Dear Students and Families, We hope you are well and enjoying a good summer. We write with several updates about fall move-in plans. We are […]
Preparing for a safe Fall 2021
From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been committed to doing all we can to enable students to have a strong Wooster experience, while keeping the community safe. We have done so by following expert public health guidance, and using all of the tools available, including masks, distancing protocols, and regular COVID testing. In early June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for colleges and universities, and the NCAA released updated guidance for college and university athletics . In addition, the American College Health Association has recently released guidance for the fall semester .
Wooster announced in March 2021 plans for a full return to in-person operations in Fall 2021. Based on this expert health guidance, it is clear that safely resuming the campus life that is so important to Wooster depends on having as many people fully vaccinated as possible. To quote the American College Health Association: “Existing CDC guidance states that fully vaccinated persons who are exposed to COVID- 19 do not need to quarantine or, in most cases, be tested. With comprehensive vaccination, indoor classes, group sizes, residence hall occupancy, eating establishment operations, and sporting events may default to pre-pandemic guidance.” This is the campus life we all want to return to, and so, like many of our peers, the College has decided that all Wooster students will be required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. Students who have medical, disability, or religious reasons why they cannot receive a COVID vaccine may apply for an exception to this policy. Read The College of Wooster Vaccination Policy and learn more about applying for an exemption.
If you are a member of the faculty or staff at The College of Wooster and have been exposed to COVID or have received a positive test result from testing off-campus, please fill out this form. Your results will be forwarded to Wooster’s testing team. If your results are negative you do not need to take any further action beyond completing the form. If your results are positive, someone from Contact Tracing will be in touch to discuss next steps.