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President Gee announces plan to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19

Dear West Virginia University community:

We are at a unique moment in our world’s history of public health challenges. I know that many of you have questions and concerns about how the novel coronavirus is affecting our campuses. Let me start by stating that our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and community.

An administrative team, along with local and state health officials, has been working diligently to identify ways to keep our campuses safe, as well as sharing precautionary measures individuals could take. Although there are currently no reported cases in West Virginia, the University takes seriously its responsibility to protect our campuses during this uncertain time.

To mitigate the community spread of COVID-19, and to best protect our campuses and our communities after spring break, West Virginia University will be taking the following actions:

As this unprecedented and rapidly changing public health situation evolves, we will contact you frequently to keep you informed about every development. You can also find all the latest information at If you have a specific question regarding general University procedures moving forward, please direct it to

While we know these steps are necessary, we also know the heart of the University experience is the exchange of ideas that occur in our classrooms and on our campuses every day. We are disrupting this process only in an effort to keep our WVU community safe.  

I trust that we will approach this challenge with our uniquely resilient Mountaineer character. Working together, we will sustain our highest purpose—making our world a better place through learning and service.

E. Gordon Gee
President, West Virginia University