COVID-19: Graduate Student Resources

  • Fall Protocols Updated August 12, 2021: The University has updated its COVID-19 protocols for the Fall 2021 semester. In response to the ongoing pandemic and concerns regarding the Delta variant, indoor masks will be required to be worn by all, including those who are fully vaccinated. For more details visit the following link: Fall 2021 Protocols.
  • Important COVID-19 Updates, June 21, 2021: Excerpt from the message sent on behalf of Vice President Hof Milam and Provost Rogan Kersh:
    “The wide availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has contributed to diminishing numbers of COVID-19 cases nationally and locally, and we are anticipating a full return to our normal operating status this fall with face-to-face classes, robust research/discovery, and community activities and events.
    Following public health guidance, and with respect to the low community transmission levels, we are updating our protocols as follows, effective immediately:
    – Social distancing requirements and limitations on gathering sizes are lifted.
    – Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals, except in settings noted below*.
    – Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are expected to wear masks indoors when in the presence of others.
    *Regardless of vaccination status, masks will be required in the Student Health Service, for some activities in the fitness center, and in vehicles used for public transportation based on CDC recommendations and federal requirements for those settings. Please adhere to posted signs.”
    Read the complete message here: ourwayforward.wfu.edu/2021/06/important-covid-19-updates.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, May 26, 2021: All students will be required to provide proof of vaccination by July 1st. Read the University communication with complete details here: ourwayforward.wfu.edu/2021/05/wake-forest-covid-19-vaccine-policy.
  • Operating Status Update, March 12th, 2021: The University is returning to Yellow Operating Status. Access to the Reynolda Campus will no longer be under the Orange Operating Status restrictions. For more details visit the Our Way Forward website.
  • Communication to Graduate Students, February 9th, 2021: WFU COVID-19 Response: Important Update for Graduate Students
  • Facilities update February 4th, 2021: Due to the recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, as of Friday, February 5th, the ZSR Library will be closed until further notice. This includes the Graduate Study Lounge.Reservable Wake Classroom Study Spaces will remain open until 10 p.m.The Benson Center will also be closed but available for academic classes in Pugh Auditorium; mail services, food court, and student support offices will remain open, as will the copy center by appointment
  • Communication to Graduate Students, January 14, 2021: Important Information for the Start of Spring 2021
  • October 23, 2020: Graduate School Operation Level Orange Update
  • Graduate School Virtual Welcome, September 4th, 2020: Survey Results
  • Check for daily updates: WFU COVID-19 Dashboard
  • Student Employee Medical Accommodation and Certification Request Form
  • COVID-19 Requirements Checklist
  • Communication to Graduate Students, August 7, 2020: Important Information for the Start of the Fall Semester
  • Communication to Graduate Students, June 10, 2020: Protocols for Resumption of Research Activity – Research Restart Guide
  • Communication to Graduate Students, April 23, 2020: A Message to Graduate Students from Dean Jones, Dean Gillespie and Provost Kersh
  • Student Health: Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should report to Student Health Services. SHS is offering telehealth visits in addition to in-clinic visits if the telehealth provider recommends an in-person visit, lab test, x-ray or nurse visit. Call 336-758-5218 and follow the prompts on the menu. There is an after-hours nurse advice line for students at the same number. If deemed appropriate by the telehealth provider, off-campus students will have access to SHS, who will arrange for a visit to campus if necessary. Off-campus students should call the SHS if they feel they need to be seen on campus at this number 336-758-5218.
  • Counseling: The University Counseling Center (UCC) recognizes the impact that the COVID-19 public health crisis is having on the WFU community and is also available to graduate students. Visit their website for more information on how to get assistance: UCC @ WFU COVID-19 Update.
  • Academic Support: Keeplearning.wfu.edu is a microsite with valuable information and resources to help students navigate the challenges of remote learning from time management to study strategies and tech tips.
  • International Students: The International Students and Scholars Services Office has created a FAQ section here: wfu.edu/iss. Please consult all communiqués issued by ISSS as they continue to update travel bulletins and visa information. If you need direct assistance contact them at: iss@nullwfu.edu.
  • Food Access: Students who have purchased meal plans can still use them but they are limited to take-out meals only. Access to campus will be permitted. Visit the Hospitality and Auxiliary Services website for information on what venues are open and the hours of operation. Information is also available at deacondining.com. Delivery options are not available for students living off-campus at this time. There are a variety of food services and/or delivery options available including: Doordash, Grubhub, and Takeout Central. Many local restaurants are also offering free delivery or reduced fees, as well as curbside pickup. Visit your favorite local establishments’ websites, social media accounts, or call/email for details. As a reminder, the stay-at-home order does allow you to go to local stores for groceries and household supplies. There is a variety of grocery pickup and/or delivery options, including: Lowes Food To Go, Harris Teeter Express at Whitaker Square, Walmart, Instacart, Amazon, and Target.
  • Financial Support: Graduate and professional school students with concerns about unexpected expenses due to completing course work remotely, including, but not limited to, travel costs, access to food, and the cost of an internet hotspot due to unreliable/nonexistent WIFI, should contact financial-aid@nullwfu.edu explaining their situation. The Student Financial Aid office will review the student’s concerns and make a determination of eligibility for emergency need-based funding on a case by case basis.
  • Continuing Research: Guidelines can be found here: Research Continuity During COVID-19.
  • Other Support: A FAQ for students living off-campus has been organized here: COVID-19 Off-campus Resources. Virtual drop-in for Wellbeing coaching is also available. More information on how to join can be found at: Wellbeing Coaching WFU.