Wilkes University

Fall 2020 Planning

Wilkes University Campus

Wilkes and You: Returning for Fall 2020

Our COVID-19 task force, encompassing professionals from every area of our University, has been hard at work developing the appropriate campus protocols that will be required of us in the year ahead.

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On the following pages, you will find guidelines and protocols that the University has implemented in order to safely resume face-to-face operations. You are encouraged to read through this information carefully and become familiar with the areas that most directly impact how you learn, work and interact with others on campus. 

All of our decisions have been made with your health and safety at top of mind and under the guidance of national and state health officials.

Our Guiding Principles

Your health and safety.

In planning our safe return to campus, Wilkes is first and foremost guided by the health and well-being of our campus community. In the event we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our campus community, we have the plans, policies and procedures that will allow us to test, isolate and contact trace. All of our decisions will comply with national and state health officials including the Centers for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the U.S. and Pennsylvania Departments of Education and other external resources. 

The academic progress of our students.

We are committed to maintaining the continuity of instruction. Though we all hope to enjoy an uninterrupted semester of campus-based experiences, unexpected developments in the world health situation may require us to change our plans. If cases spike, we will take all of the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of our campus community, which may include some level of virtual learning. We are prepared to adjust our plans as quickly and seamlessly as possible for short or extended periods of time. Here, again, we will be guided by federal and state health officials.

Our collective campus experiences.

To the best of our ability, we will continue to offer the extracurricular programs, services and opportunities that make our collective Wilkes experience a rewarding one. We will do so by fostering a culture and approach that assures an ongoing willingness to be adaptive, inventive, responsive and resilient. 


Have a question? Check our FAQs. You may also submit a question by clicking the button below. We will address common questions in a group email format or by adding answers here as our plans are finalized. 

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Updated: July 29, 2020