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Countdown to Fall Semester

DATE: August 4, 2020

Dear Students,

The countdown has begun for the kick-off of Shepherd University’s fall semester! We are just 20 days away from the first day of classes! The challenges have been noteworthy, but we are confident, that with your help, we are on the road to a successful fall opening. As has been stated, our intention is to provide a combination of face-to-face instruction, hybrid courses, and fully online.  Please know that we will continue to have a back-up plan for every scenario while we wait for a vaccine.

We know you have many questions. We are committed to providing answers!


Two websites have been created to answer your general questions.



If you have questions about your schedule, we are ready to help! Shepherd University wants each of you to be Ram Ready and successful for the fall. Some courses for the Fall 2020 semester have changed to an online or hybrid format after they were posted in the Fall Schedule. You need to review your schedule to confirm these changes. Additionally, staff and faculty will be reaching out to many students who may have unique challenges to their schedule to clarify any particular needs.



The number of students per each classroom has been reduced and classrooms have been, and will continue to be, cleaned on an ongoing basis. Additionally, locations are being identified across campus to provide students with a place to go between classes for studying or taking an online class. A list of these specific spaces will be provided to you in a future email.


Will I need to have a COVID-19 test before the semester begins? Yes! All students, staff, and faculty will need to be tested per an order from WV Governor Justice. At this time, we are planning to test everyone on campus between Saturday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 19. Residential students will be tested prior to moving into the residence halls; commuter students will drive to campus during that period to be tested.

Please read emails from Shepherd University DAILY! Details about testing will be shared as soon as they are finalized. We are working with the Jefferson County Health Department and the National Guard who will be the lead on all testing on campus.

Look at your calendar now and begin to plan when you would be able to come to campus for your test between Saturday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 19. You will be asked to schedule a time for your test.


Do I have to wear a mask? Yes. Absolutely. All the time. Everywhere. Yes.



You will play a large part in the continued safety and health of our campus. The following are a few, but perhaps not all, actions that will be required of you on a daily basis:

  1. Completion of a required, daily Health Monitoring Form. It is critical that everyone be fully self-aware about their possible symptoms, temperature, traveling, exposure to those potential carrying the virus, etc.  This form must be completed every day that a student plans to be on campus. Students who will be 100% online will not have to complete the form unless you plan to visit campus for any reason.
  2. Wear a Mask
  3. Stay 6’ away from others both on campus and off campus. The health and safety of everyone is based on the decisions that we each make every day.
  4. Submit a self-report if you are feeling symptomatic OR if you know you have been exposed. The self-report form will be easily accessible and will provide an effective and quick method to report if 1-you have been exposed, 2-if you have a fever, 3-if you are symptomatic, or 4-if you need to report that someone you know is. All this will be sent directly to the Shepherd University Health Center.
  5. You are required to take your own temperature each day before coming to campus or before leaving your residence hall. You will report this daily on the Health Monitoring Form. Thermometers typically can be purchased at most grocery, health or large stores. Although Shepherd will have infrared thermometers located across campus, it would be faster for you to have your own.


Additional emails will be sent as information becomes available. It is critical that you continue to check the websites and your emails for updates.

Thank you and STAY WELL and stay in touch!

Holly Morgan Frye
Vice President for Student Affairs and
Director of Community Relations