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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:

  • Effective December 16, 2021, Wilmington College has paused the requirement for all students, faculty, staff, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption prior to the start of the Spring semester 2022. Should conditions change and the pause of the vaccine requirement is removed, any student who is not vaccinated or does not have an approved exemption would not be subject to any adverse enrollment actions during the semester in which a change is made. 
  • 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: 

  • All main campus students (residential and commuters) will be subject to COVID-19 testing upon return to campus for Spring semester. This includes both vaccinated and unvaccinated students. Students will receive more specific information regarding wellness screenings and testing to occur prior to moving back in the residence halls or attending classes. 
  • 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 will not be allowed at any indoor athletic events during the first two weeks of the Spring semester through January 20. o A review of campus health conditions will be made to determine if spectators will be allowed at future spring indoor events. 
  • Student-athletes and associated athletic and sports medicine personnel will be tested according to NCAA and OAC guidelines. 

FACIAL COVERINGS/MASKING REQUIREMENTS:

  • Facial coverings will be required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, when inside any campus building/facility. 
  • Facial coverings are not required for individuals inside a private office when alone. 
  • Face coverings are not required in private residential rooms or apartments with current roommates only. 
  • Faculty and staff not complying with masking requirements will be reported to Human Resources and will be subject to disciplinary actions. 
  • Students not complying with masking requirements will be reported to Student Affairs and will be subject to disciplinary actions. 

CLASSROOMS & MEETING SPACES:

  • Classrooms and meeting rooms have been reset to pre-pandemic furniture set-up, however, signage will be displayed to indicate where seating is and is not allowed to ensure social distancing. 
  • Capacity restrictions will also be noted in all other campus spaces.

DINING HALL: 

  • The TOP dining hall will continue to have reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. There will also continue to be an entrance and exit restriction. Facial coverings will be required by all individuals when not actively eating or drinking in addition to moving about the dining facility. 
  • Seating will continue to be four persons to a table. 
  • Tables are not to be moved or connected in any way. 

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. 
  • Usage of campus vehicles will require all occupants to always wear facial coverings inside the vehicle. 

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 current COVID-19 protocols including the requirement of masking and social distancing conditions. 
  • In-person and/or virtual hours and services will be available to faculty, staff, students, and the public. 

THEATRE:

  • All events held in the Theatre will have reduced capacity. 
  • Facial coverings and social distancing will be required by all audience members. 

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. (added 12/30/21)
  • Employees should not come to campus or attend meetings or other campus events in person if experiencing symptoms. (added 12/30/21)

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)(added 12/30/21)

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)(added 12/30/21)

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.