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It is strongly recommended all students receive vaccination for COVID-19.

At William Woods University, we are committed to the health and safety of our entire campus community. With the 2020-2021 semester underway with in-person classes on campus, we are strictly abiding by all procedures and best practices as mandated by the Callaway County Health Department, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All individuals testing positive for the COVID-19 virus are required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days, and may only return to in-person classes (students) or work (employees) with notification of recovery from a physician.

In addition, we are committed to transparency with regard to positive cases on campus. Be advised that due to HIPAA regulations, William Woods must protect the privacy of individuals who test positive and is therefore unable to identify persons by name. Those who may have been in close contact with an infected person can expect to be contacted by the WWU Health Services and provided with further information regarding next steps in terms of quarantine or testing.

This is the final report for the Spring semester.

  • Students: Total active cases: 0, Recovered: 38
  • Employees: Total active cases: 0, Recovered: 30

This information is updated at least once a week.

View historic case information.
Term Total Cases
Fall 2021
(August - December, 2021)
Students: 24, Employees: 11
Spring 2021
(January - April, 2021)
Students: 10, Employees: 3
Fall 2020
(August - December, 2020)
Students: 24, Employees: 25

Latest Announcements and Status Updates

January 2022

Tue. 2/15/2022 3:30 PM - Message from Human Resources

William Woods Community,

Thank you to the campus community for your attention to the guidelines and policies set in place at the beginning of the semester and impacting the reduction in our campus COVID cases. We are on our second week with less than 1% positivity rate on campus for faculty, staff, and students.

After careful consideration we have decided to remove on-campus masking requirements beginning Wednesday February 16th, at 8:00 AM. While the masking requirement is suspended, the decision to wear a face covering is optional, and anyone who would like to continue to wear a face covering on campus can and should do so. Please note, faculty and staff may require everyone to wear a mask when in their classrooms or offices if they determine that a face covering is warranted.

Our quarantine and isolation policies remain the same. If placed under modified quarantine, face coverings and physical distancing when possible is required until modified quarantine is complete. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to closely monitor the health of our campus community and make additional adjustments to our policies if conditions require them.

Diane Abbott

Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

Fri 1/7/2022 1:23 PM - Message from Human Resources

WWU Community,

As we prepare to begin the Spring semester on Monday, we are once again confronted with another troubling rise in COVID-19 cases across the United States. A new and more easily-spread variant, coupled with the onset of the winter season, has been driving this recent spike, and as always, the first concern is the health and safety of our campus community. 

While it is not known how widespread the rate of infection will be going forward, it is necessary to be prudent in taking the necessary safety precautions that will help mitigate the spread of what could be new positive cases. As such, a campus face-covering policy for all indoor buildings for the first two weeks of the new semester, beginning Monday, January 10 is re-instated. Face coverings will be mandatory inside all campus buildings until Friday January 24, a policy that will be re-evaluated at that time. Other strategies at lessening the spread of the virus, such as physical distancing and routine hand washing, will continue to be strongly encouraged as well.

The William Woods Community has been highly successful in navigating the challenges and inconveniences of the pandemic in the past, due to the incredible cooperation and teamwork of our students, faculty and staff.  Thank you for your continued cooperation, and here is to a great Spring semester for all.

Diane Abbott

Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

Tue 1/4/2022 2:55 PM - Message from the President

WWU employees,

As you may be aware, President Biden signed an Executive Order late last year that mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees at larger workplaces in the United States.  This  order would require that all employers  with  a minimum of 100 employees must either adopt a mandatory vaccination policy or  adopt a policy  that gives employees a choice between vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing.  As William Woods University is an employer with more than 100 employees, this federal mandate would, therefore, apply to William Woods if it indeed goes into effect. 

Legal challenges to the vaccine mandate are currently in effect, blocking its application for the time being. However, the United State Supreme Court is expected to hear the case in a special session this Friday, January 7, in a meeting that could determine if the mandate indeed goes forward. In the meantime it is important to ensure that you are aware of its requirements should it go into effect. At William Woods, it would mean all of our faculty (including adjunct faculty), staff, and student employees would either be required to be vaccinated, or would be required to decide if they wanted to be vaccinated or agree to weekly COVID-19 testing. Under guidelines developed by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), our employees would need at least two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, to be considered officially vaccinated. 

Again, please understand  this is a federal government mandate, and not a policy  initiated by  William Woods. However, it will be our responsibility as a University to ensure that the mandate is followed in the event that it goes into effect. It is important that all our employees have a full understanding of what their responsibilities will be if/when that occurs. We will of course keep all of you updated on this situation as events warrant.

President Jeremy Moreland, Ph.D.

William Woods University

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