Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Kentucky Wesleyan College continues to closely monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. A college planning and preparedness team meets regularly to assess the status and impact of the spread of COVID-19 to minimize health and safety risks Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, families and the larger community.

Information on the impact of the virus on our neighbors throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky is available.

This site is a resource for information about COVID-19 and communications to the Kentucky Wesleyan College community. The site will be regularly updated with new information and messages.

The College is observing physical distancing, and taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all campus community members. The latest information on office availability and contact information is here.


Reopening Campus
(A message from the President’s Office – July 15, 2020)

Dear Campus Community,

Click image to view the Phase III Opening Executive Summary

To help navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the College established a COVID-19 response team in February, 2020. This team has been integral in helping guide the institution through the difficult but necessary decisions that have been made on campus this past spring and summer. In accordance with the safety guides established by the state of Kentucky and the CDC, I asked the COVID-19 response team to draft Phase I, Phase II and Phase III plans for re-opening our campus which had closed to the public on April 6, 2020.

We are currently in the midst of Phase II, which is the plan to bring our employees back to campus. You have most likely been contacted by your supervisor during this phase to talk about the various possibilities. I thank everyone for the smooth transition that has occurred in preparing our campus for the fall semester. The Phase III plans focus on bringing our students back to campus and planning for the fall 2020 semester itself. (Click link above or image to right for Executive Summary; Click links below for detailed plans in each respective subunit.)

Our COVID-19 response team has been working diligently on these plans in the following areas:

Although each of the five areas requires its own focus, you will notice that there is a tremendous amount of overlap among the various parts. We will all be working together as a team to ensure a successful and safe opening of the KWC campus. You may read each section separate from the others, but I would urge you to go through all of the documentation to familiarize yourself with the intricacies of the pathway forward that we will be following in the coming months.

These are living documents. By that I mean that they are flexible and will be updated as needed regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic may change as we enter the fall months. The landscape is much different now than it was when this planning process began, and we understand that the landscape may keep shifting, requiring us to realign best practices when needed. The teams will keep working and updating the documents as necessary to ensure that we constantly focus on how to keep the campus safe and our educational experience at the same high level that our students have come to expect and deserve from KWC.

You are encouraged to visit this page for the latest changes.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Tom Mitzel
President, Kentucky Wesleyan College


Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Who should I contact if I have questions about a course?

    • For all questions related to specific courses, please contact the course instructor.
  • How will I access academic support or tutoring?

    • The Student Success Center remains open virtually with staff and online peer tutoring and supplemental instruction.  Specific times and schedules will be distributed via campus email. For other questions or information, call 270-852-3220 or email studentsuccess@kwc.edu.

  • Is the Greenwell Library and Learning Center open?

    • The Greenwell Library closed to visitors on April 6.

    • Don’t worry though! The library staff is still available to help even if we can’t open our doors.

    • All students, staff, and faculty have access to our databases and eBook collections from wherever there is a computer with internet access. Our homepage is available at library.kwc.edu. Searching from the home page will locate books (print and electronic), journal articles, and other resources available to you. You will be prompted to enter your KWC username and password when you access library resource from off campus. Simply enter the same thing you type to log into Brightspace.

    • More ways to access materials:
      • The eBook collection makes over 100,000 full text titles available to you and covers all topics. You can find more information about our eBooks collections at the Online Student Resource Guide.
      • The Database collection provides access to almost 90 searchable databases indexing thousands of journals in all disciplines. You can use the Quick Links to got to a general search tool like EBSCO or Proquest or you can use the alphabetical list of databases to find a specific database that fits your needs like PsychInfo or Newspaper Source.
      • The E-Journal Portal provides quick access to journals by title or subject category. Extensive full text is available.

    • Interlibrary loan is still available for journal articles. Response times might be a bit slower due to the COVID-19 crisis so plan ahead if you might need journal articles from another library. You can contact Rhonda Sartain directly by emailing her at rsartain@kwc.edu with the information about the resource you need.

    • We also have a quick form you can submit if you have a question or problem accessing something you need. Ask a Librarian is always available and will be answered as soon as possible.

  • Are admissions tours and events affected?

    • Prospective students and their families are welcome at Kentucky Wesleyan College and should begin their visit in the Barnard-Jones Administration Building. Campus tours begin from this location and there will be instruction about campus policies, physical distancing and the use of face coverings.
    • Daily tours and events will limit the size of groups to comply with physical distancing requirements. Wesleyan will offer as many personal, one-on-one tours as possible. Admissions events will be modified and there will be many more options for virtual experiences and forums.
    • If you have other questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 270-852-3120 or admissions@kwc.edu.
    • Campus Tours
      1. Monday-Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
      2. Saturdays at 10 a.m., on select days beginning in August.
  • How does this impact athletics?

    • The Panther Athletic Department is working in conjunction with members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and conference leadership regarding guidelines for competition and practice. For other questions or information, please contact Athletics at 270-852-3330.

  • Is my previously scheduled event still on?

    • The College is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and the suggested precautions set forth by the CDC. Event hosting and planning remains fluid and is constantly reviewed by the COVID-19 response team.

    • We currently have many different types of virtual events and activities available for the campus community. You can find them here.
    • Numerous Alumni events and activities have also been moved to virtual formats. A complete listing of upcoming events can be found here.
  • Are student refunds available?

    • Kentucky Wesleyan, along with other higher education institutions, received funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act provides federal aid to institutions of higher education to help students cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 through emergency grants. Details of Kentucky Wesleyan’s receipt and distribution of funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) may be found by CLICKING HERE.