Campus 2020-2021 Guide

Important Campus COVID-19 Safety Updates

Read the latest update to the Wooster Community here

The College looks forward to welcoming students to the spring semester!  We have put in place additional testing, including prior to move-in, to strengthen campus health and to make it possible for students to safely participate more fully in campus life as soon as they arrive.

Current Operational Level: Yellow – effective 1/16/21 – 1/31/21
  • Students may leave campus only for medical needs, groceries or pick-up of take-out meals (please do not eat in a car with others), and work.
  • Students are not permitted to eat in restaurants or to go to bars or pubs.
  • Only one visitor is allowed in any residential space.
  • If eating in a dorm room, only one other person can be present.
  • No off-campus visitors. This includes Wooster students who are studying remotely.
  • Overnight travel by students is not permitted except by special permission of the Dean of Students’ office.  Students who have urgent need to travel overnight due to a family or medical situation should request permission in advance from the Dean of Students at  Students who travel will be required to follow specific quarantine and testing requirements upon return to campus. Travelling overnight without permission is a violation of the community of care agreement.  
  • Student Organization Meetings and Gatherings: Student organizations are encouraged to meet remotely, but may schedule in-person meetings of fewer than 10 – people with masks at all times and social distancing.  NO food or drink at student organization meetings or at gatherings.
  • Testing for COVID-19 is required before arrival on campus and then, weekly, for all students.
  • Scott Center open by appointment
  • Library open
  • Lowry dining hall open
  • Academic buildings open
  • Classes are remote

Click here for our current Residential Visitor Policy.

The COVID pandemic is an evolving situation. The College has worked with local, state and national public health advisors to develop guidelines for how we would modify operations if campus or community conditions required us to do so.  Because each situation is unique, our actions will always be tailored to the specific situation and current expert public health guidance.  We share this framework to provide a sense for the community of the factors influencing decisions and the types of operational changes for which we are prepared, if necessary.  The current operating level will always be publicly available on the website.

View our Campus Operational Levels.

Key Dates and Announcements

  • Spring semester will start with virtual Martin Luther King Day events Monday, Jan. 18, and classes will begin remotely on Tues., Jan. 19, in order to allow for safe move-in and testing. In-person and hybrid classes will begin Mon., Feb. 1.
  • Students remaining on campus must abide by the updated Community Care Guidelines, which are constantly being updated to reflect the public health conditions on campus and surrounding community.
  • As we did this fall, we will emphasize flexibility for students and families in the spring semester.  We plan to welcome all students who wish to study on campus to be here, while also supporting those students who choose to study remotely.  Our courses will, again, provide instruction in a mixture of hybrid, in-person and remote modes.  If you need to change your plans for the spring semester, please contact Residence Life at NO LATER than Friday, Jan. 15. 
  • Learn more about the new Wooster Plus Program, which creates flexibility for students by providing the opportunity to complete their studies at Wooster in a ninth or tenth semester, tuition free.

View our COVID-19 Dashboard

View our COVID-19 Dashboard for new data released weekly on the health of campus and conditions in Wayne County. 

Where do faculty and staff report COVID exposure or a positive COVID test taken off campus?

If you are a member of the faculty or staff at The College of Wooster and have been exposed to COVID or have received a positive test result from testing off-campus, please report it immediately to Human Resources at 330-263-2526 or via email at  The college will include positive test results from testing performed off-campus along with campus results on our dashboard.

Questions? Contact Us

For questions, please call 330-263-2000 or email