2021-2022 Plans & Policies

The COVID-19 Response Team commends campus for its diligent efforts during the past 15 months to protect our community from COVID-19 through the use of public health guidelines and protocols. We now strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated for the health and well-being of all.

Vaccination is the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from COVID-19 and end the pandemic. The available vaccines represent powerful new tools to complement the public health measures in eliminating the COVID-19 virus. As such, we ask all students and employees to get vaccinated and to voluntarily report their vaccination status. To report your vaccine status, click here.

As we continue our path forward, the team is also providing the following update:

In association with the expiration of nearly all State of Ohio COVID-19 public health orders, along with updated guidance from the CDC, Wittenberg University will, at a minimum, utilize CDC recommendations for COVID-19 operations and protocols on campus beginning June 8, 2021. The COVID Response Team, in partnership with the Clark County Combined Health District, will evaluate and change our policies should changes be needed. Sector-specific guidance may also be needed for select academic and co-curricular activities.

The short version is:

  • Regardless of whether you are fully vaccinated, masks continue to be required in all indoor classroom and lab spaces where formal academic course activities are being conducted.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks or socially distance. Unvaccinated individuals are recommended to continue to mask and socially distance. We trust our community to be respectful of each other, and please feel free to continue to wear a mask without fear of judgment or assumption of vaccine status if you desire.
  • The COVID Response Team continues to monitor all CDC, ODH, CCCHD, and industry-specific guidance and will make changes to our protocols as necessary in the weeks and months ahead.

The following links are provided for further explanation of the new protocols.

Facial Coverings

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  • All individuals must continue to wear masks while attending academic courses in indoor classroom or labs when two or more people are present.
  • In all other spaces on Wittenberg’s campus, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear masks or facial coverings. Individuals may continue to choose to wear masks for a variety of reasons. Therefore, do not assume they are not vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated individuals, as well as any person with health or other safety concerns, are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors and when social distancing is not possible. Real world data has conclusively demonstrated that COVID-19 is spread almost exclusively via respiratory droplets. This means that indoor spaces are still high-risk areas for unvaccinated people. In addition, the evidence suggests that vaccines work to block infection, eliminate asymptomatic spreading, and prevent serious illness. Therefore, the higher the vaccination rate, the safer it will be for everyone.
  • If students or employees are participating in a study-away or domestic field trip where public transportation will be used or will be completing a clinical internship, student teaching or work-study in a health care setting, mask wearing continues to be highly recommended by the CDC.
  • While not required, we do ask for your understanding and cooperation if an individual asks that you wear a mask in their presence while on campus.

Physical Distancing and Occupancy

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  • Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to physically distance at Wittenberg University. Normal occupancy will return in all offices, classrooms, and meeting spaces. This includes dining and housing spaces.
  • In addition to wearing facial coverings, unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing to protect themselves and others.

Vaccinations

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Self-Monitoring of Health

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  • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are strongly encouraged to continue to monitor symptoms and refrain from coming to campus or attending in-person campus events or activities when not feeling well.

Testing and Quarantine

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  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can refrain from surveillance testing and do not need to quarantine following a known exposure as long as you are asymptomatic. Fully vaccinated individuals should report and get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to report if they experience symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 and follow testing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

Academics

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  • Wittenberg values the in-person experience and feels that it is vital for the growth and development of our students. As of fall 2021, a full semester of remote accommodation will not be available. Moving forward, Wittenberg may consider using remote accommodations temporarily in rare situations.
  • Courses, internships, work-study, research assistantships, and other academic activities held over the summer will continue in the modalities (e.g., online, in person, or hybrid) that have already been scheduled.
  • For fall, most courses will be held face-to-face, in-person, and on campus. Please refer to your course schedule and the modality listed in the Self-Service tool. Any student with specific medical accommodations should contact Gwen Owen, director accessibility services, and provide documentation of a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Employees, should contact Mary Beth Walter, director of human resources. As noted above, masking or face covering will continue to be required while in classrooms and labs.
  • Wittenberg University will continue to serve students registered in online programs, CCP courses, graduate programs, certificate programs, and workforce development programs in the modalities in which those academic courses are typically held.

Athletics and Recreation

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  • Wittenberg student- athletes will continue to follow all NCAA and NCAC conference guidelines and testing protocols, which may differ from the University’s general processes.
  • The HWA will be open during regularly scheduled hours.

Summer Camps and Conferences

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  • Academic, athletic, extra-curricular camps, and facility rentals will resume at Wittenberg University this summer in alignment with the updated guidelines.
  • For questions related to rented space, meals or events, contact Alex Licano, residence life operations coordinator, for more information.

Housing and Dining Services

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  • The University will return to pre-COVID levels of housing occupancy this fall, though the option to for single-occupancy room is available. Please contact residence life if you need additional information.
  • Residence Life will return to pre-COVID guest and visitation policies in all residential properties.
  • Dining services will return to pre-COVID hours, as well as normal occupancy rates this fall.

Office Availability and Employee Staffing

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  • Offices at Wittenberg University will be open during the summer, Monday through Friday, with the exception of scheduled holidays. Some offices may have reduced staffing or hours as employees enjoy vacation time with family and friends over the summer; however, there will be employees in those offices to support faculty and students during these times. Please note that the Student Health Center is not open during the summer.
  • Beginning July 1, all University employees will be expected to transition back to fully working on campus unless they have flexible work arrangement approvals filed with Human Resources. Employees should connect with their departmental leadership for more details over the summer.

Additional Information and Updates:

Wittenberg University will continue to follow or exceed all CDC, State of Ohio, and Clark County Combined Health District guidelines. Should there be a surge in cases in the Wittenberg University community or the surrounding Clark County area, the University and its partners will respond accordingly.

These updated guidelines inherently rely on trust among fellow employees, students, and visitors to campus. We hope you exercise responsibility with yourself and your peers when making a decision to wear a mask or not. We value our entire community’s safety, and we again urge anyone that can receive a vaccine to schedule one if you have not done so already.

Helpful Resources:

For more information on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, visit the Ohio Department of Health Covid-19 vaccination website, explore these helpful resources from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or click here to access Wittenberg’s vaccine Q & A from Dr. Dave Hopper ’63.

Our ability to be in community directly reflects the decisions we all make. Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our campus healthy and safe.

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