Coronavirus Information

Read the latest update to the Wooster Community here

The College of Wooster is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our most important responsibility is the safety and well-being of The College of Wooster community.

Does Wooster intend to start the fall semester on time with in-person classes?

We are looking forward to gathering everyone on campus as soon as we possibly can. When we can do so will be determined by rules set by our Governor and the Ohio Department of Health, who are working tirelessly to ensure the safety and health of all in our state. We are very hopeful, based on the current news we hear from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health, that we will be back on time and in person for the fall 2020 semester, providing the nation’s best opportunities for research, learning, and preparation for a life of purpose.

However, student safety and well-being is our top priority. So, we are carefully developing back-up plans to make sure our students can still receive the type of personal, mentored education they expect and we are charged with delivering even if the pandemic continues into the fall. We are very fortunate to have the resources to do so, and our staff and faculty are ready to support students’ growth and learning in any circumstance.

Still have belongings on campus you'd like to retrieve?

Appointments are required and are scheduled in four hour blocks so you can retrieve your things. If you cannot return to campus, there are options to have your things shipped to your or stored.

Read more about appointments for move-out, shipping belongings, packing, and access.

Travel information

See more about airport shuttles, financial assistance, College-sponsored travel, etc.

Living on campus

For those who cannot leave campus, read more information.

Campus Events

Based on Federal and State recommendations, we will limit large gatherings on campus. All planned events will be cancelled through at least April 5.

Athletics

The North Coast Athletic Conference presidents made the decision to cancel the 2020 conference regular season and championships. The College of Wooster is suspending all athletic activities, spring sport competitions, and non-traditional seasons.

 

Support for students, staff, and faculty

Read the Interim Policy to Support Staff and Faculty Needs

Students who have concerns about their ability to travel home, about the well-being of family members affected by the virus, or about any acts of bias or discrimination are invited to contact their dean at 330-263-2545, the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, at igarcia@wooster.edu, or the office of International Student Services at 330-263-2132.

Information for students studying abroad

Read more information for students studying abroad.

Information for prospective/admitted students

The coronavirus has deeply impacted school calendars, events, and activities for high school students across the globe.

Read more information for prospective/admitted students.

FAQ's

These FAQs are evolving, and items will be added as new questions emerge. If you have a question that hasn’t been addressed here, please send an email to wooster-covid-19@wooster.edu.

Contact Information

Please direct questions to wooster-covid-19@wooster.edu.

Wooster's Response Task Force

A College-appointed task force is meeting frequently to ensure that we are well prepared to support the College of Wooster community as the situation evolves.

Our Wellness Center and emergency planning teams are following all advice of the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health. We receive regular updates from the local and state health departments, and we will be posting all updates as the situation evolves both in the U.S. and globally.

For information on confirmed cases in Ohio please visit the Ohio Department of Health's COVID-19 Resrouces Page.

Our task force will coordinate and oversee our response to the coronavirus outbreak. As the situation evolves, this task force is responsible for well-informed policies for travel, plans for supporting students who may not be able to travel home as planned, supporting students whose family members may be ill, campus readiness and coordination with local health authorities in case the virus becomes present in the Wooster area, and ensuring that everyone is treated with equity and respect.

Symptoms and Prevention

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and may appear up to 14 days following exposure. Read more on the CDC's website.

Resources