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William Woods COVID-19 Safety Policy

Updated Thu 7/16/2020 11:13 AM

William Woods is committed to facilitating policies that best promote the well-being and health of all members of our campus community as classes resume amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the best practices cited by the Centers For Disease Control and experts in the medical community, it has been established that the most effective means of keeping the rate of infection as low as possible is to adhere to the practices of physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

As an addendum to previously released guidelines, beginning Monday, July 27, and effective for the foreseeable future, William Woods will require all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to abide by the following policies:

Physical distancing

All individuals at WWU must strive to keep at least six feet (about two arm lengths) of space between themselves and others at all times when on campus.

  • The six feet of physical separation is to be maintained in classrooms, corridors, laboratories, recreation areas, common spaces, stairwells and social settings.

Face coverings

  • All individuals are required to wear face coverings, defined as a material that keeps the nose and mouth covered,while on campus in all situations where physical distancing is not possible, including when entering a classroom, in hallways, and in common areas of residential halls, Tucker Dining Hall or other campus buildings.
  • Exceptions include the following:
    • After you have taken your seat in a classroom and/or meeting space for a class or meeting
    • When you are alone in a private work space or office
    • When you are in your residence hall (single or double) room and/or apartment
    • When you are outdoors and maintaining six feet or more of physical distancing from others
    • When participating in an athletic practice, conditioning and/or competition as per NAIA and AMC guidelines
    • When exercising either indoors or outdoors while maintaining physical distancing

Departments will have extra face coverings for students who arrive for class or offices without them, but students are expected to supply and maintain their own face coverings.

Instructors will wear face coverings when entering the classroom to teach, and may remove them while teaching.

Staff will wear face coverings when working in common areas including inside of campus buildings, residence halls, student rooms, and campus dining facilities.

Policies will be reviewed as more research and guidance becomes available.