Count on MeWarriors together, protecting our campus & our community.
The only way we get to any sort of normal beyond this global health crisis is if we all step up and do our part to protect our campus, our community and our college experience.
The pandemic safety guidelines work best when everybody practices them together.
We’re counting on every Warrior to fight for the best college experience possible this fall by doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community.
Every Warrior, These 6 Actions
To have a safe and successful experience on campus, remember these key steps.
Can we count on you?
Get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. It’s fast, free and safe.
Wear a mask on and off campus when indoors and with others.
Keep your distance from other people in addition to wearing a mask.
f you aren’t feeling well or come in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, contact the WSU Ask-a-Nurse Message Line for a quick check up.
There are a few different COVID-19 vaccines, and they all teach the immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
WSU strongly recommends that you get a COVID-19 vaccine.
There are many rumors about the COVID-19 vaccine, so be sure you stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccine myths and facts.
At this time, WSU does not have a policy requiring faculty or staff to get COVID-19 vaccines.
WSU is not broadly mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all students at this time.
However, proof of vaccination will be required by October 4 for specific student groups or populations in settings where there is close and frequent contact with others including:
- Students who live in university residence facilities
- Students participating in intercollegiate athletics, consistent with NCAA-announced vaccine and testing protocols
- Students who are required by their clinical or internship sites
Students who choose not to provide proof of vaccination will have to submit to a COVID-19 test at least once a week.
As details of how this process will work are finalized, we will share them with the campus.
In addition, WSU will be reviewing other close contact student activities to determine if additional guidance for those groups is warranted.
Vaccines at WSU
You could also make an appointment with a local vaccine provider. If you have the opportunity to get the vaccine at an off-campus clinic, please do get vaccinated.
There will be no cost for the vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for students and employees.
Some vaccination clinics may ask for medical insurance information, so please bring insurance documents to your appointment.
If you do not have insurance, you can still get vaccinated.
Have You Been Vaccinated?
If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, please self-report your vaccination to WSU.
This will help us keep track of vaccine rates for our campus community and let us know who to contact for the next vaccine clinic.
Starting Aug. 4, the WSU and WSU-Rochester campuses have mask policies that require everyone to wear masks while indoors.
This guidance applies to everyone, regardless of your vaccination status.
The only times you do not have to wear are mask are:
- When outdoors, provided appropriate physical distancing can be observed.
- When eating or drinking, provided appropriate physical distancing can be observed
- When in your assigned apartment or residence hall room
- When alone in an office, study area, or other private space where it is unlikely you will encounter others
- When alone in a motor vehicle or utility vehicle used for university business
- When a faculty member is actively lecturing and is able to maintain greater than 6ft distance in certain classrooms
- When an accommodation is necessary as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter expert and granted by express written permission of the University
WSU students and employees on the Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) campus are expected to follow WSU’s guidance on masks. The WSU protocols may differ from RCTC’s current standards.
You are also strongly encouraged to wear a mask when indoors at public places off campus as well.
You can count on me to wear my mask because I love my job and want to keep doing it.
I have Type 1 diabetes, so to keep myself and my family healthy, you can count on me to wear my mask.
For me, wearing a mask and following guidelines is important because it brings us closer to achieving our goals of bringing everyone back together and keeping each other safe.
When on campus, be sure to wash or sanitize your hands frequently!
Follow the CDC guidelines for hand washing by washing for at least twenty seconds.
If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
In addition to your hands, disinfect your frequently-touched belongings and spaces.
Wherever possible, stay several feet away from other people in addition to wearing a mask.
Distance paired with using a face covering greatly reduces the chance of spreading COVID-19.
If you aren’t feeling well or come in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, get a check up from a healthcare provider. They may recommend that you get a COVID-19 test.
You can reach the Ask-A-Nurse Message Line at 507.457.2292 or schedule an appointment with WSU Health Services at 507.457.5160.
Do not come to campus if you’ve had symptoms, contact with a confirmed case, or a positive COVID-19 test.
If you have a positive case of COVID-19, please use the self-report form to help us monitor risks for our campus community.
Next Steps if You Have COVID-19
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you should begin quarantining for 14 days.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must begin isolation for at least 10 days. You should also get tested for COVID-19.
Learn how to go into quarantine or isolation whether you live on-campus or in off-campus housing.
The stress of the pandemic can take a toll on our mental health. Check in with your fellow Warriors to help support one another.
WSU Counseling Services is always here to help you navigate this tough time. Most importantly, you don’t have to live in fear this semester.
Just be sure to socialize wisely and follow the guidelines the best you can.
The first step toward better mental health is simply to talk honestly about how you are doing with friends, family — maybe even a professional with WSU Counseling Services.
It’s ok to have a good days and bad days. It’s ok to be struggling. It’s ok to ask for help, and to be there for others when they need mental health support too.
WSU Counselor Mick Lynch encourages you to say something in this quick mental health check in.
How to Help Someone in Distress
If you know someone who is struggling, it’s only natural to want to help them.
But it can be hard to know where to start and what to say.
In this guide, you’ll learn about the signs and get step-by-step prompts for starting a conversation about mental health.
Add an Email Signature
We all get (many) emails from students, co-workers, and supervisors every day. By adding a Check-In email signature, you help share mental health resources for students and staff.
Download the templates to add mental health resources to your email signature line.
We’re counting on you to stay strong and do the right thing so we can have a Warrior-worthy fall semester, together.
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