Coronavirus Disease

Health Advisory: Coronavirus

Campus Communications

June 26


Dear Wheeling University Family,

As preparations for the start of the Fall semester inch closer, COVID-19 has taught us we must be able to pivot and adapt our plans if changes become necessary. The success of reopening our campus will rest on the shared responsibility for each other’s health and safety. It is important to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and remain vigilant.

I am excited to announce that members of West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission unanimously voted today to re-authorize the University for the upcoming year. Each year, all colleges and universities in the state must be reauthorized by the HEPC in order to confer degrees. During a conference call with the HEPC this morning, Michael J. Farrell, Chairman of the Commission shared that Wheeling University is part of West Virginia and therefore they want our University to not only survive, but to be successful and thrive.

Recently, the United States Department of Education announced that colleges and universities could transfer any unused Federal Work Study funds into their Supplement Education Opportunity Grant to award Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. This will allow students who were Federal Work Study eligible, and were not able to work due to COVID-19, to receive their full allotment of funds. The emergency grants can be awarded to students who were enrolled at Wheeling University last spring and meet all the requirements. Eligible residential students will receive a minimum of $217.10. We remain committed to assisting our students through the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday June 22, workers from Savage Construction removed the cross from the chapel bell tower for restoration. Installed in 1984, the cross had been damaged by years of Ohio Valley weather and was in need of some attention. Currently, this campus treasure is being refurbished by our maintenance team. All of the wood that outlined the metal portion of the cross has been replaced. Rusted areas of the metal have been stripped off and primer has been applied. The final step will be applying several coats of new red paint and sealer to the cross. Once the work is completed, Savage Construction will be back to place the cross back atop the bell tower.  I am pleased to share Charlie Savage of Savage Construction has graciously donated the equipment and labor for the project. We are grateful for his generosity and support of our beloved University. Watching the removal of the cross was truly a sight to behold. I encourage you to take a look at the video posted to Wheeling University’s Facebook page. 

Soon, students will be contacted by the United States Census Bureau. I encourage all of our students to please take the time to answer the questions by the census workers when they reach out to you. Providing them your information has an impact on our state and local funding.

In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25, on behalf of Wheeling University’s community, alumni and friends I ask you to join me in prayer and pledge that we will not tolerate fear, intimidation, racism, discrimination, bigotry, and injustice. It is in the spirit of this call to action that I announce the formation of a Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice. Although, we as a University take understandable pride in our racial diversity, we know from conversations with our students and alumni of color that we have work to do. We must be passionate about getting to the heart of the issue of racial justice and creating an open, welcoming environment for all students and employees. The mandate of the Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the structures, policies, and cultural climate of WU and recommend concrete ways in which we can improve. I will be inviting the Task Force to look at such areas as curriculum, academic policies, student life, athletics, chapel, employment, alumni relations, recruitment and retention, and governance structures. The members of the Task Force will be announced soon, and you will be kept informed about their progress.  

I have extended an offer to Dr. Jacqueline McGlade, Interim Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, to remain with us through the end of the year and she has graciously accepted. I am grateful for her commitment to rebuilding our University.

Since March, we have witnessed how working together has allowed us to achieve our goals. Thanks to the creativity, persistence and teamwork exhibited by the Wheeling University community, we have been able to accomplish so much. I am deeply grateful for everything you have done, and continue to do, to support our students and University.

With gratitude,


Ginny R. Favede

President, Wheeling University






Student & Employee Hardship: Financial Support

Students and employees experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 related changes can apply for an emergency award.  Read more about eligibility requirements and examples of needs that may qualify.



Support Emergency Funding

To those in the Cardinal Family who are looking for tangible ways to help students and employees who may have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19, gifts can be made to the President’s Fund of Excellence.  The President’s Fund of Excellence was created as a place where the Cardinal Family can make philanthropic gifts, allowing the University to respond to emerging needs at the University.




Who to contact if you have questions:

Student Concerns – contact the Office of Student Services

Daytime: 304-243-2350
Evening: 304-830-4683


Employee Concerns – contact the Office of Human Resources


Academic Concerns – contact the Office of Academic Affairs


Athletic Concerns – contact the Athletic Office


Media Calls/Concerns – contact Kelly Klubert


All Other Concerns


Cleaning/sanitizing – The University has increased its cleaning and sanitizing efforts across all University buildings. All pertinent surfaces are being cleaned multiple times a day. Students and employees should take care to clean their shared spaces such as door knobs, desks, keyboards, etc.  

Staying Healthy – There are a variety of resources available to help ensure that you stay healthy over the coming weeks. Recommendations include:

  • Maintain social distancing where possible, avoid unnecessary contact.


Check back to this page frequently for more updates.



Additional Communications

June 19 - Weekly Update from the President

June 12 - Campus Update from the President

June 5 - Update from the President

May 29 - Campus Communication from the President

May 22 - Update from the President

May 15 - Campus Update from the President

May 8 - Campus Communication from the President

May 1 - Update from the President

April 30 - CARES Act - Higher Education Relief Fund Grant

April 30 - Federal CARES Act Guidelines

April 27 - Wheeling University Offers Academic Support Services to Students

April 27 - Health & Mental Health Assistance Remain Available to Students

April 17 - Campus Update from the President

April 11 - Update from the President

April 3 - President's Update

March 27 - Important Information for WU Students During the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 27 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 19 - NCAA Student-Athlete Q&A

March 18 - President's Update to Campus Community 

March 18 - Wheeling University to Close Residence Halls, Extend Online Instruction for Remainder of Semester

March 18 - President's Update

March 18 - Student Q & A

March 18 - President's Update to Campus Community  

March 17 - Adjusting Your Study Habits During COVID-19

March 17 - Keep on Learning While Keeping Safe

March 13 - MEC Suspends All Activities Indefinitely

March 13 - President's Update

March 13 - Wheeling University to Begin Online Course Delivery March 16

March 13 - The Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling University

March 12 - Coronavirus Information

March 12 - Highlights of WV Governor Jim Justice’s Press Briefing on COVID-19 Response

March 10 -  Wheeling University's Coronavirus Task Force Announcement

March 6 - Residence Life: COVID-19