As previously communicated, Wittenberg will begin the spring semester, Tuesday, January 19, with the start of in-person classes and the virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Convocation featuring keynote remarks by human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther leader, and former political prisoner Ericka Huggins.
Prior to the start of the semester, students are required to be tested for COVID-19, and faculty/staff are highly encouraged to be tested as well. To assist, we will be hosting mass-testing events on Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17, for students, and on Friday, January 15, for faculty/staff. Information for both sessions has been communicated and can be found here.
Consistent with last semester, we will continue to follow all health and safety guidelines to ensure the best for everyone in our community. This means that regardless of whether students/faculty/staff have already had COVID, have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, or have received the vaccine, masks must continue to be worn and six feet of social distancing must be maintained at all times outside of your immediate household.
To date the following parameters are still in effect moving into the spring semester:
- A statewide curfew remains in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily through January 23 unless otherwise indicated. Students and employees needing to go to the hospital, obtain essential items such as food or medication, or who need to work during these hours may do so. All campus facilities will continue to be locked by 10 p.m. Dining services will not be offered after 10 p.m. Students should also not walk in groups larger than two after 10 p.m.
- Residential students are permitted only one Wittenberg visitor in a residence hall room or neighborhood house or yard per resident. Students can be in any residential property after 10 p.m. as long as they comply with the visitor policy. All must wear masks and be physically distanced by at least six feet when welcoming visitors into one’s residential space. This is critical to slow the spread and preserve our residential experience.
- All members of our community should continue to avoid large gatherings (more than 10) at this time. See current Campus Events Policy. The Entertainment Venue Guidelines that allow for event gatherings larger than 10 have been suspended until further notice.
- We continue to ask students not to leave campus unless there is an approved educational reason such as a co-op, internship or student teaching assignment; outside employment; or for essentials such as groceries or medications. HOWEVER, we will permit students to visit their permanent residence. We recognize that the ability to go home to one’s permanent residence is important to students during this difficult time. We continue to ask students not to visit bars or visit other college campuses.
New Quarantine Guidelines were released in early January, which everyone is encouraged to review. Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccination plan outlined by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is moving forward with Phase 1B, further information about which can be found here.
As shared earlier, there will be no spring break this year, but we have included three renewal days for students and faculty in the academic calendar: February 25, March 10, and April 27. Please mark your calendars accordingly.
Everyone is also encouraged to continue to check the WITT: We’re In This Together website for updates. The COVID Response Team is also continuing to provide recommendations in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Governor's Office, and the Clark County Combined Health District.
Welcome back and thank you for continuing to adhere to our established health and safety protocols, which will allow us to remain in-person once again.
The COVID Response Team