COVID-19 Update from Washburn University
This information comes from https://washburn.edu/student-life/health-safety/
Washburn University is dedicated to ensuring you can continue your educational journey and achieve your goals for earning your degree while creating a safe and healthy environment on our campus.
Please know that due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, we are ready to adapt the following plans as appropriate to new developments as they arise.
At this time, we are planning to institute a combination of safety protocols, flexible instructional design, and changes to our academic calendar—all outlined below—to create a safe and healthy environment at Washburn.
Face masks: Face coverings help slow the spread of COVID-19 and every Washburn student will be issued a face mask this fall. Washburn has instituted the policy that face masks or cloth face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces on campus, including the classroom.
Those students who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons should contact University Diversity and Inclusion at [email protected] or 785.670.1629 to arrange for accommodations by distance learning.
Social distancing: Limiting close contact with others reduces the spread of COVID-19. Throughout the Washburn University and Washburn Tech campuses, we are reconfiguring spaces to maximize social distance and posting directional guidance in buildings to ensure a smooth flow of foot traffic. To help limit the density of students in classrooms, seating will be arranged and/or marked such that a six-foot distance can be maintained between each person in the room.
Modes of instruction: We are designing instructional formats that allow students and faculty the greatest flexibility in responding to the current and emerging challenges of COVID-19 while still delivering the highest quality education. Note that these modes of instruction are subject to change based on developing circumstances.
In most cases, students can expect a hybrid model of instruction, with some instruction happening in a physical classroom and some happening remotely, including rotating in-person and remote attendance within a single class.
More information on these modes of instruction can be found on Washburn University’s Academic Affairs site and students will receive additional communication from their instructors on the mode of instruction in their particular course.
Adjustment to academic calendar: To reduce the amount of time students spend on campus, Fall Break 2020 has been moved from October 10-13 to November 21-24, 2020. In addition, on-campus instruction will cease after November 20, 2020. In general, courses will continue in remote format through the end of the semester (the last day of classes is December 4, 2020).
Some exceptions may occur for health-related courses (Nursing, Allied Health, etc.); such exceptions will be communicated to students by their instructors. This change in the academic calendar does not apply to Washburn School of Law or Washburn Institute of Technology.
Technology: Students without the computer or internet equipment necessary to be successful in their courses should contact [email protected] or 785.670.1550 to arrange for a loan of appropriate equipment.
COVID-19 symptoms: If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms please call Student Health Services by calling 785-670-1470.
Fever above 100.3 F and/or chills or feeling hot (if no thermometer available)
New cough not related to chronic condition
Runny/stuffy nose/nasal congestion (not related to allergies or relieved by antihistamines)
Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
Diarrhea with or without respiratory symptoms
Nausea and/or vomiting
Headache unrelated to a chronic condition
Loss of sense of smell or taste
New rash/skin changes or COVID-19 toes
Some helpful videos:
COVID Update: Facilities Overview, July 2020