WVU provides updates ahead of spring semester, which begins Jan. 19

The spring semester begins on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and West Virginia University is sharing details to help students, faculty and staff stay safe and abide by the University’s guidance to protect the campuses and surrounding communities from the spread of COVID-19. The campus community is invited to join a Return to Campus Conversation on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 10-11:30 a.m. to hear from administrators and public health experts and ask them questions.

No spectators for athletic events through Jan. 24

The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in conjunction with University, local and state officials, has extended the time period for no fans at all home indoor athletic events through Jan. 24.

‘Don’t feel like a guinea pig:’ New COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective

Although it may seem that the COVID-19 vaccine came from out of nowhere, it underwent the same rigorous testing that all vaccines do. Ivan Martinez—a virologist with the WVU School of Medicine and Cancer Institute—discusses how the vaccine was made, why it’s safe, and how it will make our lives better in 2021.

WVU researchers inform COVID-19 vaccine communication

The first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in West Virginia on December 14. As doses are administered, researchers from the West Virginia University Public Interest Communication Research Lab are focused on making sure West Virginians get timely, accurate and scientifically sound information related to the vaccine.

WVU pauses all football activities

Due to a surge of positive Covid-19 cases and contact tracing within the football program, West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and WVU's medical officials have paused all football activities, including workouts and games, for the next seven days.