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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 doing everything possible to maintain our highly active, vibrant campus community in a safe way.

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 are required to document vaccination status, either confirming that they are fully vaccinated* or receiving medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

In accordance with current state requirements, masks are now optional in most settings for those on our Washington campuses.

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, make a report at wallawalla.edu/dhr.

Testing at the beginning of the quarter. Intake COVID-19 testing will be required for Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory for summer quarter 2022.

Intake testing will not be conducted for summer or fall quarters 2022 on our College Place campus. Official confirmation of vaccination status must be provided to WWU prior to arrival on campus.

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. For more information, visit Testing and care.

 

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 expect to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19* by the beginning of the quarter must receive a medical or religious exemption from WWU before accessing campus.

In accordance with current state requirements, masks are now optional in most settings for those on our Washington campuses.

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.

In accordance with current CDC guidelines, students, faculty, and staff must wear masks indoors in public spaces on these campuses 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 optional indoors in most settings in accordance with current state requirements.

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

Your responsibilities. Please remember that continued masking on our campuses is welcome and respected, including for those at an elevated risk for contracting COVID-19 or whose personal preference is to mask. We expect all members of our university family to demonstrate respect and care for others.

You must report illness or exposure by completing the form at wallawalla.edu/dhr. You extend care for others when you practice good hygiene and stay clear of others when you are sick.

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 Administration Team guides the university’s preparations for a safe and strong WWU. As they make decisions, the team:

  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.