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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
  • December 22, 2020, 12:10 p.m. (testing policy and campus travel guidelines; letter from the President)

  • December 8, 2020, 4:40 p.m. (confirmed case information)

  • December 4, 2020, 1:20 p.m. (confirmed case information)

  • December 4, 2020, 9:30 a.m. (Letter from the President, spring plans coming soon notice)

  • November 30, 2020, 4 p.m. (student travel policy)

  • November 27, 2020, 8 p.m. (confirmed cases)

  • November 24, 2020, 1:30 p.m. (employee travel policy)

  • November 20, 2020, 5:15 p.m. (confirmed case information)

  • November 17, 2020, 12:15 p.m. (close contact language)

  • November 13, 2020, 5 p.m. (confirmed case information)

  • November 6, 2020, 11:40 a.m. (confirmed case information)

  • October 30, 2020, 3:30 p.m. (confirmed case information)

  • October 30, 2020, 2:15 p.m. (confirmed case information)

  • October 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m. (confirmed case reporting information)

  • 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 canceled 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.

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Testing Protocols

Waynesburg University has implemented an expanded testing policy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus in the spring 2021 semester as part of the Keep Waynesburg Well Plan. In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s recommendations and in addition to existing diagnostic testing strategies, students and employees will be expected to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they may access campus property in January.

Miller Hall
Waynesburg University will resume in-person instruction on January 18, with remote classes being held January 14-15.

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 / Testing / Tracing and Tracking Protocol 

Waynesburg University will remain diligent regarding the presence of COVID-19 within the campus community. To that end, the University will continue to monitor the spread of the virus through a combination of testing (entry, assurance, surveillance, and diagnostic) and by requiring students, faculty, staff, and visitors to assess their health status on a daily basis, report symptoms or exposures by submitting a screening form, and quarantine when necessary. The University reserves the right to deny any student, faculty, staff, or visitor the right to access the campus if they fail to follow the testing protocols or do not submit a questionnaire.

Waynesburg University has implemented an expanded testing policy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus in the spring 2021 semester as part of the Keep Waynesburg Well Plan. The addition of entry, assurance, and surveillance testing is part of a multi-faceted approach that supplements the fall 2020 health and safety plan for both students and employees. These new policies and recommendations for the spring are commensurate with new guidance issued by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Testing policy for spring 2021

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s recommendations and in addition to existing diagnostic testing strategies, students and employees will be expected to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they may access campus property in January.  This testing policy attempts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by detecting the presence of the virus in asymptomatic students and employees before they access campus and interact with members of the campus community.  Learn more about Waynesburg University’s testing protocols and campus travel guidelines


self-assessment screening

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 6 feet or less with or without masks for a cumulative total of 10-15 minutes or more.

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 changing transmission levels. 

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.

The Path to the Present

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

December 22, 2020

Dear Waynesburg University Students,

I hope all of you and your families are enjoying a healthy and safe holiday break. In this season of hope, let us continue to pray for our families, friends and each member of this University community.  

Today I am writing to provide, as soon as possible, the plans for our spring semester. 

Since my last email to you, the University’s Health and Safety Team has been working hard to develop a plan for us to return to in-person classes in the spring. We are seeing progress being made in the vaccines against this illness and both the state and federal government continue to issue a new recommendations that require us to continue to adjust our return-to-campus plans for the spring semester. Hopefully, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the spring semester does present new and different challenges than we faced at the beginning of the fall semester.

Through the fall semester, we were successful with the Keep Waynesburg Well Plan because of all of you. We were able to achieve our goal of containing the spread of COVID-19 on campus and offering in-person instruction all semester, because you embraced the Keep Waynesburg Well Pledge; you accepted the responsibility to make decisions based on the best interest of others – friends, grandparents, teachers, coaches, mothers and fathers, housekeepers, and brothers and sisters. Together, we assessed our health, reported symptoms and exposures promptly, donned masks, maintained our social distance, cleaned desks, and washed our hands. 

In the fall, in accordance with guidance issued at that time by the CDC and our external healthcare partners, we did not test all students and employees returning to campus. Instead, we were able to reduce the spread of the coronavirus by identifying cases diagnostically and quickly isolating individuals from interacting with the campus community. That plan worked for us. Sixty-three total positive cases were reported between August 9 and December 5, with eight of those being remote (reported confirmed cases of students and personnel with no access to campus within 14 days). This total number represents approximately 4 percent of Waynesburg’s student population, which was at or below most other peer schools, and far below the positivity rate in our region. In addition, information that we collected via contact tracing revealed that the vast majority of infections originated off campus. 

But the conditions leading up to the return for the spring semester are different. We are seeing the reports of increased cases across the nation and additional potential exposures related to anticipated holiday gatherings. In order for us to have a successful spring semester, we will need to be even more vigilant about assessing our health, reporting promptly, wearing masks, maintaining social distance, cleaning desks, and washing our hands. In addition, each and every one of us must take ownership of a new and vital strategy that requires getting tested before we access campus and reducing our movements on and off campus, as much as possible.

Our need for this new universal testing strategy reflects an assessment of data collected from the fall semester, a need to address the increased number of COVID-19 positive cases nationally, regionally, and locally, as well as our continued and critical need to identify and isolate as many COVID-19 positive individuals as possible before they interact with the campus community. Our success for the spring semester relies on your continued diligence in accepting responsibility for your own health and safety and acting in a manner that demonstrates respect, care, and compassion for those around you.

WU’s testing policy for the spring semester

To insure that you will be able to attend classes in person and avoid the need to quarantine on campus, we ask that you make every effort to quarantine and get tested prior to returning to campus. Please note that making arrangements to be tested will require you to plan in advance of your travel.

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s recommendations, students and employees will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they are permitted to access campus property, including residence halls and University-owned houses. The date of the test must be within seven days prior to your campus access.

To avoid the risk of infection after taking the return to campus COVID-19 test, all students should also quarantine for at least seven days prior to returning to campus.

Out-of-state students will need to follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s travel guidelines, which reduces the window for testing to 72 hours prior to entry. Although we urge you to make every effort to be tested before you travel into Pennsylvania, the University will provide on-campus testing, if you cannot get tested within this timeframe. 

Student Services, in conjunction with Student Health Services and Athletic Training, will coordinate the on-campus testing and verification process with guidance from Washington Health System. 

The University will attempt to accommodate students who have made travel arrangements as much as possible. 

If you are unable to be tested before you return to campus, you must notify Student Services at or 724-852-3206, and the University will provide testing upon your return to campus. Also, please remember to report to Student Health Services at if you are confirmed positive with COVID-19 at any time during the holiday break. 

 If you test positive upon your return to campus, you be required to quarantine on campus in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Keep Waynesburg Well Plan (7-10 days) or you may opt to return home.  

Learn more about Waynesburg University’s testing protocols and campus travel guidelines.

Observing the Holiday Break

Waynesburg University administrative offices are closed for Christmas between Thursday, December 24, and Monday, January 4. Please email any questions regarding the health and safety plan or the new testing strategy to This account will be monitored until December 23 at 4 p.m. and again beginning January 4 at 8:30 a.m.; it will be monitored intermittently throughout the holiday break. 

Starting Spring 2021 Classes

Classes will be held remotely Thursday, Jan. 14, and Friday, Jan. 15. In-person instruction will resume on Monday, Jan. 18. Faculty members will reach out directly with more details, so please continue to monitor your University email account. We are continuing to monitor conditions and will make adjustments to the academic calendar if necessary. We’ll communicate as quickly as possible, if we have to adjust our in-person start date and will make every effort to ease inconveniences to those with travel plans already in place.

As the progress against COVID-19 continues, we also continue to monitor the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s phased approach to the COVID-19 vaccination. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan.

Please know that I sincerely appreciate every effort you have made to help keep our campus safe as well as those additional steps you will take as we approach the spring semester.

Mrs. Lee and I wish all of you a healthy, peaceful and restful Christmas break.

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.