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.
Wilson's current status
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Commencement is a sacred occasion in higher education and in the lives of graduates. Because of how important this event is to the entire Wilson family, we have delayed making a decision until it is absolutely clear whether or not we can provide for the protection and safety of our graduates, and their families and friends while providing the experience our graduates deserve. Given the progression and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, the most prudent decision is to delay Commencement. My heart aches for our graduates that we will not formally celebrate together on May 17, but we will mark the occasion remotely as I officially confer degrees upon the graduates and welcome them into the ranks of Wilson College alumni around the world.
And yet, even with this digital ceremony, we wish to celebrate the Class of 2020 in person and will do so on October 25, 2020, in what we think will be a weekend to remember. Leading up to the big day, we will celebrate Homecoming and Family weekend. We will officially celebrate the class of 2020’s first homecoming, as they join alumni from across the years along with families for what has become an exciting weekend of events including the ever popular BBQ & Brew and athletic competitions. We will also have the occasion to look towards the College’s future as we celebrate my formal installation as president on October 24. Most importantly, the weekend will conclude with formal Commencement ceremonies that will take place on October 25. I hope you will make plans to join us. Of course, we cannot predict the future of this virus, and should plans need to change, we will let you know as soon as possible.
A few other updates related to COVID-19.
1. Many of you have been asking about Reunion 2020, scheduled for June 5 – 7. Out of an abundance of caution for our alumni, we have decided to cancel this year’s event. Restrictions on travel and the uncertainty of the pandemic makes such an event just too risky for everyone involved. I know this is disappointing, but we honestly believe this is the safest option. Reunion 2020 activities will be combined with Reunion 2021. Please mark your calendars now for June 3 – 6, 2021.
2. Wellspan has notified the College of temporary changes to the operation of its Chambersburg Urgent Care facility located at 1000 Norland Avenue. This facility has been converted to an exam and treatment site for patients who are COVID-19 positive or who have been tested and are awaiting results. The entire notice, with additional details, as well as alternative urgent care locations has been posted to the College’s COVID-19 Information page. Click on the Staff/Faculty FAQ tab. The notice is at the bottom of the page.
3. Good Friday, which falls on April 10 this year, is typically considered a campus-wide holiday. However, in order to try and make up some of our missed instruction time, April 10 will be considered an instruction day and classes will be in session remotely. Faculty and staff are encouraged to work with their division’s vice president regarding when they take this holiday. Each vice president has the discretion to allow individuals to take the holiday on Good Friday if classes and student services are covered, or schedule the paid time off for a later date.
Good luck to all our undergraduate students and faculty who will be returning to the classroom, albeit remotely, on Monday. It will be a great day for the College and a true demonstration of what Wilson can accomplish when we work together. As I like to say, we are and will continue to be #OneWilson. My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have worked so hard to make our transition to remote learning possible. Please continue to take the necessary precautions to remain healthy. I hope that we will all be together again very soon.
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?
As a precautionary measure, the College has restricted its campus to individuals performing official essential college business. Guests and visitors are asked to remain off campus during this time.
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 May 31, 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?
Wilson College has cancelled all athletics events including conference and non-conference competitions, all camps and clinics, as well as athletics practices for spring sports and non-traditional sports for the remainder of the semester – May 14, 2020.
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?
As of this time, there are no plans to cancel the College’s traditional Commencement ceremony scheduled for May 17, 2020 or Reunion 2020 in June. College officials will continue to monitor the situation and make additional announcements as necessary.
Are admission tours and events still being offered?
As of Monday, March 17, no admissions tours or events will be conducted on campus for the balance of the semester. Accepted Student Days, planned for March 28 and April 18 have been cancelled. Our admissions team is exploring alternative, online options for upcoming events and ways to engage and introduce new students to campus, virtually. They will be in touch with students scheduled to attend upcoming events to discuss alternative arrangements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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...
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?
Please use the following link to set up an appointment with a member of Student Development to return to campus to collect your items.
Retrieving Property: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1lMcbZuQcytRb8BrjlWWMFMWSYUqh1grjLfNJZ7w...
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 is working through an approach to refund on a pro-rated basis room and board. Additional information will be forthcoming once these details are determined.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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