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Frequently Asked Questions

Wilkes University Campus

 

Read answers to our community’s most frequently asked questions.

Please know that as guidance from national, state and local agencies changes, so may some of our procedures.

Updated on Jan. 20, 2021

Return and Assurance Testing

In Nov. 2020, Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health introduced testing guidance for students and employees returning to college campuses throughout the Commonwealth this spring. As a result, all full- and part-time students, graduate or undergraduate, who will be attending any classes, activities or co-curricular experiences on campus in the spring semester. Fully online graduate students or students in our online accelerated BBA do not need to submit test results.

It also applies to all full- and part-time employees who are working or visiting campus in any capacity this semester and for those who would normally work on campus if not for the pandemic. Employees should consult the email shared on Jan. 14, 2021 for more details.

REVISED as of Jan. 18: COVID-19 tests can now be taken up to five days before you return to campus. Those results must be uploaded to the Wilkes portal before you arrive.

  • For students who live in campus residence halls, that means taking the test no earlier than five days prior to Saturday, Jan. 30 or Sunday, Jan. 31 (no earlier than Monday, Jan. 25 or Tuesday, Jan. 26, depending on your move-in day)
  • For commuting and off-campus students, that means taking the test no earlier than five days prior to Monday, Feb. 1 (no earlier than Wednesday, Jan. 27)
    • For students on a University meal plan, the dining hall will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 30 to students who have supplied their negative results.
  • International students, resident assistants, winter student-athletes and any students who are returning to campus earlier than what is outlined above will receive a separate communication detailing their testing window.

Students must supply one of the following options:

  • Negative test: A nasal test, saliva test or an antigen/rapid test showing a negative result from a test taken up to five days before returning to campus. Your name and date of testing must be clearly noted. 
  • Positive test: Studies show that those who have had the virus may continue to test positive long after symptoms cease and the illness has passed. Though they may have a lingering positive test result, these individuals are no longer contagious. Therefore, a nasal test, saliva test, antigen/rapid test or antibody (IgG) test showing a positive result collected up to 90 days of returning to campus is also accepted. Your name and date of testing must be clearly noted.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of your planned return, please remain home until your isolation period has passed and you are cleared by Health and Wellness Services (students), Human Resources (employees) or your medical professional.
  • Proof of vaccination: Students who have received the full vaccination (all doses) before Feb. 1 may provide aphoto or electronic copy of their vaccination card in lieu of test results. 

Employees should refer to the email dated Jan. 14, 2021 for information on testing.

As we approach the start of the semester, students will be able to load their test results via the Wilkes portal. More information about this feature will be shared with you during before Jan. 25. Please monitor your Wilkes email.

Studies show that those who have had the virus may continue to test positive long after symptoms cease and the illness has passed. Though they may have a lingering positive test result, these individuals are no longer contagious. 

Please submit a nasal test, saliva test, antigen/rapid test or antibody (IgG) test showing apositive result collected up to 90 days of returning to campus. Your name and date of testing must be clearly noted. 

Please note that if you newly test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of your planned return, you must remain home until your isolation period has passed and you are cleared by Health and Wellness Services (students), Human Resources (employees) or your medical professional.

Students, faculty and staff who have received the full vaccination (all doses) before Feb. 1 may provide a photo or electronic copy of their vaccination card in lieu of test results.

If you test positive for COVID-19 during entrance testing, please remain home until your isolation period has passed – refer to the “What to do if you are sick” section of the Colonels Combat COVID guidebook. You can then submit proof of your positive test in order to return to work, classes or your residence hall.

Many pharmacies (Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, etc.) are offering asymptomatic testing. Please check the web sites of pharmacies located near you to understand their procedures for being tested. In addition, many states are offering drive-through testing clinics. Please check with your state Department of Health. You can also check with your primary care physician on testing options.

If you anticipate issues or delays in getting tested and receiving those results by the time you are returning to campus, it is recommended that you order an at-home testing kit as soon as possible.

Home testing kits are available through these providers:

  • Vault Health: A saliva test is available for students and can be taken whether or not you are experiencing symptoms. Completion of the test is supervised by one of Vault’s health professionals via a live Zoom session. Once your completed test is received by Vault Health, lab processing takes between 48 and 72 hours and results are shared with you via email.

  • Let’s Get Checked: Select “start assessment” to get started. Though a disclaimer warns that you must have symptoms to participate in testing, asymptomatic tests are available for those who live in communities where the virus is surging, which is most of the U.S. Select that you do not have symptoms but that there are cases in your local community in order to proceed.

  • Pixel by Lab Corp: Select “get started" and whether you have symptoms. Test availability depends on exposure. If you have not been exposed, it is recommended that you try one of the above options first.

Employees should consult the email sent on Jan. 14 for more information.

Off-campus testing costs vary but are generally just over $100 and often covered by health insurance. Check with your insurance provider for details.

We have heard that some insurance companies will not cover the cost of testing. Home testing costs approximately $119 and will need to be paid for out-of-pocket. We hope that, in reducing University fees in advance of the spring semester, this is a more manageable expense for our students to absorb.

Anyone who has not received their test results by their planned return should delay coming to campus until negative test results can be shared with the University. Remote learning arrangements will be made for those students and they will be welcome back to their residence hall and classes upon receiving their test results.

Students traveling to campus from abroad must provide results of tests taken within 72 hours of their return. Tests in the U.S. or from the student’s country of residence are accepted.

If you have specific questions, please contact the COVID-19 task force at covidupdate@wilkes.edu.

More information about our assurance testing plan will be shared with you in the coming weeks and as you return to campus. Please monitor your Wilkes email for details.

Health and Safety Procedures

Yes. Governor Tom Wolf issued requirements that everyone must wear face masks when they leave their home and are in public spaces throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. That means that all of us -- students, faculty, staff and visitors -- are required to wear face masks while on campus and in all buildings, classrooms, labs, dining areas and any indoor and outdoor shared spaces. In residence halls, masks will be required in all common spaces, including hallways and kitchens. Students do not have to wear masks in their rooms but must wear masks if they have guests in their rooms.

Employees do not have to wear masks in their personal office space separated by doors, walls or cubicle partitions, but must do so in all common areas or shared vehicles.

One is never enough, so please bring your own. Sanitizing stations in the following locations also offer disposable masks: 

  • Arnaud C. Marts Center lobby 
  • Breiseth Hall Fenner Quadrangle entrance
  • Chase Hall waiting area
  • Cohen Science Center lobby
  • Eugene S. Farley Library main entrance 
  • Henry Student Center lobby
  • Karambelas Media and Communication Center and Sordoni Art Gallery shared lobby
  • Mark Engineering Center and Stark Learning Center shared lobby
  • University Center on Main lobby 
  • Weckesser Hall lobby

Social distancing means maintaining a safe physical distance from people not in your immediate household. It is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Six feet of physical space (about two arms’ length) is required on campus where feasible. This includes offices, classrooms, labs, hallways, restrooms, common areas and outdoor spaces.

There are simply some spaces on campus where six feet of space isn’t possible. In those circumstances, it is even more important that we wear face masks and practice good handwashing and hygiene. Reduced class sizes, using larger rooms for smaller crowds, controlling entrance and exit points and establishing one-way foot-traffic paths are used to encourage our personal space. Campus signage marks these patterns.

Properly and frequently washing our hands and practicing excellent personal hygiene are among the simplest and most considerate ways we can collectively mitigate the spread of illness on campus. 

The CDC recommends the following practices to prevent the transmission or spread of the virus: 

  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, coughed, sneezed or blew your nose. 
  • Don’t touch your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If you do touch your face, wash or sanitize your hand immediately after.
  • Sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Toss your tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize your hands immediately after.
  • Use hand sanitizer. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. 

It takes our collective effort to keep each other safe. When we are on campus, we can monitor and remind each other of these requirements. But we must all make consistently responsible choices, on and off campus, during this pandemic. It is the only way we can continue to have a somewhat traditional campus experience, mitigate the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. 

Students without a mask will be asked to obtain one before returning to campus or class. They will be asked to do so by faculty or staff. A limited number of paper disposable masks are available at sanitizing stations across campus, but supplies are not guaranteed. Students will also be reminded of social distancing guidelines when large crowds gather. If needed, students who receive repeated warnings of these policies will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for further discussion. 

Many people are monitoring how college students behave during the pandemic. If large gatherings are reported by member of the community, we will take disciplinary action.

Reporting Noncompliance
If you observe situations in which members of the campus community are not in compliance with our health protocols, you can submit an anonymous report via the Wilkes Shield app (using the iReport function) or by calling the Public Safety tip line at (570) 408-CARE (2273).

We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 using the best scientific data available, and we continue to follow the guidance of the national, state and local health officials. In the event of an outbreak on campus or in the immediate community, Wilkes will isolate, test and contact trace to mitigate the spread. We can also quickly adopt remote learning, even if only temporary or for a focused amount of time.

Students from Overseas
Students traveling to Wilkes from abroad will be required to quarantine for 14 days once they arrive in the United States. They must do so in Pennsylvania, or in a state that is not on the Commonwealth's list of recommended quarantine states. International students residing on campus will be allowed to move into their residence hall for the quarantine period.  Once on campus, students will meet with a nurse at Health and Wellness Services for an individual assessment and may receive a rapid test.

Students who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, or who are engaging in quarantine at the direction of the Wilkes-Barre Health Department, Wilkes University Health and Wellness Services Office, or their health care professional, should not attend class. They will not be required to provide formal documentation from a health care provider and will not be penalized for absences, missed exams, labs or other critical academic activities, unless they fail to notify their instructors of their absences. Students must take responsibility for their absences and keeping up with their coursework if they cannot attend class. They must:

  • Inform their instructors/professors and Student Affairs of their inability to attend class prior to class meetings.
  • Refrain from coming to the classroom or visiting the instructor/professor.
  • Maintain open communication by notifying instructors and student Health and Wellness Services (anita.burns@wilkes.edu, 570-408-4730) as soon as they become aware of the situation.
  • Keep up with classwork, unless they are unable to do so.
  • When available, attend class remotely and submit assignments digitally, unless they are unable to do so.
  • Work with their instructors to reschedule exams, labs, and other critical academic activities as soon as possible.

Additionally, students who are unable to access classes remotely due to technical difficulties will not be penalized for absences. Students must inform their instructors/professors when they experience such difficulties.

If remaining in a class and fulfilling the necessary requirements becomes impossible due to extended illness or other COVID-related circumstances, students must discuss other options with their academic advisors and instructors/professors.

This policy should not be arbitrarily applied. It only applies to students experiencing COVID-related challenges and is in place due to the unique circumstances of this global pandemic. The expectation of regular attendance at class remains in place for the spring 2021 semester.

Nonessential travel will not be permitted during the pandemic. Essential travel is defined as travel that cannot be postponed and is: 

  • required to complete an academic requirement (students)
  • mission-critical and time sensitive (staff)
  • required to maintain continuity in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service (faculty)

Anyone participating in essential University travel will complete an online form outlining dates, destinations and modes of transportation. Travel destinations where COVID-19 cases are considered to be hot spots will be sufficient cause for denying requests. Should an approved travel location be deemed unsafe following preliminary approval, the University may cancel the travel request. Should an approved University traveler visit an area where COVID-19 spikes during the visit, Health and Wellness Services will provide safety guidance for that traveler to safely reenter the university community. More information on this policy is available by contacting Student Affairs or Human Resources.

If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19, they should immediately notify Health and Wellness Services at campus ext. 4730 (570-408-4730). Health and Wellness Services will determine if COVID-19 testing is required and schedule an appointment as necessary. Even if you intend to be tested by your family physician, you must report this information to Health and Wellness Services. If you are sick, please do not go to class.

Commuter students and those residing off campus must return home to quarantine. Residential students will be moved into a room on campus designated for self-isolation. Arrangements will be made for remote learning for all impacted students and contactless meal delivery for those living on campus.

If there is a positive test result, the student will remain in isolation for 10 days and until all symptoms are diminishing and they have not had a fever in the prior 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications). Residential students will be strongly encouraged to return home during the isolation period when feasible.

The Wilkes-Barre Department of Health in cooperation with the University, will conduct contact tracing so that others can be notified that they may have been exposed. At this time, those who have been exposed will also need to quarantine for 14 days. If symptoms develop, testing will also be recommended either through Health and Wellness Services (for students) or a family physician (for employees).

If an employee develops symptoms and is being tested, they should immediately notify both their supervisor and Human Resources at campus ext. 4644 (570-408-4644). The employee must leave work immediately and contact their primary care physician to determine if COVID-19 testing is necessary.

If an employee tests positive, they will be instructed to isolate for 10 days and until all symptoms are diminishing and they have not had a fever in the prior 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications). Employees will be unable to return to work until released by their physician.

The Wilkes-Barre Department of Health in cooperation with the University will conduct contact tracing so that others can be notified that they may have been exposed. Those who have been exposed will also need to quarantine for 14 days. If symptoms develop, testing will also be recommended either through Health and Wellness Services (for students) or a family physician (for employees).

Employees who are able to work from home will be encouraged to do so following the remote work policy in the employee policy manual. Employees working in jobs where they cannot work from home should contact Human Resources for more information.

Classes and Experiential Learning

Many classes and labs are held in face-to-face formats with reduced class sizes and face masks required. Some classes are held online or in hybrid formats that blend online and face-to-face learning. Faculty members will provide this specific guidance for each of your courses.

Though several of our classes have converted to a fully online format, we cannot guarantee that all classes in a particular academic program will follow this model. If you are interested in enrolling fully online, it would be best to consult with your academic advisor. 

Due to mandates from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, international students may be limited in their ability to enroll in fully online courses. Please contact Dr. Georgia Costalas for guidance.

Spring classes for undergraduate students will begin on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Classes conclude on May 13 and finals conclude by May 22.

Though we will not have our traditional spring break in March, students will not have classes on April 1 and 2 for the spring holiday recess. Club hours will resume from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wellness Days
Two wellness days will be held this semester in which classes are cancelled and offices are closed. Wellness days will take place on Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, April 28.

Class sizes are reduced to promote social distancing wherever feasible. Desks and chairs may be removed or spread apart, and rooms with fixed seating will have available seats clearly identified. Some classes have been moved into larger spaces not traditionally used for academics to account for social distancing.

Students who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, or who are engaging in quarantine at the direction of the Wilkes-Barre Health Department, Wilkes University Health and Wellness Services Office, or their health care professional, should not attend class. They will not be required to provide formal documentation from a health care provider and will not be penalized for absences, missed exams, labs or other critical academic activities, unless they fail to notify their instructors of their absences. Students must take responsibility for their absences and keeping up with their coursework if they cannot attend class. They must:

  • Inform their instructors/professors and Student Affairs of their inability to attend class prior to class meetings.
  • Refrain from coming to the classroom or visiting the instructor/professor.
  • Maintain open communication by notifying instructors and student Health and Wellness Services (anita.burns@wilkes.edu, 570-408-4730) as soon as they become aware of the situation.
  • Keep up with classwork, unless they are unable to do so.
  • When available, attend class remotely and submit assignments digitally, unless they are unable to do so.
  • Work with their instructors to reschedule exams, labs, and other critical academic activities as soon as possible.

Additionally, students who are unable to access classes remotely due to technical difficulties will not be penalized for absences. Students must inform their instructors/professors when they experience such difficulties.

If remaining in a class and fulfilling the necessary requirements becomes impossible due to extended illness or other COVID-related circumstances, students must discuss other options with their academic advisors and instructors/professors.

This policy should not be arbitrarily applied. It only applies to students experiencing COVID-related challenges and is in place due to the unique circumstances of this global pandemic. The expectation of regular attendance at class remains in place for the spring 2021 semester.

Classrooms are arranged to provide the greatest degree of social distancing feasible. However, some classes and labs are not conducive to social distancing of six feet. In these cases, the size of the class will be reduced or the class may be moved to a larger space when possible.

We will work with international students and those with verified medical issues on a case-by-case basis to determine if fully remote instruction is feasible. These students should contact the Office of Student Affairs at campus ext. 4100 (570-408-4100). 

Employees may request special consideration for workplace accommodations should they be in high-risk health categories. Efforts will be made to provide these special considerations that allow for safer working conditions on campus or, where feasible, allow for the continuation of remote work or instruction during the pandemic. 

No. Since most of our graduate programs are already held in online or low-residency formats, graduate and doctoral students, or those in our accelerated bachelor of business administration program, will continue to follow their previously established start and end dates. If adjustments are required, you will receive information directly from your program director, advisor or faculty member.

We must all carefully and honestly assess our own health each and every day before coming to campus. Only you can truly know when you are not feeling well. Daily symptom monitoring will be available via the Wilkes Shield app and is strongly recommended. Through the University's free public safety app, members of our campus community can engage in a daily assessment of their symptoms. The COVID-19 feature within the app provides a short questionnaire to help you monitor your health and assess your potential exposure. Once completed, those with satisfactory responses will receive a daily badge to display on your mobile device. Those receiving an unsatisfactory response to the self-assessment are provided with recommended next steps to seek medical advice. Personal information is not captured or recorded by the University and results remain private.
Students who are involved in experiential learning will be expected to follow the guidance of their academic department and the site where they are performing these experiences. Contact your advisor for more information.

Nursing students will have face-to-face clinical experiences in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center and in hospital settings. Wilkes students will not be assigned to COVID-19 patients. All students and faculty will follow specific hospital protocols for COVID-19 screenings including temperature checks. 

Pharmacy students will have face-to-face and/or virtual/remote experiences in various healthcare settings. Wilkes students will not be assigned face-to-face care of  known COVID-19 patients. All students and faculty will follow specific site protocols and policies for COVID-19 screenings including temperature checks. 

We will follow the standard 4.0 grading system this fall. 
Yes. Appointments are required and you will need to meet virtually (by phone or Zoom). Always check with your advisor before stopping by their office.

Campus Life

As of Dec. 2, the Middle Atlantic Conference issued the following guidelines about winter sports. Discussions continue and student athletes are encouraged to remain in contact with their coaches for details.

Yes. We will manage the number of individuals in the fitness center to ensure social distancing. Click here for more information.

Campus events can continue to take place within the recommended guidance. Virtual events are also strongly encouraged.

Clubs and activities are an important part of the college experience and it’s important that they continue to be offered. But we will need to be creative with our programing as we adhere to state and federal guidelines. Share your ideas with us

Shuttle buses will operate during the spring semester but with reduced occupancy. Face coverings must be worn at all times by all drivers and passengers. Drivers will sanitize high-touch surfaces (rails, armrests) at the conclusion of each ride. Passengers are asked to use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the shuttle. One passenger per row will be permitted, for a total of six passengers per shuttle ride, with rows in between passengers taped off to ensure proper distancing.

All of our dining locations will be open in the spring semester. Like fall, Henry's Dining Hall will continue to offer an array of options to choose from and all food lines will be open. A variety of prepared "grab and go" meals are available so that students can eat in or elsewhere. Greens To Go, Which Wich and Grille Works continue offering quick meal options as they have previous semesters, and Starbucks and the POD will be open and offering regular services.

Uncovered outdoor seating and picnic tables will be available behind the Henry Student Center. Covered outdoor seating is available in the breezeway at Stark Learning Center next to the Melberger Courtyard. Feel free to take your meal from one of the above locations and enjoy it outside.

There will be dedicated clearly marked entrances and exits in each facility, face masks will be required (aside from when you are actively eating and drinking) and seating will be limited per the Governor's occupancy limits. Additional seating will be available throughout the Henry Student Center and outside, weather permitting. Prepackaged meals, generally sold in the POD and Starbucks, will be available but they will not replace the traditional meals students can receive.

Yes. You must make an appointment by calling campus ext. 4730 (570-408-4730). A campus nurse may contact you virtually, otherwise known as telehealth, to discuss your symptoms and determine next steps. If an in-person appointment is required, most students can be seen on the same day. Health and Wellness Services will have dedicated waiting and examination spaces for students who are not suspected of having COVID-19. 

Uncertainty is difficult to navigate and the pandemic has added stress and worry to all of our lives. But please know that you are not alone. Wilkes provides 24-hour assistance for anyone who needs it. Simply contact 570-408-CHAT. Campus counselors can also see you by appointment by calling campus ext. 4730 (570-408-4730). 

Click here for tips and resources to navigate these challenging times.

The E.S. Farley Library and various computer labs are open. To ensure social distancing, computers and work stations may be rearranged, seating may be limited and building and room capacity will be monitored in the library and in computer labs across campus. 

Per travel advisories from the CDC, study abroad experiences have been canceled for the spring semester. 

Yes. Much like in the fall, the Center for Career Development and Internships will arrange career and internship fairs that connect you to possible employers virtually. In addition, new in-person and remote job and internship opportunities are posted to Handshake each day. Click here for more information.

Yes. Textbooks can be ordered at www.wilkes.bncollege.com or purchased in the store. There are three ways to obtain your textbooks:

  • Contactless shopping: Order online and choose to have your books shipped home. We recommend this option.
  • Limited contact shopping: Order online and choose instore pick up.
  • Instore shopping: The bookstore is following all CDC guidelines on shopping. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be followed

You can begin ordering your textbooks as soon as you have courses scheduled. If we have not received information from the professor, you can preorder the books for the course and we will fill your order as soon as we receive the information.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Campus Support Services will prepare for the spring semester by deep cleaning all campus buildings with disinfecting products that are approved for use against COVID-19. Our facilities and custodial personnel follow the guidance established by the CDC to ensure a clean and safe environment. 

In addition to enhanced cleaning measures: 

  • a dedicated team specifically focuses on cleaning frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, light switches, sink handles and faucets, railings and elevator buttons, and provides additional cleanings and sanitation of restrooms on campus throughout the fall semester; 
  • disinfecting wipes or sprays are provided in residence halls, classrooms, labs and offices so that additional sanitation can occur as needed by students, faculty and staff; 
  • hand sanitizers are available at the main entrances to all buildings, elevators, computer labs, shared residential bathrooms and in frequently visited places around campus;
  • sanitizing stations can be found in the following locations: 
  • Arnaud C. Marts Center lobby 
  • Breiseth Hall Fenner Quadrangle entrance
  • Chase Hall waiting area
  • Cohen Science Center lobby
  • Eugene S. Farley Library main entrance 
  • Henry Student Center lobby
  • Karambelas Media and Communication Center and Sordoni Art Gallery shared lobby
  • Mark Engineering Center and Stark Learning Center shared lobby
  • University Center on Main lobby 
  • Weckesser Hall lobby

In preparation for our return: 

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in each of our campus buildings have been cleaned and antimicrobial filters have installed. Wilkes has detailed preventative maintenance schedules and procedures to insure that all HVAC systems are running in a manner that helps to maintain a safe environment. Our Building Automation System is programed in accordance with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidance to bring in adequate amount of outside air to insure proper ventilation.

  • Campus water systems have been flushed and water quality was tested by an outside contractor. This was important as many campus buildings were vacated in the spring semester. 

Residence Life

Just like in the fall, the residence halls have a range of new procedures in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment. These procedures were developed based on guidance from the CDC, state and local officials. 

Please note that roommates who are sharing a room are considered a family unit, similar to private residences. While in your room, roommates do not need to wear face masks or make in-room modifications to promote social distancing. You are expected to put on a mask before leaving their room.

Room occupancy is reduced only in spaces where three more students are in an individual bedroom.

The guest policy has also been temporarily adjusted. Residential students cannot have more than one guest in their room at a time. A guest is defined as someone who is not their roommate, but who is a Wilkes student. Individuals who are not current Wilkes students will not be permitted in rooms. This includes family, friends and students from other institutions. Please note that the only exception to this policy is while you are moving in and out of your room. In that case, two guests are permitted to aid in your move only. This is unfortunate but necessary as we work to keep our campus healthy. 

Face masks are required in all common and shared places within your residence hall. You do not have to wear a face mask while you are in your room with your roommate, but must wear a mask if you have a guest in your room as defined above. 

Residential students will be contacted by Residence Life to detail spring move-back plans.

Yes, financial adjustments on unused room, dining and parking plans will be implemented.

Finances

If students are asked to leave campus early, they can expect financial adjustments on unused housing, dining and parking plans. 

 

Students with financial challenges are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Services at campus ext. 4512 (570-408-4512) to make an appointment with a financial aid counselor as soon as possible.

A $100 credit to the general university fee for all full-time undergraduate students will be identified on spring tuition bills. During a time in which many universities are increasing fees to account for added COVID-19 expenditures, these adjustments recognize the extraordinary circumstances we will face during this unique year.

Yes, work study jobs will be available through the Work Study Program. Check the site often to see what opportunities are available to you.


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