The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) is deemed an Essential Business by the State of Kansas, and continues to operate with as little interruption as possible. Our laboratories and offices are open, and employees and students are still working while following social distancing requirements. Per the university policy, employees have limited travel ability, and those who have been traveling are in self-quarantine. Employees with the ability may be working remotely, but this should not affect day-to-day operations. If you are experiencing an interruption in service or unable to make contact with your program manager, please call us at 1-800-NIAR-WSU or email.


  • WSU Parking Services will again enforce faculty / staff parking
  • Training required for employees working on campus
  • Sanitizing, Cleaning & PPE Supplies Available from Facilities Services
  • Face Covering Availability & Procedures
  • COVID-19 Supervisor Training
  • Additional Resources for COVID-19 & Shockers United

WSU Parking Services will again enforce faculty / staff parking
Starting Tuesday, May 26, WSU Parking Services will again enforce faculty / staff parking on campus. This means that anyone parking in a lot designated as Faculty / Staff parking (signified by yellow signage at the lot entrances), must have a valid ePermit registered through the Shocker Parking Management System.

Those who had an epermit for faculty/staff parking before the shutdown and have not requested any changes to their epermit need not take any further action. Faculty/staff who do not have a current e-permit and wish to park in lots designated as Faculty/Staff must fill out this form for parking payroll deduction. Access to the Shocker Parking Management System is through the tab labeled “ePermits” on your myWSU home page. If you need help purchasing an ePermit, contact the OneStop office at 855-978-1787. For in-person assistance, the Parking Office located inside the Police Department is open from 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays now through May 22, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays starting Tuesday, May 26.

Reserved parking (as signified by red signage) and ADA parking will also continue to be enforced. Parking in student lots (signified by green signage at the lot entrances) and overflow lots (signified by green / yellow-striped signage at the lot entrances) will remain free until further notice.

Training required for employees working on campus
All employees working on campus are required to take Expectations for Employees Working on Campus. As we plan to gradually – and safely – increase employee presence on campus during the coming weeks, we want to ensure those who come to campus have the information, resources and know the expectations of personal responsibility each of us have so we may maintain a safe campus. When on campus, there will be a strong emphasis on each person taking personal responsibility to protect themselves and others from coronavirus infection. That means daily wellness self-checks, social distancing, limited congregation, wearing face coverings (or masks as appropriate), disinfecting spaces and limiting non-essential travel. You will need to know and adhere to these expectations for the well-being of everyone in the WSU community.

Sanitizing, Cleaning & PPE Supplies Available from Facilities Services
If you are looking for any of the following, you can submit a request with Facilities services here Priority is to areas that have remained open during the campus shutdown and areas opening for in-person access May 26. PPE is available for pick-up at the Gaddis Physical Plant complex, by appointment, or Facilities Services can deliver the face coverings. Please include your preference in the work order request. If you need a Plexiglas barrier (sneeze guard) for a front desk or service window, contact Andy Jonas in the NIAR machine shop. Sneeze guards are intended for high-traffic campus areas that provide customer service (or other activities with frequent and regular access by the campus community and visitors).

  • Hand sanitizer (in spray bottles)
  • Surface disinfectant (in spray bottles)
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Safety glasses
  • Blue painters tape

Face Covering Availability & Procedures
There are still face coverings available at the NIAR front desk. We have three options: 1) disposable masks 2) canvas masks with elastic ear bands 3) Thinner fabric masks with ties. Stop by the NIAR front desk to pick up what you need for your staff. If you have other needs, please let your supervsior know. Please see the following video for proper use of a face covering to maximize effectiveness.

Guidelines for the use of cloth face coverings:

  • Mark your mask so you know which side has been against your face. Don’t reverse it.
  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Wear only your own masks. Do not share.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind, do not touch the front of mask; • The wearer should immediately wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after removing the mask.
  • Wash masks daily.

Resources for the Proper Use of Face Coverings:

COVID-19 Supervisor Training
All supervisors at Wichita State University are required to complete a new 26-minute training module titled “Expectations for Supervising Those Working on Campus”. You can access the training module here.

Additional Resources for COVID-19 & Shockers United