Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Frequently Asked Questions

As concern about the omicron variant grows and the impact it may have on the VWU community remains unknown, the University has instituted new guidelines effective January 2, 2022. Please note these changes in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

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 also required outdoors, unless 6’ of social distance can be maintained. Residential students do not need to wear masks in their own rooms, but must wear them at all times when traveling throughout residential common areas. Resident students are not permitted to enter halls or residential rooms other than their own. 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 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.

No. Beginning January 2, 2022, social gatherings will not be permitted. Students may not visit other residence halls/rooms or otherwise gather socially. As a reminder, face coverings are required at all times in common indoor campus spaces.

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.

Beginning January 2, 2022, dining services will be shifted to the “take out” option and seating will be limited to one person per table. This will be the case for both the Boyd Dining Center and the Harbor Grill. Face coverings are required when not eating, and diners should practice social distancing.

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.