Frequently Asked Questions

The following information addresses commonly asked questions about life on campus for the 2021-22 Academic Year. Virginia Wesleyan University's Emergency Response Team continues to monitor COVID-19 guidance and conditions, and the University is planning for as normal of a campus experience as safely possible. These regulations are subject to change, and the University may at any time revise expectations related to masking, social distancing, social gatherings, COVID-19 testing, quarantine, and isolation. Students, faculty and staff are responsible for staying informed of changes in University regulations and following all expectations.

Regardless of vaccination status, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors must wear face coverings while indoors. This includes classrooms, labs, residence halls, and other communal areas. Masks are not required outdoors as long as 6’ of social distance is maintained. Residential students do not need to wear masks in their own rooms, but must wear them when hosting or visiting others. The University will revisit this practice and alter requirements based on guidance and regional conditions.

As you would with any illness, please stay home. Students should notify Student Health by emailing covidsafe@vwu.edu and also report symptoms through LiveSafe. Faculty and staff should notify their direct supervisors, email humanresources@vwu.edu, and also report symptoms through LiveSafe.

If You Are Exposed to COVID-19

  • Regardless of vaccination status, students who are knowingly exposed to COVID-19 must notify Student Health by emailing covidsafe@vwu.edu and must report exposure through LiveSafe.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, faculty and staff who are knowingly exposed to COVID-19 must notify their direct supervisor and email humanresources@vwu.edu, report exposure through LiveSafe, and make arrangements to receive a COVID-19 test.

All unvaccinated individuals will be required to test every other week. This process will be coordinated by Student Health. Additionally, students, faculty, and staff with known exposure should notify covidsafe@vwu.edu (students) or humanresources@vwu.edu (faculty and staff), report exposure through LiveSafe, and make arrangements to receive a COVID-19 test.

Isolation

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if an exposed individual is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19, he or she must self-isolate at home and provide a negative test result before returning to campus.
  • Isolation will typically last 10 days, in accordance with current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
  • In certain situations, the University may provide reasonable accommodations for students with circumstances that preclude returning home during the time of isolation.

Quarantine

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 but are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine, but they must be tested 3-5 days following exposure.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19, whether they are symptomatic or not, must quarantine for 14 days and be tested 5-7 days following exposure. Exposed individuals may be advised to quarantine at home.

If You Are Exposed to COVID-19

  • Regardless of vaccination status, students who are knowingly exposed to COVID-19 must notify Student Health by emailing covidsafe@vwu.edu and must report exposure through LiveSafe.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, faculty and staff who are knowingly exposed to COVID-19 must notify their direct supervisor and email humanresources@vwu.edu, report exposure through LiveSafe, and make arrangements to receive a COVID-19 test.

Yes. Students may visit other residence halls/rooms and otherwise gather socially. Guests are permitted on campus and must be registered online through WebAdvisor. As a reminder, face coverings are required at all times in indoor campus spaces.

Spectators will be permitted at all on-campus VWU intercollegiate athletic competitions. Masks are required for all individuals attending indoor sporting events. Masks are required at all outdoor sporting venues, unless 6’ of social distance can be maintained.

Yes. All campus facilities will be open and available on a normal operating schedule.

Dining is returning to normal operation. Boyd Dining Center will be open for full use. To-go options will remain available. Face coverings are required when not eating, and diners should practice social distancing when able to do so.

Students are not permitted to attend classes, athletic events, or campus activities if they are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or instructed to self-isolate. Students must coordinate with professors directly regarding class absence and/or missed assignments.