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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Updates

The health and safety of our students and employees are always a top concern. As international, national, state and local health officials address the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Nebraska Wesleyan University is monitoring the situation, discussing guidelines and implementing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

Fall Operations

Operations Plan

With our core value of community at the forefront, Nebraska Wesleyan feels strongly that vaccinations are the best protection against the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 and provide us the opportunity to return to the thriving experiences in and outside of the classroom that Nebraska Wesleyan is known for. Nebraska Wesleyan will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, and we will make any necessary adjustments should directed health measures change. 

Hygiene and Wellness

  • Individuals are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. A list of symptoms can be found: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling ill.

  • Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be provided in each campus building. 

  • Upgraded air filters (MERV 13) will be maintained in campus buildings. 

  • Exemptions or extensions have been approved for some individuals on a case-by-case basis. 

Exposure and Positive Case Procedures

  • NWU will remain in close contact with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) 

  • NWU will no longer monitor or manage reports of COVID-19 exposures  

  • NWU will no longer perform internal contact tracing 

Quarantine and Isolation

  • Individuals who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination will not be required to quarantine after a direct exposure unless they become symptomatic. Up to date individuals with a known exposure should continue to wear a mask. A COVID-19 PCR test is strongly recommended and may be required of individuals in high contact activities at least five days after their exposure. 

  • All unvaccinated individuals are asked to follow CDC guidance and quarantine for at least 5 days after a direct exposure to a positive case. 

  • Unvaccinated individuals are asked to test on or after day five of quarantine.  

  • Athletic teams will follow the NCAA guidelines for quarantine procedures. 

  • Students will be expected to work with their professors to stay caught up on coursework.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Symptomatic students (vaccinated and unvaccinated) may receive a free rapid antigen test in Student Health Services . Click here to schedule an appointment.

    • Please note: OSHA has enacted an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that will impose additional health and safety requirement on our Student Health Center.

Face Coverings 

  • Face covering will be required in the Student Health Center.
  • Face coverings are encouraged in areas where social distancing cannot be adequately observed. 
  • Face coverings are encouraged after exposure to COVID-19. 
  • Individuals seeking extra protection for themselves, or others are encouraged to wear masks. 

Cleaning 

  • Cleaning supplies will continue to be available in classrooms, studios, laboratories and common spaces.
  • Individuals are encouraged to sanitize their own workspaces and public areas using the cleaning supplies provided.  

Athletics

  • NWU will engage in practice and competitive play in accordance with NCAA Division III, the American Rivers Conference requirements, and state and local guidance.
Student and Employee Immunization Requirements / Exemption or Extension Request Forms

Students, faculty, and staff are required to receive a complete primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

A complete primary series is defined as: Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech given 3–8 weeks apart; two doses of Moderna given 4–8 weeks apart; one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen; or two doses of Novavax 3–8 weeks apart.

International students and employees can receive any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. Employees and students have the option to seek an exemption due to medical or religious reasons.  

What if I have a medical or religious reason not to get vaccinated?

We will continue to offer exemptions from our vaccination requirements for individuals who can document either a religious or medical reason. Requests will be reviewed by the Director of Student Health, the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or the Vice President for Student Life. 

How do I let the university know that I have been vaccinated?

Students should email a photo of their vaccination card to studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edurel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank".  

Employees should email a photo of their vaccination card to mharder [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC’s vaccine information webpage.

COVID-19 Exposure and Positive Case Protocols
  • NWU will remain in close contact with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD).
  • NWU will no longer monitor or manage reports of COVID-19 exposures.
  • NWU will no longer perform internal contact tracing.

Exposure Protocol 

If you have experienced an exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19, follow the guidance for quarantine provided by the CDC.

Positive Case Protocol 

All students, faculty and staff who are presumed positive or confirmed positive for COVID-19:

  • Must Isolate for a minimum of 5 days (Day 0 through day 5). 
    • Day 0 is the date of symptom onset, OR the date of a positive result if you are asymptomatic.
    • Students required to isolate will do so in place in their residence hall room, apartment, or house while wearing a well-fitted mask. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions: Students section for more information or contact studentlife [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (Student Life)
  • If after 5 days your symptoms have resolved or if your symptoms are resolving (fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, no cough or sneezing), you can discontinue isolation.  
  • If your symptoms persist, continue to isolate until your symptoms improve.
  • It is strongly encouraged to wear a face covering when around others for an additional 5 days (after symptom resolution) to minimize the risk of viral transmission. 
  • There is no requirement to obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to work or school.  

Additional Isolation Information 

During Isolation

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. 
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible. 
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. 
  • Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible. 
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets. 
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils. Wear a well-fitted mask when you need to be around other people. 
  • Leaving your residence should be limited to seeking medical care, solo exercise with proper social distancing and mask wearing, and obtaining necessities (food, medicine) via a contactless pick-up.
Frequently Asked Questions: Students

What should I do If I test positive for COVID-19? 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should report this information to their faculty and to Student Life. Students might also consider reporting to their on-campus supervisors, athletic coaches, or Residential Educations Coordinator (REC) if they are a campus resident.  

Students should isolate themselves immediately upon learning of their positive COVID-19 test. 

Student Life staff will respond to emails Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. 

Housing, Meals, and Restrooms During Isolation 

  • Students required to isolate will do so in place in their residence hall room, apartment, or house while wearing a well-fitted mask.  
  • Students in isolation are allowed to use restrooms in their place of residence but must wear a well-fitted mask when they leave their rooms and enter the restroom. 
  • Students with a meal plan will be issued a reusable food container, which may be used for grab-and-go takeout meals at the dining hall. Please bring the container at each visit. Disposable cups and utensils can also be picked up in the dining hall. Students should wear a well-fitted mask the entire time while leaving their room to pick up meals. 

What if my roommate tests positive for COVID-19? 

Students should contact their Residential Education Coordinator (REC) with questions or concerns while their roommate is in isolation. 

What should I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19? 

Students who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are encouraged to follow the guidance provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

If a student becomes symptomatic after exposure, they may receive a free rapid antigen test in Student Health Services . Click here to schedule an appointment. 

If I am feeling Ill, should I come to class? 

Students who are not feeling well should not come to class or attend practice or their on-campus employment. Instead, they should work with their faculty members, on-campus supervisor and/or athletic coaches to determine the best course of action. 

Frequently Asked Questions: Faculty

What should I do If I test positive for COVID-19? 

Faculty who test positive for COVID-19 should report this information to the Provost, Graciela Caneiro-Livingston.  

What should I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19? 

Faculty who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are encouraged to follow the guidance provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).  

What should I do if I have a student contact me and ask to attend my class remotely because of COVID-19 or another health concern?  

Faculty are encouraged to follow the attendance policy as outlined in their syllabi, and to work with their students to find a suitable way to obtain class material. For example, a faculty member may ask a student to collaborate with a classmate to obtain the information, choose to provide a recording of the lecture or a link to join the course remotely, or share copies of their PowerPoint slides and lecture notes with the student.

If I am feeling ill, can I teach my class remotely? 

Faculty who are feeling well enough may teach their classes remotely. In that case, inform your students, department chair, department staff assistant and Academic Affairs Office in a timely manner.  

What should I do If I am concerned about the number of positive for COVID-19 cases in my classroom? 

If a faculty member is concerned about the number of positive COVID-19 cases in a class, they should contact Student Life to report their concern. If required, a designee in Student Life will work with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) to determine if the cases are related. 

Should I notify the class if a student tests positive for COVID-19? 

Faculty should not notify the entire class if a student tests positive for COVID-19. It is important to maintain confidentiality regarding student health information. LLCHD will conduct contact tracing and make the proper notifications if it is appropriate to do so. 

Am I still required to wipe down the classroom desks or tables after each class? 

Faculty and students are not required, but encouraged, to wipe down classroom surfaces after each class. Cleaning supplies will be maintained in the classrooms for those who wish to use them. 

Additional Managers’/Supervisors’ Questions

  • Can I ask any of my faculty/staff if they have been vaccinated or have filed an exemption request? According to guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), under the Americans with Disabilities Act, vaccination information is confidential medical information, and employee vaccination information can only be disclosed to an employee’s manager when necessary for a legitimate business purpose, such as implementing necessary restrictions on work duties and providing necessary accommodations. Additionally, regulations clearly state that employee vaccination information must be kept confidential and stored separately from the employee’s personnel files. NWU managers should not inquire about the vaccination status of any faculty/staff. If faculty/staff divulges vaccination status to a manager, the manager must keep that information confidential. When NWU determines a manager/supervisor must know the vaccination status of an individual to enforce policy or provide accommodations, Human Resources will share the minimum information necessary to ensure compliance. Please note, the manager will not be told the nature of the exemption, as this information is not necessary to ensure compliance.
  • How will I know if one of my faculty/staff is noncompliant with the vaccine requirement? Human Resources will notify individuals not in compliance with NWU’s vaccination policy.
Frequently Asked Questions: Staff

What should I do If I test positive for COVID-19? 

Staff who test positive for COVID-19 should report this information to their direct supervisor. 

What should I do if I have been exposed to COVID-19? 

Staff who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are encouraged to follow the guidance provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

I am a supervisor, and I am concerned about the number of positive COVID-19 cases in my department. What should I do? 

If a staff supervisor is concerned about the number of positive COVID-19 cases in a given department, they should contact the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, Maria Harder, to report their concern. If required, Maria Harder will work with a campus designee and/or the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) to determine if the cases are related. 

If I am feeling ill, should I come to work? 

Staff who are not feeling well should not come to work. Instead, they should work with their direct supervisor to determine the best course of action. 

Am I still required to wipe down the tables in conference rooms and classrooms after meetings? 

Staff are not required, but encouraged, to wipe down surfaces after each meeting. Cleaning supplies will be maintained in the classrooms for those who wish to use them. 

Additional Managers’/Supervisors’ Questions

  • Can I ask any of my faculty/staff if they have been vaccinated or have filed an exemption request? According to guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), under the Americans with Disabilities Act, vaccination information is confidential medical information, and employee vaccination information can only be disclosed to an employee’s manager when necessary for a legitimate business purpose, such as implementing necessary restrictions on work duties and providing necessary accommodations. Additionally, regulations clearly state that employee vaccination information must be kept confidential and stored separately from the employee’s personnel files. NWU managers should not inquire about the vaccination status of any faculty/staff. If faculty/staff divulges vaccination status to a manager, the manager must keep that information confidential. When NWU determines a manager/supervisor must know the vaccination status of an individual to enforce policy or provide accommodations, Human Resources will share the minimum information necessary to ensure compliance. Please note, the manager will not be told the nature of the exemption, as this information is not necessary to ensure compliance.
  • How will I know if one of my faculty/staff is noncompliant with the vaccine requirement? Human Resources will notify individuals not in compliance with NWU’s vaccination policy.