: March 17, 2020, at 7:50 p.m. (addition: bookstore and book rental information to FAQ section)
- Updated: March 16, 2020, at 3:40 p.m. (edited to add a letter from the President; updates to policies; campus restrictions; and updates to FAQs)
- Updated: March 16, 2020, at 10:19 a.m. (addition: All students are required to submit a form designating whether they are staying or leaving campus. See below for links.)
- Updated: March 13, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. (edited to add cancelled events)
- Updated: March 13, 2020, at 12:56 p.m. (edited to add a letter from the President; Interim Changes to Academics, Housing and Events; contact information)
- Originally published: March 4, 2020, at 12:20 p.m.
From the President
May 8, 2020, 11:30 a.m.
Dear Waynesburg University Community,
I am writing in light of the recent announcement by Pennsylvania Governor Wolf regarding the reopening of Pennsylvania. We have been developing plans to begin a return to campus activities in a gradual and safe manner and continue to update those plans as we receive additional information on the reopening of our region.
In addition to the state and CDC guidelines, we are in consultation with other institutions and medical professionals to develop protocols and procedures that will allow us to bring students, faculty and staff back to campus in the safest environment possible. As of this letter, Greene County has one of the lowest numbers of coronavirus cases per capita in the state, according to statistics provided by the state of Pennsylvania. With continued vigilance and plans that can be flexible and responsive to any further orders by state or federal officials, we will do the best things in the worst times.
Looking ahead to our next academic year, our plan and intention is to open the campus to our students in the fall. Toward this end, we will continue to develop and update plans and protocols that will contribute to the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
I also wanted to share these additional points with all of you:
- Work continues on bringing a Chick-fil-A to the campus in the fall. The timeframe has been slightly changed due to the stay-at-home order, but we are working hard to begin the renovations necessary to have this exciting addition on our campus.
- Also, work on the renovated Bee Hive that includes a 24-hour mini convenience store, fully renovated Starbucks and kiosk ordering system is moving ahead.
- Waynesburg University’s eHIVE, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center, will host a one-hour webinar on becoming a gig or a hobby entrepreneur. The eHIVE will also be sponsoring a “see it, solve it” pitch competition. Information on that event will be coming out in the next week.
- The University is collaborating with the nonprofit Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) of Harrisburg and Morgantown-based ClearFiber Communications to string an 81-mile broadband cable through parts of Washington and Greene counties and Waynesburg University. This will bring high-speed internet access to a poorly served area of southwest Pennsylvania and improve learning opportunities for students living in those areas.
These are just some of the projects we have been working on in the last several months. They demonstrate our continued commitment to developing opportunities for the surrounding community, even in these challenging times.
There is more to talk about as we look ahead to the coming months, and you will be provided with continued updates as more information becomes available.
Mrs. Lee and I wish all of you and your families continued blessings. All of you remain in our prayers.
We look forward to seeing all of you.
Douglas G. Lee
April 27, 2020, 11:00 a.m.
March 26, 2020, 12:41 p.m.
March 21, 2020, 10:50 a.m.
March 18, 2020, 5:15 p.m. - To the Class of 2020
March 16, 2020, 3:40 p.m.
March 13, 2020, 12:55 p.m.
March 11, 2020, 5:40 p.m.
Interim Changes to Academics, Facilities and Events
It is our responsibility to contribute to local, state, federal and global public health efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to help maintain the health and safety of our campus and surrounding community, Waynesburg University will be implementing interim changes to academic and residential operations.
The coronavirus has presented officials at all levels with an unprecedented challenge. It is an evolving situation that continues to require vigilant attention, cooperation from all and adaptability in decision-making. We will continue to provide updates should the situation require additional decisions as we move forward.
- All classes have transitioned to remote or distance learning channels, effective Monday, March 23, through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
- The last day to withdraw from a course with a non-punitive grade (i.e., “W”) has been extended to Friday, April 24, 2020. For additional details, please refer to the FAQ section below.
- All buildings on campus are currently closed as mandated by the Governor of Pennsylvania.
- Access to offices or classrooms must be approved in advance by the Provost or the Director of Emergency Operations and coordinated with the Office of Public Safety (724-852-3303).
Events & Activities
Campus events, campus visits and other conferences are cancelled until further notice.
- We have been notified by the Presidents Athletic Conference that all varsity athletic-related activities have been suspended, effective immediately.
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers, including Waynesburg University, to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated 5/13 - As a student, will I be receiving emergency grant funding through the CARES Act?
Updated 3/30 - If I feel like I am experiencing flu-like symptoms, what should I do?
Updated 3/30 - What precautions should individuals on campus take?
Updated 4/17 - How will my decision to leave campus impact my financial aid eligibility?
Updated 3/30 - If I am a prospective student, can I still visit campus?
Updated 3/17 - How will I return my book rentals at the end of the semester?
Updated 3/30 - What options exist for faculty and staff?
Updated 3/18 - Is Commencement still happening?
Updated 3/30 - What support services are available remotely?
Updated 3/30 - Is Eberly Library open?
Updated 3/30 - What if I need to do research?
Updated 3/30 - Can I still make an appointment at the Writing Center?
Academic / technology
Updated 4/16 - What if I can’t complete the requirements of a course on time because of extenuating circumstances relating to COVID-19?
Updated 3/30 - What if I want to withdraw from a class?
Updated 3/16 - What platforms will be used for learning?
Updated 4/22 - What learning formats will be used for Summer 2020 undergraduate courses?
Updated 3/16 - What about students who don't have easy access to technology/internet?
Updated 3/16 - What about clinicals, labs, internships and other experiential requirements?
What is the procedure for in-person graduate classes at Southpointe?
Will classes be extended for a week?
Updated 3/30 - What buildings on campus can I access?
Updated 4/22 - After I have permission to access campus, what is the protocol?
Updated 4/22 - Where can I find the WU Campus Access Screening Form?
Updated 3/16 - May non-University affiliated groups utilize campus facilities?
Updated 4/8 - Can I still purchase items from the Bookstore?
Housing / meal plans
Updated 5/11 - Will I receive a refund for my housing and/or meal plan?
Updated 3/30 - How/when can I retrieve personal belongings?
Contacts for Questions
Academics – Registration: Vicki Wilson 724-852-3375
Athletics: Adam Jack 724-852-3211; Barb Tuggle 724-852-3230
Housing and meals: Matt Pioch 724-852-3260
Meal Plans: Dr. Shari Payne 724-852-3333
Graduate Programs: Dr. Dave Mariner 724-743-2265
Business Office: Shelley Younken 724-852-3403; Leah Hanley 724-852-3298
University Events: Lisa Colcombe 724-852-3256
Study Abroad: Sarah Bell 724-852-7790
Financial Aid: 724-852-3208
ITS Help Desk: 724-852-3413
Campus Security: 724-852-3303
Student Health Services: 724-852-3332
Learning Disabilities and Accommodations: Courtney Balban 724-852-7797