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Coronavirus Update from President Wendler

March 13, 2020

4:50 p.m.

Dear West Texas A&M University family,

Thank you for your continued diligence and understanding as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Rest assured that the WT administration is working hard to address all concerns, keeping the best interests and safety of students, faculty, staff, our extended families, and the community at large at the forefront of all decisions.

Until further notice, the University will continue to operate on the normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule and will continue to follow the published work and holiday schedule. Offices will be open on March 16 and 17, and we will return to work on March 23. All non-faculty employees should continue to report to work as usual. There currently are no plans for suspending work or limiting hours of operation.

If your job allows and you feel your health depends on working remotely, please coordinate with your direct supervisor and your vice president about the possibility of working remotely. In addition, if caring for your children or other family responsibilities demand changes in your normal work situation, please consult with your direct supervisor and vice president about the possibility of working remotely. Setting up a VPN connection on your laptop, iPad, or other device will allow you to work remotely. Please contact the HELP desk for assistance if you and your supervisor determine this is necessary.

We have asked all division directors and vice presidents to work together to create contingency plans to keep the University operating in case events continue to escalate. You will be notified by your division directors and vice presidents if such plans are to be implemented. Employees are encouraged to set up payroll direct deposit in case contingency plans are implemented. You may set up payroll direct deposit through Workday or by contacting HR at 2114 for assistance.

Please continue to take all precautions against contracting and spreading COVID-19 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and state and local agencies. Remember, do not come to work if you are sick or if you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Work with your supervisor or vice president to access sick leave to accommodate potential absences related the evolving situation. Please contact Shannon Ham in HR at extension 2082 for assistance.

WT employees are among the most committed people with whom I have had the privilege of working. Your work ethic is enviable. Thank you for your continued commitment to the University.

Walter V. Wendler
President
president@wtamu.edu

March 13 COVID-19 Video Update From President Wendler
Video Update From President Wendler