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West Virginia Wesleyan Announces Update to ‘Fans in the Stands’ Policy, Will Keep Campus Closed to Guests for Now

Mar 5, 2021

Buckhannon, WV – West Virginia Wesleyan College announced today a change in its ‘fans in the stands’ policy as part of its ‘Arrival on Campus Plan,’ the College’s comprehensive plan that outlines its COVID-19-related policies for the campus. Beginning March 15, Wesleyan will permit current students, faculty and staff with a valid WVWC identification card, to attend outdoor athletic events on the College’s campus. Social distancing measures and the universal mask policy will be in effect. 

“This is a safe, first step and provides our current Wesleyan community an opportunity for social interaction in a way that supports our student-athletes,” said Randy Tenney ‘77, Director of Athletics for WVWC, who noted that fans interested in watching Wesleyan compete this spring, may watch a livestream of most competitions at 

While this change goes into effect for the Wesleyan community, the College’s campus will remain closed to outside guests, including alumni and friends of the school, for now. In addition, anyone – including local community members – who exercises or walks their pets on the Wesleyan campus, must adhere to the universal mask policy. 

“We must remain vigilant as we continue to make progress against COVID-19, continue to mask up, social distance and practice proper hand hygiene. We aren’t out of the woods yet,” said John Bohman, Director of Safety and Security at Wesleyan. “We hope that we will be able to open the campus up further when public health officials advise it is safe to do so.” 

“Wesleyan will continue to require masks through the end of the Spring 2021 Semester,” Bohman added.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit