September 28, 2020 COVID-19 Updates

As a critical infrastructure facility Webber International University has not closed, continuing to operate under CDC guidance, state regulations, and NAIA, TSC, and MSC rules.  We have also been in close contact with our county health and emergency management departments.

It is important to remember that while Florida has relaxed most restrictions, the CDC guidelines are still to isolate if infected and quarantine if exposed.  It is also important to remember that while Webber has done a very good job – 8 cases since the initial outbreak in January including 6 since faculty and students returned – every interaction with any other living creature carries the risk of infection from COVID-19 and other diseases.  So while we all voluntarily assume the risk that interacting with other people brings with it, we must all do our part to minimize that risk when possible.  

Following are our current policies and procedures, compliance with are conditions of continued employment and enrollment.

Campus Access

We are continuing to limit access to the campus to employees, students, and those with a legitimate reason to be on campus.  A person will NOT be allowed on campus if:

  • He or she does not have a legitimate reason to be on campus, evidenced by a current and valid Webber ID card or a verified appointment;
  • Within the last 14-days, he or she has experienced a new cough that he or she cannot attribute to a health condition other than an infectious disease including COVID-19;
  • Within the last 14-days, he or she has experienced new shortness of breath that he or she cannot attribute to a health condition other than an infectious disease including COVID-19;
  • Within the last 14-days, he or she has experienced a new sore throat that he or she cannot attribute to a health condition other than an infectious disease including COVID-19;
  • Within the last 14-days, he or she has experienced new muscle aches that he or she cannot attribute to a health condition other than an infectious disease including COVID-19 or a specific activity such as physical exercise;
  • Within the last 14-days, he or she has had a temperature at or above CDC’s established fever threshold of 100.4° or the sense of having a fever;
  • Within the last 14 days, he or she has had close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 consecutive minutes) with someone who is currently sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19; or
  • He or she, at the point of entry to the campus, registers a temperature at or above 100.4º.
    • Temperature screening is recommended by CDC for critical infrastructure workers.  An employee registering a temperature at or above 100.4º will be sent home and may not return to work until he or she has been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications or produces a physician’s note authorizing return to school or work activities.

Classrooms

The 9/28/2020 CDC Guidance recommends that you “stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people” and wear a mask “in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.”

We are continuing to limit classroom capacity, stagger classes through blended delivery, and require the wearing of masks by all persons at all times while in classrooms.

Cafeteria and Student Union

The 9/28/2020 CDC Guidance recommends that you “stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people” and wear a mask “in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.”

We are continuing to limit seating capacity to promote social distance and to require the wearing of masks by all person at all times while not actively eating.

Fitness Center and Weight Room

The 9/28/2020 CDC Guidance recommends that you “stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people” and wear a mask “in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.”

We are continuing our limited capacity, by appointment scheduling, and to require masks be worn by all employees and by others when practical.

Competition

While the CDC “does not currently have guidance for adult sport leagues”, some of the things the 9/28/2020 CDC Guidance recommends include:

  • Stay home if sick;
  • Have smaller team sizes;
  • Keep space between players in practice areas;
  • Reduce physical closeness between players when possible;
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and your teammates, other competitors, and officials while actively participating in the sport;
  • Avoid high fives, handshakes, fist bumps or hugs;
  • Keep space between players in the practice areas, including on the sideline, dugout, and bench;
  • Avoid congregating in the parking lot or near the field before or after games;
    • If it is not possible to avoid congregating, practice social distancing by ensuring there is at least 6 feet between participants.
    • If social distancing is not possible, wear a mask whenever possible to reduce risk of virus transmission.
  • Space out spectators by 6 feet
  • Limit nonessential visitors, spectators, and volunteers. Ensure they wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • Wear a mask if possible
  • Minimize sharing of equipment or gear
  • Limit the use of frequently touched surfaces on the field, court, or play surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect shared items between use.
  • Don’t share towels, clothing, or any items used to wipe your face or hands.
  • Avoid sharing food, drink containers (e.g., coolers), and utensils.
  • Minimize spitting. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Used tissues should be thrown away and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
  • Wash hands
  • Limit travel outside of your area

We are continuing to require tickets to attend games, to limit capacity to provide space between spectators, to require all non-participants to wear masks, and to require participants to were masks when practical.

Library, Offices, and other Public Spaces

The 9/28/2020 CDC Guidance recommends that you “stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people” and wear a mask “in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others.”

We are continuing to require that all persons maintain social distance when possible (the guidance is to maintain 6 feet of separation even outside), to meet outdoors or in larger spaces when possible, and to wear masks at all times when in public spaces when interacting with others (for example, one need not wear his or her mask when alone in his or her office).

Staying Healthy

According to the CDC, everyone should:

  • Wash your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • It’s especially important to wash:
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • Before touching your face
      • After using the restroom
      • After leaving a public place
      • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After handling your mask
      • After changing a diaper
      • After caring for someone sick
      • After touching animals or pets
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
    • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
    • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
    • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
    • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household will work.
  • Monitor Your Health Daily
    • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
      • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Protect Your Health This Flu Season: getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.

Contact Tracing

Webber has several employees who have been trained in the Johns Hopkins contact tracing protocol which we are using.  In the event of a positive test, after we have concluded contact tracing we contact those with whom that person has been in close contact (please note that the CDC has a precise definition of what constitutes close contact) to:

  • Let people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Help people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested if appropriate.
  • Ask people to self-isolate if they have COVID-19 or self-quarantine if they are a close contact.

Isolation (if you think or know you had COVID-19), you must isolate

(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html)

“I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be with others after

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​)

— or —

  • If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test

— or —

  • If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.”

Quarantine: If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you must quarantine (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html)

“What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has [note the heading… according to the CDC this means someone who has themselves tested positive] COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more;
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19;
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them);
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils; or
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Steps to take if you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
  • Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.”

Please help us preserve the fairly normal life we have – in person classes, delicious meals in a dining room, sports competitions, and so much more – by doing your bit to keep this disease from spreading. Keep up the good work, and stay healthy!

Posted date, time, by, and authority of: September 29th, 2020 8:45AM EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-12

August 1, 2020 4:00pm: Hurricane Isaias

Webber International University is carefully monitoring the approach of Hurricane Isaias.  Based on the best information available to us we are expecting heavy rain, occasional tropical storm force wind gusts, and lightning throughout the weekend.

We do not currently have any students on campus.  There are currently no activities planned on campus.  The few employees living on campus have been briefed on hurricane safety procedures.  Security and other members of our Campus Response Team will be on campus throughout the storm.

While we are expecting a normal opening on Monday, employees should contact their immediate supervisor if their commute is not safe or they have other needs or concerns.

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2020/hurricane-isaias

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  August 1st, 2020 4:00pm EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-10

Updated COVID-19 Prevention Policies and Procedures June 17th, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Prevention Policies and Procedures
June 17th, 2020

While we have not yet had a COVID-19 case, and while Webber International University has followed and will continue to follow CDC guidance, there exists an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other diseases, including those which could be life threatening especially for those with underlying medical conditions, in any public place where people are present.  Simply put, being in public, anywhere, anytime, and doing anything, brings with it the risk of exposure to diseases.

Webber was designated an essential critical infrastructure facility by the Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the US Department of Homeland Security in his March 28, 2020 guidance and has continued to operate within social distancing guidelines.

On June 3rd, 2020 in executive order 20-139 the Honorable Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida “encouraged” people to “avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons” This same order “encouraged” people “to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA”.

Continuing to follow CDC guidelines and make decisions based on science rather than fear, Webber expects to welcome youth summer camps soon and unless prohibited from doing so will deliver face-to-face classes and offer sports in the fall.  The following policies and procedures are currently in place but are subject to change as guidance evolves and students’ return to campus nears.

Ongoing Procedures

  • We are continuing to limit access to the campus.  In addition to strictly restricting access after-hours, a person will NOT be allowed on campus if:
    • He or she does not have a legitimate reason to be on campus, evidenced by a current and valid Webber ID card or a verified appointment;
    • Within the last 14-days, he or she has experienced a new cough that he or she cannot attribute to a health condition other than an infectious disease including COVID-19;
    • Within the last 14-days, he or she has experienced new shortness of breath that he or she cannot attribute to a health condition other than an infectious disease including COVID-19;
    • Within the last 14-days, he or she has experienced a new sore throat that he or she cannot attribute to a health condition other than an infectious disease including COVID-19;
    • Within the last 14-days, he or she has experienced new muscle aches that he or she cannot attribute to a health condition other than an infectious disease including COVID-19 or a specific activity such as physical exercise;
    • Within the last 14-days, he or she has had a temperature at or above CDC’s established fever threshold of 100.4° or the sense of having a fever;
    • Within the last 14 days, he or she has had close contact (within 6 feet for more than 10 consecutive minutes), without the use of appropriate PPE, with someone who is currently sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19; or
    • He or she, at the point of entry to the campus, registers a temperature at or above 100.4º.
      • An employee registering a temperature at or above 100.4º will be sent home and may not return to work until he or she has been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications or produces a physician’s note authorizing return to school or work activities.
  • As a critical infrastructure facility, we are continuing to follow CDC guidance with respect to our essential workforce:
    • Employees who have symptoms should notify their supervisor and stay home.
    • Sick employees should follow CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers.
    • Employees with increased risk factors should continue to coordinate with their supervisors regarding telecommuting and other options.
    • If applicable, informing employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) .
    • Practicing social distancing by avoiding large gatherings, maintaining distance (at least 6 feet) from others when possible, and wearing face coverings when the possibility of breaking social distancing exists.
    • Conducting meetings electronically when possible.
    • Limiting business travel.
  • As a critical infrastructure facility, we are continuing to follow CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations
    • Practicing routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs including the use of products that meet EPA’s criteria and are appropriate for the surface.
    • Avoiding use of other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. Cleaning and disinfect them before and after use.
    • Canceling, adjusting, or postponing large work-related meetings or gatherings that can only occur in-person in accordance with state and local regulations and guidance.

Summer Camps

On May 22nd, 2020 the Honorable Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, in Executive Order 20-131 removed ALL restrictions on youth activities including youth summer camps.  This blanket removal of restrictions regarding limiting of group size, social distancing, and face covering does not yet apply to adults (i.e., college students and employees).

Webber International University does not conduct youth summer camps but rather rents its facilities to independent operators of youth summer camps who run camps with their own personnel and –  consistent with rules, regulations, laws and statutes (some of which, it bears repeating, create an affirmative duty for us to report suspected child abuse) – under their own guidelines.

Nevertheless, with respect to youth summer camps, Webber will continue to practice the procedures listed above with respect to its employees and its visitors and will deny access to the campus to anyone, including employees, facilitators, volunteers, parents, and campers who exhibit any of the signs or symptoms, including an active fever as defined by the CDC, listed above.  Adherence to state and CDC guidelines is a condition of rental of facilities, entrance to, and remaining on the campus.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  June 17th,  2020 10:00am EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-9

 

COVID-19 Update May 1, 2020

Webber has neither closed (the CDC guidance never recommended closing universities) nor had a COVID-19 case.

The spring semester has ended, summer classes are on-line, and graduation has been postponed until December 12 at 10:00am (the graduates were loud and clear:  they want a REAL graduation with cheering families and friends, not a “virtual” graduation, whatever that is).

And, we are not about to get sloppy now.

The Governor’s Executive Order Number 20-112 (Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery) which opens some of Florida next week really has very little impact on our operations (basically we could restore indoor dining at 25% capacity if we wanted to).  We have continuously operated by virtue of being designated an Essential Critical Infrastructure Facility in the United States Director of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency’s March 28th Guidance.  Our fitness center and gym remains closed by the Governor’s Executive Order Number 20-91.

Effective until further notice,

  • The campus remains closed except to those who have a legitimate need to be on campus.
    • There will continue to be a 100% ID check at the front gate 24/7/365.
    • Those without Webber ID cards validated for the Spring 2020 semester must be on the list to get through the gate.
    • There will be a 100% temperature check at the gate. Anyone with a temperature will be denied access to the campus.
    • There will be no unescorted visitors anywhere on campus at any time.
    • The campus remains closed from 8pm to 7am every day. Unless you are scheduled to work during that time, you will not be admitted to campus during those hours.
    • Students living on campus may continue to use the campus facilities (e.g., swimming pool, lakefront):
      • Social distancing must be maintained.
      • Groups must be fewer than 5 people.
      • Facilities remain closed to non-residential students, faculty/staff, visitors/guests, and the community.
    • Restrictions for students living on campus remain in place. Students currently living on campus who do any of the following will be required to leave campus immediately and not allowed to return until fall:
      • Leaving campus for non-essential reasons;
      • Leaving Polk county;
      • Not practicing social distancing, whether on or off campus;
      • Circumventing or attempting to circumvent campus security and safety measures; or
      • Moving off campus (once you’re gone, you’re gone until next semester)
  • Employees should coordinate with their supervisors about where (i.e., at home, in their usual workplace, or in some temporary location allow more distance) and when to work.
    • If you are working on campus you MUST maintain social distancing.
    • Face coverings are required if there is a risk of breaking social distancing.
    • Gloves may be required depending upon task.
    • Everyone must be spread out. No desks or other workspaces close together (we have empty classrooms, an empty conference center, etc.)
    • If you are sick you should not come to work. Communicate with your supervisor.
    • If there are issues which make being on campus problematic, coordinate with your supervisor.
  • While we continue to utilize alternative meeting methods when possible, when face to face meetings are necessary
    • Visitor’s names must be on the list at the gate (employees should coordinate through the Captain of the Guard).
    • Visitors must go directly to the outdoors location where they have been told to meet.
    • Visitors must be escorted at all times.
    • A minimum of 6’ distance in every direction around every person must be maintained.
    • Our staff must wear face coverings.
    • There will be no meeting in offices… outdoors or in big open spaces (classroom, gym, etc.) only.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  May 1st,  2020 11:00am EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-8

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Comprehensive Update 4/2/2020 12:00 noon

Webber International University (and its branch campus St. Andrews University) has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 virus since its discovery was first made public. We have stayed informed of, and acted according to, the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We – our students, our faculty, our staff, our administration – are resourceful, resilient people and we will get through this together. We’ve gotten through worse situations. Yet, we still need to alter our day-to-day routines to get us through safely. We hope the following FAQ will answer most of your questions, but we encourage you to contact us if there’s something we missed. Above all else, know that we are here to help and if you have an issue, don’t hesitate to contact us.

This is a multi-part FAQ (everyone, students, applicants, employees, faculty)… if you don’t see your question answered, keep scrolling.

FAQ’s

FOR EVERYONE

Q: Are there any confirmed or suspected on the Webber campus?
A: No (as of 4/2/2020 12:00noon EDT).

Q: Is the University closing?
A: No. The University remains open but is operating in highly restricted mode.

  • NOBODY will be allowed to enter the campus from 8pm to 7am except on-duty, third shift employees reporting for work. If you are a residential student you must be back on campus before 8pm; you will not be admitted to campus after 8pm. Regardless of who you are, if you leave campus after 8pm you will not be allowed back on it until 7am.
  • The campus is closed 24/7/365 to all but the following people:
    • Residential students currently living on campus;
    • Off-campus students studying in the library from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday or in the computer labs from 7am to 8am daily;
    • Employees in possession of an essential infrastructure critical employee letter who are actually working at the time and who actually need to be on campus to do whatever it is they’re doing; and
    • Vendors actively supporting critical infrastructure needs.
  • People permitted on campus must practice social distancing (no groups, > 6’ distance between people). Anyone not practicing social distancing will be instantly removed from the campus and not allowed back on until after the crisis has passed.
  • There is 24/7/365 ID check at the front gate.
    • If you don’t have Webber ID validated for Spring 2020 security has been ordered not to admit you.
    • Keeping our campus safe is serious business. Security has been ordered to call the sheriff – no warning, just call the sheriff – with respect to “alternative means of ingress”. Florida Statute 810.09(1)(a)(1) makes trespassing a felony.

Q: Should I come to campus to [insert activity here]?
A: Not if there’s another way to get it done. While we are an essential critical infrastructure facility, the best way to stay healthy and to keep others healthy is by following CDC guidelines. So, whether you’re a student, applicant, or employee, before you come in person, give us a shout to see if there’s another way to get it done.

Q: What are you doing about cleanliness and sanitation?
A: Following CDC guidelines.

Q: What should I do to avoid getting sick?
A: Follow CDC guidelines (biggies: maintain distance, wash hands, disinfect surfaces).

Q: I heard from [insert name of misinformed source here] that you had to shut down.
A: We’ve heard a lot of made up stuff too. We are an essential critical infrastructure facility, so we are not required to close but we are changing how we work to do everything possible to protect public health.

On April 1st, 2020 the Honorable Ron DeSantis, Governor of the Stare of Florida, issued Executive Order 20-91 which orders that “all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.” That order goes on to state that “… ‘essential services’ means and encompasses the list published by the US Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce…” Universities are, in the Director of Critical and Infrastructure Security’s March 28, 2020 guidance, classified as “essential critical infrastructure.”

Q: How will updates be communicated?
A: We will contact students via their @webber.edu, post updates on our website (www.Webber.edu), and post updates at www.WebberEmergency.com.

FOR ALL STUDENTS

Q: Now that all classes are online, how will I know what to do to succeed with on-line instruction?
A: Check your @webber.edu email. If you don’t have instructions, contact our Academic Dean. The following are all still available (virtually):

  • Faculty office hours;
  • The library;
  • Tutoring;
  • Academic planning;
  • Career development; and
  • Access to academic administration for problem resolution.

Q: I don’t have a computer / I don’t have internet / Moodle’s not letting me in / my professor isn’t returning my emails, etc.
A: Contact our Academic Dean. Do it right away. We can help. But sooner is better than later.

Q: I want to add classes / drop classes / register for summer. Not sure who to talk to.
A: Contact our Academic Planner.

Q: I’m having health (including mental health) concerns.
A: Contact Student Life.

  • We can help you find a doctor who takes our insurance;
  • We can send you information for a doctor who takes our insurance and practices telemedicine;
  • We can hook you up with our mental health counselor;
  • We can hook you up with an on-line counseling resource; and
  • We can help you find local resources if none of the above work.

Q: Why do I have to use my @Webber.edu email to communicate?
A: Federal privacy laws. We know who has @webber.edu emails. Other domains, not so much.

Q: My financial situation has changed. And not for the better.
A: That’s rough. And we pray that it’s short lived and that things change quickly. But please contact financial aid right away… sometimes the silver lining of a temporary setback is that it makes more grant money available.

Q: Has [insert name of activity here] been cancelled for spring?
A: Yes. All spring activities have been canceled. NAIA cancelled the 2020 spring season. The bass fishing team’s competitions and practices have been cancelled (but the Governor’s order allows fishing, so find a secluded spot somewhere in the great outdoors and stay in practice!) The Business Advisor’s Luncheon and Academic Awards Dinner cannot be held while conforming to CDC guidance.

Q: Since my sport and/or activity has been cancelled, has my scholarship been cancelled too?
A: No.

Q: I heard athletic eligibility has been extended?
A: We heard that too, and right from the horse’s mouth. But please contact our Faculty Athletics Representative for specific details because eligibility can be tricky.

Q: Are on-ground summer classes going on-line?
A: Probably. Current guidance does not extend that far into the future. Check back in a few days for a definitive answer.

Q: What about Graduation?
A: Graduation has been postponed until December. The vast majority of those graduating said they would prefer a December graduation to a “virtual graduation” (i.e., one with graduates but no guests). It would take multiple football fields (we only have one) to hold an outdoor graduation with guests which conforms to CDC guidance.

Q: What about the MBA trip to Spain?
A: While if it were scheduled today we could not go because currently the entire world, including Spain, is on a Level 3 Travel Alert, there is no guidance which currently extends to May 23-29. We’ll let you know as soon as the decision has been made, but as stated weeks ago, I wouldn’t be booking an expensive trip to anywhere without buying “cancel for any reason” travel insurance.

Q: I don’t know how to get in touch with my dean/coach/professor/academic advisor?
A: For the non-athletic staff directory click here. For the athletic staff directory click here.

FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE STILL LIVING ON CAMPUS

Q: Are there security, meals, etc. provided on campus for residential students who are currently on campus?
A: Yes.

Q: What about the cafeteria?
A: Florida has banned eating in restaurants. The cafeteria is now take out only. Please avoid eating in your room and please dispose of trash properly… roaches carry some nasty diseases.

Q: What could get me asked to leave campus immediately?
A: Please be aware that doing any of the following will result in your being required to leave campus immediately and not being allowed to return until the crisis is over:

  • Leaving campus for non-essential reasons;
  • Leaving Polk county;
  • Not practicing social distancing, whether on or off campus;
  • Circumventing or attempting to circumvent campus security and safety measures; or
  • Moving off campus (once you’re gone, you’re gone until next semester).

Also, nobody except on-duty third shift employees will be admitted to the campus between the hours of 8pm to 7am. If you have to go somewhere, plan to be back by 8pm.

Q: If I do decide to go home, what should I do?
A: Get the checklist from Student Life (they can email it if you ask them to) and be sure you have followed it. And triple confirm with the airline that your flight is a go, because once you’ve left Polk County (and especially been to an airport, where infection is far more likely) you cannot come back to campus until the crisis has cleared.

Q: What if I get sick?
A: Self isolate and contact Student Life. We will follow health department recommended protocols from there. Here’s a link to the CDC’s recommendations.

FOR STUDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS OR HAVE MOVED OFF CAMPUS

Q: Wow, that beach and pool are WAY cooler than the ones at my house. Can I come hang out?
A: No. While we know the campus is super cool, we’re only exempted from the stay at home order to perform essential services and, alas, hanging out isn’t on the list.

Q: I’d like to move back on campus. Can I?
A: Sure. Contact Student Life and they will give you an application for fall.

Q: No, I meant this week?
A: No. We don’t know where you’ve been or what you’ve been doing. If you live off campus and really need a place to stay immediately, contact Student Life for assistance with locating off campus housing.

Q: I don’t have a computer at home. Can I use the computer labs?
A: Yes, if you maintain social distance. The Library is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and the computer labs are open from 7am to 8am daily.

Q: Can I come get my stuff?
A: Yes, but you must make an appointment with Student Life to be sure we don’t have social distancing issues.

Q: When does my stuff being in my room become an issue?
A: May 1.

Q: I wasn’t really planning on coming back from spring break anyway. The stuff I left can be tossed or donated. How do I let you know that?
A: Contact Student Life.

FOR APPLICANTS

Q: Is it possible to get accepted for fall without coming to campus?
A: Yes.

Q: Scholarships? I can get these all set up from home?
A: Yes.

Q: They cancelled my standardized test date. Help!
A: Take a deep breath. Call your admissions counselor. We’ve got this all worked out.

Q: Can I take a tour?
A: You bet. Call your admissions counselor and they will take you on a virtual tour (in person tours aren’t currently on the critical activities list).

Q: I’m having trouble getting [insert item here] by the deadline.
A: There’s a lot of that going on. Call your admissions counselor. While we are first come, first served and will have more applicants than we have space for (so don’t just wait!), your admissions counselor can help find a solution.

FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

Q: Should I come to work?
A: Check with your immediate supervisor.

Q: I’m sick.
Stay home. Seek medical care. Contact your supervisor. Click here for the CDC’s guidance.

Q: I’m immunocompromised or otherwise at risk.
A: Contact your supervisor. Click here for the CDC’s guidance.

Q: I have childcare issues.
A: Contact your supervisor.

Q: What about professional development?
A: All professional development involving face-to-face meetings is suspended. Exceptions require the personal approval of the University’s president.

Q: How do I get in touch with [insert person’s name here]?
A: For the non-athletic staff directory click here. For the athletic staff directory click here.

FOR OUR FACULTY

Q: Do I have to have on-ground office hours?
A: No. In fact, you shouldn’t. But you MUST let your students know your available office hours and MUST keep them. If a student really needs to see you face to face, we’ve got a huge football field you can yell across.

Q: I’ve got a student who isn’t participating, whose grades have slipped, or whom I’m otherwise worried about. What do I do?
A: IMMEDIATELY inform the Academic Dean and if it seems like a “hurting yourself or others issue”, inform the Dean of Student Life too.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  April 2nd, 2020 12:00pm EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-7

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Comprehensive Update 3/20/2020 4:30PM EDT

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Comprehensive Update 3/20/2020 4:30PM EDT

Webber International University (and its branch campus St. Andrews University) has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 virus for weeks. We have stayed informed of, and acted according to, the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We – our students, our faculty, our staff, our administration – are resourceful, resilient people and we will get through this together. We’ve gotten through worse situations. Yet, we still need to alter our day-to-day routines. We hope the following FAQ will answer most of your questions, but we encourage you to contact us if there’s something we missed. Above all else, know that we are here to help and if you have an issue, don’t hesitate to contact us.

FAQ’s

FOR EVERYONE

Q: Are there any confirmed or suspected on the Webber campus?
A: No (as of 3/20/2020 11:00AM EDT)

Q: Are there any confirmed reported cases in Polk County, Florida.
A: Yes. 7 (as of 3/20/2020 11:00AM EDT).

Q: Is the University closing?
A: No. The University – including our dormitories and cafeterias – remains open.

In the interest of the health of our students and employees we have restricted the campus to residential students, working employees, off campus students studying in the library or conducting business in University offices during regular business hours, prospective students escorted by admissions personnel, and meetings which cannot be conducted via electronic alternatives.

Security has been ordered to check ID’s and to enforce social distancing guidelines.

Q: I heard the CDC had recommended closing?
A: You could have heard that, but the CDC didn’t say it. They haven’t recommended closing even for institutions with confirmed cases or substantial spread, neither of which is the case for Webber (as of 3/20/2020 4:30PM EDT)

Q: What are you doing about cleanliness and sanitation?
A: Following CDC guidelines.

Q: What should I do to avoid getting sick?
A: Follow CDC guidelines (biggies: maintain distance, wash hands, disinfect surfaces).

Q: How will updates be communicated?
A: We will contact students via their @webber.edu, post updates on our website (www.Webber.edu), and post updates at www.WebberEmergency.com.

Q: I want to tour the campus? Can I?
A: Yes, while we are also hosting virtual open houses for those who cannot or don’t wish to travel but want to secure their spot in the fall semester, as long as you are not displaying any symptoms of any illness, and have neither left the country nor gone on a cruise of any duration to any destination in the last 14 days you may tour the campus. Escorts are required. For the safety of our campus much of your tour will be conducted outside, some areas will be off-limits, and we will maintain six foot distance. Please discuss this with your admissions counselor.

FOR STUDENTS

Q: Will I be able to complete the spring semester?
A: Yes. On our campus. At home. From the beach. One way or the other we’ll get it done.

 Q: Are face to face classes being transitioned to on-line instruction?
A: Yes. All instruction in all courses is being offered on-line for the remainder of the spring semester.

Q: Why?
A: We understand that many people are worried (most of us are parents ourselves… we get it). And, we understand that many students and their families have made the decision to weather this crisis at home. We are absolutely committed to helping our students successfully finish this semester. Given the impossibility of our professors simultaneously conducting both in-seat and on-line instruction, we have implemented our plan to take all instruction on-line.

Q: How will I know what to do to succeed with on-line instruction?
A: Check your @webber.edu. If you don’t have instructions, contact our Academic Dean.

Q: I want to add classes / drop classes / register for summer. Not sure who to talk to.
A: Our Academic Dean can get you to the right person.

Q: Do I have to leave?
A: No. We are neither requiring nor suggesting that students leave. This is an individual decision students need to make with the consultation of their parents. The current CDC guidance does not include asking students to leave campus.

Q: Have sports been suspended?
A: Yes. On March 16, 2020 the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics cancelled the spring 2020 season. For information about how this impacts eligibility, contact our faculty athletic representative (FAR).

Q: What about bass fishing competitions?
A: All competitions and University organized practices have been cancelled for the rest of the semester. But fishing in the clean air and great outdoors – more than a few feet away from the closest other fisherperson of course – sounds like a great idea!

Q: Will my athletic scholarship be impacted?
A: No.

Q: Will there be activities, security, meals, etc. provided on campus for residential students who choose to stay?
A: Yes.

Q: What about the cafeteria?
A: Florida has banned eating in restaurants. The cafeteria is now take out only. Please avoid eating in your room and please dispose of trash properly… roaches carry some nasty diseases.

Q: If I do decide to leave, what should I do?
A: Get the checklist from Student Life (they can email it if you ask them to) and be sure you have followed it. And triple confirm with the airline that your flight is a go, because once you’ve been to an airport – where infection is far more likely – you cannot come back to campus for 14 days.

Q: What if I get sick on campus?
A: Self isolate and contact Student Life. We will follow health department recommended protocols from there. Here’s a link to the CDC’s recommendations.

Q: Are on-ground summer classes going on-line?
A: Not at this time, but as you know, things change rapidly.

Q: What if for any reason I have flown to any destination, left the country by any means, or gone on a cruise of any duration to any destination or if I do fly, leave the country, or go on a cruise?
A: You MUST self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return and will NOT be allowed on campus for any reason for 14 days after your return.

Q: I don’t know how to get in touch with my dean/coach/professor/academic advisor?
A: For the non-athletic staff directory click here. For the s athletic staff directory click here.

Q: If I don’t want to come from spring break, what should I do?
A: Contact Student Life. You don’t have to get your stuff until May 1, but understand we don’t have the ability to pack it up, store it, and/or watch it for you.

Q: Has the MBA trip to Spain been cancelled?
A: If the MBA trip was today, it would not be allowed because Spain is currently under a Level 3 Travel Warning. The MBA trip is currently scheduled for May 23-29, currently outside anyone’s window of guidance (like you, we hope the world is back to normal by then, but like you, we don’t have a crystal ball). We all want to return to normalcy as soon as possible and will advise as soon as we know whether or not we can do it, but we certainly wouldn’t be booking an expensive trip to anywhere without buying “cancel for any reason” travel insurance.

Q: What about the Business Advisor’s Luncheon?
A: Pursuant to CDC guidance that “for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States” this event is cancelled.

Q: What about the Academic Awards Dinner?
A: Pursuant to CDC guidance that “for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States” this event is cancelled.

Q: What about Graduation?
A: Pursuant to CDC guidance that “for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States” it has been postponed until December. If you will complete your degree in May PLEASE be sure we have your correct address so diplomas can be mailed. If you want a getting the diploma photo to tide you over until December the president has brought his regalia and is happy to loan you a robe… just call first to be sure he is in the office.

For Our Employees

Q: Should I come to work?
A: Yes, unless you are sick or immunocompromised, unless or until your supervisor tells you differently you should come to work.

Q: I’m sick.
Stay home. Seek medical care. Contact your supervisor. Click here for the CDC’s guidance.

Q: I’m immunocompromised or otherwise at risk.
A: Contact your supervisor. Click here for the CDC’s guidance.

Q: I have childcare issues.
A: Contact your supervisor.

Q: What about professional development?
A: All professional development involving face-to-face meetings is suspended. Exceptions require the personal approval of the University’s president.

Q: What if for any reason I have flown to any destination, left the country by any means, or gone on a cruise of any duration to any destination or if I do fly, leave the country, or go on a cruise?
A: You MUST self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return and will NOT be allowed on campus for any reason for 14 days after your return

For Our Faculty

Q: Do I have to have on-ground office hours?
A: Yes, unless excused for good cause by your campus’ Academic Dean.

Q: Can I change them from the traditional schedule?
A: Yes, but you must inform students and your campus’ Academic Dean.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  March 20, 2020 4:30pm EDT by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-6

Cafeteria Update March 17th, 2020

March 17th, 2020 1:00PM EST

This update reflects a limited change of operations. Please see the March 16th posting – Message ID 2020-4 – for a more comprehensive listing of changes and for more need to know information.

Today the Honorable Ron Desantis, Governor of the State of Florida, recommended that public universities go to online instruction for the remainder of the semester and ordered that restaurants reduce their capacity by 50%.

We announced on March 16 (Message ID 2020-4) that while the University will remain open we have transitioned all instruction to on line for the remainder of the semester.

While we have always practiced sanitation standards more stringent than those being recommended, we have today taken the following steps with respect to food service:

  • We have reduce capacity in the cafeteria by 75% (do NOT move chairs as this challenges our ability to follow the Governor’s guidelines);
  • Because it can be challenging to visualize exactly what 6 feet looks like, we have put a 6 foot tape line at the entrance of the cafeteria to illustrate the recommended minimum distance;
  • Because there really isn’t room to space diners 6 feet apart, we have closed the Student Union;
  • We have suspended our “no food outside of the cafeteria” rule and will provide takeout boxes. However, most of the reason that we don’t allow food outside of the cafeteria, especially in dormitories, is to prevent pests (roaches can carry diseases a whole lot worse than COVID-19!) While we spend a fortune on pest control, we still need you to help us help you by being careful where you eat, cleaning up any messes, and disposing of leftovers in outside garbage cans.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  March 17, 2020 1:30pm EST by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-5

 

Coronavirus Update 3/16/2020

Minor edit at 3/16/2020 8:15EDT:  The CDC has changed its guidance and now recommends avoiding groups of 10 or more people.  (edit by President of the University of his own authority at time and date captioned message ID: 2020-4) 

Webber International University (and its branch campus St. Andrews University) has been actively monitoring the COVID-19 virus for weeks. We have stayed informed of, and acted according to, the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We – our students, our faculty, our staff, our administration – are resourceful, resilient people and we will get through this together. Yet, we still need to alter our day-to-day routines. We hope the following FAQ will answer most of your questions, but we encourage you to contact us if there’s something we missed. Above all else, know that we are here to help and if you have an issue, don’t hesitate to contact us.

FAQ’s For Everyone

Q: Are there any confirmed or suspected cases at either campus?
A: No (as of 3/16/2020 4:00pm)

Q: Are there any confirmed or reported cases in Polk County, Florida or Scotland County, North Carolina?
A: No (as of 3/16/2020 4:00pm)

Q: Is the University closing?
A: No. The University – including our dormitories and cafeterias – remains open.

Q: What about graduation?
A: Currently the CDC is recommending that, for the next 8 weeks, all public events with more than 50 people be postponed or cancelled. We are working on options and will post the plan as soon as we have it.

Q: What are you doing about cleanliness and sanitation
A: Following CDC guidelines.

Q: What should I do to avoid getting sick?
A: Follow CDC guidelines (biggies: maintain distance, wash hands, disinfect surfaces)

Q: How will updates be communicated?
A: We will contact students via their @webber.edu or @sa.edu emails, post updates on our websites (www.Webber.edu and www.SA.edu), and post updates at www.WebberEmergency.com.

Q: I want to tour the campus? Can I?
A: Yes, as long as you are not displaying any symptoms of any illness, and have neither left the country nor gone on a cruise of any duration to any destination in the last 14 days. For the safety of our campus much of your tour will be conducted outside and some areas will be off-limits. Please discuss this with your admissions counselor.

FAQ’s For Students and Their Parents at ALL Campuses

Q: Will I be able to complete the spring semester?
A: Yes. On our campus. At home. From the beach. One way or the other we’ll get it done.

 Q: Are face to face classes being transitioned to on-line instruction?
A: Yes. We will, by Monday March 23rd, be transitioned to on-line classes with all instruction provided in on-line format.

Q: Why?
A: We understand that many people are worried (most of us are parents ourselves… we get it). And, we understand that many students and their families have made the decision to weather this crisis at home. We are absolutely committed to helping our students successfully finish this semester. Given the impossibility of our professors simultaneously conducting both in-seat and on-line instruction, we have implemented our plan to take all instruction on-line.

Q: How will I know what to do to succeed with on-line instruction?
A: Check your @webber.edu or @sa.edu email. If you don’t have instructions, contact your campus’ Academic Dean.

Q: I want to add classes / drop classes / register for summer. Not sure who to talk to.
A: Your campus’ Academic Dean can get you to the right person.

Q: Is the campus (including dorms, cafeteria, etc.) staying open?
A: Yes.

Q: Do I have to leave?
A: No. We are neither requiring nor suggesting that students leave. The current CDC guidance does not include asking students to leave campus.

Q: Have sports been suspended?
A: Yes. On March 16, 2020 the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics cancelled the spring 2020 season. For information about how this impacts eligibility, contact your campus’ faculty athletic representative (FAR).

Q: Will my athletic scholarship be impacted?
A: No.

Q: Will there be activities, security, meals, etc. provided on campus?
A: Yes.

Q: If I do decide to leave, what should I do?
A: Get the checklist from Student Life (they can email it if you ask them to) and be sure you have followed it. And triple confirm with the airline that your flight is a go, because once you’ve been to an airport – where infection is far more likely – you cannot come back to campus for 14 days.

Q: What if I get sick on campus?
A: Self isolate and contact Student Life. We will follow health department recommended protocols from there. Here’s a link to the CDC’s recommendations.

Q: Are on-ground summer classes going on-line?
A: Not at this time, but as you know, things change rapidly.

Q: What if for any reason I leave the country or go on a cruise of any duration to any destination?
A: You MUST self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return and will NOT be allowed on campus for any reason for 14 days after your return.

Q: I don’t know how to get in touch with my dean/coach/professor/academic advisor?
A: For the Florida campus non-athletic staff directory click here. For the Florida campus athletic staff directory click here. For the North Carolina campus non-athletic staff directory click here. For the North Carolina campus athletic staff directory click here.

For Our Employees at ALL Campuses

Q: Should I come to work?
A: Yes, unless or until your supervisor tells you differently.

Q: I’m sick.
Stay home. Seek medical care. Contact your supervisor. Click here for the CDC’s guidance.

Q: I’m immunocompromised or otherwise at risk.
A: Contact your supervisor. Click here for the CDC’s guidance.

Q: I have childcare issues.
A: Contact your supervisor.

Q: What about professional development?
A: All professional development involving air travel or groups of more than 50 people is suspended. Exceptions require the personal approval of the University’s president.

Q: What if for any reason I leave the country or go on a cruise of any duration to any destination?
A: You MUST self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return and will NOT be allowed on campus for any reason for 14 days after your return

For Our Faculty at All Campuses

Q: Do I have to have on-ground office hours?
A: Yes, unless excused for good cause by your campus’ Academic Dean.

Q: Can I change them from the traditional schedule?
A: Yes, but you must inform students and your campus’ Academic Dean.

For Our Students on the Florida Campus

Q: If I don’t want to come from spring break, what should I do?
A: Contact Student Life. You don’t have to get your stuff until May 1, but understand we don’t have the ability to pack it up, store it, and/or watch it for you.

Q: Has the MBA trip to Spain been cancelled?
A: Not at this time. Given how rapidly things are changing, if you do make arrangements we would strongly recommend travel insurance.

Q: What about bass fishing competitions?
A: All competitions and University organized practices have been cancelled for the rest of the semester. But fishing in the clean air and great outdoors – more than a few feet away from the closest other fisherperson of course – sounds like a great idea!

Q: What about the Business Advisor’s Luncheon?
A: Pursuant to CDC guidance that “for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States” this event is cancelled.

Q: What about the Academic Awards Dinner?
A: Pursuant to CDC guidance that “for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States” this event is cancelled.

For Our Students on the North Carolina Campus

Q: Has the Study in Brunnenburg program been impacted?
A: Not at this time. Given how rapidly things are changing, if you do make arrangements we would strongly recommend travel insurance.

Q: What about equestrian competitions?
A: All collegiate equestrian competitions (regular season and post season) have been cancelled by the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association, the American National Riding Commission, and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association. St. Andrews had teams qualify for post-season competition in all three organizations.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  March 16, 2020 4:30pm EST by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-4

COVID-19 March 12, 2020

As you have no doubt noticed, there are LOTS of opinions out there, ranging from wonderful, to uninformed by the facts, to downright dangerous. Webber has followed, and will continue to follow, the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the acknowledged experts in infectious disease prevention and control. This guidance informs our actions and this FAQ.

Q: Does Webber have any suspected or confirmed cases of corona virus (COVID-19)?A: No.

Q: Has Webber suspended face to face classes?
A: No.

Q: Why hasn’t Webber suspended face to face classes?
A: We run on facts, not fear. The current guidance from the CDC for colleges and universities without identified cases of COVID-19 does NOT include suspending face to face classes.

Q: Is Webber prepared to go on-line if necessary?
A: Yes.

Q: Does Webber currently have any plans to go on-line?
A: No. But things change rapidly, so if you’re heading out on spring break, you might want to consider taking your books.

 Q: Why did the Florida public university system suspend face to face classes?
A: We don’t know. The current guidance from the CDC for colleges and universities without identified cases of COVID-19 does NOT include suspending face to face classes.

Q: Why didn’t the Florida public community college system suspend face to face classes?
A: We don’t know. The current guidance from the CDC for colleges and universities without identified cases of COVID-19 does NOT include suspending face to face classes.

Q: What’s your advice for spring break?
A: If you’re going somewhere consider taking your books “just in case” and please watch out for each other… scary as coronavirus is, it’s not your biggest danger. Please stick together, watch out for each other, and have each other’s back’s. Here are some more tips.

We strongly discourage traveling abroad. You will recall that on Wednesday night travel from most of Europe was banned effective on Friday (i.e., about 72 hours’ notice), stranding lots of people in airports abroad. Things can happen that quickly.

If you travel to or through a country with a level 3 health warning, you must self-quarantine upon your return to the US and will not be allowed on campus for 14 days after your return.

If you want to stay on campus, we are waiving our usual per-day spring break but you MUST register with Student Life.

Remember to check your @webber.edu email address and www.WebberEmergency.com for the most recent information.

Q: What should I do if I’m sick?
A: First and foremost stay home. Seek medical attention (if you need help, we can assist). If we have to find a way for you to finish up the semester without going to classes, we can do that (but note that you’ve got to work with us to get your work done… if you just stop going to classes without letting us know and without working out a plan, there’s not going to be much we can do for you).

Q: What is the status of athletics?
A: All events are currently canceled until March 27th. All practices are currently cancelled until March 23rd. Here is the official statement from The Sun Conference:

“TAMPA, Fla.—In conjunction with the conference’s Athletic Directors and Presidents, Sun Conference Commissioner Dustin Wilke announced that all Sun Conference competition will be suspended through Friday, March 27.

This suspension goes into effect immediately for all sports and includes both conference and non-conference competition. The situation will be re-evaluated at the conclusion of the suspension. At that time, conference leaders will work to determine strategies and contingencies for the potential resumption of play and postseason schedules.

“The health and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans, and media will always be the highest priority in The Sun Conference,” said Wilke. “This pause in competition gives us a chance to more thoroughly evaluate the crisis at hand and ensure we are minimizing the safety risk for all parties.”

The Sun Conference advises all athletes, fans, and officials to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control. More information can be found at www.CDC.gov.”

Q: What about Graduation?

A: Webber has followed, and will continue to follow, the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control.

At this time there has been no change in plans and it is our intention to make graduation as spectacular as ever. But, if the last few weeks taught us nothing else, we should have all learned that things can change rapidly. If I were currently planning an expensive trip anywhere, I’d consider trip insurance (there are a bunch of providers out there; this one has usually been the least expensive for me).

Q: What are the current best practices for infection prevention?
A: From the CDC website:

Steps to Prevent Illness

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There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

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Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  March 12, 2020 9:30pm EST by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-3