COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy

Policy: For All Willamette Community Members

In compliance with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission we have created COVID-19 Health & Safety policies to reduce the risk of virus transmission. All community members are expected to care for themselves, support one another, and engage in behaviors that take the well-being of our community seriously in this current health crisis.

Employees who violate university policy are subject to the discipline under applicable policies and handbooks. As it pertains to students, the Code of Student Conduct Standard 20C states that: “Failure to abide by any published university policy or procedure, applicable local, state or federal laws, as it relates to violating the Well U Agreement is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.” Incidents of noncompliance of health and safety policies can be documented and processed through the conduct process. Blatant or repeated violations could result in university sanctions that include removal from housing and/or in-person instruction, and suspension from campus.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Expectations

  1. Wear a face mask at all times in public campus spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Residence hall assigned roommates may negotiate mask requirements with one another when they are within their assigned residence hall room only, and only if it is mutually agreed upon.
    • Off-campus student roommates must wear masks when together on campus, even if they choose not to wear them in their off-campus home.
    • Everyone, regardless of their relationship to others—friends, roommates, partners, relatives—must wear masks on campus, the only exception is residence hall assigned roommates, within their assigned residence hall room, if mutually agreed.
    • Within private residence hall rooms, both the guest and the resident must wear a mask.
    • Masks with exhalation valves or vents or neck gaiters are not allowed on campus.
    • All masks must comply with CDC guidelines which include:
      • Wash your hands before putting on your mask and avoid touching it
      • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
      • Fit your mask snugly against the sides of your face
      • Make sure you can breathe easily while wearing your mask
      • Remove and discard your mask if soiled, damaged, or hard to breathe through.
  2. Practice good hand hygiene
    • Wash hands often, for 20 seconds or more. To avoid the spread of germs from other people or surfaces:
      • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
      • Don’t prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands
      • Don’t touch a contaminated surface or objects
      • Don’t touch other people’s hands or common objects after you’ve blown your nose, coughed, or sneezed into hands
  3. Check for COVID-19 symptoms daily
    • Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
  4. Maintain 6 feet of physical distance (about 2 arms’ length) from others, indoors and outdoors while on campus, including distancing from roommates, colleagues, co-workers, partners, family members, and friends.
    • Within private residence hall rooms, maintain 6 feet of distance, between roommates and with a resident and a guest.
  5. Avoid crowds or gatherings where social distancing is not possible and follow Oregon law which limits off-campus indoor gatherings to a 10-person maximum, regardless of the 6 feet of distance.
  6. Observe posted room capacity in all Willamette University spaces. Campus room capacities have been reviewed and occupancy has been determined per CDC guidelines.
    • Residence Hall traditional double rooms, triple rooms, and apartments, have a capacity of two people, and one person is allowed in a traditional single.
    • Each resident in an apartment may only have one person visiting at a time, in addition to the number of residents assigned to the apartment. Example: Two residents in an apartment may only have three people total in the apartment at one time.
    • All elevators have a 1-person capacity.
  7. Follow the “No Campus Guests Policy” for all events, activities, meetings and gatherings.
    • No guests, means no family members, alumni, or anyone who is not enrolled at WU this semester or does not work at WU.
    • Only residents assigned to a hall are allowed to be in that residence hall; no Willamette student from another residence hall is allowed to enter a residence hall not assigned to them; no off-campus students or outside guests or family members are allowed in residence halls.
  8. Eating cannot take place in classrooms, designated study spaces, or any public indoor space that has not been pre-approved. Because masks are removed to eat, eating is only allowed in limited spaces:
    • Goudy/tent
    • Outside
    • In their private residence hall room
    • Pre-approved designated indoor spaces for law and MBA students
  9. Quarantine in your residence for 14 days if you have been identified by a health authority as someone who has been a close contact for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, even without symptoms, and contact your health care provider. Isolate for the period designated by the health care provider if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
  10. Respond to all health or university officials contact tracing calls.
  11. Report any potential exposure of COVID-19 or positive test results of COVID-19 to the university.
  12. Stay informed about community health news through university email and websites.

Any Willamette community member can report concerns or violations of COVID-19 Health Policies using this Well U Agreement Violations form.


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