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Undergraduate Students

Return to Campus 2021 Student Success Guide

At long last we, your faculty and staff, are pleased to welcome you to campus since going remote in the middle of Spring 2020. We are excited to welcome back all members of our learning community to campus, and our return to in-person learning and engagement.

Above all, we are dedicated to your success. Everyone experienced this past year in different ways with various challenges. We strive to support an inclusive, diverse, and collegial community, and are actively working for a safe and smooth return to campus for everyone’s safety and well-being.

Our campus experience was changed due to external conditions and the move to remote learning, and we believe it is important to remind you of the best practices for your success as we return to in-person learning. To be sure you develop to the best of your ability, both academically and socially.

We are happy to return to campus as a community. If you have concerns or questions about our transition back, please don’t hesitate to contact helpful resources, such as, the Office of Diversity, Equity and InclusionD2L Services, your professor, the Chair of your department, your Dean, or Student Ombudsperson.

Best of luck, 
WCU Faculty and Staff

Health and Safety

COVID Reporting/Info

We are all in this together and each one of us contributes to the health and wellbeing of the campus community by getting vaccinated and testing after potential exposure or symptoms. 

Thanks, everyone, for doing your part to keep our whole community safe. 

Academic

How to Ensure SUCCESS in the first weeks of class:

  • If you are feeling stressed, please don’t hesitate to visit the Counseling Center
  • The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) may be helpful if you want to inquire about accommodations. This letter allows faculty to work with you to set up for your success in the course.
  • Take care of your body by getting enough rest, exercising, eating well and staying hydrated!  If you are feeling ill or need assistance, visit the Student Health Services.  If you need help with food or other basics, please visit our Resource Pantry.
  • In your classes
    • Don’t hesitate to reach out to your professor, using their contact information on the syllabus. Ask questions and address issues before they become problems.
    • WCU email is our official electronic form of communication.  When emailing a faculty member:
      • Be polite and respectful and identify your course section.
      • Be succinct and clearly articulate your question(s) or concern(s)
      • Remember faculty can’t always respond immediately; please be patient!
    • Take advantage of your professor’s OFFICE HOURS.  
      • They are a golden opportunity to connect with your professor and work through problems or explore various aspects of the course. They are for your benefit!
      • Office hours are listed on each course syllabus. Faculty provide a minimum of five hours over three days; these hours are for all their courses.
      • Verify whether the office hours are in-person or virtual (i.e. via Zoom).
      • Come prepared with questions or topics to discuss & leave enough time.
      • If you can’t meet with your professor during their posted hours or require more help, you can find help at the Learning and Assistance and Resource Center (LARC). Visit the Writing Center or the Library for assistance with assignments. 

 

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