The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our campus community and represents an ever-changing situation. As we look to fall, we will act to put the academic mission and campus community well-being at the forefront of all pandemic planning efforts. Our plans will be grounded in our core academic mission and our main reason for being – our students.
Western Carolina University is developing plans for the fall 2020 semester through an inclusive decision-making process.
These decisions are guided by science and data, grounded in our core academic mission, and intended to balance teaching, research, service, engagement, and total student experience activities with the well-being of our community.
Throughout the process, the university continues to monitor guidance from public health and medical professionals, the University of North Carolina System, and North Carolina’s elected state officials.
By necessity, these plans will shift and change as conditions demand. When this happens, all updates and resources will be included updated at info.wcu.edu/fall2020.
Shared community standards remind us that we each have personal responsibility for actions that may affect our own health and the health of our friends, colleagues, and the broader campus community. Our collective acceptance of this shared responsibility will be the most effective strategy we will have at our disposal in the challenging months ahead. We know that Catamounts Care and we have developed a set of standards to encourage everyone to put the well-being of themselves and others top of mind.