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 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.
This fall, Western Carolina University will work to fulfill its academic mission and protect the well-being of its campus community by making decisions guided by science and sound data. The COVID-19 pandemic represents an ever-shifting situation, and the university will be responsive to the latest guidance and information issued by the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those not wearing face coverings may be asked to leave a classroom, workplace or public event.
Face coverings are required in the following settings:
Face coverings are optional in the following settings:
If you have COVID-19 symptoms stay home and call your health care provider to seek medical guidance.
As we prioritize health and well-being, we will need your help to return to on-campus operations. We fully expect everyone on campus will follow these standards. Our first and preferred approach to assure compliance with these standards will be through public health education and communication. If necessary, however, the university will institute applicable enforcement measures to address violations.