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message from Dean of Students to WVU Tech parents and families

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March 18, 2020

Golden Bear parents and families:

I am writing to you as someone who cares deeply about your students' safety, health and well-being. We are facing a public health crisis worldwide, nationwide and here in West Virginia.

On behalf of the University and larger community, I am asking for your help. Please help us by ensuring your student returns home and is ready to begin virtual classes on Monday, March 30. We recognize a small number of students are still on campus who may need to return due to unavoidable circumstances, and we will continue to support those students, but we need all other students to return (or remain) home for the foreseeable future.

We are especially concerned right now about students who may be out and about. We need your assistance in helping them understand the dangers posed by COVID-19. While they may not become sick or may suffer only mild symptoms if they contract COVID-19, they could potentially infect those who are most at-risk. Encourage them to take steps to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus, including social distancing, staying away from gatherings of more than 10 people and avoiding contact with individuals who are elderly or immunocompromised. Dr. Kathryn Moffett, a WVU expert on infectious diseases, discusses the importance of social distancing in this video.

We made the very difficult decision to move our classes to virtual instruction for the remainder of the term not only based on the health and welfare of our students, but also because we want to ensure that the health care system in West Virginia is not stretched too thin in the coming weeks and months. We believe the fewer students in Beckley right now, the better for our health care system and, thus, for the welfare of everyone in the region. More than half of West Virginia’s population is considered at-risk, so anything we can do to protect our fellow citizens is of the utmost importance.

Your student will be hearing more from their professors and instructors soon about the transition to virtual classes. We know this will be an abrupt and challenging transition, but faculty and staff across the University are working hard to make the shift as smooth as possible, and your student will have support from the University.

Thank you to each of you for your help and support. We are grateful for your partnership and quick action. We know for many families this will cause an unexpected disruption and yet it is one step you can take to help keep your student and your family safe. No matter where you and your student reside, our staff is available to help; please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In my years working in higher education, I have faced many crises, yet none like this. This global pandemic is unlike anything previously seen by any of us. We must help our students understand how vital it is to unite around this issue. The COVID-19 health crisis is forcing each of us to make sacrifices and changes. In the end, however, it is not about us. It's about our responsibility to our fellow human beings. Thank you for all you and your student are doing during this difficult time.

In the near future, we will be in touch with a plan for residential students to remove items from their residence hall rooms consistent with CDC guidelines for social distancing and overall health and safety.

The Admissions office will be sending new I-20 forms for next semester to international students by mail. More details about that will be available on our website.   

Finally, please continue to check our coronavirus website, which is being updated continually with new information. If your questions aren’t answered there, feel free to email or me at  

Rich Carpinelli
WVU Tech Dean of Students 

Read the full announcement from today’s Board of Governors meeting. 
Read President Gee’s letter to the University community.
Read Campus President Carolyn Long's letter to the campus community.