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Updated Safety Guidelines for students are now available.

New information regarding COVID-19 Vaccines is available.

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. Please check this site for updated information about positive cases on campus, broken down by employees and students, and active and recovered cases. 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 Callaway County Health Department or WWU Health Services and provided with further information regarding next steps in terms of quarantine or testing.

Current COVID-19 cases on campus as of 4/7/2021

  • Students: Total active cases: 0, Recovered: 9
  • Employees: Total Active Cases: 0, Recovered: 3

This information is updated at least once a week.

View historic case information.
Term Total Cases
Fall 2020
(August - December, 2020)
Students: 24, Employees: 25

Latest Announcements and Status Updates

March, 2021

Mon 3/22/2021 9:09 AM - Message from the President

WWU Community,

It is a pleasure to write with positive news this morning. We have passed midterm, and from all indications, we are on track to complete the year with in-person instruction on campus. For all we have accomplished as a campus community in the past year – students, faculty and staff – we should all be proud!

The COVID virus has challenged us immensely, yet just as the promise of spring is in the air, so too is hope that the worst of the crisis may be behind us. And moving us ever closer to resuming normalcy is the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines.

As a University, there is nothing we want more than to have a fall 2021 semester on campus that is as normal as possible. Our hope is to have classes, residence and dining halls, LEAD events, athletics and all other campus activities to resemble what they were before any of us ever heard the word “COVID.” Plans are in place to re-engage the world, with Woods Around The World trips being set for Central America, Europe and Scandinavia. We are even planning a typical academic calendar, complete with fall and spring breaks, which can be found here: https://www.williamwoods.edu/academics/undergraduate/academic_calendar.html

Though every individual must make their own healthcare choices, there are important advancements to consider when protecting yourself against COVID-19. I encourage you to be informed. The CDC offers comprehensive information and guidelines on COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

At William Woods, we have followed CDC guidelines well, including wearing face coverings, physically distancing, washing hands and quarantining when ill. But now, communities have access to an additional important advancement available for combating the virus – the vaccine. Some important information for you to consider about the vaccine is as follows:

I cannot help but think about how far we have come together in the past year, and the developments that have become available to safeguard us from the virus. While I recognize that healthcare decisions are individualized and personal, I urge you to give careful consideration to the vaccine. It is my hope that we will each do what we can to be healthy and safe so that we can all look ahead to a spectacular fall 2021 semester!

Here’s to a Healthful 2021-22!

Jahnae H. Barnett, President

Tue 3/16/2021 9:21 AM - Message from the President, CRRSAA Student Emergency Grant

WWU Students,

As we continue our second semester navigating COVID, the University continues to provide all possible support to our students during this time of unchartered territory across higher education. Today, I reach out to you with important information about the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) funding under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

CRRSAA Student Emergency Grant funds are designed to ensure learning continues for students during COVID-19. The grant was awarded to William Woods through limited stimulus funds provided under the CRRSAA as HEERF II, and eligibility is restricted by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

Our goal is to disburse the funds as quickly as possible to those students who are most in need, while adhering to the eligibility requirements set forth by the DOE. Grant funds should be used for reimbursement of expenses for items included in a student’s cost of attending WWU or emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, such as the following: tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or child care. These are grant funds and do not have to be repaid. It does not replace, change or negate financial aid. The grants may be disbursed directly to the student or students may authorize WWU through written consent to apply funds directly to any outstanding balance owed on their student account. Information on applying funds to a student’s outstanding balance will follow this email for those eligible.

Eligibility requirements for students are as follows:

  • Must have been enrolled in classes at WWU after December 27, 2020
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

International students are not eligible for the emergency grant funds.

Since undergraduate student enrollment was used by the Department of Education in determining WWU’s allocation of CRRSAA grant funds, no application is required for our current population of students to receive the grant. Grant funds will be allocated automatically and disbursed to those students who meet the eligibility requirements as outlined above, beginning the week of March 22. The amount of the grant is based on the student’s financial need, and the student’s classification as residential, commuter, full-time, part-time, or online. The maximum grant amount for a full-time residential student is $1,200. The maximum grant amount for a full-time commuter student is $600. The maximum grant amount for a full-time online student is $300. The maximum grant amount is tiered based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA as shown below.

EFC Percentage of Grant
0-2,855 100
2,856-5,711 80
5,712-15,000 65
>15,000 50

Part-time students who meet the eligibility requirements will receive half the amount of the grant, as compared to those students with full-time status at WWU.

While WWU immediately identified undergraduate students enrolled during the spring 2021 semester as being eligible for these funds, our graduate students enrolled during the spring 2021 semester, and some formerly enrolled students, may also meet the eligibility requirements for the emergency grant funds. As such, we are implementing an application process available to these students. Please monitor your WWU email, and our website, for further information regarding the application process which is expected to be made available by April 15. Students who receive grant funds from the application process are on a first-come first-serve basis until the grant funds are fully distributed to eligible students. Questions can be directed to EmergencyGrants@WilliamWoods.edu

Jahnae H. Barnett


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