Weekly COVID-19 Update - Undergraduate Students

To: W&L Undergraduate Students
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Thursday, March 4

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.

NEW! Vaccination Survey and Reporting

The university is asking students, faculty, and staff to indicate their intent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available, and to record COVID-19 vaccinations as they are received. This information will be used to assist in projecting future herd immunity associated with active vaccine prevalence among our campus community. Only Student Health Center staff and ITS database administrators with elevated rights will have access to student data in order to maintain university security protocols. The data will be made available in aggregate to members of the COVID-19 Committee for the purposes of projecting, modeling, and making policy recommendations. Personally identifiable information will not be accessible to members of the committee.

On Monday, March 8, when you log into the Daily Attestation App, you will be asked a multiple-choice question related to your intent to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Also beginning Monday, the app will include a place to record COVID-19 vaccinations for those who have gotten or choose to get them. Please refer to your COVID-19 vaccination card and select the type of vaccine you received, and the date administered for each dose.

Recent Non-Essential Personal Travel

While all non-essential personal travel outside of the Lexington/Rockbridge area continues to be strongly discouraged, we recognize some students may have elected to travel during the recent two-day break. As a reminder, if you have just returned from non-essential personal travel:

  • You are expected to log all travel in the Daily Attestation application.
  • You should self-schedule a COVID-19 test at the on-campus clinic 3-5 days after travel, as long as you remain without symptoms.
  • You should stay in your residence until you receive a negative test result.
  • If your post-travel test result is negative and you remain without symptoms, you can attend in-person classes and resume other essential activities.
  • You should continue to closely monitor for symptoms for 7-10 days upon return to Lexington. If no symptoms are present after 7 days, you can participate in all activities.

Upcoming COVID-19 Committee Office Hours

The COVID-19 Committee will hold office hours every Friday afternoon from 3:00 - 3:45 for the remainder of the term. Use the following Zoom link to drop in: https://wlu.zoom.us/j/93089623352. We look forward to seeing you! As always, please reach out with your concerns if you cannot attend one of these office hours.

Guidance for Those Who Have Had COVID-19 or Been Vaccinated

As a reminder, you are still expected to follow all university guidelines and safety measures even if you have previously had COVID-19 or have received the COVID-19 vaccination. This includes participating in regular screening testing, unless you are currently exempt from testing. The CDC continues to advise that whether you have had COVID-19 or not, the best way to prevent infection is to take steps to protect yourself and others, including wearing face coverings, maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others, washing your hands, and avoiding crowds and confined spaces.

Expanded Hours for Select Campus Buildings and Leyburn Library

In order to provide more spaces for students to study on campus, the following buildings will now be open until 3:00 a.m. Please remember to clean up and follow all protocols for disinfecting surfaces before you leave these spaces.

  • Ruscio Center for Global Learning
  • Chavis Hall
  • Holekamp Hall
  • Huntley Hall
  • Lenfest Center/Wilson Hall
  • Newcomb Hall
  • Payne Hall
  • Reid Hall
  • Tucker Hall

In addition, beginning on Sunday, March 7, Leyburn Library will remain open until 2:00 a.m. Sunday throughThursday and until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Science building, including the Science Addition, Parmley Hall, Howe Hall, and the Science Library remain accessible for students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Caught You! (doing the right thing, that is!)

Public Safety and Residential Life continue their weekly recognition raffle program to "catch" students doing the right things (e.g., physical distancing, wearing face coverings). Public safety officers, CAs, and RAs are recognizing students on the spot for COVID-safe behaviors, and handing out raffle tickets for great prizes! Follow this program on social media: WLUPubSafe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here are the recent raffle winners:

  • Amelia Fisher (24U)
  • Jillian Gallardo (23U)
  • Shanna Kim (24U)
  • Rye McMillen (23U)
  • Daniela Quiroz (21U)
  • J.C. Ward (23U)