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.

All Virginia Wesleyan University students and employees, including primary contract services, are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. A copy of an individual's vaccination card or certificate must be submitted. Limited exceptions, for medical or religious reasons, are being considered on a case-by-case basis.

The University currently has a mask-optional status for all individuals who are fully vaccinated with the booster. Instructional faculty reserve the right to require that all students enrolled in their courses wear masks and to dismiss those who fail to comply or wear them incorrectly. Professors may also request that students refrain from eating and drinking during class time. The University is prepared to reinstitute mitigation measures should conditions or guidance change.

As you would with any illness, please stay home. Students should notify Student Health by emailing covidsafe@vwu.edu or reporting symptoms through LiveSafe. Faculty and staff should notify their direct supervisors and also email humanresources@vwu.edu or 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 or reporting exposure through LiveSafe.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, faculty and staff who are knowingly exposed to COVID-19 must notify their direct supervisor, email humanresources@vwu.edu or 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) or 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. Students must be cleared to return to campus by the Director of Student Health and faculty and staff must be cleared to return by the Director of Human Resources.
  • In accordance with current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH), if an individual is asymptomatic after testing positive and receives a negative PCR test result after day 5 of isolation, they may return to campus while following strict masking and social distancing guidelines.
  • 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 and boosted individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 but are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine, but they must get a PCR test 5 days following exposure and follow strict masking and social distancing guidelines.
  • Unvaccinated individuals and individuals who have not received the booster shot who are exposed to COVID-19, whether they are symptomatic or not, must quarantine for 5 days and get a PCR test 5 days following exposure. If these individuals are experiencing symptoms, they may be required to be isolated for 10 days.

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 or reporting exposure through LiveSafe.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, faculty and staff who are knowingly exposed to COVID-19 must notify their direct supervisor, email humanresources@vwu.edu or 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.

Spectators will be permitted at all on-campus VWU intercollegiate athletic competitions; however, all must comply with updated masking and social distancing requirements. Please review the 2022 Updated Virginia Wesleyan Indoor/Outdoor Spectator Policy released December 29, 2021.

All campus facilities will be open and available, but precautions will be taken to maintain COVID safety.

Dining has returned 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.