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Safe and Strong, WWU

The safety and well-being of our campus family are among Walla Walla University’s top priorities. Check this web page regularly for the most up-to-date information about Walla Walla University’s response to the coronavirus and what to expect on our campuses.

Walla Walla University is pleased to return to our highly active, vibrant campus community!

To minimize disruption, increase the chance for good health on our campuses, and in response to current Washington state requirements for colleges and universities, the university will move toward achieving vaccinated campus status for our College Place and Anacortes campuses.

Vaccination confirmation. Faculty, staff, students, and guests who choose to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19* will generally not be expected to wear masks and distance for routine campus activities, or to submit a daily health screening. Official confirmation of vaccination status must be provided to WWU no later than the beginning of the quarter or upon arrival on campus.

Exemptions. Faculty, staff, and students who wish to access our College Place or Anacortes campuses but do not plan to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19* by the beginning of the quarter must request a medical or religious/philosophical exemption. Per Washington state requirements, those who are not vaccinated must continue to mask indoors and maintain a physical distance of 3 feet from others. COVID-19 testing and submission of daily health screenings may be required.

Faculty, staff, and students who either provide documentation of vaccination status or receive from WWU an exemption from vaccination will receive stickers on their WWU ID cards and be provided with access to campus facilities.

*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks or more after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J/Janssen) vaccine. WWU will also recognize international COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Except for a few classes that are planned and listed in the schedule as online classes, instruction will be in-person and face-to-face with normal occupancy in classrooms. Mask wearing is optional for fully vaccinated faculty, staff and students but expected for those who are not fully vaccinated. 

Moving towards vaccinated campus status allows for the in-person gatherings and events WWU is known for. See more here.

We’ll help you take safe steps if you are sick. See more here.

Official confirmation of vaccination status must be provided to WWU no later than your arrival on campus.

Faculty, staff, and students who wish to access our College Place or Anacortes campuses but do not plan to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19* by the beginning of the quarter must request a medical or religious/philosophical exemption. Additionally, COVID-19 testing and submission of daily health screenings may be required. Per Washington state requirements, those who are not vaccinated must continue to mask indoors and maintain a physical distance of 3 feet from others.

If you are vulnerable, accommodations for vulnerable people are available.

Vaccination status confirmation and requests for exemptions submitted to WWU will be kept confidential and shared only with essential personnel if needed to inform the university’s COVID-19 response.

*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks or more after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J/Janssen) vaccine. WWU will also recognize international COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Check here for the latest on COVID-19 cases among our students, faculty and staff.

The COVID-19 Code of Conduct is being finalized and will be posted soon.

View the very latest or explore archived news and updates here.

WWU operates campuses in three Pacific Northwest states:

Oregon

Montana

Washington

WWU faculty and staff can find COVID-19 related forms, policies and information about financial and health resources here.


How we are making decisions:

The COVID-19 Response Task Force guides the university’s preparations for a safe and strong WWU. As they make decisions, the task force:

  1. Covers the work in continual prayer, asking for wisdom and for the safety of our community.
  2. Works with public health officials to determine the best course of action.
  3. Follows state and local guidelines.

We’re committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone on our campus. As part of this commitment, we deploy safety strategies guided by the following principles:

  • Academic strength and integrity. Teaching is at the heart of what we do, and whether face-to-face, online, or in hybrid formats, our faculty are committed to building engaging learning experiences that support the success of students.
  • Attention from faculty and staff. We remain committed to being accessible and available for personal and helpful connections with you.
  • Community. Engagement with one another is essential to quality education, and we will continue to nurture the kind of community Walla Walla University is known for.
  • Responsibility. Safety is not just a mandate. We recognize it as an opportunity to highlight our care for one another and for those in our local communities.
  • Hope. Together we can create an experience that will be meaningful and that will strengthen you now and for the future.

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