Important Information for the Start of Spring 2021

Dear Graduate Students,

We sincerely hope that you had a restful, safe and healthy Winter Intersession and are ready for the start of a productive Spring semester with the resumption of classes on January 27th. There are a few items we would like to bring to your attention to help prepare for your return and to facilitate a safe and secure transition back to campus

  1. Graduate students will not be required to have a COVID-19 test taken prior to arrival nor complete a 14 day self-guarantee period. That being said, as infection rates have been increasing exponentially throughout the U.S. and abroad we do recommend that you make an effort to significantly restrict your contact with individuals outside of your immediate household, as recommended by the CDC, and to limit your visits to public spaces as much as possible. These safety measures, along with mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing are our best means of protecting ourselves and our community from the spread of the virus.
  2. This Spring semester WFU will be following the same protocols as the Fall. That means that in addition to the safety measures mentioned above, students will also be required to resume using the SneezSafe tool for daily symptom screening starting 14 days prior to accessing campus or other WFU facilities. If you filed for an exemption last Fall but this Spring will be attending in-person classes or accessing campus facilities, you must register for and use the SneezSafe tool as indicated. If you will not be coming to campus this Spring and would like to request an exemption you may do so here: SneezSafe Exemption.
  3. All of you received notice and follow-up reminders last fall about the University requirement of a mandatory influenza vaccination for students, faculty and staff. Complete detailscan be found here. Make sure to upload a copy of your documentation to the Student Health Portal.
  4. If you are arriving to the U.S. from abroad please be sure to check frequently with the ISSS FAQ section to ensure you are up-to-date on current travel restrictions and to also follow the CDC travel guidelines on testing and quarantining.

Wishing you all the best and much success in the New Year,

The Graduate School