COVID-19 MASKING POLICY AND PRECAUTIONS

UNIVERSITY MASKING POLICY UPDATED 8/2/21 PER EMAIL SENT TO ALL WCU FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS FROM PRESIDENT FIORENTINO


We’ve learned a lot from the pandemic, including that mask wearing is an effective tool to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. Continuing our commitment to maintaining the safety of our community during this global health event, all individuals entering a University facility are required to wear a mask where social distancing is not possible. This practice will stand regardless of one’s vaccination status. 

Based on updated guidance, WCU has implemented other protocols as we return to on-campus instruction, in-person events, and residential living in student housing:

  • Mask wearing is not required in outdoor spaces throughout campus. All students, faculty, and staff who choose to wear masks outdoors, however, are welcome to do so.
     
  • Masks covering the nose and mouth are required of all individuals within spaces where three (3) feet of social distancing is not possible regardless of vaccination status. This means masks are required in all indoor classrooms and/or instructional spaces as well as when traveling between classes and within common areas of a University building.
     
  • For those who are fully vaccinated, mask wearing is no longer required in some indoor spaces, such as private offices and when (3) feet of social distancing is possible. Fully vaccinated means it has been two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two (2) weeks after a single dose of the J&J vaccine.
     
  • Faculty or staff wearing a mask during meetings with students in closed indoor spaces may request students to don a mask during office meetings or counseling sessions.

At any time, all faculty, staff, and students are welcome to wear a mask on campus regardless of vaccination status.

The suggested preventative actions provided above align with specific recommendations made by the CDC, governor of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania’s Department of Health to mitigate the impact of the Delta variants. 


COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

To keep your fellow Rams and the orientation staff safe, do not come to campus if you have been:

  • In close contact with someone who has had COVID-19 within the last 14 days.  You have been in close contact if you have:
    • been within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a combined total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period or
    • provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19 or
    • had direct physical contact (hugged or kissed) with someone who has COVID-19 or
    • shared eating or drinking utensils with someone who has COVID-19 or
    • been sneezed on or coughed on by someone who has COVID-19
  • Exposed to someone who is waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days 
  • Are waiting on COVID-19 test results
  • Traveled domestically or internationally within the past 14 days
  • Are experiencing, or have been in contact with anyone experiencing, any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

If any of the above apply to you, we will be happy to help you reschedule your on-campus orientation or register you for one of our virtual orientation experiences.


GUEST POLICY

Your orientation guest will be expected to follow the above masking guidelines. Your guest should remain at home if they meet any of the above COVID screening criteria.

When is Orientation

First-Year

On-campus orientations for first-year students will be held Tuesday-Thursday from June 8 through July 22.

Virtual orientations will be held on the following Fridays: June 11, June 25, July 16 and July 23.

Transfer

On-campus orientation for transfer students will be held Monday-Thursday, August 16-19.

Virtual orientation for transfer students will be held Friday, August 20.

Adult Learners

An on-campus orientation program for Adult Learners will be held Thursday, August 19.

How are Orientations Organized

For first-year students, each academic college has specific on-campus orientation dates for students whose majors fall within their college. You can find the on-campus dates for your academic college here .

Transfer student orientations are not organized by college. Registration for all transfer sessions is open to students from all majors.

Adult Learner orientation is for students over age 24 who are entering college for the first time or returning after an extended absence.

Virtual orientations are open to students from all majors.

How do Students Register for Orientation

Register for orientation by logging into your admissions portal and clicking the Summer Orientation button at the top of your status page. There you'll be able to register for one of the available on-campus dates or for a virtual session. NOTE: Since you are logging into your admissions portal to register, you will need to use the email address and password you used when you submitted your admissions application.

What Time Does Orientation Start

First-Year

Morning session check-in starts at 7:30 AM. The program begins promptly at 8 AM.

Afternoon session check-in starts 12:30 PM. The program begins promptly at 1 PM.

Transfer

Morning session check-in starts at 8:30 AM. The program begins promptly at 9 AM.

Afternoon session check-in starts at 12:30 PM. The program begins promptly at 1 PM.

Virtual

Virtual orientation sessions begin at 9 AM. You will be permitted to log in up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.

Adult Learner

Check-in for Adult Learner orientation begins at 4:45 PM. The program begins promptly at 5 PM.

Where is Orientation Held

Check-in for on-campus programs takes place at Sykes Student Union, 110 W. Rosedale Avenue. Look for the orientation leaders in the purple polos!

Where do I Park for Orientation

Orientation parking is available behind Sykes Student Union and in the Faculty/Staff lot at the corner of Rosedale and Roslyn Avenues, adjacent to Sykes. You can find both lots on our campus map.

What Should I Expect at Orientation

During orientation, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know your orientation leaders and meet other new Rams, and you'll hear about the support services available to help all Golden Rams be successful. First-year students will also meet with an advisor from your academic department who will go over information about your schedule and your program. You’ll be walking around campus too, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather!

Are Guests Allowed at Orientation

First-year and transfer students may bring one guest to orientation. Guests who attend orientation will participate in our guest orientation program and will be expected to follow the masking guidelines and COVID precautions listed above. The Adult Learner program does not include a guest orientation.

Is There a Fee for Orientation

All new students are charged a one-time New Student Fee on their first semester bill. This fee covers all costs associated with summer orientation programming for new students, including staffing, food, mailings, materials and the cost of a student's first WCU ID. It also includes the costs associated with Welcome Week and transition programs held during the semester. All new students are charged the New Student Fee regardless of their level of participation in these programs.

What do I do if I or my Guest Needs Special Accommodations

 

If you or a guest require special accommodations, please contact our office at least two weeks in advance to discuss your accommodation needs. For students and guests who require mobility assistance, all spaces on campus are ADA accessible; however, WCU staff and/or students cannot provide individual assistance with medical equipment. We welcome students and guests to bring a support person or personal aide to assist them if necessary. If you have questions about navigating campus, please contact our office.

 

 

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