COVID Update: Flexible Start to Spring Semester

January 5, 2022

To mitigate the impact of Omicron on our community, the first two weeks of Westminster’s Spring Semester will be flexible. That means professors may adjust the modality of their courses. Classes could be fully in-person, hybrid, or fully remote. Faculty will communicate course modality this week so check your college email and Canvas for your course modalities. A flexible start also means that students may choose to attend remotely for the first two weeks of the semester. All courses are expected to return to initially published modalities by January 24th. The semester is not delayed. Spring Semester will begin on Monday, January 10. Campus facilities are fully open. Supervisors should continue flexibility with staff while maintaining operations.

The college is increasing COVID-19 safety protocols because of the fast-spreading Omicron variant. Here’s what we all need to do.

  • Get a booster shot.
  • Get tested before returning to campus. Residential students will be required to show a negative test before moving in. Instructions will be provided from Residence Life.
  • Do not eat or drink in classrooms or the library.
  • Keep wearing masks indoors.
  • Upgrade your mask to KN95, N95, or make sure your cloth mask is multi-layer with an insert.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Report exposure or diagnosis.

The college will be adjusting campus testing, isolation, and quarantine policy to align with evolving CDC guidelines. Events on campus during the surge may be moved to virtual platforms or may restrict food and beverage. The college continually monitors community transmission rates and will adjust campus safety measures as needed. Visit Westminster’s coronavirus resource page for detailed campus safety, testing, case counts, and vaccine information.

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