Photo by College of Pharmacy student Paula Reyes.

Western University of Health Sciences is virtually welcoming more than 1,100 new students to its Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon campuses starting today, Aug. 3, 2020.

As part of University Orientation, students will view self-paced presentations, and they participated in a live event hosted by University Student Affairs. Click here to read more about Welcome Week activities: https://www.westernu.edu/students/welcome-week/

The live event was attended by 856 participants and lasted one hour. The presentation included a mix of videos from administration and students and was hosted by Christy Ho, Director for University Student Affairs. This event is an essential component of Welcome Week and covers student services and benefits. You can view a recording of the presentation on Microsoft Stream and using your WesternU log-in (link here).

In a message to incoming students, Dr. Beverly A. Guidry, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Student Affairs, emphasized that safety is WesternU’s primary concern as the University reopens its campus locations in Pomona and Lebanon in a careful, staged manner.

“For the 2020/2021 academic year, each of our Colleges is leveraging technology in new and innovative ways to continue delivering high-quality, integrative curriculum in a robust manner,” she wrote to students. “Your College’s faculty has developed many asynchronous and synchronous learning modules that allow you to review and study content online. Also, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the timing of hands-on experience where you will be working directly with faculty, clinicians, and other students will vary by College/Program.”

Upon entering the Dental Sim Lab, CDM second-year student Seriphina Oney gets her temperature taken by Assistant Professor Irina Vukmanovic Nosrat, DDS, PhD. Taking a temperature and filling out a form are required to enter the lab during COVID-19. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

Similarly, WesternU employees are encouraged to continue to work from home if possible.

If you plan to visit one of our campus locations and your work has not been designated as essential to complete on campus, you must complete the Facility Building Access During Remote Work form to alert Facilities and Security of your planned arrival to campus. If you do not know if your work is essential to complete on campus, please ask your supervisor. Only those who have completed this form will be considered for approval. Everyone on campus must have their University badge to be let in.

We are creating a culture of health and safety on campus in which everyone plays a role in protecting themselves and others from the risk of contracting COVID-19. Please remember to practice these safety measures while on campus:

  • You will be required to wear a face covering while on either of our campus locations.
  • You must practice social distancing (6 feet apart).
  • You must wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Your temperature will be checked as you enter buildings, and you must disclose if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
  • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and/or are positive for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, you will not be allowed to enter the building and you will be advised to go home and speak to your health care provider for further instruction.

Please visit our Return to Campus website for more information and for the latest updates.

WesternU Facilities is installing added protection throughout campus to ensure safety.
(Jeff Malet, WesternU)