COVID-19 vaccination requirement and reporting July 8, 2021

FYs,

I hope this email finds you well and having a wonderful summer. We are looking forward to having you back on campus and have begun planning some fun events that do not involve Zoom! FY events like President’s Welcome, FY Olympics, Casino Night, Academic Fair, Honor Orientation, and Activities Fair.

As President Dudley announced in his May 21 email, the university is requiring all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to protect the health of the community and achieve a safe, vibrant on-campus experience for students this fall.

All students who do not receive a medical or religious exemption from the Student Health Center must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past a single-dose vaccine, or two weeks past the second dose of a two-dose vaccine) by Aug. 8, 2021.

  • Those students who will be fully vaccinated by their planned arrival date, but not by the August 8 deadline, should request a short-term vaccine exemption by contacting the Student Health Center
  • The initial deadline (June 15) has passed for students to submit requests for medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine. Those students still interested in being considered for a medical or religious exemption should e-mail studenthealth@wlu.edu immediately to request an exemption form.

As of July 7, 70% of our undergraduate students have reported they are at least partially vaccinated. We are making progress, but we still have a long way to go!

Action Needed

If you have not already done so, please enter your COVID-19 vaccine information into the Daily Attestation site AND send your vaccination verification to the Student Health Center as soon as possible, using the instructions below. 

  1. Login with your W&L credentials at: https://attest.wlu.edu.
  2. Click the "Report Vaccination" link at the top of the page to record your vaccination date(s). Detailed instructions can be found here: https://my.wlu.edu/its/how-to/daily-attestation/record-your-covid-19-vaccine-dates.
  3. Send a photo or scan of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the Student Health Center at studenthealth@wlu.edu. If you have already submitted that documentation to the Student Health Center with your completed health forms, then you do not need to send it again.

Students who choose not to get a COVID-19 vaccine without a medical or religious exemption will not be permitted to enroll in classes for the fall and will need to complete and submit the Leave of Absence form. Please note that the university will not be offering virtual classes in the fall. Again, all students without an approved exemption must be fully vaccinated by Aug. 8, 2021.

Unvaccinated students who have been approved for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine requirement will be expected to comply with university health and safety protocols to help protect themselves and others. Based on current public health guidance, unvaccinated individuals will need to:

  • participate in regular weekly screening PCR testing for COVID-19;
  • monitor their health and report possible COVID-19 symptoms to the Student Health Center for evaluation;
  • cooperate with quarantine, isolation and contact tracing procedures for COVID-19 exposure/infection and after travel; and
  • wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth (except when in their residence or outdoors), and maintain distance from others who don't live with them when appropriate.

Please note, the health and safety protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals could change by the start of Fall Term 2021, depending on the latest public health guidance. The university will update expectations as needed.

We ask that you enter your COVID-19 vaccine information for each dose as soon as you receive it. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. August will be here before we know it, and we are looking forward to seeing you back on campus.

Thank you!
Dean Rodocker

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Jason Rodocker
Associate Dean of Students and
Dean for First-Year Experience
Washington and Lee University
Baker 310
Lexington, VA 24450
website: go.wlu.edu/fye
phone: (540) 458-8753