2021-2022 Plans & Policies

The COVID-19 Response Team commends campus for its diligent efforts to protect our community from COVID-19 through the use of public health guidelines and protocols. We 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 tools to complement the public health measures in eliminating the COVID-19 virus.

Effective August 5, 2021, updated campus guidance includes:

  • Regardless of an individual's vaccination status, masks must be worn when indoors or in public places where social distancing is not possible;
  • The COVID Response Team continues to monitor all Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD), and industry-specific guidance and will make changes to our protocols as necessary in the weeks and months ahead.
  • All students and employees were required to pick a pathway of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing by August 26. Click here to learn about what each pathway entails.

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

Facial Coverings

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Physical Distancing and Occupancy

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  • Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to physically distance at Wittenberg University, but they will have to wear masks in indoor spaces or when physical distance is not possible. 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.

Camps and Conferences

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  • Academic, athletic, extra-curricular camps, and facility rentals have resumed at Wittenberg University in alignment with the updated guidelines.
  • For questions related to rented space, meals or events, contact Alex Licano, residence life operations coordinator, at licanor@wittenberg.edu 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 are now open Monday through Friday, with the exception of scheduled holidays.
  • 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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