Student FAQ’s

Health + Safety

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Residency + Student Life

Will Peace Perk be open?

Yes, Peace Perk will be open. We are exploring creative options to manage the traffic flow for Peace Perk.

What will programs/activities look like on campus?

We are working on creating safe and engaging experiences for our Pacers this upcoming semester. We will provide virtual and low-risk programming experiences that meet CDC and WPU guidelines. As we consider low-risk and virtual programs, students will have the opportunity to choose from events including, but not limited to, gaming tournaments, Zumba on the Lawn, virtual comedy shows, trivia nights and more! Stay connected on social media with @wpustudentlife, @williampeacecab and @williampeacesga for the latest updates on how you can get involved.

How will the dining hall be set up / operate in the fall? How is dining going to work in regards to COVID-19?

Belk Dining Hall will be set up to allow for physical distancing and provide an enjoyable dining experience with various safety and sanitation measures in place. Changes that you can expect include:

  •  Touchless entry options and enhanced sanitation procedures in the entryway, including touchless hand sanitizing stations.
  • Plexiglass barriers placed at serving counters and cash registers, which will be cleaned every two hours or sooner if needed. Credit card machines, touch screens, keyboards, etc., will be cleaned and disinfected after each customer.
  • Increased takeout options and use of disposable to-go utensils for students who are more comfortable eating in their residence hall rooms or other areas of campus.
  • Managed traffic flow that allows for physical distancing with signage and designated entrance and exit points.
  • No self-service stations at any dining venue upon re-opening. These will instead become served stations. For example, the salad bar will be rotated between made-to-order salads by a Sodexo employee or a salad action station to provide variety.
  • All tabletop items will be removed such as condiments, spices, salt/pepper shakers, napkins and disposable flatware. Menu toppings and condiments will be portioned by Sodexo employees.

We will have reduced capacity in the dining hall and utilize physical distancing and plexiglass barriers with dining seating.

What is the University’s policy on masks?

All students, faculty, staff and guests are required to wear a mask when outside and physical distancing cannot be observed, around campus, in residence halls, and in classrooms. The University will supply two masks to each student, staff and faculty member. Residential students are required to wear a face covering or mask in all common spaces of the residence halls. Residential students are not required to wear masks or face coverings in their individual rooms alone or with their roommate (although face coverings are encouraged in this environment if students are not alone). For in-person tutoring, face masks are required. 

If you need to be exempt from wearing a mask for medical reasons, you need written documentation from your primary care physician uploaded into the “medication” section of your Magnus Health portal.

Financial Matters

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Academics

How will the University create safety in classrooms?

Classroom instruction have been modified to meet WPU Health Standards, as well as local, state, and CDC guidelines. This includes face coverings, appropriate social distancing, reconfiguration of classroom spaces, and adjustment of classroom capacities. For more information, please visit Academic Affairs for the description of each delivery method.

SPS Student Specific

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Archived FAQs

SPRING 2020: Are incomplete grades an option?

Incomplete Grades

Incomplete grades may be given according to usual policy. A student may request that the faculty member consider granting an Incomplete grade. The deadline for completion of work for Incomplete grades will be extended to September 30, 2020.

SPRING 2020: How will an ‘incomplete’ grade affect when I receive my degree?

Degree Conferrals

Degrees are typically conferred for graduating seniors at the end of each term in May, August, and December. This year, WPU will provide additional degree conferral dates in Summer and Fall 2020 to accommodate students who complete their requirements at different times due to Incomplete grades and other factors. This will assist graduates who need official transcripts noting that the degree has been conferred  for employment and graduate school applications.

SPRING 2020: How does Pass/Fail affect Dean’s List?

Dean’s List Recognitions

Recognitions will still be awarded in Spring 2020 with the following additional guidance. A student will be eligible for Dean’s List recognition (Dean’s Scholar, Dean’s List with Distinction, Dean’s List) if he/she meets the GPA requirements and earns a minimum of 12 credits on a letter grade scale, even if additional credits are elected as Pass/Fail. Dean’s List GPA requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog.

SPRING 2020: How does Pass/Fail work?

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Students may elect to take one or more courses on a Pass/Fail basis. 

  • Passing (P) grades will be final grades of A, B, C, or D.
  • The instructor will enter a final letter grade and will not be informed if a student elects the Pass/Fail grading option. The student may choose to inform the instructor.
  • For courses elected on a Pass/Fail basis, the final grade on the transcript will be changed to P or F.
  • Grades of P will count as attempted and earned credits and will not affect the GPA. Grades of F will count as attempted credits, and will be calculated in the GPA.
  • If a course taken on a Pass/Fail basis is a prerequisite for another course, the reported final  letter grade will be used to determine if the student may progress into the next course.

How will the University create safety in classrooms? (updated 6.18.2020)

Plans are being made to adjust classroom instruction to meet the WPU Health Standards, as well as local, state, and CDC guidelines. This will include face coverings, appropriate social distancing, reconfiguration of classroom spaces, and adjustment of classroom capacities. Additional details will be available closer to the start of Fall 2020 classes.

What is the registration deadline for Session I of the SPS’s Fall 2020 semester?

The registration deadline for Session I and 14-week Session courses in the School of Professional Studies is 4 p.m. on Friday, August 28. Current students can register via Self-Services in MyPacernet.

Note for SPS Students*: While the add/drop registration deadline for Session I & 14-week courses is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th, new students are encouraged to apply by August 17th to ensure that adequate time is available to complete the enrollment process.

As a student in WPU’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), most of my classes are online. However, will I still have the option to take select on-campus SPS courses typically offered in the fall?

As a University that deeply values in-person instruction, we plan to welcome students, faculty and staff back on campus to resume classes this fall. This includes on-campus instruction for our traditional undergraduate students as well as for those who partake in our select on-campus SPS courses. Leading with excellence and integrity we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, the State of North Carolina, and Wake County. Therefore, while our intention is to return to an on-campus experience this fall, we are prepared with contingency scenarios, should the threat of COVID-19 impact our current plans.

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