Coronavirus FAQs

Masking Policy FAQs

Yes. Everyone on all of our campuses, including students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors, is required to wear a mask indoors. When they are alone in their offices, or in a space with no other people nearby, or when dining, staff and faculty members may remove their masks. Students may remove their masks in their residence hall rooms and while dining.
 
Masks are not required outdoors although people are free to wear masks outdoors if they like.

Yes, masks are required.

Masks are not required outdoors although people are free to wear masks outdoors if they like.

Yes. 

Exceptions for everyone

  • When outdoors
  • When actively eating or drinking

Additional exceptions for students

  • When you are in your residence hall room. Note that masks are required in all public spaces in residence halls, including hallways, common areas, and restrooms with the exception of showering or brushing your teeth. 

Additional exceptions for faculty and staff

  • When you are alone in a private office or space.
  • When a faculty member is alone in a classroom, using it to record or broadcast a class, and the door is closed. 

Students should contact Student Accessibility Services (disabilities@widener.edu) and employees should contact Human Resources to complete the necessary accommodation documentation.  

Consequences for non-compliance can range from warning up to and including expulsion (students) or termination (employees).

If an employee is not wearing a mask, please report the situation to Human Resources. If a student is not wearing a mask, please report the situation to Assistant Dean for Student Conduct Carlyle Lawrence at clawrence@widener.edu.

The name of the person reporting the concern will be kept private.

You can also report violations through the Covid-19 Complaint Form

Yes, we will allow visitors to the university, however all visitors must be hosted by a student, faculty, or staff member and be reminded by their hosts of our mask requirement and shown hand sanitizing stations in common areas as well as restrooms for handwashing.

  • Visitors should remain outdoors as much as possible during their visit.
  • Visitors who are feeling ill should not come to campus or should return home if they are already here and begin to feel ill. This should be communicated by the host.
  • Visitors inside residence halls must wear a mask the entire time, including inside student rooms, and must leave the residence hall by 12:00 a.m.
  • We will not permit external overnight guests in the residence halls. 

Vaccination Policy FAQs

All students, as well as full- and part-time faculty and staff coming to campus for any reason, at any time, must be compliant with Widener’s COVID-19 vaccination policy in order to access Widener facilities or participate in in-person university activities. Members of the Widener community must upload their completed vaccination records to access Widener campuses, events, and facilities. Anyone who has not completed this requirement, or has not received an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine, will not have these privileges.

The process is complete after your submit your completed vaccine record (after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer and one dose of Janssen/Johnson&Johnson).

Visit https://widener.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx and sign in with your Widener credentials. Then, click upload and select the appropriate file.  

Contact your vaccine provider as soon as possible and request a replacement card. If you can't reach your vaccination provider directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). You can find state IIS information on the CDC website.

Yes, Widener has recognized documented medical exemptions for students and medical and religious exemptions for faculty and staff. Employees are granted this additional option due to federal laws and policies that specifically apply to workers and the workplace. Personal and philosophical objections to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement have not been recognized.

Students enrolled in fully online degree programs and faculty who only teach remotely that are not present on campus are not required to adhere to the policy, but are still strongly encouraged to become vaccinated. Online students coming to campus in person for any reason, at any time, must be compliant with Widener’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Students with questions regarding medical exemptions should call Student Health Services at (610) 499-1183. Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources to request more information. 

Yes

Yes. We have developed agreements with our contracted employees to comply with our COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Anyone who is not compliant with the policy will not be permitted access to our campuses.

  • Students with in-person classes who are not in compliance will be de-enrolled from their classes. 
  • Employees who remain out of compliance after a grace period face discipline up to and including termination of their employment. 

No. We will not be offering an online option for every course as we did during the prior academic year. Only those courses that are specifically scheduled online will be offered in that format.

Students admitted in August have 30 days from when they are admitted to become compliant with the vaccination policy. 

International students have 30 days from when they arrive in the U.S. to become compliant with the vaccination policy. They will be given special housing accommodations on campus until they are fully vaccinated. The university will provide assistance for them to receive a second dose or become fully vaccinated if they have not completed the process in their home country.

Testing will no longer be required. Student Health Services will continue to offer COVID-19 tests to symptomatic students as needed.

Vaccines are widely available at private doctors’ offices, pharmacies, workplaces, community health clinics, health departments, or other community locations, such as schools and religious centers. In Pennsylvania, a vaccine provider list is available online. Nationally, a provider list is available through the CDC. Delaware County, Pennsylvania is offering appointments across the county for Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Appointments can be scheduled online.

If you need additional assistance accessing the vaccine, please email covid@widener.edu.

The university will consider what role booster shots will play in our vaccination policy as additional information becomes available.

FAQs for Fall 2021 Semester

The pandemic is an evolving situation and a resurgence of the virus could still force the university to make changes. Widener will always comply with government requirements and make decisions with the health and safety of our community as the top priority.

The university strictly adheres to both HIPPA and FERPA, privacy laws protecting health and educational information. Our testing protocols will maintain this same level of privacy and information security.

In addition to the masking and vaccination policies, we will be promoting smart hygiene practices like frequent handwashing and staying home when sick. 

The university will continue to meet students' needs through the Counseling and Psychological Services Office. Students may request an appointment with the CAPS online form.

The university will continue to work with our off-campus partners to make as many off-campus experiences available as possible, including through remote options. These opportunities will be offered to students based on the ability of our partner organizations to provide them, and we hope they will grow in availability. 

International study abroad programs are not yet available, however students will be able to take part in domestic study away opportunities this fall.

Yes, there will be off-campus field trips. Students visiting off-campus sites must follow Widener's masking policy. That means, they would need to be masked in transport vehicles and indoors. 

Covid Monitoring & Reporting (Fall 2021)

If you feel sick, do not come to campus. If you are presenting any symptoms, contact your doctor to obtain a COVID-19 test. Self-isolate and contact Student Health Services at 610-499-1183 or studenthealth@widener.edu. Also, contact your supervisor if you are an employee.

We will notify the county health department, follow mandated quarantine requirements, use dedicated residence hall space for student isolation, and conduct contact tracing by notifying those who have been in close contact. We will also post information about the number of positive cases to our website so everyone is informed. 

Contact Student Health Services immediately at 610-499-1183 or studenthealth@widener.edu.

Contact Student Health Services immediately at 610-499-1183 or studenthealth@widener.edu.

We developed the plan with input from our Health Advisory Group comprised of public health experts and our Crisis Management Team, Provost's Council, President's Leadership Team, Education and Enforcement Group, and multiple task forces that include faculty and staff, an industrial hygienist, and students, in accordance with public health information and local, state, and federal guidelines.

We will continue to communicate accurate and timely information via our widener.edu/coronavirus webpage; campus email and newsletters; Widener Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts; and virtual town halls.

This page was last updated on September 15, 2021 at 3:22 p.m.