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Way Forward: Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Full-Time Undergraduates

August 12, 2021
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​Dear Full-Time Undergraduate Students,

We are excited to welcome you back to campus soon. As we approach the start of the academic year, we want to inform you about what you can expect on campus regarding COVID-19-related policies. Over the next week, you will receive a series of "Whitworth Way Forward" emails via Pirate Port containing important information related to this. Today's topic is vaccination, testing, quarantine and isolation requirements.

This and future messages will be posted on the university's COVID-19 website. Any future updates to these messages will be reflected online.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work to keep our campus community safe and healthy. Let's protect the crew!

Whitworth Way Forward: Vaccination, Testing, Quarantine and Isolation Requirements

Vaccination requirements
  1. All students must have approved documentation of the COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption. The COVID-19 vaccine requirement deadline was Aug. 7, 2021. (For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, click here.)
  2. All students must submit dates for the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine series or complete and sign a declination form. All full-time undergraduate students must also submit date(s) for the meningococcal ACWY vaccination or complete and sign a declination form. The deadline for MMR and meningococcal ACWY vaccines was Aug. 1, 2021. (For more information, click here.)

COVID-19 testing requirements for all students with COVID-19 vaccine exemptions or who are partially vaccinated

  1.  Re-entry testing: All full-time undergraduate students with exemptions or who are partially vaccinated are to undergo COVID-19 rapid antigen testing during Move-In Weekend or the first week of classes. This includes both on- and off-campus full-time undergraduate students. The following are the testing times.​
    • New students (living on or off campus):
      • Sept. 4: Hixson Union Building (HUB) Multipurpose Room (MPR) from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Returning on-campus students:
      • Sept. 6: Hixson Union Building (HUB), Multipurpose Room (MPR) from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
      • Sept. 7: Graves Gym (office on left side of foyer) from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Returning off-campus students:
      • Sept. 7: Graves Gym (office on left side of foyer) from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
      • Sept. 8: Graves Gym (office on left side of foyer) from 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

  2.  Surveillance testing during fall semester: Full-time undergraduate students (living on or off campus) with exemptions will be randomly selected for mandatory surveillance testing during the fall semester.
    • This testing will be performed via saliva testing at no cost to the student.
    • The logistics of this surveillance program will be overseen by the COVID Care Team, and the test results and medical follow-up will be managed by the health center. 
    • Students subject to this requirement will be tested between 2-4 times during the semester, depending on the total exemption rate for undergraduate students.
    • Surveillance protocols for athletes and other higher-risk student groups may vary depending on protocols within their respective area and/or guidance from the Spokane Regional Health District.  
COVID-19 signs/symptoms and exposure testing 
  • Beginning Sept. 8, during health center operating hours, all full-time undergraduate students will have access to COVID-19 screening via phone or telehealth (509.777.3259) when indicated for exposure to COVID-19 or if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. Testing information will be provided if advised.
  • At this time, students with COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested for the virus. 
  • The university is working with a local laboratory to provide COVID-19 testing on campus during the afternoons (1-4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday. 
  • Exposure or symptom-based testing will be billed to the student's insurance by the third-party laboratory. If personal insurance does not fully cover the costs, then the remainder will be charged to the student. Some laboratories and clinics have programs for uninsured people, so please inquire about this at the time of testing at the testing site.
Quarantine and isolation for on-campus students
  • The university has set aside isolation and quarantine housing. Meals will be delivered for students who have a meal plan.
  • Students who are unvaccinated and are exposed to COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in a designated quarantine space (not in their residence hall room) for a duration of time determined by the Spokane Regional Health District (typically this is up to 10 days, but the length may vary).
  • Vaccinated students do not need to quarantine following an exposure unless they become ill. 
  • All students, regardless of vaccination status, must self-isolate if they are ill with COVID-19 symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • On-campus students with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 must self-isolate in a designated isolation space (not in their residence hall room) as directed by the COVID Care Team.
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