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WSC Guidance Regarding COVID-19

The backbone of Wayne State’s guidance is found in the guidelines published by the Nebraska State College System, which states “System and College officials continue monitoring events associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) via guidance from the Nebraska Department of Health and local health professionals. New and revised guidance will be added to this document as additional information becomes available. College campuses will be open, and students will have access to residence halls, dining facilities, libraries, computer labs, and the complete range of student and academic support services necessary to successfully provide in-person delivery for the 2021-2022 academic year.” View Nebraska State College System guidelines.

The three most important components of Wayne State’s continued response to the coronavirus are vaccinations, hygiene, and masks.

  • Vaccinations: The College strongly encourages all students, staff, and faculty to get the vaccine. The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are offered locally at Providence Community Pharmacy at 803 Providence Road, Suite 101 via walk-in visits and by appointment by calling 402-375-8862. A parent permission form will be required for students younger than 19 who wish to get the vaccine. Download the Providence Community Pharmacy COVID vaccine consent form.
  • Hygiene: Good practices such as regular handwashing and self-monitoring are critical components in the overall approach to mitigation.
  • Masks: Current medical guidance is to wear masks indoors when in an area with high rates of transmission, especially for those who have not been vaccinated. At this time, no students, faculty, staff, or visitors will be required to wear a mask when on campus.

Testing will be available through the WSC Student Health Office. Testing is recommended if you are symptomatic or you have been notified that you were exposed to the virus. Questions? Contact the Student Health and Counseling office at 402-375-7470 or studenthealth@wsc.edu

Wayne State will not be reporting the number of positive cases among the college’s faculty, staff, and students. These reports were part of the procedures at the state and county level under directed health measures and the pandemic state of emergency, which are no longer in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

No, students, staff, faculty, and visitors are not required to wear a mask on the Wayne State campus. However, individuals who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a protective face covering, and all WSC community members are free to wear a face covering as desired.

I feel sick. What do I do?

Students should contact the Student Health and Counseling office at 402-375-7470 or studenthealth@wsc.edu. Isolate yourself immediately, then get tested. Employees should contact their health care provider.

I tested positive for the virus and I have symptoms. Now what?

Students should contact the Student Health and Counseling office at 402-375-7470 or studenthealth@wsc.edu. Remain quarantined for the prescribed period of time. If you are a campus resident, the college can provide you with a room and meals either on or off campus. You may also choose to go to your permanent residence until cleared to return to campus. Employees should contact their supervisor.

What do I do about my classes?

Contact the Student Health and Counseling office at 402-375-7470 or studenthealth@wsc.edu. Student Health will notify your faculty of your quarantine/isolation status if they are aware of your diagnosis or health condition.

What do I do if I was exposed to the virus?

Students should contact the Student Health and Counseling office at 402-375-7470 or studenthealth@wsc.edu. Isolate yourself immediately, then get tested. Employees should contact their health care provider.

Are visitors required to wear masks?

No, students, staff, faculty, and visitors are not required to wear a mask on the Wayne State campus. However, individuals who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a protective face-covering, and all WSC community members are free to wear a face covering as desired.

Are masks required at campus events and activities?

No, students, staff, faculty, and visitors are not required to wear a mask on the Wayne State campus. However, individuals who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a protective face-covering, and all WSC community members are free to wear a face covering as desired.

Will I be required to provide proof of vaccination?

College employees and students will not be required to provide evidence of vaccinations in order to be on campus or to attend on-campus courses/activities/events. While vaccinations are strongly recommended for all individuals, the College shall not implement mandated vaccinations nor require individuals to disclose their vaccination status.