Travel, Visitors & Events
A major part of our planning for a safe fall includes limiting the number of visitors coming onto campus and reducing travel of students, staff and faculty, especially on public transportation.
As students arrive on campus, we will be making every effort to establish a safe community and reduce the chance of new infections. Students are asked to stay on campus, except for any medical, work or other critical necessities. Community engagement and service-house projects need to take place remotely only.
We will maintain a comprehensive travel policy and campus visitor guidelines, based on current public health guidance and will provide more details soon.
Can parents visit students on campus at any point?
Visitors may be permitted on campus when campus operations are at level 1 or 2. However, no visitors may enter campus buildings, with the exception of those who are on campus for critical institutional operations.
Will we have commencement?
Yes! We have time to plan and set up in advance for the details no matter what we face. Commencement for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 are currently scheduled for separate weekends in May 2021. Details about commencement will be planned with members of the senior class, and will be announced in late February.
Travel Policy for Spring 2021 Semester
The College of Wooster is committed to the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff, and to the larger City of Wooster community.
We are also committed to meet our mission, serve our students and live our values in during the extraordinary disruptions presented by COVID-19.
Based on the best available current public health guidance, the College of Wooster will have the following policies for College-sponsored travel for the spring semester, 2021, beginning January 1st. If the public health situation changes significantly during this time, this policy may be revised.
- We intend to minimize travel during the spring semester, in order to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 illness in our community.
- Only travel that is absolutely essential will be permitted. Such travel must be approved by the VP, Provost or Chief Officer. Factors that senior officers will consider include purpose and mode of travel, public health situation and recommendations in Wayne County and at the travel destination, and risk level of activities planned.
- Conference travel will, in general, not be approved. The best public health guidance suggests that group gatherings, particularly those that draw people from many places briefly together, and then send them back out to their many home communities, are high-risk for illness transmission and should be avoided.
- Student organizations will, in general, be encouraged to replace travel plans with other approaches to meeting with students from other institutions. Student travel may be approved in rare circumstances. Factors considered will include mode of travel, public health situation in Wooster and in the destination, and risk level of activities planned.
Individual travel by students, staff or faculty that is essential and is not replaceable by remote work (for example, travel to do field work or visit archives, travel for essential college business that cannot be done remotely) may be approved. Factors that senior officers will consider include mode of travel, public health situation and recommendations in Wayne County and in the destination, and risk level of activities planned.
- While the College will not constrain personal travel by staff and faculty, it reserves the right to ask that those who have travelled may need to quarantine or be tested upon return, depending on public health guidance.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Rules for travel for varsity athletic competition will be determined with the NCAC conference, and shared by mid-January.