Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: July 21, 2020 

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
 
COVID-19 continues to impact our country in significant ways. More and more communities are facing resurgences, and while society has attempted to resume some normalcy, this has not always been possible. This is true on college campuses as well. As I have said from the beginning of the pandemic, the health and safety of our community is our greatest concern.
 
It is with a heavy heart that I must share with you that Wilson is suspending all intercollegiate athletic competition for the Fall 2020 season, an action being jointly announced by the Colonial States Athletic Conference today. 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. We are exploring safe training and intra-campus practice opportunities while continuing to be mindful of the rapidly-changing conditions created by the virus.
 
I know that for our student-athletes, coaches, and athletics staff, this news will be painful to hear. You should know that our athletics staff, along with our conference office and members of other colleges’ athletics staffs, have worked diligently to develop a path forward for athletics that could be in compliance with the health and safety guidelines issued by the NCAA as well as state guidelines. Unfortunately, we believe this difficult decision is required based upon the current state of the pandemic. Please know it was reached after careful deliberation and not without deep regret for the impact on our student-athletes.
 
When I came to Wilson, I said that I would be the chief cheerleader. Being at Phoenix athletic competitions in January, February, and March brought me great joy. I long for the day when I can cheer our Phoenix to victory again. Until then, we, like the phoenix, will #riseup from the challenges before us. We are #onewilson.
 
My best,
Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D.
President
Wilson College


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: June 9, 2020 

Summer Term
Given the current state of COVID-19 in our local area, all classes taught during the Summer term will be delivered remotely. There may be an exception granted for select VMT courses taught in Summer 2. Students should contact their professors for more detail.
 
Campus Tours

Wilson College has recently received guidance that campus tours may resume for prospective students. 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 admissions@wilson.edu. 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

Fall Semester
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has recently lifted some COVID-19 restrictions, thus allowing colleges and universities across the Commonwealth to reopen for in-person instruction. With that in mind, and in compliance with all health and safety guidelines, Wilson College will deliver an on-campus fall semester with classes beginning Monday, August 24.
 
In-person instruction for the fall semester will continue until November 20. There will be no fall break. In order to reach the mandated 15 weeks of instruction, regardless of instruction modality, faculty will add online learning hours equivalent to two weeks of instruction to each class. In addition, in-person finals for lab/experiential classes will be held November 21 – November 24. All other finals will be completed remotely November 30 – December 4. All final projects will also be due during this same timeframe.
 
In order to comply with government guidelines, Wilson plans to implement a learning model which will include in-person and remote learning. More information about this model will be provided soon. In addition, throughout the academic year, we will observe all applicable health and safety guidelines with regard to physical distancing, hygiene, and related sanitation measures.
 
As always, should federal, state or local governments provide additional guidance and/or restrictions regarding our COVID-19 response we will provide you with updates. 


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: May 5, 2020

Virtual Conferral of Degrees
Commencement is a long-held and honored tradition that is so very important in the life of graduates. In a time when we cannot physically come together, we have decided to honor our students in two different ways:
 
First, to immediately acknowledge this important moment in the lives of our graduates, we will conduct a virtual conferral of degrees. This brief event will debut via a Facebook Watch Party on the College’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. EST on May 17. As we get closer to May 17, we will send additional details on how to participate. This virtual conferral of degrees is not a Commencement, and it will not attempt to be. We hope it will be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. We hope our entire Wilson family will join, albeit remotely, to help celebrate the Class of 2020.
 
We still think it is important to invite each member of the class of 2020 to don their regalia and walk across the stage for their individual recognition. As previously announced, our Commencement Exercises will take place October 25. We are excited to welcome back the class of 2020 for this celebratory event.
 
Fall Semester
While it is still uncertain what the future will hold in regards to the impact of COVID-19 months from now, we are optimistically preparing for our collective return to campus for in-person instruction this fall semester, as permitted by state and local officials. One thing is certain, however. Life will be different on campus with social distancing and safety measures in place. Task forces are being appointed to develop plans for returning to face-to-face instruction, as well as contingencies should we need to pivot as a result of the virus. The well-being of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors is our top priority, and we will be taking the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of the entire Wilson community.
 
Summer 2
Given the current state of COVID-19 in our local area, the College has decided that Summer 2 will be taught online.
 
On-Campus Events
The decision to cancel all on-campus events has been extended from the end of spring term through the end of July. Cabinet will reassess this decision and timeline as needed as we near the start of the fall semester.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: April 17, 2020

New State Order
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed another order early this week that provides additional critical worker safety measures to combat COVID-19. While the order covers a number of initiatives, the ones most immediate and pertinent to the operation of the College apply to masks.
 
The order requires all essential employees to wear masks while they are at the workplace, except while eating or drinking. Masks can be either purchased or made. In addition, all customers are required to wear masks while at a place of business, except for children 2 years old or younger, and individuals who have a valid medical reason that prevents them from doing so. This is a mandatory order and will be enforced by state and local officials beginning Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
 
What this means for our us …

All essential employees must wear a mask while physically on campus to perform their job responsibilities. This also applies to any vendors on campus and our dining, housekeeping and physical plant staff. The College is making arrangements now to procure masks for essential personnel. If you plan to be on campus, please speak with your direct supervisor for details. A mask will be provided for you as soon as they are available.
This mandate also applies to students currently living on campus. Students must wear a mask any time they are physically outside of their residence hall. Masks for their use are available now and can be picked up at the safety officer’s desk in Lenfest Commons.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: March 26, 2020

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. We will not formally celebrate together on May 17, but we will mark the occasion remotely.
 
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 President Wes's formal installation as president on October 24. Most importantly, the weekend will conclude with formal Commencement ceremonies that will take place on October 25. 
 
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. 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. 
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.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: March 18, 2020

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest order requiring all non-life sustaining businesses in the state close by 8 p.m. today, March 19, 2020, poses additional complications in Wilson College’s plans to provide remote instruction. Therefore, the College will extend spring break until March 30, 2020. Residential students are permitted to stay in residence halls as previously arranged with Student Development. Food service will also be provided as planned. Only critical essential staff are permitted on campus until further notice. All other staff should work remotely, where possible, or contact their vice president.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: March 17, 2020

There are no positive COVID-19 cases in our community at this time, but the College is increasingly concerned about the ways that our friends, families, and loved ones may be affected by the coronavirus. After careful consideration, we have determined that in the best interest of the campus community, and in compliance with yesterday’s order by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, we will be limiting access to the Wilson College campus until March 31. Campus will be restricted to only employees and vendors conducting essential, official college business as well as students already on campus. No visitors or guests will be permitted. All offices will remain open, albeit with limited staffing. Those employees who can, will work remotely.
 
Beginning March 23, Wilson College will transition to temporary remote instruction and learning. This approach will continue for the balance of the spring semester (until May 14). Suspending face-to-face classes as part of the recommended practice of social distancing will help reduce potential pathways for the spread of COVID-19. Additional information and instructions regarding remote learning will be shared soon.
 


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: March 16, 2020

College Operations 
In compliance with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's order, beginning tomorrow, March 17 - March 31, the Wilson College campus will only be open to essential personnel and students currently on campus for Spring Break. This does not mean the College is closed. 

Staff with the ability to work from home are asked to do so. Essential personnel should report to campus for their regularly scheduled work hours. Essential personnel will provide necessary services to students who remain on campus and care for the critical business operations of the institution. 

If you have questions about whether or not you are essential personnel, please speak with your division's vice president.

Additional communications will be forthcoming to address overall operations of the College as well as our plans for after Spring Break concludes. Please check your college email often to stay up-to-date.

Spring Break
Wilson’s Spring Break will proceed as scheduled from March 16 – March 22. If you are a residential student, when you leave for Spring Break, make sure to take all essential items (i.e. laptop, chargers, textbooks/course materials, medications, valuables, etc.) you may need in the event you are not able to immediately return to campus. Should the need arise, all students should be prepared to participate in classes online or complete coursework remotely.
 
Residential students who need to remain on campus for Spring Break are encouraged to work with Ryan Coll, our director of residential life, and Mary Beth Williams, our dean of students, to make alternative arrangements. As with any academic break, students can request to remain on campus. If you require accommodations and have not already made arrangements, please use the following link to make a request. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScytLfjJV5AdWEtql_1gRG1Aw8GNO1k...
 
Travel
Beginning today, March 12, college-funded travel to areas known to be affected by the coronavirus is prohibited. This includes educational conferences, student recruitment events, and athletic events. If you have college-funded travel planned in the near future, please consult with your division’s vice president for approval. The College has also decided to not organize or sponsor any study abroad trips this summer.
 
While the College cannot restrict personal travel, we recommend monitoring warnings and travel advisories issued by both the United States Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Events on Campus
Beginning Friday, March 13, no events will be held on campus where 75 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. This decision will be re-evaluated March 27.
 
Athletic Events
Beginning today, March 12, all home athletic contests will be restricted to student-athletes who are participating in the event as well as essential athletic staff and officials. No spectators will be allowed to participate. This decision was made in concert with similar guidance from the NCAA and in the best interest of the health of all involved.
 
As previously shared, the men’s baseball team will not travel to Yeshiva University March 13 for competition. In addition, the women’s softball team will not travel to Myrtle Beach, SC during Spring Break for non-conference competition. The College will continue to review future athletic events on a case by case basis to determine whether or not our student-athletes should participate. The goal is to provide our athletic teams every opportunity to compete, but do so in a way that does not pose any health risk to individuals or our campus.
 
Classes and College Operations after Spring Break
Academic Affairs and our faculty are working diligently to finalize a contingency plan to move all classes and coursework to online, should that be needed in the future. Please know we have not yet decided whether or not that action will be required. However, all faculty and students should be prepared for that scenario.  In the event a decision is made to alter normal college operations, instructions will be shared with the entire campus community via college email, social media, text messaging, the college information line and postings on this page.


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: March 12, 2020

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.

Because the global situation of the virus is rapidly evolving and presents a set of unprecedented questions and circumstances for all higher education institutions, College leadership is in constant conversation with public health experts, emergency management professionals, the Board of Trustees and other colleges and universities to determine the best course of action to keep our students, faculty and staff safe. Because the situation is changing often, we will communicate as often as is necessary. 

Below is an update on decisions made to date.
 
Spring Break
Wilson’s Spring Break will proceed as scheduled from March 16 – March 22. If you are a residential student, when you leave for Spring Break, make sure to take all essential items (i.e. laptop, chargers, textbooks/course materials, medications, valuables, etc.) you may need in the event you are not able to immediately return to campus. Should the need arise, all students should be prepared to participate in classes online or complete coursework remotely.

Residential students who need to remain on campus for Spring Break are encouraged to work with Ryan Coll, our director of residential life, and Mary Beth Williams, our dean of students, to make alternative arrangements. As with any academic break, students can request to remain on campus. If you require accommodations and have not already made arrangements, please use the following link to make a request. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScytLfjJV5AdWEtql_1gRG1Aw8GNO1k...
 
Travel
Beginning today, March 12, college-funded travel to areas known to be affected by the coronavirus is prohibited. This includes educational conferences, student recruitment events, and athletic events. If you have college-funded travel planned in the near future, please consult with your division’s vice president for approval. The College has also decided to not organize or sponsor any study abroad trips this summer.

While the College cannot restrict personal travel, we recommend monitoring warnings and travel advisories issued by both the United States Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Events on Campus
Beginning Friday, March 13, no events will be held on campus where 75 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. This decision will be re-evaluated March 27.
 
Athletic Events
Beginning today, March 12, all home athletic contests will be restricted to student-athletes who are participating in the event as well as essential athletic staff and officials. No spectators will be allowed to participate. This decision was made in concert with similar guidance from the NCAA and in the best interest of the health of all involved.

As previously shared, the men’s baseball team will not travel to Yeshiva University March 13 for competition. In addition, the women’s softball team will not travel to Myrtle Beach, SC during Spring Break for non-conference competition. The College will continue to review future athletic events on a case by case basis to determine whether or not our student-athletes should participate. The goal is to provide our athletic teams every opportunity to compete, but do so in a way that does not pose any health risk to individuals or our campus.
 
Classes and College Operations after Spring Break
Academic Affairs and our faculty are working diligently to finalize a contingency plan to move all classes and coursework to online, should that be needed in the future. Please know we have not yet decided whether or not that action will be required. However, all faculty and students should be prepared for that scenario.  In the event a decision is made to alter normal college operations, instructions will be shared with the entire campus community via college email, social media, text messaging, the college information line and postings at www.wilson.edu/coronavirus-information.

 


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: March 10, 2020

College Operations
Working from the standpoint of an abundance of caution, several decisions have been made with regard to programming and upcoming activities.

  • The College will not organize or sponsor any study abroad trips this summer.
  • The men’s baseball team will not travel to Yeshiva University March 13 for a competition.
  • Rev. Wadlington’s service trip planned for Washington, D.C. over spring break has been modified. Volunteers will perform community service locally instead of traveling to our nation’s capital.

Other Action Items Underway

  • As of now, the College will continue to operate in a normal fashion. However, Academic Affairs is working diligently to prepare for moving classes to an online format, should that be necessary.
  • Our dining services partner, Sage, is installing additional hand sanitizing stations in Jensen Dining Hall.
  • We are reviewing future athletic events on a case by case basis to determine whether or not our student-athletes should participate. The goal is to provide our athletic teams every opportunity to compete, but do so in a way that does not pose any health risk to individuals or our campus.
  • Campus leaders are in close contact with local and state health officials to stay abreast of any virus spread in our region and potential impacts to our campus.
  • We are also building a page specific to COVID-19 updates on the college website: www.wilson.edu/coronavirus-information. Going forward, this will be a great tool for additional resources, FAQs and communications regarding our campus and the coronavirus.
  • Helpful reminders for personal hygiene and hand washing are being posted across campus. 

Spring Break

  • If you are planning to travel over Spring Break (March 16 – March 22), please keep the following in mind.
  • Students, faculty and staff who are planning to travel internationally should be mindful of the conditions they may encounter while abroad, as well as any emerging travel restrictions that may disrupt their plans.
  • Students, faculty and staff travelling domestically should also be mindful of their destination and maintain awareness of the spread of the virus.
  • If you have traveled to or through an affected region, either domestically or internationally, or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, please consult with medical personnel and contact the Dean of Students before returning to campus.

If you are a residential student, when you leave for Spring Break, make sure to take all essentials items (i.e. laptops, chargers, textbooks/course materials, medications, valuables, etc.) you may need in the event you are not able to immediately return to campus. Should the need arise, you should be prepared to participate in classes online or complete coursework remotely.
 


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update: March 5, 2020

With Spring Break (March 16 – March 22) approaching, here are a few travel tips to keep in mind.

  • Students, faculty and staff who are planning to travel internationally over spring break should be mindful of the conditions they may encounter while abroad, as well as any emerging travel restrictions that may disrupt their plans.
  • Students, faculty and staff travelling domestically over spring break should also be mindful of their destination and maintain awareness of the spread of the virus.
  • If you have traveled to or through an affected region, either domestically or internationally, or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, please consult with medical personnel and contact the Dean of Students before returning to campus. 

Currently, we do not have any students studying abroad. However, several students have expressed an interest in potentially doing so during the summer session. Academic Affairs and our International Scholar Services program are monitoring countries affected by the coronavirus and advising students so that they can make informed, data-driven decisions about their study plans.
 
Many individuals at the College are working to prepare for the potential of the coronavirus arriving on our campus. As mentioned earlier, Academic Affairs and the International Scholar Services program are focusing on study abroad impacts. Our Student Development Team is in the trenches working through potential scenarios for helping students with their daily residential and personal needs. Academic Affairs, the Registrar and faculty will be examining how we could deliver instruction in alternative methods rather than face to face, should that be needed. Physical Plant and housekeeping staff are understanding what supplies may be needed on campus and recommended protocols for sanitation. Cabinet is also focused on communication across all divisions of campus and making sure the team is ready to respond, when and if needed. Sage, our dining services vendor, is deploying additional hand sanitizers and reminders about personal hygiene before entering the dining hall. And, our athletics department is closely monitoring the situation to understand the potential impact to contests and athlete travel.