West Liberty, W.VA. (WTRF) — West Liberty President Dr. Stephen Greiner announced that spring break will be extended one week in wake of the coronavirus.
The University will be taking this extra week to train professors to move to online classes.
West Liberty University will be extending its Spring break another week, through March 23rd, for in-seated classes. The classes scheduled online will continue as usual.Dr. Stephen Greiner, President of West Liberty University
In the meantime, over 60 international students at West Liberty have not gone home this spring break.
We are not sending them home, so they will be on campus. And since they are going to be on campus we still need to provide the services for them.Dr. Stephen Greiner, President of West Liberty University
We have a student health office on campus, we have counseling services. So, we have communicated to the students here what is available for them. Our food service will still be open. But for the students that are not here, we’ll be recommending that they don’t come back until we resume classes.Scott Cook, Vice President of Student Services and Registrar, West Liberty University
There are no cases of the coronavirus on campus, but WFF cleaning services are working to wipe everything down while students are away. Wes Lib’s food service is also changing how it preps food for the international students that are staying put.
All of our courses have an online component, but not everyone has taught online. As well, not every student has taken an online course. So, there is a learning process. And, we want to take a week and make sure there is adequate training and preparation for online courses.Dr. Stephen Greiner, President of West Liberty University
There has also been talk about what to do with student involvement outside of the classroom.
The student government has a bus trip scheduled for New York, so we’ve been in constant contact with those folks, because obviously, we need to make sure we’re putting our students in a safe situation. We’re looking at those events and deciding if we need to cancel those.Scott Cook, Vice President of Student Services and Registrar, West Liberty University
But, what happens after this extended vacation?
We do not know when the next opening date will be for West Liberty University. We will continue to monitor that daily.Dr. Stephen Greiner, President of West Liberty University
The NCAA also announced Thursday that the Division II Atlantic Region Men’s Basketball Tournament held at West Liberty will not be open to the general public, admitting only 120 guests per team.