COVID-19 Resources

Latest Community Updates

Questions?

The COVID-19 Committee provides regular updates to the campus community. Questions can be sent to them using the covid19@wlu.edu email address.

Employees

Employee COVID-19 Guidelines and Safety Measures
Updated August 17, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine unless they have been approved for a medical or religious exemption.

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster are required to receive a COVID-19 booster within 30 days of becoming eligible unless they have been approved for a medical or religious exemption. The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are preferred for booster doses (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html), though the university will accept the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine booster for individuals who got that vaccine for their first dose, if medically indicated. If you have an approved exemption from the vaccine requirement, you are also exempt from the booster requirement. If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, you have up to 90 days after your positive test result but should get your booster dose as soon as your symptoms resolve.

Boosters will not be given on campus, but are available through the VDH, the Rockbridge Area Health Center, and at local pharmacies. The VDH's Vaccinate.Virginia.gov website is a good resource for finding and scheduling a booster locally.

Recording Your Booster

To report your COVID-19 booster, go to go.wlu.edu/attest and click on the Report Vaccination link in the site's header. From there, follow the instructions to record your booster.

Masking

Masks are optional in all indoor spaces on campus except in the Student Health Center.

Please be mindful that some members of our community will feel more comfortable wearing masks and distancing. We should all continue to be kind and respectful of others' decisions to mask or not.

Individuals may want to consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. In addition, individuals are encouraged to spread out to the extent possible, particularly when unmasked, at social events, and in other crowded venues, even when they take place outdoors, and socializing and hosting events should take place outdoors as much as possible.

Limiting Close Contacts

Limiting close contacts helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our community. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within six feet of an infected individual for 15 minutes or more cumulatively in a 24-hour period, regardless of whether masks were worn. Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is responsible for informing their close contacts. Vaccinated close contacts must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and wear a mask at all times around others until they have had negative viral testing at least three to five days after last exposure. Unvaccinated close contacts must quarantine after exposure.

Sick or Exposed Employees

If you have symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19:

Please stay away from campus and seek a COVID test from your doctor's office, Velocity Care, MedExpress or Rockbridge Area Heath Center. Stay home and quarantine until you have test results. Rapid/Home tests are meant to be taken as a series of two tests, taken 24-36 hours apart.

If you have tested positive for COVID:

  1. Use the CDC Calculator to determine your Isolation Period: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
  2. Notify all your close contacts: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/tell-your-contacts.html
  3. Notify your Supervisor/Department Head of your Isolation Period. You will need to use CTO/SLR during your time off. If you do not have any CTO/SLR time you will need to take your Isolation Period as unpaid.
  4. Contact your healthcare provider to discuss your test results and available treatment options. Watch for symptoms, especially fever. If you have an emergency warning sign, such as trouble breathing or persistent chest pain or pressure, seek emergency medical care immediately.

If you are a Close Contact:

Follow the CDC Guidelines based on your current vaccination status: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html#anchor_1642600273484

If you are a Household (recurring) Close Contact:

Follow the CDC Guidelines based on your current vaccination status: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html#anchor_1642601503616

Building Operations

Most University buildings will be unlocked during regular business hours.

Reporting Safety Concerns

Employees who have workplace safety concerns should report them immediately to University Facilities at 540-458-8490 or Facilities@wlu.edu.

New Employees

All new employees are required to have received at least one dose of the vaccine prior to their start date. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Resources

For return to workplace questions, department staffing, and employment-related COVID-19 questions, contact Jodi Williams, Executive Director of Human Resources, at jwilliams@wlu.edu. Current information can be found on the COVID-19 Resources website, and other COVID-related questions can be directed to covid19@wlu.edu.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Student COVID-19 Guidelines and Safety Measures
Updated August 17, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine unless they have been approved for a medical or religious exemption.

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster are required to receive a COVID-19 booster within 30 days of becoming eligible unless they have been approved for a medical or religious exemption. The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are preferred for booster doses (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html), though the university will accept the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine booster for individuals who got that vaccine for their first dose, if medically indicated. If you have an approved exemption from the vaccine requirement, you are also exempt from the booster requirement. If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, you have up to 90 days after your positive test result but should get your booster dose as soon as your symptoms resolve.

Boosters will not be given on campus, but are available through the VDH, the Rockbridge Area Health Center, and at local pharmacies. The VDH's Vaccinate.Virginia.gov website is a good resource for finding and scheduling a booster locally.

Recording Your Booster

To report your COVID-19 booster, go to go.wlu.edu/attest and click on the Report Vaccination link in the site's header. From there, follow the instructions to record your booster. In addition, please e-mail a photo of your vaccine booster card to studenthealth@wlu.edu for your medical record.

Masking

Masks are optional in all indoor spaces on campus except in the Student Health Center.

Please be mindful that some members of our community will feel more comfortable wearing masks and distancing. We should all continue to be kind and respectful of others' decisions to mask or not.

Individuals may want to consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. In addition, individuals are encouraged to spread out to the extent possible, particularly when unmasked, at social events, and in other crowded venues, even when they take place outdoors, and socializing and hosting events should take place outdoors as much as possible.

Requirements for Unvaccinated Individuals

Individuals with an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption who are not fully vaccinated are expected to comply with University health and safety protocols to help protect themselves and others. Masks are optional in most indoor settings on campus, except in the Student Health Center or if required by faculty and staff in their classrooms and individual offices. Because of increased personal risk, individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors, although "mask-optional" applies to all members of our community regardless of vaccination status and individuals are no longer expected to wear a mask other than by choice based on personal health circumstances.

Limiting Close Contacts

Limiting close contacts helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our community. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within six feet of an infected individual for 15 minutes or more cumulatively in a 24-hour period, regardless of whether masks were worn. Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is responsible for informing their close contacts. Vaccinated close contacts must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and wear a mask at all times around others until they have had negative viral testing at least three to five days after last exposure. Unvaccinated close contacts must quarantine after exposure.

Attestation of Personal Health

Students are no longer required to report their health status on a daily basis using the Attestation website.

Sick or Exposed Students

If you have symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19:

Please stay away from campus and seek a COVID test from your doctor's office, Velocity Care, MedExpress or Rockbridge Area Heath Center. Stay home and quarantine until you have test results. Rapid/Home tests are meant to be taken as a series of two tests, taken 24-36 hours apart. Home tests are available at local pharmacies.

If you have symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19:

Students experiencing any possible COVID symptoms should wear a mask, test for COVID (home test or at the Student Health Center), stay home until they have received two negative test results 24-36 hours apart and until symptoms are improving and any fever has resolved. COVID tests are also available through visits to Velocity Care, MedExpress or Rockbridge Area Heath Center. Most home antigen tests are meant to be taken as a series of two tests, taken 24-36 hours apart. Home antigen tests are available at local pharmacies and the Campus Store.

If you have tested positive for COVID:

  1. Contact the Student Health Center to report your positive test result and review appropriate isolation location and duration. Limited isolation housing is available on campus if you cannot safely isolate in place. The SHC can assist with short term academic adjustments for class absences during your isolation period. Treatment options may be available if you are at risk of severe disease: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/treatments-for-severe-illness.html
  2. Use the CDC Calculator to determine your Isolation Period: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
  3. Notify all your close contacts: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/tell-your-contacts.html
  4. Notify your faculty, coaches and work supervisors of your isolation period as needed.
  5. Watch for worsening symptoms, and if you have an emergency warning sign such as trouble breathing or persistent chest pain or pressure, seek emergency medical care immediately.

If you are a Close Contact:

Follow the CDC Guidelines based on your current vaccination status: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

Building Operations

Most university buildings will be unlocked during regular business hours.

Resources

Undergraduate students should contact the Student Health Center or their class dean with individual COVID-related questions. Other general COVID-related questions may be directed to covid19@wlu.edu.

Law Students

Law Student COVID-19 Guidelines and Safety Measures
Updated August 17, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine unless they have been approved for a medical or religious exemption.

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

All students, faculty, and staff who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster are required to receive a COVID-19 booster within 30 days of becoming eligible unless they have been approved for a medical or religious exemption. The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are preferred for booster doses (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html), though the university will accept the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine booster for individuals who got that vaccine for their first dose, if medically indicated. If you have an approved exemption from the vaccine requirement, you are also exempt from the booster requirement. If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, you have up to 90 days after your positive test result but should get your booster dose as soon as your symptoms resolve.

Boosters will not be given on campus, but are available through the VDH, the Rockbridge Area Health Center, and at local pharmacies. The VDH's Vaccinate.Virginia.gov website is a good resource for finding and scheduling a booster locally.

Recording Your Booster

To report your COVID-19 booster, go to go.wlu.edu/attest and click on the Report Vaccination link in the site's header. From there, follow the instructions to record your booster. In addition, please e-mail a photo of your vaccine booster card to studenthealth@wlu.edu for your medical record.

Masking

Masks are optional in all indoor spaces on campus except in the Student Health Center.

Please be mindful that some members of our community will feel more comfortable wearing masks and distancing. We should all continue to be kind and respectful of others' decisions to mask or not.

Individuals may want to consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. In addition, individuals are encouraged to spread out to the extent possible, particularly when unmasked, at social events, and in other crowded venues, even when they take place outdoors, and socializing and hosting events should take place outdoors as much as possible.

Requirements for Unvaccinated Individuals

Individuals with an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption who are not fully vaccinated are expected to comply with University health and safety protocols to help protect themselves and others. Masks are optional in most indoor settings on campus, except in the Student Health Center or if required by faculty and staff in their classrooms and individual offices. Because of increased personal risk, individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors, although "mask-optional" applies to all members of our community regardless of vaccination status and individuals are no longer expected to wear a mask other than by choice based on personal health circumstances.

Limiting Close Contacts

Limiting close contacts helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our community. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within six feet of an infected individual for 15 minutes or more cumulatively in a 24-hour period, regardless of whether masks were worn. Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is responsible for informing their close contacts. Vaccinated close contacts must self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and wear a mask at all times around others until they have had negative viral testing at least three to five days after last exposure. Unvaccinated close contacts must quarantine after exposure.

Attestation of Personal Health

Students are no longer required to report their health status on a daily basis using the Attestation website.

Sick or Exposed Students

If you have symptoms that could be attributed to COVID-19:

Students experiencing any possible COVID symptoms should wear a mask, test for COVID (home test or at the Student Health Center), stay home until they have received two negative test results 24-36 hours apart and until symptoms are improving and any fever has resolved. COVID tests are also available through visits to Velocity Care, MedExpress or Rockbridge Area Heath Center. Most home antigen tests are meant to be taken as a series of two tests, taken 24-36 hours apart. Home antigen tests are available at local pharmacies and the Campus Store.

If you have tested positive for COVID:

  1. Contact the Student Health Center to report your positive test result and review appropriate isolation location and duration. Limited isolation housing is available on campus if you cannot safely isolate in place. The SHC can assist with short term academic adjustments for class absences during your isolation period. Treatment options may be available if you are at risk of severe disease: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/treatments-for-severe-illness.html
  2. Use the CDC Calculator to determine your Isolation Period: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
  3. Notify all your close contacts: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/tell-your-contacts.html
  4. Notify your faculty, coaches and work supervisors of your isolation period as needed.
  5. Watch for worsening symptoms, and if you have an emergency warning sign such as trouble breathing or persistent chest pain or pressure, seek emergency medical care immediately.

If you are a Close Contact:

Follow the CDC Guidelines based on your current vaccination status: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

Building Operations

Most university buildings will be unlocked during regular business hours.

Resources

Law students should contact Trenya Mason, Associate Dean of Law Student Affairs, with individual COVID-related questions. Other general COVID-related questions may be directed to covid19@wlu.edu.

Visitors

University COVID-19 Guidelines and Restrictions for Visitors
Updated March 7, 2022

Prospective students and families should refer to the Admissions Office's Campus Visit page for detailed information on scheduling campus visits.

Vendors should continue to register on the Facilities website, using the Contractor Check-In.

Masks are optional in all indoor spaces on campus with two important exceptions:

  • Masks continue to be required in the Student Health Center.
  • Faculty and staff may choose to require masks in their classrooms and individual offices for the remainder of the current term/semester.

Please be mindful that some members of our community will feel more comfortable wearing masks and distancing. We should all continue to be kind and respectful of others' decisions to mask or not.

Individuals may want to consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. In addition, individuals are encouraged to spread out to the extent possible, particularly when unmasked, at social events, and in other crowded venues, even when they take place outdoors, and socializing and hosting events should take place outdoors as much as possible.