BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in its ‘Arrival on Campus’ policies announced today.
While the College is not mandating the COVID-19 vaccine at this time, WVWC will be reviewing this decision once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally approves the COVID-19 vaccines for use beyond the current emergency use status. The FDA decision could come as early as September 2021. The College’s review and decision regarding a possible vaccination mandate would follow immediately.
The College is preparing to welcome undergraduate and graduate students to the Buckhannon-based campus for the Fall 2021 Semester.
About 90 percent of Wesleyan’s faculty and staff have been vaccinated and a large percentage of students have already confirmed vaccination as well. The College will continue to work closely with the local health department to coordinate vaccination opportunities for all students, faculty and staff who still need to get vaccinated.
Among the College’s policies regarding Arrival on Campus:
- Students, faculty and staff who have been fully vaccinated are able to return to normal on-campus activity and are not required to wear a mask unless they choose to do so.
- Students, faculty and staff who have not been fully vaccinated must wear a mask indoors at all times and maintain a social distance, including in classrooms, dining hall, residence halls, wellness center and at all indoor venues on campus. Unvaccinated individuals will also participate in weekly testing.
The College’s ‘Arrival on Campus’ policies also apply to campus guests, visitors and alumni. If an individual is vaccinated, then they do not have to wear a mask, unless the individual chooses to do so. However, if an individual is unvaccinated, a required mask mandate is in place for all indoor venues. Appointments during this time are encouraged.To view the full Arrival on Campus, fall 2021 policies, visit https://www.wvwc.edu/about/covid-19-update/.
A COVID-19 hotline (text or call) – (304) 473-8274 – is operational to support students and the campus community at large. Students who feel symptomatic for COVID-19 should contact campus health services.
Students begin arriving on campus this week for pre-season training, campus life staffing and other opportunities. Aug. 21 is both orientation for first-year students and move-in day for all students. The first day of classes for the Fall 2021 Semester is Aug. 23. The Fall 2021 Academic Calendar is available here.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
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 wvwc.edu.