Interim Infectious Disease Policy 2020-2021
Reporting unsafe practices or behavior
Behavior that is unsafe or that does not comply with COVID-19 protocols can be reported using the
WWU Anonymous COVID-19 Compliance Reporting form.
The university, in the interest of its students, faculty, and staff, will follow up on any notice of concern. Unless the concern has been submitted anonymously, the first step may be to contact you directly to solicit further information. If no further information is needed, the situation will be addressed without your further involvement. Concerns are reported to the COVID-19 Compliance Team for initial review and correction, and if warranted, may be referred to the vice president of Student Life or the director of Human Resources.
The purpose of this interim infectious disease policy is to help keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy and to protect the university and the surrounding community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential outbreak among the university community, this policy is being enacted as an interim policy and shall remain effective until further notice by Walla Walla University. As with any pandemic, there are risks associated with participating in Walla Walla University related in-person or on-campus activities. This policy is part of the steps taken by the university to address the pandemic and to help provide a safe learning environment. By choosing to participate in in-person or on-campus activities (such as in-person classes, in-person events, residing in Walla Walla University housing, dining and using common spaces and property) each student voluntarily agrees to assume all risks and responsibilities associated with any possible exposure to any communicable or infectious disease, including but not limited to COVID-19, while attending Walla Walla University.
This policy is based on currently available information from the CDC and local, state and federal guidelines and is subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC or other public officials. Walla Walla University has the right to amend this policy at any time.
University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates the terms of this interim infectious disease policy. Proceedings under the Student Code of Conduct may be carried out at the discretion of the vice president for Student Life or their designee.
Any student’s failure to follow the interim safety measures is subject to the disciplinary sanctions as outlined in Part IV of the Walla Walla University Student Code of Conduct. Any appeals to conduct sanctions or outcomes will be subject to the appeals process as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
1. Facial coverings are required in indoor areas such as classrooms, laboratories, hallways, lobbies, restrooms and other common spaces. Reasonable exceptions to this requirement will include outdoor settings when there is an ability to physically distance from others, certain approved athletic practices and contests, when employees are alone in their private offices, and students are alone or with roommates in residence hall rooms or apartments. Masking will be required whenever outdoor physical distancing is difficult to maintain. For the purposes of this policy, a face covering must:
- Fit snugly against the sides of the face;
- Completely cover the nose and mouth;
- Not contain a breathing valve
- Be secured with ties, ear loops, elastic bands, or other equally effective method;
- Include at least one layer of cloth, although multiple layers are strongly recommended;
- Allow for breathing without restriction; and
- Be capable of being laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
2. Maintain social distance of 6ft or more whenever possible.
3. Follow traffic patterns as indicated in buildings and stairwells to assist with social distancing.
4. Follow occupancy and social gathering limits in classrooms, public spaces, and other study areas.
5. Practice good personal hygiene and respiratory etiquette by washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds routinely or, if soap and water are not readily available, using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or using hand sanitizing stations, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or using the inside of the elbow, and disposing used tissues in the trash and washing hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
6. Students who access any WWU campus or WWU activity, including employment, will be required to complete daily self-evaluation symptom checking every day.
7. Support and follow the university closed campus safety protocols. Only students and employees who have approved campus access are allowed in campus buildings. Any guests should be referred to the guest check in processes. Allowing entrance of an unauthorized person into a campus building or residence hall will be a violation of this policy.
8. Follow the directives of the COVID-19 response director or their designee. Such as but not limited to quarantine, self-isolation, or to seek medical care. Students who are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 or who have been exposed to an individual who is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine or self-isolate as directed by the COVID-19 response director or designee in compliance with current CDC guidance and Washington state guidance.
9. If the student is ill, develops a fever and/or symptoms of respiratory illness, as listed below, or tests positive for COVID-19, or is exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student should not come to campus and should notify their medical provider. Students must also report to the COVID-19 response director by emailing email@example.com
- Fever or chills;
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing;
- Muscle or body aches;
- Sore throat;
- Congestion or runny nose;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Diarrhea; and
- Early symptoms such as chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, and headache.
10. Students who have been quarantined or in isolation must receive authorization to return by the COVID-19 response director or designee before returning to classes and campus activities.
11. Students who need campus access to any WWU campus or campus based activity, including employment, will be required to participate in COVID-19 testing. Schedules and instructions will be provided by the COVID response team.
- Failure to follow testing protocols will result in denial of campus access which means:
- All in-person classes will be dropped
- Occupancy of any university owned housing will need to be vacated and a new housing arrangement approved by the housing office
12. Healthy students found visiting with or in proximity to quarantined or isolated individuals will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
All WWU students, faculty and staff are required, through a digital agreement, to commit to the Interim Infectious Disease Policy 2020-2021, which includes mandates for face coverings, reporting of symptoms, staying home when ill, testing, quarantine and/or isolation. The policy makes clear that compliance is a condition of being a member of our on-campus community – including but not limited to activities such as going to classes; studying on campus; utilizing the cafeteria, recreation and library facilities; working; residing in university housing; and participating in activities.
Students and employees accessing any WWU campus must complete the health screening report each week day (whether they access campus that day or not). If a student, faculty or staff member answers “YES” to any symptom screening question, they should not come to campus. Students and employees are required to report any symptom they are experiencing.
Students and employees must stay home (or quarantine/isolate as directed by the COVID Response team) if they have tested positive for COVID-19, even if they are asymptomatic, until they are cleared to return by WWU’s COVID-19 Response Director. No student or employee should come to campus (or, if living on campus, leave their quarantine/isolation rooms for any non-essential reason):
- If they are ill, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- If any person living in the same residence has tested positive for COVID-19 or is sick with or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- For the advised period after close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
- Until released by a healthcare provider, COVID-19 Response Director or a public health official after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result, even if asymptomatic.
- For the period advised by a healthcare provider, COVID-19 Response Director or public health official while waiting for COVID-19 test results.
WWU students, faculty and staff who violate the Interim Infectious Disease Policy 2020-2021 are subject to disciplinary actions. The university intends to initially address most policy violations as an educational matter—in most cases, the university will first seek compliance through training and education. However, continued non-compliance, repeated violations, or egregious violations will result in a more severe response which may include disciplinary action up to and including removal of campus access and dismissal/termination.
The university recognizes that not all violations of this policy are the same. An instance of failing to wear a mask or not performing the daily symptom screener may be a matter of inattention or miseducation that can be corrected with a reminder or retraining. However, a more severe response may be warranted for egregious policy violations that endanger others or may result in substantial disruption or cost to the university, such as:
- Accessing any campus facilities for work or classes knowing that one is experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms.
- Participating in classes or campus activities after one has had known exposure to COVID-19 and/or is COVID-19 positive, and has not been cleared to return to normal activities by a healthcare provider, the COVID-19 Response Director or local public health authorities.
- Refusing to report COVID-19 symptoms or testing and/or care for COVID-19 to university officials.
- Facilitating gatherings where the university’s masking, distancing and capacity guidelines are not adhered to.
The university reserves the right to respond immediately and at the highest level to egregious policy violations. This response may include substantial disciplinary action (up to and including dismissal/termination) and/or removal of the individual from the campus.