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.
All students must be in compliance with Widener’s COVID-19 vaccination policy after proof of full vaccination including the booster dose or receipt of an approved medical exemption prior to coming to campus for any reason, including moving into residence halls and attending in-person classes and activities.
The criteria for complying with the policy are as follows:
- Campus living and extracurricular experiences: Students must upload proof of full vaccination prior to moving onto campus or participating in activities. Students not yet eligible for a booster due to the timing of their initial vaccination may still move in, but must receive a booster and upload their updated vaccination card within 7 days of eligibility.
- In-person academic experiences: Students who have received one dose of a two-dose series vaccine and are not yet eligible for their second dose must upload their vaccination card after the first dose and may attend classes only. Proof of full vaccination is required within 30 days of first dose, followed by a booster dose when eligible.
- Online-only academics: Students participating in online-only academic programs that do not come to campus for any reason may email email@example.com for an academic exemption.
- Medical Exemption: To apply for a university-approved medical exemption, please contact Student Health for details at 610-499-1183.
The university will accept the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or any other World Health Organization-approved vaccine.
It depends on which vaccine you had initially.
- Johnson & Johnson – two months after first dose.
- Pfizer – five months after the second dose.
- Moderna – five months after the second dose.
The process is complete after you submit your completed vaccine record that includes two does of Moderna or Pfizer, one dose of Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, and the required booster.
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. Once you are feeling better and your isolation period is over, you can receive a booster unless you were treated with convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies. If so, you should wait 90 days before receiving the booster and consult with your physician. Visit the CDC website for more information.
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 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 will 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 with the required booster dose. The university will provide assistance for them 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have made no decisions on future boosters. As we have always done, we will consider the evidence and course of the pandemic.
Masking Policy FAQs
The counties in which our Chester and Delaware campuses are located are currently in the high community transmission level based on the CDC’s guidance. As a result, masks are required in all indoor settings on the Chester and Delaware campuses.
Masking is currently optional on our Harrisburg campus.
Yes. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask for any reason is encouraged to do so. Because “We’re all Widener,” we will respect individuals’ decisions and treat them with sensitivity.
To provide the best protection for yourself and those around you, it is strongly recommended that you wear an N95, KN95, or KF94 mask, or double mask by layering a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask.
Yes. Widener has purchased a supply of N95, KN95 and KF94 masks that are available on a first-come-first-served basis for those who may have been unable to obtain them at the following locations:
Campus Safety desk, Old Main, enter by dome in Bown Garden
Wolfgram Memorial Library
Admissions, Muller Hall
Student Health Services, Metropolitan Hall
Office of Student Engagement, University Center lower level
Dean’s Offices in Leslie Quick Center (School of Business), Founders Hall (School of Nursing), Bruce Hall (College of Health and Human Services), Kirkbride Hall (School of Engineering) and Kapelski Learning Center (College of Arts & Sciences)
Safety and Campus Operations FAQs
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.
Yes. The university continues 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.
International study abroad programs are not yet available, however students will be able to take part in domestic study away opportunities.
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.
No. We encourage all members of our campus community to follow masking policies, practice safe distancing, and wash hands regularly Our Pride Recreational Center will be open for exercise.
Covid Monitoring & Reporting FAQs
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 email@example.com. Also, contact your supervisor if you are an employee.
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 March 17, 2022 at 2:50 p.m.