UPDATED: This page was last updated on July 14, 2020 with updated information about how WCUI is adapting our programs through the pandemic and our procedures for students, staff, and faculty when they need to come on campus.
To see the list of all updates made to this page, please see the UPDATES section of the page.
Dear WCUI Community:
We have created this Coronavirus web page and we will be updating this page as we receive new information. We encourage WCUI students, faculty, and staff to check this page routinely for updates.
WCUI is continuing to adapt to changes in our world as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. One of our latest changes has been to create a new position, COVID-19 Safety Officer, who will be the resource for all students, staff, and faculty to utilize for questions or concerns related to COVID-19. Our newly appointed COVID-19 Safety Officer (Dr. Ashraf Stefan) has been trained in the latest procedures in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and will assist WCUI in ensuring all campuses follow safety and cleaning protocols as we transition to allow more students, staff, and faculty on campus.
To address any questions or concerns related to COVID-19 please email: COVIDSafety@wcui.edu
Following is a brief overview of the current situation and how WCUI is adapting. For more information and FAQ’s, we recommend you visit www.cdc.gov.
WCUI is participating in slowing the spread of the Coronavirus by closing our physical campuses, but education at WCUI is continuing online! WCUI will still be fully functional as our faculty and staff are working remotely and available to you via Canvas, Microsoft Teams (direct messaging and video conferencing), Zoom, emails, and phone calls. We will always continue to educate our students and we greatly appreciate your continued feedback.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any technology concerns. We will work with you to make sure that your education continues productively.
Dear New Students:
We wanted to assure you, WCUI is well-positioned to extend our education remotely. We are continuing to learn and innovate and are excited about the new tools that we are putting in place to enhance your education. One thing is certain, we will not postpone your education. Although the method of delivery may change, we will continue to educate, with the creativity and passion WCUI students and graduates have come to expect.
At the start of your program, you will be able to access your classroom and administrative information through our online platforms and other technology:
If you have any concerns about connecting to our online platforms please email email@example.com.
Please see the above WCUI Contact Sheets if you have any questions for any of our WCUI Departments. We are looking forward to starting with you on your educational journey. Stay safe, stay healthy, and know that we are here for you!
There have been significant developments relating to the coronavirus throughout the US. This week California Governor Gavin Newsom has discontinued indoor activities, with the exception of essential business and services. As an educator of future healthcare workers, WCUI falls under the essential category and our labs will remain open with the proper PPE and protocols in place.
We understand how important hands-on clinical training in clinical labs at WCUI, off-site, and at clinical externship is to all WCUI students. We encourage you, if you are able, to continue to wear a mask, social distance, and come to a physical facility for lab or externship. WCUI aims to provide a stellar clinical training environment and we believe that we can do so safely for our students and faculty.
We also understand if you are unable to attend hands-on clinical training, no matter what the circumstance may be. For that reason, WCUI will always allow the option to not attend on-campus or off-site labs and externship sites. Please reach out to your Instructors, Externship Directors, or Campus Leadership if you have any questions or need any guidance.
As future sonographers, MRI technologists, and nurses, we understand the knowledge you gain in your courses, especially in hands-on clinical training can impact your career. We will continue to monitor the situation in California, Arizona, and throughout the US and make changes to maintain our campus safety as you pursue your education at WCUI.
WCUI students are being placed in their assigned clinical/hospital sites. If you have questions about Externship, please contact your Externship Director:
As we develop the appropriate steps for WCUI, we will keep you informed of any changes. This is a complex and quickly changing situation that reminds us that we are all part of a broader community and have a responsibility to look out for one another.
Below is the WCUI Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report. To download a copy of the report please follow the link here (Updated: August 27th, 2020): WCUI Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report
West Coast Ultrasound Institute (OPE ID: 03639300) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. This Fund Report applies to the student portion received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund that is designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.
The institution appreciates that Congress and the President have made these critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. We take receipt of these federal funds seriously and are distributing them in accordance with the CARES Act and implementing guidance.
The institution is making the below information available for transparency purposes and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Andrew High, COO, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCUI has established a HEERF Fund to make emergency grants immediately available to eligible students. To be eligible, a Student must be (as of Friday 5/1/2020):
HEERF Student Fund
Disbursement Policy for HEERF Student Fund
The institution has provided the following instructions, directions, or guidance to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants:
WCUI Alumni, through this time we want to ensure we provide you the information you need that could lend any benefits or relief. We’ve recently received details from Studentaid.gov about student loan payments during the COIVD-19 outbreak and have sent out a notice to all of you regarding the information we’ve received. In the letter below we provide details on this order and how you could qualify:
Please see the letter we sent out to WCUI alumni for details: HERE
What does this announcement mean for you? A wealth of benefits, which include:
Should you have any questions, your WCUI family is an email away. Please view the following links to contact your respective campus representatives:
*The above is based on information release from studentaid.gov. For full details and to confirm you qualify for this benefit, please refer to https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus
WHAT IS KNOWN
Students who self-quarantine as a result of travel to impacted countries will be excused from classes during this period. However, as WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing remains operating as normal, these students will be expected to complete their coursework upon their return.
Students who have or are going to travel must contact your Campus Director:
While we are cognizant of our role in aiding to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on our campus, we want you to know that maintaining your confidentiality is paramount. Should you discover that you have been diagnosed with Coronavirus, we ask that you let us know so that we may be proactive in addressing the possible spread of the virus. While we would notify the staff, students, and faculty who may have been exposed to the virus, we will not reveal your identity.
WCUI will not retaliate, or tolerate retaliation, against a student, staff or faculty who is diagnosed with, or may have been exposed to, the Coronavirus, or who may miss school or work due to possible contraction of, or exposure to, the Coronavirus, or to take care of a family member who has become ill from the virus. Should you have specific concerns or questions about your health, please contact your health care provider. Otherwise, please contact us with additional questions – we are here to assist. Everyone at WCUI is working hard to be proactive and ensure that everything is being done to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
The World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html