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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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

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

On Saturday, March 28, North Dakota's State Health Officer, Mylynn Tufte, signed a confinement order for all ND residents returning from international locations and U.S. states with widespread disease, as classified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The order included all WSC students, faculty, and staff.

On May 8, State Health Officer, Mylynn Tufte, issued two amendments to that order which allow people to travel freely within the U.S. and releases requirements previously included in the first order for everyone except international travelers.

It is recommended that individuals who are in quarantine after traveling recently in the United States still fulfill their 14-day quarantine, but it is no longer required.  

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 NDDoH
  • 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

Campus Updates

CARES Act Grant
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to COVID-19 pandemic. This act included funding to institutions of higher education, referred to as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), providing students with grants to offset the unexpected expenses they may have incurred as campus operations were disrupted.

WSC will not have an application for the CARES Act Grant and is currently working on developing our campus-specific protocol in distributing funds to students. Our process is evolving and will continue to do so as we receive additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. Not all students will be eligible to receive emergency grant funding.

Find more information here.

Campus Housing
Updated: WSC's residence halls are still available for Summer 2020 students who have no other options or are unable to return/transition to a permanent residence. Food services are not provided over the summer semester.

If a resident is not feeling well or if they have been exposed, or in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 over the last 14 days, they are required to contact the Director for Residence Life immediately at wsc.housing@willistonstate.edu or 701.774.4528.

Any questions can be directed to wsc.housing@willistonstate.edu.

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 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 Bookstore, Andrea's
Updated: Until further notice, the WSC Bookstore is open to appointments only which can be made online. The bookstore also has several online tools for students to access services remotely and most questions can be answered via our website, email, or phone. The Express Walk-Up Window is now open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm.

Learning Commons
Updated: Until further notice, 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.

WSC Communication Lab
Updated: The WSC Communication Lab is now closed until the Fall 2020 semester.

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

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
Michelle Remus, HR Director |  701.774.4204 or michelle.remus@willistonstate.edu
WSC Housing | 701.774.4585 or wsc.housing@willistonstate.edu

Resources

Williams County COVID-19 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 Disease Control website

Press Releases

5.18.2020 | WSC to reopen after Memorial Day
In support of and following recommendations for North Dakota's "smart restart" return to general operations, WSC staff members will return to campus for work beginning Tuesday, May 26thStudents and visitors are encouraged to contact WSC and TrainND Northwest by phone or email to set up campus and training appointments.

5.4.2020 | Restricted access continues at WSC, plans to reopen begin
In support of and following recommendations for North Dakota's "smart restart" return to general operations, WSC will continue to restrict access to its buildings and facilities but will begin a phased return of support staff to campus over the next two to three weeks.

4.2.2020 | Restricted access continues at WSC
In support of and following social distancing recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19, WSC will continue to restrict access to its buildings and facilities through Friday, May 1, 2020. Existing guidelines allow WSC employees to continue their work remotely from home, while employees considered "operationally essential" and contractors will continue working on campus. TrainND-Northwest personnel are delivering the bulk of their safety training to trainees via distance learning. 

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.

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

Page last updated: 6.10.2020 | 3:04 pm

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