Wilkes University Undergraduate Student Handbook
Issue Date: 2020-2021
This Student Handbook is designed to provide Wilkes students with an overview of the University — its people, programs, policies, and procedures. The Handbook and other University publications provide significant information all students should know, and students are responsible for the information and regulations outlined within. The Student Handbook is published by the Office of Student Affairs.
Fall 2020 Statement regarding COVID-19
The University has established guidelines to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) on our campus. Failure to comply with the guidelines will result in a referral to Student Affairs for disciplinary action. For a complete review of Colonels Combat COVID, please click here. The guidelines include:
- Masks—there is a requirement to wear masks when traveling between destinations on campus, 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 (but not inside your own room).
- Physical Distancing—there is a requirement to maintain 6 ft. of distance between yourself and others. When that is not possible, masks must be worn.
- Guests in Residence halls— 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. No one from outside the campus community may visit inside the residence hall.
- Contact tracing—If a case of the virus is found on campus, it may be necessary to conduct contact tracing to determine others who may have been exposed to the virus. If that contact tracing reveals that the student was exposed during a time when another policy violation occurred (i.e. an overly large social gathering), the student will not be held responsible for the other policy violation. This is about community safety, and cooperation will be expected.
- Quarantine--If a student has been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID, that person will be asked to quarantine for 14 days. The expectation is that quarantined students will remain in a space designated for quarantine and no guests shall visit until the designated time period has expired.
- Off campus students--To ensure the health and safety of our campus and local community, it is important for students who reside off campus, to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Colonels Combat COVID guide. Gatherings at off-campus residences should be limited in size during the fall semester based on the ability to maintain 6-feet social distancing. In all cases, gatherings should not exceed 25 people, including the residents of the apartment, but should be smaller if social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks and social distancing should be enforced by the residents when gatherings include individuals who do not reside in the residence. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be held responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct.
As a member of the Wilkes community, it is expected that you will look out for the safety and welfare of yourself and others on campus. With that, there is an expectation that if you feel ill, you will consult with Health Services about your symptoms. Testing for the virus is available if necessary. Quarantining will only be done at the recommendation of campus health officials. For more information on possible sanctions, please click here.
To continue the Wilkes tradition of liberally educating our students for lifelong learning and success in a constantly evolving and multicultural world through a commitment to individualized attention, exceptional teaching, scholarship and academic excellence, while continuing the University's commitment to community engagement.
Wilkes University will provide exceptional educational experiences that transform students and develop innovations through scholarly activities that lead to national recognition and shape the world around us.
Mentorship: Nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging
them to achieve great things.
Scholarship: Advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate our constituents.
Diversity: Embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity.
Innovation: Promoting creative scholarly activities, programs, ideas and sustainable practices.
Community: Appreciating and collaborating with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging.
Statement of Disclaimer
Insofar as possible, the information in this Handbook is complete and accurate as of the date of publication. Wilkes University reserves the right to amend any administrative or academic policy or disciplinary regulation described in this Handbook without prior notice to persons who might thereby be affected. Information about expenses, fees, and other charges applies to the academic year 2017–2018. The University reserves the right to change any provisions or requirements, including tuition and fees, at any time within the student's term of residence.