Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update

In the face of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, Wichita State's first priority is the health, safety and well-being of our entire Shocker community. In accordance with guidance from the State of Kansas, Sedgwick County and federal government, Wichita State University has developed a three-phase plan to safely return students, faculty and staff to our campus. This plan is called Shockers United.

As we are in phase three of the Shockers United plan, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is taking many sensible steps as we can protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors and our surrounding communities, while continuing to provide value of diversity, equity and inclusion that is part of Wichita State University's strategic plan.

This plan for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is constantly evolving and is subject to change without notice.

Please see the following changes and highlights that have been affected by COVID-19 precautions:

  • Limited services will be offered in the office, such as utilizing the computer lab for free printing and meeting with staff members via appointment
    • Students, employees and visitors' safety are our top priority; therefore, all individuals are expected to wear mask and appropriate PPE at all times, with the exceptions outlined in Policy 21.01 Mandatory Face Coverings
    • All members of the campus community should monitor their health and use the COVID-19 Self-Observation Questionnaire before coming to campus or leaving their dorm rooms
  • Virtual programs will be available, dependent on available resources (webinars and workshops), in addition to hosting some physical events on campus
  • Specialized advising appointments will continue through live chat (via Zoom Video Conferencing Services), phone or email. In-person appointments must be scheduled in advance; view our staff directory
  • Academic mentor meetings will be conducted via Zoom; contact your current mentor or schedule a virtual session
  • PASS Tutoring Services will continue as scheduled through teleconferencing methods; contact your current tutor for more information or submit a tutor request

Office Operations

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be open, in accordance to Wichita State University's guidelines for the fall semester. Our hours of operation for the Fall 2020 semester are:

  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Our staff members will be working both physically and remotely to ensure that students are receiving the necessary support during this unprecedented time. All in-person appointments must be scheduled in advance.

Entering the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

All members of the campus community should monitor their health and use the COVID-19 Self-Observation Questionnaire before coming to campus or leaving their dorm rooms. Students, employees and visitors' safety are our top priority; therefore, all individuals are expected to wear mask and appropriate PPE at all times, with the exceptions outlined in Policy 21.01 Mandatory Face Coverings.

If you have experienced any of the following symptoms or situations, please remain at home and do not enter the office:

  • New or worsening cough
  • New or worsening shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Known contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Traveled out of the U.S. in the last 14 days

At times, we would ask all individuals to use their best judgment when coming on campus; however, any sign or symptom should be consulted with a physician or an employee of Student Health Services.

Please make sure to wash your hands, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before and after touching any technology equipment, counters, utensils, door handles and any other objects not listed. Hand sanitizing stations and containers are also available for use throughout the office. Disinfecting wipes are available for use; please consult with a staff member before utilizing these wipes on technology equipment.

Students are still required to sign into the kiosk for retention purposes.

Computer Lab

The computer lab will remain open for student use; however, in accordance to physical distancing guidelines, the number of computers have been reduced and are spread at least six-feet apart. Students are suggested to only use computers for their printing needs, which remains 10 pages per day for free. Should the student require additional time on the computer, the Ablah Library has designated computer labs that can be used for extended periods of time.

Kitchenette

In accordance to health regulations, the kitchenette will be closed to the public. Students will not be able to utilize the following appliances that are generally available for use:

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchenette Cabinets and Drawers
  • Keurig Coffee Maker

The kitchenette sink will only be utilized for washing hands only. Any dishes or containers left in the sink will be thrown away.

Lounge Area

To reduce congregation in the office, the lounge area's seating have been removed. We encourage students to remain healthy and safe during this unprecedented time.

Conference Room & Academic Learning Space

Both of the conference room and academic learning space will remain closed at this time. Depending on the semester and computer demands, we will open up the academic learning space and implement physical distancing guidelines for that room.

Terms of Service

Emphasized in this update, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community remain our top priority. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff members reserve the right to ask you to leave if any of these guidelines are not followed.


Programs

Our programs and events, such as our Diversity Lecture Series and educational workshops, will shift to an online format to discourage social gatherings. However, certain programs and events will continue to take place in-person, especially in open areas where physical distancing can be determined. Stay up-to-date with our programs and events.

All social and physical distancing guidelines must be maintained at all events and programs on- and off-campus.


Appointments

Specialized advising appointments will continue through live chat (via Zoom Video Conferencing Services), phone or email. In-person appointments must be scheduled in advance; view our staff directory to get in contact with any of our staff.

Our staff members' schedules will be staggered throughout the week to accommodate for in-person appointments. If you are in urgent need of getting in contact with a staff member in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we highly suggest you to send an email to that staff member.

 
Student wearing face covering while representing Shocker Pride.

Face Covering and Face Mask Procedures

The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings ("masks") in public and at institutions of higher education, in particular, to slow the spread of the virus and help persons who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.


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