APSCUF Responds to COVID: Status Update 9/7/2021
The WCU Chapter of APSCUF is continuing to work to improve the safety of our members and our community during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Our current actions focus on working with management to improve communications about COVID related issues, and encouraging students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated.
COVID Vaccination Numbers and Dashboard
Updated vaccination numbers, the number of surveillance screening tests of unvaccinated students performed, and the number of these tests that were positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 will be distributed to faculty via email by the end of this week.
Starting next week, ongoing updates about vaccination numbers and other vital statistics about COVID on campus should be available via a campus COVID dashboard. We’ll have further updates about this dashboard soon.
Improving COVID communications at WCU
APSCUF continues to work with the administration to improve how crucial information about the pandemic and pandemic related policy are communicated with the community. We’re working with management to clarify the COVID policies published on the “Rams Return” website. Later this week, we’ll launch a survey to gather more information about your satisfaction with current COVID policy.
Scholarship Opportunities for Vaccinated Students
The APSCUF Executive Committee has approved two new $2,000 scholarships to encourage student vaccinations. These scholarships are in addition to the scholarships already announced by WCU. Students who are receive a COVID-19 vaccination via the forthcoming on-campus vaccine clinic will be entered into a drawing to win one of these two scholarships. More details about the vaccine clinic will be available shortly.
2 responses to “WCU APSCUF Responds to COVID”
I love the scholarship idea, but not sure we should slight those students who were conscientious enough to get vaccinated in advance of coming to campus and privilege the “hold outs”. I’d be in favor of the pool being those who were vaccinated at the start (eg uploaded their vaccination into upon arrival) AND those who got vaccinated on campus.
I understand what you’re saying here, and it does sound unfair! Still, the goal here is to give hold outs an incentive to get vaccinated. Right now, we really need to do everything we can to boost the level of vaccination in our community!