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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:

There are currently no students on campus. Case reporting will resume when students return in August, 2021.

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

Latest Announcements and Status Updates

May, 2021

Fri 5/21/2021 8:00 AM - Message from the President, Update on Mask Requirements

WWU Faculty and Staff,

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, here at William Woods, we diligently have followed health and safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Consistent with the most recent CDC guidelines regarding the wearing of face coverings, today I am announcing a change in our campus policy regarding mask requirements.

Beginning immediately, all faculty and staff members who are fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, (two weeks after the second dose of a 2-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine) are no longer required to wear a face covering on campus, whether inside buildings or outdoors. We continue to ask all employees who have not received the vaccine to wear them indoors. No one will be required to provide proof of vaccination, as we will operate on the honor system, but we highly encourage everyone who has not received a vaccine to get one as soon as possible. To this point, 51% of all of our employees have been fully vaccinated. We thank you for taking this safety measure.

We understand that some employees who have been vaccinated may still feel most comfortable wearing a face covering, and we ask that everyone respect those who wish to continue to do so. We also ask all to be respectful of those employees who may ask others to wear a face covering when in close contact with them, such as during an in-person meeting with limited space.

We will continue to follow CDC guidance going forward, and we will reassess our campus health and safety policies before the start of fall semester in August. We encourage faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated to voluntarily report their vaccination status to Human Resources so that we may use this information to assess the mitigation and suppression strategies for the virus on our campus throughout the summer and into the fall semester.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during the past year – your efforts are what makes William Woods such a special place to work!

Jahnae H. Barnett, President

A list of archived announcements is also available.