The Center for Black Culture and Research recognizes the important contribution parents make to the success of their students here at West Virginia University.
Your input and guidance make our jobs much easier, and we would like to take a moment to thank you for all you do. Because we value our connection with you, we have added a new tab to our website specifically for parents. Here we will share information about the Center, and offer you the opportunity to ask questions, make comments, and inquire about some of the upcoming programs and services we are planning. Additionally, we would like to develop a parent list in order to make disseminating information among you easier.
If you would be interested in being a part of our network, please send your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a message for us at (304) 293-7029, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Again, thank you, and we hope to hear from you soon!
A Message from Dean of Students Corey Farris to Mountaineer Families
Dear Mountaineer Parents,
As we head into the fall semester, I wanted to remind you of the behaviors we expect of your students and ask for your help to remind your students of how critically important it is that they follow our guidelines in order to keep them and those around them as safe as possible.
It is important to know that any student who is found responsible through the Student Conduct process for failing to follow WVU’s health and safety policies as it relates to social gatherings, or the state and local public health orders, will face the following:
- Initial failure to comply will result in probation and the requirement of an educational activity. This probation will be reflected on a student’s disciplinary record which is made available to future employers upon request.
- A second failure to comply will result in a violation of probation. The student will be referred to a hearing that could include suspension or expulsion from the University.
Student organizations also failing to follow WVU’s health and safety policies as it relates to social gatherings, or the state and local public health orders, will face possible deferred suspension or loss of recognition by the University.
The University is aware of parties held last weekend in the downtown areas near campus. Currently, the city of Morgantown currently has a limit on gatherings of more than 25 people, and these parties exceeded that number. These parties were hosted and attended by some of our students. To date, we have identified six students who will be reporting to the Office of Student Conduct and if found responsible, may be sanctioned under the Student Code of Conduct.
Many of these incidents have occurred within the Fraternity and Sorority Life community. To help keep your student safe, we hope that you will discourage your student from attending any parties at the following fraternities/sororities who we believe hosted parties in excess of 25 people last weekend:
- “Disassociated” organizations (not affiliated with WVU)
- Alpha Sigma Phi
- Phi Sigma Kappa
- Sigma Chi
- “Underground” organizations claiming to be a social club (not affliated with WVU or a national organization)
- Pi Kappa Alpha (commonly referred to as “Pike”)
- Sigma Phi Epsilon (commonly referred to as “SigEp”)
- Other organizations (recognized by WVU)
- Phi Kappa Psi
- Pi Kappa Phi
As part of our consistent effort to provide information on the current status of our Fraternity and Sorority chapters, please visit: https://greeklife.wvu.edu/chapter-statuses.
It’s most important to discourage your student from attending any off-campus gatherings of 25 or more. Even in small groups, you should encourage them to wear a mask and stay physical distanced from others.
We are taking the health and safety of our campus environment very seriously. The news is full of stories about universities and colleges that have recently moved to offering remote instruction only due to students not following the health and safety guidelines. Those behaviors led to an alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on those campuses and the eventual closing of on-campus instruction.
I want to acknowledge that the majority of our students are doing the right things and taking the proper precautions. They are demonstrating our Mountaineer Values and respecting each other.
And for those students who think not wearing a mask one day or going to one party won’t make a difference, I can assure you that one decision can and will affect everyone at our University.
We need and expect our students to keep each other accountable. They can report individuals not following our COVID-19 guidelines at go.wvu.edu/reportcovidviolations. They can also report a large party or gathering to University Police at 304-293-COPS or anonymously through the LiveSafe app.
In addition, students are expected to complete the WVU wellness survey daily, whether they will be on campus or not. This is to help monitor community conditions and understand the presence of COVID-19 even without testing. If they do not complete the survey regularly, they will receive a reminder from the Office of Student Conduct and be subject to possible consequences. If they have not completed the required COVID-19 education module or the required COVID-19 test, the deadline to do so without penalty is Saturday (Aug. 22). Complete information is available at www.wvu.edu/return-to-campus.
We have heard from many that being on campus is important to you and your student. This is where your student wants to learn. For us to retain an on-campus learning experience, it has never been more important for your student to make good choices – not only for their own health, but for the health of those around them. If they choose not to – whether students, faculty, staff or community members – they will put us in harm’s way.
I also want you to know there are many alternatives available to your student that are safe and approved by the University, including WVUp All Night, recreation and social events where your student can gather safely with friends – within the guidelines. Please have them visit refresh.wvu.edu to see the types of activities and how to register.
Thank you for your continued patience this summer as we shifted to make our campus as safe as possible. I understand it has not been easy, and I know that the anxiety and stress you may feel about your student this fall may not leave you for some time. Please know that we are here to help you. In fact, you can email our wonderful Mountaineer Parents Club staff at any time at email@example.com.
I hope that you will talk with your students about the impact of their actions on others in relation to COVID-19. I hope you will help by setting a positive example for them. If we all work together, we will have a healthy and successful semester.