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 Purpose 

  • The following protocol was updated in conjunction with current recommendations from the US/OH Departments of Health and Education, CDC, and the Clinton County Health Department to continue to provide and maintain a healthy and safe campus environment for employees, students, and guests to Wilmington College. 
  • Compliance with this protocol is mandatory for all employees, students, and visitors regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or tested positive for COVID-19 previously. Faculty, staff and students in non-compliance with protocols will be subject to disciplinary action through the Human Resources office and Student Affairs office, respectively. 
  • The current protocols replace all previous campus protocols. 
  • This protocol will be added to the Faculty, Staff, and Student Handbooks and posted on the Wilmington College website COVID-19 page 
  • All faculty and staff are expected to be physically on campus to complete the expectations of their roles and responsibilities, even if classes are being taught on-line or meetings held virtually. 
  • We will continue to monitor the medical guidance and governmental changes regularly and make any necessary adjustments as needed. 

Campus COVID-19 Protocols 

COVID-19 Vaccine:

  • Wilmington College encourages all faculty, staff and students to get fully vaccinated. 
  • The COVID-19 vaccination is now included the standard immunization requirements for incoming students. Students are eligible to apply for medical or religious accommodation for the COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccinations. 
  • For those faculty, staff, and students who are currently fully vaccinated, thank you for taking steps to protect yourself and our community. 
  • The College will continue to take steps to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to make the process of getting vaccinated as convenient as possible. 

 TESTING: 

  • Additional testing will occur at the discretion of the College administration based on the campus and community COVID-19 cases that will be informed by current CDC and federal guidelines. 
  • Testing of symptomatic individuals will continue for the Spring semester. 

ATHLETICS:

  • Spectators are allowed at all indoor and outdoor events. Concessions will be available.

FACIAL COVERINGS/MASKING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Wilmington College will be moving to a mask-optional policy campus-wide.* 
  • Wilmington College fully supports those who choose to continue to wear a mask or need to wear a mask due to health concerns. 
  • Faculty will be communicating with their classes regarding mask requirements in classes, labs and offices. 

CLASSROOMS & MEETING SPACES:

  • Classrooms and meeting rooms have been reset to pre-pandemic furniture set-up, normal usage and capacity will be allowed. 
  • Eating in classrooms during class/academic session is not allowed. 
  • Food and beverages will be allowed during campus events outside of the TOP. 

DINING HALL: 

  • The TOP dining hall will continue to be an entrance and exit restrictions. 
  • Seating and tables will return to normal capacity. 

TRAVEL: 

  • Individuals requesting to participate in Wilmington College sponsored foreign travel/education opportunities will be required to be fully vaccinated and comply with current foreign travel guidelines. 
  • Domestic travel as a part of a College sponsored event will be allowed where all individuals will be mandated to follow current COVID-19 protocols. 
  • Group leader/driver of campus vehicles may require occupants to wear a mask. 

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/MEETINGS:

  • Student and campus activities (including academic and athletic events) will continue to be monitored and managed utilizing the Event Approval Form process. 

LIBRARY, HARCUM ART GALLERY, QUAKER HERITAGE CENTER, PEACE RESOURCE CENTER: 

  • All facilities will operate under normal conditions.

THEATRE:

  • All facilities will operate under normal conditions.

COVID-19 Accommodations 

The College will consider remote learning and working accommodations for individuals who provide supporting medical documentation from a physician. Employees who desire to learn more about receiving a COVID-19 accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department for more information humanresources@wilmington.edu. Students who would like more information about COVID-19 related accommodations should contact the Office of Student Affairs studentaffairs@wilmington.edu. The Office of Disability Services manages all academic accommodations not related to COVID-19. Please submit any questions regarding COVID-19 protocols to askwc@wilmington.edu. 

Individual Self-Assessment Requirements

Vaccinated and Unvaccinated 

All students, staff, and faculty must continue to conduct a personal self-assessment, including taking their temperature, for the following COVID-19 symptoms daily: 

  • Cough. 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. 
  • Fever (100.4F or higher) 
  • Chills. 
  • Muscle pain. 
  • Sore throat. 
  • New loss of taste or smell. 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. 

Individuals experiencing the above symptoms will:

  • If an employee, contact their health care provider for assessment of the symptoms prior to coming to campus. 
  • If a student, contact Student Health Services for assessment of the symptoms prior to reporting to class. 
  • If directed to be tested by your health care provider, employees and students should advise Human Resources (humanresources@wilmington.edu) or Student Health Services (wchealthcenter@wilmington.edu). 
  • Follow directives from your health care provider, student health services, and/or local health department about isolation or quarantine requirements. Advise Human Resources (humanresources@wilmington.edu) or Student Health Services (wchealthcenter@wilmington.edu). 
  • Students will be required to attend classes via Zoom if: a) experiencing symptoms, b) in isolation, or c) in quarantine.
  • Employees should not come to campus or attend meetings or other campus events in person if experiencing symptoms.

Quarantine/Isolation Requirements 

The campus will follow the current CDC guidelines for quarantine/isolation as outlined below. Residential students that are identified to quarantine or isolate will be required to return home if they live within 3.5 hours of campus. Exceptions to this will be made on a case by case basis and based on space availability. 

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 (ISOLATE)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

IF YOU WERE EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19 (QUARANTINE)

If you:

Have been boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.