COVID-19 Campus Safety Policies
Updated 1-4-2022

West Virginia Wesleyan College looks forward to a successful conclusion to our Fall semester and to welcome back students for in-person instruction during spring of 2022. 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, 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 and Guests
Students and guests who are not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times indoors and maintain a social distance.

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.

The College will conduct surveillance testing of the remainder of the students who have not submitted proof of vaccination by randomly testing 10% of those students each week. Cost of the testing also will be $5 each time a student is selected for testing assessed to the student. The costs for testing will be billed to the student’s 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 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 covidtest@wvwc.edu

Unvaccinated Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees
Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees who are not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times indoors and must maintain a social distance. As per ETS, beginning on December 5, 2021, this requirement also includes when an individual is alone in a room or office.

Through January 4, 2022, the College will conduct surveillance testing of the faculty and staff who are unvaccinated or have not submitted proof of vaccination by testing 10% of those faculty and staff each week. Cost of the testing will also be $5 each time you are selected for testing.

Beginning January 4, 2022, as required by the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), all faculty, staff and student employees who are not fully vaccinated (including those who have not completed the vaccination process at least two weeks earlier) will be required to test weekly.

Universal Indoor Masking Policy (Arrival Policy, effective January 7th through February 1st, 2022)

Masks will be required indoors for all faculty, staff, students, and guests, regardless of vaccination status, until February 1.

This decision was made in observation of rising COVID-19 case counts, particularly of the Omicron variant, and to best protect our students, faculty, staff, and community as we return for in-person instruction.

The COVID-19 Campus Safety Task Force and Leadership Team will continue to evaluate trends, data, and community input and will provide an update to mask protocols by February 1.

Weekly mask texts and emails will be suspended until that time.

Universal Indoor Masking Policy (Standard Policy, suspended until at least Feb. 1st)

Unvaccinated Students and Guests
Unvaccinated students and guests are required to wear masks indoors at all times unless alone in a room or office.

Unvaccinated Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees
Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees who are not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times indoors and must maintain a social distance. As per ETS, beginning on December 5, 2021, this requirement also includes when an individual is alone in a room or office.

Vaccinated Campus Community Members
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).

All campus community members 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). WV DHHR COVID-19 County Alert Map

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
Communication and Timing

Each Monday and Thursday, Faculty, Staff, and Students will receive an email 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 shall remain in effect until further notice.
Students Who Contract COVID-19 During the 2021-2022

Academic Year
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
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 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 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).

 

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