Shared community standards remind us that we each have personal responsibility for actions that may affect our own health and the health of our friends, colleagues, and the broader campus community. We know that Catamounts Care and we have developed the following set of standards to encourage everyone to put the well-being of themselves and others top of mind.
These standards will apply to ALL members of our campus community, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Everyone must participate for our campus community to stay healthy.
Shared community standards remind us that we each have personal responsibility for actions that may affect our own health and the health of our friends, colleagues, and the broader campus community. Our collective acceptance of this shared responsibility will be the most effective strategy we will have at our disposal in the challenging months ahead. We know that Catamounts Care and we have developed a set of standards to encourage everyone to put the well-being of themselves and others top of mind.
Wash your hands with soap often and use hand sanitizer - this simple activity is the single best preventative measure you can take.
Face coverings are required in all public indoor spaces on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, as well as the Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville. Face coverings should be worn over the mouth and nose. Please reference the CDC guidelines for proper mask wearing.
University leadership has been evaluating the latest trends in COVID-19 transmission and the newly released CDC guidance. As you know, the COVID-19 virus has produced a number of variants, the latest being the delta variant, which has prompted great concern among health professionals nationwide. The delta variant has a much greater transmission rate, particularly among those who remain unvaccinated. In response, the CDC issued new recommendations regarding face coverings in indoor spaces for all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, in counties with high or substantial transmission of COVID-19.
Currently, Western North Carolina, and much of the state, fall in these levels of community transmission. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the face covering requirement in all indoor public spaces. Any change in the face covering requirement will be communicated to the campus community.
Members of the campus community are being asked to report their COVID-19 surveillance testing status to the University. Any faculty, staff or student not fully vaccinated by September 15, 2021 should expect to be subject to regular testing protocols after that date. Individuals may report their vaccination status by going to the Fall Operations and Procedures site and selecting the appropriate link under Vaccine Status Submission. Additional information about “Get Vaccinated or Get Tested” will be available there. For students, failure to comply may result in a Code of Student Conduct charge.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms stay home and call your health care provider to seek medical guidance.
* Conduct history regarding COVID-19 violations from 2019-2021 will carry over for the 2021-2022 academic year. Hearing officer may evaluate each situation individually and deviate from the level of sanctions provided, if needed.