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Student Health and Safety Policies

Updated: August 16, 2021

To allow students to safely return to campus in the Fall of 2021, West Virginia University has established a number of health and safety policies. These health and safety policies, outlined below, are for the protection of the University community. Failure to follow them could result in a charge and sanctions under the West Virginia University Campus Student Conduct Code. The campus community can report a violation to the University using an online form available at the Student Conduct website. The campus community can also report a student of concern to the CARE team on its website.

  • Online Education Module. This fall, the University will require students to complete an online education module and take a COVID-19 test on or before August 17, 2021. Failure to do so may result in a hold placed on the student’s account until completed. In addition to the hold, students may face sanctions under the Code as necessary and appropriate, including additional educational requirements.

    A student who does not complete this requirement can be charged with Failure to Complete Online Education Module.
  • Re-Entry Testing Before Start of School. Students who failed to verify their COVID-19 vaccination with the University by Aug. 1, are required to submit a valid negative COVID-19 test result before attending class.

    If you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you will not need to provide a test result, but you must contact WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006 to provide proof of a positive result to be exempted from testing.

    Failure to comply with the re-entry testing, will result in a hold being placed on a student’s account. Students will be given five (5) academic days to comply with the testing policy. Continued non-compliance may result in restriction of campus activities and further educational requirements and other disciplinary sanctions, including residence hall probation, deferred removal from residence halls, University probation, removal from course/s, campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, deferred suspension, suspension and expulsion.

    A student who does not complete this requirement can be charged with Failure to Comply with Re-Entry Testing.
  • Surveillance COVID-19 Testing. During the 2021-2022 school year, weekly random sample testing will be done among certain groups of students, faculty and staff who are on campus and have not been vaccinated or have not verified their vaccination status with the University. The University may also require certain populations of students (e.g., student athletes, students in residence halls, students participating in certain student organizations or club sports, etc.) to take subsequent COVID-19 tests as part of a surveillance effort regarding the spread of the virus within the community.

    Failure to comply with surveillance testing, will result in a hold being placed on a student’s account. Students will be given five (5) academic days to comply with the testing policy. Continued non-compliance may result in restriction of campus activities and further educational requirements and other disciplinary sanctions, including residence hall probation, deferred removal from residence halls, University probation, removal from course/s, campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, deferred suspension, suspension and expulsion.

    A student who fails to follow this provision can be charged with Failure to Comply with Testing Protocols.
  • Failure to Wear PPE. Unvaccinated students are expected to wear a mask inside all University facilities, as well as outdoors when they are around other people. Masks are also required for all passengers on campus transportation, including the PRT and buses.

    Failure to do so may result in the following: written warning, meeting with the Office of Student Conduct, educational requirements, and restriction of campus activities. Continued non-compliance may result disciplinary sanctions, including residence hall probation, deferred removal from residence halls, University probation, removal from course/s, campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, deferred suspension, suspension and expulsion.

    A student who fails to follow this provision can be charged with Failure To Comply with PPE Protocols.
  • Failure to Isolate / Quarantine. Students may be asked to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test or to self-quarantine due to exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Students must comply with all requirements as communicated by the Monongalia County Health Department. WVU Student Health; or, the WVU CARE Team.

    Failure to do so may result in the following: written warning, meeting with the Office of Student Conduct, educational requirements, residence hall probation, deferred removal from residence halls, University probation, restriction of campus activities, removal from course/s, campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, deferred suspension, suspension and expulsion.

    A student who fails to follow this provision can be charged with Failure to Self-Quarantine/Self-Isolate.