Covid-19 Pandemic Campus Update 3 - Health and Safety Measures | Webster University Ghana

Covid-19 Pandemic Campus Update 3 - Health and Safety Measures

Covid-19 Pandemic Campus Update 3 - Health and Safety Measures Citizens across every nation of the world continue to grapple with the new normal forced on us by the COVID 19 health pandemic. Over the past several months there has been an alarming spike in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ghana, though deaths remain comparatively low. Webster University Ghana campus administration continues to revise, implement and communicate additional safety measures with its publics.

Since Campus Update 2, Webster Ghana has created a Task Force to manage all planning amidst COVID-19, especially as we prepare for campus re-opening in August. The below are updates following the president’s latest address to the nation on July 27th. Any measures or news not addressed below from the previous bulletin, remain unchanged.

The safety and wellness of all members of the Webster community remains our highest priority.

Control Measures Updates (July 20, 2020)

The smooth transition to online education started in March of 2020, continued successfully through summer classes. This transition was smooth and successful and all classes – undergraduate and graduate – were taught online using World Classroom. Webster University has been a leader in online education since 1999 and ranks highly in this mode of instruction. The University has gone into a formal relationship with Zoom Technologies as well to provide additional support for effective virtual education and events

For Fall 2020 (with Fall 1 classes starting mid-to-late August) the University is undertaking a hybrid/blended style of instruction – combining live video ‘face to face’ class sessions and online teaching and learning. Once the president lifts restrictions on universities, the goal will be to allow students in Accra, to take some in-person classes. All classes on campus will be at a maximum capacity of 10 students and the University has restructured all academic spaces to abide by social distancing. Faculty will be required to wear face shields in addition to the masks required of all persons on the premises. All students have been equipped with additional necessary resources to ensure they can be successful with web-based education and should reach out to Academic Affairs with any teaching and learning challenges.

Over the summer, all university events were adapted for online and Webster Ghana has hosted a number of successful and insightful student and public events, including Masterclasses and recruitment informational sessions. Our signature Public Lectures are planned to commence again in the Fall, and may be online, if anticipated attendance will exceed the allowed 200-person limit. Webster Ghana successfully introduced the premier edition of a 4-week Summer Virtual Learning program for college-bound high school students.

The May graduation for AY 2019-2020 which could not take place, has been postponed and is now slated for Saturday, November 21st at 10:00 am. We will provide updates and details on graduation plans in the next few months as we monitor national developments and plan for this celebratory event.

Webster Success Center coaches remain available virtually for individualized academic support including writing assistance and success tips for students as they get more comfortable with online classes. Students who have registered for internship placement have undertaken virtual summer internships, and such assignments will continue through the Fall semester. The Success Center also encourages students to take advantage of counseling services - via phone call or online through Zoom/Skype. It is understandable that many students may feel anxious, if not distressed, during this period and, therefore, such mental health services are encouraged for your use. Appointments may be booked through the Student Affairs office. 

Our campus officially remains closed, and staff within various departments are working a hybrid (office and home) schedule. Visitors with appointments are welcome to campus where there is enforcement of a strict no mask, no entry policy. No walk-ins will be allowed at this time. Vendors must submit the necessary information to receive financial payments possible. All guests, including prospective students and parents who have booked a tour, will have to go through security at the gate which requires handwashing and a temperature check. Anyone registering a body temperature above38 degrees Celsius will not be allowed entry. Webster has officially partnered with Nyaho Medical Center for any necessary COVID-19 testing for all staff, faculty and students. 

Members of the Webster Ghana community are advised to be guided by and abide by these control measures and be sure to check emails from the University frequently each day. 

Much gratitude is expressed to every student, faculty, staff and business partners for your continued commitment to Webster University Ghana through these trying and unparalleled times. We will get through this together as a unified Webster Ghana community! University management will continue to share updates as necessary.

The national COVID-19 hotline phone numbers are 055 222 2004, 055 222 2005, 050 949 7700 and 055 843 9868 and the Ghana Health Service can be reached online via ghanahealthservice.org

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