Student Guide

What students can expect going forward

— Updated May 1, 2021 —

Here's a student guide to Wichita State Univeristy's COVID-19 response in light of the recent changes instituted by the university.  Frequently Asked Questions are located below this guide.


Course codes for fall 2021 semester

  • Fully Online - Internet Instruction Synchronous (IIS): Internet Instruction Synchronous courses require some form of “live” virtual class times where attendance is required for discussion, presentations and labs. IIS may be a good option for students new to college and for those who do best with live lectures and enjoy social settings.
  • Fully Online - Internet Instruction Asynchronous (IIE): Internet Instruction Asynchronous courses are designed by the instructor to be self-managed for studies, learning and demonstration of learning. While time management is flexible, the course may require scheduled benchmarks such as quizzes and projects.
  • Hybrid Online (HYO): All course materials delivered online, but with tests given in-person (on campus or at a remote testing site).
  • Hybrid (HYB): Courses with mixed delivery, with some in-person course work and some online coursework.

Students can visit wichita.edu/fall2021 to see how much content is online or in-person.

Go to the Registrar's Instructional Methods page for further information about course types.


Health and safety

Self-Checks Before Coming to Campus

All members of the campus community are encouraged to continue monitoring your health, checking for temperature if you feel you have a fever, and using the COVID-19 Self-Observation Questionnaire before coming to campus or leaving your dorm room. Reduced-price thermometers are for sale at Student Health Services in a limited supply. For more information on what to do if you have symptoms or think you have been exposed, please visit the Student Health Services website or contact your health care provider.

Responsibilities While on Campus

WSU has rescinded all mandates requiring masks, social distancing and mass gathering limitations on our campus. However, we continue to strongly encourage our entire campus community to engage in these practices whenever possible. We also encourage everyone to get the vaccine when they become eligible. These measures will help to continue limiting the spread of this virus, even if you have been vaccinated:

  1. Practice physical distancing;
  2. Wear a face mask;
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer); avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and others;
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash; and
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your personal space.
Physical Distancing

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to continue practicing physical distancing by maintaining a distance of 6 feet between individuals to the greatest extent possible.

Emotional wellness

We continue to strongly encourage our entire campus community to engage in COVID-healthy practices whenever possible and we absolutely support students, faculty and staff should they choose to continue wearing masks. The University recognizes that there are still going to be those situations and circumstances where mask and social distancing mandates may be required. For example, in our patient-serving clinics or students on clinical practicums and rotations, or in those instances where close contact cannot be avoided. You may also notice some facilities and events have mask and/or social distancing requirements, or limited attendance. We ask everyone for their cooperation in these cases. Employees and students are asked to consult with their supervisor and/or instructor for further instructions.

We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID on our campus and will be prepared to pivot back to mandatory restrictions if necessary. And of course, we will follow all local public health and governmental orders.

Emotional wellness

We recognize that this pandemic is extremely stressful and can impact mental health. Look for the many free resources such as meditation and educational tips on managing your stress and maintaining your mental well-being. CAPS and #WSUWeSupportU are dedicated to making sure Shockers are heard, seen and understood while Wichita State University and our community take precautions for COVID-19. Counselors are still available to consult via telephone or Zoom to help you develop a self-care plan for your mental health during this crisis, which can be scheduled by calling 316-978-4792. Keep up with what our counselors are doing at @ShockersCAPS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you are in crisis, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. For emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.


COVID-19 Vaccinations, Testing and Tracking

COVID-19 Vaccinations at WSU

Wichita State and WSU Tech students and employees can schedule vaccination appointments through WSU Student Health Services (SHS).

Visit the SHS Vaccinations page

Individuals may also schedule vaccine appointments at any one of Sedgwick County’s vaccine locations or other local vaccine providers found at vaccinefinder.org

COVID-19 Testing

Wichita State University's COVID-19 Voluntary Testing Program will continue in the Fall 2021 semester. Voluntary testing is part of the university’s multi-pronged strategy to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Learn more about the voluntary testing program

Wichita State offers testing to students with a known exposure or presentation of COVID-19 symptoms AND also mandates testing of all students living in and employees working in Housing and Residence Life, student athletes and certain students and employees associated with clinical programs. Those individuals are required to undergo mandatory testing and will receive additional information via email. If you feel you need to be tested for COVID-19, click the myShockerHealth portal button below, login with your Shocker ID and select “Appointments” from the menu. your health care provider.

Access the myShockerHealth portal
Reporting Contact

Wichita State University has adopted procedures and protocols to alert members of our community, including our students, employees and campus partners if the university has knowledge of potential COVID-19 exposure. It strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to self-report if they believe they may have been exposed to, or tested positive for, COVID-19.

Students can self-report by completing the COVID-19 Report Form found on the wichita.edu/reportit website. Completing this form will connect students with the campus resources through the care coordinators and Student Health Services for support during isolation or quarantine periods.

Contact Tracing

The Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) had adopted a Modified Disease Investigation model. SCHD will prioritize case investigations on the level of risk for disease spread. The university only conducts contact tracing as coordinated through Student Health Services and in support of the Health Department. The university has adopted procedures and protocols to alert members of our community, including our students, employees and campus partners, if the university has knowledge of potential COVID-19 exposure. The university relies heavily on students and employees to let us know if they believe they may have COVID-19. Students can email student.health@wichita.edu or call 316-978-4792.

See the Contact Tracing FAQ Section

Housing

Protocols and Procedures

Housing and Residential Life is continuously working to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for all students living on campus.

Quarantining

Students living in the residence halls who test positive for COVID-19 or are considered a close contact with someone who has tested positive will need to isolate (positive test) or quarantine (close contact). You should contact housing staff at 316-978-3693 or housing.wsu@wichita.edu immediately to help arrange this alternative housing. While Housing and Residence Life has some spaces held offline to facilitate this, students are encouraged to isolate or quarantine at their permanent residence if they are able.

Academics

Academics

The semester begins on January 4 with pre-session courses and February 1 for regular session courses, and ends May 7. We have cancelled Spring Break to help mitigate the spread of COVID after travel. All courses for the sping will be held either online or hybrid (partially online, partially in-person). Before the first day of class, go here to learn more about what to expect for each of your courses. Additionally, logon to Blackboard to view other information about your courses.

instructors will be reaching out to students ahead of the start of class. If you do not hear from them, contact them directly through email.

Concerns about being in-person

There are a number of resources available to students who may have concerns about returning to the in-person classroom setting. Students are encouraged to talk through these concerns with their instructors, department chairs or college deans. Students may also seek assistance through the Student Government Association. If you require an accommodation, please contact the Office of Disability Services.  


University Dining, Activities and Events

Dining and Rhatigan Student Center hours

WSU Dining will have modified hours, layouts and cleaning schedules. Please click here for more details about dining options, including dining options at Braeburn Square. 

Office hours

While students will be able to access all services during normal business hours, many campus offices will be operating with modified in-person office hours. Please check in-person hours before coming to campus. Please keep in mind that if you want to see a particular staff or faculty member, you will need to schedule an appointment in advance.

Campus activities

As we keep safety as our first priority, we are working to define what for now will be a new college experience. Wichita State will continually work to balance that out with providing you with ways to connect with each other and the university. We want to hear from you on ways to create new connections this semester. Please feel free to email vpstudentaffairs@wichita.edu with ideas or feedback. Check the ShockerSync website for ways to connect with fellow students.

Intramurals

The Sport Programs intramural activities this semester will include in-person single and double activities (tennis, disc golf, golf, etc.), recreational Esports, virtual activities (fishing derby, accumulative marathon, etc.), and traditional sports. More details can be found on imleagues.com/wichita. It is suggested that students create an IMLeagues account to stay up to date with registration openings and deadlines.

Athletics

Men’s and women’s basketball started their seasons in November and there is a limited capacity allowed in Charles Koch Arena due to COVID-19 protocols. A limited number of student tickets are available. Call the WSU Ticket Office at (316) 978-FANS for more information..

Volleyball season starts on Jan. 22 with the home opener on Jan. 28. Softball and baseball are both scheduled to begin the middle of February. All three sports will also have a limited capacity for fans.

All other sports will begin in January or February, but no spectators are allowed at this time.

All available schedules are on GoShockers.com. For ticket information, contact the WSU Ticket Office at 316-978-FANS.


NOTE: This is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation which continues to evolve rapidly. All information on these pages is subject to change as deemed necessary by University leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

Frequently Asked Questions


What to know moving forward


What are the expectations for wearing face masks?

We are following Sedgwick County guidelines. There is no longer a mask mandate. We continue to encourage COVID-healthy behaviors, including masking, frequent hand washing, and distancing as space allows. Get the details on masks and face coverings.

Will I be required to have a COVID vaccine in order to take in-person classes this semester?

No. We are not requiring COVID vaccines, but do highly encourage them for those who are able to get them. Vaccines are available for through Student Health Services.

What mental and physical health resources are available to students?

Wichita State understands this is a stressful time and we want to help students through this process as best we can. If you suffer from anxiety and need to talk to someone, please contact Counseling and Prevention Services at 316-978-4292. You can also follow them on social media for daily wellness tip and free mindfulness training @ShockersCAPS and #WSUWeSupportU. To see past training videos visit the CAPS YouTube channel

Student Health Services is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday to provide health care services to students. You can find help at our website at wichita.edu/shs.

Student Affairs has also developed an FAQ of emergency and self-care resources.

Where can I get campus COVID updates?

WSU recognizes that this is a very fluid situation, and we may need to adjust quickly. The WSU COVID-19 News website, wichita.edu/covid19, is regularly updated by WSU Strategic Communications.

Students should stay connected to the university by regularly checking emails and announcements in Shocker Blast. In addition, university administration will communicate through email blasts and virtual town hall meetings.


Academics: Attending Class


What will classes look like?

Regular classroom capacities will be resumed with no more distancing limitations in the classroom. Instructors may choose, however, to divide their classes as they have previously in order to have fewer students in a classroom at a time to maintain distancing. Our hybrid class codes will allow for flexibility in these course designs.

Courses for fall 2021 will be offered with a mixture of four course types:

  • Hybrid (HYB): Courses with mixed delivery, with some in-person course work and some online coursework.
  • Fully Online - Internet Instruction Synchronous (IIS): Internet Instruction Synchronous courses require some form of “live” virtual class times where attendance is required for discussion, presentations and labs. IIS may be a good option for students new to college and for those who do best with live lectures and enjoy social settings.
  • Fully Online - Internet Instruction Asynchronous (IIE): Internet Instruction Asynchronous courses are designed by the instructor to be self-managed for studies, learning and demonstration of learning. While time management is flexible, the course may require scheduled benchmarks such as quizzes and projects.
  • Hybrid Online (HYO): All course materials delivered online, but with tests given in-person (on campus or at a remote testing site).

Students can visit wichita.edu/summer2021 and wichita.edu/fall2021 to see how much content is online or in-person.

Go to the Registrar's Instructional Methods page for further information about course types.

What are important dates for fall 2021?

Full-semester classes begin on Aug. 16. The last day of the fall semester will be Dec. 2, with finals proceeding as originally scheduled from Dec. 4-9. Commencement date and details will be announced at a later time.

Fall Break is scheduled for Oct. 9-12.

How might my classes change?

Students should visit the wichita.edu/summer2021 and wichita.edu/fall2021 webpages to see what additional details instructors have posted about how their courses have been designed. Instructors initially posted information in March, prior to the recent changes by the country regarding masking and event capacities. Instructors have been given the opportunity to update information in mid-April to take these changes into account

Where do I go on the first day of classes?

Please check each of your classes in Blackboard and keep an eye on your WSU email for information! If there is no information for a particular class, or if a class doesn’t have an instructor listed yet, please call OneStop at 1-855-978-1787 to be connected with the academic department offering your course.

What is "hybrid" course design?

A hybrid course gives instructors opportunity for flexibility and creativity. Content may be delivered in-person and online; it can be synchronous or asynchronous depending on instructor preference.

What fees will be associated with different modes of delivery?

In June, the Kansas Board of Regents will be considering a proposal from WSU that will modify the online fee structure so students can choose the best delivery method for their class without taking cost into consideration.

Can my professor require in-person attendance?

Yes. Students are expected to meet the stated requirements for their courses. Students should use the www.wichita.edu/Fall2021 webpage to identify courses that work best for their needs. If a student believes they have a condition which requires accommodation where they cannot attend in person, they should contact the Office of Disability Services. Instructors will work with ODS to meet these identified accommodations.

However, instructors are encouraged consider ways other than in-person attendance to assess participation and/or engagement. These alternative approaches can help ensure we do not disincentivize people to stay home or quarantine when sick.

Can my instructor require me to turn on my computer's camera for my class?

instructors should not require students to turn on their cameras while participating remotely. This puts a student’s privacy at risk.

There are many reasons why a student might not want to essentially invite their professor and peers into their personal living space by turning on their camera. Adding a background is not always a viable solution. These backgrounds do not work with all computers, use valuable computer resources, and do not prevent others from appearing on the screen whose privacy may need to be protected

Can professors use Zoom for office or student hours instead of in-person office hours?

Yes. Instructors are responsible for coordinating schedules with their departmental chairperson and must clearly communicate their availability with students.

What do I need to know about online exams and proctoring?

Some instructors require students to have proctored exams for online testing. The university supports ProctorU and Respondus for proctoring options.

Additional information can be found at the Media Resources Center's Online Testing page.

What guidance are instructors given for working with students with disabilities?

We are reminding instructors to keep those disabilities in mind as content is created for the class. For students with hearing impairments, any video will need accurate captions. For students with visual impairments, any content will need to be accessible those students as well.

Is a condition that makes someone high risk for COVID-19 complications something that gets legal accommodation protections?
What happens if I get sick and cannot attend in-person class sessions? Are my professors required to create online-only content for me?

Instructors should be responsive to students who are sick, just as they were before the emergence of COVID-19, by helping students make up work and stay on track in class.

Do professors have the authority to remove a student from class if they refuse to follow safety guidelines for wearing a face covering?

No. We are following county guidelines. There is no longer a mask mandate. Everyone is encouraged to follow COVID-healthy behaviors, including masking, frequent handwashing, and distancing as space allows.


Academics: Student Academic Support


Where do I find support for remote learning for my hybrid and online courses?

Wichita State University has developed a Remote Student Support website to help with remote learning

Academic Advisors are great resources, as are Success Coaches. Either can help answer questions you have about your studies.

The Office of Student Success has a number of resources to help you maximize your potential for success.

Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) are available online. If your class has SI, consult your class on Blackboard for the latest schedule. Your SI leader will maintain their schedule and hold sessions on the same days / times. If you currently have a tutor, email your tutor for specific information. If you need to request a tutor, go to your myWSU and click on Request a Tutor under Student Tools.

Am I allowed to access Ablah Library?

Ablah Library is open. For the daily schedule, check wichita.edu/libraryhours.

What if I have a complaint about my class?

If you have a problem with your class, the first step is to communicate your concern to the instructor. If the problem cannot be resolved with the instructor, you should communicate with the chairperson of the department that is offering the class. Ex: MATH100 – Speak to the chair of the Math department. See contact information for all chairpersons here. You may also reach out to the Student Advocate for assistance with these communications.


Remote Learning


How do I get the Zoom app to create and attend virtual meetings?

You can follow directions provided on the Media Resource Center's Zoom Training page.

Are Chromebooks and hot spots still available for Wichita State students?

Yes. For students who don't have access to a computer, there are a limited number of Chromebooks available. Submit a request using the link below. If you do not have internet access, contact WSU Help Desk at 316-978-HELP, Option 1, to submit a request.

View the requirements and submit a request

Because those students working remotely may have limited or no internet access, a limited number of cellular hotspot devices (MiFis) from Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T are available from Information Technology Services. These devices will be available to students through the end of the Spring 2021 semester only. We do have a limited number of devices, and they are first-come, first-served. The availability of devices is expected to fluctuate throughout the semester.

Submit a MiFi Request


Housing and Meal Plans


For information on housing and meal plans consult the Housing and Residence Life COVID-19 Page.


Student Resources and Support


How do I access the Shocker Support Locker?

The Shocker Support Locker is open to all Wichita State University students, faculty and staff and offers anyone who needs it access to food, clothing, toiletries, and baby/family products. The Shocker Support Locker is coordinated and managed by the Student Government Association.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, all students, faculty or staff are asked to complete the Shocker Support Locker Order Form to request items from the Shocker Support Locker until further notice

Locker staff will contact the user to coordinate a pick-up time between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday for the spring semester. Questions? Please contact sga.supportlocker@wichita.edu

What is Wichita State’s Care Team doing to help support students?

Wichita State’s Care Team helps students and employees with health or mental health concerns, academic struggles, financial stressors, housing and food concerns and more. For information, go to wichita.edu/careteam, email care@wichita.edu or call 316-978-3149.

Where do I go to get help with my COVID-19 related anxiety?

The emotional, financial and social disruptions caused by COVID-19 uncertainty are creating serious challenges for many of our students. Students with pre-existing and new conditions will require extra support. It is important that instructors refer students who might need assistance to the WSU Counseling and Prevention Services (CAPS) website to learn options for addressing mental health and wellness during COVID-19.


Guidance for Graduate Students


WSU's Graduate School is maintaining a COVID-19 FAQ page.


Guidance for International Students


WSU's Office of International Education is maintaining a COVID-19 FAQ at wichita.edu/InternationalUpdates.


Guidance for Parents


To control the spread of COVID-19, how does changing in-person classes to an online and/or remote format help?

In the natural course of spread of any infectious disease, like COVID-19, there is a sharp increase, a peak, and a decrease, forming a curve on a graph. Flattening the curve is what’s needed, and when that occurs it means the disease is slowing. Introducing population-based interventions such as physical distancing, hand-washing, and lockdowns reduces the potential spread of infection. Changing from in-person classes to online and/or remote instruction is a physical distancing intervention.

Are Chromebooks and hot spots still available for Wichita State students?

Yes. For students who don't have access to a computer, there are a limited number of Chromebooks available. Submit a request using the link below. If you do not have internet access, contact WSU Help Desk at 316-978-HELP, Option 1 to submit a request.

View the requirements and submit a request

Because those working remotely may have limited or no internet access, a limited number of cellular hotspot devices (MiFis) from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are available from Information Technology Services.

Submit a MiFi Request


Guidance for Travel

 

What are university guidelines on university-sponsored domestic travel for students, faculty and staff?

University-sponsored domestic travel by students, faculty and staff is permitted. Travelers should follow all guidance issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The university also encourages faculty and staff to evaluate whether the travel could be handled online/remotely, or whether the travel could be delayed.

What are the university guidelines on university-sponsored international travel for faculty and staff?

University-sponsored travel outside the United States by faculty and staff is allowed, but only under the following provisions: Faculty and staff may travel internationally only if the travel is essential to fulfilling their job’s core function, or if it provides essential support to the university (e.g., research, etc.). All university-sponsored international travel must be approved by the divisional vice president and must also comply with all university international travel pre-approval requirements. Please note: international travel will not be approved to those countries designated as Level 3 or Level 4 by the U.S. State Department and/or the Centers for Disease Control.

What are the university guidelines on university-sponsored international travel for students?

University-sponsored travel outside the United State by students is allowed, but only under the following provisions: All university-sponsored international travel by students must be approved by the appropriate dean/director whose area is responsible for the student’s potential travel, and must comply with all university international travel pre-approval requirements. Please note: international travel will not be approved to those countries designated as Level 3 or Level 4 by the U.S. State Department and/or the Centers for Disease Control.

Do I have to quarantine after travel?

Travelers should follow all travel quarantine guidance issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

Do I need documentation to travel?

Travelers should follow all travel documentation guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

What are the university guidelines for personal travel?

Travelers engaging in personal, non-university-sponsored travel should follow all guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The university strongly encourages all faculty and staff who are engaging in personal travel to register your travel with the university. .


Guidance for Health, Wellness and Prevention


What are the symptoms and what can I do prevent the spread of the virus?

For information on symptoms and suggestions for what you can do for prevention, go to the Student Health coronavirus page.

What should I do if I think I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

If you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Please do not come to campus. Notify your instructor you are ill through the process detailed in your syllabus.
  • Contact your health care provider. Call ahead before seeking medical care.
  • All current WSU students can contact Student Health Services (SHS) by calling (316) 978-4792 or sending a secure message through the myShockerHealth student portal (studenthealth.wichita.edu). Student Health’s hours are Mon- Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • COVID-19 testing is available for symptomatic WSU students through SHS. Testing needs to be ordered by a provider during an office visit.
  • For after-hours care options, there is a list of immediate care clinic and/or hospitals on the SHS website.
What should I do if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you have been notified by a public health representative or medical professional that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Wichita State University has adopted procedures and protocols to alert members of our community, including our students, employees and campus partners, if the University has knowledge of potential COVID-19 exposure. It strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to self-report if they believe they may have been exposed to, or tested positive for, COVID-19.

Students can self-report by completing the COVID-19 Report Form found on the wichita.edu/reportit website. Completing this form will connect students with the campus resources through the care coordinators and Student Health Services for support during isolation or quarantine periods.

If you are enrolled in online classes, or hybrid classes that are fully online with no in person requirements, continue to complete course work as needed. You may decide to reach out to the instructor to let them know you are in quarantine of isolation, but this is not required.

If you are enrolled in a hybrid class, where in-person sessions are required (such as a lab) contact your professor and let them know that you are being quarantined and cannot attend class.

If you have questions related to being identified as a close contact, call the Sedgwick County Health Department COVID-19 triage hotline at 316-660-1022.

What should I do if I have been notified that I have been in contact with someone with COVID-19?

If you have been notified by a public health representative or medical professional that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

If you are enrolled in online classes, or hybrid classes that are fully online with no in person requirements, continue to complete course work as needed. You may decide to reach out to the instructor to let them know you are in quarantine of isolation, but this is not required.

If you are enrolled in a hybrid class, where in person sessions are required (such as a lab) contact your professor and let them know that you are being quarantined and cannot attend class.

If you have questions related to being identified as a close contact, call the Sedgwick County Health Department COVID-19 triage hotline at 316-660-1022.

What procedures do I follow if I live off campus?

It is recommended that you reach out to the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) if you have received a positive COVID-19 test result or if you think you are a contact of positive COVID-19 case. Simply call the Sedgwick County Health Department COVID-19 triage hotline at 316-660-1022. SCHD will oversee the contact tracing process for anyone who may have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Quarantine is for people who were in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case but currently do not have any symptoms. Quarantine is also required for people who recently traveled to a location identified as high risk for COVID-19 by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

Isolation is for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19 and are waiting for test results.

What should I do about my classes if I am in isolation or quarantine?

It is recommended that you reach out to all of your instructors, informing them that you may need additional time to complete work and/or miss any in- person classes due to being in quarantine or isolation.

What are best practices if I am in isolation or quarantine?

If you are in a shared living space while in quarantine or isolation, take the following steps to reduce transmission risk to those you live with:

  • Stay away from other people in your home as much as possible, stay in a separate room with a closed door and using a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Avoid sharing household items, including drinking cups, eating utensils, towels or even bedding. Wash these items thoroughly after using.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces daily using a household cleaner or wipe. These (per the CDC) include: “counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables”.
  • When you cough/sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue; immediately throw tissues in garbage; wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if that’s not available, clean with hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • No visitors unless the person needs to be in your home.
  • If someone needs to help care for you, they should wear a face covering and try to limit close contact with you.
  • If you need medical attention, call ahead and tell them you are in quarantine or isolation.
  • Wear a face covering if you must be around other people, such as during a drive to the doctor’s office or if out of your bedroom walking through common spaces in the home.
  • Limit contact with your pets. There is a small chance humans can pass the disease to dogs or other pets, though very few cases of transmission to pets has been reported.
Is the university reporting positive COVID-19 cases to the public?

Yes. The University has created a COVID-19 Dashboard that is updated weekly. University officials, in conjunction with the Sedgwick County Health Department, are closely monitoring all information as it relates to the health and safety of its campus community. The university is prepared to take all action necessary in the event that students, faculty or staff are believed to be faced with heightened risk of exposure, including, but not limited to, closing housing facilities and pivoting all classes to remote or online.

What is the university doing with reports of positive tests?

The university has adopted and implemented policies, procedures and practices regarding reports of known exposure or positive cases on campus. The university continues to follow the guidance of federal, state and local health officials in combating the spread of COVID-19 by requiring masks be worn on campus, limiting classroom sizes, encouraging frequent hand washing, postponing large events, promoting remote work, installing Plexiglas barriers in public offices, providing sanitizer to the campus community and in buildings, requiring physical distancing, and increasing sanitization of targeted areas. Health officials agree that these measures are the most effective way to combat the spread of this disease.

More information about the number of positive cases in the area can be found on Sedgwick County’s website.

Will the university tell me if I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

Recent Kansas legislation enacted to protect the privacy and confidentiality of information prevents the university from engaging in contact tracing efforts. As a result, all contact tracing is conducted through the state and local county health departments. The Sedgwick County Health Department, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, are responsible for contacting individuals who test positive, providing instructions for isolating, and collecting information on close contacts.

In the event of a positive test, employees are encouraged to contact Human Resources, and students are encouraged to report at wichita.edu/reportit.

How do I access the Shocker Support Locker?

The Shocker Support Locker is open to all Wichita State University students, faculty and staff and offers anyone who needs it access to food, clothing, toiletries, and baby/family products. The Shocker Support Locker is coordinated and managed by the Student Government Association.

All students, faculty or staff are asked to complete the Shocker Support Locker Order Form to request items from the Shocker Support Locker until further notice

Locker staff will contact the user to coordinate a pick-up time between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday for the spring semester. Questions? Please contact sga.supportlocker@wichita.edu


Contact Tracing


Is Wichita State University allowed to conduct contact tracing?

No. Wichita State is not allowed to conduct contact tracing

On June 9, 2020, Kansas enacted HB 2016. This legislation created the “COVID-19 Contact Tracing Privacy Act.” Under this Act, only the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the local health officer are authorized to conduct contact tracing. Only the KDHE and the local health officer can grant permission to other state entities to do contact tracing.

In other words, the Act prohibits other state entities, such as Wichita State University, from performing any “contact tracing” activities unless this tracing is specifically authorized by KDHE or the local health officer.

How does HB 2016 define contact tracing and how does that affect Wichita State University?

Under the HB 2016, “contact tracing” has its own definition. And that means that the University has to follow and rely upon that definition – not how “contact tracing” is commonly understood or defined by the CDC or by any other state.

For purposes of HB 2016, “contact tracing” means identifying persons who may have been exposed to an infected person for the purpose of containing the spread of COVID-19 by notifying the contact that the contact may have been exposed, should be tested and should self-quarantine.

Since we are a state entity, the University is prohibited by law from notifying any student, employee, or visitor of any potential known exposure – even in general terms.

What entity is responsible for contact tracing?

In Sedgwick County, contact tracing is the sole responsibility of the Sedgwick County Health Department. This includes any contact tracing that must be done on the Wichita State campus. SCHD, in conjunction with KDHE, are responsible for contacting individuals who test positive, providing instructions for isolating, and collecting information on close contacts.

Contact tracing is a specific process that is conducted through local and state public health authorities. When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the lab where the test was completed and the provider who ordered the test are required to report the positive test results to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). This report is used to initiate the contact tracing process by local and/or state public health authorities.

Why is it important to self-report potential exposure or positive test for COVID-19?

Wichita State University has adopted procedures and protocols to alert members of our community, including our students, employees and campus partners, if the University has knowledge of potential COVID-19 exposure. It strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to self-report if they believe they may have been exposed to, or tested positive for, COVID-19. Reporting can be done as follows:

  • Employees should contact HR Total Rewards (totalrewards@wichita.edu)
  • Students should complete the COVID-19 Report Form found on the wichita.edu/reportit website. Completing this form will connect students with the campus resources through the care coordinators and Student Health Services for support during isolation or quarantine periods.
How should students in residence halls react to close contact or positive test for COVID-19?

Students living in the residence halls are required to contact Housing staff if they test positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case. Housing staff will work with students to facilitate quarantine and isolation spaces on campus, if needed.

How does KDHE define “close contact?”

KDHE defines a “close contact” as being within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes or having direct contact with someone with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

If you are not a close contact, you do not have any special precautions to take, though everyone should follow prevention measures to keep themselves healthy. These measures include practicing good hygiene and physical distancing, wearing a face covering, monitoring your health, and staying home if you are sick.