Spring Update & Operations

In the face of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, Wichita State's first priority is the health, safety and well-being of our entire Shocker community. In accordance with guidance from the State of Kansas, Sedgwick County and federal government, Wichita State University developed a three-phase plan called Shockers United to safely return students, faculty and staff to our campus.

The Cohen Honors College also aims to do all we can to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors while continuing to provide services and support to each of you. Our plans evolve and may change throughout the semester. 

All visitors to the Cohen Honors College must wear a mask or face covering and are expected to social distance. Learn more about the mandatory face covering policy.

Office Hours & Access

The Honors College student area in Shocker Hall Building A is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and then 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Fridays. The Honors College offices are open 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday- Friday for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Honors students will not have 24 hour access and some areas and items will not be available this semester. Please see below for more information. 

Students are still welcome to visit the Honors College, but we ask that you limit your time here. 

In-person appointments must be scheduled in advance. Email the staff member you wish to meet with requesting an appointment.

The Honors College staff will be working in the office and remotely. Staff will have staggered work schedules and will not be in the office every day. 

Events and Programs
Many of our events will be hosted virtually to discourage social gathering. However, certain programs and events will continue to take place in-person, especially in open areas where physical distancing can be determined. Information will be shared in the weekly update email, on Twitter and through our Honors student organizations.

Computers & Printing

The computers are available and plexi-glass has been installed between each. Free printing is available and we request you only use the computers for printing needs. We ask that you sanitize the items before and after use (e.g., keyboard, mouse, table area, etc) with the provided disinfectant wipes or spray. Should you require additional time on the computer, the Ablah Library has designated computer labs that can be used for extended periods of time.

The student kitchen area will be open but the following items will not be available for use:

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Keurig coffee maker
  • Cabinets and drawers

Students are welcome to utilize the lockers and are expected to sanitize them before use and upon removing items. Keep in mind, the office closes and will be locked at 6 p.m. and on weekends.

The staff kitchen, including the sink, will only be open to Honors staff. 

Lounge & Seating Areas
In an effort to reduce gathering and congregation, please only use the lounge and seating areas when waiting to print or waiting for your class to begin in the seminar room. 

Seminar and Study Room
Neither of these rooms will be available to reserve nor will they be open for use outside of staff purposes. The seminar room will be used for classes on a limited basis.

Please contact us or contact your Honors Student Council leadership at honorsassistant@wichita.edu if you questions or concerns.