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Third-year College of Dental Medicine student Chelsea Director upacks a needle. College of Graduate Nursing Professor and Associate Dean of Administration and Research Rodney Hicks, PhD, teaches a safe injections techniques workshop to College of Optometry and College of Dental Medicine students Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Following the workshop, the students administered vaccine shots for the first time at WesternU Health Vaccine Clinic.
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COVID-19 Information

Our goal is to keep our campuses safe and keep our students on the path toward academic success.

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Students Vaccinated

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Updates from WesternU leadership

  • November 24, 2021

    Telecommuting and COVID-19 Booster Update

    Good afternoon Faculty and Staff: I hope you enjoy this long Thanksgiving weekend. With the end of the year quickly approaching, this is a reminder that 2021 Telecommuting Agreements end on December 31. I want to make sure you have ample time to renew them. All Telecommuting Agreements submitted during 2021 will have an automatic end date of December 31, 2021. All current Telecommuting Agreements expire December 31, 2021. If you intend to work in a remote- or hybrid-work arrangement for 2022, please see the attached Telecommuting Policy and Telecommuting Agreement, also downloadable from the COVID-19 website. To continue working remotely in the new year, you must submit a new Telecommuting Agreement no later than December 17, 2021 to this site: Telecommuting Agreement Upload Site. Read more. All other employees (those without Telecommuting Agreements) are expected to return to campus the week of January 3. Unless your supervisor indicates otherwise (to stagger returns during the first week), you are expected to return to campus on Monday, January 3, 2022. COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations The CRT recommends that all eligible WesternU students and employees get the COVID-19 booster vaccination. Please submit proof of your COVID-19 booster vaccination (snap a photo of your card and email it to Student/Employee Health) to stu-emphealth@westernu.edu. In the subject line, write COVID Booster. We at WesternU are learning to live with COVID-19, and each of us plays a key role in leading us into a healthier future. We do this the WesternU Way – with caring, respect, empathy, and trust that have ever made us innovative, courageous, and nimble. These bedrock values inform all we do as a beacon of compassion for the communities we serve. With gratitude and thanks for being part of the WesternU community. Stay safe. Be well.
  • November 16, 2021

    Spring 2022 in-person, on-campus plans

    Good afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.

    A special thank you

    Many faculty and staff members have worked on campus throughout the work-from-home mandate helping to keep us all safe. We are very appreciative of their efforts to keep the campus operational for our students and community throughout the pandemic.

    Spring 2022 in-person, on-campus plans

    The WesternU Coronavirus Response Team (CRT), Colleges, and Operating Units are collaboratively working on in-person, on-campus plans for January 2022 that align with minimizing COVID-19 transmissions. COVID-19 transmission is expected to increase since WesternU community members may interact with non-WesternU individuals over the winter break. Preparations for a University-wide testing plan and specific College and Operating Unit plans are underway. Testing Plan: We will be implementing a centralized testing protocol for employees and students who will be in-person at any WesternU campus location.
    • Employees and students will be initially tested using both an RT-PCR and rapid antigen to establish a baseline.
    • Surveillance testing will be conducted based on the number of positive cases and local transmission rates. Students on clinical rotations will follow COVID-19 protocol direction of the rotation sites.
    • Exempted unvaccinated employees and students are required to be tested at least weekly with a rapid antigen test.
    • We will use on-campus testers and testing.
    College Plans: Students, the Colleges will be communicating College-specific plans to you. Operating Unit Plans: Employees, your supervisors will be communicating Operating Unit plans to you. All current telecommuting (remote work) agreements expire on Dec. 31 and will need to be submitted (or resubmitted) for approval. Watch for further information coming from Human Resources. Please watch for further communication regarding Spring 2022 in-person, on-campus plans. As you begin your holiday travel and plans, we hope you enjoy the time together with friends and family. We also wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. Stay safe. Be well.
  • November 5, 2021
    Good morning Students, Faculty, and Staff. As we continue the fall semester with many of our classes being taught remotely, many faculty members have requested on-site delivery of exams and many students have requested on-site study rooms. This need presents a unique challenge for WesternU due to our limited space requiring physical distance. The CRT is working with all our colleges to keep our on-campus space aligned with necessary COVID-19-related health and safety measures and to ensure these spaces are being used for our students’ most pressing purposes.

    Classroom, Study Room, and Breakout Room Usage for Students

    Students needing to come to the Pomona and Lebanon campuses for examinations or to participate in online classes because of internet connection should make arrangements with their respective colleges. Students needing to use University facilities for study rather than for examinations or for online classes should use any available study or breakout room, one student per room. After normal business hours, all study and breakout rooms in HEC and HPC are available for single-occupancy use on a first-come, first-served basis. Classrooms and lecture halls in Pomona and Lebanon are not available for individual student study. If space is not available during normal business hours, a college may schedule a classroom for students to use.

    Updated Travel Guidelines

    With the holidays coming up, many people will be travelling. These updated travel guidelines have been developed to help keep you and our campus communities as safe as possible when travelers return. They are also included in the Institutional Requirements for WesternU.
    Domestic and International Travel
    Not Vaccinated Fully Vaccinated
    After you travel:
    • Mandatory COVID-19 test 4-5 days after travel AND
      • stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days, even if you test negative.
      • If your test is positive, isolate  yourself and submit the COVID-19 Report Survey. The contact tracing team will provide you with a return to campus date.
    • If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    Fully vaccinated AND asymptomatic persons may return to campus provided: ·         Monitor for symptoms. ·         Mandatory COVID-19 test on initial date of return to campus and at least 5 days after travel. o   If negative, you may proceed to campus as long as you remain asymptomatic. o   If positive, isolate yourself and submit the COVID-19 Report Survey. The contact tracing team will provide you with a return to campus date. You must also notify your clinical site if you travelled internationally and follow any requirements they provide for you to be on-site.

    NEW! COVID-19 Website & Travel Information

    Check out our newly designed COVID-19 website that just went live yesterday! We hope you find the information easy to navigate and helpful as together we are working to keep our campuses safe and students on track in their studies. Other helpful travel resources: Enjoy the weekend! Stay safe. Be well.
  • Campus Access Requirements

    Complete the Daily Screening Survey before coming to campus and disclose any symptoms daily.

    Daily Screening Survey


    This survey must be completed each day prior to arriving on campus. You must receive a green “Pass” screen for campus access.

    Complete report a COVID-19 Test Result weekly if you are not vaccinated.

    Report a COVID-19 Test Result

    This link is for reporting any COVID-19 test results.
    Including self-test home kits or those obtained off-campus.

    If you have symptoms, do not come to campus and contact COVIDTracing@westernu.edu.

    Keep WesternU Healthy

    WesternU is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, and patients during a pandemic. This page includes information regarding important forms for visiting campus, reporting COVID-19 exposures or symptoms, and requesting personal protective information (PPE).