Community Care Guidelines & FAQs for Students

Community Care Guidelines 

As part of the Community Care Agreement, students agreed to “Abide by any additional expectations for campus life that the College will provide over time, based on evolving public health guidance.”

These shared responsibilities are required of  the Wooster community and have been reinforced through subsequent campus health and safety updates. We ask that students abide by any additional expectations for campus life that the College will provide over time, based on evolving public health guidance.

Traveling Off-Campus 

Because students are living in a congregate setting, and the current levels of transmission in the community overnight travel will not be permitted unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you have an immediate and emergency need to leave campus overnight you may request to do so through the Dean of Students’ Office by completing the following form.

Non-overnight travel is only permitted for medical needs, going to work, going to get food. Whenever possible, students should do curbside or pick up. Students are not permitted to dine in or go to bars, pubs, etc. 

Residential Visitor Policy [Updated for Spring 2021] 

We learned a lot last semester about the virus and how it is spread. This information has impacted our residential visitor policy for Spring 2021.

If you have a guest in your room suite or house, EVERYONE in the space must be masked at all times.

No residential space may have more than 1 visitor. This is a universal policy for all our residential spaces.

  • If you are in a double residence hall room, your room may have 1 visitor (total of 3 people in the space).
  • If you are in a house with 5 residents, the house can have 1 visitor (total of 6 people in the house at one time).
    • The exception is Miller Manor and Westminster, where the rooms will be treated as rooms within a residence hall.
  • If you are in a suite with 5 residents, the suite may have 1 visitor (total of 6 people in the suite at one time).

The spirit of this guideline is about reducing indoor gathering size and reducing risk of spread.

If all of the roommates are not present, that does not mean that you can increase more visitors.

We are also asking students to maintain a consistent group of people to be visitors. We have found that it is not safe for visitors to swap between spaces. For example, the following is not ok:

  • If you are in room 101 and have 1 visitor.
  • Room 102 has 1 visitor.
  • After 25 minutes you cannot swap the visitors between the two rooms.

You may be maintaining the language of the 1 visitor rule, but you are not maintaining the spirit of the policy. Our hope is my decreasing transmission of the virus between groups.

Off campus visitors are still not allowed in residential spaces.

Students may not eat in their rooms with more than one other person. When eating anywhere – indoors or outdoors - be extra-careful to keep at least a six-foot distance, and to put masks back on when not actively eating. (This rule will be in place for the remainder of the academic year.)

FAQs

What will the first two weeks on campus look like? 

Because we are able to do pre-arrival testing, we will be able to allow more things in-person on campus immediately after your arrival. Lowry, Scot Center, The Libraries and Academic Buildings will be open for your use during the first two weeks before in-person classes begin. Student organizations will be able to begin meeting in groups of less than 10. 

What are the rules for students? 

The Community Care Agreement will still be in effect during the Spring semester. Specific guidelines will be allowed based on the campus operating level. Masks are required anytime you are outside of your individual bedroom. 

How will we know when the levels change? 

Levels will always be updated on the homepage of the 2020-2021 guide, on display at Lowry Center and the Scot Center and will be pushed out via email and social media. 

What will happen if the COVID rules are violated? 

Reports of violations of the Community Care Agreement or campus expectations associated with the levels will be forwarded to Student Rights and Responsibilities. After an administrative meeting (or hearing), sanctions will be assigned to students found responsible for violating the expectations. Sanctions can range from an official written warning to remote learning to suspension. Sanctions will be decided based on the severity of the circumstances and the cumulative conduct record of the student. Sanctions will not be assigned solely based on the number of times a student has been found responsible for a single type of violation. 

Why have the Residential Guidelines changed to only allow one guest per unit? 

We learned (on our campus and others) that transmission happens most frequently in situations where a small number of students are congregated into a small space. We have increased the amount of opportunities for students to do things together on campus and decreased the number of students who can be gathered in residential spaces. 

Why is the number of guests the same in a suite or house than in a residence hall? 

Students in suites and houses have generally chosen to live with a group of friends, thus having a greater opportunity for socialization than students living by themselves or with one other person. Additionally, the capacity of the suites and houses are such that in many cases, each member having their own guest would create circumstances violating our campus guidelines.