Coronavirus Travel Update from President Wendler

Please see the most recent updates.

March 13 Update: All nonessential university travel is canceled for students, faculty and staff. Consult with the vice president of your area to determine essential and nonessential travel. Additionally, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is closed until further notice.

The following precautions previously mentioned are still in effect:

  1. Effective immediately, all university-sponsored international travel for students, faculty and staff is cancelled until further notice.
  2. I cannot promise refunds for deposits and upfront costs for such travel, but pledge to do all in my power to secure funding for reimbursements of non-refundable university travel expenses.
  3. For non-university travel, it is recommended that students, faculty and staff cancel impending international and domestic travel plans, particularly in regards to the approaching spring break. My heartfelt suggestion is simply to stay close to home. At this time of uncertainty, travel to an infected area, whether distinguished as such at the time or after-the-fact, could result in a 14-day quarantine upon return.
  4. For essential health safety information and updates, please view WT's COVID-19 webpage.
  5. In a continuous effort to monitor COVID-19, it is recommended that WT students, faculty, and staff use the following link to report any international travel, personal or business, until further notice.

In regards to academic programs, access to online options for courses will be shared from vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer, James Webb soon. The academic deans are reviewing online options as a contingency plan, and in order to meet your needs, 65 percent of courses have moved online.

Please help me share all related COVID-19 information being distributed in a helpful and positive manner. Our intentions at WT are to serve the people who work and study here and our extended WT families in the best possible way during this time.

Our intention at WT is not to cause alarm but to arm our community with information and resources to sustain your daily life with little complication in the future. I pray for protection on our campus, our extended communities, and the communities that we serve and that serve us.

Walter V. Wendler