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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

In response to Gov. Wolf’s order for all nonessential businesses to close for the next two weeks and the recently announced CDC guidelines, Westminster College will ask all remaining residential students to move to their permanent residences as soon as possible. The students for whom this will cause extreme hardships have been advised to contact Vice President Vance.

All classes will move to online delivery beginning Thursday, March 19, and will now continue through the end of the semester. Online registration for summer and fall terms and room reservations, which will move online, will continue as originally scheduled.

Most College employees will be asked to work from home for at least the next two weeks starting Wednesday March 18, 2020. Only those whose work is deemed essential for maintaining services for the few remaining residential students will be asked to work on campus during this period. Supervisors will notify their employees about specific plans tomorrow. If you have concerns about working on campus Tuesday, please contact your supervisor as soon as possible.

We will announce a schedule for residential students to retrieve their belongings once we are notified by the state that we can resume normal campus activity.

Graduating seniors who are residential students will receive a pro rata refund of room and board charges at the end of the term, and all other residential students will be granted a pro rata refund as a credit toward the 2020-2021 academic year. Students with specific questions about this policy should contact the Business Office after April 1.

All public events scheduled on campus through April 30 are being cancelled or postponed. We will notify the campus about plans for formal Commencement ceremonies at a later time.

Read a message from Vice President of Student Affairs Gina Vance that provides more information about access to residence halls, shuttle service, availability of campus services, long-term storage options, and the housing selection process for 2020-2021.
  Message from Vice President of Student Affairs

COVID-19 Campus Notifications


  CDC Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Online Student Services


Wellness Center Services

Counseling Services and Wellness Coaching

Changes to our normal routines and the uncertainty of what lies ahead with the current COVID-19 pandemic can cause stress and anxiety. While students are away from campus due to the coronavirus response plan, the Wellness Center will offer remote services for students. Please contact the Wellness Center at 724-946-7927 to learn more about remote services. If you experience a mental health crisis or emergency while away from campus, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Academic Success Center – Tutoring and Academic Coaching

Please use the following steps to create and attend an online tutoring or academic coaching appointment:

  • Book a tutoring appointment using the link on D2L or on the Academic Success Center website.
  • Once you schedule an appointment, the Peer Tutor will schedule a Zoom meeting time that corresponds with the booked appointment time.
  • You will receive an email invitation for the meeting at the designated time. Join the meeting using that link.
  • Tutoring sessions will remain 45 minutes long. You must schedule an appointment at least 12 hours in advance. Please have a plan for what work or material you’d like to cover during the session.
  • Group sessions can be scheduled; you should indicate the names of the students who should be included in the session on the “notes” section of the booking page. Zoom limits group meetings with 3 or more people to 40 minutes long.

Tutoring sessions will remain 45 minutes long. You must schedule an appointment at least 12 hours in advance. Please have a plan for what work or material you’d like to cover during the session.

Group sessions can be scheduled; you should indicate the names of the students who should be included in the session on the “notes” section of the booking page. Zoom limits group meetings with 3 or more people to 40 minutes long.

Disability Resources

Disability Resources will continue to provide support to students and faculty as we move to an online format. The office continues its work to remove barriers for students both on campus and in online courses. Students can reach Faith Craig at 724-946-7192 or at craigfa@westminster.edu with any concerns.

LIS Help

The LIS Help Desk hours will be:
  Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

*If you wish to submit a work order please email lishelp@westminster.edu or login to our user portal https://support.westminster.edu. In the unlikely event that you are unable to access the portal or send us an email, we will make every effort to answer your call at 724-946-6000.

McGill Library

Due to the new restrictions mandated by the state, the library will be closed until March 31, starting March 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Checked out books:
  • Contact lishelp@westminster.edu if you currently have books checked out so we can renew them until you are allowed back on campus.
  • Please note that no one will incur fines. Even if you get an automatic notification, we just ask that you return the books when you are back on campus.
Interlibrary loans (ILL):
  • If you currently have ILL books, don’t worry about them. They will be due back when students are allowed back on campus.
  • From this point on, only electronic/article and book chapter requests will be processed.
Laptop checkouts:
  • Students who do not have access to a desktop/laptop should contact lishelp@westminster.edu as soon as possible to request a long term laptop loan. You can also stop by the library Tuesday March 17 only.
  • Laptop pickup will be Tuesday, March 17 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the LIS Help Desk.
  • All students taking a laptop out of the library will need to sign a waiver taking on responsibility for any damage done to the device while checked out.
Additional resources:
  • Our physical resources will not be available after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020, but you will still be able to access e-books, online journals, streaming media, and more from off campus. Instructions for accessing resources from off campus can be found here: https://libguides.westminster.edu/offcampusaccess.
  • If you need help with research papers, capstone, etc., Librarians are still available via email and are working on setting up reference hours (stay tuned for more info!). Expect an email from the library director Jamie Kohler soon with more detailed information about library resources and services.

Public Safety

Public Safety continues to be scheduled around the clock. Contact them at (724) 946-7777.

 

 

Events


All public events scheduled on campus through April 30 are being cancelled or postponed. We will notify the campus about plans for formal Commencement ceremonies at a later time.

The events listed below will be offered online only.

Future Titan Day - Online! 3/28/2020

Our Exclusive Accepted Student Event

For your safety and convenience, we have moved Future Titan Day online! This is an exclusive event for students who have been accepted to attend Westminster College.

Register now to be part of the event, which will enable you to further connect with Westminster students, parents, alumni, and administration.

Information for Employees


Most College employees will be asked to work from home for at least Wednesday, March 18, through Tuesday, March 31.

Only those whose work is deemed essential for maintaining services for the few remaining residential students will be asked to work on campus during this period. Supervisors will notify their employees about specific plans on Tuesday, March 17.

Category One


Has a personal machine at home and is willing to use it for work. IMPORTANT...we are not requiring anyone to use their personal computer for their Westminster work.

Description: Uses Microsoft Office products, accesses my.westminster.edu, email, Internet, and Westminster cloud-based resources like D2L, occasional need to access network drives (P:, V:, N)

  1. You will use the Webmail (Outlook WebApp) to check your email
  2. If you need to access a file on a network drive (P:, V:, N:) you can use the Network Files Portal
    • To access: Scroll down to the bottom of the homepage (www.westminster.edu) and select “Network Files”

Category Two


Using a College-owned machine with VPN access

Description: Uses Microsoft Office products, accesses my.westminster.edu, email, Internet, and Westminster cloud-based resources like D2L, and needs continual access to network drives (P:, V:, N)

  1. You will take home the computer, monitor, mouse and keyboard that you use on a daily basis. You will be required to send me an email to let me know what equipment you are taking home.
  2. You will need to download and install the VPN client on your machine. Instructions coming.

Category Three


Heavy EX users

Description: EX client users that are using EX all day

  1. We are working on procuring laptops that can be used to remote into your office desktop. There is a very limited amount of laptops. If we are unable to get a laptop for you, you will fall into category two.

LIS Help is still the main contact if you have any issues. Email lishelp@westminster.edu or open a ticket at support.westminster.edu

Between March 18 and March 31 the buildings will be locked. If you need access contact your supervisor.
For those covered by the College’s UPMC Health Plan, all co-pay, coinsurance and deductible expenses associated with COVID-19 testing have been waived.
All College-sponsored travel is suspended, including but not limited to conference attendance, training and development and grant-supported travel.