Latest Community Updates

Questions?

The COVID-19 Committee provides regular updates to the campus community using the covid19@wlu.edu email address. Those updates are posted to this website.

  • If you have questions about COVID-19 testing at W&L, please send them to covid19testing@wlu.edu. Visit W&L's testing plan for key information about testing at W&L.
  • If you have questions about isolation and quarantine for campus community members, please send them to covid19care@wlu.edu.
  • If you have other questions, ideas or concerns not covered by our FAQs, please send them to covid19@wlu.edu.

W&L's COVID Operating Plan for Fall 2021

View W&L's Fall 2021 COVID operating plan as required by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Employees

Employee COVID-19 Guidelines and Safety Measures
Updated May 9, 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 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.

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.

All unvaccinated individuals are still expected to continue to undergo regular weekly screening PCR testing for COVID-19, monitor health, seek evaluation for possible COVID-19 symptoms, and report any positive COVID-19 test results to the University within 24 hours (students report to the Student Health Center, employees report to Human Resources). Should public health guidance be revised, health indicators change, or heightened risks emerge, indoor masking requirements may be reinstated.

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

Employees are no longer required to complete the attestation on a daily basis using the Attestation website, but must attest if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. When an employee attests “yes,” Human Resources staff will contact them to discuss testing or isolation.

Sick or Exposed Employees

Any employee who is exposed to someone with COVID-19 should report their exposure through the Attestation web site and follow public health guidance for post-exposure precautions and testing. Fully vaccinated and boosted (at least seven days following booster) employees may continue working on campus but should wear a mask in indoor spaces for 10 days after exposure to a known positive COVID case, and obtain a COVID test three to five days following exposure. Employees who are vaccinated but not yet fully boosted must quarantine for five days, and obtain a COVID test three to five days following exposure. Human Resources will arrange for the test to be conducted at W&L, provided you have no symptoms at the time of the test.  If results are positive, the Human Resources staff will require you to isolate at home for 10 days.

Any employee experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is expected to report their symptoms through the Attestation website. Employees with symptoms will be contacted by a member of the Human Resources COVID Care Team and will need to isolate at home and seek a COVID test from a local provider. Upon receipt of the test result, Human Resources will determine an appropriate return to work date.  If the test results are negative, employees will be required to use CTO or SLR while having waited for the test results, if remote work is not available. 

Any employee diagnosed with COVID-19 should report their diagnosis through the Attestation website and directly to Mary Main in Human Resources within 24 hours of diagnosis. Fully vaccinated employees diagnosed with COVID-19 may receive up to 10 days of COVID pay and will not be required to use CTO in order to isolate during that time, one time during the academic year. Exempt employees do not need to record time away from work if required to isolate at home. Non-exempt employees should request COVID Pay from their supervisor. 

Ongoing Screening Testing

During the Winter Term/Spring Semester, the university will continue to require unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff with exemptions to obtain an on-campus COVID-19 PCR test weekly. In addition, we will continue to offer optional on-campus PCR testing weekly for all fully vaccinated faculty and staff who would like to be tested and are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

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 Mary Main, Executive Director of Human Resources, at mmain@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 March 7, 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 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.

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.

All unvaccinated individuals are still expected to continue to undergo regular weekly screening PCR testing for COVID-19, monitor health, seek evaluation for possible COVID-19 symptoms, and report any positive COVID-19 test results to the University within 24 hours (students report to the Student Health Center, employees report to Human Resources). Should public health guidance be revised, health indicators change, or heightened risks emerge, indoor masking requirements may be reinstated.

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 complete the attestation on a daily basis using the Attestation website, but must attest if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms. When a student attests "yes," they should also contact the Student Health Center to determine whether  the student needs to isolate or quarantine.

Sick or Exposed Students

Any student who is exposed to someone with COVID-19 should report their exposure through the Attestation website and follow public health guidance for post-exposure precautions and testing. After attesting “yes,” the student should also contact the Student Health Center staff to determine instructions for precautions and testing.

Any student diagnosed with COVID-19 should report their diagnosis to the Student Health Center (540-458-8401 or studenthealth@wlu.edu) within 24 hours of diagnosis.

Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is expected to report their symptoms through the Attestation website and call the Student Health Center (540-458-8401) to schedule a test.

Testing

During the Winter Term/Spring Semester, the university will continue to require unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff with exemptions to obtain an on-campus COVID-19 PCR test weekly. In addition, we will continue to offer optional on-campus PCR testing weekly for all fully vaccinated faculty and staff who would like to be tested and are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Building Operations

Most university buildings will be unlocked during regular business hours.

Resources

For return to campus questions and student-related COVID-19 questions, undergraduate students should contact their class dean. Other COVID-related questions may be directed to covid19@wlu.edu.

Law Students

Law Student COVID-19 Guidelines and Safety Measures
Updated March 7, 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 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.

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.

All unvaccinated individuals are still expected to continue to undergo regular weekly screening PCR testing for COVID-19, monitor health, seek evaluation for possible COVID-19 symptoms, and report any positive COVID-19 test results to the University within 24 hours (students report to the Student Health Center, employees report to Human Resources). Should public health guidance be revised, health indicators change, or heightened risks emerge, indoor masking requirements may be reinstated.

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 complete the attestation on a daily basis using the Attestation website, but must attest if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms. When a student attests “yes,” they should also contact the Student Health Center to determine whether  the student needs to isolate or quarantine.

Sick or Exposed Students

Any student who is exposed to someone with COVID-19 should report their exposure through the Attestation website and follow public health guidance for post-exposure precautions and testing. After attesting “yes,” the student should also contact the Student Health Center staff to determine instructions for precautions and testing.

Any student diagnosed with COVID-19 should report their diagnosis to the Student Health Center (540-458-8401 or studenthealth@wlu.edu) within 24 hours of diagnosis.

Any student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is expected to report their symptoms through the Attestation website and call the Student Health Center (540-458-8401) to schedule a test.

Testing

During the Winter Term/Spring Semester, the university will continue to require unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff with exemptions to obtain an on-campus COVID-19 PCR test weekly. In addition, we will continue to offer optional on-campus PCR testing weekly for all fully vaccinated faculty and staff who would like to be tested and are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Building Operations

Most university buildings will be unlocked during regular business hours.

Resources

For return to campus questions and student-related COVID-19 questions, law students should contact Trenya Mason, Associate Dean of Law Student Affairs. Other 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.