Updated Mask Requirements

Date: 08/02/2021
Message for Students | Message for Faculty/Staff | Fall 2021 Covid-19 Info

Message for Students

A message from President Fiorentino and the President?s Cabinet:

Dear Golden Rams,

I hope this finds you happy, heathy, and ready to reengage. All of us have missed one another and are looking forward to being together in person. With the understanding that the COVID pandemic is an evolving global event, it will continue to be important for all of us to look out for one another. That said, we are pleased that 83% of all eligible individuals in Chester County have currently received at least one dose of the vaccine and 92% of all 18+ years of age have received at least one dose. Today?s confidence in a safe return to in-person instruction at WCU and students? residence is based on the wide and immediate availability of vaccines for all members of our University community. Please know that we will hold virtual town hall sessions for new and returning students prior to the start of classes.

Students who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to consider acquiring the vaccine and are urged to consult Student Health Services, their private medical provider, or local department of health when making decisions about COVID-19 vaccination. As we have stated previously, at this time State System universities do not have the legal authority to mandate COVID vaccines for students and employees. Should there be a change in the law authorizing us to mandate COVID vaccines, the University would reevaluate its position.

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.

We want all Golden Rams to remain in good health. The suggested preventative actions are aligned with specific recommendations made by the governor of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania?s Department of Health to mitigate the impact of the Delta variants.

As always, students who are or feel ill (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) should refrain from coming to campus. Please know that testing will be available at Student Health Services in Commonwealth Hall for symptomatic students and those students who have had a known exposure.

Enjoy the rest of your summer break and we will see you in person in the fall, Golden Rams. Rams up!

Fall 2021 Covid-19 Info

Message for Faculty and Staff

A message from President Fiorentino and the President?s Cabinet:

Faculty and Staff:

With the understanding that the COVID pandemic is an evolving global event, West Chester University continues to monitor impacts and respond with a focus on our most important resources --- students, faculty, and staff. The University continues to review updated guidance provided by the governor of Pennsylvania, the CDC, PA Departments of Health and Education, and information from the Chester County Department of Health. At the same time, we remain flexible should public health needs shift in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Today?s confidence in a safe return to in-person instruction and students? residence is based on the wide and immediate availability of vaccines for all members of our University community. Currently in Chester County, 83% of all eligible individuals have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 92% of all 18+ years of age have received at least one dose. Employees who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to consider acquiring the vaccine. The vaccine is readily available and can be secured through the Chester County Health Department, local pharmacies, and healthcare providers. Many locations do not even require an appointment.

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.

As always, employees are strongly encouraged to consider their health before coming to the workplace. Employees who are or feel ill (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) should refrain from coming to campus and contact their supervisor to address necessary duties to be covered as well as leave usage.