The College continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and consider its potential impact to our campus community. Our top priority remains the health and safety of our campus as well as preserving the continuity of our student’s education.
Please submit any questions regarding the 2020 fall semester using this form.
Wilson's current status
Dear Wilson Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff,
I hope this email finds you well. For the past several months, the College’s Re-Opening Steering Committee, along with faculty and staff, have been working diligently on a plan to safely bring students, faculty, and staff back to campus for a residential, face-to-face educational experience this fall. As I have said from the beginning of the pandemic, the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority.
College leadership, along with our Re-Opening Steering Committee, have been closely watching guidance of health, local, state, and federal officials. Additional guidance and restrictions have emerged over recent weeks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the NCAA, and others that require significant restrictions to the on-campus experience. The state of the pandemic looked very different when we announced our intention to resume in-person instruction in early June. Today, there is increased spread of the virus nationwide, and the resurgence has severely limited the availability of tests as well as the time between taking a test and receiving the result.
Because of these recent developments and given our commitment to the health and safety of the Wilson community, we have concluded, in consultation with faculty senate, that the safest approach is to deliver our curriculum through robust online, remote instruction for the upcoming semester. This decision is an incredibly difficult one to make, but based upon the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases across the country and the marked impact this is having on college-aged young people, we feel it is the right one. The health and safety of each of you must be our top concern.
We know how disappointing this is for our students, and we join you in that pain. Our faculty and staff have been working incredibly hard to prepare to be together this fall, and I thank them for all their diligent work this summer. I know they, like me, wish for the day our entire Wilson family can be on campus. It is lonely in Chambersburg without the laughter and energy students bring. This decision allows students, their families, and our faculty and staff to plan for the entire semester and eliminates the possibility of disrupting course work by having to switch to remote learning later in the semester, should the pandemic conditions warrant it. Our faculty are committed to ensuring a positive experience for students and want to help students maintain progress toward their degree. To support their work in online education, we have purchased additional technology and provided additional training to help ensure that you receive the high quality Wilson education that you have come to expect.
This decision means that students will no longer be required to live on campus for the fall semester. Students who wish to still live in campus housing this fall because living at home would pose a hardship, is simply not possible, and/or will put them in an environment where remote learning cannot occur will be able to request to live on campus. All residential students should complete the Fall 2020 Residential Intent Form to indicate their fall housing plans by Friday, August 7. Residential Life will be communicating in the near future with all students who previously requested to live on campus this semester regarding changes in housing and revised move-in days. One-Stop Student Services Center is working on how this change will impact housing and board charges for both bills paid and bills due. More information about the refund of room and board will be shared next week.
The Campus Experience
For those students who do return, life on campus will be significantly different from what you may be accustomed. Students will be required to abide by all COVID-19 health and safety protocols, as faculty and staff too will be expected. Students will be required to wear face coverings, except when eating or in their own personal room. Dining services will be limited. In addition, group and face-to-face meetings, including extra-curricular activities, will not be permitted in order to promote adherence to social distancing guidelines. Our health and safety plan will be released in the coming days outlining the necessary precautions expected of those on campus.
Student Support Services
For students studying remotely, our student development team and academic support services among other offices will be at the ready to continue to serve you. The Wilson experience will be different, but we hope to create memorable and lasting moments virtually, in addition to the necessary support to help you succeed.
The decision to move to online, remote instruction is for the Fall 2020 semester only, and does not impact Summer 2020 courses currently underway. Those classes being taught on campus this summer will continue, uninterrupted, until their regularly scheduled completion in late-August, with final grades due August 25. We will continue to adhere to the academic calendar as originally announced.
As a reminder, the Colonial States Athletics Conference recently announced that intercollegiate competition for fall sports has been suspended and decisions regarding their rescheduling to the spring and status of winter sport competition will be determined in late September https://www.wilson.edu/csac-suspends-fall-competition. All athletics training and practice sessions for all students are suspended until further notice.
January Term Opportunity
We know that many families have been impacted by the pandemic and the economic downturn. In acknowledgment of these challenges, Wilson will offer each student that completes the fall semester one January term course at no additional tuition charge. We are hopeful that the situation around the virus may improve, and if so, we may offer courses face-to-face in January. We will provide updates as details of this new opportunity for students develops.
August 6 Town Hall Meetings
We know you will have many questions regarding this decision. Please know we may not have all the answers; however, we are committed to making the best decisions to protect the Wilson family. Please plan to join me and the senior leadership team for one of two town hall meetings on August 6. We hope to provide additional details about the change in class modality, the process for refunds of room and board, as well as answer your questions.
For faculty and staff: Zoom meeting at 5 p.m. August 6
For students and parents: Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. August 6
Links to the Zoom meetings will be emailed to the appropriate Wilson email addresses the morning of August 6. Parents and students, to help with the many questions you might have, you may submit questions ahead of time to Cassandra Latimer, our vice president for marketing and communications. Cassandra will consolidate the questions and provide them to me ahead of time so that I can work to address your concerns.
I thank each of you for your patience and understanding as we have navigated the unprecedented challenges before us. As I have stated before, the Wilson community continues to rise above our challenging circumstances. How long we will continue down this path is unknown. However, I do know that if we continue to band together and support one another, we will get through this. As #OneWilson, we will get through this together.
Please be well.
Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D.
What is novel coronavirus?
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronavirus that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
How can I help protect myself?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another and/or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
For more information on protecting yourself from infection, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention
Has any risk to the Wilson community been identified?
No one currently associated with the Wilson College community has been identified as infected with the coronavirus.
How will I know when new information is available?
In the event additional decisions are made regarding classes and or college operations, instructions will be shared with the entire campus community as soon as possible. Please check your college email, social media, text messaging, the college information line and postings to Wilson.edu often.
I live in the Chambersburg community and would like to walk or ride my bicycle on Wilson’s campus. Can I do that?
Yes. As of June 3, the campus has re-opened for outdoor recreational activities. All buildings, including Lenfest Commons, remain restricted to faculty, staff, students and pre-approved vendors. All individuals are asked to wear a face mask and observe recommended social distancing guidelines while on campus.
What actions has the College taken to protect the health of the Wilson community?
- As of March 17 and through March 31, in accordance with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s order, the College is restricted to only essential personnel and students already staying on campus through Spring Break. Non-essential employees are asked to work remotely, if their job duties allow.
- Academic Affairs and faculty have developed plans to provide instruction and coursework via a remote learning environment once Spring Break concludes.
- Housekeeping staff have increased their daily cleaning and sanitizing of hard surfaces across campus.
- The College has instituted restrictions prohibiting all non-essential travel.
- The College has prohibited all events on campus with 10 or more individuals expected to attend. This includes events hosted by the College, students or external organizations using college space for an event.
- In concert with the NCAA and CSAC officials, all athletics events, including practices have been cancelled through the end of the semester – May 14, 2020.
- The College has communicated broadly important personal hygiene safety tips.
- Modified food service in the Jensen Dining Hall as well as installed additional hand sanitizing stations at the cafeteria entrance.
- Good personal hygiene posters created by the CDC have been posted in all restrooms.
Prevention - What you can do to stop the spread of germs …
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often or when soap and water is not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then, throw the tissue away and wash your hands. Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve is not an effective way to control the spread of germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread easily this way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others. If you are unwell, you should seek medical attention. If you are a student, please notify the Dean of Students. Employees should notify their immediate supervisor and the Office of Human Resources.
- And, try an “elbow bump” instead of a handshake or hug when greeting folks. This is a great practice all the time, but especially during cold and flu season.
Click on each poster to download and print your own copy.
What policy has the College established on events?
Beginning Friday, March 13, no events will be held on campus through end of July, 2020 where 10 or more individuals may attend. This policy applies to all college-sponsored events, including those organized by students, and any events hosted by external organizations on our campus.
Our Conferences operations will close for the balance of the semester. All previously scheduled events between now and the end of May will be canceled or postponed.
What is Wilson’s policy on athletics events?
On July 21, 2020, the Colonial States Athletics Conference announced that all intercollegiate competition for the Fall 2020 season is suspended. A final decision on the possibility of future intercollegiate competition for fall sports, including the possibility of conducting fall intercollegiate competition in Spring 2021, as well as a plan for intercollegiate competition for winter sports, will be made by the end of September 2020.
Wilson College, in conjunction with the conference and its administration, will continue to explore safe training and intra-campus practice opportunities for its student-athletes while continuing to be mindful of the rapidly changing local, regional and national conditions of the pandemic.
To view a statement from Wilson College President Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D. on this decision, please see www.wilson.edu/fall_athletics.
What is the status of athletics facilities?
The fitness center, field house gym, bowling alley, archery range and outdoor recreation courts are closed until further notice.
Do we plan to cancel Commencement or Reunion?
For the health and safety of the entire campus community, the College decided to postpone the traditional in-person Commencement ceremony planned for May 17, 2020 until October 24, 2020. In addition, all Reunion 202 activities will be combined with Reunion 2021 dates.
Are admission tours and events still being offered?
Wilson College has recently received guidance that campus tours may resume for prospective students as of June 15, 2020. Tours will be available by appointment only and will be limited to only one group on campus at a time. To reserve a campus tour date/time, please contact the Admissions Office by calling 717-262-2002 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A meeting with an Admissions Counselor will also take place after the tour, so remember to bring your questions! A campus tour is the best way to get to know Wilson!
What is Wilson’s current policy on travel?
Beginning March 16, only essential travel related to official college business will be permitted for the balance of the semester. Travel plans must be approved in advance by each division’s vice president. In addition, college-funded travel to areas known to be affected by the coronavirus is prohibited.
While the College cannot restrict personal travel, it does recommend monitoring warnings and travel advisories issued by both the United States Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Are any Wilson students currently studying abroad?
Wilson College does not currently have students studying abroad.
Has Wilson made any decision regarding future study abroad programs?
From a perspective of an abundance of caution, the College has decided to not organize or sponsor any study abroad trips for the summer.
How is the College supporting current international students?
The College’s International Scholar Services will remain open through the end of the semester. The director will meet with students by appointment to ensure we are meeting the needs of our international students. To make an appointment, please contact email@example.com.
I am a residential student. Since the College is moving to remotely delivering class instruction and coursework beginning March 23, do I have to leave campus?
Our residence halls will remain open for students for whom returning home will pose a significant hardship; is simply not a viable option; or, going home will put the student in an environment where remote learning cannot occur. Students in these circumstances are encouraged to work with Ryan Coll, our director of residential life, and Mary Beth Williams, our dean of students, to arrange for on-campus housing. If you require accommodations and have not already made arrangements, please use the following link to make a request.
Residential Petition: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VwCiPbY6-wMulzxZqhfc8Abu5h2xV5Rf3-a7DBW...
Will residential students be refunded their room and board fees for the balance of the semester?
Per college policy, room is non-refundable. However, in this unprecedented set of circumstances, the College administration has committed to adjusting room and board charges, on a prorated basis, on spring accounts. Students were required to commit to a housing decision by 12 p.m. on Monday, 3/23. Those students who indicated that they would not return to campus were considered for a pro-rated refund of spring room and board charges. These impacted students received additional details on refund procedures via Wilson email. Students who indicated an intent to remain on campus were excluded from refund consideration.
I am a residential student and would like to collect my personal property from my assigned room in a residence hall. How do I do that?
Residential students were emailed on 5/16 specific instructions as to how to make an appointment to collect their belongings. Anyone with specific questions are encouraged to email Ryan Coll, our Director of Residence Life.
What counseling and student support resources are available at Wilson during this time?
Counseling Services will be offering time-limited phone or Zoom conversations to help coordinate care and referrals to address student’s mental health needs during this time. To request a phone or Zoom meeting, please email the Director of Counseling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling services available:
In-person meetings will transition to more of a case management function where we will make quality referrals and assure student’s mental health needs are met. For current clients, Lisa-Marie Wright will cease in-person meetings on campus; however, she will continue to see clients at Summit Wellspan. She has already started to write prescription for multiple refills to ensure students have continued care.
Staff will continue to provide:
- support with community resources, solution-focused handout/attachments, and Zoom or phone meetings to address needs.
- coping resources that pertain to individual needs and concerns.
- meetings for students on campus who do not have access to internet or Zoom capabilities for remote meetings.
- case documentation and everyday office duties.
- crisis information to student who reach out via email or phone.
- support and supervision to interns and staff.
Phoenix Against Violence (support for victims of domestic and sexual assault) will be moved to an online format through the Portal and in conjunction with Student Development communications. The Green Dot training in May is planned to still occur without change but contingency plans with be made in the case they are needed. Victim Services referrals to WIN and Counseling will still be made for students. Students can either call WIN at 1-800-621-6660 or email Megan.Kennedy@wilson.edu who will make the referral.
Office of the Chaplain
The Office of the Chaplain will remain physically open for the rest of the semester. Chaplain Derek is available, in person or remotely, for pastoral care and conversation for the Wilson community.
Sarah’s Cupboard will move away from self-selection to full-service, meaning a volunteer will pick items from bins and bag them so clients are not handling any food. Proper food safety guidelines will be followed. The cupboard will be available Monday 1-3 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-12 noon. Other times are available by appointment. Please contact Chaplain Derek.
Service trips and required service hours
All organized off-site service trips are postponed or canceled. On-campus volunteer activities will take place only under guidelines of public gatherings issued by the College. The Chaplain will work with scholarship-receiving service students to insure their safety while trying to complete hours.
Career Development will be able to available for one on one appointments regarding internships, resumes, and interviewing skills via Handshake. Students will still be able to use Handshake for job searching and Focus 2 for major selection research.
Phoenix Leaders Program will continue via Canvas.
Although the John Stewart Memorial Library will be closed through the end of the semester, all services will remain available to students and faculty via remote modalities. For library services, students should contact their personal librarian or Shanna Hollich with questions or concerns. The Academic Success Center is up and running remotely. For questions, students should contact Sarah Feldberg.
Students who are currently boarding a horse at the equestrian center are encouraged to make arrangements to take their horses home. To access campus, please contact Sable Bettencourt to determine a date and time. Any students unable to retrieve their horse will continue to be billed for its care.
I am a residential student and I am staying on campus through the end of the semester, where do I find a computer to use for my classes and coursework?
Each residence hall on campus has at least one computer lab.
What food services will be available on campus after Spring Break?
Students may eat in the Jensen Dining Hall with appropriate social distancing guidelines observed. The dining hall will offer the following meal periods (starting March 23, 2020):
• breakfast 7:00am-9:00am
• lunch 12:00pm-2:00pm
• dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm
• Brunch: 12:00pm-2:00pm
• Dinner: 5:00pm-7:00pm
**All food will be served on disposables with special attention given to dietary restrictions. Students may eat in the dining hall.
The Café, located on the ground floor of the library, will not reopen after Spring Break.
Is the library open?
No. The John Stewart Memorial Library is closed to students and the general public. If a student is looking for a computer, each residence hall has a computer lab.
Is the Field House or Fitness Center open?
As a precautionary measure, the fitness center will remain closed after Spring Break and the Field House is restricted to only athletics staff.
What if I am a residential student and I begin to feel ill?
Because there will be no health services on campus, anyone feeling ill and/or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and call their primary care physician or other medical professional. Those who are mildly ill are able to recover at home. Do not visit public areas and do not use public transportation or ride share. Seek medical attention locally.
If you are residing on campus or in the Chambersburg area, health services are available at the WellSpan Health Tent on Norland Avenue, at a local Urgent Care Facility or at the Chambersburg Hospital. If you do receive a diagnosis of COVID-19, please notify either Ryan Coll, our director of residential life, or Mary Beth Williams, dean of students.
How will delivering remote instruction impact athletics staff?
Athletics staff will work a combination of remotely and in office. Staff have identified several long-term projects to work on and are working on techniques to continue to engage student-athletes remotely, for example, using the athletics app, etc.)
Coaches will continue to recruit via online means.
How does moving to remote delivery of classes and coursework impact staff and faculty?
While the campus is still open, the College is limiting access to campus to essential personnel only. Employees who have the ability to work remotely should do so with the permission of their vice president. If an employee is unable to work remotely, but are concerned about reporting to work, they should speak with their vice president for alternative arrangements.
If you have questions about whether or not you are essential personnel, please contact your immediate supervisor.
If a faculty or staff member is ill, will they be required to use sick leave?
If a faculty or staff member is ill, the College encourages that individual to seek medical advice and not report to work. If this is the case, the ill faculty/staff member may be required to present a return to work note from their medical provider and use any banked paid leave time. Should you find yourself in this situation, please notify your supervisor to discuss.
What if a faculty or staff member is not ill but is concerned about workplace exposure?
In this case, the faculty or staff member should work with their respective vice president to determine if an accommodation can be implemented for remote instruction or work.
Virual Counseling Information
Message from Chambersburg Urgent Care - Temporary Conversion
ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: For your awareness as a member of our community. Please share this information with employees.
SUMMARY: Effective Tuesday, March 24, Chambersburg Urgent Care was temporarily converted to an exam and treatment site for our patients who are COVID19 positive or who have been tested and are waiting on results. We have identified a need for alternative locations where COVID19 patients can be seen safely and will be opening several of these sites throughout the WellSpan organization. It is anticipate that Franklin County will have two additional locations in both our Northern and Southern service areas in days to come. Additional information will be provided once these are identified.
What is the change?
Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, WellSpan Urgent Care in Chambersburg, was temporarily designated an exam and treatment area for only those community members who require treatment for a non-emergency illness or injury AND have:
- Received a positive COVID-19 test result, or;
- Been screened for COVID-19 and are waiting for results.
What about all the patients who typically use WellSpan Urgent Care in Chambersburg?
While we understand the potential inconvenience of this decision, we continue to have multiple care options available to our patients, open 9am-9pm, 7 days a week, including:
- WellSpan Urgent Care, 24 Antrim Commons Drive in Greencastle
- WellSpan Urgent Care, 46 Walnut Bottom Road in Shippensburg
- WellSpan Urgent Care, 601 E Main St. in Waynesboro
We also have expanded our online options to provide convenient and safe alternatives for patients seeking non-emergency care without the need to visit a care location in-person. These include:
- New virtual “Zoom” video conference appointments with our physician offices – Contact your primary care physician
- WellSpan Online Urgent Care via WellSpan.org/OUC.
When will the WellSpan Urgent Care COVID-19 treatment site in Chambersburg be open?
WellSpan Urgent Care in Chambersburg will remain open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., serving only patients who are presumed (through screening and testing) or confirmed to be positive for COVID-19.
We will continue to provide open-air COVID-19 testing at the WellSpan Health Campus on St. Paul Drive, where community physicians can refer their patients to be tested, after first screening them. That location is for patients who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 but do not require emergency care services. Emergency care and severe illness only should be sent to the ER.
Where should I send my employees for work injury treatment if I typically use WellSpan Chambersburg Urgent Care?
For work related injuries we encourage you to send employees to WellSpan Occupational Health on Orchard Drive 7am-5pm, any of our other 3 Urgent Care locations listed above 9am-9pm, or the Emergency Room for severe injuries or after hours care.
Where can I find the most up to date information from WellSpan Health?
Please visit our website for local information related to COVID-19. There is a clickable red banner at the top of every page that takes you to our COVID-19 info page.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
What is the attendance policy for the remote instruction/learning environment?
Temporarily shifting to a remote instruction/learning environment does not change Wilson’s expectations that students will engage and actively participate in class. However, if a student will need to miss a class for any reason, including illness, they should communicate with their professors as early as possible to seek guidance.
If you have questions about attendance, please contact your professor and or the Registrar.
Additional information and instructions regarding remote instruction will be shared with students by their professors via college email.
With the College using remote teaching methods for the rest of the Spring semester, we want to make sure you know how to get help with educational technology. Please remember that in addition to the resources listed below, your classmates and professors are also potential resources. Everyone has a Zoom account (see the Using Zoom page below) so you can still meet with study groups, friends, advisors, etc. Learning remotely does not mean you have to do all the learning by yourself. Stay connected.
If you require help with Canvas
Step 1: Check the Canvas and Other Tech Help Canvas course for a tutorial that would help you.
Step 2: Contact Canvas Support. It’s the ? button on the blue menu in Canvas. This service is 24/7, and you will get a response from them very quickly.
Step 3: If you still need help, email email@example.com or call the Helpdesk at 717-264-4001
If you require help with Panopto or Zoom
Step 1: Read/Watch a tutorial available to you
Step 2: If you still need help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Helpdesk at 717-264-4001
If you require help with Office 365 or OneDrive
Step 1: Read the Office 365 Basics Tutorial
- There are also many Office 365 tutorials on YouTube.
Step 2: If you still need help, email email@example.com or call the Helpdesk at 717-264-4001.
If there are any other technology questions we missed, please call or email the helpdesk. We are here to help and will do our best to support you!
Our library staff continues to be a foundation for our educational operations. Although the physical library is closed for the time being, you can still enjoy just about all of its resources. The library has an impressive online infrastructure that will guide you as you finish out the semester. Dive in, and reach out if you have any questions. Our librarians remain ready!
I am a student participating in a work-study program. Will I continue to be paid for hours not worked due to the change in college operations?
Yes, the College has made the decision to honor its work-study agreements already in place with students. Not doing so would negatively impact students’ financial aid packages. More information will be forthcoming once details are finalized.
Websites with the latest official information about the coronavirus:
2020 Fall Semester Inquiry Form
Please submit any questions or feedback to this online form.
Daily Health Check Form
Daily health assessment before attending class and/or traveling to campus
If you have further questions, please contact:
Vice President for Marketing and Communications