Update for Fall Term - Law Students

To: W&L Law Students
From: Trenya Mason, Assistant Dean of Law Student Affairs
Date: Thursday, November 5

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

Upcoming COVID-19 Committee Office Hours

The COVID-19 Committee is continuing its office hours this month. Thanks to those who came to the Oct. 30 session. Office hours are held via Zoom and you can use the links below to drop in. We look forward to seeing you!

Clarifications on End of Term Pre-Departure Testing Option

On Nov. 16 and Nov. 17, the on-campus COVID-19 testing clinic will include optional appointments for students who are leaving campus and will be in close contact with high-risk individuals at their destination. Here's what you need to know:

  • A negative COVID-19 test reflects your status only on the day the sample was collected and does not ensure the safety of you or your close contacts.
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test prior to departure, you should isolate for 10 days before it is safe for you to interact with friends and family. You will need to be prepared to comply with this public health measure if your pre-departure COVID-19 test result is positive.
  • Alternatively, if you are able to safely travel home to a setting in which you can safely and completely isolate from others, you may choose to do that. However, the use of public transportation (such as air travel) would not be permitted.
  • The Student Health Center will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 and remain closed until it reopens for clinical services in January. During that time, students with urgent healthcare needs will have to use community healthcare resources such as Velocity Care Urgent Care or the hospital emergency room as appropriate.
  • Prevention measures such as consistent use of face coverings, physical distancing, and frequent hand/environmental disinfection, remain critically important. Everyone should use extra care to follow these precautions in the 14 days prior to contact with any high-risk individuals, including during travel.
  • If you wish to schedule a pre-departure COVID-19 test, please e-mail Covid19Testing@wlu.edu. The appointments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Public Safety continues its weekly recognition raffle program to "catch" students doing the right things (e.g., physical distancing, wearing face coverings). Public safety officers are recognizing students on the spot for COVID-safe behaviors, and handing out raffle tickets for great prizes! Greg Capps '23L and Brighid O'Donoghue '23L were among the most recent raffle winners. Follow this program on social media: WLUPubSafe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Reminder - Get Your Seasonal Flu Shot

Receiving a flu vaccine this season is more important than ever. Protect yourself from the seasonal flu by taking advantage of one of these flu shot clinics on campus:

  • Thursday, Nov. 5 - 5-7:30 p.m. - Evans Dining Hall
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Leyburn Library (main floor)

Free flu shots are also available by appointment at the Student Health Center any time 24/7 (except 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. daily). Please call ahead for a nurse appointment as there are no walk ins for flu shots at the SHC.