A Message from Dr. Ralph to TUG Students | March 29, 2021

WPU Student community,

Over the past year, we have been faced with unprecedented challenges that have required much sacrifice and commitment. You have all shown amazing fortitude and resilience through adapting, limiting your social activities, following health and safety protocols, and rigorous testing. Your dedication and Pacer pride has been instrumental in allowing us to maintain on-campus experiences and keep our campus open, while most other institutions pivoted completely online. We are proud and thankful to each and every one of you. 

As we prepare for the Fall 2021 semester, we will continue to monitor local and state regulations and incorporate any requirements into our planning—to ensure the health and safety of our WPU community. This is our first priority.

Our current plans for the fall semester include the following:

  • Primarily in-person instruction, open residential housing
  • WPU offices and buildings return to normal operations
  • Many of our facilities will have increased capacity (library, gym, dining, etc.)
  • At this time, we expect some health & safety protocols will remain in place

While the news and COVID-19 information continues to show promising signs and the roll out of the vaccine increases, we must continue to remain vigilant. Infections and hospitalizations are continually declining and it is anticipated that across North Carolina, anyone who wants to be vaccinated will be eligible by May 1st.   

We encourage all of you to plan accordingly to register when you are eligible. Currently Group 4 including anyone with pre-existing health conditions can register for a vaccine and on April 7th, anyone living in on-campus housing will be eligible. All other students will be eligible in Group 5 (no information on when eligibility will begin). 

We will continue to provide updates and information as available, but know that our intent is to return to as close to normal operations as possible this fall. As new guidelines and mandates from the state of North Carolina or CDC are unveiled, they will be incorporated into our planning. 

In Peace,

Dr. Ralph