Coronavirus FAQs

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 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

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 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 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 covid@widener.edu.

We have made no decisions on future boosters.  As we have always done, we will consider the evidence and course of the pandemic.

No, not for the Spring 2022 semester.  Remember that you will need to demonstrate full compliance with our vaccination policy, including the booster requirement if you come to campus for any reason at any time, including if you have in person classes in the future.

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

No visitors other than vendors and those related to university admissions which are crucial for university operations are allowed on campus until further notice without approval from a divisional vice president.  All visitors must adhere to the university's masking policy and wear facial coverings indoors at all times.

    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.

    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.

    Please view the campus operations for spring 2022 page for details. 

    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.

    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. 

    Yes, winter sports will continue and spring teams will prepare for their upcoming season. Spectators will not be permitted to attend indoor contests until January 24, 2022. 

    Student athletes who are eligible for a booster vaccination must receive one immediately or they cannot participate in practices or contests. Students who are not eligible (i.e. they are not six months removed from their second dose) may participate, but must be boosted as soon as they are eligible. 

    Yes. Students who are in compliance with Widener's vaccination policy, which now requires boosters for those eligible, may return to the residence halls beginning Saturday, January 8, 2022. The Office of Residence Life will contact all resident students via email with additional information, including a link to register for move-in and check-in instructions. 

    No. Spring 2022 classes will be offered remotely until at least January 24.

    No. Residential and dining facilities will be available as scheduled, and as a result, no adjustments to room or board charges will be made, regardless of when a student chooses to move in.

    Sunday, January 9th at dinner time.

    We are continuing with the same restrictions we had in the fall. Whenever indoors, all members of our campus community must wear masks, practice safe distancing, and wash hands regularly and we will continue to operate events with reduced density. Many of our activities were outside in fall, and despite the temperature change, we do hope to continue to have outdoor activities. Our Pride Recreational Center will be open for exercise.

    Widener is proud that we have developed safe, yet fun, activities for students and will continue to do so.

     

    A list of touch down spaces available for student use through January 24, 2022 can be found here.

     

    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 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 January 7, 2022 at 12:24 p.m.