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COVID-19 Update

Arrival on Campus Fall 2021

Updated 8-19-2021

West Virginia Wesleyan College looks forward to welcoming students for the Fall 2021 semester. The College strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19. We are proud of the progress our campus community has made. About 90% of Wesleyan’s faculty and staff have been vaccinated and a large percentage of students have already confirmed vaccination as well. For the College to truly return to a new normal and deliver a high-quality educational experience, we encourage all of our students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated prior to the start of the Fall 2021 Semester.

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 will continue to work closely with our local health department to coordinate vaccination opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff who still need to get vaccinated.

Students, faculty, and staff who have been fully vaccinated are able to return to normal on-campus activity, may go maskless (when allowed by the Universal Indoor Masking Policy), and take the personal public health precautions they choose.

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.

Proof of Vaccination Status
All faculty, staff, and students are required to submit proof of vaccination status on or before August 8. You can confirm your vaccination status by clicking here.

Vaccinated Students, faculty, and staff
Students, faculty, and staff who are vaccinated may return to normal on-campus activity and are not required to wear a mask unless they choose to do so (in accordance with the Universal Indoor Mask Policy below).

Unvaccinated Students, faculty, and staff
Students, faculty, and staff who are not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times indoors and maintain a social distance.

All unvaccinated students will be required to provide negative Covid-19 test results prior to arrival on campus. The test must be given no earlier than seven days prior to arrival. Test results should be submitted to covidtest@wvwc.edu

Student-athletes who have not submitted proof of vaccination will be required to submit to an antigen test 24 hours prior to each competition during their athletic season, following all NCAA and Mountain East Conference guidelines. The cost of each test will be $5.

The College will conduct surveillance testing of the remainder of the students who have not submitted proof of vaccination by testing 10% of those students each week. Cost of the testing will also be $5 each time you are selected for testing, in place of the $750 fee.

The costs for testing will be billed to your student account.  Details regarding testing will follow.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the COVID-19 Hotline via text or call at 304-473-8274.

Students who are unvaccinated will be subject to student judicial action if they do not adhere to the “Arrival on Campus” policies regarding wearing masks, COVID-19 testing, social distancing, etc.
Faculty and staff who are not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times indoors, unless they are by themselves in their private offices, and maintain a social distance.

Faculty and staff who do not submit a proof of vaccination status or who are not vaccinated will be required to undergo weekly surveillance testing. Additional information regarding the testing will be forthcoming.

Universal Indoor Masking Policy

Unvaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff

Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks indoors at all times unless alone in a room or office.

All Campus Community (Including Vaccinated Students, Faculty, and Staff)

All campus community members (including those who are vaccinated) will be required to wear masks indoors when case counts are determined to be high in Upshur County based upon the WV Department of Health and Human Services Covid-19 County Alert System Map Status (Orange or Red Status).   https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

Masks will be required unless the individual is alone in a room or office.

Vaccinated students, faculty, and staff are not required to wear masks indoors when case counts are determined to be low in Upshur County based upon the WV Department of Health and Human Services Covid-19 County Alert System Map Status (Green, Yellow, or Gold Status).

The CDC does not recommend using face shields or goggles as a substitute for masks. A clear face shield or goggles may be used in addition to a mask but may not substitute for a mask

The Universal Masking Policy protocols apply to all campus guests and visitors as well.

Communication and Timing

All Students, faculty staff, and guests will be required to wear masks indoors beginning on August 12th  through Orientation and Registration weekend on August 21st and 22nd.

On Monday and Thursday each week, beginning on August 23rd, campus community members will be notified at approximately noon of the mask status for campus.   Faculty, Staff, and Students will receive an E-mo alert to campus e-mail addresses.   In addition, all Campus Community members will receive a text notification from the COVID-19 Hotline (304) 473-8274 at the mobile phone number they have most recently shared with the College.

When a mask status/requirement is shared on Monday or Thursday, it stays in effect until a next update is shared by the College.

Athletics

The West Virginia Wesleyan College Athletic Department will be following MEC and NCAA COVID guidelines as we return to play for the 2021 fall semester.

Classrooms, Offices, and Campus Organizations

Certain classes, offices, and campus organizations may require indoor masking and protocols at any time for the protection of the group or any individuals within the group.

At any time, the College may decide to require masking for all Campus Community members outside of these protocols.   This policy is in effect until further notice.

Students Who Contract COVID-19 During Fall 2021 Semester
The College will provide a 48-hour window of contained housing for any student who may contract COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 during the Fall 2021 Semester. Following that time period, students will be responsible for housing arrangements off campus until they receive clearance by a medical professional to return to campus. Students who are unable to return home or make other arrangements may complete the remainder of their quarantine on campus for a $250 fee. All classes will be made available online through Blackboard.

Mitigation Efforts to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
The College will remain vigilant in working to slow the spread of COVID-19, including:

● Require and enforce the wearing of masks by those who are unvaccinated,
● Implement and enforce social distancing for those who are unvaccinated,
● Require seating charts in classrooms,
● Provide alcohol spray in each classroom, office spaces, and other areas of campus for after-usage sanitation,
● Disinfect/fog classrooms, gymnasiums, and other indoor venues after use,
● Maintain hand sanitizer stations campus-wide, and
● Utilize bottle filler stations versus drinking fountains

Student-Athletes
Student-athletes will be subject to WVWC’s “Arrival on Campus” policies as well as those set forth by the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and the NCAA.

Guests and Visitors
The College’s “Arrival on Campus” policies also apply to campus guests, visitors, and alumni. If individuals are vaccinated, then they do not have to wear a mask, unless they choose to do so. However, if individuals are unvaccinated, a required mask mandate is in place for all indoor venues. Appointments during this time are encouraged and guest waivers will be required.

WVWC reserves the right to change its policies at any time in order to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community, the city of Buckhannon, and Upshur County.

COVID-19 Response Hotline
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 are expected to return to WVWC as early as August 2, 2021, with the arrival of student-athletes for pre-season training. August 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 Monday, August 23. The Fall 2021 Academic Calendar is available here.

The safety of each and every member of the campus community is the College’s highest priority. We continue to urge all members of the Wesleyan campus community to follow all safety and public health protocols outlined by the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Arrival on Campus Fall 2021 FAQ