Weekly COVID-19 Update - Undergraduate Students

To: W&L Undergraduate Students
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Wednesday, January 20

Below is this week's COVID-related update. Please continue to check the COVID-19 Resources website for the latest campus messages and resources, and to submit your questions to covid19@wlu.edu.

Clarification on Visitors in Residence Hall Rooms

We understand there are questions about how many students can gather in on-campus residence rooms in first-year and upper-division housing when the room occupancy is not posted. The maximum occupancy for a first-year residence hall room or a bedroom in an upper-division apartment is equal to the number of residents assigned to that space plus one additional person, to allow for safe distancing. That would allow two people in a single, three people in a double, and four people in a triple. Students are required to wear face coverings in their rooms when anyone other than roommates are present.

We encourage you to use common spaces and outdoor spaces to gather whenever possible. Below is a list of some on-campus spaces where students can gather informally in small groups for socializing while following COVID-19 guidelines:

  • Gaines game room
  • Gaines rotunda
  • Graham-Lees and Gaines study rooms
  • Elrod Commons (living room, 214, third floor, etc.)
  • Tents placed near first-year housing
  • Early-Fielding until 9 p.m.
  • Huntley Hall and Lenfest Center until 12 a.m.
  • Telford Library is available 24/7
  • Leyburn Library until 11:30 p.m Sunday-Thursday, beginning January 25
  • Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center until 10 p.m., beginning February 1 (the facility includes several lounge areas)
  • Outdoor gathering spaces with firepits near the Pavilion and in the Village

Please remember to wear face coverings as required when gathering in common spaces, and to clean up after yourself in these locations so they can be enjoyed by other groups.

Reminder - Current Guidelines and Restrictions and State-Mandated Curfew

You can find current guidelines and restrictions on the main page of the COVID-19 Resources website by clicking the tab for Undergraduate Students in the navigation bar. Among the current restrictions, students are expected to comply with the state-mandated curfew currently in effect, which dictates that all individuals should remain at their place of residence between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

Other current guidelines and restrictions include:

  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from one another at all times, in all locations, indoors and out, except in your room with your roommates (first-year students) or in your residence with your housemates (upper division students).
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, unless you are outdoors, stationary, and more than six feet apart.
  • Limit your number of close contacts as much as possible.
  • All university facilities are closed to the public. No one is allowed in campus buildings other than current W&L students, faculty, staff, and approved vendors.
  • No visitors other than current W&L students are allowed in undergraduate students' on-campus residences, including residential halls, townhouses, apartments, and Greek houses. Non-W&L student visitors, such as immediate family and significant others, are allowed in students' off-campus housing as long as the total number of individuals at the residence does not exceed gathering size limits at any time.
  • Per Virginia Executive Order #72, all social gatherings are limited to 10 people, indoors and outdoors.
  • All non-essential personal travel outside of the Lexington/Rockbridge area is strongly discouraged. Students are expected to log all travel in the Daily Attestation application and complete at least a 7-10 day self-quarantine after return to Lexington.

Reminder about Travel to Campus

Given the higher than anticipated initial test positivity rate among student early arrivals, we would like to remind those students who are scheduled to return over the next week to self-quarantine from now until their arrival on campus. We would also encourage you to get tested before traveling back to campus if possible, and to avoid traveling if you are experiencing any potential COVID-19 symptoms.