Our goal is to keep our campuses safe and keep our students on the path toward academic success.
Updates from WesternU leadership
Telecommuting and COVID-19 Booster UpdateGood 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 email@example.com. In the subject line, write COVID Booster.
Spring 2022 in-person, on-campus plansGood afternoon WesternU Students, Faculty, and Staff.
A special thank youMany 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 plansThe 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.
Classroom, Study Room, and Breakout Room Usage for StudentsStudents 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 GuidelinesWith 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:
||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 InformationCheck 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:
Campus Access Requirements
Complete the Daily Screening Survey before coming to campus and disclose any symptoms daily.
Complete report a COVID-19 Test Result weekly if you are not vaccinated.
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).
WesternU Response to COVID19