Have questions or concerns related to Western’s COVID-19 precautions and preventive measures? Contact Western's COVID-19 Monitoring Team:
Western’s buildings will be open during regular business hours or for classes outside of these hours. If you are coming on campus for in-person student services, you are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment. Check Student Support Services for a list of services and links to pages with specific hours, formats, and contact information for each area.
Effective August 9, Western is requiring face coverings inside all buildings for all students, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. This comes from the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as local and state data, which recommends the use of face coverings where there is high or substantial community spread of COVID-19.
Masks are helpful in reducing viral spread because they capture larger respiratory droplets and keep fine or even aerosol (lighter, smaller) virus particles from spreading by reducing the distance exhaled breaths, coughs, or sneezes travel. (Note that face shields alone are not an adequate replacement for face masks.) See how to properly wear a face mask.
Guidelines for wearing a face mask:
- You are encouraged to bring your own proper face mask, if you have one.
- Masks should be worn indoors whenever more than one person is present in the same shared space (e.g. office, elevator, vehicle, breakroom, hallway, or restroom) or if there is a high expectation of encountering another person.
- Masks should be worn over the mouth and nose.
- Wash your hands prior to putting on a masks, and prior to removing, touching or adjusting the mask.
- Non-disposable, cloth masks should be washed regularly (daily) after use with detergent in hot water or rinsed with soap and place in water that is at least 140 degrees for 5 minutes.
- If you have a condition which makes wearing a mask difficult, you can request an accommodation through our Access Services department. Contact Kris Follansbee at firstname.lastname@example.org.