Students back at Wilberforce University as in-person classes resume

Wilberforce University students went through a validation process and were tested for coronavirus before they could move in to residence halls. In-person classes for the spring semester begin Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Photo courtesy Wilberforce University.
Wilberforce University students went through a validation process and were tested for coronavirus before they could move in to residence halls. In-person classes for the spring semester begin Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Photo courtesy Wilberforce University.

Students are back on campus as Wilberforce University kicks off in-person classes for the spring semester Monday.

In-person learning resumed Monday after the university went to remote learning last spring. Most students continued with virtual classes for the fall semester. Virtual learning is still available for students who prefer to stay home at this time.

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Students had to complete a validation process before coming to campus, which included registration, financial aide and securing housing. Students moved in starting Jan. 29 by appointment only. Students had to complete a housing request before moving in. Students were also required to have a negative COVID test result before moving in.

Wilberforce offered testing at a pop-up testing site on campus and will continue to offer testing throughout the semester.

Alex Murphy, a freshman from suburban Detroit, made the four-hour drive down with his father over the weekend. Even though he finished his first semester virtually, moving to his dorm will be a new college experience. This is the first time he will be on his own.

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“I’m excited, but nervous about being away from home. Of course I wish I could have gotten to campus in the fall, but scheduling all virtual learning then was better than people getting here and then possibly having to pack up and be sent back home,” Murphy said.

Murphy moved into Henderson Hall after taking his COVID test. He said it was “amazing” to get to be in an in-person class on Monday after taking classes online last semester.

Wilberforce is also recommending COVID testing for staff and faculty, the university stated in a press release. Wilberforce will provide monthly testing opportunities throughout the semester on campus. Each week, COVID-19 testing and safety protocols data and learning resources will be released.

Students who tested positive were not allowed to move in and will have to learn virtually. The university said that no students had tested positive for COVID while moving in over the weekend.

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For more information on Wilberforce University and its COVID-19 policies, visit www.wilberforce.edu.