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No in-person classes through summer, Gee announces in letter praising WVU community's COVID-19 response

Dear West Virginia University community,

As we continue to address the issues that are rising out of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, I am so proud – but not surprised – at the tremendous efforts put forth by our campus community. We have seen great acts of service, of teaching and learning, and of adapting to a new way of working. We have placed the safety of our faculty, staff, students and community above all else. That is what is required of us at this moment in our world’s history. We have responded in ways only Mountaineers can – and for that I am deeply grateful.

This is our second week in an alternative learning environment, and I am so pleased with the ingenuity and dedication with which our faculty and staff have approached this change. You have demonstrated time and again the commitment you have to our students.

I am equally proud of our students who have accepted this unexpected and unprecedented change to their learning experience. The resiliency and adaptability you are demonstrating now will serve you well in the years ahead.

In addition, words are inadequate to share the appreciation and gratitude we feel for our healthcare colleagues at Health Sciences and WVU Medicine. They are true heroes in action – taking care of our patients, as well as thoughtfully planning so that we are prepared across the state to handle this public health crisis. Their partnership and leadership during this time is unparalleled.

And as the pandemic continues to carve a path of uncertainty, the safety of our campus community remains our utmost priority. Therefore, the University has made the following decisions as we approach the summer months.  

Summer Term to Move Online

Summer Camps

New Student Orientation

As you can see, there are many complex issues around which decisions must be made. Be assured that every action taken is done so with the health and safety of not only our campus community, but our state and nation, in mind.

Reality is unfolding before us, often hour-by-hour. The future may feel uncertain – with more questions than answers. But it is precisely in these moments that Mountaineers rise to the occasion.

Preemptive preparation and quick decision-making have made a difference in how our community and our state are faring during this crisis. This is not the time to become complacent. This is the time to lean in and stay the course as prescribed by our state and national public health officials. We must do what we can to protect our families, our coworkers and our neighbors.

Leaning on our core values, our University will continue to lead. Our curiosity will spawn innovations. Our commitment to personal accountability will lead to caring for our community. And our dedication to service will remind us that we are truly better when we work as One WVU.

So, I thank you for your patience and understanding as we look toward tomorrow. And we will continue to make the necessary changes that will save lives. I urge each of you to be safe, be well and know that together – we are making a difference.

Warmest regards,

Signature of E. Gordon Gee

E. Gordon Gee
President, West Virginia University