Ohio Wesleyan will follow these COVID-19-related testing, quarantine, and isolation protocols for members of the campus community. The protocols are subject to change as additional public health information becomes available.

Testing Protocols

  • Students and employees who are provided an exemption from our vaccination requirement or for whom two weeks have not passed since their final dosage will be required to participate in OWU’s surveillance testing efforts.
  • Until further notice, exempted individuals or those incomplete in their vaccination process must be tested weekly.
  • Failure to abide by testing protocols will result in disciplinary action, including suspension from the university or from work responsibilities.
  • The university is providing PCR tests free of charge to students and employees who are required to complete a test. These tests are conducted using a nasopharyngeal swabbing method and no other testing methods are available on campus. If an individual prefers to get tested off-campus, they must provide the results of a PCR lab-analyzed test result to covid19@owu.edu the same day that result is received. Individuals are responsible for the cost and effort of off-campus testing.

Quarantine/Isolation Protocols

Individuals in close contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 must comply with university and county protocols regarding quarantine or isolation for the safety of the campus community. Failure to do so can result in immediate suspension and the requirement to leave campus.

Individuals quarantined are those who are exposed to someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Individuals isolated are those who have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. In both instances, individuals are separated from the general community to avoid viral spread.

Close Contact Definition

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 or more minutes within a 24-hour period where one individual was not wearing a mask. (If both parties were engaged in strenuous activity, the 15-minute exposure rule does not apply. It also is considered close contact if one party was not wearing a mask within 6 feet of the other party).

If the exposed person is vaccinated or within 90 days of a confirmed infection, that person must:

  • Wear a mask while indoors and get tested 3-5 days after exposure.
  • If a viral test is negative, the exposed individual no longer needs to wear a mask indoors after 7 days have passed since exposure (unless required to do so by general university policies).
  • If no viral test is given, the exposed individual should wear a mask while indoors for 14 days from the date of exposure.
  • If a viral test is positive, the exposed individual must be isolated for 10 days.

If the exposed person is unvaccinated or incomplete in the vaccination process, that person must:

  • Quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure. Per county health requirements, receiving a negative test result within that 10 day period will not reduce an unvaccinated individual’s length of quarantine.
  • If a viral test is positive, the exposed individual must be isolated for 10 days.

For more information, please email covid19@owu.edu