August 13, 2020

10 tips to start the semester Warrior Strong

Campus life and learning will look different this fall, but Wayne State remains committed to helping all students succeed. As always, the start of the fall semester is an exciting time, and WSU’s vast network of resources have been adapted to support students remotely. All Warriors are encouraged to do the following before classes begin on Sept. 1, 2020:

1. Register for classes and get your textbooks

Registration is now open, with a mix of class formats available:

  • Traditional: Course instruction will take place on campus. 
  • Remote (synchronous): Students must be online at a specific time, along with their professor and classmates. 
  • Online (asynchronous): All instruction is online only, with no specific meeting dates or times.
  • Hybrid: Occasional face-to-face instruction on campus, but work will also be completed through remote or online distance education. 
  • Individually arranged: These include dissertations, theses and individual research credits.

Your specific school or college may have further guidelines and procedures to follow, so be sure to check their website and your email inbox for further updates. For more information on these options, visit the Registrar's website. To register for classes, visit the Registration website.   

Students should plan to get necessary course materials early, to allow for potential shipping delays. Visit the Wayne State University Bookstore – in person or online – to purchase course materials. Please note that the Bookstore, like many retailers, is experiencing shipping delays at this time.

If you’re learning remotely, but missing campus, take a virtual tour and be sure to follow @visitwaynestate on Instagram!

2. If you’re coming to campus, prepare ahead of time

Before coming to campus, everyone must:

  • Complete the online Warrior Safe training modules, which provide an overview of COVID-19 and a guide to staying safe on campus.   
  • Fill out the Campus Daily Screener, available on the Wayne State website, beginning two days (48 hours) before your return to campus and each day thereafter. This includes all course-related experiences, including clinical or field experiences that might be conducted in another site.  
    • If you are cleared to be on campus, you will receive a QR code that you may be asked to produce.  
    • If you are not cleared to be on campus, you will be contacted by the Campus Health Center staff for further screening. You may then be cleared, or you may be referred for testing. 

For the safety of themselves and others, students must wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines per the Student Code of Conduct.

3. Know how to get help with classes

There are many free resources available to help students succeed in class.

University libraries and computer labs are implementing new processes for cleaning spaces and equipment, as well as new social distancing guidelines. Visit library.wayne.edu/covid-19 for additional details.

4. Get Involved

Visit the Dean of Students Office website for an up-to-date student activities calendar, student organization membership information and more. These events will look different than they have in the past, but you can look forward to celebrating your Warrior pride with many Wayne State traditions like Orientation Part Two, Homecoming and Campus Activities Team Week, as well as new opportunities for online programs such esports, trivia, crafts, tours and comedy.

FestiFall, WSU’s annual student organization fair, will be hosted virtually on Sept. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is a great opportunity for students to connect and learn more about the 500-plus student organizations on campus.

5. Take care of your health

Wayne State has a vast network of resources for students’ physical, emotional and mental well-being, including:

6. Connect with Office of Student Financial Aid/Student Service Center

Avoid the beginning of the semester rush and check in with the Office of Student Financial Aid with any questions or concerns now!

7. Plan for parking and dining

Fall parking passes are available for students planning to be on campus. Information regarding current rates is available at parking.wayne.edu/info/rates. Fall meal plans are also now available.

8. Get your free Warrior Welcome Back bag

All students will receive a free Warrior swag bag that includes WSU face coverings, hand sanitizer and more. Students can pick up their bags on campus or at various metro Detroit locations on Aug. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Additional Warrior gear may be purchased online or in person at the WSU Bookstore or through one of our many retail partners.

9. Keep your OneCard handy

When on campus, students should have their OneCard ready to help with verification and building access, as needed. If you need a replacement or new card, visit the OneCard website.

10. Stay in-the-know

Now more than ever, it’s important to stay connected to the university. Be sure to monitor your WSU email and Warrior Safe is Warrior Strong for the latest information, and follow Wayne State on social media.