WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. (WTRF) – West Liberty University will be requiring all individuals to wear masks inside buildings starting Monday.
Those buildings include campus buildings, offices, classrooms, and labs regardless of a person’s vaccination status.
The requirement of having masks in our facilities, in our classrooms, in our offices, anytime you’re in the building, we believe is one of those methods to reduce the spread and transmission of the virus.Dr. W. Franklin Evans, President, West Liberty University
The University said masks can be removed if individuals are alone in their offices or residence hall rooms.
Dr. Evans said the mask mandate is not only to keep the students safe, but also to help faculty feel secure while teaching.
We want faculty members to come back with a sense of not only urgency to get back to normal, but we want them to feel safe in their working space environment.Dr. W. Franklin Evans, President, West Liberty University
WLU encourages everyone to get vaccinated and Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is holding a vaccination clinic on campus from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 for those still needing to be vaccinated.
You don’t even have to leave The Hill to get a vaccination. It can take place right here, and then the second one later in the month will also occur on campus. We are pushing, we’re urging, begging people to get vaccinated. That continues to be the best defense against the spread of this virus.Dr. W. Franklin Evans, President, West Liberty University
Student-athletes began to return to West Liberty over the weekend.
Other residential students will move-in starting on August 19.
The first day of classes at West Liberty’s Highlands Center is Saturday, August 21 and the main campus begins on Monday, August 23.