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COVID-19 Student Digest: July 31, 2020

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Community Pledge

As announced in our first issue, we have created a Community Pledge, which we are asking all students, faculty, and staff to sign prior to the start of classes, Aug. 17. Please click here to review and sign the pledge.


COVID-19 Student Health Protocols

ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO KNOW AND FOLLOW Wittenberg's Health Response Protocol for Students with Symptoms or Positive Test for COVID-19. Wittenberg has a developed this protocol to respond to students in our community who shows signs of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been directly exposed to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19. We are following guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD). As a reminder, all students that test positive for COVID-19 must notify the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@wittenberg.edu.


COVID-19 Contact Tracing & Amnesty

Wittenberg is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all members of the campus community. It is important for the University to know where potential spread may have occurred and to intervene to help stop/slow the spread of the virus. In an effort to help us keep our community healthy, we are granting amnesty to those who report when they have been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19 and were participating in a minor violation of Wittenberg’s Code of Conduct or COVID-19 protocols and procedures.

What does this mean?
Students who are engaged or have engaged in minor violations of the Code of Conduct and/or COVID-19 protocols and procedures, but who choose to report to the University that they may have been in contact with someone who potentially had COVID-19 are offered amnesty for their minor violations. Educational options may be explored, but no conduct proceedings or record will result.


#MaskUp Ambassadors

Sign-up to become a role model for Wittenberg — share your WHY for wearing face coverings and spread the work to encourage others to do the same. As an Ambassador, you will get some swag and other Ambassador items along the way! Sign up here.

Ezekiel Bennett '23:

"I mask up because protecting others is always important to me. Every time I leave my house, I will wear a mask no matter what level my county is in. I want to make sure they people around me feel safe, and I want the people around me to make me feel safe. I know a lot of people that are high risk of getting COVID, but when they see that I can be just as friendly to them with a mask it will make all the difference."

Professor of Political Science Rob Baker:

"In this uncertain time of the pandemic, we must assume everyone, including ourselves, is potentially infected until proven otherwise. So universal precautions must be followed for everyone’s health and safety. This includes covering our faces, social distancing, and frequency hand washing."


Move-In Update

Campus residents will be receiving an email with instructions about key pick-up, check-in locations, and confirmation of their move-in time this week. You can find more information and resources on the Residence Life website.


Course Delivery Update

At this point, we are still planning on holding a majority of classes with face-to-face meetings. Granted, those meetings might not be held as often or conducted in the same manner as before, but the classes will combine in-person sessions with online support. For example, for a Tuesday/Thursday class, you might be in class on Tuesday with half of your classmates, and then join online for Thursday's session. Approximately 10 percent of the fall courses will be fully online. If you have questions about a particular course, you can write to the faculty member to ask about their plans for that class.


Dining Update

Students with campus meal plans for fall term will receive an email with instructions about signing up for dining times each week, using the to-go ordering options, and dining options when in quarantine or isolation. Students without meal plans that would like to utilize dining services are also asked to sign up for a dining time each week. Signing up for a dining time does not imply that a meal plan is present or that a meal plan holder has remaining swipes, bonus dollars, or Witt Gold available. Dining information, to-go ordering, and sign-ups are available at on the Dining Services website.


Student Support

Students who might be in need of accommodations due to the impact of COVID-19, or who would like to discuss potential learning or living accommodations, should contact Accessibility Services via email. Students can also submit a request for accommodations via the form found here or access more detailed information on the Accessibility Services webpage.

It is critical that symptomatic or exposed students not physically attend class or work or participate in other campus activities. Students in quarantine/isolation should work with Accessibility Services and the COMPASS: Sweet Success Center regarding accommodations required for the continuation of their coursework.


Reporting COVID-19 Concerns

If you have a concern about a member of our community not fulfilling our community expectations, please complete the Wittenberg University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. A member of the COVID Response Team will follow-up as appropriate.

If there is an emergency, call 911 or Witt PD at 937-327-6363. Please do not call 911 or Witt PD Emergency Line for compliance matters that can be addressed at a later time. Fill out the form, and the University will respond as appropriate.

If you have a concern about exposure (yours or someone else’s) to COVID-19, the same form can be submitted. If you have general questions about COVID-19 and Wittenberg's response, please email the COVID Response Team.

As always, students can use WITTTIP safety alert system to send a confidential tip via text message to the Wittenberg University Police division regarding safety concerns. Users should text the word WITTTIP and a message to 79516. A response will come from the text system promptly acknowledging that the text was received. The WITTTIP text service is not for emergencies. Items that should be texted will be those that the Wittenberg Police Division should be alerted about, where no person is in imminent danger. Emergencies still need to be reported using the emergency phone number, (937) 327-6363, or by using a blue cap phone on campus, if accessible, where the caller can speak directly to police dispatchers.


Concerns & Questions

If you have a concern about exposure (yours or someone else’s) to COVID-19, please complete this online form. If you have general questions about COVID-19 and Wittenberg University’s response, please email the COVID Response Team at covid@wittenberg.edu.

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