Spring Term Return to Campus Information

To: W&L Undergraduate Students
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Wednesday, April 14

With spring break coming up soon, we wanted to share some reminders with you in advance of your return to campus for Spring Term.

Registration Changes

Spring Term classes begin April 26. The regular drop/add period is limited to the first two days of the term and takes place online through Self-Service. Further information about the Spring Option policy, process and timeline are available on these sites: Spring Registration Specifics and ST 21 Registration Calendar.

Virtual Learning Option

Similar to the fall and winter terms, students have the option to remain fully virtual and not return to campus for in-person classes.

  • If you plan to enroll in a course for Spring Term 2021 but intend to be fully virtual and off-campus, please complete the Fully Virtual and Off-Campus for Spring Term form.
  • If you are currently fully virtual and off-campus and wish to return to campus for Spring Term 2021, please complete the Spring Term 2021 Arrival Information form by April 21.
  • If you are currently on campus and attending in person classes this term, and plan to do so during Spring Term as well, you do not need to take any action.

Completion of either form allows for the appropriate offices to be notified of your decision and for us to update our student records with regard to your status for the spring. Your cost of attendance for room and board will be adjusted as appropriate.


All current residential students should review the relevant university housing dates and plan accordingly.

  • Students who have been residing on campus and intend to be fully virtual and off-campus for Spring Term must make plans to completely vacate housing by 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18.This requires students to remove all personal belongings, clean your space, and return your key to Public Safety to avoid unnecessary item removal, cleaning, and unreturned key fees. Requests for a later check-out may be granted on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances. If you have an extenuating circumstance, you should contact your respective class dean.
  • Students returning to campus from leave, study abroad, or off campus/all virtual may move in Friday, April 23. This is the date swipe access is activated and keys are available for pick-up at the Public Safety office.

Travel and Testing

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) modified its travel guidance to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The COVID-19 Committee recently sent a communication to undergraduates providing further clarification around expectations for student travel. As a reminder, you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you don't meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

Students who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

  • DO need to continue to participate in on-campus weekly screening testing even if fully vaccinated.
  • Do not need to get tested before travel or after travel, unless their destination requires it.
  • Do not need to get tested or self-quarantine upon return to the Lexington/Rockbridge area.
  • Do not need a negative test result after travel to attend classes in-person.

Students who are not yet fully vaccinated should:

  • Self-schedule a COVID-19 test at the on-campus clinic 1-3 days before departure.
  • Self-schedule a COVID-19 test at the on-campus clinic 3-5 days after returning to campus (anyone experiencing symptoms should schedule a test at the Student Health Center and not at the on-campus clinic). Spring Term arrival testing will be available from Sun., April 25 through Wed., April 28.
  • Stay in your residence until receipt of a negative test result.
  • Plan to attend in-person classes and resume other essential activities after the initial negative test result, as long as they remain without symptoms.
  • Continue to closely monitor for symptoms for 14 days upon return to Lexington; assuming no symptoms are present, a student can participate in all activities after 7 days.

Students who have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days:

  • Do not need to get tested before or after travel during the 90 days following infection, unless their destination requires it.
  • Do not need to self-quarantine upon return to the Lexington/Rockbridge area, if still within the 90 days following infection.
  • Do not need to participate in on-campus weekly screening testing during the 90 days following infection.
  • Students who choose to stay on campus or in their off-campus residences in the Lexington/Rockbridge area during Spring Break should continue to schedule weekly COVID-19 testing during the break and may continue with normal activity.

Community Values and Environment Level

The Undergraduate Student Statement of Community Values that you reviewed and signed at the beginning of Winter Term remains in place and covers Spring Term; you will not need to sign the statement again. The COVID-19 Committee will continue to monitor the university's operational indicators and guidance from national, regional, and local health officials in order to make recommendations on the Environment Level and in adjusting guidelines and safety measures as needed for the duration of Spring Term. While we anticipate warmer weather allowing for more outdoor opportunities, we expect guidance around face coverings, distancing and hygiene to remain in place. The COVID-19 Resources website will continue to provide updated information during Spring Term.