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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 and Oregon state requirements for colleges and universities, the university has achieved vaccinated campus status for our College Place, Portland, and Anacortes campuses.

On these campuses, WWU students and employees have documented vaccination status, either confirming that they are fully vaccinated or receiving medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

In accordance with current state requirements, our Oregon and Washington campuses require everybody—even those who are vaccinated—to wear masks indoors. Those who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 should also maintain a physical distance of 3 feet from others. 

For what to expect on our other campuses, visit their respective headings.

*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).

If you are sick or believe you were exposed to COVID-19, see more here.

Campus-wide testing throughout the quarter. Currently, WWU does not require campus-wide COVID-19 testing throughout the quarter. Additional testing may be required for those who participate in certain activities (such as Athletics), or who obtain an exemption from vaccination and report a known exposure to COVID-19, or those who believe they have COVID-19.

Testing at the beginning of the quarter. Students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19* will not be expected to participate in testing before accessing campus. Official confirmation of vaccination status must be provided to WWU prior to arrival on campus.

Students, faculty, and staff who wish to access our College Place, Portland, or Anacortes campuses but do not plan to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19* by the beginning of the quarter must receive an exemption from vaccination from WWU and show a negative COVID-19 test before gaining access to campus. This test must not be self-administered and must have been taken within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus. No particular type or brand of COVID-19 test is required, as long as it is administered by a reputable testing organization.

Additional testing and submission of daily health screenings may be required. For more information, visit Testing and care.

*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).

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

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 receive a medical or religious exemption from WWU and submit a negative COVID-19 test before accessing campus.

Masks must be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status and those who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 should 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).

Masks or face coverings are required while on the Portland campus in all public spaces — both indoors and outdoors — effective August 27, 2021. This ruling applies regardless of vaccination status.

Fall quarter classes will be held online for the Missoula campus and offered in a hybrid modality, some online and some in-person, for the Billings campus. Students not employed by WWU are not currently required to provide vaccination status or apply for an exemption before accessing their campuses. 

In accordance with current CDC guidelines, students, faculty, and staff must wear masks indoors in public spaces regardless of vaccination status. 

Except for a few classes that are planned and listed in the schedule as online classes, or as noted for our Montana campuses, instruction will be in-person and face-to-face with normal occupancy in classrooms. Mask wearing is currently required indoors for all faculty, staff, and students regardless of vaccination status.

While we continue to focus on interrupting the transmission of COVID-19, we are excited to be able to take deliberate steps toward healthy re-engagement on our campuses.

Your responsibilities. You extend care for others when you wear your mask, practice good hygiene, and stay clear of others when you are sick.

You must report illness or exposure by completing the form at wallawalla.edu/dhr.

Please check your WWU email inbox frequently for any COVID-19-related communications and alerts.

You are responsible to know and follow all other public-health protocols set by university, state, and county officials.

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

The COVID-19 Code of Conduct is included in the Student Handbook. View the handbook.

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

WWU operates campuses in three Pacific Northwest states:

Oregon, including at healthcare facilities

Montana

Washington

WWU faculty and staff can find COVID-19 related forms, policies, and information about financial and health resources here. Faculty and staff from all campuses must provide vaccination documentation or receive an exemption as instructed. If submitting proof of vaccination, upload your documentation 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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