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COVID-19 Frequently asked questions for current students

COVID-19 Student FAQ:

How will school closures and the move to online classes affect my student teaching or clinical placements?

All students completing field placement/practicum hours (or hours prior to their clinical, full-time student teaching or school counseling internship) will not attend their school placements for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Full-time student teachers and school counselor candidates (in their clinical placements) will continue remote/virtual collaboration with their mentor teachers/counselors for instruction and support of their students for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Student teachers and school counselor candidates will maintain online access, where possible, to communicate with their teacher and counselor mentors to maintain instruction and/or services as provided by each school. This will look different for each school building.

These adjustments to field and clinical experiences will not impact students’ successful completion of their clinical placements nor their certification or graduation eligibility. Updates on the edTPA and other standardized testing teacher licensing requirements will be released soon.

Any CIR or TIR (Counselor or Teacher in Residence) positions are technically positions of the county and must follow the county calendar as they are contracted.

What should I know about taking an online class?

WVU Online has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for students. Check out their page for a list of tips on taking online courses:

How do I access campus resources remotely?

You can visit WVU Online’s page for a full rundown of virtual student resources, including access to mental health services, technical support, WVU Libraries and more.

I’m having trouble accessing eCampus. How do I get help?

If you’re experiencing technical difficulties, you can reach Information Technology Services.

Will my WVU or CEHS-specific scholarship be impacted by the move to online classes?

WVU recently announced that it has reduced the minimum grade point average to 2.75 for all merit-based scholarships, making it easier for students, parents, faculty and staff to know the renewal requirements. However, students will still need to earn 30 hours per academic year.

Read the full announcement and list of the impacted scholarships here.

Your CEHS scholarship is supported by donor funds and is therefore not impacted by WVU’s scholarship requirement changes. As such, you will still need to meet the requirements attached to your CEHS scholarship. That said, most CEHS scholarships do not stipulate a GPA requirement, so many students will remain unaffected.

If you have questions about your CEHS scholarship, please reach out to Kim Mocniak at

What remote options for academic advising are available?

Academic advisors for all of our programs are still working remotely and are available to help you. By now, you should have received an email from your academic advisor with details about setting up meetings and reaching out for support.

Am I still required to meet with my academic advisor?

Yes. Students are still required to meet with their academic advisors for pre-registration. To set up a virtual meeting, contact your advisor.

How do I register for classes?

Students are encouraged to visit the Registrar’s website on time ticketing to find the schedule for registration. The dates have been adjusted for the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do I access Career Services?

Career Services will still be fully operational during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.) — they simply won't be in the office. Career development specialists will use phone conferencing, email and video apps to help address all of your career-related needs. This includes all of their services, such as resume reviews, practice interviews and job search coaching.

You can schedule a virtual appointment by emailing

How do I submit my thesis or dissertation electronically?

WVU Libraries recently hosted a Zoom meeting to provide instructions for the submission of online theses and dissertations. Visit their page and scroll down to the bottom for a meeting recording with all the details you need. When viewing the recording, fast forward to the 7:00 minute mark to begin

How do I request High Pass/Pass/Fail grading for the semester?

Beginning the week of March 30 through April 24, undergraduate students in the West Virginia University system will be allowed to select High Pass/Pass/Fail (HP/P/F) grading for their courses. Students may select the HP/P/F option on a course-by-course basis; they may have some courses that use the traditional letter grading scale and some that are on the pass/fail grading scale.

This revised policy is for undergraduate students only.

If you have questions about this option, visit the FAQ.

What other academic policies have changed?

With the shift to distance learning, WVU is implementing changes to some of our academic policies. Students are strongly encouraged to read the complete details about each of these policies online. You should direct their questions to their academic advisor.

Will we still have Commencement?

West Virginia University will hold a “virtual commencement experience” for graduates in May, then have an in-person celebration on December 19, 2020. The plans were announced in a  letter and video from  President Gordon Gee to the Class of 2020.

Updated details about how students can participate in Mountaineer Graduation Day on May 16, 2020 are available here.

Where do I pick up my cap and gown?

If you have ordered a cap and gown, Herff Jones will ship them to your home.

What health precautions should I take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

New guidance has been issued regarding masks. While still adhering to the CDC’s recommendations, as well as the WV Governor’s stay at home order and University guidance on campus access, we also recommend that all employees and students wear face coverings such as bandanas, scarves, or homemade masks while in public spaces or when accessing any University building. These face coverings may help contain the spread of COVID-19 by reducing droplet spread and reducing face touching. Please do not use medical grade masks, as our service providers need those. This measure is in addition to maintaining social distancing, frequent hand washing and other preventive actions as previously described.

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