Dear Students of Wiley College:
After announcing that Wiley College would reopen physically for spring 2021, we continued to monitor the pandemic closely and remained hopeful that the world, country, and state would begin to see some relief. Since announcing, Texas has ranked 2nd highest in COVID-19 cases and deaths, 1.3 million and 23,137 respectively. As of last Friday, there were more than 40,300 cases reported and a death toll of 1,100 in East Texas alone. On Wednesday, December 2nd, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that he anticipates the U.S. coronavirus death toll to increase by another 150,000 to 200,000 by February 2021. That would bring the death toll to at least 422,000 Americans — nearly a half a million lives lost due to the pandemic. “The reality is that December and January and February are going to be rough times,” Redfield told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Due to current reporting and predictions by health experts, it is with the sincerest regret that I announce Wiley will remain 100% virtual for the spring 2021 semester. To ensure the safety, health, and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff, we believe it best for you to continue your academic year in the safety of your homes. We diligently prepared for your return through campus upgrades and personal protective equipment ordering but do not want to take the chance of having you return while the pandemic continues to rage. Your health and safety are and have always been our number one priority.
During the spring 2021 semester, campus leadership will offer more activities, engagement opportunities, and support systems in and out of the classroom to support your academic and social success. The College will publish a full spring 2021 student engagement calendar to prepare you for virtual fun and support no later than December 18th.
The spring 2021 semester will begin on January 11, 2021, and commence on April 30, 2021. Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Begin your registration for the spring 2021 semester by clicking this link https://wileycollege.wufoo.com/forms/z1ptq6rt10crj95/. Utilizing the link will alert every office of your desire to return to Wiley, and a campus representative will respond to you with next steps.
We miss you dearly at our beloved Wiley. Our goal is for you to graduate and have greater positive impacts on your community, and we will continue to do everything in our power to make that happen. Thank you for choosing Wiley, loving Wiley, and being patient with Wiley during these unprecedented times. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and its impact on Wiley College.
If you have any questions, contact your academic, financial aid, or student organization advisor.
Herman J. Felton, Jr.
President and CEO