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College Updates

In this ever-changing world, college leadership is making adjustments for the health of our campus. Stay informed with campus updates.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

COVID-19 Testing

Community COVID-19 Testing

There are more than 100 testing locations in Utah. Each testing site has different requirements and may offer different types of COVID-19 tests. Use the Utah COVID-19 testing site locator to find a testing location near you or call a healthcare provider.

Campus COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is available for free to all Westminster students and employees through Student Health Services during the primary academic year. Campus testing is conducted at the Student Health Services clinic on the lower level of the Shaw Student Center.

Student Health Services conducts COVID testing by appointment during the Spring 2023 semester. Testing is typically available during Student Health Services business hours, Monday through Friday.

Please call 801.832.2241 to schedule an appointment. After you schedule an appointment, you must complete the online testing intake forms before you arrive for your testing appointment. Please wear a mask when you come in for testing if you have had close contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID, or if you are feeling symptoms of illness.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should make an appointment to be tested if they are experiencing symptoms of illness or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you're experiencing symptoms, but are calling Student Health Services after hours, try scheduling a test with your health care provider or urgent care instead. You can also obtain and use an at-home COVID test.

The test itself will take about 5 minutes. You can wait 15–20 minutes after your test for in-person results, including getting a hard copy of the results if desired. To view test results after your appointment, download the Navica app to your smartphone.

Read more about COVID-19 testing and response procedures





Academic Calendar

The Fall 2022 calendar is unchanged and reflects standard academic breaks.

Course Instruction

The core elements of the Westminster experience include interactive communities of learners, individualized instruction and support, and active and engaged learning. Students are expected to attend classes in person unless they are feeling ill, or have received modified attendance accommodation from Student Disability Services.

Being on Campus

The college’s ability to create a safe and healthy campus will be a community effort. Do your part to keep fellow Griffins healthy and safe. Everyone, including contractors and visitors, must follow Westminster guidelines when on campus. Review the Policy on Complying with COVID-19 Guidance for more information.

Get Vaccinated

Get Vaccinated

Being fully vaccinated is one of the best ways to get the most out of your campus experience.

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

Washing hands is often the number-one way to stop the spread of germs and to stay healthy. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if water is not available.

Wear a Face Covering

Wear a Face Covering

Masks are optional in most shared indoor spaces on campus and are required in Student Health Services and the Counseling Center.

Check for Symptoms

Check for Symptoms

Before coming to campus or leaving your residence hall, everyone, including contractors and visitors, must check themselves for symptoms. Do not come to campus if you are sick.
Stay Home When Sick

Stay Home When Sick

Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing and sneezing. Understand when to report a COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure and when it's safe to leave isolation.

Report Exposure or Diagnosis

Report Exposure or Diagnosis

Westminster employees and students are required to report COVID-19 exposure and diagnosis to Westminster College. If you are part of a testing schedule, you must also report a diagnosis you've recovered from and that was not previously reported.

Keep Our Campus Clean

Keep Our Campus Clean

Disinfect shared surfaces when you arrive and when you leave. Request office cleaning from campus cleaning staff.

Avoid Behaviors of Bias

Avoid Behaviors of Bias

Be aware that concern around this evolving issue can lead to stigma and bias.

Positive COVID-19 Cases on Campus

This is a count of new positive COVID-19 diagnoses in the Westminster community within the past week. Students, faculty, and staff are required to report a positive diagnosis or potential exposure to the college.

In the event of a positive on-campus test result, the college encourages individuals to notify their close contacts. Westminster has sufficient capacity for on-campus isolation and quarantine in buildings dedicated to that purpose for residential students.

The intent of notifying close contacts is to prevent further spread. When an individual is confirmed to have an illness, they isolate themselves to prevent further spread of that illness. Those who have been in close contact with that individual can take precautions, like wearing a mask and getting tested, to further reduce the chances of spread. If you are uncomfortable with notifying close contacts directly, consider using a resource such as Tell Your Contacts, or share a COVID-19 diagnosis on your phone if you have an exposure notification option on your smartphone (check your settings for “Exposure Notification”).

All students and employees must report any instance of exposure or diagnosis to the college.

Who Is Considered a Contact

A person is considered a close contact if they have been within 6 feet of the positive individual for at least 15 minutes either continuously or cumulative within a 24-hour period during the time when an individual may have been infectious. A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 is considered to be infectious 2 days prior to the start of their symptoms, or 2 days prior to testing positive if they have no symptoms.

What To Do if You Don't Receive Notification of Potential Exposure

If you think you may be a close contact, but have not been notified of potential exposure, submit an exposure report and you will receive information on how and when to quarantine based on your individual circumstances.

Case Count

Week of March 10–16, 2023

Diagnoses Reported Within the Past Week
8 New
Currently Isolated with COVID-19
5 Active
Cases to Date Since July 2020
600 Total

Campus Life

Campus Services and Events

Nothing compares to being together on Westminster’s beautiful campus. Check the events calendar for performances, lectures, and activities that you can attend. All campus services are open and available. Check department pages for hours and appointment scheduling.

Residence Life

Residence Life is housing students at standard capacity. Westminster is taking several precautions to ensure the health of residential students:

  • All residential students must test negative within a specified time period prior to move-in.
  • All residents and visitors are required to adhere to current masking requirements.
  • Students living on campus can expect housekeeping to continue to clean with CDC protocols in mind.
  • Isolation housing space will be available on campus for residents who contract COVID-19.

screenshot of zoom meeting for COVID-19 brown bag discussion with public health Prof. Han Kim

"We think of it as a medical-health-related issue. It's not. It touches on social and economic issues. It touches on history, philosophy, biology, and sociology. Westminster folks with this broad liberal arts education are especially well-suited to really understand and analyze the deeper issues that COVID brings up."

Han Kim, Westminster Public Health and Honors professor

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Online Learning Resources

The Office of Student Success and Retention created a collection of tips for online learning that you may find useful as you transition to online courses. Information Services has also compiled a list of useful technology for online learning.

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Emergency Financial Aid

Currently enrolled students who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can apply for emergency financial aid. Updates about funding are provided on a regular basis.

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College-sponsored international travel is tentatively being planned for no earlier than Spring 2022.

COVID-19 Domestic Travel Guidance

The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing global situation and continues to impact what are normally considered to be routine domestic travel practices. It’s important to consider and plan college-sponsored travel carefully. The first step should always be to review the CDC’s latest travel guidance and find out how it may apply to your own circumstances.

Current CDC guidance strongly recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, meaning that it has been at least two weeks since you received the final dose in an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are unvaccinated and must travel, you must take additional precautions to protect yourself and others.

Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Fully vaccinated travelers should:

  • Follow face mask requirements on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask-wearing and social distancing, where applicable.
  • After traveling, self-monitor for symptoms. Stay home and get tested for COVID-19 if you feel any symptoms of illness. Self-quarantine is not required.

While COVID-19 vaccinations are still new and travel requirements are evolving, it may be a good idea to keep a paper and/or digital copy of your vaccination records with you while traveling.

Unvaccinated Travelers

Unvaccinated travelers should:

  • Get a COVID-19 test 1–3 days prior to departure or according to group trip requirements. Do not travel if you test positive for COVID-19 or have had a known exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Follow face mask requirements on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. Wear a mask when in public, indoor spaces and maintain about 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when possible.
  • Wash your hands or using hand sanitizer regularly.
  • After traveling, self-monitor for symptoms and get a COVID-19 test 3–5 days after you return home. Stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days. Avoid spending time with individuals who are at higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19.

Destination Considerations

Investigate your destination(s) before traveling.

  • Does your destination currently have any prohibitive health orders or restrictions that apply to your trip?
  • Does your destination require you to quarantine for any period of time before being allowed to pursue the purpose of your trip?
  • Is your destination currently experiencing a higher rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people relative to the state of Utah? The higher the case rate, the higher the risk while traveling, even for individuals who are fully vaccinated.

Travel Considerations

Purchasing travel insurance for airline tickets or other travel reservations is strongly recommended in case you have to cancel travel plans due to illness, exposure, or newly implemented prohibitive health orders or travel restrictions.

The CDC has developed travel risk guidance, including information about parts of travel that are safer, less safe, and should be avoided, especially if traveling while unvaccinated and/or with unvaccinated people.

The state of Utah has expedited testing resources for pre-travel testing. It’s your responsibility to understand the testing requirements of your intended destination so that you get the right kind of test.

Westminster College makes institutional decisions in consultation with federal, state, and local advisories. You’re encouraged to stay informed and follow guidance from these public health agencies, in addition to the Westminster College guidance for being on campus.

Federal Guidance and Resources

State Guidance and Resources

Local Guidance and Resources

Public Health Advisory Posters

The Westminster College community is welcome to print and post the posters below in their campus offices and buildings.