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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Please check this page for up-to-date resources and information on WSC's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Page last updated: 3.27.2020 | 9:36am

Campus Updates

Virtual Advising
Due to COVID-19, WSC has expanded academic advising opportunities to promote social distancing and the safety of our campus community.

Current Students | WSC is currently offering phone, email, and virtual advising appointments for returning students. WSC Enrollment Services will email and text about these advising opportunities and how to sign up.

Future Students | Virtual Registration days will be held the week of March 30-April 3 and will provide guidance on registering for courses, setting up student accounts, and applying for housing and scholarships. Accepted students will receive communication through text and email on how to sign up.

Placement Testing
Until further notice and in response to COVID-19, WSC will not hold any on campus placement testing. Students are able to complete these exams with an online proctor through Examity. Our Enrollment Services staff will send out vouchers for exams after receiving a request from a student.
For more information on this new process, please see the Placement Testing page.

WSC Communication Lab
Updated: For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, the WSC Communication Lab will hold virtual hours from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday and can be reached at wsc.writinglab@willistonstate.edu.

WSC Massage Therapy Clinic
Updated: The WSC Massage Therapy student clinic is closed for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and all scheduled massages have been canceled. The clinic will reopen in the fall. Please follow WSC Massage Therapy on Facebook (@wscmassage) for updates.

WSC Bookstore, Andrea's
Updated: From Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3 the WSC Bookstore is closed. Starting Monday, April 6, the WSC Bookstore will be open to appointments only. The bookstore has several online tools for students to access our services remotely and most questions can be answered via our website, email, or phone.

For Commencement apparel, the WSC Bookstore has made arrangements with its cap and gown vendor, Balfour, to coordinate returns, refunds and order cancellations. Click here for more information.

Learning Commons
Updated: From Friday, March 20 through Friday, April 3, the Learning Commons is closed. During this time the Learning Commons will no longer proctor tests for WSC online students. Students are encouraged to contact instructors regarding online tests and instructors have been notified of this change. The Learning Commons plans on resuming normal hours on Monday, April 6. 

Press Releases

3.26.2020 | WSC and COVID-19

The WSC Bookstore will reopen on Monday, April 6 but by appointment only. The bookstore has made arrangements with its cap and gown vendor, Balfour, to coordinate returns, refunds, and order cancellations. WSC's workforce training campus, TrainND Northwest, now has online course options available for the ONE BASIN-One Way! program, H2S, and the XTO High Risk Orientation. WSC, along with its North Dakota University System partners and the State Board of Higher Education, is still working on a refund policy for room and board. More information will be published as a plan is approved for each campus. 

3.24.2020 | WSC cancels Commencement activities

Due to the continuing need to practice personal and social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, Williston State College is canceling all commencement and honors activities scheduled for the week of May 11-15. In the coming weeks, faculty and staff will be working on a virtual recognition program to honor graduates. WSC, along with its North Dakota University System partners and the State Board of Higher Education, is also currently working on a refund policy for room and board. More information will be published as a plan is approved for each campus.

3.21.2020 | WSC to transition online for remainder of Spring 2020

Effective immediately, WSC courses will be delivered online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Classes will resume online as scheduled on Monday, March 23 and continue in an online format for the remainder of the semester. If there are exceptions, faculty will communicate these with students, keeping the safety of all our number one priority. Additional details related to the completion of the Spring 2020 semester continue to be developed and will be communicated in the coming days. WSC housing will be in contact with all residents with information related to housing and dining, the retrieval of items, and the move-out process.

3.20.2020 | WSC and COVID-19 update

From Monday, March 23 through April 3, no face-to-face academic courses or scheduled training at TrainND Northwest will be conducted on the WSC and TrainND Northwest campuses. During this time, only employees considered "operationally essential" will report to campus for work. All other employees will work remotely off-campus. This applies to both the WSC and TrainND Northwest campuses.

3.19.2020 | TrainND Northwest and COVID-19

At this time and until otherwise notified, TrainND Northwest will continue with ALL trainings as scheduled including well control training provided by Vorenkamp Well Control Training. Class sizes will be limited to 10 people and our instructors have been asked to help facilitate a 6-foot space bubble with students in class. TrainND Northwest is committed to the safety of our community

3.18.2020 | WSC and COVID-19 update

WSC will remain open but effective Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3, only employees considered "operationally essential" will report in person. All other staff will work remotely off campus. Classes will still resume in an online environment for 2 weeks (March 23-April 3). As always, WSC is committed to the safety of our community.

3.12.2020 | WSC and COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, WSC will shift most face-to-face on-campus classes to remote instruction for 2 weeks (March 23 - April 3) following spring break. At this time, WSC will remain open and all other campus facilities will continue to operate. WSC is committed to the safety of our community.

Questions?

Dr. John Miller, President | 701.774.4231 or john.s.miller@willistonstate.edu
Kenley Nebeker, Regional Director of Technical Programs & Training | 701.713.3780 or kenley.nebeker@willistonstate.edu
Kimberli Wray, VP for Academic Affairs | 701.774.4500 or kimberli.wray@willistonstate.edu
Kaylyn Bondy, VP for Student Affairs | 701.774.4585 or kaylyn.bondy@willistonstate.edu
Michelle Remus, HR Director |  701.774.4204 or michelle.remus@willistonstate.edu
WSC Housing | 701.774.4585 or wsc.housing@willistonstate.edu

Preventative Measures

The NDDoH and our local public health unit encourage all persons to take preventative measures to avoid COVID-19, colds, and the flu:

  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Contact your local healthcare provider or call 701.572.7651 (CHI St. Alexius Williston clinic) to schedule an appointment with a primary care provider or 701.774.7400 (CHI St. Alexius Williston hospital)
  • Visit the CDC website for more info on steps to prevent illness

If you have traveled recently

  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol
  • Pay attention to your health for 14 days after your return and take this survey from the North Dakota Department of Health
  • Stay home and seek medical advice if you get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing
  • Contact your local healthcare provider or call 701.572.7651 (CHI St. Alexius Williston clinic) to schedule an appointment with a primary care provider or 701.774.7400 (CHI St. Alexius Williston hospital)
  • Avoid travelling if you are sick
  • Follow the latest travel updates from the CDC


Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Looking to exploit the public's fears, cybercriminals are using tactics such as fake texts, coronavirus-related Android/Apple mobile apps with ransomware, and phishing emails claiming to be from legitimate organizations with information about COVID-19.

How to avoid falling for phishing scams:

  • Pay close attention to who is sending you the email. Phishing emails can come from fake Centers for Disease Control and Prevention representatives @"cdc-gov.org" rather than the correct "cdc.gov."
  • Keep in mind that legitimate email addresses don't guarantee safety. They can be spoofed or can come from an account that has been hacked, so pay close attention to what the email is asking you to do. An email that asks you to provide banking information, account password, or social security number is a red flag - you should never be asked to provide those via email.
  • Make sure you know where a link is taking you to before you click it -- by hovering your cursor over a link for a few seconds until the link's URL pops up -- and that the link leads to a site that you are expecting.
  • Additional resource: State officials provide COVID-19-related cybersecurity threat information


Resources

Williams County COVID-19 Statement and Update & Resources
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston COVID-19 Resources
The Flu versus COVID-19 | How to Tell the Difference
Everyday Tips for COVID-19 Prevention
Upper Missouri District Health Unit website and Facebook page for updates
CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center website and Facebook page for updates
North Dakota Department of Health Facebook page, website and hotline available daily 7am-10pm | 1.866.207.2880
Center for Diesease Control website