Updates on Coronavirus

CARES Act Funding

June 29, 2020

You may be aware that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which allocated money to higher education institutions impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Washington & Jefferson College’s allocation was $667,164 which must be made available directly to students as emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. W&J submitted the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education on June 16, 2020; this submission requests funding available to W&J. We received the official approval of our request on June 19, 2020. W&J has been closely monitoring the regulations and guidance provided as it relates to the administering of these funds. Please note that regulations had been changing since the initial signing of the CARES Act and some guidance was outstanding throughout the spring term. More definitive guidance was provided by the U.S. Department of Education as of June 17, 2020. At W&J, we are committed to administering these funds appropriately as to protect you the student, as well as W&J. According to current federal policy, students enrolled in face-to-face courses during the spring...

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Important Information


All learning is remote, and no courses are being taught on W&J’s physical campus at this time. Remote instruction began via Microsoft Teams (Office 365) and other software applications on Monday, March 23, and continued online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Additionally, Summer Session I courses will be taught online.

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As this situation is fluid and can change rapidly, W&J recommends checking the CDC website frequently for updated safety and travel information. These additional resources are available for more information:

Health Care Tips from the Centers for Disease Control

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists, and in-between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses.
  2. Stay home when you are ill. This will help you to recover more quickly and decrease the spread of illness when on campus.
  3. Use a tissue or the crook of your arm when you cough or sneeze. Promptly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  4. Get plenty of rest/sleep.
  5. If you have not had the flu vaccine, please consider getting one. While this will not protect against the coronavirus, the vaccine may prevent against the flu.