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Keep Waynesburg Well

A plan to return to campus amid the evolving era of COVID-19

See our "Keep Waynesburg Well" Pledge
  • October 6, 2020, 11:30 a.m. (letter from the President)

  • September 9, 2020, 9:40 a.m. (Travel Policy) 

  • September 4, 2020, 12 p.m. (letter from the President) 

  • September 3, 2020, at 12 p.m.  (student policies section)

  • August 31, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.  (mask section)

  • August 21, 2020, at 1:45 p.m.  (addition: a letter from the President)

  • August 17, 2020, at 12:35 p.m. (Tracing and Tracking) 

  • August 14, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. (sections pertaining to masks, self-assessment screening tool and calendar alterations
  • August 10, 2020, at 10:27 a.m. (mask language) 
  • July 31, 2020, at 2:20 p.m. (FAQs)
  • July 24, 2020, at 4:25 p.m. (athletics information) 
  • July 23, 2020, at 3 p.m. (additions: resource articles, FAQs, myConnect confirmed case information) 
  • July 10, 2020, at 4:10 p.m. (Keep Waynesburg Well Plan)
  • June 18, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. (addition: a June 8 letter from the President)
  • June 11, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. (Updated FAQs)
  • May 29, 2020, at 12:20 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
  • May 13, 2020, at 9:40 a.m. (Updated FAQs)
  • May 11, 2020, at 3:50 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
  • May 8, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. (addition: a letter from the President)
  • April 27, 2020, at 11:10 a.m. (addition: a letter from the President) 
  • April 22, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
  • April 17, 2020, at 2:45 p.m. (Updated FAQs)
  • April 16, 2020, at 3:10 p.m. (Updated FAQs) 
  • April 8, 2020, at 2:04 p.m. (Updated FAQs) 
  • March 30, 2020, at 3:50 p.m. (edited to add a letter from the President; updates to policies; campus restrictions; and updates to FAQs) 
  • March 21, 2020, at 10:50 a.m. (addition: a letter from the President) 
  • March 18, 2020, at 5:15 p.m. (addition: a letter from the President to the Class of 2020 regarding commencement) 
  • March 17, 2020, at 7:50 p.m. (addition: bookstore and book rental information to FAQ section) 
  • March 16, 2020, at 3:40 p.m. (edited to add a letter from the President; updates to policies; campus restrictions; and updates to FAQs) 
  • March 16, 2020, at 10:19 a.m. (addition: All students are required to submit a form designating whether they are staying or leaving campus. See below for links.)
  • March 13, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. (edited to add cancelled events) 
  • March 13, 2020, at 12:56 p.m. (edited to add a letter from the President; Interim Changes to Academics, Housing and Events; contact information)
  • Originally published: March 4, 2020, at 12:20 p.m.
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Waynesburg University will resume on-campus operations, activities, and services on July 15 and in-person instruction on August 24.

Working together, Waynesburg University has developed a comprehensive, practical, and adaptable health and safety plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that offers students the best possible learning experiences afforded at a Christian liberal arts institution, while at the same time protecting the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the surrounding Waynesburg community.

Safeguarding Waynesburg University and the surrounding community

The Keep Waynesburg Well Health and Safety Plan is our comprehensive and flexible plan to protect the safety of the Waynesburg University campus community and the surrounding community by addressing strategies to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19. 

Waynesburg University's plan is nimble and flexible enough to adapt to the changing demands once all students and employees return to campus; therefore, changes to the plan, personnel assignments, risk management measures, and in-person instructional accommodations will be implemented in the best interest of the University and student safety as deemed necessary by the University's Emergency Response Team and/or required by public health officials. 

Waynesburg University takes its obligation to lessen the spread of COVID-19 very seriously and needs the commitment of all members of the campus community.  To that end, the University reserves the right to remove any individual from campus and/or suspend them from the University or terminate their employment if there is a failure to comply with the provisions of this plan

We're in this together

Waynesburg University cannot guarantee an environment free of COVID-19 risks, and the strategies addressed in the University's plan recognize that reality. While much has gone into this effort to protect the WU community, we trust that each member of the WU campus community will ultimately accept responsibility for their own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them.

Hygiene, sanitation and masks on campus

Waynesburg University follows the public health experts’ guidance which is to continue to emphasize the importance of personal hygiene, cleaning protocols, masks, and personal protective materials (when warranted) as a way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Two reusable masks and two pairs of gloves will be provided to every student and employee for their personal use. Additional gloves, perishable supplies, cleaning materials, disinfectants and necessary PPE will be made available as needed for the entire campus community to ensure the safest environment possible for all on campus.

The University has also designated a COVID Health & Safety Officer who is in charge of carrying out the University’s COVID-19 safety procedures. Please direct questions about this plan and its implementation or concerns related to individuals failing to follow this plan to the COVID Health and Safety Officer.

Self-Assessment Screening Tool / Tracing and Tracking Protocol 

Waynesburg University will remain diligent regarding the presence of COVID-19 within the campus community and the possible resurgence of the virus going forward. To that end, the University will continue to monitor the spread of the virus by requiring students, faculty, staff, and visitors to fill out and submit a questionnaire assessing their health status on a daily basis. The University reserves the right to deny any student, faculty, staff, or visitor the right to access the campus if they fail to submit a questionnaire.

Should someone on campus become infected they will be required to quarantine as provided herein. In addition, the University has tracing and tracking protocols in place to contain and minimize the impact on the campus community and surrounding community. The Tracing Team will implement an established internal mechanism to rapidly, actively, and accurately trace and track the contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 through a combination of interviews and technology. 


self-assessment screening

Waynesburg University’s health and safety plan does not mandate the university-wide testing for COVID-19 as a condition of return to campus for students or employees, nor does the CDC recommend universal testing for all students. 

Waynesburg has implemented a best-practice app-based self-assessment screening tool available for mobile devices. We intend that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors will use this screening tool as the base-line screening and on-going assessment to determine the following: level of risk and possible exposure; if further temperature taking, testing, or self-isolation may be needed; and if limited access to buildings, activities, work, classes, and events is warranted. If any student, faculty, staff member, or visitor exhibits symptoms, the University reserves the right to prohibit him or her from entering campus or to limit access to buildings, activities, work, class, and events until cleared to do so by a physician as set forth below.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors should conduct daily screening via the Apple COVID-19 app or on any web browser via Google’s COVID-19 self-assessment form. If the daily screening form helps you identify that you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed, you should then also fill out Waynesburg University’s Screening Machform at  View screening process

Social Distancing Interventions and Modifications to Physical Spaces 

Social distancing means taking all efforts to de-densify groups, gatherings, crowds, etc. Close contact includes two or more people gathering in close proximity (within 6 feet) with or without masks for more than 10 minutes of sustained engagement (talking, eating, drinking, etc.). 

Social distancing also involves limiting any crowd size to no more than 250 people or not to exceed 50% of that venue’s capacity, whichever is the lesser. Social distancing generally does not apply to members of one’s own family or domicile unless someone in that group is COVID-19 positive, so this exception would apply to paired students rooming together in dorms or apartments. 

Waynesburg University worked with VEBH Architects to de-densify academic, non-academic, and residential spaces and to develop new protocols for ingress, egress, movement through buildings, and to limit congestion in common areas, such as foyers, stairwells, and hallways. The University is also assessing ways to provide sufficient and effective ventilation to physical spaces by supplementing general ventilation where possible, supplying clean outdoor air by opening doors and windows, and minimizing the re-circulation of air.

Faculty, staff and students shall be required to comply with social distancing protocols and maintain social distancing at all times in public areas on campus. The University reserves the right to remove from campus anyone who fails or refuses to comply with social distancing protocols.

Adjustments to Academic, Personnel and Residence Life Policies and Processes

Waynesburg University's policies pertaining to academics, personnel and residence life have been assessed and adjusted accordingly to be in compliance with CDC best practices and recommendations by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The University has established criteria for assessing vulnerable populations and a process for accommodating vulnerable individuals.

Modifications to Calendars and Course Delivery Options 

Waynesburg University has implemented necessary modifications to courses, schedules and academic calendars in order to adapt to the anticipated changing transmission levels in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. 

Policies related to Visitors, Contractors, Vendors, etc.

Waynesburg University is mindful of the important connection the University has within the Waynesburg community as well as all of the visitors, guests, contractors and outside entities that do business with the University.

Vendor contracts have been reviewed and/or renewed during this COVID-19 era to ensure preexisting practices are safe under current health and safety mandates.

WU Resources

Health Services

Waynesburg University’s fully staffed Health Services department is a vital piece to the success of the University’s strategy to keep students safe during the COVID-19 pandemic on campus. Health Services will interface directly with Washington Health System professionals who will provide the aforementioned services beyond the capabilities of this department such as ‘COVID testing’, physician consultation, referrals, prescriptions and hospital admissions, critical care, and reporting of statistics. Waynesburg’s Health Services will operate according to all of the recommended best-practices from the CDC for COVID-19 prevention, care, testing, and treatment of any student.

The Counseling Center

Waynesburg University’s Counseling Center is fully staffed with professional, certified counselors who are crisis trained; familiar with the student, staff and faculty needs; and an integral part of the Transitional Sub-Group which intersects with all other relevant departments such as Public Safety, Student Services, Student Health, etc. Waynesburg’s counseling staff have also modified their availability and services in order to reduce the person-to-person contact and avail their services through a telehealth format to ensure that there are no delays in service.

The Pathways Center

The Pathways Center is an initiative to provide comprehensive student support services including Tutoring, Disability Services, Student Success Services, Career Development, Vocational Exploration, Study Abroad, Student Work Study Program, Library Services, and more. The Pathways Center is located in Eberly Library with collaborative referrals to and work with the Counseling Center, Student Services, Writing Center, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Alumni Relations, Athletics, academic programs and others.

Distance Learning

Waynesburg University’s online learning team strengthens the University’s mission of creating exemplary learning opportunities for students. A regional leader in online learning for graduate and professional students, Waynesburg University is well-versed in providing excellence in online programming. As the world navigates through the uncertainty of the coming semester, the University is committed to providing a standard of education that prepares undergraduate and graduate students to learn and grow, and the resources for faculty and staff to help facilitate that growth.

External Resources

FOR Individuals

Waynesburg University is committed to providing resources to the WU community as we navigate the COVID-19 era together.


The University has been following guidance issued by federal, state and local agencies. Some of these resources are linked below.


We are excited to welcome our new students to campus! New Student Orientation, Aug. 20-23, will be a combination of in-person and remote activities. New students should look for additional information via email.


Waynesburg University will proceed in accordance with the PAC’s plans, which includes the postponement of all fall 2020 intercollegiate athletic competition.

Learn more


Details about programs, activities, and events will be shared relevant webpages for those areas, so check our website often for updates.

The Path to the Present

The messages below from President Douglas G. Lee share new updates as well as previous ones. 

October 6, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I am writing to update the Waynesburg University community on the current status of confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus.

To begin, our campus community has been doing a very good job following the health and safety protocols that the University implemented in the Keep Waynesburg Well Plan. The demonstrated commitment of each of you to continually monitor your health and well-being and the concern you have shown for the health and well-being of others is both appreciated and respected. 

Despite this commitment, there have been eight cases of COVID-19 diagnosed among our students in the last several days. These cases appear to have arisen among connected groups of students. Following our health and safety protocols, we have performed contact tracing, notified those students that may have been exposed and have required those in close contact to quarantine in accordance with the University's plan. We also are monitoring the situation, as there may be more cases identified as test results are received.

The information that was collected during the contact tracing of these cases underscores the importance of carefully maintaining safe distancing and wearing a mask, not only in activities on campus but any activities off campus, particularly among close social groups. We all clearly yearn for a sense of normalcy in these unprecedented times. While those days certainly lie ahead, the present requires us to maintain the level of vigilance and proactive measures to protect the health, welfare and safety of our community. 

I have talked to many of our faculty, staff and students in the last several weeks. Most, if not all, have expressed satisfaction that our campus is open and classes are ongoing. We will continue to strive to keep the campus open, while at the same time taking reasonable measures to protect the members of our community. Your vigilance and cooperation is critical.

We are committed to keeping you informed. Your awareness of the facts will help you dispel any rumors or misconceptions. Should questions arise at any time about the current status of COVID-19 cases on our campus, please contact a member of our health and safety team or consult the health and safety plan information available on this webpage.

In closing, let us all continue our collective efforts to Keep Waynesburg Well and continue to pray for God‘s blessing and guidance through this semester.


Douglas G. Lee

Stay in touch

The University will utilize this webpage as our primary source for information pertaining to guidelines to mitigate risks in light of COVID-19. The University is committed to communicating in a transparent and timely fashion. In addition to this site, email will also be used to note changes and updates to this document. Thank you for your continued flexibility with this ever-evolving situation.

For the latest updates concerning COVID-19, please see the links below.