Official Notifications

Updated April 3, 2020 3:35 p.m.

UPDATE: WBU suspends public access to all Wayland facilities 

Protecting the health, safety and well-being of our campus community continues to be our first priority.

Due to the continued and projected growth in COVID-19 cases in the areas we serve, we have made the decision to immediately suspend public access to all Wayland facilities on all campuses. Students will continue to have remote access to faculty, staff and resources so they can complete their semester.

Plans to route Wayland office telephone extensions to off-campus cell phones are now implemented. Mail services on all campuses will continue to be provided as normal. Persons wising to contact the university may call the main switchboard directly at 806-291-1000.

These are challenging times for us all, but we remain committed to providing the best possible student and employee experience that we can under these unprecedented circumstances.

 
Updated March 31, 2020 4:45 p.m.

UPDATE: Stay-At-Home Directive issued for City of Plainview and Hale County

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a Stay-At-Home Directive has been issued for residents of the City of Plainview and Hale County and is effective from 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 6. While Wayland is not listed in the Directive among those organizations identified as Essential Services which will remain open while enforcing social distancing, it has been and continues to be included as a Critical Infrastructure Business as described by the Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency and will continue its operations unchanged.

 

Updated March 31, 2020 3:00 p.m.

We want you to know we continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak across all of our Wayland campuses and we remain committed to helping flatten the curve by observing directives put in place by federal, state and local authorities.

All Wayland campuses and teaching sites are under some form of emergency order issued by state and local authorities. We remain committed to being in compliance with those authorities.

Across the Wayland Baptist University system, our students and employees are reporting in through an online form. Of those who have reported;

  • 37 persons are experiencing some symptoms and have reported those to their doctor
  • 58 report they have placed themselves in self-isolation as a precaution
  • 20 report having been in contact with someone who has been confirmed to have or is suspected to have COVID-19

Our campuses continue to adhere to federal, state and local guidelines for social distancing and safe hygiene.

Three of our campuses in Texas, which include the Plainview, Lubbock and San Antonio campuses, have offered their parking lots, indoor facilities and other resources to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should they need it. We have made these places available to those local communities and health authorities as well.

Summer classes are being scheduled as normal, but we are prepared to move those online should circumstances warrant. 

It is important to remember, if you have filled out the Health Form and your health condition changes, please resubmit a new form so we can know about the well-being of our students and employees.  Let us not grow complacent, but remember it is vital that we be responsible and diligent in this effort. You can access the Health Form here.

WBU students and employees are strongly encouraged to continue to monitor this webpage, WBU email, text messages and Pioneer Alerts for new developments or additional instructions.

 
Updated March 27, 2020 1:50 p.m.

We are committed to supporting you during this time academically, spiritually and in all aspects of your wellness. We’re a family and we want to know how you are doing during this time of distancing. Please let us know if you or someone in your household begins to experience COVID-19 symptoms in the coming weeks. We can certainly lift you up in prayer. 

If you have filled out the Health Form and your health condition changes, please resubmit a new form so we can know about the well-being of our students. We care and we want to support you as you complete your semester. You can access the Health Form here.

 
Updated March 26, 2020 3:45 p.m.

UPDATE: WBU releases updates for students and registration timeline

Registration for Upcoming Terms 

  • NEW STUDENTS: Registration for the Fall 2020 semester on the Plainview campus opens March 30 for new students.  If you’re ready to enroll, call 806-291-3503 today!
  • RETURNING STUDENTS: Pre-registration for the Fall 2020 semester on the Plainview campus for returning students begin April 6. Watch your WBU email for updates and instructions.
  • Summer term registration for both new and returning students on external campuses and WBU-online runs from April 27 to May 25.  Contact your campus or academic advisor for more details.

 

New Developments

  • An Amarillo Campus student who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, became the first Wayland student to be tested positive. The student is now beyond the 14 day quarantine period and has been cleared. The student is staying in Nevada at this time.
  • A Lubbock Campus student’s wife has tested positive and they are both in quarantine.
  • A third party lab tested a Plainview Campus student and the results were negative.
  • Hale County had its first confirmed case, but the person was not in Plainview
  • A person on Altus AFB (not a Wayland student) has tested positive

 

Emergency Declarations

  • Many states and local communities, including some Wayland serves, have issued emergency declarations and orders. There is great variance in the language used by each state regarding shelter in place or stay at home requirements. We review each one carefully on a case-by-case basis as they become available.
  • We are in continuous contact with local health departments who make the determination of what level of transmission is currently occurring in your community.
  • We want to reassure you that Wayland’s current protocol for each of its campuses is in compliance with the corresponding local authorities. Our goal continues to be keeping our students and employees safe through compliance.

 

Academic Affairs

  • Wayland continues to reach out to support our students through phone, email and text correspondence. Our goal is to help facilitate the transition to online courses and to bolster student success during this time of change. Have academic questions? Contact Dr. Cindy McClenagan, VP of Academic Affairs, cindym@wbu.edu or Dr. Rosemary Peggram, Director of Student Success, peggramr@wbu.edu

 

Athletics

  • WBU coaches continue recruiting and are planning for tryouts in late summer (late July and August) if appropriate.

 

Congressional Action

  • We are monitoring emerging federal support for higher education. The final bill has not been approved or released, so details are unknown at this time. We will continue following this topic closely as it develops.

 

Health Services/Student Life

  • Residential students continue to follow the structured process for removing or storing their belongings. To date, more than 50% of impacted students have collected their items or made arrangements with the university. We appreciate the cooperation shown by our students and their families.

 

Sodexo Food Service

  • Sodexo Food Service reports their food supply continues to be stable. Grab-and-go style meals continue to be available for the students who needed to remain on the Plainview campus.

 

Graduations

  • Graduation ceremonies at all campuses have been cancelled through the Plainview spring commencement on May 9.
  • We are constantly reviewing upcoming graduation ceremonies and will report on those as soon as decisions are available.
  • All students, whose graduation ceremonies were cancelled, are invited to participate in the next regularly scheduled Wayland graduation on any campus. Students should contact that campus well in advance so they can be accommodated.

 

 

 

 
Updated March 21, 2020 5:15 p.m.
WBU announces guidelines for student workers on Plainview campus

As we continue to navigate through an unprecedented global event, we recognize your anxiety, confusion and concern during this time. We are in constant prayer about the decisions that impact us all. Be assured, the leadership at WBU is continually evaluating our plans to support our students. Today we have developed specific guidelines for student workers on our Plainview campus.

Student Workers-Plainview Campus

  • Some student work opportunities will continue at Wayland.
  • If student workers are asymptomatic and observe previously published guidelines, their unit supervisors may allow student workers to return to campus in order to discuss continuing employment opportunities. If student workers are unable to contact their unit supervisor they should contact the Office of Financial Aid at 806-291-3520.
  • We are analyzing those opportunities that may be performed on campus or remotely.
  • Some job requirements and types of work may change.
  • We will communicate our plan forward in the immediate future.

The topic of Room and Board charges for the Spring 2020 semester continues to be evaluated. Information regarding this topic will be sent to students as soon as it becomes available.

 Specific CDC guidance for Universities can found here.

 

Updated March 19, 2020 3:00 p.m.
WBU moves online for the remainder of Spring semester

Effective Monday, March 23 all Wayland classes on all campuses will be taught exclusively online for the remainder of the Spring semester.

Plainview students who live in the dorms will be required to move out on the following schedule: 

  • Students currently in the dorms: March 20-21, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., March 22, 1-5 p.m.
  • Students coming back from spring break: March 23-April 4, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; April 5, 1-5 p.m.
  • Following April 5, students can move out by appointment. Contact the housing office at 806-291-3766. This process will take place on a first come, first served basis.

If returning to campus to collect your belongings poses a significant hardship, we will safely retain your belongings until you return to campus in Fall 2020.
The cafeteria will continue to serve meals for those students who are unable to return home. Pete's Place will be closed and all meals in the cafeteria will be served in a to-go format.

Also effective Monday, March 23, campuses will operate with limited staff only in campus buildings as determined by the appropriate cabinet member. Those who can work from home will work from home as determined by their supervisor. 

If you wish to return to campus, you must fill out a short Health Services survey, which will be sent to your university email.

During this time the following buildings will be closed:

  • Laney Center
  • Hutcherson Center
  • Athletic Weight Room
  • Wilder Field
  • Wheeler building
  • Hilliard Field
  • Jimmy Dean Museum
  • Museum of the Llano Estacado

For more information on the protocol regarding exposure, monitoring or isolation, click here.

 
Updated March 17, 2020 2:40 p.m.
Wayland cancels graduations through May 9

We are taking this global threat very seriously and the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remain our highest priority. We will continue to implement any new restrictions or necessary measures to keep the Wayland community safe. We encourage you to adhere to health officials’ recommendations to limit your contact with others.

Due to federally issued guidance prohibiting significant sized gatherings; the following Wayland graduation ceremonies have also been canceled:

  • Wichita Falls, TX and Altus, OK - March 20
  • Phoenix, AZ - April 3
  • Sierra Vista, AZ - April 4
  • Fairbanks, AK –April 16
  • Anchorage, AK –April 17
  • Hawaii –May 2
  • Plainview, TX –May 9

Affected students may elect to participate in the next available Wayland graduation ceremony regardless of location. Students wishing to graduate from another location should contact that WBU campus in advance. Future graduation ceremonies scheduled beyond May 9­ continue to be evaluated and a decision for those ceremonies will be made in the near future as the situation develops.

All NAIA spring sports practices and competitions have been canceled for the remainder of the semester.

E-Sports have been suspended by NACE until April 13.

While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus among any of our students, faculty or staff, we continue to plan for and evaluate the potential need to shift to essential personnel only on campus and to ask the remainder of the workforce to work remotely. The university continues to evaluate teaching scenarios (online or face-to-face instruction) and residential living options for the remainder of the spring semester. We expect to make an announcement on March 19 regarding these issues.

To further suppress the potential spread of the virus, existing non-Wayland groups originally scheduled to visit or meet at university buildings are canceled during the period of March 16-April 6. No new, non-Wayland groups are being scheduled at this time and university officials will continually review this policy as the situation develops.

Thank you for teaming with us, both in action and in prayer, to do everything we can to decrease the likelihood of an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the Wayland community, and to protect the most vulnerable among us. 

 
 
Updated March 13, 2020 3:50 p.m.

Wayland Baptist University leadership is continually monitoring the threat posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The University Response Team met today and issued these updates:

All WBU students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up for Pioneer Alert in order to receive timely messages regarding university updates. Click here to sign up.

To further suppress the potential spread of the virus, existing non-Wayland groups originally scheduled to visit or meet at university buildings are canceled during the period of March 16-April 6. No new, non-Wayland groups are being scheduled at this time and university officials will continually review this policy as the situation develops.

The following graduation ceremonies have been postponed:

  • Wichita Falls, TX and Altus, OK - March 20
  • Phoenix, AZ - April 3
  • Sierra Vista, AZ - April 4
  • Future graduation dates are being evaluated and decisions regarding graduation ceremonies scheduled after April 6 are expected in the coming week. Affected students may elect to be recognized at the next available Wayland graduation ceremony regardless of location. Students wishing to graduate from another location should contact that WBU campus in advance.

 

 

Updated March 12, 2020 2:30 p.m.
Wayland Campuses Moving to Online Class Format

PLAINVIEW -- As a response to developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) Wayland Baptist University will transition to an online delivery format for all classes at all campuses until April 6. WBU will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the schedule if conditions dictate.

For Wayland’s Plainview campus, spring break is scheduled for March 16-20. Student dorms and cafeteria will continue to operate as scheduled during and following spring break. Students who choose to return following spring break will continue classes online. Offices will remain open and conduct business as usual.

Wayland’s external campuses are non-residential.

WBU announced other specific changes and cancellations due to the virus.

  • All classes on all Wayland campuses transition to an online format beginning March 16. Face-to-face classes will resume on April 6, unless existing Spring Break schedules indicate otherwise.
  • Wayland Plainview has canceled participation in spring break mission trips.
  • Cafeteria and food service will operate as scheduled following spring break.
  • Health services will be available to those students who remain on campus.
  • Wayland’s annual Pioneers of Excellence dinner for donors and friends has been canceled.
  • New student registration for Fall 2020, scheduled for Big Weekend on March 28, will transition to an online experience. The recruitment day, March 27, on campus has been canceled. Those registered for the event will be contacted directly.
  • NAIA sanctioned winter championships, including those currently underway, have been canceled. (NAIA Championships canceled)

The safety and well-being of students is the primary concern.

  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use due diligence in monitoring their personal situations.
  • Any student with concerns that they have been exposed to the virus should contact their health provider and avoid returning to campus.
  • WBU faculty and staff who suspect they have been exposed should contact a health provider and immediately inform university officials of their concerns.
  • Any student, faculty or staff member on the Plainview campus who tests positive for COVID-19 should contact the university nurse immediately at dillardc@wbu.edu or 806-291-3763. Those at other campus locations should contact the Executive Director/Campus Dean.
  • Essential domestic university travel is permitted to areas that do not fall in high-risk categories (CDC level 3, State Department level 4). There will be no university sanctioned international travel until further notice.
  • Wayland currently uses CDC cleaning and disinfection guidelines daily with approved cleaning supplies.

Wayland will release further updates as they arise. In the meantime, personnel are encouraged to practice good hygiene and lower the risk of infection and spread of the disease.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.