- 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
March 26, 2020, 12:41 p.m.
Dear Alumni and Friends of Waynesburg University,
During these past 10 days, our University, like every other institution in higher education, has faced challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak in our nation.
Throughout this time, our concern and care have been for our students, faculty and staff, and also for all of you, the members of the larger Waynesburg University community. We have worked together to respond to the current public health crisis, with the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community as the impetus for each decision.
I am grateful for the faith, leadership, collaboration, ingenuity and can-do spirit that I have witnessed from the faculty, staff and students. Many of you have reached to us with offers of support and to let us know you are thinking about and praying for our University. Thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.
Many of you are on the front lines of helping others as our nation and world confront this challenge. Some are serving in positions that are being called upon in an unprecedented manner, particularly those in health care and public safety. No matter our role, we are all facing this challenge collectively. We want you all to know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We are proud of the great work so many of you are doing to help others, a true hallmark of a Waynesburg University education.
We have been communicating to our students and assuring our incoming class that we will keep our traditions alive and well, and we look forward to welcoming them to the same experiences you had here. We are an institution that remains committed to educating students to live lives of purpose for the glory of God, a close knit community of support and encouragement.
We are also thinking ahead to emerging from this time as a leader in the new dynamics of education that will likely develop. The University is blessed to have individuals that have already stepped forward with resources that will allow us to grow in this new direction.
This is a historic moment for our country and also for this institution. Tied together by our strong mission and faith in God, the lamp of Waynesburg University is burning brightly. With your continued prayers and support, the growing reputation and impact of this University will dramatically grow from the midst of these challenging times.
Thank you for the role you have played in our institution’s rich history. We pray that you and your families stay healthy and well in the coming weeks and months.
God Bless You.
Douglas G. Lee
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 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 3/16 - 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
Will classes be extended for a week?
Updated 3/16 - What platforms will be used for learning?
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?
Updated 3/30 - What if I want to withdraw from a class?
What is the procedure for in-person graduate classes at Southpointe?
Updated 3/30 - What buildings on campus can I access?
Updated 3/16 - May non-University affiliated groups utilize campus facilities?
Updated 3/30 - How/when can I retrieve personal belongings?
Updated 3/16 - Will WU adjust room and board fees for those students who leave campus?
Contacts for Questions
Academics – Registration: Vicki Wilson 724-852-3375
Athletics: Adam Jack 724-852-3211; Barb Tuggle 724-852-3230
Housing and meals: Pat Bristor 724-852-3315
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