COVID-19 Campus Safety Policies
West Virginia Wesleyan College continues to support the safety and well-being of our campus community during the spring semester. The College strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated immediately against COVID-19. We are proud of the progress our campus community has made to date.
Due to our tremendously high rates of vaccination, careful study of campus transmission and other data, and input from faculty, staff, and students, our College will not mandate vaccinations at this time.
However, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which requires employers with over 100 employees to implement a policy requiring employees either to be vaccinated or be tested weekly and be masked in the workplace. A detailed policy will be released prior to December 5, 2021.
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 and to receive supporting booster shots.
Students, faculty, staff, and guests 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 below), and take the personal public health precautions they choose.
Proof of Vaccination Status
All faculty, staff, and students are required to submit proof of vaccination status. You can confirm your vaccination status by clicking here:
Vaccinated Students, faculty, staff, and guests
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 or unless required otherwise (in accordance with the Universal Indoor Mask Policy)
Unvaccinated Faculty, Staff, and Guests
Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees who are not vaccinated must wear a mask indoors except when alone in a room or office or when eating at a table in the dining hall.
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 assessed to the student-athletes.
Students who are unvaccinated will be subject to student judicial action if they do not adhere to the COVID-19 Safety Policies regarding wearing masks, COVID-19 testing, social distancing, etc.
All unvaccinated students will be required to provide negative Covid-19 test results prior to arrival on campus for the Spring 2022 semester. The test must be given no earlier than seven days prior to arrival. Test results should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Universal Indoor Masking Policy (Updated 2-15-22)
All Campus Community Members and Guests
Indoor masking will be required, regardless of vaccination status, for all students, faculty, staff, and guests when either of the following conditions occur:
- There are 25 or more active cases on-campus (as gathered and reported by the Campus Safety Office).
- Upshur County is in the “red” status according to the WVDHHR County Alert Map
The masking requirement will remain in place until the active cases drop below 15 or when Upshur County moves out of the “red” status and a confirming communication is sent to the campus community. Mask communications will only be sent, via e-mo and text message, when a status change occurs.
Unvaccinated Campus Community Members and Guests
Indoor masking will continue to be required for all unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff unless alone in a room or office or when eating at a table in the dining hall.
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 shall remain in effect until further notice.
As a reminder, the CDC recommends wearing the most protective mask that you can. When possible, KN-95 and N-95 masks and well-fitting three-ply disposable surgical masks have proven most effective. The College strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to get fully vaccinated, including boosted, immediately when eligible against COVID-19.
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 shall remain in effect until further notice.
Students Who Contract COVID-19 During the 2021-2022
The College will provide isolated housing for any student who may contract COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Students will need to receive clearance by a medical professional to return to campus activities. 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 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. Appointments during this time are encouraged.
WVWC reserves the right to change its policies at any time in order to protect the safety and well-being of our campus community, the external Buckhannon-Upshur community.
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. Community members who feel symptomatic for COVID-19 should report to the safety hotline immediately.
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 (CDC).