Coronavirus FAQs

Announcement: Belize Campus Courses to Run Online – Live Stream Lecture 

We have been closely following the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and considering the implications it may have on our campus and community in Belize. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are paramount to us and we have been working diligently with the Ministry of Health, Belize and our international partners to consider every contingency that will allow us to limit exposure to the disease among members of our community. With that in mind, WUHS has made the decision to administer classes and lectures to the students using our online platform to provide Live-Stream lecture classrooms to the students for at least the next four weeks.  We will re-evaluate by April 15, 2020. The Belize campus will remain open and operating with minimal staff.

 

This announcement does not apply to the third and fourth-year School of Medicine clinical students who will continue their education in clinical clerkships at affiliated institutions.

While, at this time there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Belize, our goal is to make prudent decisions that reflect our commitment to your ongoing safety and that of the people of Belize.

 

Planning

How will I complete my lectures?
The Online Live Stream Lectures will begin Monday, March 23, 2020.  Within the next few days, you will receive instructions on how to access the Online Live Stream Lectures.  Each student will access the Live Stream Lectures from the current platform. You will be required to have high speed internet at the time of access.

 

How long will I have to access my lectures through Online Live Stream?
The Online Live Stream Lectures will begin Monday, March 23, 2020.  As this is an ever-changing global event, we will monitor the current recommendations.  We will re-evaluate the situation and update all WUHS faculty and students on or before April 15, 2020 .

 

Can I stay in Belize if I chose to?
Yes

 

Will the campus remain open?
Yes

 

If I travel, should I bring my textbooks with me?
You will be responsible for all academic readings and assignments through the Online Live Stream Platform. Bring all academic materials you will need for the balance of the term.

 

If I am an international student requiring visa prior to traveling to Belize should I travel home?
No.  It is recommended that if you are an international student requiring visa prior to traveling to Belize that you remain in Belize to complete the Online Live Stream Platform.  There have been many travel bans placed into effect globally that may prevent you from travel.

 

May I complete the remainder of my Basic Science coursework Online through Live Steam Lectures?
No.  This is a temporary form of course presentation.  WUHS will keep you updated as we monitor the current global Covid19 recommendations.  As soon as recommended, physical attendance to campus will be required.

 

Academics

What if I miss classes?
The distance learning option will follow the same attendance guidelines that are currently required.  Your instructor will take daily lecture attendance. If you do not maintain the required attendance, you will not meet requirements to pass the class.  More information will be coming soon.

 

Will this affect my ability to pass the USMLE or other exams?
Students will continue their studies and this change will have no impact on exams or performance ability. Our goal is to keep on schedule.

 

Will this affect my ability to pass my term?
Students will continue their studies. Our goal is to keep on schedule.

 

Can I complete all of my classes via distance learning, through the next term by choice?
Distance learning will be our contingency plan until classes resume in person. We will be re-evaluating the situation by April 15, 2020.

 

Can I complete the remainder of my Basic Sciences training via distance learning, for the rest of my 2-year stay?
No. This is a contingency plan related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

What if I get coronavirus while I’m at home?  Is the participation requirement in effect there?
If you become ill, communicate with your healthcare provider and let our Dean of Students know by email at dean@wuhs.edu.bz

 

General 

When will more information be available?
We will provide more information frequently and suggest you bookmark this page.

 

 

Updated 3/16/20