Vaccination Policy FAQs
Beginning August 2, 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.
Please begin the vaccination process as soon as possible. Everyone will be required to complete the vaccine process by August 2.
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 will recognize documented medical exemptions. Faculty and staff may also submit requests for exemptions based on sincerely held religious beliefs. 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 will not be recognized.
Students enrolled in fully online degree programs and faculty who only teach remotely that are not present on campus will not be 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 will receive more detailed information about the process and deadline for requesting an exemption in the coming days.
Yes. We will be developing 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.
Employees who are not compliant with the policy will be placed on an unpaid leave and should not report to campus. A grace period will be provided for employees to comply with the policy.
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.
This date will allow the university time to contact those who have not submitted verification, work with them to understand the policy requirements, and become compliant before the start of classes. We also have a number of students who move into the residence halls before the semester begins and this date will ensure they are compliant when they arrive.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and assistance with the vaccine requirement timeline.
No. Widespread vaccination this fall will allow the university to eliminate masking and distancing protocols and return to more normal in-person operations. However, you may continue to wear a mask on campus based on your personal preferences.
For the summer 2021 semester, masks are no longer required outdoors or in staff and faculty offices when people are working alone with the door closed, or for faculty in a classroom broadcasting or recording a class alone with the door closed. Masks will otherwise still be required indoors this summer. People are free to wear masks outdoors if they like.
Masks will not be required for campus events. However, outside guests should follow the latest CDC guidelines for masking and distancing.
We are re-assessing these policies and will provide more information soon.
Testing will no longer be required and the current campus COVID-19 testing program will end this summer. Student Health Services will continue to offer COVID-19 tests to symptomatic students as needed.
More information about vaccines is available on our Information About COVID-19 Vaccinations page. Also, the Widener community will have access to open educational sessions with university health experts, to gather scientific and medical information about the vaccine and learn how to access additional information.
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 email@example.com.
We will offer support to the Widener community to ensure access to the vaccine. More details will be shared as they become available.
Guidelines are not yet available from the medical community regarding vaccine boosters. The university will consider what role booster shots will play in our vaccination policy when additional information is available.
FAQs for Fall 2021 Semester
The current plan for fall 2021 is posted on our main Coronavirus page and includes information about a new vaccination policy.
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 vaccination policy, we will be promoting smart hygiene practices like frequent handwashing and staying home when sick.
The university will continue to meet student needs, and the Counseling and Psychological Services Office will be open for fall beginning the first week of classes. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 June 4, 2021 at 9:43 a.m.