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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updates will be made to this page as they become available.

  • 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

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.

Employee Resources 

  • 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. View more information
Frequently Asked Questions 



student support

Academic / technology


Housing / meal plans

WU Guidelines 
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

Admissions: 1-800-225-7393

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