Each of us in the OWU community has a great responsibility. If we follow campus guidelines and act with care and empathy, we can create a campus environment where OWU students, faculty, and staff can work, study, live, learn, and interact in ways that fulfill our educational mission and protect the health, safety, and well-being of us all.
We are looking forward to a robust, in-person academic year, and we ask everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to help ensure the health of the campus community.
Students are required to provide proof of vaccination before 5 p.m. July 23 by uploading an image of their vaccination card and completing a short questionnaire via this vaccination registration form. (Students who already have sent us proof of vaccination do not need to submit it again through the new form.)
Students unable to be vaccinated for documented medical, disability, or religious reasons are able to apply for an exception to this policy by completing the student petition for vaccination exemption form before 5 p.m. July 23. Documentation from medical professionals is required for medical and ADA applications, and documentation confirming participation in a faith community with a doctrinal statement against vaccinations is required for a religious exemption.
Students also are requested to complete our roommate vaccination survey before 5 p.m. July 23 to share any thoughts they may have on housing preferences based on COVID-19 vaccine status.
Based on current guidance provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Wesleyan will not require masks, physical distancing, quarantining (unless symptomatic), or regular coronavirus testing this fall for those who are fully vaccinated.
Students not fully inoculated (including those with an approved exemption and international students unable to be vaccinated prior to arriving on campus) will be able to participate fully in campus activities. Unlike vaccinated students, however, unvaccinated students will be required to follow public health guidelines for unvaccinated people living in a congregate setting, which currently include wearing masks indoors, physical distancing, regular testing, and quarantining if exposed. (These protocols may change, depending on CDC guidance when fall semester begins.)
We can’t wait to have everyone back on campus for a robust fall semester that includes Day on the JAY and other large gatherings, athletics competitions with spectators, travel-based OWU Connection experiences, and more.