VWU eases some COVID-19 restrictions, maintains booster and masking requirements

VWU has updated its COVID-19 restrictions effective immediately which was announced through an email sent by the Emergency Response Team at 4:31 p.m. on Monday, February 14. These include easing restrictions for socializing, guests and the dining hall. 

Students are now allowed to visit other residence halls and rooms. Also, guests have permission to be on campus as long as they are registered through WebAdvisor. 

Dining services will return to normal operation while to-go options will still be available. 

The masking requirement remains in place regardless of vaccination status. 

Regarding the classroom, eating and drinking in classrooms are at the discretion of each faculty member. Faculty members also have the right to dismiss students who are not wearing a mask or for wearing them improperly. 

The booster requirement remains in place and must be submitted by February 28. According to the email, “We have had an overwhelming response so far and we are on track to reach a 100% submission rate by the deadline.” 

In a follow-up email sent by Director of Student Health April Christman, it states “The University’s advising and registration period begins on February 28. Students who do not meet the booster requirement will not be permitted to participate in course or housing selection until the record is received.”

This email also included details of VWU hosting an on-campus clinic next Wednesday, February 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CMAC. “Appointments must be scheduled for the vaccine you would like to receive. Use these links to schedule your appointment: Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson,” the email said. 

An image of the vaccination card should be sent to covidsafe@vwu.edu for students and humanresources@vwu.edu for faculty and staff. 

The Emergency Response Team concluded their message by attributing these changes to the decrease in cases in our region and that these regulations are subject to change if seen fit. 


By Connor Merk