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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 October 5, 2021

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.

Requirements for Unvaccinated Individuals

All unvaccinated individuals, including visitors and those with medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine requirement, are required to wear a mask at all times when indoors on campus except in their private office, stay six feet away from others they don’t live with while inside campus buildings, comply with weekly screening testing, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

Masking

Decisions regarding masking are based on the CDC’s Interim Public Health Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals, which states the following:

  • Fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

The local area's transmission levels are currently at substantial to high on the CDC's Data Tracker COVID-19 Integrated County View. For that reason, all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, are expected to wear masks in public indoor spaces on campus, and in university-sponsored meetings and retreats that are held indoors off-campus. Employees are not expected to wear masks in individual offices.

We recognize that local transmission levels may fluctuate often. We will continue to monitor levels in our area and act accordingly. Any employee who prefers to take the additional precaution of wearing a mask at any time is encouraged to do so.

Please keep in mind that many members of our community may choose to wear masks in all settings to protect themselves and their family members, many of whom may not eligible for vaccines, including children less than 12 years of age. No one should be discouraged from, or disparaged for, choosing to wear a mask and/or maintain a six-foot distance from others.

Individuals should always carry a mask on campus, and wear them correctly:

  • Masks should be at least two layers and in good condition
  • Masks should securely cover both nose and mouth at all times
  • Don't touch the outside of the mask when putting it on/taking it off
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth when removing mask
  • Wash hands immediately after removing mask

Per CDC guidance, individuals may also 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 and helps make contact tracing manageable for our COVID Care staff. 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.

It remains critical that those who test positive for COVID-19 cooperate fully with our COVID Care team in sharing potential close contacts. As always, information shared with the COVID Care team is confidential and will not be used in any way other than to identify 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 have had close contact with a confirmed COVID case or if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms. When an employee attests “yes,” Human Resources staff will contact them to determine whether any contact tracing needs to be conducted. Return to work will depend on completion of recommended days of quarantine after exposure, negative COVID-19 testing at an appropriate point in time, clearance to return to work by a healthcare provider, and/or completion of an appropriate period of isolation for COVID-19 infection.

UPDATED 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 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. 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. 

Testing

Screening testing will be held one day per week for unvaccinated employees and students who have been granted an exemption. More information will be provided to those employees in the coming weeks about dates and location of the testing center. There will be no arrival or ongoing screening testing for fully vaccinated employees, per current CDC guidance.

As information, between Aug. 11 and Sept. 7, the university will administer COVID tests to all undergraduate and law students, regardless of their vaccination status, upon arrival to campus. The Student Health Center will test symptomatic students on site throughout the term, and wastewater surveillance is planned during the first few weeks following our students’ return. The full testing plan will be published on the COVID-19 Resources website next week.

Building Operations

Most University buildings will be unlocked effective August 16, 2021 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

New employees who are in the process of receiving vaccinations should maintain a distance of at least six feet from others indoors and outdoors, and wear masks at all times, unless working in an individual office or outdoors. 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).

Meetings/Retreats

Meetings may be held in-person. Masks are required for unvaccinated people when attending indoor meetings.

Travel

Personal travel, both domestic and international, is allowed. Vaccinated employees may return to campus immediately upon return from traveling. Unvaccinated employees must quarantine away from campus for 7 days with a negative COVID test or 10 days if not tested. Unvaccinated employees will be required to use their CTO during the quarantine if they are unable to work remotely. In all cases, supervisors must approve CTO for travel in advance. Day trips do not constitute travel unless you are in crowds of 50 or more people.

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 September 10, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students 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.

Masking

Decisions regarding masking are based on the CDC’s Interim Public Health Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals, which states the following:

  • Fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

The local area's transmission levels are currently listed at substantial to high on the CDC’s Data Tracker COVID-19 Integrated County View. For that reason, all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, are expected to wear masks in public indoor spaces on campus. This does not include residence halls or private housing, including common areas within those spaces.

Face coverings are required on Traveller and other shared university group transportation and at university-sponsored off-campus community-based learning events or any engagement with K-12 schools.

We recognize that local transmission levels may fluctuate often. We will continue to monitor levels in our area and act accordingly. Any student who prefers to take the additional precaution of wearing a mask at any time is encouraged to do so.

Please keep in mind that many members of our community may choose to wear masks in all settings to protect themselves and their family members, many of whom may not be eligible for vaccines, including children less than 12 years of age. No one should be discouraged from, or disparaged for, choosing to wear a mask and/or maintain a six-foot distance from others.

Individuals should always carry a mask on campus, and wear them correctly:

  • Masks should be at least two layers and in good condition
  • Masks should securely cover both nose and mouth at all times
  • Don't touch the outside of the mask when putting it on/taking it off
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth when removing mask
  • Wash hands immediately after removing mask

Per CDC guidance, individuals may also 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

All unvaccinated individuals, including visitors and those with medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine requirement, are required to wear a mask at all times when indoors on campus except in their private office, stay six feet away from others they don’t live with while inside campus buildings, comply with weekly screening testing, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

Limiting Close Contacts

Limiting close contacts helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our community and helps make contact tracing manageable for our COVID Care staff. 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.

It remains critical that those who test positive for COVID-19 cooperate fully with our COVID Care team in sharing potential close contacts. As always, information shared with the COVID Care team is confidential and will not be used in any way other than to identify 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 have had close contact with a confirmed COVID case or if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms. When a student attests “yes,” they should also contact the Student Health Center to determine whether any contact tracing needs to be conducted or if 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

Between Aug. 11 and Sept. 7, the university will administer COVID tests to all undergraduate and law students, regardless of their vaccination status, upon arrival to campus. Students have been assigned to specific test dates in conjunction with their arrival to campus.

The Student Health Center will test symptomatic students on site throughout the term, and wastewater surveillance is planned during the first few weeks following our students’ return. The full testing plan will be published on the COVID-19 Resources website next week.

Screening testing will be held one day per week for unvaccinated students who have been granted an exemption. More information will be provided to those students in the coming weeks about dates and the location of the testing center.

Building Operations

Most university buildings will be unlocked effective August 16, 2021 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 September 10, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students 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.

Masking

Decisions regarding masking are based on the CDC’s Interim Public Health Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals, which states the following:

  • Fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

Local area transmission levels are currently listed at substantial to high levels on the CDC’s Data Tracker COVID-19 Integrated County View. For that reason, all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, are expected to wear masks in public indoor spaces on campus. This does not include residence halls or private housing, including common areas within those spaces.

Face coverings are required on Traveller and other shared university group transportation and at university-sponsored off-campus community-based learning events or any engagement with K-12 schools.

We recognize that local transmission levels may fluctuate often. We will continue to monitor levels in our area and act accordingly. Any student who prefers to take the additional precaution of wearing a mask at any time is encouraged to do so.

Please keep in mind that many members of our community may choose to wear masks in all settings to protect themselves and their family members, many of whom may not be eligible for vaccines, including children less than 12 years of age. No one should be discouraged from, or disparaged for, choosing to wear a mask and/or maintain a six-foot distance from others.

Individuals should always carry a mask on campus, and wear them correctly:

  • Masks should be at least two layers and in good condition
  • Masks should securely cover both nose and mouth at all times
  • Don't touch the outside of the mask when putting it on/taking it off
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth when removing mask
  • Wash hands immediately after removing mask

Per CDC guidance, individuals may also 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

All unvaccinated individuals, including visitors and those with medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine requirement, are required to wear a mask at all times when indoors on campus except in their private office, stay six feet away from others they don’t live with while inside campus buildings, comply with weekly screening testing, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

Limiting Close Contacts

Limiting close contacts helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our community and helps make contact tracing manageable for our COVID Care staff. 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.

It remains critical that those who test positive for COVID-19 cooperate fully with our COVID Care team in sharing potential close contacts. As always, information shared with the COVID Care team is confidential and will not be used in any way other than to identify 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 have had close contact with a confirmed COVID case or if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms. When a student attests “yes,” they should also contact the Student Health Center to determine whether any contact tracing needs to be conducted or if 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

Between Aug. 11 and Sept. 7, the university will administer COVID tests to all undergraduate and law students, regardless of their vaccination status, upon arrival to campus. Students have been assigned to specific test dates in conjunction with their arrival to campus.

The Student Health Center will test symptomatic students on site throughout the term, and wastewater surveillance is planned during the first few weeks following our students’ return. The full testing plan will be published on the COVID-19 Resources website next week.

Screening testing will be held one day per week for unvaccinated students who have been granted an exemption. More information will be provided to those students in the coming weeks about dates and the location of the testing center.

Building Operations

Most university buildings will be unlocked effective August 16, 2021 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 September 10, 2021

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.

University masking measures are based on the CDC's Interim Public Health Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals, which states the following:

  • Fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
  • Fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

Local transmission levels are currently at substantial to high on the CDC's Data Tracker COVID-19 Integrated County View. For that reason, all visitors, including those who are fully vaccinated, are expected to wear masks in public indoor spaces while on campus and in all buffet food lines at events, both indoors and outdoors. We appreciate our alumni, families and friends helping us keep our campus safe.

Individuals should always carry a mask on campus, and wear them correctly:

  • Masks should be at least two layers and in good condition
  • Masks should securely cover both nose and mouth at all times
  • Don't touch the outside of the mask when putting it on/taking it off
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth when removing mask
  • Wash hands immediately after removing mask

Per CDC guidance, individuals may also 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, we encourage individuals on campus to spread out to the extent possible, particularly when unmasked, at social events, and in other crowded venues, even when they take place outdoors.