To protect the health and wellbeing of our campus community, the University is implementing re-entry Coronavirus testing for the Fall 2021 semester. This decision has been made with significant consideration of state and federal guidance as well as valuable lessons that have been learned over the semester and throughout the pandemic.
According to the National Institute for Health (NIH), testing is one of the best strategies for interrupting the spread of COVID-19. We are hopeful that adding required student testing to our prevention measures will enhance our ability to maintain our in-person, residential experience and have necessary personnel onsite.
August 23: Start of Session I & 14-Week Courses
August 27: Last day to add/drop for Session I & 14-Week Courses
October 9: Session I Courses End
October 11: Start of Session II Courses
October 15: Last day to add/drop for Session II Courses
December 4: Session II & 14-Week Courses End
For All Students
Vaccination for COVID-19
The University strongly recommends that all students receive the COVID-19 vaccine before arriving on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Students who are *fully vaccinated will benefit by being excluded from:
- Required pre-arrival COVID testing to be cleared to access campus
- Surveillance/random COVID testing scheduled during the semester
- Mandatory quarantine requirement if exposed to a COVID positive contact (details on quarantine requirements are outlined below).
When you receive the COVID-19 vaccine before arriving on campus, please upload a screenshot of your vaccine card to the Magnus Health portal (immunization section). To find a convenient location to receive your vaccine, visit www.vaccines.gov.
*In order to be considered fully vaccinated you must have your COVID vaccine series completed at least 14 days prior to returning to campus. Please upload your screenshot as soon as you complete your vaccine series.
Testing Before Arriving to Campus
All unvaccinated students who will be on campus for any reason (student housing, classes, library access, student activities, sports, etc.) must participate in COVID-19 testing and receive negative results before arriving on campus in the Fall. The test must be taken at a time that will provide results within 5 days of your scheduled arrival date. Failure to comply with entry testing will result in lack of access to campus as your Pacer Card will be invalid. You must upload a copy of your test result to your Magnus Health portal. If you have questions please email HealthServices@peace.edu.
**To be cleared to access campus for the Fall semester (move-in, attend classes, etc), all students must upload to the Magnus Health portal either their COVID-19 vaccine card or a negative test result taken 5 days prior to return to campus.
Students may test at a site of their choosing. Please contact your insurance provider to determine if there are any costs associated with testing. There are also many free testing sites available where tests are administered without out-of-pocket costs.
If you receive positive test results
You are required to immediately notify The Wellness Center at HealthServices@peace.edu for guidance on your return to campus.
Students who test positive are required to remain home for 10 days of isolation (from the date of testing) per CDC guidelines.
Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to work together to keep everyone healthy and our community safe.
For those living on campus
- The following guest policy will be in place for and will be re-evaluated based on the status of the virus. Changes to the guest policy will be communicated to the campus community.
- Students are not permitted to have guests from outside of the WPU Community in the residence halls, including their individual residence hall rooms. Outside guests include individuals who are not current WPU faculty, staff, or students.
- These restrictions may not apply to some people, such as personal care attendants for students with disabilities.
- Students may have one additional WPU Community member as a guest in their individual residence hall space. WPU Community members include students and faculty and staff who are conducting official university business.
- All students must abide by all community health guidelines and WPU guest policies, as well as maximum occupancy requirements.
- Students may not have overnight guests in the residence halls.
- Residential students must comply with the current University requirements for face coverings and face masks while indoors in residence hall common areas such as restrooms, lobbies, lounges, elevators, and stairwells.
- Residents are not required to wear a mask or face covering when inside their private residence hall room or apartment.
- We look forward to providing more programming, services, and events for the Fall 2021 semester with in-person events that meet the campus safety and health protocols. We will continue to offer virtual events.
- Occupancy limitations for common spaces and lounges will be re-examined and these spaces will remain open for use. Please review posted signage for occupancy limits for common spaces and lounges.
Other information for residential students
- We will maintain increased cleaning and sanitization throughout our residential communities to provide a safe and healthy living environment for all.
- For the health and safety of all residents, there will be no room changes for the Fall semester except for extenuating circumstances or emergencies.
- Residential students must have an emergency plan that includes a location they may go to if the University’s residential status changes or if the student becomes ill and needs to leave campus.