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Operations and Procedures

Western Carolina University is developing plans for the fall 2020 semester through an inclusive decision-making process. These decisions are guided by science and data, grounded in our core academic mission, and intended to balance teaching, research, service, engagement, and total student experience activities with the well-being of our community. Throughout the process, the university continues to monitor guidance from public health and medical professionals, the University of North Carolina System, and North Carolina’s elected state officials. By necessity, these plans will shift and change as conditions demand. When this happens, all updates and resources will be included here.

Campus Updates


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WCU is issuing weekly email updates to students, faculty, and staff covering a range of topics provided for the campus community to stay updated with the latest information for fall.

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CatCard Operations


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If you are a new student, a Commuter student or a continuing student who needs a CatCard or a replacement CatCard, learn more about the hours and procedures for obtaining your CatCard this semester. 

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Bookstore Operations


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Bookstore operations for Fall will account for appropriate physical distancing and masks will be required. Learn more for residential students and commuter students living off-campus. 

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COVID-19 Testing / Contact Tracing


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WCU plans for the fall semester include working with Jackson County Public Health officials on protocols for COVID-19 testing and for contact tracing when positive cases are identified.

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Cleaning and PPE


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WCU Facilities Management and Emergency Services are working on protocols for cleaning and PPE in place this summer prior to the return of students, faculty and staff to campus. .

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On-Campus Dining


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Catamount Dining has the daily mission of delivering quality meals to students, faculty, and staff. With this mission in mind and given the COVID-19 pandemic, dining at WCU will look very different in the fall.

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Athletics Fall Season


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We are preparing for athletic competitions this fall including the 2020 season of Catamount football and are finalizing a plan to responsibly welcome you back to E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.

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Event and Activities


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WCU is making plans for the fall semester with the goal of reducing exposure to and the spread of COVID-19, and this includes implementing changes to student programming and activities.

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Residence Halls / Move-In


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The Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Residential Living are working to plan for a fall semester that will be different for students living in the residence halls.

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Community Standards


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Shared community standards remind us that we each have personal responsibility for actions that may affect our own health and the health of our friends, colleagues, and our campus community.

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Academic Calendar


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Changes are to reduce exposure to and spread of coronavirus and will align the calendar to avoid a densely populated campus in late fall and early winter, when the potential for resurgence may be highest.

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Course Instruction


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We are actively planning for the fall 2020 semester and anticipate that we will be utilizing a variety of instructional arrangements with student success, faculty expertise and staff support as our guides.

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