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Messages from the Provost

To maintain ongoing communication with WVU campuses, Provost Reed is sending monthly messages highlighting new and ongoing initiatives that support our strategic efforts. We realize messages can get lost in inboxes, so those monthly messages also will be shared here. Check back often to stay informed!

Video Explains eSEIs to Students

A new six-minute video explains the importance of student evaluations and offers students tips on providing productive feedback.

Students can watch the video to better understand the role and impact of eSEIs and the importance of constructive and professional feedback. Instructors are encouraged to share and discuss the video with their students and suggest that students watch the video prior to submitting their evaluations this semester.

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Fall 2020 Course Withdrawal Deadline Extended to December 4

The Office of the Provost recognizes that additional pressures related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have impacted students in different ways. To provide students with more time to evaluate their academic performance in their courses, we are extending the deadline to withdraw from courses by two weeks. The new deadline to withdraw is December 4, 2020.

Our hope is that students will use the extra time to better inform their decision whether to complete or withdraw from a course. All students considering the withdrawal option should be aware that withdrawing from courses may negatively affect financial aid, scholarships and progression in their course of study.

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Academic Updates, Reminders and New Opportunities

Dear WVU Faculty and Instructors:

After a rocky start to the semester, it looks as if we are on track to continue in-person instruction for the next four weeks preceding Thanksgiving break. The temporary shutdown last month significantly reduced the number of COVID-19 cases among our students, and our classroom safety protocols and additional testing have contributed to the safety and well-being of our campus community.

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Information and Updates for the Re-opening of Campus

Dear WVU Faculty and Instructors:

After our temporary shift to online, the University has re-opened, and hopefully, we are back on track and settling into our new “normal” for the rest of the fall semester. I recognize that this has been a particularly stressful time, and I appreciate the flexibility and patience you have demonstrated as we continue to navigate the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Academic Updates, Reminders and New Childcare Resources

Dear WVU Faculty and Instructors:

Congratulations on making it through the first week of the new school year! As I walked around campus this week, I was pleased to see students in classrooms and common areas, wearing masks and following our safety protocols. I saw teachers fully engaged with their students and students eager to get on with the business of learning. It’s been a long summer for all of us.

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Assigned Seating and Attendance Tracking Requirements for Fall 2020

As students, faculty and staff return to campus this month, the University’s ability to work with local health departments to support contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 incident (e.g., a positive test) in face-to-face classes is essential. If a student in a particular course or courses tests positive, University officials must be able to quickly identify students and instructors who have been potentially exposed in those classroom settings and initiate further action.

To support this important effort, on-campus course instructors on all WVU campuses will be required to do two things:

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WVU Opposes New ICE Guidance, Underscores Commitment to International Students

Dear WVU Students, Faculty and Staff:

West Virginia University is a global institution, with an international reach and a mission of being the gateway between West Virginia and the world. International students are an integral part of our WVU community. They contribute to our diversity of thought, greatly enrich our culture and produce research that meaningfully affects society.

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