On-campus students need to be tested for COVID-19 by Saturday
All students who will be on West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus for the spring semester are required to be tested for COVID-19 by Saturday, university officials said.
The spring semester begins in one week — Jan. 19. WVU’s Morgantown students have not been on campus since a week before the Thanksgiving break.
“The university believes its safety protocols, if abided by correctly, will help keep the campus communities safe and allow students to return and continue their education successfully this spring,” WVU said in a news release.
Testing for students is underway. Those who have not yet scheduled a test may do so at http://myhousing.wvu.edu. All students must be tested on campus and test results from other sources will not be accepted.
Students who have had the COVID-19 virus within the last 90 days are not required to be tested, but must notify WVU Shared Services. Also, students who have been vaccinated for the virus are still required to be tested.
Test results should be available in three days. To be allowed in a class room, a student must have tested negative for the virus, WVU said.
During the upcoming semester, 10% of students attending in-person classes will be tested as part of WVU’s ongoing COVID-19 safety plan. Some students and employees may be tested more frequently because of their involvement in certain programs, sports teams, residence halls and majors.
“Ongoing testing is conducted to assess the general health of the community and if the spread of COVID-19 exists,” the university said.
The university said students have also indicated a higher preference for online courses than originally anticipated, with 67% of the enrollment on line and 33% in-person, a 14% increase from the fall semester.
New students will be required to take the university’s COVID-19 module by Saturday. The module can be completed at go.wvu.edu/COVIDmodule.
Also, faculty-run study-abroad programs will not take place this summer.