Spring 2021: BW Be Safe

New COVID Protocols for Summer

Posted May 20, 2021

In recent days, the Governor's Office and the CDC have issued revised COVID-19 protocols. BW has worked to bring our protocols in line with this new guidance.

To that end, beginning Monday, May 24, all campus locations, inside and out, will have a new mask and physical distancing policy. Per CDC guidelines, individuals who are fully vaccinated may choose not to wear a mask while on campus and do not need to maintain physical distancing. This applies everywhere on campus with the exception of classrooms as outlined below. Per CDC guidelines individuals who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a mask both inside and outside of buildings while maintaining physical distancing.

During the summer months it may be that individuals who are fully vaccinated may choose to continue to wear a mask, while individuals who are unvaccinated will be required to wear a mask. In the BW spirit, let’s continue to care for and respect each other as we transition through the summer.

In addition, the following specific guidelines apply:

  1. Summer Session 1 academic classes will maintain all spring semester protocols (including physical distancing and masks in the classroom) and delivery formats currently in place will continue. Provost Stahl provided additional information for faculty in a separate communication earlier this week.
  2. Summer camps, BW camps and visitor groups are welcome on campus. Guests are required to follow same CDC guidelines as faculty and staff. BW camp and program directors may limit guest participation throughout the summer as needed.
  3. BW Dining will return to full capacity for summer programs as per State of Ohio restaurant guidelines. BW Catering will resume operations.
  4. BW Fitness Center will have capacity limits in place during the summer. Hours of operation and other restrictions will be provided by the fitness center.
  5. No individual, department or school can modify any of the above guidelines without University approval.

As COVID protocols change it is good to see a high adoption of the vaccine in the BW community. 75% of faculty and staff responded to the recent voluntary survey, and more than 90% indicated they either are or will be fully vaccinated by August 1. Additionally, 60% of students responded, and 83% of returning students indicated they will be fully vaccinated by August 1.

The BW Health Center is providing free COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, employee family members and students. Through the month of June, while supplies are available, the BW Health Center will schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments. We encourage all members of the BW community to be vaccinated. Please contact the BW Health Center to schedule a vaccination. Call (440) 826-2178.

BW COVID-19 24/7 Helpline: (440) 826-7787

BW COVID-19 Response Team has a helpline — (440) 826-7787 — for students who need to report a positive COVID-19 test result, or are isolated or quarantined to easily connect with available campus services (residence life, dining service, academic office, counseling center, health center) while they are sheltered.